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

Flaming good scents! Five of the best perfumed candles for Christmas

There’s nothing like an exquisitely scented candle to warm the cockles, writes Vicci Bentley. Fair enough, they’ve become the default gift, replacing soap and bath cubes – and they are the ideal dinner party gift for someone you like, but don’t really know. Yet their huge popularity is founded on a universally appealing thought. These dark days around the Solstice, there’s poetryRead more

Does your skin need a change? Three menopausal moisturisers worth trying…

Menopausal moisturisers are a comforting thought. But does that mean you should change your regular cream? – asks Vicci Bentley. If you’re the other side of 55, you’ll have been here. Your skin feels fractious and tight, but if you slap on a richer cream, you’ll be glowing like Rudolph in the rut. Ten yearsRead more

Peter Lindbergh’s Pirelli Calendar 2017

Older models and actresses are ‘it’, according to the latest Pirelli calendar. But we knew that anyway. Charlotte Rampling, Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright; all appear in the 2017 edition of the famous calendar, photographed by Peter Lindbergh . I like it now the women keep their clothes on and I like what theRead more

Perfume preferences and menopause (part two)

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

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