Fashion and beauty

I’ve written beauty treatment reviews, product round-ups, fashion advice and home remedies; here are a few examples. Click on a link for the web page or PDF.

Don’t sweat it: natural deodorants | That’s Not My Age, 2021
During the stay-at-home season of the pandemic, I often forgot to apply antiperspirant or deodorant, which led me to discover that my armpits aren’t as sweaty as they used to be. And I’m not alone: a Mintel survey revealed that almost a third of us have been applying less deodorant… read more

Best home waxing kits 2021 | Expert Reviews, 2021
If you have any unwanted hair, the best home waxing kits are a great choice for removing it. Whether it’s whisking off a few stragglers on your upper lip, shaping your eyebrows, de-fuzzing your legs or manscaping your entire torso, the advantages of waxing in the comfort of your own home are extremely appealing… read more

How to freshen up your feet for summer sandal season | That’s Not My Age, 2021
The wonderful weather of the past week or so may have put you off your stride, footwear-wise. Just as we might find it difficult to embrace our increasing freedom post-pandemic, our feet also need time – and a little help – to adjust to being liberated from socks and boots… read more

Bags of glamour | Yours Retro, 2020
Some of today’s most recognisable – and most coveted – handbags have been inspired by famous faces, from Hollywood stars to Her Majesty… [no PDF available]

Is it time to ditch the bra? | Silver magazine, 2020
Women! Is there anything more blissful than walking through the front door, unhooking that bra and slinging it across the room? And breathing properly for the first time all day?… read more

Prepare to bare your feet for summer | Saga, 2019
Hard skin and cracked heels don’t look smart with sandals, but happily, you can usually deal with these minor problems yourself… read more

Let’s hear it for the bra… | Yours Retro, 2017
A fascinating insight into the history of your underwear drawer… read more

Lipstick and curls | Yours Retro, 2017
Iconic beauty products that have been bestsellers for decades… read more

Lee Bender: the designer behind Bus Stop | Yours Retro, 2017
A look at a pioneer of fast, fun, fab fashion in the Seventies, who launched a chain of groundbreaking boutiques… read more

Help for thinning hair | Saga, 2016
How to fight the limp, floppy look that often affects fine hair… read more

Make party shoes less painful | Netdoctor, 2016
Here’s the lowdown to keeping your feet happy in high heels… read more

How to make beard oil | Saga, 2016
Add a homemade touch to gentlemen’s grooming, with easily adaptable recipes to keep facial hair conditioned and cared for… read more

Time for a new perfume? Update your signature scent | Saga
Ageing can affect how scent smells on us, and how well we can smell it, making our 50s the perfect time to take a fresh look at fragrance… read more

Wonderful wellies | Saga, 2016
Whether you’re taking a walk, doing some digging or just out and about dodging the showers, we’ve got the wellies you’ll want to wear… read more

Shampoos to keep you beautifully grey | Saga, 2016
Put the glamour into grey hair with a specially designed shampoo… read more

Best beach shoes to take on holiday | Saga, 2016
Beach shoes need to be comfortable, waterproof, quick-drying and have good grip – here’s our pick of the best… read more

Keep hair safe in the sun | Saga, 2016
Protect your hair – and your scalp – from the sun on holiday or at home… read more

How to beat blisters | Saga, 2016
Blisters are a pain often associated with summer sandals. But they’re not inevitable – here’s how to avoid them… read more

Help for hard-working gardeners’ hands | Saga, 2016
Working outside in all weathers plays havoc with your hands, not to mention nails, but you can achieve hands that are as well-manicured as your lawn… read more

After-swim shampoos | Saga, 2016
Whether you’re working out or taking a break, swimming in the pool or the sea, protect your hair from what’s in the water… read more