My new trick for dry, damaged hair

Want to know my go to hair detox? The product I use to get rid of product? The cheat I use to scrape away the residue of pollution, overenthusiastic use of hair spray and city dirt? Washing up liquid. It strips the hair of all the crap that comes with living in the city. But as you might guess, it…
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Beauty hacks for the expat woman

After my last post on getting makeup ready in a rush, I’ve had a few Expaters get in touch for more beauty tips. I’m not a makeup pro, I’m no #instabeauty, but I do know a thing or two about getting ready with three screaming kids clinging to my ankles. Here are a few of my fave quick fixes, hacks and…
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How to make your own organic cosmetics: A masterclass with Qulla

A few weeks ago I tried a make your own organic cosmetics class here in Santiago de Chile. Qulla is an organic, plant based, natural skincare brand and its founder, Daniela runs workshops for both English and Spanish speakers in the city. To date, I’ve tried out two Qulla classes – make your own moisturisers and balms, as well as…
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How to treat eczema and psoriasis 

Among the many things I suffer from (shoe addiction, frizzy hair, aversion to early mornings), eczema and psoriasis are probably the most annoying. I’ve battled with eczema and psoriasis since I was born. From hardly noticing it was there, to being stopped in the street and asked if my face was OK. Since I moved to Santiago in Chile, I’ve had…
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The ultimate Christmas gift for dry or oily skin

Have you ever met someone randomly at a party then ended up inseparable best friends for life? Someone who enriches your life, makes you better deep down and protects you in times of need? OK, it’s not quite the same, but let me introduce you to a new beauty friend of mine. This little facial oil skin saviour came into…
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Gift ideas: Best luxury beauty travel kits

I travel regularly and Expaters, I’m sure you do to. I like to keep a suitcase under the bed ready to go, just in case. After all, Paris is always a good idea. After travelling a fair amount for my last job and even more as an expat, I now keep a couple of travel beauty sets for last minute…
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Beauty Spotting: the new facial serum combating smog with science

Firstly a disclosure: As as personal customer of QMS products for many years, I was gifted the new QMS EpiGen Daily-Detox Serum for me to try out. There was, however, no agreement or obligation for me to post about the brand or product. Now a news update – we are considering a move to Santiago in Chile. While I’m keen to…
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A guide to treating common children’s ailments with aromatherapy

As expat mums we all know the struggle to find a good family doctor, how difficult it can be to find treatment for minor ailments when we’re on the go, or our reluctance to trust strong medication alone for our kids, especially when we barely understand the language that the prescription is written in. The more I’ve travelled, the more…
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City pollution is killing your skin. Here’s how to save it.

I lather SPF on my face daily. I cleanse, tone and moisturise even if I’m in a rush, exhausted or drunk. And my skin still sucks. Sound familiar? Apparently I’ve been suffering the effects of air pollution and it seems I’m not alone. Every day, city dweller skin is bombarded with tiny toxic particles, poisonous gases and harmful chemicals which…
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