Tabitha Simmons, Stylist & Shoe Designer


“We just finished working on our house. I guess I wanted this floor to be our floor, and for the kids to be upstairs, so we just made it into our floor. I like taking baths, I like taking showers… We have the ‘his and hers’ showers, but we never really shower together. [Laughs] But I've always been pretty low-maintenance with beauty. I’m from England—Cambridgeshire, it’s in the countryside.

For my skincare, first I’ll cleanse with the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel. Then I’ll use the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence to sort of wipe everything off. And then I use Valmont cream, which is my favorite, favorite stuff. That I find either find in Paris, or at the Four Seasons here [in New York]. It’s a very thick cream…it sort of tightens and makes you all glow-y. That I use in the morning and at night. The rest of my stuff I use other times…I might use something else at night so that your skin doesn’t get so used to it, where it almost stops working. So I also have Multi-Active Night Cream by Clarins. Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream—oh my God, that stuff is amazing, but you can only get it in England. Say you get a dry patch…it’s brilliant for irritation, like a skin irritation, it’s really really brilliant. And then E45 cream is really good…in London ‘skin irritant cream’ is really good—it must be the pale, sensitive skin we all have. [Laughs]

I love Eight Hour by Elizabeth Arden, I use it so much. I love it for lips—so if you’ve got chapped lips, it’s really brilliant for that…I love it for sunburn—it stops all peeling. And then, for night, I use it as lip gloss or I put it on my eyelids like eye shadow and it gives this nice dewy sheen…it’s nice because it looks a bit sparkly. I’m not very precious with my makeup. For mascara I use the Yves Saint Laurent in shade number two. It’s not quite black—it’s like a dark brown, and it’s really good for green eyes. And I also use the YSL Multi-Action concealer. I stick with the same thing all the time. I’m one if the worst people that does that. I never really deviate. My only new thing is this Dolce & Gabbana red lipstick, and Dolce & Gabbana nail polishes—they’ve been the latest addition. I take them to a salon. And my prize possessions are these compacts that I’m almost too scared to use—a limited edition Chanel printed powder that Peter Philips gave me, and a Dolce & Gabbana animal print one. This is good—Benefit’s Benetint. I also have Posietint by Benefit, and I love to use Dolce & Gabbana lip gloss in Nude—it’s got a tiny bit of sparkle, and I like how it tastes. I love the smell. And this I always use: Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation. That is amazing. When you put it on it doesn’t feel like foundation, it feels so light, and your skin just looks flawless. When I wear this, loads of people say, ‘Wow, you’ve got really good skin’…but it’s not, it’s this. [Laughs] That is the key! I wear makeup, I’d say, most days. Some of my strange makeup comes from bags that are free at parties, like a goodie bag or something. Marchesa Sheer Illumination Highlighter I only just got but I like it too.

I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter all the time for my body—I love the smell, it’s cheap, you just pick it up at the chemist, but it’s good. I use Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, and Johnson’s Deep Hydrating Intense Body Wash—it’s just a normal body wash, it’s quite hydrating, and it just smells clean. For hair I use Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo, I just went and got some. I started thinking—I always used to use Paul Mitchell, and then I used to use loads and loads of different products, and I almost feel as though I have come full circle, and I thought—you know what, that was really good shampoo, why have I not picked that up in years? So I went back to the chemist and I bought a massive container of it, and I love it. For conditioner I use Kérastase Volumactive, it makes my hair feel a bit thicker. It’s so funny; I must have gotten kind of nostalgic about the Paul Mitchell…

I like perfumes that are more floral, so I like rose and violet and I love Gardenia. Those are sort of the ones that I really gravitate towards, more feminine and flowery. Actually, I just smashed my favorite bottle of perfume—my Estée Lauder, the Private Collection one; I had it in my handbag and I smashed the bloody bottle. They do a really great travel one…I should have put that in my bag. [Laughs] What’s good for carrying around in your handbag is the Philosykos Solid Perfume by Diptyque. It’s heavy, but you know what my bag is like…I need to be able to find things.”

—as told to ITG

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  • Josef Šlaich

    Divine bathroom ! Exactly my style ! Love the post.

  • Guest

    Sudocrem is amazing!! One of my first discoveries when I moved to the UK. Works brilliantly applied as a mask; draws out impurities and plumps everything! Ditto E45 cream--super emollient and luxuriously creamy.

  • Anuschka

    haha, the his and hers shower is awesome!

  • Sammo

    I love people define themselves at 'low maintenance' but then use $$$ face wash, etc. I wonder what 'high maintenance' would look like, to them?

