Recorded my podcast today with these two powerhouses, @charlottemensah, textured hair queen, and @emmadabiri, academic and author of Don’t Touch My Hair. Coming soon, first ep already up and linked in my bio. This afternoon, I’ll be recording a show on the power of Beauty transformation, with my friend @junodawson. What would you like to know on the theme of TRANSFORMATION? Juno and I will do our best to answer. #thebeautypodcastwithsali
My favourite thing about days spent on the radio is that I can wear WTF I like. I bought this from @customizedgirl and it gives me life. #dorothyonthestreetsblancheinthesheets #goldengirls
I am in WARM BEIGE @bobbibrownuk Skin Stick Foundation. Wtf? This summer has been the first time in my life I’ve had to switch shades. It’s the @tan_luxe glow serum effect. Definitely in my top ten skincare launches of 2019. See my column from a couple of weeks ago for more info. (Makeup here by @amaliemakeup_art using all @bobbibrownuk. Full credits are on her feed.)
Oh my GOD. I can’t even. Thank you so, so much. More eps coming very soon. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ LINK IN MY BIO.
So chuffed and excited that my weekly beauty podcast launches today, with an episode on the myth, misinformation and true facts of the Clean Beauty movement, with my guests @carolinehirons and cosmetic scientist @samfarmer_co. It was, er, a lively one. Each week, we’ll look at a different subject within Beauty, including bridal, new motherhood, trans beauty, underrepresented beauty consumers, injectables, menopause, hormonal acne - you name it, I want to talk about it. Some amazing guests coming up. Please listen and subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts. I hope you like it! There’s a link in my bio. (#AD INFO: This podcast is sponsored by @avon_uk, but includes product recommendations from all over the industry, no brand off-limits, and lots of chat that transcends products altogether. I was not and am not paid to post on Instagram.)
Four years today since we picked up this weirdo dog/fox/kangaroo/penguin hybrid with no documented past and an anxiety problem, from @dogstrust_evesham, and named her Sylvie. Definitely one of my better decisions. Rescue dogs are not for everyone (and zero judgement if you’re a well researched and careful puppy buyer), but if you have the space, time, patience and environment to give a dog a second chance, then adopting a rescue is the most rewarding thing ever. If your home fits the bill, consider adopting rather than shopping and take a look at dogstrust.org.uk. Heaps of beauties there looking for a forever home. ❤️ (info: not sponsored, not paid for. I paid the same adoption fee as everyone else for my dog.)
Sylvie is ready for the most important time of the year in our hometown. #brightonpride #brightonpride2019 🌈🕌🎡❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Hands up if you remember these and like me, wanted them SO badly. This is my fave Instagram account btw (after @terrybarberonbeauty, obvs). I strongly recommend a follow if you’re a fellow beauty history nerd (and enjoyed my book on memorable products, Pretty Iconic). (And thanks to @ladykeep, who originally tipped me off) 🙋🏻♀️ #Repost @discontinuedmakeupp ・・・ #1989s#esteelaudervintage#esteelaudereyeshadow#esteelaudermakeup#esteelaudercosmetics#esteelaudermodel#80seyeshadow#80seyes#80seyemakeup#esteelauderad#paulinaporizkova#80ssupermodels#80s90ssupermodels#80stopmodel#czechtopmodel#czechsupermodel#czechbeautystar#30yearsago❤️#80sbeauty#late80searly90s#discontinuedeyeshadow#esteelaudersignature#paulinaporiskova#paulinaporizkovaweek
MORNING (ahem. Ish. For a holiday.) @yourgoodskin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser. An old fave that always works great. @beautypie Dr Glycolic AHA toner (you can still use SALISENTME for a £50 extra spend allowance, or you can totally skip it and opt out of the affiliate link), @theskinnerd Skin Protein A (love love love this women, this brand. So solid and sensible. Bring it to UK retailers please); @tan_luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum (See last week’s column on theguardian.com for review); @avedauk intense Hydrating Rich Creme (love it but combination and oily types won’t. There is a different version of this for less dry skins. I just like being basted like a turkey). Not going anywhere today, so no SPF. Info: Everything here was a press sample. I have an optional affiliate link with @beautypie but was not paid by anyone for this post, nor was I contracted by anyone to post it. It’s just what I used on my face. Everything here is cruelty free.
