My Week in Beauty

MONDAY

Having been very lazy over the weekend , I paid the price at the beginning of the week..  If I skip my moisturiser at night, it’s not long before dry cheeks kick in, and make-up refuses to do anything other than sit on top of my skin, looking like a mask.

However, I have the solution: Chanel’s “Hydramax +” skincare range, which is designed for dehydrated skins like mine.  I’m completely addicted to these moisturisers, especially the Chanel Hydramax + Active Moisture Gel Cream (£41), a terrific day cream for combination skin which can’t handle a rich cream but finds that a fluid is too light. Icy blue in colour, it has a refreshingly cool feel too – perfect if your face is prone to sensitivity. It soothes it beautifully.

My favourite Hydramax + item – and, really, something of a Desert Island product for me – is the Active Serum (£49) which boosts moisture levels and seems to smooth the skin at the same time. Four drops at a time (I use it day and night – or I pay the price) are all you need, so it does last. I’m currently using it in conjunction with the latest addition to the Hydramax  family: the Nutrition Nourishing Cream (£46; available April 23), which is perfect for night-time use.

TUESDAY

My day was made on Tuesday when an acquaintance in the beauty biz commented on the lack of fine lines and wrinkles around my 38-year-old eyes.

It’s very gratifying when your efforts pay off – and I’m putting this compliment down to all the eye creams I’ve used in my thirties.

My current favourites in the eye department come from Guerlain, and adhere to the principle that the best thing you can do for the skin around your eyes is keep it well moisturised.

So, these days I swear by Guerlain’s Super Aqua-Eye Serum (£55) which revitalises the skin while hydrating it, and also helps counter puffiness and dark circles. It’s truly a luxury product  – my only problem with it is that it says it has to be used within six months, which is difficult if, like me, you only use it at night.

My other eye essential at the moment is the new Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Patch (£66.50), a soothing (if pricey) eye mask which moisturises the fragile skin round the eyes and improves the appearance of that area.

Put it this way, when I was assembling a recovery kit for a friend who’d been doing a lot of crying, a set of these masks just had to be included…

WEDNESDAY

The summer cosmetics collections have started to arrive in the post – really, they have been the only antidotes to the return of the winter weather ..

So far, the colours I’ve seen have conjured up images of fresh-faced beauties with neutral tones on the eyes, and coral, cherry-coloured or pink lips – as seen on my current style inspiration, Catherine Deneuve as she looked in the wonderful romantic 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

It certainly looks as if the 1960s – already the inspiration for the current Lancome collection, with its Brigitte Bardot-inspired items – are the decade du jour.. They have also influenced Peter Philips’s summer collection, Les Pop-Up, at Chanel which has a colour named Nouvelle Vague (the name of the revolutionary style of French cinema in the early 1960s).

THURSDAY

Leaping out of bed is not something I make a habit of, but I positively sprang into action on Thursday morning – because I had a date in John Lewis. With a Sisley Botanical Facial. It’s been years since I last had a Sisley treatment, though I use their skincare any chance I get: they are the creme de la creme of botanical skincare; skincare royalty in fact since the company’s owners are the Count and Countess d’Ornano.

This super-relaxing (I fell asleep!)  facial, which is available at most stores which stock Sisley every couple of months (£25 booking fee, redeemable against any two products), is a brilliant introduction to the vast range which, in addition to skincare, comprises fragrances, body products and make-up. The facial is worth having for the smells alone – these are some of the loveliest smelling beauty products on the market. The radiance of the complexion post-facial is simply a bonus..

FRIDAY

The weather took another turn for the wintery on Friday and, having ventured out on the school run with my hair tied up, I had to go home and let it down so I could shove my beret on again to warm up my frozen ears. The ponytail will have to go on hold for a while longer..

The icy blast also brought back everyone’s colds, and there were several outbreaks of chapped lips in our house. So it seemed the ideal time to try out the e.l.f. (eyes, lips, face) products I was sent last month.

The new Studio Lip Balm SPF 15 (£3.50) is a must for anyone, like me, who suffers from dry lips and likes to be able to wear balm under her lipstick. It comes in a tube – by far my preferred option for a balm. I won’t be sharing: the rest of the family can use pots of balm.

I felt duty-bound to try out the e.l.f. nail polishes I’d been sent as well, and since my toes have been seriously neglected in recent months, the timing was perfect. There are six colours in the new spring/ summer collection of e.l.f nail polish (pictured is Punk Purple) and, at £1.50 each, you could reasonably treat yourself to the whole set.

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