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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: the new sonics — The principle of sonic facial brushes is the same as for sonic toothbrushes - both claim to offer more thorough cleansing than manual methods (six times cleaner, manufacturers say). For years, Clarisonic ruled the market, but recently several rivals have appeared.

Beauty: go easy on the eyeliner, and bold with the shadow — I am mostly done with "flicks", the vintage, black feline liquid eyeliner made iconic by Margot Fonteyn and Brigitte Bardot, which I see daily in the thousands on Instagram and on the street. I love flicks - I've worn them forever and still think them fabulous, which is why I feel they should remain special, not my default.

François Nars: 'There are many ways to be sexy' — François Nars is one of fashion's most influential makeup artists. His work with acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel and influential hair stylist Oribe in the 80s and 90s on the likes of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista helped create some of the world's most enduring fashion and beauty images.

Beauty: give skin a winter treat — At this time of year, the skin on one's limbs can start to resemble a plucked gressingham duck - pasty, pimply, dry and rough. On the one hand, hooray for winter with its opaque tights and long sleeves, but on the other, we suddenly have nothing better to do than sit in front of the telly eating poppadoms, so why not spend some time nursing skin back to health?

Beauty: super serums — I am frequently asked to explain the difference between serum and moisturiser. Think of when you feel a bit poorly: serum is the metaphorical Nurofen to help fix your tummy ache, while moisturiser is the nice warm blanket you climb under to recuperate. One is problem-solving, the other is comfy and protective.

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.
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Nov 28, 2014

@JurateDudley @indiaknight Whole chapter on it in my book. And I'm about to discuss hair removal on @BBCWomansHour.

Nov 28, 2014

@beccanicholson @vickyfrost I just want her to open her mouth when she talks. Drives me tonto. I'm constantly turning up the volume.

Nov 28, 2014

I'll be on @BBCWomansHour this morning, discussing beauty as therapy in dementia patients. And quite separately, the nightmare of chin hair.

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