Natura Bisse Inhibit-Tensolift

It's not cheap but this product gets a big thumbs up from Annalisa Barbieri - all except the pump ac

Price: £460
Launched: Autumn 2006
Tested: throughout 2007 and 2008

Stockists: Space NK, www.spacenk.com, tel: 0208 740 208

If you read through this website long enough, you’ll see it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Natura Bissé. I love that it never advertises and, to be frank, most people have never heard of it. This was one of the first ‘wrinkle reducers’ I ever tried and because of this I had no idea how good it was. I had no idea of the price either; I knew NB wasn’t cheap, but I think if I’d have known the price I would have stopped myself getting so addicted to it.

Out of all the wrinkle reducers I’ve ever tried it’s by far the best (as, you’d argue, it should be for the price but you’d be surprised at how often price doesn’t mean satisfying results). Because you need such a tiny amount - you dab it on each line – this can easily last a year, in which case it works out at just over £1 a day (can you see how I’m trying to make this better?).

I do however have one major gripe with the product. It comes in a pump action bottle and toward the end (but when a good 10per cent of the cream is left) it becomes very difficult to get the product out of the container by using the pump alone, you have to unscrew the top and dab it on that way. This, for the price, is pretty crap going. That said, it’s important to note that the few lines I have were completely kept in check by this product, when I stopped using it they became more pronounced. And thus the addiction continues…

Annalisa Barbieri was in fashion PR for five years before going to the Observer to be fashion assistant. She has worked for the Evening Standard and the Times and was one of the fashion editors on the Independent on Sunday for five years, where she wrote the Dear Annie column. She was fishing correspondent of the Independent from 1997-2004.
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Beware, hard Brexiteers - Ruth Davidson is coming for you

The Scottish Conservative leader is well-positioned to fight. 

Wanted: Charismatic leader with working-class roots and a populist touch who can take on the Brexiteers, including some in the government, and do so convincingly.

Enter Ruth Davidson. 

While many Tory MPs quietly share her opposition to a hard Brexit, those who dare to be loud tend to be backbenchers like Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan. 

By contrast, the Scottish Conservative leader already has huge credibility for rebuilding her party north of the border. Her appearances in the last days of the EU referendum campaign made her a star in the south as well. And she has no qualms about making a joke at Boris Johnson’s expense

Speaking at the Institute of Directors on Monday, Davidson said Brexiteers like Nigel Farage should stop “needling” European leaders.

“I say to the Ukip politicians, when they chuckle and bray about the result in June, grow up,” she declared. “Let us show a bit more respect for these European neighbours and allies.”

Davidson is particularly concerned that Brexiteers underestimate the deeply emotional and political response of other EU nations. 

The negotiations will be 27 to 1, she pointed out: “I would suggest that macho, beer swilling, posturing at the golf club bar isn’t going to get us anywhere.”

At a time when free trade is increasingly a dirty word, Davidson is also striking in her defence of the single market. As a child, she recalls, every plate of food on the table was there because her father, a self-made businessman, had "made stuff and sold it abroad". 

She attacked the Daily Mail for its front cover branding the judges who ruled against the government’s bid to trigger Article 50 “enemies of the people”. 

When the headline was published, Theresa May and Cabinet ministers stressed the freedom of the press. By contrast, Davidson, a former journalist, said that to undermine “the guardians of our democracy” in this way was “an utter disgrace”. 

Davidson might have chosen Ukip and the Daily Mail to skewer, but her attacks could apply to certain Brexiteers in her party as well. 

When The Staggers enquired whether this included the Italy-baiting Foreign Secretary Johnson, she launched a somewhat muted defence.

Saying she was “surprised by the way Boris has taken to the job”, she added: “To be honest, when you have got such a big thing happening and when you have a team in place that has been doing the preparatory work, it doesn’t make sense to reshuffle the benches."

Nevertheless, despite her outsider role, the team matters to Davidson. Part of her electoral success in Scotland is down the way she has capitalised on the anti-independence feeling after the Scottish referendum. If the UK heads for a hard Brexit, she too will have to fend off accusations that her party is the party of division. 

Indeed, for all her jibes at the Brexiteers, Davidson has a serious message. Since the EU referendum, she is “beginning to see embryos of where Scotland has gone post-referendum”. And, she warned: “I do not think we want that division.”

 

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.