If you feel utterly depressed and hopeless about the state of the world right now, I can’t recommend enough Knock Down The House on @netflixuk. It partially restores your faith and hope. I already loved @ocasio2018, but her energy, audacity, intelligence, work ethic and righteousness is the most inspiring thing to watch right now. Instant cheerer upper. 🙌🏼💄😍 #aoc
Out of office.
I met this major babe when we both worked behind the till at @ukgap as teenagers. He wore full makeup, refused point blank to wear khakis and knew every word to Clueless and In Bed With Madonna. We were instant soulmates. Decades later, I love him more than ever. So chuffed he’s come home from LA to celebrate his 40th with us. HAPPY 40TH @selfpromoting!!! You absolute KWEEN. ❤️❤️❤️
Was delighted to be invited to No10 Downing Street yesterday evening, by @sarcoma_uk, who were launching their Genomics programme and the Chris Martin Fellowship. Sarcoma U.K. is my always charity of choice because sarcoma (a cancer of the bone and soft tissues) killed my friend Carey Lander, sarcoma research hasn’t had a penny of government money in 25 years, it gets no attention or press, is woefully unknown and as a result, is fatally slow to diagnose and hard to treat. The mortality rate is higher than with most cancers, and a disproportionate number of children and young adults like Carey are affected. So yeah, it’s not a sexy, cool, media friendly, celebrity supported cause, but it’s so, so important because Sarcoma devastates lives and families it needn’t. If you’ve ever bought my @scampanddude swag bag or my @lisamacario Lipstick, Literature, Liberalism sweatshirt, or donated to one of my Sarcoma fundraising drives, THANK YOU. This is who you helped. Second pic is @scampanddudejo and me, cooking up plans for another collaboration in Carey’s memory. Watch this space. #sarcoma #sarcomaawareness
My whole life, I’ve hated my upper arms. Not in a major way (they do work after all, and I’m grateful for that), but I was born with a genetic skin condition called icthyosis, my arms and legs were worst affected, I was under NHS derm care, I was teased at school about it, and so I always, always covered them up. As I got older I thought “screw it, this skin condition gave me a wealth of knowledge and a career, and I’ll make these arms the way I want them”. I can do what I like to my body and it doesn’t matter if it’s no one else’s cup of tea. That’s what tattoos have done for me, and in particular @rebecca_vincent_tattoo, who did these, my two biggest of eight. I love them, some people hate them, and tbh, that’s just how most tattoo owners like it. Do whatever you like to your body, for whatever reason you want - whether to reclaim what you were once ashamed and embarrassed of, or just because you bloody well feel it. Just be safe, of legal age, and super, super fussy about who gets to work on your skin. I picked a blinder in Rebecca (and yes, I paid for them. I’m about to take them to 10 Downing Street. Covered up, mind.)
My lovely, kind and immensely talented nephew Caleb Hughes graduated from his acting degree today, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He will probably be mortified by my posting, but he’s an actor, so he needs to get used to it. I am so proud and excited about what comes next. He’s worked his socks off since he was a kid and no one deserves it more. ❤️😭😍 @caljmh1 @julia_urbancakes
Today’s #TrainMakeover slideshow is really more a #LipstickOfTheDay, since I did most of it at home for a change. Credits: @narsissist Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is Groenland @beccacosmetics Under Eye Brightener and Ultimate Coverage Concealer in Banana @byterryofficial Brightening CC Powder in Apricot Glow @milkmakeup bronzing stick in Baked Eyeshadow: some shades from the @bobbibrownuk Infra Red palette. Lip is @narsissist precision lip liner in Juan Les Pins drawn all over, then topped with @milkmakeup glow Oil Lip & Cheek in Flare (put on the cheeks too), which is what gives the lip that slightly neon vibe. Mascara is @hourglasscosmetics Caution T shirt is @bella_freud Bag is @stellamccartney (both bought in the sales). All makeup is a press sample except the @narsissist Pencil, which I bought (Public service announcement: it’s the best match for @maccosmeticsuk Lady Danger since they discontinued Flare pencil.) A NOTE ON COLOUR: I AM WEARING A LOAD OF FACIAL SELF TAN, AS I’M TESTING FOR A COLUMN, WHICH IS WHY MY FACE LOOKS DARKER.
