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Style-o-Meter: September 14

SO HOT …

THINKING PINK

Think PinkIn case you didn’t receive the memo, this autumn’s, er, autumnal colours have been more or less replaced by pastel shades normally reserved for summer: powder blue and, especially, pale (or as the Americans charmingly describe it, blush) pink. The muted pink coats in Marks & Spencer and Zara are lovely, as are some of the fabulous handbags (especially at Mulberry) and shoes (at Whistles, for example) but if you’re not naturally a pink-thinking kind of gal when it comes to clothes (personally, I’ve not worn the shade since I began dressing myself) then there are other ways to work the ultimate feminine shade into your look, notably on the nails: my faves are currently Chanel’s lovely satin-like Rose Moire shade of nail varnish (£18) from its new Rouge Allure Moire collection (out September 27) and Estee Lauder’s pretty and unusual Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in Rose Gold (£14.50; www.esteelauder.co.uk).

ROSY CHEEKS

What were we saying about thinking pink? Well, if pink is your preferred shade of blusher, there is a fab new one to try: Le Blush Creme de Chanel (£27) in Inspiration, a beautiful shade which is great for pale complexions and belongs to Chanel’s new range of cream blushers (in compacts) that blend easily and last impressively.

SCOTTISH SEAWEED

The latest must-try treatments at the elegant Spa at Blythswood Square in Glasgow have been created to make the most of ishga, a lovely new organic skincare range which draws on the anti-ageing powers of mineral-rich Scottish seaweed. (Indeed, the seaweed content in ishga is higher than in any other seaweed-based skincare.) The name ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water, appropriately since the seaweed that the company hand-harvests comes from the ishga_active_cleansing_lotion_bottle_boxHebrides, home to some of the cleanest waters in the world. Among the ishga treatments exclusively available at the Spa at Blythswood Square are a wonderful Hot Stone Massage (£80; 55 minutes), an all-over body therapy in which a seaweed base oil is massaged deep into the muscles thanks to the use of heated stones, and an Express Facial (£42; 25 minutes) which deep-cleanses and rejuvenates the complexion. I particularly loved the latter when I tried a couple of treatments last week. My skin looked even-toned and bright and felt fresh and revived for days afterwards – and I loved the refreshing lemon scent of the ishga skincare, which is available to buy at the Blythswood. To book, call 0141 240 1622.

SO NOT …

BADLY DESIGNED PRODUCT PACKAGING

It’s all very well finding a great toner, as I have – in the form of Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Toning Lotion/Refiner Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour(£22)  – but if the bottle is always wet (somehow the liquid always gathers in the lid and then dribbles down the bottle when it’s closed) then I’m not likely to want to replace it when I finish. Ditto for the lovely, shiny new Hydra Smooth Lip Color lipsticks (£15 each) from Benefit. The texture and shine are impressive, and the Deco-inspired design is attractive – at least it was before I started using the lipstick. Now it’s a mess because often when the small, clear cap is replaced it catches on the lipstick itself, the lipstick is quite soft and has lost its slanted shape quickly, and the top of the cream tube is now ringed with gooey product…

DOWNTON OVERLOAD

Okay, enough already. There can’t be an internet-user/newspaper reader/magazine browser in the land who is unaware of the forthcoming return of the ridiculously popular costume drama… Really? You didn’t know? Well, gird your loins: it’s back onscreen on September 22.

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My Week in Beauty

MONDAY

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

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!

WEDNESDAY

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…

THURSDAY

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.

 

FRIDAY

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.”

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