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Do you remember your first foray into the world of cosmetics? I do. I was about 10 when I discovered roller-ball lip-glosses which I would excitedly apply in the loo between school lessons and then stare in the mirror, mesmerised by the way they made my lips look prettier, plumper and just a little more ‘Charlie’s Angel’. Never mind that the flavour and smell of the glosses – cherry, tangerine and peppermint – were overpoweringly sickly or that the gloop factor meant constantly detaching permed strands of hair from my lips. I was smitten from that first slick.

image: Essie
image: Essie

Since the prestigious paint company, Farrow & Ball, showcased its ubiquitous, go-with-everything paint shade Elephant’s Breath, grey has taken over as the new go-to in the world of fashion and interiors. It’s also been the shade for nails to be seen in and the trend – as seen on the Autumn 2013 catwalk – is still going stronger than ever. Why the longevity? Well, it works so well with whatever colour you wear and there’s a nuance to flatter any skin tone. So next time you’re looking for a polish that will look good in any season, Forego the wishy-washy beige and barely-there pink and go for grit with grey – the new nail neutral.

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Who doesn’t love receiving a beautifully wrapped gift? And better still if it’s a box full of lovely little beauty products that just scream ‘try me, try me!’ before you’ve even lifted the lid. The idea all started with the fabulous Glossybox (my fave) which has spawned a brigade of boxes that arrive in the post choc full of wonderful beauty treats for you to try…

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Auremar/123rf.com

Ever caught a glimpse in the mirror or a shop window while whizzing on your way to work or from the school run and thought ‘what’s that old lady/scruff pot/out of shape mama doing wearing my coat?’ Once the realisation hits that the unflattering reflection actually belongs to you, you’ve got two choices: Give up and wallow in self pity thinking your beautiful best days are over, or…pull yourself together and get back that feel good vibe. Here are five ways to kick start you on your way from woeful to wonderful…