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Intensive Skin Care

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating creamsNew year, new skincare regime? If your skin is suffering from dehydration or dryness – and whose isn’t by this stage of the winter? – then check out Botanical Kinetics, a new mini skincare collection from Aveda. Two new moisturisers plus an eye cream make up the range which has been created around a plant energy complex which supports natural energy production in skin cells and harnesses the energy of plants to stimulate the skin’s natural hydrators, helping cells to absorb moisture instantly and retain it for 24 hours. Intense Hydrating Soft Creme (£40) is a light, easy-to-wear moisturiser, for morning and evening use, which suits all skin types. I’ve taken to wearing it as a day cream, as the texture works well for my combination skin and my make-up sits nicely on it. Intense Hydrating Rich Creme (£40) is a heavier proposition, designed for drier skins. I’ve been using it at night, but imagine that it would make a dry skin feel protected as well as moisturised if worn during the day. Also just out is Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme (£35), a lightweight creme developed with sufferers from dark circles and puffiness in mind. Available at Aveda counters, salons and spas nationwide, and from www.aveda.co.uk.

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No Common or Garden Collection

Clarins Garden Escape imageIf you’re in need of an antidote to the miserable weather, look no further than Clarins’ spring collection, Garden Escape, which goes on counter today. A fresh and pretty range, it will not only boost your spirits but also give your possibly dull winter complexion a boost of radiance. With colours inspired by nature, there is something for everyone in this bijou collection which includes a beautiful 6 Colour Eye Palette (£32), featuring greens, pinks and beiges in different finishes, and a gorgeous new blusher, Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose (£26), which is guaranteed to give your skin a healthy glow.

Lips that haven’t quite survived the winter intact are especially well catered for in this spring collection. Choose from the brand new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors (£18 each) – six delicately coloured, lipstick-style balms – or the limited edition Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils (£18 each; available in two colours), or two new shades of Joli Rouge Brilliant Sheer Shine Lipsticks (£19 each).

* Available at Clarins counters nationwide and from www.clarins.co.uk and www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Super-hairos

Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil rangeIf your hair is misbehaving due to the weather, central heating, heat damage – or whatever – it is definitely time to introduce it to Bumble and Bumble‘s Invisible Oil family of products. A blend of six featherlight oils is the DNA of the sibling items in the range – and what’s great (and unusual) about this blend is that it works wonders on any hair type and with any hair issues. So whether you’re looking to tame wild hair or soften dry hair or detangle fine hair, it will do the job.

In addition to the Invisible Oil Shampoo (£23) and Conditioner (£25), the collection comprises the actual Invisible Oil (£16) blend plus a Heat/UV Protective Primer (£19) which you scoosh onto and work through wet hair before letting rip with the hairdryer. The results? Glossy, soft hair which you most definitely won’t wish was invisible…

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Smashing Lips

Lucille Ball painting lipsHollywood star Lucille Ball (above) was mad about make-up, and I’m quite sure that had it been around in the 1940s, Smashbox, the Los Angeles cosmetics brand, would have provided her with many favourite products. Being a fan of a bright, strong lip, she would have loved the latest additions to its impressive range of make-up which has been created for a photo-perfect look.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners (£15 each) are ideal for creating perfect, movie star lips since they allow you to subtly even out the shape of the pout. Available in 12 shades, including four nudes, they have a cap which houses a tiny built-in sharpener so they sharpen themselves every time you twist off the Lip_Lacquer_AfterDarkcap. No need for footery pencil sharpeners..

For glossy, Lucille-like, lips Smashbox’s Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquers (£19 each) are ideal. Similar to, but less pricey than, YSL’s lip lacquers, they are ideal if you’re not a fan of lip gloss but want high shine and lasting colour which stains the lips while not drying them out. There are 20 beautiful shades; so far, Coral and After Dark (right) have got my vote….

* Available from www.smashbox.co.uk and www.boots.com and from Boots stores nationwide.

 

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Christmas Beauty Countdown

Chanel Advent Calendar 2Why should the children get all the fun in the countdown to Christmas? Advent calendars needn’t be exclusively for the young and non-dieting – as Chanel will demonstrate tomorrow, when it unveils its giant advent calendar in its Covent Garden boutique. Each day, a window will open to reveal a range of exclusive events, gifts and treats – including makeovers, manicures with celebrity nail artist Jessica Hoffman, and portraits by fashion illustrator Jason Brooks.

For information about gift vouchers, or booking a fragrance master class from the boutique, call 020 7240 2001, and you can keep up to date on what’s happening by watching out for the hashtag #CHANELATCOVENTGARDEN.

 

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Christmas, Boxed

Xmas - Carole LombardI love this pic of one of my all-time favourite movie stars – the wonderful Carole Lombard. As Rupert Everett sort-of said in My Best Friend’s Wedding: “Love the hair, love the dress, love the Christmas wrapping paper!” Actually, those prettily decorated boxes are what I covet the most – gifts-in-boxes always remind Origins GYme of the Christmases we see in old movies. Which is one reason why I love visiting the Origins counter at Christmas – they offer so many fab gift boxes and they wrap them for you too!

Some of the gift sets are such great buys that it’s tempting to stock up for yourself. The one I have my beady eye on is the Plantscription set of anti-ageing products, Grow Younger. It contains a full-size, 50ml, tub of Plantscription Anti-Ageing Night Cream, plus smaller sizes of the range’s cleanser, eye cream and Youth-Renewing Night Cream. At £55, it offers a jaw-dropping saving of over £40.

And as if that wasn’t enough, if you spend £50 at the Origins counter at John Lewis stores nationwide, or at Harrods or Selfridges in London, you’ll receive a lovely, Nanette Lepore-designed toiletry or cosmetic bag to keep for yourself!Origins gift with purchase

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The Famous 5

Chanel No5 - GiseleChanel is spoiling its No5 fans this Christmas … Not only is there a gorgeous new Baz Luhrmann-directed advert to savour – and whoever would have thought that a hit song from Grease would be the musical accompaniment to a Chanel ad?!  – but there are also three beautiful new body products in the Chanel No5 collection.

For the number one No5 woman in your life, how about treating her to a new, curvaceous bath soap (£22) or the luxurious No5 Body Cream (£60)? Or, best of all, the gorgeous No5 Loose Powder (£50), a delicate powder which leaves the skin soft and subtly scented and provides the perfect finishing touch to the “sillage”, the sexy-sounding French translation of the less-than-sexy-sounding  “trail” that your perfume leaves as you move about in all your No5 loveliness ..

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