My Week in Beauty: Autumn Serenade

Just when my withdrawal symptoms for my favourite city were starting to subside (thanks to forthcoming trips to St Moritz and Amsterdam), along comes Estee Lauder’s delightful PR, Pip, looking like Audrey Hepburn when she mooched through Montmartre in Funny Face and armed with an i-pad on which to show me a video filmed in (sigh) Paris… The reason? Well, the talented Tom Pecheux, Lauder’s make-up maestro,  has created two new collections of Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer (£14.50 each; directly inspired by the multi-faceted appeal of the City of Light at night. Here he explains how the Beyond Black and Metal Mania collections came about.


I can’t wait to get autumnal. And not just in the  nails department.  One of the most appealing of the new fragrances hitting shelves in the next few weeks is a particularly timely choice for the fall: Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Collection (cologne from £38; is a warm, fresh and slightly fruity unisex scent which can be worn alone or layered – as its creators suggest – with Lime, Basil & Mandarin for added vibrancy.


I realised on Thursday that it was a few weeks since I had started using my new favourite cleanser. Boots Botanics Organic Softening Cleanser (£4.99; is a surprisingly luxurious-feeling and beautiful-smelling (I’m a sucker for products with a geranium scent) cream which removes make-up very quickly and easily and is an absolute snip at £4.99.. It’s part of the newly revamped Botanics skincare collection which was developed in conjunction with the world-famous Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and comprises four different ranges, tailored to specific skin concerns, plus an organic one.


Mother Nature has also come to the rescue of my hair in recent weeks – in the form of the new Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy (£29; exclusively at QVC in September, then Harrods, John Lewis and Fenwick stores nationwide from October).

This is a cocktail of seven naturally-reparative oils from around the world and it addresses just about every hair concern going. It can tame frizzy and flyaway hair, protect from heat damage, condition, detangle, repair and boost shine. I’ve been using it regularly since I was given it last month and have been very impressed. Even the tiniest drop of it can make a difference when it comes to combing my now-ridiculously long hair (my trip to the salon has been held up – ironically – by my coverage of the Fringe festival in Edinburgh), and it has helped keep my hair in good nick between cuts. Oh, and I like shaking the bottle so the different oils – and colours – blend. The resulting shade is, appropriately, very autumnal.

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