Despite being just three months into 2014, the year has already proven to be super hectic with a dissertation and numerous exams to study for. Writing a dissertation until the early hours of every morning will naturally rob you of the motivation to blog regularly hence the lack of posts. I’ve missed it dearly so I’ll be making the effort to update you ladies a lot more, but in the meantime let me fill you in with what’s been happening when I haven’t actually been swamped with a tonne of test papers and text books…


What I’ve Been Doing – Preparing for my presentation at the Making Cosmetics Conference on the 26th March where I’ll be speaking about how brands can communicate with their Muslim customers. It’ll be an interesting presentation so if you’re in Coventry make sure you register and attend!

What I’ve Been Using – Unfortunately stress makes acne go round, so I’ve been keeping my trust blemish busting stash very close by my side. Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion and Drying Lotion, La Roche-Posay’s new Effaclar Duo [+]* and the Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel* have been getting me by. Expect a post on this soon. 

What I’ve Been Reading – Staying within the theme of dissertations, I’ve been reading Above the Stench by Shannon Peter which investigates how niche fragrance brands stand out in the saturated fragrance market. Fragrance and academia = perfect reading that won’t leave me so guilty for not studying.

What I’ve Been Searching For – Just like it’s firmly established that we all need the perfect red lipstick in our lives, I’m beginning to think that nude lipstick is just as important. But the quest to find one hasn’t been easy so I recently took to Instagram to ask you ladies. Add to the conversation and let me know what your favourites are!

What I’ve Been Supporting – Pioneers in bespoke shampoo, Concoction are calling the public to get involved in The Concoction Club, a crowdfunding campaign with a difference. Money pledged via Indiegogo will be awarded with perks from customised Concoction products and limited edition edition tote bags to exclusive sessions with beauty industry insiders including Millie Kendall MBE. Go and support here!