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Full Marks for Clarins

Autumn Make-Up day modelClarins‘ Autumn Make-up Collection has really put me in the mood for the new season. A beautiful, compact collection of cosmetics, it boasts as its star buy the Limited Edition “Pretty Day” 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£33), which features beige, pink and shimmering taupe plus matte and shimmering warm browns. I, however, am more smitten by the new Heather shade (pictured below) – a deep mauve – of Ombre Matte eyeshadow (£19).

These little individual pots of cream-to-powder formula (the other new shade for autumn 2015 is Carbon, which is just a bit too dark for me) provide silky, Clarins Ombre Matte 08 Heatherlightweight colour which is very easy to apply and blend, and lasts very well. (I teamed mine with one of the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles, £20 – the mushroomy Fiery Topaz shade.)

Also in the collection are a trio of new Eyebrow Pencils (£17 each), and two new Crayon Khols (£17 each), in Carbon Black and True Black – to team with the eyeshadows, plus two new shades of Rouge Eclat (£19.50), the nude-ish Tawny Rose and the russet Red Paprika. Clarins is clearly ticking all the autumn colour boxes – and undoubtedly many of the winter ones too!


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Beauty With Benefits

Clarins FEED Purse with Products 2015For the second year running, Clarins is teaming up with FEED Projects to offer its innovative “Gift With Purpose” – whereby each customer who makes a purchase of two Clarins products (one of which must be skincare), will be offered a FEED 10 pouch containing five of the classic French beauty brand’s most iconic products. For each customer offered the FEED 10 goody bag, Clarins will provide ten nutritious school meals through the UN World Food Programme to children in developing countries.

The five iconic products included in each FEED 10 bag are large travel sizes of Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate, Gentle Refiner, HydraQuench Cream-Mask and Hand & Nail Treatment Cream.

FEED Projects was founded by Lauren Bush in 2007 after she had witnessed first-hand the the devastating effects of hunger while travelling as a United Nations World Food Programme Student Spokesperson. Its mission of “creating good products that help feed the world” fits in perfectly with Clarins’ longstanding humanitarian values.

The Clarins FEED 10 offer runs from September 20-October 3. Spread the word with the hashtag #FEED10.



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A New Angle on Skincare

DietrichJust when you thought that skincare products could just about do everything it might ever be possible for them to do, along comes a new trend in serums: re-sculpting. I’ll bet Marlene Dietrich would have loved to have given these a go before she redefined the angles of her face by having her wisdom teeth extracted, for maximum cheekbone impact! For those of us who don’t fancy fillers and Botox or who lack the confidence to take advantage of the recent wave Clarins Super Restorative Remodelling Serumof “contouring” make-up, introducing a new step into the skincare routine is the ideal alternative.

Within a few weeks of each other, both Clarins and Estée Lauder are launching their variations on the resculpting theme, hot on the footsteps of Clinique’s recent Sculptwear range. Clarins’ Super Restorative Remodelling Serum (£80; available now) promises to help lift features, replenish the skin, reshape and redefine the facial contours and reduce the appearance of age spots. This serum, which also restores radiance, gives older women’s skin the support it needs to bounce back and recover from the hormonal changes which inevitably weaken it, so it is worth trying if you’re concerned about sagginess and loss of definition of the facial contours.

Lauder, meanwhile, is launching a whole collection of resculpting products. Dr Nadine Pernodet, Vice President, Skin Biology Research & BioActives, R&D – says:  “We already knew that skin’s structure helps give skin the density and definition that is characteristic of youthful skin. But, thanks to our latest research,we now know it’s critical to also improve visible volume to create a true transformation.” Volume gives skin dimension – therefore, to improve the look of the facial contours, both visible structure and volume Lauder New Dimensionneed to improve, and that’s the aim of this new range.

Lauder’s New Dimension Transformative Collection comprises Shape + Fill Expert Serum (£62); Expert Liquid Tape (£46), a treatment to be targetted at specific areas such as around the eyes, and Shape + Sculpt Face Kit (£34) and Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit (£30) which both include colour to help with contouring. I’m still testing and too early to share my personal findings – but wanted to let any of you ladies who are feeling flush with dosh and a little flabby of face have all the info!

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Them There Eyes

Clarins head shotYou know how you sometimes go for beauty treatments and don’t really notice any difference at all – but are thankful anyway, because you were pampered and had a lovely snooze? Well, forget that when it comes to the latest treatment from Clarins

With the new Age-Defying Eyes treatment (£30 for 45 mins), you get the pampering and the snooze (if, like me, you’re prone to dozing off mid-pamper) but what you also get are effects which are visible several days later!

