nails

On trial: Margaret Dabbs medical pedicure

Margaret Dabbs London treatment enriched nail polish
When it comes to pedicures I feel much the same way as some do about facials. No softly-softly pussyfooting around for me. I want the full reconstructive surgery or nothing.

So it’s off to Margaret Dabbs London to sort out my neglected heels and to get some advice on how to keep the results lasting longer. (more…)

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo ten-second lipsticks – plus new, longer-lasting nail colours

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lipstick - a hybrid of lipstick, balm and gloss.

Just when I thought Chanel’s moisturising lippies couldn’t get any better, they do this. Enter Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo (£26), a chic little black bullet that offers colour, shine and lip care all in one lipstick. These are the slimmest, sexiest lipsticks around, and of course the cap closes with an expensive click. But how do they perform?

Well they’re super soft and creamy so a little goes a long way. I’ve been wearing Article (204, all the names are writing-related), a sweet pinky-coral with just enough shine to add radiance without being full-on glossy. (more…)

Rouge Dior Brillant: Goodbye lip gloss, hello pigmented lip oil

Rouge Dior Brillant lip gloss

If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.

I’ve talk about YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Oil before; now here’s the Dior version, a new, improved take on its Rouge Dior Brillant lipgloss (£26.50). (more…)

Nail news: Givenchy’s matte nails and Dior’s cult nail creme

Givenchy matte nails in Rose Evocation and Jaune Expression
I can’t pretend I’m not thrilled that beauty is going through a natural phase for Spring. I much prefer peachy cheeks and a balmy lip to labour-intensive make-up theatrics. That said, it’s not all nude lips and smoky eyes, Givenchy’s spring palette is unapologetically candy-coloured with some fun tricks up its sleeves. (more…)