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Tom Ford’s Stocking Fillers

Tom_Ford_Jasmin_Rouge_Collection_2013Over a lovely lunch in the Monaco private dining room of The Blythswood Square in Glasgow last week, local journalists were introduced to a breath-taking array of new collections from Tom Ford Beauty, including the new Grooming range, the gents’ Tom Ford Noir fragrance range, various jaw-droppingly impressive Christmas box sets of lipsticks and nail varnishes, and this gorgeous quartet of reds – the Jasmin Rouge 2013 Colour Collection.

I may have gone along with my nails suitably attired in the classic Carnal Red shade (it’s a pillar box red, but that doesn’t sound as Tom Ford-esque as Carnal Red!)  of Nail Lacquer, but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Jasmin Rouge Colour Collection which contained the new pairings of cherry shades – the Nail Lacquer in the shimmery Trophy Wife, pictured bottom left, and the Vampire Kiss Lip Color (bottom right) – and the brick red Shameless Nail Lacquer and the Rouge Fatal shade of Lip Color. The new cosmetics were designed to complement the Jasmin Rouge perfume, which is described as “daringly feminine”, with spiced floral notes.

I must say, I’m having a bit of a love affair with Tom Ford Nail Lacquer just now: I applied the Carnal Red at the front door just before dashing to the lunch, and was very struck by how well designed the slender brush is for quick, easy, mess-free use – and how well it lasted.

* Lip Colors in Rouge Fatal and Vampire Kiss (£36 each); Nail Lacquers in Shameless and Trophy Wife (£26 each); Jasmin Rouge (from £140 for 50ml).

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Summer Loving, Tom Ford Style

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 model shotThe “natural” beauty look is all the rage this year – we already knew this but if anyone was in any doubt then make-up maestro Tom Ford’s endorsement of the look should make them think twice.

With his new season colours,  Ford has given the nude look a beautiful, bathed-in-light glow. Whereas most summer-specific make-up collections make a big thing out of bronzes, golds and copper tones (in other words, they’re one big yawn to pale-faces like me!) what’s great about the Tom Ford Summer 2013 Collection is the fact that it is suitable for all skin tones. Indeed, as I discovered when I got my hands on the products last week, it’s one Tom_Ford_Summer_Bronzing_2013 (1)of the few sun-inspired make-up collections that enhances naturally pale skin – rather than shaming it into being bronzed.

The rose gold theme that runs through the collection is gorgeous against a pale skin, which is precisely why I got very excited when I tried the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Pink Haze and Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust on my hands during a press briefing last week. And why I immediately asked to be booked in to the Tom Ford Beauty counter in Frasers, Glasgow, for a professional make0ver with the new range.

Charlie Ross, make-up artist for Tom Ford Beauty by day (and burlesque queen by night), may be the living embodiment of Mr Ford’s fetish for 1940s-inspired glamour, but she did a great job of creating a pretty, delicate and – yup –  natural look for me, using mostly the new summer shades along with my new favourite Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian Rose (I don’t do lip glosses – which is what the lip item in the new collection is).

Charlie used both of the new shimmering Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes on my lids – the afore-mentioned pearlescent Pink Haze and the pale peachy Escapade – to create a warm, subtly sun-kissed effect very reminiscent of the fleshy look that Marilyn Monroe was famous for.  With just black mascara and  Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt on my cheeks, plus the lipstick referred to above, the results were very different from my usual liquid eyeliner plus bright lips combo.

And in response to my request for tips on how to ramp it up to an evening look, she produced this (see below, left), by adding a thick, flick of eyeliner plus some smokier powder eyeshadows to the mix .. If you fancy having a complimentary makeover at the Tom Ford Beauty counter in Frasers, call 0141 221 3880  - best to phone a week in advance for Friday and Saturday appointments. Other Tom Ford Beauty counters (call 0870 034 2566 for details) offer the same service – but you’re not guaranteed a burlesque dancer wielding the make-up brushes…

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Pearly Beauty Queens

Ooooh, speaking of pearls, I love some of the pearlised cosmetics that feature in this year’s Christmas collections, especially Dior’s Grand Bal range (pictured right).

