I never thought I’d discover new fashion at a bridge game! At first, I thought one of the ladies was wearing one of those peplum dresses, but it was actually a big belt. I don’t know her very well, so I was shy to ask. Do you know where I can buy one?
Pep Talk, Shouson Hill

The Dictator rules: Peplum belts to cover old lady belly? Genius! And I bet that clever lady won the game, too. She could have been wearing the wide, black leather Louis Vuitton Marie Antoinette belt (HK$8,750; Lee Gardens, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 8100 1182). But I suspect it was more likely the Peplum belt by New York-based designer Zana Bayne, available in in black, white or yellow die-cut leather. It cinches at the waist then flares out towards the hips (HK$2,900; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777; www.zanabayne.com). Though not technically a peplum, Haider Ackermann’s wide, black leather Corset Belt (HK$7,104; Lane Crawford) seems to be incredibly popular at the moment and creates a similar effect of accentuating the waist (or creating one). For bargain shoppers, inexpensive retailers have knocked out a few of their own. JDC has them for only HK$99 in red, taupe or black faux leather (15 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2526 6816). Zara has two options: a leather and suede peplum belt (HK$399; Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0070) and the new studded peplum belt made of polyurethane (HK$299).


I’ve always wanted longer eyelashes, but I blinked too much when I tried getting extensions. Now I’m ready to try one of those lash-growing products. Where can I buy a quality, trustworthy and effective one?
Growing Concern, Sha Tin

The Dictator: Short eyelashes? Oh, the horror! Not. I mean with all the problems in the world, you’re obsessing over this? Not since the great lip-plumping frenzy has the cosmetics world seen such interest in non-surgical augmentation. Remember LipFusion? Well, now there’s StimuLashFusion (HK$320; Joyce Beauty, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, tel: 3422 3910; www.fusionbeauty.com), which is made with a lashenhancing peptide and promises results in four to six weeks. The “lash enhancer” category has actually grown over the last few years, so you’re in luck. One of the first to hit the scene was Talika (HK$390; Beauty Bazaar, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3906 2388; www.talika.com), which has updated its Lipocils Expert recipe to include plant extracts and ingredients that protect against the sun and freeradicals. There’s also NeuLash (HK$1,170; Beauty Bazaar; www.skinresearchlabs.com), which promises fuller, longer lashes in 30 days, with its formula of vitamins, moisturisers and proteins. All their websites show impressive results from clinical trials. The ultimate test, however, will be the impact on your flutters.


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