Blue, I Love You: Skincare Magic from Josh Rosebrook

Hello, my darlings! I have really abandoned this little blog, haven’t I? My only defense is that this pregnancy has well and truly kicked my butt. I’ll share more with you later, but the last 8-something months have been… Interesting. And yes: I am still working on that hydrating serum post – I think at least part of the reason for my writer’s block is the fact that it’s such a beast. Thankfully, something happened that actually inspired me to pick up the metaphorical pen: I got my hands on two of the most revolutionary, remarkable and, yes, perfect products I have had the pleasure to experience. I am talking about the just-released Vital Balm Cream and Advanced Hydration Mask from Josh Rosebrook. And here’s the best part: not only are these two products magical (no, really), they also perfectly fit the theme of hydration – consider them a precursor to the Big Wet Post. Oh and keep an eye out for my upcoming pregnancy skincare post – some time around October!

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Godspeed: The HH Travel Skincare Guide

We are off to the UK on Saturday and I am oh-so-excited! I can’t wait to spend my days curled up in front of the roaring fire, eating my weight in mince pies and taking occasional breaks for forays into London – always sparkling and gorgeous around the holidays. Really, England is my perfect Christmas wonderland. Of course, before we actually get there, there is the flight. With each passing year, air travel becomes more and more of a soul-sucking nightmare. What’s worse, even if you’re fortunate enough to only fly first class, it’s still a nightmare for the skin. In fact, between the dry, stale, recirculated air, the increased radiation, the dehydration (how many of us drink enough water on the plane; to say nothing of the drying effects of alcohol) and the jet lag, flying is one of the worst thing you can do to your skin. There isn’t much to be done about the general awfulness of air travel, but thankfully, your skin doesn’t have to suffer. All it takes is a little planning, some clever skincare and this Guide.

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Little Ms. Sunshine or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPF

Greetings, gentle reader. I ask that you brace yourself, for I am about share something with you that no beauty blogger should ever admit and something that will make you question every bit of advice I have ever given you and my sanity itself. Here it goes: I hate sunblock! If you are horrified and appalled, I understand. After all, the first thing every skincare professional, columnist and busybody (myself included) will tell you, is that sun protection is not just necessary for your health: it is, unquestionably, the best and most effective way to prevent sun damage and subsequent aging. So what gives?

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Green, Faraway Lands

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Not the path to the dark side, but my path to anywhere when I travel. Or at least it used to be…

Hello once again from The Englishman. I call myself that only as guest writer here, but HH is so taken by my moniker, that I fully expect her to start introducing me as it in public. Anyway, I digress. It’s been while since I accepted my lot in life as a green goddess’s sidekick and things have moved on for me in my own green journey since I spoke to you all last. So I thought it worthy of a smattering of prose to convey quite how happy I am that green beauty is no longer just for travel, but has become a daily routine too.

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Ask HH: The “Ain’t Nobody Asked You”/Fall Edition.

I often get rather amazing, thoughtful and fairly deep-diving comments on my posts, both here and on Instagram. I figure that my other readers might be interested in reading my answers (and I need to be my ridiculously verbose self), so this feature is where I answer them. Ask your brilliant questions in comments and will do a regular digest with my answers. Of course, please keep in mind that I am not a dermatologist or an aesthetician, so my advice comes strictly from personal experience and obsessive research.

This edition of Ask HH is a little different from the usual format: rather than being based on specific reader questions, I wanted to write a few things that were inspired by those questions. I also want to dispel some myths surrounding green beauty in the special “Stop the Inanity” segment. Perhaps it might grow into its own feature, just as long as there are enough people making ridiculous claims about green beauty.

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Ask HH: Answers to Your Pressing Skincare Questions

I often get rather amazing, thoughtful and fairly deep-diving comments on my posts. I figure that my other readers might be interested in reading my answers (and I need to be my ridiculously verbose self), so I am starting a new feature: Ask HH. Ask your brilliant questions in comments and will do a regular digest with my answers. Of course, please keep in mind that I am not a dermatologist or an aesthetician, so my advice comes strictly from personal experience and obsessive research.

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The Replacements: Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream

In making the switch to green beauty, some products are particularly hard to replace. In this series of posts I will  highlight the treasures discovered during my search for products that work as well, if not better, as their conventional counterparts.

I acknowledge that it may seem excessive for me to feature another Josh Rosebrook product in the Replacements series, but I can’t fight facts: his Styling Cream is, without exaggeration, a life-changing product. My discovery of the Styling Cream, thanks to the recommendation from the lovely Marcy of Naturally Marcy, was a culmination of years spent trying to find the right styling product and at a time when I pretty much despaired of finding anything that would actually work.

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