Grey-haired role model: Sophie Fontanel on the cover of French Grazia

French fashion journalist and social media star Sophie Fontanel documented her transition to grey hair on Instagram ( @sophiefontanel ; 134k followers). ‘I was fed up with dyeing my hair . It was too dark. To hard for my first wrinkles…’ And has written a book Une Apparition about growing in the grey. This week she’s on the cover of French Grazia . LoveRead more

Anya Smells candles – a mirthful new launch

The clocks are well back now and November’s…November. Says Vicci Bentley . But we Brits are famed for our sense of humour, no? So imagine walking into Anya Hindmarch’s Sloane Street store one grimy morning last week, to find it transformed into a big bright model train set, with a giant pair of nostrils for tunnels. The reason? AnyaRead more

Grey hair transition – a quick update

Here we have a good view of the gronde* situation. Or what could also be described as my best side. Approximately one year and three months into the grey hair transition , the overall effect is, er, patchy. But I like it. Uncovering my natural hair colour after being a bottle blonde for 37 years makes for quiteRead more

Time to ditch the term ‘anti-ageing’

This week, Allure – the US’s best-known beauty magazine – announced it was to stop using the expression anti-ageing. “Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that ageing is a condition we need to battle” explained Michelle Lee in her editor’s letter. “Changing the way we think about ageing starts withRead more

About Face: artistry and ageless beauty at Liberty

Liberty’s lovely new About Face beauty campaign features four models, including Sylviane from Mrs Robinson Management,  accompanied by portraits and illustrations from up-and-coming artists. Having always been low maintenance on the grooming front, this kind of not-much-makeup-makeup is what my face is all about. Silver-haired Sylviane is painted by artist  Gill Button,  and her simple, less-is-more makeup is described as: Bold mascara ( Sisley So Curl in deepRead more

Wrinkly lips and what to do about them

  Tomorrow, July 29th is National Lipstick Day says Vicci Bentley . It’s also my 66th birthday  – a curious coincidence, since I’m having a bit of a lipstick issue. Throughout most of my lippie-loving career, I’ve enjoyed a relatively smooth ride. Lately though, I’ve noticed a worrying migration from lip central to suburbs – little tributaries ofRead more

The light not bright summer pedicure

  I’ve moved on, people. This summer’s pedicure is light not bright. The default coral colour I’ve been relying on for the last five years has been ditched for OPI’s ‘It’s in the Cloud’. This shade of white-not-quite looks fresh and works with white Birkenstock Arizonas , tan leather sandals and everything really. And did you know that the Queen only ever wears one shade ofRead more

Travelling Light (part two): last-minute holiday beauty buys

This has been a week of Greek Guts, sprains and cuts – we’ve almost spent as much time at the local pharmacy as on the beach  – but it’s been wonderful to rediscover the magic of these beautiful islands. At the airport in London, I picked up a Jo Malone Basil & Neroli cologne ( Agree with Vicci about Tom Ford’s gorgeous colognes but I’m aRead more

Travelling light – five beauty essentials to take on holiday

Every time I fly it’s the same. My case is so stuffed with cosmetics, there’s barely room to shoe-horn the flip-flops in, let alone the capsule wardrobe for a week. I shouldn’t feel ashamed – I’m a beauty writer after all, says Vicci Bentley . But whereas I’ve got the swimsuit and separates thing down to a fineRead more

Grey hairspiration in Harper’s Bazaar

More grey hairspiration (#greyspiration) from Jan de Villeneuve in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. After my last post, several readers commented on making adjustments to makeup, accessories and colours worn, when growing in the grey – and JdV’s red lips , drop earrings and beautiful Simone Rocha jacket look FAB. Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘celebration of sisterhood’ has Ashley Graham on the cover and aRead more