Does our taste in scents change with the change?

It’s a funny thing. I used to adore woody, spicy, leathery scents laced with dirty old patchouli. But since the menopause, I’ve gone lighter and – whisper it – floral – says Vicci Bentley. Am I getting frilly in my dotage? If I am, I’m not alone – friends keep mentioning this is happening toRead more

Cut the Crop: long hair forever

  I had my hair cut properly yesterday, in a very cool salon, in central London; a rare occurrence but it was a birthday present from my son, says Elaine Kingett.  I hate all that faffing around with products and implements. It’s one of the reasons my hair is long – I’m a low-maintenance womanRead more

Salut Sonia – and Lancome’s wearable tribute

The current 70s revival has been a tad bittersweet for those of us alive and rocking in that craziest of all decades, says Vicci Bentley. First we lost Bowie, the poster-person for glam rock androgyny, then that other redhead rebel, Sonia Rykiel who died last month, aged 86, from Parkinson’s. As one of the designersRead more

Where are all the senior beauty consultants?

Last week was my 65th birthday. Yay – made it! Says Vicci Bentley. As well as the cards (some pensive, many more facetious) were a couple of plugs for funeral insurance plans. Well, cheers for that, I thought. These vultures may think I have one foot in the grave, but if the latest stats areRead more

Arch Envy: what to do about thinning eyebrows

Silly pluckers like me regret those years of over-tweezing. But that doesn’t mean we’re brow-beaten, says Vicci Bentley. So once again, eyebrows are having a major fashion moment. And that’s yet another challenge for those of us with fallen arches. Well, I say fallen – mine have all but vanished and ironically, fashion’s to blame.Read more

Ageless beauty: 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme

I’m not one for experimenting with/wearing much make-up but I do like these photos of 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme. ‘You’re never too old to try daring beauty trends’ is a feature for ELLE India . Born in India of Belgium parentage, designer/stylist Van Damme spent time in London and Brussels before moving back to India for good at theRead more

Linda Rodin talks lipstick

  ‘I’m sure it’s osmosis from my mother,’ says Linda Rodin when I ask where her love of a strong lipstick comes from, ‘I never saw her without, it was the 1950s and women wore lipstick. I have pictures of her looking very glamorous in bed, wearing a pink bed jacket and lipstick.’ Rodin isRead more

Can SPFs save your skin, no sweat?

Since the sun’s finally getting out a bit more, the annual sunscreen debate gets its airing, writes Vicci Bentley. Do you really need a special one for your face? And the big one – aren’t SPFs in moisturisers and makeup enough? Hmm. A couple of weeks ago, a feature in The Daily Wail put SPF makeup to theRead more

It’s Face Gym, but not as we know it (rediscovering facial massage)

To say I’m a fan of facial massage would be a bit of an exaggeration. Not quite of Zac Goldsmith/Bollywood standards; it’s just that when I look back, I realise that my first facial massage was in 2010 and my most recent in 2012 . That’s not to say that I wouldn’t fully recommend this non-invasive procedure. I loveRead more

Back to base: the best foundations for older skin

Are bare foundations enough for older skin? – asks beauty journalist Vicci Bentley. Skin now has to look ‘polished’, ‘buffed’, ‘sparkling’ – undressed to reveal your inner glow. That’s if you have one, of course. For most of us with a few decades under our belt, skin and radiance rarely exist in the same sentence,Read more