Things you never knew you wanted: a superior hair towel

Faff-free hair and a low-maintenance beauty regime, that’s what I want. Even so, when contacted about a special hair towel with superior drying properties, I have to admit I was sceptical. More damp towels in the bathroom, more stuff that I really don’t need…But then someone trolled my hair on Instagram. Yes, really. This wasRead more

When it’s time to find a grownup not groundbreaking haircut

I used to be a haircut junkie – happy to spend hours in the chair at the Vidal Sassoon Academy being given crazy haircuts and colours every six weeks, says Harriet (Hat) Margolies. That morphed into a long standing (10-year plus) relationship with the first hairdresser I’d met who understood my hair and what madeRead more

Meet the 53-year-old beauty editor who’s NOT going grey ( just yet )

Sorry, not sorry, I’m just NOT dying to go grey quite yet! – says  beauty and lifestyle journalist and author Jo Glanville-Blackburn (Jo GB). At 53, you’d think that maybe, like so many of my friends and colleagues who have turned their back on colour and gone grey for ease, convenience, better value and, may I say, rather supreme style,Read more

Lixir Skin: a new faff-free skincare brand to look out for and expert advice from its founder

  ‘If you went into a department store, I’ve developed more than half the beauty products,’ states Colette Haydon matter-of-factly. The French founder of new skincare brand Lixir Skin has worked in the beauty industry for over-30 years, developing products for numerous brands including Space NK and  REN,  before starting her own business at the end of 2017.Read more

You’re never too old for a smoky eye

It’s the iconic party look, says Vicci Bentley. But an editor once told me, she’d taken a straw poll round the office on whether anyone over-50 should do a smoky eye. Her 20-something assistants gave the thumbs down – they couldn’t cope with the idea of their mums rocking a sultry look. Well, how veryRead more

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

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

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

Grey hair: making the transition

Transitioning to grey requires creativity and patience. The in-between stage is not for sissies but what I’ve found useful is… looking at other women’s hair. And I’m not alone. Antiques dealer Anthea Boyd stopped me in the street to ask about my grey hair. I confessed that I too had become a little obsessed withRead 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