My Week in Beauty

SUNDAY

A dressy night at an event at the elegant brasserie in Glasgow’s Millennium Hotel, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, was the perfect occasion to road-test some of the latest make-up from Estee Lauder. Creative make-up director Tom Pecheux’s new collection is called Pure Color Topaz and was inspired by the colours of the Arizona desert. Being fair-skinned, I wasn’t sure how much of this gold, copper and teal themed range would suit me but there does seem to be something for even us pale faces.

At the Lauder lunch last week, everyone pounced on the Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee in Topaz Chameleon (£28; www.esteelauder.co.uk). A pearlised copper blend of liquid, powder and gel, it can be used as a bronzer, a blusher or – as I used it on Sunday – as an eyeshadow. It went brilliantly with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Teal (£19), and I finished the dramatic eye look with the  Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Blackened Black (£16) and the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume + Lift Mascara (£19.50).

MONDAY

‘Tis the season of the skincare launch, so on Monday I had coffee at the Malmaison Hotel in Glasgow to hear the latest Aveda and Darphin news from chic PR double-act Cemo and Poppy. Amongst the numerous innovations from the two natural beauty companies, I was particularly smitten with the sound of the new moisturiser for the early signs of ageing, Ideal Resource (£50), and the newly relaunched (in a smaller tub) Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood (£30; www.darphin.co.uk).

So much so that almost as soon as I got home, I used it to take off my make-up. A tiny amount goes a long way – I’m on red alert, however, as my cheeks have flared up so it’s maybe not the best choice for sensitive skins.

WEDNESDAY

Charlotte, the new PR from Origins and Ojon, two more natural beauty companies from the Lauder stable, took up residence at Glasgow’s Blythswood Hotel on Wednesday to share the news from her brands. As a loyal fan of Ojon – whose haircare products are the ones on which I rely most of all – I was delighted to hear about its new anti-ageing hair range, as well as its new trial size sets.

Origins’ big launch for 2012, following last year’s mega launch of Plantscription, is Dr Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum (£46; www.origins.co.uk from March 1).

Targetted at women of 35 and over, it is the latest serum to take on age spots and discolouration, which were recently named as women’s top ageing concerns. I’ll need to find a tester for this one as age spots (touchwood) don’t seem to be an issue for me – though this serum does claim to be preventative as well as being able to improve the appearance of age spot-afflicted complexions. ..

THURSDAY

I was finally enticed away from the Chanel nail colours which have held me in their sway over the last few months – Pirate, Rouge Carat and the new one, April – by one of the loveliest shades that I’ve seen so far for spring: Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz (£14; www.esteelauder.co.uk).

It proved the perfect choice (teamed with a black dress, of course) for the party I was attending at the Glasgow St Enoch branch of the Orkney jewellery company Ortak.  Little did I realise when I painted my nails that I would soon be painting enamel in the same colour palette of teal, turquoise and green on to a silver pendant as part of a demonstration of the new range of enamel jewellery inspired by the elements.

FRIDAY

I’ve always liked the actress Julianna Margulies – even when she played Nurse Hathaway, you know: the one who snagged George Clooney in ER. I love her current show, The Good Wife, and have been struck in the new series by her new hair-do, which involves the first fringe I’ve ever seen her with.

Coincidentally, one of my girlfriends has always had the look of Julianna about her – and when I met her for coffee on Friday, she revealed a newly cut fringe and bobbed hair which took years off her and added to the glow she already has from being pregnant.  When asked if she had had her hair coloured as well as cut (I knew she was struggling with the fact that she couldn’t get her roots done), she said that her Iranian hairdresser had given her a great tip: brush dark brown eyeshadow on to the roots each day until she can safely get her hair coloured. So it seems that the Bobbi Brown palette I gave her for Christmas is getting put to an unexpectedly novel use!

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