There’s nothing like a bit of retro glamour to brighten up a dreary November day – at least that’s what I found when I gave myself the Revlon Fire & Ice treatment on Monday. This beautiful red lip and matching nail shade was introduced by the American company back in 1952 and has been revived just in time for Christmas.
If the photo shown left looks a vaguely familiar, it’s because it’s actress Jessica Biel and photographer Mario Testino’s recreation of the original 1952 ad, which featured one of the world’s prototype supermodels, Dorian Leigh, and was shot by the legendary Richard Avedon.
I love the Revlon Fire & Ice Lipstick (£7.29) and the All Fired Up Nail Enamel (£6.29) – both exclusively available from Boots, from December 1. The nail varnish is the first to tempt me away from shocking pink in ages, and I’m having fun trying to figure out the best eyeshadows to go with the lipstick. Mind you, I have to say: I much prefer Dorian’s Fire & Ice look to Jessica’s …
Tuesday was an exciting day – it was the day I finally got to try out the new Spa at Blythswood Square in Glasgow. Housed in the vast (10,000 square feet) basement space in the new Blythswood Square hotel, this is the city’s first luxury spa – and it certainly looks the part. As the photo of the corridor (above) off which the nine treatment rooms run, it exudes five-star style.
In addition to the treatment rooms, there is a thermal suite with a spa pool, saunas, relaxation areas and a cafe in the spa. It’s easy to see how you could spend a day here, just devoting yourself to the art of relaxing. Anyone who’s booked in for a treatment can use the facilities before and/or after their appointment so make sure you allow plenty of time on either side of your booking.
I was booked in for an Anne Semonin Phyto Aromatic Facial (£80 for 55 minutes) which was indeed relaxing. The therapist tailored the treatment to my skin’s needs and used products designed for sensitive skin – yet my cheeks flared up not long afterwards and didn’t calm down for days. I think I’ll try something else next time: it’s not going to put me off indulging in such luxury, no sirree!
Oh dear, on Wednesday I looked like I might be coming down with something – I was even paler than usual and my normal blusher didn’t seem to give me the lift I required. (Plus, with it being pink, it was a bit too close to the shade of my newly blotchy cheeks!) So I turned to a blusher which has saved me from looking like a ghoul (or, worse still, Gillian McKeith) in recent months: Guerlain 4 Eclats in Caresse de l’Aube (£31; www.johnlewis.com). I had thought this was part of the Guerlain Christmas collection but clearly I had mis-filed it: it came out with the autumn colours but was such a hit, it’s become a permanent part of the make-up range. Swirling the four shades together means you can add a natural colour all over the face, where required…
On Thursday, I was thrilled to open my post and find Chanel’s spring 2011 colours there. It’s too early to write about them, save to report that they are absolutely stunning – and based on Coco Chanel’s favourite jewel, the pearl, and its luminous effects.
The spring 2011 collection has a bit of an edge to it, unlike the current Christmas collection, Les Tentations de Chanel (above and left) which is more classically beautiful in my view. Really, there’s something for everyone amongst the sumptuous pinks and golden browns – though, sadly for me, the gorgeous shocking pink blusher – Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Effect Tweed in Tweed Fuschia (£31) was just a bit too strong a shade for me. Love, love, love the nail and lip shades, though – Chanel Le Vernis in Pulsion (£16.50) and Chanel Rouge Coco in Patchouli (£21.50), in particular.
Lunch and a catch-up with my beauty therapist pal Margaret on Friday gave me a chance to hear her thoughts on the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex (£35; www.esteelauder.co.uk) I had asked her to test.
Here’s what she had to say about this new cream-gel which promises to reduce the look of every key sign of ageing around the eye area, thanks to its ability to support the natural synchronisation of the skin’s repair and protective mechanisms.
“I really enjoyed using this beautifully textured treatment, but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with highly sensitive skin because it contains very active plant extracts. For the rest of us, it’s not going to ‘rock your world’, but it is a good maintenance product and is a pleasure to use – oh, and it has all the latest beauty wonder ingredients, including hyaluronic acid.”