Summer travel carry-on beauty essentials: how to beat the 100ml restrictions

Summer travel is becoming more and more barbaric with airlines squeezing people into every square centimeter of cabin space and ill-tempered security theatre airport personnel doing their utmost to imitate prison guards. Add to this the ridiculous number of bags that go missing and you will come to the same conclusion I did many years […]

Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser: quick, effective and non-drying

Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water (or Eau de Confort Nettoyante Express) has become a permanent member of my beauty routine. In the past, I would use a toner after my foaming cleanser to remove remaining bits of makeup and dirt. The problem was that most toners left my skin feeling stripped and […]

Clarins cleansing milk and toning lotion: gentle effective cleansing in travel friendly sizes

Clarins, the French skincare company, has been around for some time now, and although I’ve strayed every now and then to newer, trendier skincare lines, I’ve always gone back to Clarins because their cleansers, toners and lotions have always done a great job and they have never given me an allergic reaction. Recently because of […]

Clarins Lisse Minute: flawless face for the holidays and beyond

It’s that time of the year when we have to attend a lot of holiday parties and galas. We’re tired, have too much to drink and not enough sleep, and our skin may not look as bright and cheerful as the holiday decorations around us. My skin rescue secret is none other than Clarins’s brilliant […]

Reviving the beauty ritual: cleansing

There’s something reassuring and comforting about rituals. Instead of rushing around, mindlessly going through the motions without paying attention, how about slowing down and focusing on each movement, as in a Japanese tea ceremony? During these darker, colder days of winter, I’ve revived the beauty cleansing ritual with Clarins Crème Douce Démaquillante (Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream). […]

More holiday makeup palettes: MAC, Guerlain, Clarins and Laura Mercier

You can tell the Great Recession has not receded judging from the uninspiring holiday makeup palettes this year. Compared to previous years, I did not see anything that I really had to have. If this is the maximum that cosmetics companies can do to get us to spend money, heaven help us all. The best […]