|'Sensational Butterflies' at The National History Museum|
You probably couldn’t plan a day as eclectic as an outing to The Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty Show, the 'Sensational Butterflies' exhibition at the National History Museum, cocktails in Balls Brothers and eating chips from a plant pot in The Folly. But we did. The purpose of the day, for me at least, was to purchase some products for review. Over the next week or two I’ll be uploading reviews on a strange, exotic fruit with powerful anti-oxidant effects, a cleanser and tonic that smells like a glass of Tanqueray but probably contains far more alcohol, and an aloe-rich repair and protect gel with a high dose of sodium hyaluronate, and more.
The highlight of our outing was Cameron's exploding umbrella, whose handle shot thirty feet through Monument after the quick release malfunctioned. I am so glad it happened on a quiet street and not, say, on a busy underground carriage, potentially causing hysteria, panic attacks, and an urgent visit from a SWAT team. The day became marginally odder when we realised that one of the samples we were given in our goodie bag was Kenco coffee and Kopiko Mini Cappuccino Treats, which are wonderful I’m sure, but probably aren’t going to roll back the years.
My only gripe - if it isn’t dramatic to call it that - is the name of the event. Western beauty, lately, is obsessed with regaining a youthful appearance, something which is a struggle--and not necessarily a fruitful one. Beauty (and being beautiful) isn’t a matter of looking young. If I could have my way, I’d like to see a change of focus to looking good, and healthy, and vital--things that we can control without denying the natural ageing process. More on this, later, too--and some research to back it up.
I’d be interested to hear the experiences of any of our readers who have been to the show. Did you make any purchases or try out any products? Comment below!