Is microdermabrasion called something different here? I don't want a namby-pamby exfoliating facial; I want the machine that blasts your face with stuff that feels like sand and I can't find a salon that does it. Ready for Blast-off, West Kowloon The Dictator rules: No, we wouldn't want anything 'namby pamby', would we? Touted as an instant face- lift, microdermabrasion works like many other skin treatments on the market but is generally less expensive than surgery, chemical peels and Botox. Our research found it's rare for a spa even to understand the term, let alone provide the service. Your best bet seems to be the Crystal Blast Microdermabrasion at The Beautiful Skin Centre (shop 344, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2877 8911). For HK$380, you'll have a 15-minute treatment in which micro crystals are blown across the skin. The theory is that sloughing off surface layers refines the skin and diminishes signs of ageing, sun damage and uneven skin tone. With this, as with any complicated treatment, make sure you go to a practitioner you trust. My girlfriend wants me to buy her some sort of tape that sticks to the skin and clothes and acts like a bra. Could you help me figure this one out? Stuck on Her, Happy Valley The Dictator: There's nothing to figure out. You're whipped. It's ridiculous that you should be buying this for her. The most famous choice is Hollywood Fashion Tape, which we've mentioned in this column countless times. The double-sided tape holds clothing in place and comes in the original 36-strip pack (HK$54; City'super, basement 1, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888) or a pack with an assortment of 30 strips in five different shapes (HK$64). To actually hold up the, um, breasts, we recommend Fashion First Aid's amusingly named Liftits (HK$190 for three pairs; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). Unlike predecessors from other brands, these transparent, hypoallergenic stickers elevate from the top of the boob, not the bottom. Bewildered? Check out the clip on the website: www.usefulchickstuff.com . Oh, and they're even waterproof, so you can wear them swimming. The brand also does nipple concealers and other products to enhance cleavage. There's an enamelly, old-fashioned-looking bracelet I saw in a magazine that I'd love to buy but I've forgotten the details. Any idea who carries such things? Wrist Action, The Peak The Dictator: Wow, you not only have a great memory, you also invent words. If you mean an enamel bracelet, there are quite a few around. You'd better hope it's not the Chanel Baroque-inspired bangle in coral and turquoise colours, finishing with two ram heads at the top of the wrist, because it's sold out. Kenneth Jay Lane, a surefire source for jewellery with a vintage look, has a tiger-print enamel bangle with a spring clasp at the base and two of the wild cat's heads meeting at the top, available in white or brown (left; HK$800; Lane Crawford, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2118 3638). Mix it up with his other enamel bangles (about HK$900 each). If Christmas gifts are draining your wallet, go for cheaper versions, available in the local markets and discount shops such as Ribbon Emporium (HK$20 each; shop A, G/F, Po Fung Building, 33A Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2377 4341).