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My Week in Beauty

SATURDAY
A jazz party in Edinburgh was the big event of the week and although my pal Caroline and I had been debating for weeks about what we might wear, we still ended up getting changed and made-up in a huge rush at the last minute – that’s what happens when you’re the hostess (as Caroline was) and her glamorous assistant (me!).

I had settled on my one and only maxi dress, a black Grecian style number which I bought last summer and wear with flat gladiator sandals (I do like to mix my ancient civilisations-inspired looks… Actually, the effect I’m going for is the pool-side Grace Kelly in High Society!). So it seemed highly appropriate that the palette to which I turned for my one-stop eye make-up requirements was Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Pure Color Five Color Gelee Powder EyeShadow Palette in Bronze Sands (£35; www.esteelauder.co.uk), worn (right) with Guerlain Eye-Liner in Noir and Sisley Phyto Mascara Ultra Stretch.

I may not have the requisite tan to be  a bona fide “Bronze Goddess”, but I found that the copper and bronze shades worked a treat on pale skin too.

MONDAY 

After getting virtually no sleep post-party on Saturday, I was still a wreck on Monday but managed to fake my way through the day thanks, largely, to Guerlain. Not only did the Guerlain Precious Light (£29) prove once again to be the best eye-opener for weary peepers, but the no.263 shade (appropriately, for me, named A La Parisienne) of the recently launched Guerlain Rouge Shine Automatique (£24.50; www.houseoffraser.co.uk) also perked up my paler-than-usual face no end. The other recent favourite make-up item which came into its own in the battle against looking completely knackered was Benefit Coralista (£23.50; www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk),  which – as you might infer – is a coral-coloured blusher, which I’ve taken to applying with an angled brush to really accentuate the old cheekbones. (I was wearing it on Saturday too for its contouring capabilities..)

TUESDAY 
The Blythswood was the venue for a champagne-fuelled beauty catch-up with the lovely Ally from Clinique. She had come to Glasgow weighed down with new products to show us beauty journalists. I know I’m in a minority but I’m not a convert to the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms (£16; www.clinique.co.uk several new colours of which have just been launched. I was much more excited to get my hands the latest additions to the Even Better range of products which tackle hyperpigmentation. So far, I’ve been giving Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 (£22.50) a whirl, and it could be a contender for favourite hand cream along with the other Clinique must-have for the mitts – the Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream (weirdly much cheaper, at £16).

WEDNESDAY

I was back at the Blythswood on Wednesday for a beauty briefing from the two Rachels from Purple PR which looks after a host of top beauty brands, among them Butter, Jurlique, James Read and Tigi. We were given a fab goody bag of products to try and so far I’ve been experimenting with the haircare from Tigi. I’m not that struck on the new hairspray, Tigi Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray (£TBC), though it does come in a funky, street artist-designed aerosol can. It’s very effective and fixed my hair beautifully while adding shine but I just don’t like the fruity smell and would rather my perfume did the talking rather than my hair spray…

THURSDAY 

I may have been wearing the coral shade Distraction of Chanel Le Vernis on my fingernails to Caroline’s party, and it is set to be the one I wear most over the next few months, but by Thursday I had also fallen in love with the palest of the new trio launched for summer 2012: Chanel Le Vernis in Island (£18) is a beautiful pearlised shell shade, slightly pink, slightly beige and it looks great on pale skin – though I’m sure it would look even better with a tan.

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My Week in Beauty

MONDAY

I wouldn’t compare myself to Marilyn Monroe, but I did wake up on Monday morning looking as puffy as she does in this photo (presumably from her Actors’ Studio period) – especially around the eye area. Why? Because I’d just had my second night of virtually no sleep – at the Norwich Jazz Party. The “jazz party” format involves round-the-clock music until 12.30am, followed by the obligatory “hang” at the bar. For me, it also involved trying to cram in some writing, and some sleep – in a room which made very strange noises (room 211 of the Holiday Inn Express, Norwich, I’m talking about you!).

Despite all this, I was told I looked fresh-faced on Monday morning – the result, I’m sure, of a four-pronged attack on the signs of knackeredness. I used an eye mask (one of the discontinued Chanel ones) to reduce the puffiness round my eyes, exfoliator – Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator  – to brighten my skin, and Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF15 to counter any high colour caused by late-night libations. And of course, the old reliable Guerlain Precious Light …. Never leave for a jazz fest without it!

TUESDAY

Knowing that some sleep was going to be lost in Norwich, I had planned to take the new Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (£32.50; available from May 20; for stockists call 020-7493 3836) bronzing powder with me – to perk up my pale skin.

Luckily, I forgot to pack it: when I got home from Norwich and brushed some of the Rose palette on to my face, I realised that it’s not for me. The colours are beautiful, and I love the healthy glow a good bronzer/blusher can impart, but I am just too fair-skinned for even the lighter of the two colourways. It’s even a little too dark for me to use purely as a blusher (which is how I use the equivalent compact from Guerlain).  To paraphrase the Gershwins, s’wonderful – but not for me…

WEDNESDAY

Any help I can get in the eyelash department is always welcome and I love to experiment with any mascara that promises to beef up my featherweight lashes. So I was delighted to be given a tube of the latest from Dior, whose Extase I already love.

