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Joanne Mallon
Joanne Mallon is a freelance journalist, media career coach and author of Toddlers: An Instruction Manual and How to Overcome Fear of Driving
Interests: media,films,writing,books,travel,parenting,lifestyle
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Just a quick note to say that I'm in the process of moving this blog from Typepad to Wordpress, so from now on you'll find me at Please come and say hello at the new address. See you on... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
So. Fillers. Where do you stand on them? Personally, though I recognise the dreaded facial slide south that happens in your forties, I'm not sure I want to deal with it by injecting stuff into my face. Filler creams, on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
I'm such a Fitbit saddo. I get genuinely excited when they bring out a new metric, and the latest one is the 250 steps per hour challenge. You might be thinking that's not very far at all, and you'd be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
I'll be honest from the start - when I agreed to review this product, what I was expecting was not at all what I got. I thought that Remescar Spider Veins would be some sort of make up product to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
London-based perfumer Miller Harris have launched Vetiver Insolent, the fourth in their Editions collection of scents inspired by powerful and unexpected moments in life. It was created by French perfumer Mathieu Nardin and comprises top notes of Italian bergamot, black... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
These SkinCeuticals products have been in my skincare queue for a long time, ever since I was given them at the 30 Plus Bloggers' event at Omniya London. To be honest, what put me off was the perplexing way that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
One of the many delightful things that happens when we age is that skin pores become more visible. At the same time your eyesight is probably getting worse so at least the good news is that you may not notice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Jan Marini Skin Research is American brand we've looked at a few times before - namely their deliciously-scented holiday facial scrub, and their innovative Bioglycolic Cleanser. I'm still using both of those and still really loving them. So today we're... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
I'm pretty cool with blemishes. I think it's OK to be imperfect, as perfectly imperfect as you are. Imperfections and making mistakes are what make us human and unique, and learning to live with that is a life long work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
You know how bloggers often do haul posts about fabulous arrays of goodies that they just had to treat themselves to? Well, here is mine: Three whole quid! As you can tell, I live the high life here in (intermittently)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Recently we looked at Magnitone Barefaced, the starter brush in Magnitone London's range of facial cleansing brushes, and found it to be a thing of many delights - half the price of a Clarisonic and just as good. Today we're... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Dior Addict Lip Glow is a lovely, lovely thing. It's a lip balm that adjusts to the moisture levels in your lips to produce a glow that's unique to the wearer. The packaging is just beautiful and it's a pleasure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Exam season is coming up, and even if you're not doing any exams yourself, just the fact that it EXISTS is traumatic enough, so of course you need new stationery to get through the stress of it all. Thank heavens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
A few years ago, facial cleansing brushes were the hot new innovation in vibrating devices for your person. So I totally fell for the hype and bought myself a Clarisonic. It's by some way the most expensive facial cleansing brush... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
When you go in the bathroom, don't be put off by the goat Okay I won't This is not really that unusual a conversation in my house. Since I started my adventures in skincare with weird ingredients, the homesquad has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Has your skin been like sandpaper recently? Mine has. I think it's a combination of being ill and run down, plus the storms and cold weather, plus the central heating being on. It's not really a recipe for happy skin.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Lots of people have been asking me for recommendations for extra-sensitive skin recently and there is one brand I always send them to - Avene. This French pharmacy range (pronounced Ah-venn and not Ah-veen) has a great range of modestly-priced... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Sometimes a product comes along that really confounds your expectations in a good way, and this is one of those times. I was given Fillerina Night Cream to try at the 30 Plus Blogs event last year, and I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Anastasia Beverley Hills recently released their new Brow Definer (AKA eyebrow pencil) which is apparently all special and new and innovative on account of its triangular nib. Er...except it's not all that innovative at all because it looks very much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
I don't normally post stuff like this but I love a bargain, especially in the unbearable bleakness of cash-squeezed January and wanted to let you know about a great beauty offer. Luxury beauty specialists SpaceNK have a really good referral... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Eye make-up remover - I know, it's a bit boring, right? Not this one. How cool is this: What you're seeing here is the Toleriane Eye Make-up Remover from La Roche-Posay. Little individually sealed vials of eye make-up remover, like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Before Christmas I introduced you to the lovely special edition Holiday Exfoliator from Jan Marini Skin Research and today, we're looking at a year-round classic from the brand, their Bioglycolic Face Cleanser. This cleanser has a secret up its sleeve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
It's my FitBit birthday - a year to the day since I started using the daily fitness tracker to monitor my every day activity. And here are the scores on the doors: Over 5 million steps! Over two thousand miles!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
Happy New Year and I hope 2016 is treating you kindly so far. I have no New Year Resolutions to share with you, though feel free to suggest something you think I should crack on with. I've bought a Nutribullet,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Opposable Thumbs
The trouble with being self-employed at this time of year is that the Christmas parties are lonely affairs. Luckily for some of us in Brighton, Hotter Shoes recently arrived in town and invited lots of local bloggers to help celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Opposable Thumbs