It seemed a little like spring had sprung on Monday and I celebrated by experimenting with what I think is possibly the loveliest and freshest of the spring make-up collections: Dior’s “Garden Party”.
Entirely inspired by the colours found in a garden (probably Christian Dior’s famous garden on the cliff edge of Granville, in Normandy), it includes two beautiful eyes-and-lips palettes in the shape of a dinky clutch purse, and two exquisite new colourways in the famous 5 Couleurs eye shadow compact.
Mind you, the product which has seen the most action here is the Dior Skinflash Primer in Sheer Glow (£28.50), a brilliant make-up primer which imbues the skin with a flattering radiant glow thanks to its cocktail of minerals and hyaluronic acid which banish shadows and signs of fatigue.
And speaking of Dior, how about this for a spring-time nail colour? Not only does Dior Vernis in Waterlily (£18) look fresh and pretty (with one coat; with two it takes on a pea-green appearance), but it also smells of the flower after which it’s named.
I’m not quite as smitten with it as I am with the next batch of Dior nail colours (see last week), but it is lovely – and will look especially fab on my more sallow-skinned pals.
Dior seems to be having a bit of a make-up moment just now: the new Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks look set to be my summer staples – watch this space..
Some seasons we beauty journalists find our in-trays resemble mountains of mascaras, other times it’s lipsticks that we are sent by the barrel-load. This spring there’s a bit of a blusher bonanza going on – and all sorts of variations on the theme, from the YSL Voile de Blush (£28), a gel blusher which I mentioned a couple of weeks back, to Clarins Instant Light Blush (£19; www.clarins.co.uk), a creamy cheek tint, and the Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (£24; www.esteelauder.co.uk), a traditional powder blusher
I was definitely in need of some help in the healthy-looking complexion department last week. Suffering from a period from hell, I was washed-out and pale – the perfect blusher guinea pig. I found the Clarins blusher a little scary to begin with – it’s fairly thick and creamy so the colour looks very strong. I tried the Vitamin Pink shade (left) which was a bit too intense; Coral Tonic will serve me better when I need a complexion pick-me-up (and it does have skincare benefits), but a little definitely goes a long way and you have to practise the blending before you leave home wearing it.. Ditto for the new Estee Lauder powder blusher which has a strong pigment and comes in two finishes – satin and the ultra-flattering shimmer.
On Friday, I made a long-overdue return visit to the Elemis SpaPod in Debenhams, in Glasgow, for one of their famous 30-minute Power Booster Facials. I had a different facial this time – the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing one. It sounds pretty daunting; in fact, the resurfacing bit sounds more appropriate to roadworks than a beauty treatment ..
Nevertheless, once the pesky “Intelligent Massage Chair” – the thing that flings you about like Bronco Billy in full swing – was switched off, this was (as before) a very relaxing half hour. My dreamy state was slightly compromised by an awareness that my skin was tingling and burning a little and I momentarily wondered if I was having an adverse reaction to the one of the products being used. However, I needn’t have worried: my skin looked fabulous afterwards. Not a hint of the redness I had been expecting, and it did indeed feel smoother and softer.