In 1999 I deferred my place at university, to pursue an acting career. I’ve always had other interests, and just recently I decided to explore a little more on my favourite subject – beauty. If there was an area of expertise any of my friends would unfailingly talk to me about, it’s this. I won’t go into too much detail of the road I’m going down over the next year or so, but I wanted to start blogging.
From the age of 13, I spent every penny that I had on products – comically, looking back, a huge amount of sunblock. At the time Clinique’s City Block was my number one choice. This was after a conversation with a very wise lady called Frances Griffiths who sat me down in her garden in Thames Ditton in the summer of 1994 and said, ‘Darling if there is one thing I can tell you in life, always use suncreen come rain or shine’… and I have.
Treatments were my addiciton. For my 14th birthday, my Dad booked me into a spa for a day of treatments as my present. Still to this day, if I am sitting and waiting for anyone or anything I will be reading the back of product bottles. It’s pretty much all I read in the pages of a magazine, and I have even been known to glance through my friends’ beauty cupboards (sorry India and Vicky). Family holidays as a teenager, and even any holiday now, treatments are the first thing I look for.
I’m about to go to Thailand – I leave tomorrow – and I have found a place called Sweet Lemongrass Massage. It was the number one rated attraction for Phuket on Tripadvisor.com so I even went as far as searching for ‘hotels nearby’ and planned my Phuket part of the trip all around it!