Not only are there two beautiful pearl shades of nail varnish – the white Dior Vernis in Lady and the pale gold Dior Vernis in Diorling  (£20) – and even Dior False Eye Lashes with pearl drops (£19), but there are also two extremely versatile, pearly, palettes of Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow (£40). The two lower shades in the Night Golds colourway (pictured left) – a gorgeous, golden-toned palette – have already had a few outings on my eyelids – and we’re not even into party season (when I’ll give the gold leaf shade a whirl).

I didn’t get sent any of the lipsticks from the Grand Bal collection but have found the perfect partner for the eye make-up in the form of the gorgeous, warm and intense pink Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait in Paresse (£29.50)  - one of a quartet of rich lip lacquers which the Parisian beauty company brought out for autumn-winter 2012 – for a glamorous but not overly dramatic look. Those of you in search of more drama might prefer to team the golden eye shadows with a glossy red lip for the full Addicted to Love effect. My favourites are Reckless from the new collection of reds
by Tom Ford Beauty (£TBC) or the single (lonely) lipstick in Lancome’s Christmas collection – Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Ruby Exquis (£21), presumably the only red Lancome reckons any woman needs this festive season.

And Lancome is where you’ll find the pearly polish that gets my vote: Lancome Vernis in Love in Ginger Swing (£12; pictured right), a champagne shade inspired by a ginger cocktail. I don’t think she ever suggested it, but I can just imagine style guru Diana Vreeland advising readers of her Why Don’t You column to match their nail polish to their favourite cocktail.  Chin-chin!

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My Week in Beauty

TUESDAY

I was going to review a show at the theatre on Tuesday evening but I went looking as if I was heading for a night at the opera – or something equally glam. Why? Because I had had a meeting with Melissa, the chic PR for Tom Ford Beauty, just beforehand – and I’d been treated to a mini-makeover at the TFB counter in Frasers in Glasgow.

Melissa was in town to preview the company’s new colour collection of molten-toned colour inspired, as she explained, by “the beauty of a radiant, bronzed face”.  As a paleface, I wasn’t
sure there would be anything for me in this range, but the four gorgeous Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes (£28), in metallic shades, were all extremely tempting – and looked as if they would complement blue eyes beautifully. I went to the theatre wearing the shimmering Platinum colour which can be layered for a dramatic look. And you know what, it’s the first cream shadow I’ve used that lasted the pace – it was still in place at bedtime.

WEDNESDAY

Caroline, an Edinburgh-based friend and fellow jazz fan, hosted a dinner party at her new flat last week and invited some of the creme de la creme of the capital’s jazz scene to attend.

I found myself chatting about beauty buys with the singer Angie King. Last time we met, at Christmas, she expressed interest in trying the then-new Lancome serum Visionnaire, and, on Wednesday, I was struck by how luminous and youthful her complexion was. The secret, she revealed, was not Visionnaire (which she had never got round to trying) but Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (£41; www.esteelauder.co.uk), which she has been using since we last. She would certainly be a great poster girl for this, the mother of all serums.

THURSDAY

I’m still searching for a luxurious beauty parlour like Sydney’s (left) – the lavish, Surrealist-style, salon frequented by Ros Russell, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and their cohorts in George Cukor’s wonderful 1939 film The Women. But while I’m searching, I’m more than content to have a regular treatments in one of the lovely Clarins Spas. On Wednesday, I had a change of venue: instead of going to the spa in Frasers, in Glasgow, I tried out its sister over in Debenhams. It’s just as attractive as the Frasers one, but a little more contemporary in its design. My Clarins Triactive Facial (from £60) was – as ever – just what the doctor ordered. It’s the perfect blend of results and relaxation: my skin looked energised afterwards, and I was well rested thanks to the thorough face, neck and shoulder massage.