DiorShow Extase Flash Plumping Mascara (£22; www.houseoffraser.co.uk) may have a particularly daft name but it does the biz – not so much, I’ve been finding, with “plumping” up the lashes, but more in terms of lengthening and curling them. Ten out of ten for battability..

THURSDAY

I was thinking about how much my legs are currently worth, on Thursday morning. It’s not that they’re anything special – and I’ve not had them insured a la Betty Grable (left) – but I’ve certainly been investing in them recently. Let me explain: I’ve been testing out one of the pricier cellulite creams over the last few weeks.  Sisley Phyto-Svelt Global Intensive Anti-Cellulite Contouring Body Care (£123; www.sisley-cosmetics.co.uk) is the latest wonder cream from the French botanical company, and it has made a difference to my thighs – which is where I’ve been using it (might as well give it a challenge!). It has, as it claims to be able to do, improved the texture and tone of cellulite-afflicted areas and there’s a tautness to the skin that I’m pretty sure wasn’t there before. I’m not saying that the cellulite is a distant memory but it’s certainly not as obvious as before.

FRIDAY

Having finally caught up on my sleep, I met the PR for Aveda and Darphin – the charming Cemo – on Friday morning at the Hotel du Vin in Glasgow. I’ve yet to try out the new Darphin samples she gave me, but I had to point out that I’m already a convert to the conditioner and conditioning treatment she brought from the excellent Damage Remedy range.

As I have a few more trips coming up, I was very keen to hear about the Aveda Travel Size Collection (from £4; www.aveda.co.uk) of 50ml bottles of shampoo and conditioner, plus various hair styling and body products. Unfortunately, the Damage Remedy items don’t come in these plane-friendly sizes but at least you can continue using Aveda when travelling – and decant some Damage Remedy into the bottles when they’re empty!


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MONDAY

I love the strong lips and slinky eyes of old Hollywood movie stars and you can always rely on Dolce & Gabbana (from Harrods) to create a collection that allows you to wear this style but still look bang up to date – just check out D&G poster girl Scarlett Johansson, above.

Their Italian Summertime range, which I received on Monday, is no exception. The lip colours include a beautiful orangey-red (Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Venere, £22) and a gorgeous purpley-pink (Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick in Violet, £22), which is a close match for the season’s new nail colour, Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Passione (£17). I was less struck on the eye shadows, a mix of violets and rusts which were a perfect match for the colours my skin goes when it’s bruised and made me look like a battered woman … However, on the darker-skinned Scarlett  – as we saw at the Oscars – they looked much more glam!

TUESDAY

I threw a party on Saturday night, and I was still paying for it in terms of sleep by Tuesday. There was only one thing for it: dig out the secret weapon for dealing with tired eyes.

My Guerlain Precious Light (£28; www.houseoffraser.co.uk) pen hasn’t seen that much action in the past, as I often find that the more products I put on my skin, the less youthful it appears, but it now looks set to become a staple of my daily routine.

Why? Well, because it blurs fine lines under the eyes, bounces the light off the skin and adds a touch of radiance. I have no idea if that’s what it claims to do, but it’s been doing those tricks on me all week, and I’m planning to keep it handy – and ready for all mornings-after. And as for the problem of having too many layers of product, I found this week that if I used it under my eyes and kept everything else away from that area, it looked fine.

WEDNESDAY

By coincidence, I’ve decided that my favourite item in the new Benefit b.right skincare range is the eye cream – Benefit It’s Potent! (£23.50; www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk). I found the scent of some of the other products got in the way of my enjoyment of using them, but this cream, which helps eradicate dark circles while hydrating and firming the skin, is a pleasure to use and it does have an instant effect. It brightens and refreshes the eye area. Since it’s not as portable as the Guerlain pen, I’ll not be stashing it in my bag for on-the-go pick-me-up purposes, but it’s set to become an essential whenever I’ve had a late night or two.

THURSDAY

A civilised lunch took place on Thursday – and, a few days into the children’s school holidays, it was a treat to eat with other adults .. It was a particular treat because lunch – at the Blythswood – was hosted by the beauty PR I’ve probably known longest, my friend Sarah who works for Sisley.

Sarah always comes with a few treats up her sleeves and this time she was introducing the beauty press to the botanical beauty company’s latest cellulite-fighting cream (Phyto Svelt Global Intensive Anti-Cellulite Contouring Body Care) as well as to its new mascara, Sisley Phyto Mascara Ultra Stretch (£27; www.sisley-cosmetics.co.uk) It will be some time before I can pronounce a verdict on the cellulite-fighting capabilities of the cream, but I can safely say that the mascara is a winner and looks set to join Dior Extase, Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells, Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume, Revlon Double Twist and Estee Lauder Sumptuous as my favourites. It curls and lengthens the lashes – and, crucially for someone who’s prone to panda eyes, it doesn’t smudge. What more could you want?

FRIDAY

I ended the week by working on a feature on lipsticks for the Daily Record. There are so many new ones launching this spring that it seemed that the time was right for a piece celebrating this queen of cosmetics.

Anyway, one piece of lipstick news that I’ve not already mentioned on this blog is the collaboration between Australian lipstick guru Poppy King and No7. I’ll be writing more about Poppy King’s mission to inspire women to discover – or rediscover lipstick and, in particular, colourful lipsticks – but wanted to let you know that they’re worth seeking out, as the seven shades of No7 and Poppy King Lipsticks are all extremely pretty and very wearable. Not to mention reasonably priced – at £12 each.

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