Sunday Tittle Tattle: And On Saturday She Rests…

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You may have noticed that there wasn’t a post yesterday. If you didn’t notice then – quite frankly – I know that you don’t love me as much as you say you do.


I have decided that from now on, unless I suddenly manage to find a pocket of free time that has hitherto been miraculously concealed from me, I will not be doing a website post on Saturdays. I’m going to take Saturday as a weekly holiday. Sundays are always busy, with the Sunday Tittle Tattle and my Sunday video, and I often find that unless I’m careful (and very organised) I end up working seven days a week. And you have to try and have at least one work-free day, otherwise all of your friends and family begin to simply give up on you.

So on Saturdays I have decided that I will have a complete computer ban – I may even stop checking my iPhone, because it’s often looking at Twitter and Instagram that sets me off on a work spiral. Something will remind me of a post I haven’t published or a friend I didn’t tweet back or a face cream I need to research. And then, before I know it, it’s 8pm and the day has slipped through my fingers.

Before I forget: winners of the Christophe Robin giveaway are listed below. You’ll be contacted directly by the PR for the brand, so please keep an eye out for that. Fionaalanamurray, Christine.schmoelzl, rachel-moss, Mckenzielauren8 and Anne.mccleary; congratulations and enjoy your luxe new haircare regime!

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My Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss

post pregnancy hair loss and thinning

I was going to do a written post on my postpartum hair loss, but actually you can see the sparse patches better on video, so a video it is. I’m thoughtful that way.

And look I know that my hair loss isn’t drastic – not by any means – but so many people have expressed an interest when I’ve mentioned it in passing that it seemed unsporting not to address it. And there is quite a lot of balding going on around the hairline, with annoying short bits that are growing back through, so if it makes a few people feel better about things then I’m happy.

I’ve just outlined a few little changes that I’ve made to my haircare regime (some are very practical, like not tying my hair up so much) and the products I’m relying on to give my roots a bit of a boost and my ends a bit of a moisture treat. All of the products are listed below the video screen – if you have any tips, or just want to tell other people about your own experience then please do leave a comment.

I’ll be back with a second video once I’ve tried out some miraculous hair-growth products. Any suggestions for things that actually work?

Products Mentioned:

Christophe Robin Rose Shampoo + Conditioner:

OGX Argan Shampoo and Conditioner:

Wet Brush:

Tangle Teezer:

Phyto 9 Cream:

Colab Dry Shampoo Sheer & Invisible – please see stockists here. I am a founder of and spokesmodel for the Colab brand.

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Treat Time: The Clinique Covent Garden Gift #ad

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If you’re intent on overhauling your beauty cabinet this January then now is the time: Clinique have a gorgeous gift available at their Covent Garden store, available with the purchase of two or more Clinique products*. The gift includes a mini of one of my favourite shades in the Pop Lip Colour and Primer line-up, “Melon Pop” (you can read by rave about those lipsticks here) and a brilliant shadow duo in “Black Honey and Amber” as well as a High Impact mascara (3.5ml), Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser (30ml), Dramatically Different Moisturiser+ (30ml) and Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream (5ml). Everything comes presented in a colourful makeup bag designed in collaboration with Kapitza Studio, who make brilliant geometric art for interiors and fashion textiles.

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I find beauty miniatures irresistible (as you would find out if you ever poked about in my office drawers, which are full to the brim with tiny tubes of face cream and dinky perfume bottles and little glass pots of this and that) and I entirely blame Clinique for this particular addiction, because it was their “Bonus Time” gifts that got me hooked in my late teens!

I loved being able to discover new products and – as an incorrigible beauty addict – I liked the excuse to treat myself to a couple of things knowing that I was getting even more stuff to play about with at home. Though I’m pretty sure that the makeup offerings when I was a teen were never quite so tempting as they are these days; just look at this Melon Pop Lip Color:

So bright and cheerful for these dismal winter days. The formula is rich and buttery and feels comforting on crackled weather-beaten lips, but the colour is vibrant and bold. Just gorgeous.

clinique covent garden all about shadow

And the All About Shadow duo is very wearable and flattering; below I’ve used the lighter shade as a wash across the lid and the darker to add depth and define the lashline slightly. I’ve finished off with a couple of coats of the High Impact Mascara…

This gift is exclusive to the Covent Garden Store until the 30th January 2016 – free with the purchase of two or more Clinique products* – and if you’re stocking up and happen to buy a third product, you get a free FULL SIZE Moisture Surge Overnight Mask! If you need some pointers when it comes to skincare choices then please do read my post here.

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You can find the Clinique Covent Garden Store on the East Piazza. If you don’t live in or near London and can’t get to Covent Garden then please do check the Clinique website for online offers. You can find that here.

*one to be skincare or foundation. Or with the purchase of one Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush.  This post is an advertorial for Clinique.

