GRACE NOTES: AUGUST 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. 

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GRACE NOTES : JULY 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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GRACE NOTES : JUNE 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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GRACE NOTES : MAY 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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GRACE NOTES | APRIL 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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BEAUTY @ BARNIT

What do you get when you take 16 veterans from the acclaimed James Roberts salon, add an iconic Manchester landmark, and mix it all together with a healthy dose of millennial pink paint? The answer: Barnit - five floors and 2700 square feet of beauty real estate - offering an exhaustive list of treatments and complete with a well-stocked cocktail bar [ft. resident bartender] and Pinterest-worthy interiors.

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GRACE NOTES | MARCH 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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Perfume Power

I make my sartorial choices based upon the weather, my schedule, my required state of ‘put together-ness’, [which, in Manchester climes dictates a uniform of black skinny jeans and a reliance upon outerwear], but the only decision criterion of my fragrance choice is my mood. On a cold overcast day, I can’t wear espadrilles and a sundress, but I can reach for Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna, a hot blend of juniper and pepper which gives me hope for summer on even the darkest mornings. Like colour, perfume appeals directly to our senses, and has the power of reinvention - in one sniff you can change your attitude faster than you can change your coat.

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Scents of the Season: Spring

New season, new scent is a mantra I abide to with the same level of diligence most reserve for daily showers and teeth brushing. Each change in season is accompanied by a new scent, the latest in an  ever-growing fragrance trail. Rich, deep fragrances define the cooler months whilst warm, vibrant scents capture the heady, balmy days of summer. Spring is perhaps the easiest season to capture - floral, fresh, and flush with life - the perfect accompaniment to warming weather and blooming foliage. These are my current contenders...

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WELL, COLOUR ME CONVERTED

When it concerns highlighting in makeup, I’m well versed, well practiced, and well equipped with every inspiration, technique, and product to colour myself and and every variation of iridescent. When it comes to hair highlighting however, I’ve been sceptical to say the least, until recently, harbouring no desire in my 24 years to enter a hair salon for anything but a cut and blowdry. The occupational hazard of beauty writing however is [aside from a bathroom overrun with beauty products and sleeve-cuffs stained with lipstick pigments] the slippery slope that sees one increasingly pulled into the world of beauty treatments. Undoubtedly the area advancing most rapidly - more so in my opinion than product development - going for a facial is no longer a simple process of face mask application, and getting a manicure requires more than just a deliberation over shade choice. 

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THE [EXTRA]ORDINARY

Firstly, an apology; I am a little [read: a lot] late in bringing you news of The Ordinary, the revolutionary new skincare brand which features a line-up of twenty-five superpower serums and lotions, all affordably priced between £4 and £13. Launched by Deciem [the innovative Canadian brand behind a host of my favourite brands, including NIOD, Fountain, and Hylamide], The Ordinary is a wholehearted and earnest attempt to revolutionise the skincare market by championing transparency.

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GRACE NOTES | FEBRUARY 2017

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5. As it's my job to swatch and sniff my way through the latest and greatest beauty launches, each month I debrief on the ones worth writing home about. Say hi.

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SKINCARE DIARY XV

My skincare regimen has changed drastically in the six+ months since I last wrote one of the entries - mainly in that I’m no longer flitting between products, swapping new additions in and out as and when they land on my desk. I reformed once I realised that my sensitive skin needed stability and regularity in order to find its own balance. 

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GRACE NOTES : NOVEMBER 2016

If the date stamps of the last few posts on this blog are anything to go by, you'll know that I've been run off my feet with work/life in recent months. Amongst the many consequences of this [one being a lack of blog posts - sorry!], my relationship with and use of beauty products has completely changed. My job might require me to continually test the best and brightest in new beauty launches, but I've adapted a sensible approach to doing so, which no longer sees me switching products in and out of my routine on a weekly [or often daily!] basis. Instead, with no time to edit the lineup on a frequent basis, I've been working my way through the products I keep on hand for daily use, from start to finish, only admitting new additions when truly impressed. The below made the cut this month. Say hi.

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GRACE NOTES: OCTOBER 2016

The first month in my new flat has meant many things - including multiple trips to Ikea, late nights spent flat-packing, a lengthy wait for Internet installation, and numerous flat parties - but notably also, the time and space with which to rediscover [and refine] my beauty stash. Throw in a few new launches [of which there are always many at this time of year] and it's been a busy month of swatching and sniffing, culminating in a lengthy list of favourites, narrowed down to the below five for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.

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GRACE NOTES: SEPTEMBER 2016

Oh, hey. Long, long, long time no see. Forgive my radio silence over the past few months; juggling a full-time job with thesis writing, three weeks in the Canadian wild, a fortnight sleeping on a friend's couch, and a hectic house move [try hauling all of your belongings across a city without a car] left little [read: no] time for any extra-curricular beauty writing. I'm easing myself back into the swing of things [yes, content should resume a regular schedule within the next few weeks] with a roundup of some of my favourite products from the past month. I've spent the majority of it living out of a carry-on, relying on a selection of chosen favourites and new launches as the mainstay of my beauty routine. Needless to say, now that I'm settled in a new flat - complete with spacious bathroom - I'm looking forward to 'rediscovering my stash'.

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GRACE'S FACE : THE OFFICE EDIT

Working as a beauty writer practically requires me to turn up at work wearing as little product as possible – a blank canvas if you will – to be smothered and swatched in potions and pigments from 8 ‘till 5 - which means that I keep my morning makeup routine fairly minimal. What’s more, I am a trademark lazy girl, especially when it comes to rising at 5.30 five days a week – so I’ve started to rely on just the few beauty staples that really make a difference. These products are easy to apply, versatile, and make my face look put together but not overdone.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES : STRATTON LIPVIEW C. 1950

I opened this section of my blog back in spring, with the intention of publishing some extra-curricular essays on the elements of the history of beauty that sparked particular interest in me during the research I am conducting for my thesis. However, despite my best intentions, my schedule has allowed me little time for my assessed essays, let alone any additional/non-assessed ones. Therefore, the following is an essay I recently submitted for one of my modules this term which looked at studying history through material culture. One of the best things about studying at masters level is being able to adapt coursework to suit your own personal research interests, so naturally I chose a article of vintage makeup for the focus of my study. Enjoy!

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