Alison Loehnis, perennially chic managing director of reveals her ultimate handbag and bathroom beauty staples

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I’ve tried lots of skincare products but I love the consistency of Sarah Chapman’s – they are really gentle on the skin but really make a difference too. . My three favourite products are the Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse, £40, the Dynamic Defence SPF 15 and the Eye Recovery, £39. I also go to her for facials.

I use Environ Avst Cleanser and Avst Hydrating Exfoliant Masque (you need to have a consultation with an Environ-trained therapist before you buying the products, call 0808 256 3186) and I like Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Moisture-Enhancing gel as this serum boosts hydration in a major way, .

For deep cleansing I love Ren ClearCalm3 Clarity Restoring Mask, £30,  and for radiance Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £32, is great.

I like to look groomed yet quite natural, not overdone. For base, I love Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £34 , and then I add Nars Blush in Orgasm, £21, or The Multiple in the same colour, £29, . I set make-up with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Powder, £29, . I am a big fan of Chanel Eclat Lumiere, £26,  for lifting the face.

I use Giorgio Armani eyeshadow brush, £29,  for applying eyeshadow and I like YSL’s Luxurious False Lash Effect Mascara, £23  and Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99, . But my desert island product would be Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil, £15.73, which glides on beautifully and doesn’t budge. .

I take care of my lips with By Terry Baume de Rose, £35, . I like Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Lip Glosses, £17,  and Lucas Pawpaw ointment is one of my favourite things, £12, .


My favourite nail colours are from Essie. I just love the shades and the whimsical names, plus they last and last. My all time favourites are Fifth Avenue (a red-hued orange), Geranium (a coral red), Jazz (the perfect grey/beige) and Potato Fields (a beautiful warm beige). All £8.50, .

I chose Carnal Flower by Frédéric Malle, £130 for 50ml,  when I was pregnant but feared I might regret choosing it as your sense of smell can change in pregnancy, but I have loved it ever since.

I use a Mason Pearson hairbrush, from £35.50, , and Kérastase’s Nutritive range which boosts hair condition, softness and gives great shine. I get my hair cut by the brilliant George Northwood at the Josh Wood Atelier, .

I love Kiehl's crème de corps, £27, and ultimate strength hand salve, £14, . Fitness wise, I do Ten Pilates, . It’s really tough and always a challenge but I really do see improvements from it. I also love running as it makes you feel so good.

Aromatherapy Associates oils are unbeatable. Their miniature bath & shower oil travel set, £30, is brilliant when I’m on and off flights, . I also like Fresh soaps, from £9, from Fresh Boutique, 92 Marylebone High Street, London,  020 7486 4100.

Alison is wearing ... Giambattista Valli Mikado silk and cotton-blend mini skirt, £835; Stella McCartney Aertex silk sweater, £540; Christian Louboutin pumps, £695. In make-up shot Yves Saint Laurent large Cabas Chyc tote, £1,395; Bottega Veneta pouch, £550. In skincare shot: 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Second tri-tone leather clutch, £325. All available at

Hair by George Northwood
Make-up by Helen Asher at Era Management
Photography by Andrew Hayes-Watkins
Compiled by Susannah Taylor