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 so I even went as far as searching for ‘hotels nearby’ and planned my Phuket part of the trip all around it!





11 Comments on The beauty obsession…

  1. Hi Susie,
    I am delighted with this post. I could have written it myself (product addiction etc.)
    Just wondering what your favourite SPF is these days,
    Thanks, Eloise

    • How fabulous thank you so much. Well… I adore Dermalogica’s ‘Ultra Sensitive Faceblock’ (I like the slight coverage) I have a Clarins one with me in Thailand. I’m going to do a piece on those UV rays definitely, Susie x

  2. This is very exciting, my sports teacher always said she used sunblock because so much of her job was outdoors- had a 9 year school reunion the other and her skin still looks like it did 9 years ago! Think I should start using that. BUT huge problem is that sometimes sunblocks are way to thick and greasy to put any kind of make up on over and also cause spots! Is the Dermalogica one you recommend non-greasy? xx

    • Hi Sally, that’s so nice to know. I personally like it because it is moisturising not greasy. I do like a bit of moisture I have to say. I also love the slight tint it has. And that it is chemical free sunscreen because some do irritate my skin, Susie X

  3. Hi Susie, loving the fact your blogging how cool is that ! 🙂
    I moved from Wentworth, Surrey (as you know) to Sunny South Florida all for the love of golf.
    I’d spend pretty much every day out on the golf course playing at practicing. My skin is really quite fair and very sensitive. After trying every sun block known to man kind ( slight exaggeration haha) I have found my go to skin saver. It’s an spf 50 *gel* called Helicocare Advanced. It has the slightest tint and doesn’t clog my pores !
    Whats’ your favorite mascara ? xx

    • I’m definitely coming to try that gel it sounds perfect especially as Sally mentioned above for a non greasy feel.
      Mascara – there are loads I like – but the one I tend to go back to for all round value and effectiveness is Mac’s Zoom Lash Mascara – just their standard black Zoom Lash – they did launch a Zoom Fast Black version.

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