FRIDAY

My hair has been feeling tuggy and a little dry at the ends so on Friday, with a few days to go before my hair appointment, I decided it was time to try out a product I’d only put off using because I thought it might be messy (and time-consuming). In fact, Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus (£16; www.ojon.co.uk) was easy (and not messy) to use.  You simply take a tiny amount of the solid, wax-like balm, warm it in your hands until it becomes an oil and work it through the hair. After 20 minutes you rinse it off. I found my hair’s texture had improved immeasurably, and the effects lasted several days – though, thankfully, the coffee bean-like smell of the product didn’t linger at all!

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My Week in Beauty

TUESDAY

The big  beauty event of the week was a dinner in Edinburgh’s 212121 restaurant hosted by the glamorous girls from Tom Ford Beauty. Once or twice a year they treat us to a preview of the latest scents and lipsticks by the fabulous Mr Ford, but this was a particularly exciting occasion as they were introducing us to a whole host of new goodies. Mr Ford has obviously been a busy boy: he has just launched a comprehensive skincare range, a full make-up collection and three new fragrances – two of which, Jasmine Rose and Santal Blush (from £120 each; www.harrods.com) are limited editions designed to complement the new make-up. The range will be available in selected department stores nationwide from October 3, but is already in Harrods.

Before we got stuck into our unusual dinner – 212121 refers to the structure of the menu – we all had a play with the make-up. Most exciting were the exquisite Tom Ford Eye Color Quads (£62), ten eyeshadow quartets boasting intense colour in a variety of textures. I was very taken with the Sahara Haze colourway, which included a beautiful green (I didn’t quite get why it had the Sahara tag), while my colleague Merle – a poster-girl for vivid blue eye make-up – loved the Cobalt Blue variation (right), and immediately applied some over her existing make-up.

There wasn’t actually time (we did have to dine, after all – and there was champagne to be quaffed) to try out everything so I haven’t been able to form opinions on most of the products but they look every bit as sleek and chic as you’d expect – and unusually practical. It’s really a very logical, and thought-through, range.

The product about which I was most cynical – but ended up
being persuaded by – was Shade and Illuminate (£55), which was born of Tom Ford’s belief that the first step to beauty is to understand the “architecture” of your face. Using the two creams in this compact, you can sculpt and contour the face so that it looks more symmetrical, and to create such illusions as killer cheekbones. Don’t believe me? Well, all I can say is that if this product had existed in 1932, Marlene Dietrich might not have had to whip out her wisdom teeth to achieve that chiselled cheekbone effect : applying the darker shade (using my thumbs and pressing then rubbing) to create a shadow under my cheekbones produced amazing results.

WEDNESDAY

After my champagne-fuelled dinner (and nightcap in the pub), my skin looked somewhat the worse for wear – and felt terribly dehydrated. Luckily, I’d been sent a Clarins HydraQuench Mask (£31; www.clarins.co.uk),which contains moisturising hyaluronic acid and katafray bark – to try a while back so I slathered some on and waited to see what happened… It worked a treat. My skin felt comfortable again – and looked brighter and plumper. This will definitely become a staple of the beauty hangover cure, along with Clarins Eye Contour Gel.

THURSDAY

I met my mum for coffee on Thursday and got her verdict on the latest anti-ageing foundation on the market – Sisley Skinleya (£110; www.houseoffraser.co.uk). She loves it! (At that price, she should.. ) She loves the silky smooth feel it gives her skin, and the way it “tingles and feels like it’s tightening” as she applies it, using the brush that comes with it. I thought her skin looked great when she was wearing it – and I felt the same about my own when I experimented with Diorskin Forever Fluid SPF25 (£29.50; from October 3), the latest natural-looking but skin-enhancing fluid foundation from Dior which, like Skinleya, has skincare benefits.

SATURDAY

A screening of Alfred Hitchock’s classic chiller Psycho, with live accompaniment by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was the hottest ticket in Glasgow on Saturday night. And, really, when it came to painting my nails beforehand, it was a no-brainer: blood red was the only possible colour…

I’m already a sucker for Chanel’s new Pirate shade, so decided to dabble in another scarlet, this time Estee Lauder  Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Garnet  (£14, from October 3). This beautiful crimson is part of Lauder’s Christmas collection, but since I’m trying to identify which of the many reds on, or soon going on, sale is my favourite, I thought I’d start the research immediately. Mrs Bates would be proud..

