The story behind

Just Nice Things started in March 2009 by Helen and I. It really was a ‘once upon a time, in a land far, far away’ time before the explosion of beauty blogging.

One of us has way too many bottles of nail lacquers and an English degree, and the other is a journalist who’s previously dabbled as a make-up artist (and has a qualification in it).

This blog led one of us to share a roof-top pool on national television with a former British politician and disgraced cabinet minister (that’s Helen and it was Michael Portillo) as well as several backstage visits to London Fashion Week – all while juggling a full-time day job.

Helen has recently dipped her toes back in the world of blogging with her very own blog Helen JNT (a clever acronym of Just Nice Things but actually stands for Just Narcissistic Things!)

I also write for digital food magazine, restaurant guide and website Halal Gems and occasionally a video will pop up on my ol’ YouTube channel too. I hold down a full-time job and as such, I run this blog in my free time.

Thank you to everyone who visits Just Nice Things, reads it, comments on it and continues to come back. Every visitor is valued and appreciated and this blog could not continue without the support.