Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Putting the colour back

Yay! Haircare experts L'Oreal think they have found the answer to grey hair. Researchers at the company's centre in Clichy, Paris, are developing a treatment they hope will restore grey hair to its original colour - and it could be on the market in 10 years.

Patricia Pineau, L'Oreal's Research Communications Director, says: "Hair is an enigma. It is a fibre, a material with physical properties. It is also a living organ that grows, greys and falls out."

She continues: "When hair goes grey there is a progressive disappearance of the melanocytes from the hair. While there are still mealnocytes in the hair, there is still hope that it could be re-pigmented."

I can't wait. As somebody who started going grey in her 20s (thanks Dad!) and who hates the muss and fuss of hair dye, it can't come soon enough.
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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Oh baby!

Research tells us that women are having their babies later in life and news stories often scare us with the risks involved. I was 36 when I had my baby, it wasn't something I planned for that stage in my life but that's when it happened and I couldn't have been happier.

Of course there are risks - but there are riskes whatever your age. Do newspapers and television have to rub it in with so much scaremongering?

I was interested to read about a new book this week, due out in December, called Pregnancy: Older Women - An Essential Guide. The publishers Need2Know call it a "friendly guide" that "walks mothers and partners through every stage of pregnancy..." I'm not saying women shouldn't know about the risks - after all knowledge is power - but I think there's a way to inform that isn't about scaring you to distraction.

I was blessed, as was my good friend who had been told she had no chance of getting pregnant then gave birth to her son when she was 45.

Whatever age the babies come along, it's a part of a woman's life to be celebrated and embraced, not something to be afraid of.
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Fruity beauty


There was a time when I was never out of The Body Shop. Like I suspect millions of other girls, I went dewy-eyed over Dewberry and was wild about White Musk. So I was thrilled to hear some of those stars of the 80s are back - at least for a while.

Dewberry Bath & Shower Gel and Dewberry Body Lotion are among them. I'll have to pay a visit to my local store and take a trip down memory lane!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Luxury haircare


Tigi is one of my favourite haircare brands - not least because the products smell so good. Their new S-factor Diamond Dreams shampoo and conditioner is fab, with exotic ingredients such as cashmere, Champagne, diamonds and pearls - I felt like a million dollars after using it.

Meanwhile, big hair is back according to the catwalks, and a volumising spray such as Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Volumising Spray, together with Superstar Blow Dry Lotion, will help you get a head for heights.

One of my all-time Tigi favourites is Bed Head Brunette Goddess shampoo and conditioner - because I am of course and because it smells of toffee.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Confection perfection


Speaking of chocolate, this Souffle body Creme from Laura Mercier is a decadent, indulgent treat that satisfies cravings without the calories.

It's whipped and as the name suggests, souffle-like, light yet rich, but not greasy.

The three varieties sound good enough to eat: Au Laid, Creme Brulee and Tarte au Citron. Sweet.
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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sweet treats without ditching your diet


This week is National Chocolate Week, celebrating all things cocoa-y and delicious with chocolate-themed events happening all over the country.

I for one am happy to indulge a little, but of course too much and I'm bound to regret it. No need to worry though, there's a rich assortment of tasty beauty products out there that give that luscious chocolate hit without the calories - so you can enjoy without the accompanying calorific hit to your thighs.

One of my favourites is Tigi's Chocolate and Mint Lipgloss - it smells wonderful and it has staying power, which is a great bonus as I can't resist tasting it.

Friday, 9 October 2009

In praise of real women

I read in the news this week that a German magazine is to ban ultra-thin models from its pages in favour of more curvy types. The magazine is even inviting readers to send in photographs of themselves as potential models.

It's a positive move in a culture that all too often embraces the ideal of the super skinny waif as the only beautiful woman. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and as the saying goes, is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

How many women do you know who are size 0? Exactly. They are few and far between in the real world. Yet beautiful women are everywhere, in all shapes, sizes and ages - and it's time magazines, fashion houses, advertisers and manufacturers woke up to that fact.

Focusing on the super skinny is sending a negative message to children and young girls. I don't want my daughter to subscribe to the notion that she must be stick thin to be beautiful - the potential headaches that could create over food, eating, her health and how she feels about herself worry me greatly.

Much better I think to promote the message that beauty comes in different sizes and we don't all have to fit the frankly sickly-looking size 0 frame. It's a much healthier and more positive ideal to live by.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Fun and sparkle


I couldn't resist trying the new Glam Metallics Liquid Liners from Collection 2000. As somebody who wore bright blue eyeliner first time around, they certainly take me back to the days of big hair, fuchsia pink jumpsuits and shoulder pads. I also like the Loose Glitter Wands - little bottles of vibrantly coloured sparkle with their own gel adhesive that you can paint on your temples, shoulders, anywhere in fact.

Now where's my banana-coloured silk sleeveless jumpsuit...