I love this 1960s picture of the great American actress Gena Rowlands. And I thought of it on Monday when, with no time to wash my hair, I had my first try-out of one of two dry shampoos I’d been sent by Ojon. The effect on my hair, which had been backcombed on Sunday, was very similar to Gena’s look.
Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Powder (£16.50; 0870 034 2454) is by far the best dry shampoo I’ve yet come across, and one of the reasons I fell instantly in love with it is the fact that you put its nozzle right up to the roots of your hair to dispense the powder: you don’t have to hold it 20cm away and risk spraying your walls and furniture. (I still have marks on my wardrobe from my last encounter with an aerosol version of the dry shampoo.)
I have a feeling I may have used too much of the powder but I used less the next time I didn’t have time to wash my hair – and it was just as effective. It soaks up the oil in the hair very quickly and doesn’t significantly dull the shine. Apart from the ease of use, the other reason I am now a convert to this dry shampoo is the fact that after using it, I didn’t once feel as if I hadn’t properly cleaned my hair (which I have felt after using other dry shampoos). And even on Tuesday, my hair still looked clean .. But I gave it a wash anyway!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to update your make-up bag for the party season, I’d advise you to get down to your nearest Boots store and check out their 17 collection. Why? Because the 17 Starry Eyes eyeshadow trios (£4.99 each; www.boots.com) are absolutely fabulous – as I discovered when I dabbled with them on Tuesday.
There are four colour palettes to choose from, including the beautiful greens of the Galactic trio and the blues of Moondust. But my favourite is Neptune (pictured) which, once applied in a smoky style, could have passed for the Dior golds which I reviewed last week.
And speaking of Dior golds, you should have seen my friends’ faces when I gave them a peak at the Dior limited edition for Christmas 2010. Dior Minaudiere (£59). This sleek purse-style clutch is the perfect accessory for the party season – as long as you’re with someone whose pockets you can stuff with such essentials as your mobile phone and keys. With its patent black leather exterior, embossed with the signature Dior houndstooth pattern, it could, conceivably, be carried as a particularly dinky mini evening bag – by a particularly dinky girl!
The Minaudiere comes in two colourways – Grey Golds and Pink Golds – and each contains a trio of eye shadows and two lip glosses.
Thursday was a day to remember – though I did sleep through the high point … one of the new Clarins TriActive Facials (from £59) at the beautiful new Clarins Spa (pictured right) in the revamped beauty hall at Frasers in Glasgow.
Having finally shaken off a cough that plagued me for a few weeks, I was still feeling a bit wracked when I arrived for my facial but I was sure that being cossetted for 80 minutes would be just the tonic I needed. Oh, and my complexion might benefit too …
I wasn’t wrong. The TriActive Facials, the first facials to be introduced by Clarins in seven years, produce great results while giving clients a thoroughly relaxing and pampering experience. There are six variations on the TriActive Facial, each tailored to a specific skin concern. After having a good look at my face and a chat about my main concerns, my therapist, Lorna, decided on the Moisture Replenisher for my dehydrated combination skin.
The facial unfolds in three stages. The first prepares the skin with a combination of cleansing, exfoliation and lymphatic drainage massage; the second comprises a deeper massage and a mask, and focuses on the absorption of the active ingredients prescribed for the skin; the third stage is about reinforcing or optimising the results with a skin supplement and day cream.
What help to make this treatment so special and so relaxing are the extras – the foot massage, gentle leg massage that goes on throughout (the chair does it!), the attention to the arms and hands, and the lovely neck and shoulders massage.
I’ve probably missed out lots of details – but then I did snooze through quite a bit of it – always a good sign – and my skin looked and felt amazing afterwards..
* The TriActive Facials are available at Clarins Day Spas nationwide and selected Clarins Gold Salons.
I don’t know if the mascara had anything to do with it, but I got one of the nicest compliments of the year (so far) on Friday – a couple of days after I started using L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Extra Black (£10.99).
With its “millionizer brush” – which has long and short bristles – it thickens each lash and fans out what they call “the lash fringe” (yes, it was a new one on me, too). I found it took a bit of practice to master the technique of applying it to the best effect, but by Friday, by George, I’d got it! And my compliment just confirmed it..