I always compile a wish list in the middle of January, mainly because my family ask for one in time for my February Birthday, but also because it adds some frivolous cheer into an otherwise dreary time of year. And today being ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year – it seemed particularly appropriate.

  1. Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes
    I’ve always bought brushes in bits and pieces, picking and choosing from different ranges/brands because sets always seemed to include a large quantity of items I didn’t want. Not this one. Each and every piece of this set would easily find a slot in my make up routine, and the fact they’re easy on the eye doesn’t hurt, either.
  2. Pocket Pouch by Als
    These metallic accessories are all handmade in London and stocked exclusively by The Royal Academy. I would use mine to house all those loose odds and ends that float around at the bottom of my handbag – hair grips, lip balms, mints etc.
  3. Nomad Pouffe by Bombay Duck
    I love pretty much anything from Bombay Duck, but can see this embroidered pouffe sitting very nicely in our sitting room.
  4. Fresh Brown Sugar Perfume
    Aside from my trusty Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, this is hands down my favourite scent of all time. I first discovered Fresh in New York in 2009, and the smell of this perfume always takes me straight back.
  5. Bee Pewter Key Ring
    I love to have a pretty collection of charms attached to my keys, and this little fellow would be a lovely addition to the mix.
  6. Portland Mirror by The White Company
    To my husband’s dismay, I have a bit of a habit of moving furniture around and changing the layout of a room on a whim. Having recently got itchy feet with our sitting room, we now have a lovely section of wall that’s crying out for a mirror, and this would be just the thing.

 

Having been given a copy of Sali Hughes’ new book Pretty Iconic for Christmas, I’m desperate to start reading. However, I have a feeling I’ll need a baby-free weekend to do it justice. I read Sali’s first book, Pretty Honest cover to cover in about two days flat. For me – someone who never finishes about 80% of what I start, this is pretty rare. Since then, most of my conversations around beauty/make up/skincare start with the words ‘Sali says…’, to the point several of my friends think I have been paid to be some sort of official Sali ambassador.

I’ve always suffered with troublesome skin, and after a particularly bad blip in early pregnancy (cheers to you, hormones) I started following her recommended cleansing regime religiously. Over a year later, hormones settled, I still do. As a self confessed beauty junkie, this shows how highly I rate her methods.

Want to find out more? Sali is also the Guardian’s Beauty Editor, so you can read lots of her articles online as a little taster for what’s in the book.