Claudia Fallah Cosmetics

Have you ever had a facial? My mom always taught me less is more. A facial meant swimming in an ocean and moisturizer was nothing but a touch of olive oil here and there. As I grew up I changed some of my beauty habits, yet it wasn’t until last year when I had my first facial. I was in the UK for work when a personal publicist on a red carpet heard me admit my non-facial status. The next thing I knew I was in a luxury hotel suite, my face under a billow of enchanting steam. I had no idea my newfound facialist, Claudia Fallah, was a celebrity skincare guru across the pond. The moment in time was a high five for my skin. Fortunately, no matter where any of us live, we have access to Claudia’s superb talents via Claudia Fallah Cosmetics. As a facial convert and a Claudia Fallah devotee, today I share London’s best kept skincare secreta brilliant, humble woman who is serious about how she can help you.

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When did the Claudia Fallah brand launch? How was it conceived?

My brand was launched in London on October 25, 1999 which means this year will be my 15th anniversary! I originally decided to have my own range formulated due to the difficulty I encountered trying to find natural products without perfumes, parabens or other skin irritants which I could use in my clinic when treating clients who suffered from different types of skin micro-trauma. This followed a strange experience I had a couple of years before whilst living near Abbey Road Studios. One night I had a dream that I was at the Dorchester Hotel in London at an exhibition of my skincare range. In this dream people kept coming up to me and asking if I was “the” Claudia Fallah. When I awoke I actually said to myself how silly… I would never be able to make my own product. Little did I know what the future held for me.

What is your background in skincare?

I began with my training in Germany as a facialist and nutritionist, graduating in 1989. I soon realized my vocation was to specialize in sensitive and micro-traumatized skin. Eventually moving from Germany to London to be closer to the center of excellence known internationally as Harley Street. I soon opened my own clinic in Marylebone and it was a great success. This gave me extensive knowledge of different skin conditions and requirements across a range of age and nationality. I managed to save enough money to embark on my previously mentioned silly dream.

Your products take time to create. Do you oversee the team of chemists during the process?

Yes. This is an area that I pride myself in as I have small batches made so as to keep the quality and potency of my range at its optimum. I have learned over the previous decade and a half that the natural ingredients that I favor can vary from time to time. I know exactly how I want them to feel, smell and perform. I am the end for quality control before the batches are filled and made available to my clients. If it does not come up to my standards it will not be approved!

What is your inspiration in developing a better product?

The driving force behind my desire to produce a better range was actual slightly selfish! I am very allergic to certain additives widely used in cosmetics. I felt the need to develop a range that would be safe for me in the long term. In much the same way as we choose what foods we put in our bodies I believe we should be concerned about what we also put on our bodies! My goal in the future is to be able to actually visit the organic and ethical growers around the world, whether they are existing suppliers or potential new suppliers, to choose the raw active crops for use in my exclusive range.

What are three must have products for facial care?

Water! Drinking plenty of water will help to control the PH levels and moisture in your system and will help to flush out toxins, all of which contribute to things like breakouts and aging. This is such a hard question for me to answer as I love all of my product range for different reasons and different people and different conditions. But for my personal use, my three must haves are:

The Cover Rescue Creme. It has so many healing and regenerative actives in it, a first aid kit in a tube.

The Azulene Foam Gel Active. My morning and evening routine would not be complete without first washing my skin with this gentle astringent. Even on its own it leaves my skin with a radiant glow.

The Intensive Repair Creme. This is my second first aid kit at all times of the day, especially when my skin has been under attack from the rigors of modern life such as air travel, partying or just too much sun.

Where can we buy Claudia Fallah Cosmetics? Do you work from a proper spa or salon or by private appointment only?

From my own secure website in the UK with world wide shipping available and also at a few exclusive clinics. We are interviewing potential distributors, clinics and chemists from around the world who would like to be involved in the future success of my skincare range. With all of the work on re-branding as well as making minor improvements to the range over the last two years, I have scaled back on treatments and only see clients by private appointment either at my headquarters near Canary Wharf or at their homes. There are special instances for my extra-special clients. In one case I was asked to fly to Copenhagen while he was away on a show and needed urgent micro-trauma treatment.

Best natural remedy to calm the skin?

This depends upon what it is you are attempting to calm? A good general rule of thumb would be the Cover Rescue Creme for small areas of trauma and the Intensive Repair Creme for larger areas.

What will never go out of style?

Claudia Fallah Cosmetics cleanser, toner and moisturizer. And water!


Image c/o  Claudia Fallah. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Lit From Within


It’s June. Hello! I was back on the road last week, visiting family in the South and hopping around the Midwest for work. Instagram is my go-to social media when I surrender to the inner KerouacIf you were wondering what happened to JBD, just click right here my dears. The idea of shakin’ up my home address gets me going. Cindy walking this street is the trifecta: New York City sidewalk life meets Parisian chic meets City of Angels soul. Ah, where will the wind take us?

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For the first time since March I spent the entire weekend in New York City. It was rad to do laundry, get a pedicure, and linger in the yoga studio. The highlight was sharing champagne with my favorite people on the rooftop of my cousin’s sweet West Village abode. There’s a lot to be said of the natural pick me up brought on by time well spent with loved ones. Cheers to continuing the week with high vibes. Plus: some fun links from the world wide web…


Did you catch the Women of SNL last night?


Oh la la…Festival de Cannes, but also Blake Lively’s bun.


