Mile High Beauty Club

Mile High Beauty Club

This week I'm off to New York and about to face a 6 hour flight (unless Iceland tells me otherwise). Packing my on-flight beauty bag reminds me of choosing which toys to bring on holiday when I was small: I have so many adorable little friends (mini moisturisers, tiny toners), it's hard to pick what to pack for the guilt of leaving the others behind, all alone with no one to play with. But one must be ruthless and edit down the favourites, so here's who I'm taking with me:
- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: this wee little 15ml tube contains enough dense balm for my entire trip.
- Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster: a clear gel that feels light and clean but packs an amazing thirst-quenching punch.
- This Works Turbo Balm: for lips and nails (and to dab on the tops of cheekbones for a healthy gleam)
- Aroma Therapeutics Sleep Enhancer: a calming mist to dissolve the sound of screaming children.
- Mouthwash: courtesy of The Langham Hotel's excellent and generous bathroom amenities.
- A mini hairbrush: because groomed hair might nab me that upgrade.

Bon voyage!

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Bridal Beauty Tips

Bridal Beauty Tips

This week I had a rare moment of work relaxation: my copy was written up, my next feature was planned and all my emails were dealt with. Time for a desk-detox spring clean then!
As I uncovered the contents of my top drawer (see pic, right), I counted 24 lipglosses, 6 perfumes and 53 (53!!!) nail polishes, plus some slightly weird one-offs like a B&Q tape measure, a pink crayon and a mysterious gold key (labelled "cupboard". But which cupboard? Spooky!). In all honesty, I hardly touch anything in there - they're mostly for the office girls to help themselves to. However, there are a handful of favourites that, if I were getting married this weekend, I would definitely take with me. They are:

- Jessica Phenomen Oil Intensive Moisturiser. This cuticle oil, scented like a Parisian patisserie, prevents the skin around your nails from drying out and tearing. I type all day long so I can't use more than just a smidge, but it really works and my nails are now permanently groomed even without polish.

- Rococo Nail Apparel in Pink Panties and OPI Nail Lacquer in Makes Men Blush. These are my two favourite 'emergency-slick-of-glossy-ballerina-pink' polishes. They're not chalky or too thick, and have a fresh transparency that says 'healthy' rather than 'high-maintenance.' If you like your nails to look clean, unfussy and elegant, these win hands down (sorry, couldn't resist)

- Revlon Lipgloss in Peach Petal. Finally, I have found the ideal pale lipgloss that doesn't make me look like a Sixties hippy! It's not too shiny, it's very softening and just pale enough to drown out ruddiness from one's lips and replace it with a dewy pastel gleam.

- Estée Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line Wrinkle Eye Cream. I don't tend to put on eye cream first thing in the morning because a) I forget and b) I ride a motorcycle so anything that sits on the tops of my cheekbones gets soaked into my helmet's padding. I dab this on when I get to work and, as well as the long-term benefits, it give my undereyes an immediate boost of glowy freshness. I re-apply if I'm going out to a launch or meeting too, and it definitely brightens more convincingly than a smear of cakey concealer.

Stockists:
Jessica at www.lookfantastic.com
Rococo at www.spacenk.co.uk  
OPI at www.lenawhite.co.uk  
Revlon at www.boots.com  
Estée Lauder at www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Spritz On The Go

Spritz On The Go

LOVE LOVE LOVING the clever little perfume atomisers by Travalo. They're only 8cm long so they will fit into the minniest of wedding purses and honeymoon handbags, and they come in all sorts of fun colours so you can have one to match your mood, perfume or outfit.
In my gold one right now is the delicious Tom Ford White Suede.
What I particularly love is that a) it's only £9.99 and b) there's no need for fiddly funnels to pour your perfume from Mummy bottle into Baby bottle. All you do is pull off the nozzle from the main bottle, push it into the base of the Travalo and pump it a few times until it fills up the canister. Voila!

Check out their website www.travalo.com or buy it online at www.theperfumeshop.com for a discounted price of £7.99*
Background roses (pictured) by Jamie Aston (www.jamieaston.com)

*At time of writing

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Make-up Tips From Melissa Evans

Make-up Tips From Melissa Evans

Thanks to celebrity make-up artist Melissa Evans, the Co-Founder and Director of www.clickmakeover.com. She sent us these really handy tips today and we'd love to share them with you!

• If you are feeling stressed or flushed take a moment and run cold water over the inside of your wrists to instantly cool and calm you down. Have some Rescue Remedy to hand as well - I often find myself dispensing this to models and celebrities I work with, as well as nervous brides.

• Your wedding day is not the day to try a new make-up look, otherwise you won't feel comfortable and the groom won't recognise you at the altar! Have plenty of practice sessions at home and don't be tempted to try anything new on the day.

• Use a brush to apply your foundation to get a nice even coverage and don't pile it on. Less is more for that fresh bridal look.

• A face highlighter like MAC Strobe Cream on your cheekbones can give a lovely glow. Apply it on top of, or mixed with, your chosen base. But don't be tempted to use too much or on other parts of your face. (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)

• Think about who you want with you when you are doing your make-up on the day - a large audience will make you more nervous and distract you. Keep one friend close and ask the rest of your entourage to give you a little space.

• You'll be smiling a lot on the day, if you can't afford teeth whitening, try using a good stain removing toothpaste in the month or so leading up to the wedding day. Janina is a cult brand that's worth trying (www.janina.co.uk)

• Stick to neutral colours like browns, creams and taupes for your eyes - you want to achieve beautiful natural make-up and the most beautiful natural version of you! Bobbi Brown have a very good range of natural colours that are easy to apply and blend (www.bobbibrown.co.uk)

• If you start to feel teary, look upwards and take a deep breath....it really does help!

• If you are confident putting on false lashes, the individual ones look very natural or MAC's No. 20's also look fab!

• Try using a facial spritz to set your make-up at the end. It will help it look fresh and last longer. I always have Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray in my kit (www.clinique.co.uk)