As much as I love beauty products, we all know that they don't always do exactly what they say on the tin. We know that lip gloss won't give you a Jolie pout, and that cellulite creams won't give you legs like Kate Moss. However, we also know that both the above will enhance our natural assets at least just a little bit, and thus our trust is re-instilled in the wonderful world of beauty.

Sometimes however the Beauty Industry will throw a wild card of ridiculousness at us that surely even the most gullible wouldn't believe. Last week, WWD announced that Ageless Fantasty has come up with the world's first anti-age perfume. Seriously? An anti-age perfume?

Ageless Fantasy are claiming they can actually make you smell younger, following 'research' that suggests that certain smells are associated with certain ages, meaning their grapefruit, pomegranate, mango, jasmine and musk scent can lead nearby whiffers to believe you are up to 8 years younger.

Once again, seriously? While I will admit that some smells are often more associated with certain ages; floral scents denoting older women while fresher, citrus scents have a younger association, unless wearers of Ageless Fantasy are planning on only hanging around with blind people, the theory is not fool proof.

If Ageless Fantasy are really onto something, why not go a step further and invest in Barbie's latest scent, or for the more discerning lady, The Olsen Twins do some really hot ones.

Since winning the Womenswear Award for his beautiful, Elizabethan nightwear inspired collection at Graduate Fashion Week back in June, Nabil El Nayal has been getting a lot of attention, not only across the fashion blogosphere, but in huge fashion publications such as Elle and Vogue.

Today's announcement that he has been awarded a coveted scholarship by the BFC to study an MA in Fashion Womenswear at the Royal College of Art in London therefore, comes as little surprise.

When I saw his collection closing the Manchester School of Art show, I was genuinely stunned by the gorgeous, ethereal gowns that graced the catwalk, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Wonderbra is a label that has always been associated with sexiness, so it seems especially fitting that glamorous burlesque star Dita Von Teese would design a collection for the lingerie company.

Wonderbra by Dita Von Teese features a selection of sets including 'Spot-Teese', a gorgeous sheer set with spot detail, 'Satin-Teese', a soft peach satin ensemble finished with sexy black lace, and 'Multi-Teese', a bra with variable straps and magnetic clasp fastening.

While the magnet fastening might be perfect for flinging it off a la Dita, I can foresee serious bra malfunction when reaching for something on a high up shelf in Tesco! Apart from that though, the pieces which have a cool vintage feel to them really are beautiful, with a sexiness that is just the right side of slutty (as in the non-slutty side, we're nice girls here at The Liner, The Clutch and The Wardrobe). Von Teese comments, "Lingerie shouldn't be something you just put on for your lover; you should do it for you. It's not about seducing men, it's about embracing womanhood."

Following a special film featuring Dita herself on the Wonderbra website on 15th September, the collection will be available across Europe from the 23rd September.

Image via Catwalk Queen

It seems there is no end to how much pleasure I can derive from the eccentricities of Karl Lagerfeld, whether it is he himself reminding us about road safety, or a clever impostor parodying the unique designer.

In the US edition of this month's Harpers Bazaar, a selection of famous designers including Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors and the Kaiser himself were photographed living out their fantasies. Ever one for unlikely choices, Karl Lagerfeld chose to be photographed as a rapper, exclaiming 'I love rap'! And doesn't he look the shiz in this street get up, a far cry from his usual stiff, gothic attire.

Now I just want to hear him rap!


Following the success of several collections for Topshop over the past two years, Celia Birtwell has designed another line for Autumn-Winter 08/09.

In light of the Romantic-Goth trend that is set to be huge this coming season, the collection boats plenty of sheers and dark colours, retaining the unique Birtwell look with contrasting floral prints and plenty of seventies inspired pussy bows on blouses. The retro prints and styles, particularly of the four blouses included in the collection, also nod to the Folk trend that was present on the catwalks for this Autumn.

Amongst the four dresses the collection has to offer, my personal favourite is the black and white 'Cape Dress' which as the name suggests features a unique cape detail on the back. There is also a gorgeous slouchy play suit in the same print for those of us blessed with long legs and no evidence of ever having even sniffed a Krispy Kreme!

These days almost every brand is finding some way to cash in on people's interest in environmental issues and remind us of how natural and ethical they are. Even petrol stations are doing it, and I am pretty sure no matter which way they twist it, there is nothing environmentally friendly about petrol!

It is easy to forget then that when The Body Shop launched back in 1976, ethical issues were at the forefront of their identity, particularly through their heavy campaigning against animal testing. In light of this, later this month they will reveal a re-vamped image that will emphasise this important part of their heritage. This will include more ingredient centered advertising campaigns as well as the launch of a mineral make up line in September.

While natural purists may quite rightly argue that this is merely a commercial decision by parent company L'Oreal to increase revenue, I think that at least the fundamental philosophies behind The Body Shop are being adhered to, whether the motives are cynical or not.

Watch this space for more news on The Body Shop's Mineral Make Up line.


Lip and cheek stain balms are probably one of my favourite beauty products. Benetint Lip Balm has been one of my make up bag staples for years for providing rosy moisturisation to my lips whilst lending a subtle flush to cheeks, and Vaseline have just gone and done a great budget version in the form of Lip Therapy: Rosy Lips.

Now I love the rose scent that these products often have but a friend of mine can't stand it. Lucky for her though, Eyeko Fat Balm Lip and Cheek Stain comes with the delicious scent of strawberries. Jojoba oil give Fat Balm the same nourishing qualities of Benetint Lip Balm, but at £4.99, it comes without the hefty price tag.

Fat balm is definitely granted a place in the depths of my handbag!

I am in a state of hideous shock. I was just a minute ago perusing the Bath Ballistic section of the Lush website, only to discover that my beloved Fairy Jasmine is not there!

It was the sweet Jasmine scent, the soft lilac colour that it turned the water, and the masses of glitter it contained that caused me to fall so deeply in love with Lush in the first place, and now they have done this!

Measures must be taken, we must act fast and hound them to add it to Retro Lush as soon as possible!

I think a moment of silence is appropriate for these sad times.

The Dellal on everybody's lips at the moment is the alluringly edgy Alice with her unique punk undercut and effortless rock-chick glamour, but since seeing these amazing red pumps on WWD today, my favour has been swung towards shoe designing sister Charlotte Dellal.

Charlotte Dellal is the creative brains behind shoe company Charlotte Olympia, a stylish and daring shoe label that debuted at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 08 last autumn.

Her designs are influenced by nineteen-forties Hollywood and glamour is therefore high on the agenda in the form of vibrant and luxurious fabrics, and super high heels. These vertiginous red shoes with their ultra feminine shape and ruffle, and chunky angular platform encapsualte all there is the love about vintage style with an ultra-modern twist.

Image WWD

What better way to start the day could there be than porridge and orange juice? But I don't mean to eat, I mean to wash with!

Amongst the 20 newbies that Lush have just added to their already vast range of wondrous bathing products is Porridge Soap. The delicious smelling new soap, which is made using Lush's new palm oil free soap recipe, contains masses of oats which buff away rough skin as you rub on the soap in the shower. The oats also impart their soothing properties onto the skin to smooth as soften as they exfoliate.

Organic orange juice and sweet orange oil gives the soap a gorgeous sweet smell and while there is not actually any honey in the soap, I thought the combination of the oatmeal and orange gave the soap a similar smell to Lush's amazing soap, Honey I Washed the Kids.

Porridge is available in store and online for £2.50/100g.