Category Archives: Beauty

Floating away at Thai Square Spa

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There is something so wonderful about waking up in the morning and knowing you are going to be spending it in a spa… but there is something even more special about knowing that the spa you are going to be disappearing into, is the magical Thai Square Spa in the heart of this busy, whizzy, spectacular city.

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Find your ‘Game Face’ with
The Business Makeup Artist

Natalie James Business Makeup Artist

I love makeup. I love the way it looks, I love the packaging, the colours, the smells and textures… and I love all the grand London beauty halls, packed with aspirational beauty brands whose shelves are filled with tiny containers of bright, pastel, shimmery and sparkly powders and creams…

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Drama Parlour:
Bethnal Green’s coolest secret

Ever wondered where London’s designers, fashionistas, Dj’s, music producers and art scene get their haircut? Well, wonder no more.

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Squad Goals
with Birchbox & Skinnydip London

Birchbox Skinny Dip

I always wanted to be in a gang when I was little. Mostly because I’d get to sit in a treehouse, eat chocolate, solve mysteries and wear a badge.

It never quite happened like that, but when Birchbox told me recently that I (and you, if you’re a subscriber) was in their ‘squad’, I did a mini fist pump. On my own. To myself.

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Getting the snip at Hare & Bone

Hare & Bone Poppy Loves haircut

I love Fitzrovia. I love the back streets packed with history, the cafes, the restaurants and new shop fronts are popping up all the time… so I was very excited to be invited along to one of its more recent arrivals, HARE & BONE for a cut and dry…. oh, and a glass of pink champagne….

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Win My Nail Polish Collection

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If you are following me on Instagram, you’d have seen that last weekend I took over Accessorize’s account while I was at Wilderness Festival

One of the most popular pictures I posted is this one above of my collection of Accessorize nail polishes – everyone seemed to love all the colours and the whole delicious pick’n’mix vibe of having so many gorgeous nail polishes to play with!

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Paul & Joe go all Sangria for Summer

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss - £15

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss – £15

I recently was invited to a Paul & Joe beauty masterclass, led by the exceptionally enthusiastic Craig-Ryan French – a international makeup artist for Paul & Joe Beauté and special effects guru in the film and TV world…

The collection is vibrant, sparkling, tropical and super juicy – it all looked so delicious, like irresistible sweeties.

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– ila Spa –
100% Natural, 100% Luxury

ila spa products

The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ seem to get touted all over the place and one can never be sure exactly which bits of the product the label is referring to…

Rest assured that ila spa products are all made in the Cotswolds and are completely and utterly organic… In fact, they are ‘beyond organic’ as they believe in embracing the utmost ethical integrity. And what’s more, the products are super duper luxy too.

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My amazing make up lesson
with Lina Cameron

Lina Cameron Make Up Artist

“As little girls, we know we are beautiful. We just feel it.
Mirrors are places where we smile and twirl and sparkle.

But somewhere along the way, that smile becomes a little frown and a critical eye.
We turn to make-up and we conceal, we mask, we distract. As if beauty is only an illusion. A bag of tricks. Something we conjure, not something we feel.

My name is Lina. I’m a makeup artist.
I see your beautiful self and I’ll show you make-up that simply reveals it.”

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Duck & Dry
Blow dry & Updo bar in Chelsea

Duck & Dry, Kings Road, Chelsea

Duck & Dry is the brain child of Yulia Rorstrom who, frustrated by the lack of accessible yet exciting everyday hair styling solutions in London, decided to go all out and create one herself.  Very sensible.

Duck & Dry is a blow dry bar with a difference.  Actually, with several differences. Prosecco, being one of them.

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Ruuby Ruuby Ruuby Ruuby!
London’s Beauty Concierge App

Ruuby App - Poppy Loves

Have you ever been in desperate need of a manicure and so found yourself spending hours on the phone trawling through your manicure hotlist to try and get an appointment… and then finally accepting the only available manicure window on the other side of town, which will take you an hour to get to and you’ll probably smudge your nails on the tube home anyway?

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Habitat and Birchbox:
It’s a love-in

Habita and Birchbox Collaboration

You know I love Birchbox (beauty subscription box pucker-up gurus) And you KNOW I love Habitat (British, exceptional and affordable design for the home).. so when I received the invitation to dine with them both, to celebrate their collaboration, I was VERY excited. Even more excited than when I receive my Birchboxes through the post… or when I’m standing in front of Habitat’s walls of glorious kitchenware…ahhhhh… serving patters…. *Dribbles*

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson:
Two magicians of light

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson

I don’t get up at the crack of dawn for just anyone. Not even if there are pastries, brekky treats and fresh coffee… (actually, I might – especially if there is some kind of almond croissant situation going on.)

But a special collaboration between two artists of beauty and light – nothing could stop me.

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Ena Salon, Holborn

Ena Salon, Holborn

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to have my locks lopped off by the Scissor Ninjas at Ena Salon in Holborn. I leapt at the chance. Not just because it was voted one of the top five salons in London by Tatler last year, but because I was so overdue a haircut – my split ends had been screaming for attention for weeks and I’m sure had started plotting a revolution.

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Anti Ageing Magic from The Body Shop

Body Shop Pomegranate Products - Christmas Advent

The Body Shop have created a rather sparkly and festive advent calendar, where I, along with 23 other bloggers are revealing a review of one The Body Shop’s most gorgeous products each day… and today.. it’s my turn!

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