New #InTheBathroomWith, up now! This time I’m with @gucciwestman, the brilliant MUA and businesswoman. I’ve always loved and admired her work. She’s a huge talent and a lovely woman. Link in my bio. Enjoy. ❤️
Ran out of the house super early and bare faced, then realised I hadn’t packed my usual makeup bag and had very little makeup and only two brushes. So I had to make do with what was available. I buffed in a little @ctilburymakeup Magic Away concealer all over as a sheer foundation, with the fat end of the @itcosmeticsuki brush. Then I dabbed some @bobbibrownuk corrector in Light Bisque under the eyes with the small end of the brush, then patted in the CT concealer again, this time just where needed. Using the fat brush again, I buffed @milkmakeup Bronzing Stick in Baked into cheeks and temples, then used the @realtechniques brush to apply the bronzer as eye shadow too (I had nothing else). Then some @ctilburymakeup The Classic pencil in Audrey to line the eyes, smudged with the @realtechniques brush again. Then @hourglasscosmetics Caution mascara (the only non tubing mascara in the world than never smudges on me). @milkmakeup Lip & Cheek in Werk went on as both blusher and lipstick, the latter lined with @ctilburymakeup lipliner in Pillow Talk (I have one in every handbag). Finally, some @byterryofficial CC Brightening Powder in Apricot Glow, just through the T-zone (proper review on this soon), again, with the fat end of the brush, which now needs a bloody good wash. I didn’t have a brow product, so may need to nip into @superdrug at the station. 😏 Products all press samples except the Milk blush and RT brush, which I bought. Dress from @andotherstories, also bought. Earbuds - because people always ask - from @flareaudio (gifted and genuinely the best I’ve ever had). #nofilter #nofacetune #noretouch
Rare sighting of Kohl-free Winkleman in the wild. We’re on air this Sunday am, 7-9pm on @bbcradio2. #ourrainbowqueen
I’m sad to hear of @gloriavanderbilt’s death. Amongst other extraordinary qualities (righteous, moral, opinionated and brave), I’ve always felt she had one of the most astonishingly beautiful faces of all time. She was art. RIP. ❤️
Oh my heart. #ElizabethTaylor #Repost @thereal60sbazaar ・・・ Elizabeth Taylor #vintage #film #oldhollywood #actress #beauty #icon #glamour #diamonds #jewels #elizabethtaylor #fashion #style #hair #makeup #beautiful #1960s #sixties
A brilliant and fascinating few days in Milan with @esteelauderuk @esteelauder, first learning all about circadian rhythm at The World Congress of Dermatology conference, then being fully immersed in the world of Advanced Night Repair and its new addition (more of that soon). Anyone in this industry will tell you that I practically never say yes to trips. I only go if I can either learn something fascinating or make something good. This most definitely ticked the former box. Such interesting learnings at the conference and super fun to catch up with the ELC team and @carolinehirons. (Post absolutely NOT paid for or sponsored, but this was a #presstrip). SWIPE FOR MORE IMAGES. Dress: @asos (paid for myself). Lipstick: @esteelauderuk Pure Color Envy in Impassioned (press sample).