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Creme Puff Blush: Understated Nude

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After mentally compiling a “best of 2015” list but then completely forgetting to actually write up a post, I thought that I might work my way through and do some standalone reviews. At any rate, the Creme Puff Blush from Max Factor deserves its own page here on A Model Recommends; I probably use it more often than any other face powder product. (Or it definitely ties with Chanel’s Les Beiges!) Partly because it’s incredibly petite and compact and therefore a permanent fixture in my makeup bag, but also because the shade I use – Nude Mauve – is the most perfect “do-it-all” part-bronze-part-blush powder.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve

If you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush then you’ll know the joy of a non-shimmery, maximum glow cheek colour. We’re talking subtle luminescence, here, and not full-on highlighting, but the final effect is one of a beautiful wash of colour that somehow lifts and brightens the complexion. Max Factor’s Creme Puff Blush powders have the same multi-tonal idea; Nude Mauve combines swirls of a flattering bronze with a kind of Bonne Mine shade. Healthy glow. The overall effect is just that, though it’s slightly too dark for me to use as I would a complexion enhancer – I either sweep it over my cheeks for a sunkissed look or build it up beneath the cheekbones for more of a sculpted effect.

Read about the best nude makeup products…

For me, Nude Mauve is just one of those shades that you can’t go far wrong with. The hint of mauve stops it from being too flat and adds the tiniest bit of outdoorsy flush, but if you want to use the powder strictly to sculpt (in a low-key way) then the warmth doesn’t interfere. Here I’ve used it beneath the cheekbones (Bobbi Brown’s Face Blender brush for this):

And you can (hopefully) see that the wash of colour is just gorgeously nude and understated. If you like to look polished rather than obviously “done up” then it’s a great little blush/bronzer to have in your bag.

Equally, if you’ve been lusting after the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers in the pinkier/coral tones then you could do a lot worse than to check out Alluring Rose and Seductive Pink from the Creme Puff range. When I find them in the quagmire of makeup that litters my office floor I shall take some photographs – in the meantime, you can find them all online here.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve is £8.99 from

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Giveaway: Christophe Robin Luxury Regenerating Haircare

Christophe Robin Regenerating Haircare

I’m starting the new week with an incredibly decadent giveaway for you. Do you remember my summer love affair with the Christophe Robin volumising haircare à la rose? Beautiful, bouncifying shampoo and conditioner with the most delicate rose scent? (If you don’t remember then you can remind yourselves here.) Well. There’s something even newer from hair colourist extraordinaire Christophe  – the Regenerating Collection – and I have five whole sets of it to give away!

Christophe Robin Regenerating Haircare

Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Collection has, at its core, the Regnerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil; a highly concentrated deep conditioning mask that helps to repair and strengthen damaged hair. A bit of a Google on Prickly Pear Seed Oil throws up the fact that it has a record concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamin E – twice as much as argan oil! Bring it on.

I tried this mask in the summer and it was incredibly powerful – I rather overdid it, I think, because you only need the tiniest amount. It’s a total hair treatment – you massage in from roots right down to the tips so that the scalp is stimulated as well as the lengths being cared for. But the result is stronger, healthier-feeling hair – it’s the perfect kind of mask to use when you’re having a long beauty session in the bath. I collect disposable shower caps from hotels for precisely this type of event; I squeeze all the water from my freshly-washed hair, apply a mask and wind my hair up on to the top of my head before putting on the cap. It stops my hair from going into the water when I relax back into the bath.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Haircare

Where was I? The Regenerating Collection. There’s now a rich, creamy shampoo (again, enriched with prickly pear oil) and a multi-use, intense repair balm. The repair balm is brilliant for dry ends, especially if you have your hair coloured on a regular basis and have ends like straw. Just a tiny amount melted between fingertips can be used to add a bit of definition, too – kind of like a styling wax, but massively conditioning at the same time. It’s non-sticky and can also be used on lips as a salve, on dry skin anywhere on the face or body and as a soothing balm post-shave.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Haircare

I have five sets of this gorgeous Regenerating Collection to give away, each comprising a shampoo (worth £30) a mask (worth £51) and a balm (worth £29). The total value of each set is a massive £110 so this is truly the haircare routine of dreams. If your hair is in need of some intensive care then this is the ultimate prize…

To be in with the chance of winning, leave a comment below, making sure that you enter your email address into the form where prompted. (This won’t be visible to anyone else.) If you’re feeling generous then you can share this post, tweet about it or subscribe to my newsletter, but it’s not obligatory.

I’m just trying my luck. Ha.

One entry per person, this is open worldwide and the giveaway closes at noon on Friday (29th January 2016). Winners will be picked at random on Friday and announced in the Sunday Tittle Tattle. Good luck everyone! If you’d like to take a look at the full range from Christophe Robin, it’s on LookFantastic here. My love affair with the rose range is still very much alive – I’m almost through the second lot.

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