Big hair bounces back
If you'd told me a few years ago that Dynasty-style coifs would be making a comeback, I'd have thrown you my best soap-opera death stare in disbelief. The thought of cutting ties with my beloved straight-styling ghds was anathema.
Fast forward a few years, though, and I'm embracing my inner Alexis Carrington and pumping up the volume.
But before you start turning to reruns of Dallas and Dynasty for inspiration, there are a few key differences between 80s big hair and today's. First, and most important, is movement. Those heavily lacquered helmet-like 'dos have been replaced with far more natural-looking locks.
To get the look, you'll need to arm yourselfwith a few styling products.
Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, $56.50, will help set the scene and a ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush, $39, will seal the deal and give you bouncy full waves.
Sprinkling a touch of Matrix Design Pulse Mega Dust Volume Texturizer, $21, at the roots will give your look that little extra va-va-voom. And, finally, add a touch of Hollywood wow with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, $45.
REVIVAL OF A CLASSIC
There aren't many perfumes wished back into existence by their former wearers. Chances are when you look back into the dark recesses of your bathroom cabinet as it appeared five, 10 or 15 years ago, there's not much there you haven't - by now - moved on from.
Especially when it comes to scent - yesterday's latest can today smell dated; cloying, powdery or just plain similar to others from the same era.
But not so Calyx, which has recently been resurrected by Clinique, who describe it - fairly accurately - as "a cult favourite scent that is sparkling and fresh. Energising and audacious, it uplifts the mood."
Calyx is quite unconventional as far as scents go: crisp, fresh and sweet, but not too sweet, it has notes of grapefruit, mandarin, passion fruit, mango, freesia, neroli, lily, jasmine, oakmoss and vetiver.
Of course, usually that means diddly-squat when it comes to the final result (a bit like wines boasting notes of berry that you can't for the life of you discern), but in this case you really can make out its 'ingredients'.
Released in 1986 by Prescriptives, it was withdrawn in 2009, and returns in its original form - a simple ribbed bottle and flattened oval top.
Just a word of warning for those who like their scents extra subtle: this is a fairly bold perfume. That said, it does soften after the first spray, like many scents, so do give it a full day's wear first.
Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Overnight Lip Conditioner, $44
This beautiful overnight balm is designed to hydrate and repair lips while you sleep, but the lip-loving shea butter and vitamin E will also help to keep your lips looking and feeling smoother and well conditioned during the day, too.
Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm, $29
This balm adds a pretty shine to your lips while the calendula extracts help with skin renewal and healing. The waxes and oils in it will also help to prevent those pesky fine lines around your mouth.
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF15, $45
Specially formulated with wheat germ and olive oil, this non-greasy lip balm is nourishing and also offers an all-important SPF15 to protect your smackers from the sun's harmful rays.