What a huge honour to be invited to the iconic The V&A last night to talk about #OurRainbowQueen to a full theatre. Dream Friday night. Thank you @amberbutchart for hosting and thank you if you came. I’ll never forget it. It’s the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this evening with @laurenlaverne. @vamuseum
I’m in Dublin to host an event, and I think these flowers kindly left by the client in my room might be the most beautiful I’ve ever been given in my life. But I fly home really early tomorrow morning - too early to take to a hospital or care home or anything. I doubt the hotel staff would be allowed to take them. So my question is this: have any of you ever taken a smallish posy like this on a plane? Is that insane? Is it even allowed? If any cabin crew follow me, I’d be grateful for your opinion. I would never normally bother, but they are utterly beautiful and I can’t bear to waste them. I can’t stop staring at them. 👀💐
Morning! ☀️#mixedbreed #dogstrust
Loads of messages about what I’m wearing on my face in the IGTV video on perfumes that smell like summer. Foundation is @lumene_uk’s new Invisible Illumination tinted moisturiser in Medium (review incoming but I love it), with @bobbibrownuk Skin Foundation Stick in Cool Beige, applied over it only where needed (around the nose and so on). @beccacosmetics Under Eye brightener, @ctilburymakeup Magic Away Concealer in 2 over the top, @chanel.beauty Bronze Universel, @maccosmeticsuk Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus, @bobbibrownuk Long Wear Shadow Stick in Sand Dune and @ctilburymakeup The Classic pencil in Audrey, @hourglasscosmetics Caution mascara. @milkmakeup Lip & Cheek in Werk worn as blusher. Brows are @lauramercier Brow Dimension, Lips are @patmcgrathreal in Omi. Necklace is @tattydevine. Everything is a press sample except the necklace, which was a gift from the brand, and the @equipmentfr dress, which was bought and paid from @vestiaireco.
So thrilled to finally hang out with @natashadenona at Selfridges Trafford’s Beauty Weekender, after years of talking online. Obsessed with her products - I always used to buy lots of it in the States until it came to @theofficialselfridges. She’s absolutely bloody lovely in person too. 🙌🏼
Shameless exploitation of rescue dog alert. It’s reasonable payback for living like a Queen and being spoiled rotten. Sylvie likes the yellow chapter of #OurRainbowQueen best, presumably because it has no smart pedigree corgis in it. The book came out today and is already a bestseller. I am absolutely over the moon. Thank you so much. Available on @waterstones @amazon, gift shops, gay shops, fashion stores - everywhere. £9.99 or less. ❤️💚💜💙🧡💛🌈👑 LINK IN MY BIO
This comes out today. It was an incredibly fun and fascinating project that came at a very difficult time and brought nothing but joy. It seems very different from my usual books, but actually, it’s really about how a powerful, strong and intelligent woman can use her appearance to tell stories, make an impression and be entirely herself. So maybe the message is not so different after all. Read about how an innocent seeming brooch put Trump in his place, how a hat trolled Parliament, where our monarch gets her lipstick (and why it’s perfectly fine to apply it in public) and what a handbag on the table really signals. Our Rainbow Queen, compiled and written by me, out today on @squarepegbooks at Penguin Vintage, beautifully designed and sold everywhere for a bargainous £9.99. (Coming soon to the US too, my next chunky book out next year) 👑🌈 #OurRainbowQueen #queenelizabeth #royalfamily
A lovely evening hosting @maryportasofficial for the paperback launch of #WorkLikeAWoman. Gorgeous theatre and lovely audience, which included a woman named Sally Hughes (pic 3), much to my childish delight. Happy birthday, darling Mary. You slay. ❤️👊🏻👊🏻#Worthing
If you’ve been watching @cherwebbmakeup and me on IGTV, you might fancy coming to see us to get your beauty advice in person next weekend at @theofficialselfridges Trafford in Manchester. We’ll be joined by @alexsteinherr to talk getting the perfect glow, and making beauty work for busy lives, and between us all, I’m 100% confident we can answer all of your questions on skincare, makeup, fragrance, bodycare and beyond. Our events take place on Friday 31st and Saturday 1st, and we’d love to meet you there. Link for fully redeemable tickets in my stories and my bio.
I twice saw Judith Kerr at the Harper Collins summer authors’ party. She was already in her nineties. Each time, she was holding a large boozy drink, chatting happily and laughing loudly and often. She had the most brilliant energy and every one of us authors just gawped in starstruck adoration. She was a genius, a heroine, a survivor, an idol. What a woman and what a life. Unforgettable. RIP. ❤️ #JudithKerr #TheTigerWhoCameToTea #Mog #goalspersonified
Marvin Joseph is fourteen today. So proud. ❤️
My entries in the traditional family sweepstake, as administered and adjudicated by my 11 year old. ❤️#Eurovision
Thanks so much to the very talented and lovely @fayebluff at @narsspitalfields for getting me ready for the @fragrancefoundationuk Awards. She brilliantly followed the brief of “I’m underdressed, so please give me a face full”. Blowdry by David G at @hershesons. (Both #presstreatments) LIPSTICK: Audacious in Lana (bought it). DRESS: From @asos (bought it).