    • Joelle

      Very "the 1%", you don't think? And I always think it's so funny for us, normal people who live in apartments the size of her bathroom, to go out and buy products she mentioned (I am guilty of this). It's like people try to get a piece of that luxurious life for a second.

    • noelle

      From "When Harry met Sally": he tells her "You're the worst kind of woman, you are high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance." It is regarding her personality more than product-use, but comes to mind nevertheless.

      When women do claim low maintenance as in here though, I believe it is because they do things on their own and are in control of their own beauty regimen, as oppsed to women she may have a lot of contact with who have PEOPLE and don't have the slightest clue what to use, only get professionals to do their hair and makeups. But I know your point too, I would only consider myself lowmaintenance when I was 12, swiped on the GreatLash and off to conquer Jr. High.

      • Capitalist Pancake

        Last time I was high maintenence, was when my mom was feeding me and changing my diapers. Doesn't get more high maintenence than that!

        • noelle

          Oh Pancake, your humor kills me! :)

    • Nina Rosenthal

      Really? Would you rather see a 3x5 bathroom on ITG? What's the fun of that? There are plenty of blogs out there that feature drugstore products, but that's not why we read ITG (although Emily has mentioned some). Why are you criticizing someone for using pricey products? I would add that Ms. Simmons probably does not consider herself "high maintenance" because she doesn't have a complicated beauty regime. This is a beauty blog, not OWS.

    • anita rivas

      You can be low maintenance and still use quality products. The reason certain cosmetics are expensive is because of the ingredients - higher price points usually have 3 to 4 or more quality ingredients, and lower price-points usually only have 1 or half of that. The best in drugstore skincare is either Aveeno or Roc - I hope this explains your question?

  • Material Fixations

    Her bathroom is impressively beautiful. Love the low hey attitude and simple tips she has to offer.

  • Gauri

    Awesome photos! I ♥ the vintage vibe of the decor & am SO EXCITED this look is coming back!

    Keep up the amazing content!! :D

  • RR

    Gorgeous pictures - like to see that she uses a variety of products and isn't hawking a particular line because her BFF makes it or something. I was going into Top Shelf withdrawal and now it's back!

  • Karissa

    I love this, great article! Her home is so gorgeous.

  • Stephanie

    You can also get Sudocrem in Canada at most drugstores, she is right it is really good for irritations.

    • NHM

      I think that it is also available on Amazon...

  • Jasmine Johnson

    Her home is beautiful, realy fresh and open looking. Definately going to try Giorigo Armarni Face Fabric Foundation! Sounds amazing :) Great Post!!

  • Melanie

    Great post, I love these new ideas. And she's right - Paul Mitchell Awapahuhi shampoo and conditioner are my go-to for soft hair that isn't limp.

  • PvdH

    I absolutely agree, the Giorgio Armani Face Fabric is the best foundation (more like tinted moisturiser) I have ever tried. And the 8 hour cream is also a must (even though it is definitely the man repeller of beauty products due to its smell...)


  • shasha

    She's "low maintenance?" mmm-k. Be high maintenance and proud.

  • Tamara

    I love Tabitha Simmons and this blog. I've gotten so many great ideas from here!

  • Mrs Singh

    Marble bathroom. ::::dies with envy:::
    So freakin' beautiful.

  • Dee

    This puts an end to my debate with myself about purchasing Face Fabric. I'm looking forward to trying it.

  • Jenny

    In keeping with the norm many products touted to be elusive here in the States - barring perhaps Joelle Ciocco which is incredibly hard, if impossible, to come by stateside - stocks Sudocrem.

    PS:- I second Sammo. It's ironic that people who shell out hundreds of quids on SK II and Valmont describe themselves as low-maintenance. Or maybe it's just me missing the point. Maybe low-maintenance has a different meaning in her strata of society, where high maintenance would imply going for ultra-expensive facials every week or something.

    • Capitalist Pancake

      I've never bought Valmont (didn't know about it until now) but when I buy stuff like Elemis, or SK-II or actually most of my skincare, I either stalk it on Ebay, or wait for a time when I know there will be a big seasonal sale, or go find % codes on the internet. It adds up to some big savings in the end. The stuff I use all the time, like my Decleor and Elemis masks and cleansers, I buy the salon sizes on Ebay since they work out to be great value.

  • Aleksandra Różycka

    Actually you can buy Sudocrem all over Europe, it's not exclusive for the UK.

  • Capitalist Pancake

    I love the idea of the Face Fabric, but as an oily skinned gal with mild rosacea, it'll never work. Only mineral powder does as near flawless as it's going to get with this type of skin.

  • Anna

    I love her bathroom!! xxx

  • Capitalist Pancake

    I could be wrong, but they sort of look like the original line of Jill Stuart perfumes.

