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

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

You’re never too old for another ear piercing…

The only problem with midlife multiple ear piercing is fastening the bloody sleepers (small hoop earrings). Think threading a needle at twilight without your glasses on, and then some. I can’t remember it being this fiddly 40-years ago but I guess I had more time on my hands then. Anyhow, having another piercing is something  I’ve been considering for a whileRead 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

Creative Women at Work: Margo Marrone founder of The Organic Pharmacy

A global business that started in the back of a shop on the King’s Road,  The Organic Pharmacy  is celebrating its 15th birthday, this year. Now that my book has gone to print and I’ve gone to seed, I might just treat myself to one of their fantastic facials. Margo Marrone studied pharmacy at King’s College University andRead more

Bringing bright nails back

After a couple of years of nail polish-free living, I’m embracing fancy fingertips for spring. This is an easy way to let colour in without giving yourself a fright every time you look in the mirror; and an opportunity to step away from the smartphone and switch off. When it comes to decorating nails, IRead more

This Is My Style: fashion & beauty ideas for all ages

Tired of seeing older models in unflattering, myxomatosis pink eyeshadow and clothes that no one wants to wear (think couture prices or cheap crap), beauty writer  Vicci Bentley and I decided to get off our backsides and do something about it. Welcome to the inaugural That’s Not My Age: This Is My Style fashion and beauty fandango.Read more

Stepping out of a skincare rut

  An allergic reaction on my neck and decolletage has been bothering me for a while. As I don’t have a dermatologist on speed-dial, I’ve been taking Piriton and hoping it will settle down. And so when Boots UK asked if they could offer me some skincare expertise, I was happy to oblige. Other concerns on myRead more

What’s with all these blooming roses?

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

Would you give up makeup?

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