A fresh start for Spring home design begins with new throw pillows…Lulu & Georgia is where I bought mine.


Have you tried Viyet? It’s top notch for all of you looking to decorate…


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. A guide to all of NYC’s subway signs.


As much as I jetset for work, I still love to travel for vacation. There’s so much to see on this planet! I’m heading to Indonesia next month and The Bali Bible is my guru.

Friday Frock & Fizz

All I want for summer is this perfect white tee cropped with a crush of yellow. Yes, yes, yes. Top it off with a bit of tropical honey punch and consider JBD signed, sealed and delivered. Cheers!

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tropical honey punch


8 ounces London dry gin

4 ounces aged rum, preferably Jamaican

4 ounces Velvet Falernum (clove-spiced liqueur)

6 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup honey syrup (1/3 cup honey mixed with 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons warm water)

8 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 big block of ice, plus 8 large ice cubes for serving

8 ounces chilled sparkling water

8 lemon wheels, 8 pineapple spears and cinnamon, for garnish

In a punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the ice, sparkling water and garnishes. Refrigerate the punch until chilled, about 2 hours. Stir the punch well, then add the big block of ice and the sparkling water. Ladle each drink into a chilled rocks glass over 1 large ice cube. Garnish each drink with 1 lemon wheel, 1 pineapple spear and a pinch of cinnamon.

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A Piece of Cake: Gâteau au Yaourt

Mais oui, I have written about my favorite city many times. Along the way, I read a fantastic book which reminded me of French Yogurt Cake, an easy and pleasing dessert, oh my.

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2 tubs plain whole-milk yogurt
2 eggs
1 or 2 tubs sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Just under 1 tub of vegetable oil
4 tubs plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 containers of frozen berries (or 1 tub mini chocolate chips and 1 tub raisins)
Crème fraîche
Powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Coat a loaf pan or 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray or oil.

In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stir gently until just combined.

You may now add the chocolate chips and raisins or berries.

Scoop it all into your baking pan, bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden and the cake springs up when touched (or when a toothpick/knife inserted is pulled out clean).

Let it cool on a rack.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a dollop of Crème fraîche.

Recipe adapted from French Children Don’t Throw Food // Image via The Unexpected Life

Side Swept

As a brown-eyed brunette gal, I’ve gravitated toward Cindy Crawford’s style since my tween years. Everything about her ’90s look inspired me way back when. To this day, I flip my locks far right for a sexy-I-am-loving-up-life coiffed pick me up. Run your fingers through your hair and throw it one way or the other.

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Images via Vogue Paris, Theo Wang and Wire Image.

Apples vs. Angels


I’ve been jetsetting like it’s my job. Well, it is my job. It’s a creatively rewarding, out-of-the-ordinary, pinch-me-this-is-happening gig. And it is a ton of hard work. When I’m finally back in the Big Apple, I find myself craving quiet and calmness; no crowds, no noise, no smell on smell on smell on the subway. Oh to be back in the City of Angels, where the ocean crashes, where the sun shines bright. It could be a phase, nostalgia really. But beyond my consistent love of Paris, I am missing the City of Angels more than ever, perhaps ready to leave the apple picking behind.

Image Credit here.

Nasty Gal x Shakuhachi

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Hello, hello. Nasty Gal has collaborated with Aussie brand Shakuhachi. The force is fierce. Tailored silhouettes under a summer effervescence of signature silks and prints. This leather bustier number will be worn on the next hot date night and while we’re talking jumpsuits, I’ll save this one for a City of Angels evening under the stars. Oh, and everything is coming up roses. Yes, indeed.

A Piece of Pie: Classic Southern Buttermilk

Pie has been my choice of dessert for as long as I can recall. To help heal during a rough break-up, I not only began this blog, but I took up pie making classes with a woman named Millicent. The metaphors are enough to fill a book. I’ll save that for the leftovers…today begins the first of many pieces of pie on JBD. Enjoy.



1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tbsp. all purpose flour

3 large eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tbsp. loosely packed lemon zest

3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Perfect Pastry Crust (recipe for crust below)

Garnishes: Berries, Whipped Cream, Mint

Preheat over to 350 degrees, whisk together first 2 ingredients.

Whisk eggs & next 2 ingredients into flour mixture, pour into Perfect Pastry Crust .

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes or until almost set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 15 minutes.

Transfer to wire rack and cool for 1 hour. Garnish with berries and whipped cream and mint!

Recipe for Perfect Pastry Crust: Pulse 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. table salt in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add 6 tbsp. cold butter (cubed) and 3 tbsp. cold shortening (cubed) and pulse 8 to 1o times. Drizzle 4 tbsp. ice water over the mixture and pulse 4 or 5 times until dough clumps together, adding up to 1 tbsp. ice water at a time. Gently shape dough into flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat over to 400 degrees, roll dough into 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate, crimp edges. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Line pastry with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then remove pie weights and paper, bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

Original recipe via Southern Living May 2014


This Is For You

jenny on a glacierSimply put, there are 10 things we can regularly do to increase our resistance to stress. I was reminded of them yesterday and now I share with you:

1. Get enough sleep.

2. Eat right.

3. Exercise often.

4. Dress for the weather.

5. Express yourself.

6. Practice daily pleasure.

7. Look for the good.

8. Cultivate a support system.

9. Love them.

10. Let them love you back.

10 notes above written by Holiday Mathis // Image Credit: JBD – Iceland 2013