  • Capitalist Pancake

    I also think they might both be the Vanilla Lust scent and one has just darkened, possibly - unless there was an ambery release in those original style bottles I wasn't aware of - we're talking mid 2000-release for that style, so entirely possible one just got dark with age. I think it's mainly Asian distribution only, JS makeup and perfume. I haven't seen them on US/UK sites for years.

  • mlle p

    Love that cute British flag Chanel compact - would be fascinated to see what color it comes out on skin.

  • Lulu

    The Dolce & Gabbana jewel lip color compact is so beautiful... does anyone know what that particular edition with the chain is?

    • LisaC.

      That's what I want to know! Also, major bathroom envy! And generally--thanks to Tabitha for the tips on E45 and Sudocrem...we put a LOT of Aquaphor on our toddler and we need to try something new!

  • anita rivas

    I am so excited, just ordered the Sudocrem on and can't wait to try it : ) Thank you Tabitha for the beauty tips!

  • Mrs Singh

    Something about the whole "1%" discussion bothers me, especially in this blog's comments. It is okay to have quarrels over washing/ not washing our faces or using /not using foundation, but let's leave the class warfare out of this beautiful space. These fabulous and unique women are kind enough to open their doors, invite us into their fabulous lives, show us their private bathrooms with all the cools stuff in them and tell us honestly about their habits and routines. And we are being shitty guests, when we start criticizing them for spending $110 on face cream and deciphering their sentences, word by word, like some jealous bitches. Who wants to see someone's crappy bathroom with 2 bottles of drugstore face cream? I don't. I want to see the surprising, the amazing, the cutting-edge stuff, the beautiful spaces, the wigs, the 50 red lipsticks, the marble countertops with jeweled compact cases - even if I don't have marble bathroom. I am grateful for being able to read this blog in the middle of a hectic work day and dream a little. Let's be polite guests, at the very least.

  • Lisa

    Omg that bathroom is stunning, fabulous post, love the blog especially 'top shelf' cant beat a rummage through a bathroom cabinet or makeup bag. X

  • Renaphuah

    love the mix of high end skincare and makeup, and the cheap bodycare - like me! x

  • Beatriz

    Hey people... Stop the hate mail already! She is a fantastic shoe designer and washes her own hair... In the his / her shower!

  • Esme

    When she calls herself "low-maintenance," she probably means that she's not the sort of person who puts together a "natural face" with 10 eyeshadows, two eyeliners, mascara, bronzer, blush, lipstick, and lip gloss. My own definition of "low-maintenance" involves fewer products than she uses, but who cares? I read this blog because I enjoy a glimpse into the lifestyles of people who live beyond my means--and because I like to feel smug about achieving good skin with fewer and cheaper products.

    The Topshelf women I do dislike are the ones who never wear makeup (why feature them on a beauty blog, then? I don't care about the single $500 moisturizer they use) or claim never to wear makeup but turn out to have dozens of beauty products littering their shelves. Come on.

    • Jo

      Wow, I didn't know that "beauty" was automatically synonymous with "makeup"? Just DON'T READ those posts then? See, problem solved...

  • Anonymous

    I know my post is essentially going to sound like a broken record because of what people have posted earlier, but I just can't help it - That bathroom is UNBELIEVABLE! A great bathroom is one of the first things I look for in an apartment/home - this one is fabulous!

  • Lou

    Beautiful photos and I love the bath tub! Amazing and great inspiration.

    Lou x

  • jen

    What a nice looking shaving brush and matching razor!

  • Ester

    This is lovely! I'd love to see Hanneli Mustaparta, she has the best skin! thx

  • Kathryn Cullen

    Lovely interview, as always...

    XX Kathryn

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  • Capitalist Pancake

    I think some of this 'judgemental tone' can be chalked up to English not being a first language, because those comments only turn up on the ones with French girls and that last Russian girl came across as crossing her statements a lot, but I got the impression she was a glib talker, but at the same time none of it really being aimed at an audience (us) either. I can't say I'm going to take anything on a blog personally - someone needs to be in my face directly saying 'your makeup routine sucks and mine doesn't' for that to happen :-D As for the high-low maintenance, reading this blog has just made me realise there is a world of difference in what people think!

  • Via

    Please do Lana Del Rey! I would love to know how she does her hair and make-up.

  • Fashion-top

    Love this house

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel
SK-II ‘Facial Treatment’ Essence
Valmont 'Prime Regenera I' Cream
Elizabeth Arden
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Venere
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer
Benefit Benetint
Benefit Posietint
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss
Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo
Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder 'Private Collection' Pure Fragrance Spray
diptyque 'Philosykos' Solid Perfume
Kerastase Resistance
Kerastase Resistance Bain Volumactive Shampoo