I went to the Clarins Spa in Glasgow’s John Lewis store on Friday, in the hope that the recently launched  Age-Defying Eyes treatment would help improve the appearance of the skin round my eyes which was tired-looking and which has developed some lines over the last couple of years, due – I reckon – to excessive, PMT-induced, crying. I’ve been using, and loving, the new Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate (£54) for the last month and this treatment has been designed to tie in with it.

After the cleansing of the eye area, my therapist Leighanne exfoliated the delicate skin around my eyes for what was undoubtedly the first time ever. This helps to brighten the skin and removes dead skin cells so that products are better absorbed. After that, two masks are applied: a cream mask followed by a gel mask which hydrates the skin. The eye area, forehead and scalp were massaged; a particularly beneficial part of the treatment for anyone, like me, who is Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrateprone to puffy eyes. The process ends with the application of a touch of colour after the appropriate eye cream has been applied.

I must say I didn’t notice an immediate difference in the appearance of my eyes and was bemused rather than convinced by Leighanne’s assertion that the effects might reveal themselves over the next few days. But you know what? On Sunday, I met a friend I had seen earlier in the week. She seemed to be studying my face while I was talking, then pronounced that I was looking great and not at all the knackered specimen I was professing myself to be! And when I looked in the mirror, I saw she was right!

Safe to say: I’ll be back ..

* Click here to find your nearest Clarins Spa.  The number for the Clarins Spa in John Lewis, Glasgow is 0141 354 0417.

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Bag a Bargain Body

Body CompilationIf you love Clarins body care, you are just a hop, skip and a jump  away from a brilliant bargain this month. The classic French botanical skincare brand is offering customers who pop in to one of their counters for a full body care consultation a complimentary 100ml Exfoliating Body Scrub and 100ml Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate with the purchase of any product from its body care range, prices of which start at £19.

My own personal favourite body products from Clarins are the Tonic Body Balm (£31) which has a gorgeous soothing texture and, like the Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate, is packed with heavenly scented essential oils, including my very favourite – geranium. I also love the Tonic Body Treatment Oil (£40) which firms and tones and is great for massages.

For details of your nearest Clarins counter, call 0800 036 3558.

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A Clarins Christmas

Clarins The Essentials Mineral Eye Make-Up PaletteGot a pal or relative for whom you need to buy a Christmas present – for less than £40? Well, get yourself online or down to your nearest Clarins counter, and nab this not-so little beauty while you still can.

Clarins The Essentials Mineral Eye Make-Up Palette (£35) is an impressive paint box style palette containing ten very wearable and versatile shades of eye shadow ranging from gently shimmering nudes and browns to a vibrant copper foil.

I’m a big fan of Clarins’ mineral eye make-up because it blends beautifully and lasts very well – and it can be used dry or wet. What’s notable about this palette is that it would be a great gift for both beauty buffs and beginners alike: you can’t go wrong with these colours, and, in case you do want some pointers, there is a handy diagram inside to show which colours work best in which areas of the eyelid.

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Copacabana Cool

Clarins Colours of BrazilDon’t be alarmed by the name of Clarins’ summer cosmetics collection – Colours of Brazil. There’s no vivid green or yellow in sight. Instead, the eyeshadow palette at the heart of the collection is a beautiful – and very wearable quartet of shades. The limited edition Colours of Brazil Quartet & Eye Liner Palette Clarins Colours of Brazil palette(£32) comprises a matte taupe, a shimmery gold and a chocolate brown along with a glistening coral and a lapis blue eyeliner for a dash of Brazilian-style va-va boom! The rest of the collection – a limited edition Summer Bronzing Compact (£30) and the highly moisturising new limited edition Lip Balm Crayons (£18 each)-  ain’t bad either … One for all would-be Girls from Ipanema ..

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First Blush of Spring

Clarins Cream BlushSo, Punxsatawney Phil  has predicted six more weeks of winter? Well, that needn’t mean six more weeks of looking and feeling wan and wintry – thanks to my favourite item in Clarins’ new Opalescence collection. It’s a new, lightweight cream blusher called Multi-Blush Cream Blush (£18; www.clarins.co.uk), and it is just perfect for adding what Bobbi Brown always describes as a “pop” of colour to liven up the complexion and help enhance the old cheekbones. Unlike some cream blushers, this one doesn’t feel like it has to be dragged across the skin; it feels moisturising and very easy to blend. The rest of the Opalescence collection is lovely too, especially the new Joli Rouge Brilliant Sheer Shine Lipsticks (£18 each, shown below).Clarins Opalescence Joli Rouge Brilliant Sheer Shine Lipsticks

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Style-o-Meter: July 24, 2013


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA celebration of all aspects of vintage style and all eras, Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage Festival will add a dash of retro glamour to the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow this weekend. There is a vast programme of events to be crammed into the two-day extravaganza, from movie screenings (Bugsy Malone, The 39 Steps and archive film footage of Glasgow in the 1930s) to dances (Soul Casino, Charleston Brunch, Let It Rock). To get you in the mood for your chosen activities, you can get your hair and make-up done in the style of your chosen era, and shop in the vintage market. Pick a decade and get into its groove!


