Tried & tested: Scholl Foot File

This really works.Scholl Hard Skin File, foot, beauty

After the dissapointing Scholl Foot Cream, this really works, first time. Maybe I won’t need to see the chiropodist anymore, or at least half as often. At £5 from Boots compared to £25 per visit, I’d say that’s a bargain.

Bad news however, Garnier Foot Cocoon is no longer available! They actually emailed me back to let me know but I’m trying to find out of they have a replacement. The Aveda one was good so may check that out again. Gutted!

Black is Black

5 ways to brighten up black

Hands up who wears black? Every day? Who has black as their fall-back, safe, easy, comfortable colour?

For the legions of fans of black there are many reasons to wear it, besides flattery and they are all good ones: black goes with everything…well, almost.

Read more of article published on Little Pink Book

Today at Biba – Adventures in Birmingham

House of Fraser
September 20th 2010

I am not in the market for clothes, in fact I rarely am. I have so many and I love them all so I never utter the line ‘I have nothing to wear.’ The fact that most of my clothes are being held hostage 3300 miles away does not mean that I won’t have them back, hopefully sooner rather than later.
I think it was writing about shopping for a couple of days that made me walk into House of Fraser for a little light relief.

Upon entering the new Biba section, I’m instantly transformed to the little girl I was in the 1970’s looking at fashion magazines over my older sisters’ shoulders.
I don’t recall the skinny jeans (so not 1970s, surely) but the trademark flowing chiffon, embroidery, puffed shoulders and bat wing sleeves all ring a bell. I’d imagine more browns than greys but of course this is Biba 2010, not 1975.

I browsed for a while and was about to leave when pounced upon by the enthusiastic sales lady who immediately ran around finding me dresses to try on despite me answering ‘no’ to her question ‘Are you looking for anything special’.
I protested that because there are at least six of each item, my concern would be running into someone else wearing the exact same thing, which is my worst* nightmare.

Biba lady said that won’t happen as each item is available in different colours too. Oh, so there are 12 of each, so that makes worst nightmare even more likely.
She then showed me a lovely dress that was their ‘best seller’, again highlighting the chance of me running into an identically dressed woman.

I said anyway, the dress despite having other colours, is still black and I don’t really like to wear black also propounding the fact that other people are more likely to be wearing that too.
Finally, after showing me yet another black dress, she heard me say I like wearing colours such as purple…..

Before I could say I’ve already got a purple dress, I’m shown two purple dresses. I’m even persuaded to try on a said purple dress, annoyingly in my size and the one above, which I do providing I can try on a long, perfect with skinny jeans, grey, wool top. (Or sweater if you must). Turns out the smaller dress fits me fine, if a little loose and this top is perfect.

I then leave all the items in the changing room and make my escape via the Mango section.

This is about listening to what your customer wants not about my dislike of wearing too much black.
If Biba lady had listened, I’d have happily spent £55 which on a quiet Monday morning I imagine her employer welcomes.
I’m not in the market for a gorgeous, grey top and it is rare indeed I pay full price for anything but this I will have got a lot of wear out of over the coming months.

I may still do, let’s see how I feel tomorrow.

*not worst nightmare generally, but in the ‘wearing same clothes a someone else in the room’ category.

National Obsession – make up trends around the country

I read in Style (Sunday Times) that different cities have varing trends:
Newcastle – brightly coloured eyeliner, blue and green popular inside the rims with lots of black mascara just in case you didn’t notice the eyes
Liverpool – like their gloss, complete with lip liner (gosh, very Jordan) for a bigger mouth. They like the old black eye liner too and generally take their time learning make-up techniques.
Manchester – Manc ladies like flawless skin so full coverage matt foundation is popular. Bright lipsticks in red and pink sell well too.
Birmingham – Brummie ladies apparently like nude lips. Well I’m the right place then although that’s been a favoruite of mine for a few years. I can pretend I bought the look here. On the other hand, they like their layers of caked-on mascara too, a look I definitely don’t go for but they keep the rest of the eyes light so all very pretty.
Bristol – Bristolians like the black eyeliner and big mascara too but they like getting the base right so Laura Mervier’s tinted moisturiser is a best seller here.
London – On the one hand they say they are more open on the other hand they like the natural look. Lip liner has made a comeback though. Perhaps London is just to big to have one trend – everything goes.

Anyone care to comment from these cities?

Tried & Tested – Scholl

I’ve been using Garnier’s Foot Cocoon for years and swear buy it. I even had it shipped out when I was in the USA.
This time around I bought this and it’s not as good.
Costs more and you get less and it may do what Foot Cocoon does in that it moisturises your feet, but not for as long. It certainly doesn’t do what it promises, which is softens hard skin so I still have to go to the chiropodist.

I’d love to hear of any products you have tried that haven’t worked – and those that have!