Ever met a person and felt weirdly like you’d known them your whole life? Coming this weekend: #InTheBathroomWith @sirjohnofficial, MUA to Beyoncé, Serena, Jennifer Lopez and basically every other goddess. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it. Truly one of my faves in all the years I’ve been making these. ❤️ #sirjohn #beyonce #serenawilliams
As you will probably already know, I almost always do my makeup on the train from Brighton to London (this was just this morning - when I’m home, I’m usually bare faced). I LOVE a train makeover, but I have a number of strict rules on not inconveniencing others. On Monday, we’ll be recording a conversation for Late Night @bbcwomanshour, on the etiquette of public transport makeovers. Do you do it, or does the thought horrify you? Have people tutted at you, or are you the tutter? Do you watch, transfixed, and try to glean tips / product recommendations? What wouldn’t you do in public? (I would never file or paint nails.) What has grossed you out? (I’ve heard of people CLIPPING TOENAILS on the train 🤮). Is the wobble too much, or are your skills strong? Basically, whatever your thoughts and anecdotes on public transport makeup, good and bad, we want to hear them. You can message the @bbcwomanshour account (see their stories) or simply comment below. WARNING: YOU MAY BE QUOTED. And if you want to post your own pics, please hashtag them #LNWHmakeup so we don’t miss them. ❤️
Happy birthday to the legendary hairstylist and all round good man @sammcknight1. The best. 🎂👏🏼👏🏼🌟🎁🎊🎈
INSTA REVIEW. This is @cliniqueuk’s new Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25 with antioxidants. I talked about it in a video the other week and said I’d update you. Had loads of questions about it since, so here we are. I LOVE it. Beautiful texture, lovely, plump, hydrated finish, thanks to stacks of hyaluronic acid and some aloe. Totally non greasy and oil-free so suitable for anyone in need of hydration. People will ask how it compares with my regular tinted moisturisers - Nars, IT Cosmetics, Laura etc. It has less coverage than those (especially the IT, which would be more accurately called a foundation IMO). The Clinique is less polished ‘makeup looking’. It’s more of a casual, weekendy vibe. I’d wear the Nars to a meeting (and do often), but not this. However, I’d wear this on holiday, chilling at home, meeting friends for lunch etc etc. Perfect if you like the pared down and glowy look. I get lots of questions about where tinted moisturiser fits into a routine. Personally, I wear it either over sunblock (if outside a lot), no moisturiser, OR over regular moisturiser (no separate sunblock) as my sun protection if I’m outside for only limited periods. If you’re super oily, you could apply straight over serum. Basically, I never wear moisturiser, sunblock AND tinted moisturiser all at same time. Three products is overkill IMO. The mimetic (skin adaptive) shades here are good. I’m Universal Light-Medium. The coverage is so sheer that you can safely afford to go up a shade for some summery glow. The shades are racially inclusive, though I personally think they could go one more shade darker - though the mimetic technology will cover most people. Concealer etc goes perfectly over the top. Love it. Gap in the Moisture Surge franchise filled very nicely indeed. Out now, £30. 👍🏻👍🏽👍🏾👍🏼 Swipe for another pic. (The Moisture Surge is a press sample. Sweatshirt from @ganni at The Outnet. Bought and paid for.) #nofilter #noretouch #clinique #cliniquemoisturesurge #tintedmoisturizer #skincare
#lipstickoftheday is an important one. This is @maccosmeticsuk Viva Glam I anniversary edition. This lipstick was first launched 25 years ago. My dear friend and former flatmate @julia_urbancakes brought it home from NYC for me, because I was so desperate for it and way too skint to own it (what a pal). Since its launch, there have been many incarnations and shades, which collectively have raised a staggering $500 MILLION (yes, I had to read it twice) for AIDS/HIV, LGBTQ+ and women & children charities. Absolutely not a sponsored post, not commercial partnership - just genuine and heartfelt big love for a banging lipstick with purpose. Happy anniversary, Viva Glam. OUT NOW. (Dress from @asos, tattoo by @rebecca_vincent_tattoo - all paid for) 💄🏳️🌈 #vivaglam #macvivaglam #nofilter #noretouch
