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Brighton & London
Columnist and Features Writer — Guardian
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Columnist, features writer, interviewer and radio bod. New book, Pretty Honest, out now.

Beauty: modern pressed powders — Face powder has a PR problem. A generation of women have been told by magazine articles that it's ageing, and their experience probably reflects this. Old-fashioned powders were full of talc, which is both drying and unflattering. This was blended with waxes, which gave a thick, cakey finish to the skin, unappealingly settling into lines and creases.

From Twiggy to Germaine Greer: eight classic images of powerful women — Twiggy: defiant in a two-piece suit This isn't a perfect look, but that's why I like it. Twiggy should be wearing heeled brogues, or at least some shoes that are closed at the front. Those white clip-clop heels are designed to go with a casual kaftan and big shades, for standing on the edge of a swimming pool pointing out leaves to the pool boy.

Older, Wiser, Happier eBook: India Knight: Kindle Store — 'Our mothers' fifty is not our fifty. We have no map, no blueprint, no nothing. We have no sense of what is and isn't age-appropriate, or even of whether age-appropriateness is still relevant.

Beauty: emergency makeup essentials — Last month, I missed the last train home to Brighton and found myself trapped in London. With nothing but mascara, a pinky-beige lipstick (doubling as blusher), lipliner, the clothes I stood up in and a very important meeting the following morning, I checked into a hotel.

Sali Loves: IOMA — I test drove the state of the art diagnostic skin system from the French lab that's on every beauty editor's lips. God, I love a gadget, me. Though calling the IOMA Sphere a gadget is a bit like calling the Mississippi a babbling brook.

Video: Pretty Honest, The Red Lip — Mary Greenwell creates the fourth and final look for Sali's book shoot.

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Could your hair dye kill you? — A 38-year-old woman from Keighley, West Yorkshire was in a coma last week following a suspected allergic reaction to a home hair dye. Doctors have given Julie McCabe, who coloured her hair with L'Oréal Preference colourant three weeks ago, an 8% chance of survival with little chance of a full recovery.

Video: Pretty Honest, Brows — Products mentioned in this video: Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, £68 EL Sculpting Foundation brush, £37 Sensai Silky Highlighting Powder Charlotte Tilbury Air-brush flawless finish skin-perfecting micro-powder, £33 Chanel Correcteur Perfection, £27 Mac Lipstick Creme In Your Coffee, £15.50 Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, £42 Suqqu Blend Colour Eyeshadow quad in 06, £45 Chanel Sublime de Chanel Mascara, £25 Suqqu Balancing Eyebrow Kit, £38 Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick, £30 Laura Mercier Anti-Feathering Lip Liner, from £16.50 Sali's book Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion is now available from and

Beauty: flattering matte lipsticks — I am not sure the beauty industry will ever make matte lipstick a mainstream trend, though God knows it tries harder and harder each year. Like most makeup obsessives, I love a dense, bold, matte lip, my staples being Mac Lady Danger, a punchy orange-red, and Charlotte Tilbury's new Matte Revolution lipstick in Sexy Sienna, a 1950s coral.
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Oct 31, 2014

@CharlieEdmunds @LovelyJubbly8 I think it's nicer in book form - and I read most things on kindle. X

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