What’s with all these blooming roses?

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Love them or hate them, rose scents are in the air this week. Comfort factor or cloying cliché? Vicci Bentley grasps the thorny issue. So Valentine’s Day’s just around the corner and predictably, Planet Beauty is awash with blooming roses. Everything it seems from lip balm to body lotion has been blessed by the petal.Read more

Grey hair, very slowly getting there

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All the blues and greys. J’adore the new Lanvin campaign featuring Stella Tennant and photographed by Paolo Roversi. A penchant for pyjama-rama-style is easy to cultivate when you work from home. But enough about Lanvin, let’s talk about grey hair. Stella Tennant’s is a work in progress and for the last couple of years I’ve been toying and fro-ingRead more

Would you give up makeup?

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What is it with this zero makeup trend? – writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, January’s the month when we all go detox ditsy, but purging ourselves of colour seems extreme. And it’s not just models and celebrities on Instagram (#nomakeup), Sheila Hancock, 83 has made a stand against piling it on for HD cameras and refuses to wear a stitchRead more

Perfume preferences and menopause (part two)

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In ‘Does our taste in scents change with the change?’ beauty writer Vicci Bentley admitted to moving over to the light side. Replacing spicy, leathery fragrances with lighter florals, post-menopause. Here Vicci picks some of her favourite, new floral scents: Lest the Bri-Nylon spectre of granny and her Devon Violets beckon, take heart.  Menopause or not, bright, white floral fragrances (think jasmine, tuberose andRead more

Does our taste in scents change with the change?

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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

Linda Rodin talks lipstick

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  ‘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?

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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

Back to base: the best foundations for older skin

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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

50 years of fashion icon Twiggy

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The Face of 1966, Twiggy is celebrating 50 years in fashion. Discovered as a 16-year-old schoolgirl, the model-turned-actor-singer-designer formerly known as Lesley Hornby remains a much-recognised face at 66-years-old. I’ve met Twiggy several times: the first about 15-years ago as a fashion editor when she was magazine cover star on one of our issues, andRead more

Mammograms, menopause and stuff

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Yesterday, I had my first mammogram test. That Is My Age. Now that I’m over-50, I will have one every three years until I’m 73 (after which, it’s down to me to make the appointment). I LOVE the NHS and realise how fortunate I am to be offered this regular, life-saving, breast screening. For theRead more