If you’re in Edinburgh for the Fringe on August 5 or 6, and you fancy a sophisticated evening’s entertainment in classy surroundings – ie, the opposite of most Fringe fodder – then get yourself and your LBD along to Le Monde on George Street where the first British Vocal Jazz Festival will be launched in some considerable style with a duo concert of Cole Porter music by two top stars of the Scottish jazz scene: Carol Kidd (vocals) and Brian Kellock (piano). A swellegant party guaranteed. (Though I confess to being a little biased since I am donning my PR hat for the event.)

Clarins eye quartet


One colour dominates the autumn make-up collections I’ve seen so far: khaki. So far, the coolest khaki about to hit the counter (in early August) is the latest Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette (£31; www.clarins.co.uk) from the autumn collection which is extremely wearable and easy to use, and complements blue and brown eyes especially well. Team with lashings of black mascara and a nude lip for a sexy, sixties effect.



… and the latest way to try to avoid the bagpuss look is to roll Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On (£24; www.origins.co.uk) under the eyes of a morning. Not only does it cool and refresh the under-eye area, but it brightens the complexion and reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Roll up, roll up!


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My Week in Beauty


I didn’t really have a big night out at the weekend but I was desperate to dabble in the new summer collection, “Enchanted”, from Clarins, so I possibly looked a little more glam than is strictly necessary for a Saturday afternoon jazz session!

What particularly attracted me to this Indian-themed collection (though I must confess, I thought it was Moroccan when I saw the colours and the new Clarins Kohl Kajal Long-Lasting Eyeliners , £15 each) was the absolutely stunning Clarins Limited Edition Colour Quartet & Liner Palette (£30; www.clarins.co.uk).

I have loved Clarins’ mineral eye shadows since they launched them last year. The colours always work beautifully together, they usually have one slightly unexpected shade, they blend very easily – and, best of all for anyone who finds that make-up doesn’t stay put all day, they last extremely well.

This new palette of sparkling shadows is one of the loveliest yet – and would look great with any eye colour since it contains an iridescent champagne shade, bronzy-gold, a coppery-brown and a vibrant violet, plus a chocolate brown eye liner. Wearing just the two lighter shades provides a fresh, casual look but once you add in the brown and/or the violet, it’s very striking…


Well, it’s always nice to get compliments about your hair – and I was delighted to get one last week (at the stage in my colour cycle when I only expect insults!)…  I’m putting it down to the fact that for several days last week, starting on Tuesday, I used Tigi Ego Boost (£12.50) from its Bed Head range.

This leave-in conditioner mends dry and damaged hair and protects it from environmental elements, plus the harmful side effects of chemical treatments, shampooing and brushing. It’s quick and easy to use and makes even the tuggiest hair comb-able. I’ve been finding that it gives my fine hair a bit of oomph in the volume department – so it really is an all-round ego booster….


We’ve been having a bit of a heatwave here in Scotland, and it’s been too hot to to wear much – in terms of make-up as well as clothes…

Less face paint is definitely more when it comes to staying cool, and one summer essential which emerged last week was Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara (£25; www.esteelauder.co.uk from June, and at Selfridges just now).  It’s not the first double-ended mascara (Guerlain’s Le 2 has two ends and two mascaras, but they are for use on all the lashes, top and bottom) but it is the first to have a brush and mascara for the top lashes and a separate brush and different coloured mascara for the bottom ones. The idea is that the mascara for the bottom lashes, which comes with a dinkier brush, is a subtler shade (either Rich Brown, Rich Blue or Rich Plum) and one which will bring out the colour of the eyes, while the top lash colour is Bold Black.

I’ve been finding that it does indeed flatter the eyes (and I’ve been wearing it with no other eye make-up – unheard of for me!) but that the lower lash mascara eventually smudges – which was the same problem I had with the first dedicated lower lash mascara I tried, by Clinique.


ROX were at it again on Thursday night .. Holding another fab soiree I mean. This time the Glasgow-based jewellery store was hosting a birthday bash to celebrate 40 years of Gucci watches – and a swell party it was too, even if all I could do was ogle the timepieces in question…

Actually, when my ship stops hovering outside the harbour, I think I’ll get myself along to Rox and treat myself to some of the sexy bamboo jewellery I fell in love with on Thursday. A new watch  can follow. Who needs to keep track of time when there are tassle earrings seeking an owner?!

The Kim & I at the Gucci party, photographed by an Orson Welles-inspired snapper .

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