I am a beauty editor that nibbles her fingers, cuticles and sometimes nails. 

There. I said it…

It’s a habit that started when I was young, somewhere around the time of my brother’s death. It’s not something I’m proud of – in fact, nail biting is something that can be super embarrassing. After all, I am old enough to know better, and work in beauty – testing out the latest colours, mani’s and treatments. I often lie to my 3-year old – who says ‘Mummy, you have an ouch – let me kiss it better.’ So often blame the cooker. (Yup, he now has a deep-rooted fear of the oven – which is probably not a bad thing.)

As I’m not keen to pass this habit onto my offspring – I do my utmost to keep it under control.

It’s essential I have products on hand that act as a prevention or quick cure… For instance; keeping nails painted and pretty seem to help enormously. My go-to colours are both by ESSIE – Ballet Slippers – is a white-based natural pale pink and the perfect nude shade. While the other is Fifth Ave, an orangey-based red, with a great shiny finish. I apply Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat for a longer lasting mani which I stockpile from Lookfantastic.com.

photo9Molton Brown Hand Creams come in a variety of fragrances and are non-greasy, and leave hands smelling very perfumed and pretty.

I carry almond oil in my handbag – and sometimes little testers of CND’s Cuticle Eraser.

Crabtree&Evelyn’s Hand Recovery does what it says. In a couple of minutes, the scrub eliminates dry skin, softens and smoothes. (So I’m less tempted to pick at any hangnails or dry skin.)

Without a doubt, the best for nourishing dry digits is L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Loaded Handcream – it contains honey, almond, coconut oil and with the miracle moisture worker – 20% shea butter – to repair. Plus, L’Occitane uses shea butter sourced from Burkina Faso, harvested in a sustainable and fair trade partnership with the women who produce it.

If I’ve had a particularly bad session and chewed until my cuticles bleed, I dab on some of this at the crime scene, cover with a plaster and it will heal in 24-hours.

My new mantra:

Cuticles are not a food group

cuticles are not a food group

cuticles are not a food group

cuticles are not a food group

cuticles are not a food group




Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 21.25.56Superfoods are everywhere these days, so chowing down on my seven-a-day should be easy peasy. However, I still don’t manage to tick off the 5, or is it 7? You’re meant to digest.  Hence, my devotion to anything that manages to sneak in some vitamins without me thinking twice. Yup, Broccoli, that boring mini Bonsai veggie, that turns to seed in the bottom of your fridge, is the bomb when it comes to skincare. Recent studies show they reduce the production of free-radicals, and are full of antioxidants. Elemis, not one to shy away from technological advances, have introduced their new ‘Superfood Facial Oil’. It’s chock-full of Broccoli, Flax Seed, and Daikon Radish: it plumps, refines and nourishes skin with just three drops. And it smells light and lovely, not too overpowering, you know, like you drenched your face in aromatherapy oils, meaning it won’t irritate any sensitive types.IMG_5040