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My Week in Beauty

MONDAY

I may be the one who writes about beauty but my friends are all experts about the areas that particularly concern them.

My pal Shiv is one of my top testers for fake tan and body products; apart from her essentials – mascara and lip gloss – make-up has tended to be much lower down her priority list .

Her skin is so good that she only recently began to feel the need of some sort of coverage to even out dark circles and disguise fine lines – so she turned to the excellent By Terry range.

When I met her on Monday, she was singing the praises not only of the By Terry Touche Veloutee (£29; www.spacenk.co.uk), a concealer/highlighter and cousin to the original Touche Eclat (which Terry de Gunzburg created at YSL), but also of the lady who sold it to her in Space NK.

Shiv went in to buy the shade she had bought before. When the saleswoman realised they didn’t have it, she didn’t try to persuade her to buy something else; instead, she persuaded her to book herself in for a mini-makeover the following weekend.

I’ve not heard the usually cynical Shiv wax so lyrical about a retail experience as she did about the makeover. She was thrilled with the results  and left with a different (and better) shade of the Touche Veloutee,  as well as her first eyeliner pencil in probably about 20 years and a list of make-up she’d like to try.

TUESDAY

I spent some time on Tuesday in a bit of a coiffeur quandary. My hair is desperately needing to be coloured and cut but, for the first time in ages, I’m toying with the idea of doing something different with it. It could be that I fancy going for the chop because, suddenly, the ends of my hair are tangling and look like they’re paying the price for my regular colour sessions. It could be that short hair looks so much easier (though I know, from experience, that it isn’t). Or it could have something to do with the fact that, however much she may hate it, I love Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan’s elfin crop. Though not half as much as I love the original model – as seen on movie actress Jean Seberg (above). Not sure if I’m quite ready to take the plunge but you never know …

WEDNESDAY

Dior’s summer make-up collection arrived on Wednesday morning – and the pinks, peaches and corals are mouthwateringly pretty. Also in the package was Diorshow Extase Mascara (£21.50), which somehow I missed out on when they landed in stores at the end of March.

I can report that, as often happens with mascara, I’m in love again.. This mascara is brilliant for beefing up scraggy lashes and making them look like contenders in the battable stakes. I am fickle when it comes to mascara so we’ll have to see whether I’m as much in love in a couple of weeks as I am now ..

THURSDAY

I was writing about foundations on Thursday and, in the course of testing a few different ones, I had a Dorothy moment. In other words, just as Dorothy realises that “there’s no place like home” in The Wizard of Oz, so I realised that there’s no foundation like my old reliable: Clinique Perfectly Real Make-up (£20; www.clinique.co.uk).

It’s not an all-singing, all-dancing base like some of Clinique’s recent offerings, but Perfectly Real is a godsend for women like me, with a less-than-even skin tone, and a complexion which is totally confused in its orientation: it veers between oily, sensitive, dehydrated and dry. Not only does this foundation deal with all these issues, but it also comes in a shade which is a perfect match for my very fair colouring.

FRIDAY

It may be the Easter Holidays and Friday is the day I usually look after my twin boys, but I had to book my mum to babysit for long enough for me to sneek into town to meet Melissa, the suitably chic PR for Tom Ford Beauty. After all, she had promised to give me a preview of the new Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colors (£35), which go on sale in Harvey Nichols on April 24.

This collection of 12 lipsticks marks the talented Mr Ford’s first foray into the world of cosmetics.  Why start with lipsticks? Well, over to him. “There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip,” he says. “It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman’s whole look.”

At £35 a pop, a Private Blend Lip Color does not come cheap, but it’s designed to be the ultimate in luxurious lipstick -as the expensive-looking ivory and gold tubes suggest. The quality is immediately apparent when you apply the lipstick too. Extremely moisturising, it glides on to the lips thanks to such rare ingredients as soja seed extract, Brazilian murumur butter and chamomilla flower oil. My mother has already named a coral-coloured Lip Color as payback for the babysitting job ….

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