After Rimmel’s Apocolips range of liquid lipsticks, there came Provocalips (see what they did there!) a double-ended wand with highly pigmented colour, and a balm/shine fixer at the other end. These wonder sticks are available in eight shades and promise 16-hours of wear time. As a lipstick-lover with a busy schedule I’ve been waiting for a product like this – but does it actually work? I set my self the challenge (excuse) and ordered a massive pizza to see if this power-pucker promise was true to its word.
Located next to the Jo Malone counter on the ground floor of Manchester’s central branch of Selfridges, Blink provides a range of decadent beauty treatments to the city’s glitterati. Regular clients can book in for a session, or – if you’re more opportunistically minded – you can do as I did, and try your luck by turning up on spec and smiling widely.
It was that time between Christmas and New Year where everyone’s still a little full from feasting and no-one really knows what day it is. I had an hour to kill before the boy returned from watching his beloved City play. My arms were laden with bargain-stuffed shopping bags, and my nails – well, as usual, my nails sucked. I’d stumbled across Blink earlier, while idly googling for the “best manicure in Manchester”, but hesitated before making an appointment. Luckily for my cuticles, the universe was on my side that day, and the smartly-dressed team found a gap in their bookings.
I’ve been dying my hair for years now with L’Oreal’s Casting Creme Gloss, a semi-permanent no ammonia hair dye. You could say I’m super-loyal. I used the shade Berry Red for ages, favouring its rich, warm and slightly plummy tones, but since the launch of Cherry Red I’ve found myself reaching for this slightly lighter, brighter red for summer. It often surprises me but I get tons of compliments on my hair colour and people are usually surprised in turn to learn that I do it myself at home out of a bottle that costs less than a g&t in London! Here’s my step-by-step for achieving this sassy colour at home…