Perfect Friday spent filming some vids with my old pal @cherwebbmakeup. She’s on the verge of stealing Sylvie and moving to Brighton, so a successful day all round. Videos coming really soon. ❤️(my dress is @Ganni, bought from The Outnet. My lipstick is @maccosmeticsuk Viva Glam I 25th anniversary edition. Every penny after tax to help AIDS/HIV, LGBTQ+ and women’s charities). 💄
This picture fills my heart with joy. So real, modern, pure and progressive. What a lovely and uplifting thing. I do love a new baby. ❤️😍
On my way to present the launch of Sally Wainwright’s brilliant new BBC drama, Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones. Quick train makeover: @ctilburymakeup Hollywood Flawless Filter in 2, @suqqu_uk_official Extra Rich Cream Foundation and @beccacosmetics Undereye Brightener (All applied at home). Then: @chanel.beauty concealer, @lauramercier Candleglow powder, @bobbibrownuk Brightening Brick in Tawny, Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe, @ctilburymakeup The Classic pencil in Audrey (upper lashline) and Sophia (lower waterline) and Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, @bobbibrownuk lip color in Blondie Pink, @hourglasscosmetics Caution mascara, @surratt Brow Pomade, brushes from @maccosmeticsuk, @realtechniques, @itcosmetics and @zoevacosmetics. Ten minute job - this is the joy of creamy eye crayons. Everything a press sample except the Surratt and the Real Techniques, which I bought. #nofilter #noretouch #trainmakeover
Just a few brushes. *dressing table collapses*
Vernal. #mixedbreed #rescuedogsofinstagram 🐰
I have been in bed with lurgy for two days. Whole family now stricken with it. Hence no videos. However, it’s a testament to the astonishing talents of @nez_hasan that my brows still look like this when I’m wearing zero makeup, feel disgusting and haven’t even hoisted myself out of bed for a wash yet. SKILLZ. Video on microblading next week. Or this week, if I’ve emerged from my pit. (Treatment was free)
Fantastic news. Well, well overdue, but wonderful. (Sorry that I haven’t had a chance to answer all of your messages on this in recent weeks. I’ve answered as many as I can at the time.) 👊🏾👊🏼👊🏻👊🏽👊🏿👊🏼 #Repost @britbeautycouncil with @get_repost ・・・ News that China will not require animal testing on cosmetic products from 2020 is surely music to ears across all sectors of our business. This long contested law has long been a thorn in the side of animal welfarists and beauty companies looking to expand into the buoyant Chinese market. But after years of lobbying, the Institute For In-Vitro Sciences (IIVS) has announced that the govt there has finally approved nine non animal -based methods for legislation from next year. The IIVS has worked with China’s National Medical Products Association (NMPA) to help modernise its regulatory efforts and convince the authorities there of the reliability and safety of in-vitro methods. A proper game-changer on so many levels 💥
Is it me, or is it full on SUMMER?! wtf ☀️. Tell me what you want columns on this summer (the next five are planned but I’ll see what I can do thereafter). PRODUCTS: @natashadenona Face Glow Foundation in 20, @beccacosmetics under eye brightener, @ctilburymakeup Magic Away concealer in 2, @beccacosmetics bronzer in Bali Sands, @milkmakeup Lip & Cheek in Werk, @bobbibrownuk Long Wear Shadow Stick in Taupe, @ctilburymakeup The Classic pencil in Audrey and lip pencil in Pillow Talk, Caution mascara by @hourglasscosmetics. Everything but the foundation is a press sample. No brow product, but they were microbladed by @nez_hasan free of charge.