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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; www.esteelauder.co.uk) 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; www.jomalone.com) 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; www.boots.com) 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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My Week in Beauty


We’ve been having a bit of a Star Wars moment in my house recently – thanks to my twin boys’ ever-increasing obsession with the original trio of movies. I hadn’t seen them for years and was struck by how very now Princess Leia’s hair styles are – all those pleats! Sometimes they’re piled high in a bun, sometimes she wears long loose pleats and other times – as in this picture – she loops the loop with them (and snares the gorgeous Han Solo in the process!). It’s just too bad she (and Carrie Fisher, the talented actress/writer who played her) is best remembered for her two-bun look…

The ongoing Stars Wars fixation was the perfect backdrop, on Monday, for the arrival of a parcel containing two perfumes which both looked as if they had been designed by a sci-fi fan.

I’m not drawn to extra-terrestrial style fragrance bottles myself, but the latest addition to Thierry Mugler’s Alien family of fragrances  – Alien Sunessence Amber Gold Edition (£40; out now), a fresh floral amber eau de toilette variation on the original Alien perfume – is bound to appeal to younger fragrance fans and devotees of the Alien range.

The other new perfume on the inter-galactic block is Aura by Swarovski (from £44), the first eau de parfum from the celebrated crystal company.

Like Alien Sunessence, it’s a fruity floral which comes in a strikingly futuristic bottle – with a crystal-topped lid, of course..


Every so often media coverage of a nail varnish makes my pals sit up and take notice – and I’ve had a few requests for any spare bottles of this season’s must-have Chanel polish, the Black Pearl shade of Chanel Le Vernis (£17; call 0207-493 3836 for stockists). If you can’t get your hands on a bottle – or a beauty writer pal can’t help you out – then here’s an alternative which is virtually identical: Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Perfect Storm (£14; www.esteelauder.co.uk). But it is limited edition – so hurry!

It may have been a bit too sober a shade to wear to Tuesday’s press night of Mamma Mia, the Abba show which came back to the Clyde Auditorium last weekend, but it certainly looks very chic and very now.

If I’d really wanted to get into the spirit of the show,
however, I could have chosen any number of the beautiful, vibrant colours in the range, which has been designed by Tom Pecheux. I particularly like Wicked Green and Wild Blue, which are also limited edition shades.


Flicking through the copy of the InStyle’s authoritative Best Beauty Buys 2011 on Wednesday, I found myself nodding in agreement at more of the inclusions than usual.

I’ve recently become a fan of the lovely basic skincare items in Lancome’s comprehensive range, so was delighted to see that two of my new favourites were included in the best cleansers and toners category. Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Express Cleansing Water (£20; http://www.lancome.co.uk) and Lancome Tonique Douceur Softening Hydrating Toner (£20) are a delight to use. The cleansing water is a lovely, refreshing way to remove make-up and cleanse the skin, while the toner – which smells gorgeous – is extremely comfortable and leaves skin looking healthy.

In fact, Lancome really cleaned up in that category, as their cult eye make-up remover Lancome Bi-Facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser (£19.50) was the third of the five products in that section….


The lovely Ally and Sheena from the Clinique and Aramis & Designer Fragrances PR teams were in Glasgow on Thursday to brief us beauty writers on their next batch of new launches.

And there’s lots happening. Fragrance-wise, there are two new limited edition additions to the DKNY Be Delicious family – DKNY Be Delicious Juiced (£26.50 for 30ml eau de toilette) which is a fresh, fruity concoction, and DKNY Fresh Blossom Juiced (£26.50 for 30ml eau de toilette), a light fruity-floral scent. Both are availalable now from Debenhams, and from Boots from April 5 onwards.

Personally, I’m not a great fan of fruity fragrances so I was most excited by my introduction to the gorgeous colours in the new range of Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms (£13.50; www.clinique.co.uk). These chunky lip balm pencils are highly moisturising and super-comfy to wear – and I was immediately hooked on the bright pinky-red shade, Chunky Cherry.


Friday was the launch date for the new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks (£22.50; call 0207-493 3836 for stockists). And, as you may have read here a couple of weeks ago, they were being launched here in Glasgow with a photo opportunity for customers at Frasers: you could come along and have a mini-makeover using one of the 18 shades of Rouge Coco Shine, a moisturising sheer lipstick created by Chanel’s make-up maestro Peter Philips, then have your picture taken in a special Chanel photo booth..

I was invited along to be a guinea pig, and was delighted with the results. I’d already tried out one or two of the lipsticks at home and love the texture (ideal for a dry-lipped lipstick lover like myself), but I hadn’t tried the colours that Lucinda, the flame-haired make-up artist selected for me.  At home, my favourite of the four shades I was sent was the reddy-pink Monte Carlo. But on Friday, for the camera, the bright, orangey-red Rebelle proved a winner – and a great match for the coral necklace I had thrown on at the last minute as I left the house.  Check out the results below – I’m on the right, and that’s Lucinda, sporting the Romance shade … and if you fancy trying out a Rouge Coco Shine for the cameras, then read on for a list of stores that will be running the same event .. (Thanks to Boothnation for emailing me my photos and saving me from having to scan them in!)* Debenhams Oxford Street, London on March 19

* House of Fraser, Westfield on March 19

* Debenhams Liverpool on March 25

* Selfridges Birmingham on April 1 & 2

* Fenwicks Newcastle on April 2

* Selfridges at the Trafford Centre, Manchester on April 9

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