Finding Mr Bright

Finding Mr Bright

This week's beauty blog is brought to you by the letters G, L, O and W.

Literally.

It's an ongoing mission of mine to find the perfect dewy and radiant make-up products that aren't all 'showgirl sparkle' but lustrous enough to make your skin look gleamy and generally more alive than usual. But there are issues: anything too shiny and it looks like sweat in photos; anything too bronzy and it looks a bit Barbie; anything too pink and it looks a bit Care Bear. Also, you can't have cheekbone gleam without a pop of blush or you'll look gaunt, and you can't fake a youthful gleam without attending to one's under-eye baggage either. It's a case of product pick'n'mix to get the perfect balance and, finally, I think I've hit the jackpot.

Welcome Benefit's Finding Mr Bright! Where have you been all my life?
This genius kit contains four mini sizes of best-selling items that, if used together, create the perfect luminous 'base' upon which to add mascara and lips.

First up there's Erase Paste; a stiff concealer that goes on very sheer and doesn't have that awful clumpy dryness to it. Use it under-eyes, on the inner corners and anywhere that needs deleting.

Next is Girl Meets Pearl; a golden face cream that can be used alone or mixed into foundation. The texture is thin and slide-y, and it produces a barely-there but healthy gleam.

Then it's Posie Tint; a fresh pink gel-fluid that you dot onto the apples of your cheeks and blend in.

Finally, High Beam; which every beauty editor in the land adores. The ballet-slipper pink cream isn't glittery as such, it's more frosty/pearlescent and looks amazing on the tops of cheekbones and round the outer orbital bone. Try a tiny dot rubbed into the inner corners of the eyes for extra WOW too (and the tiniest sweep down the nose to lengthen a round face).

At £28.50 it's a great little investment not only for your wedding day but for your honeymoon too as all the products are teeny tiny thus ideal for in-flight and post-beach touch-ups.

Buy it online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or in department stores nationwide.

Sunshine State

Sunshine State

Please say a warm welcome to Connock London, a very beautiful and luxurious bath and body brand with the bridal-brilliant mission to effectively soften and recondition skin. The body lotion, bath oil, soap, body wash and wonder balm all contain Kukui oil, a deeply nourishing Omega-rich Hawaiian nut oil that doesn't leave a greasy film but rather sinks in and stays there.
But that's not all it's good for, as, unbeknownst to Connock, we've decided to promote this range to the status of wedding-therapist-in-a-bottle.
When we inhaled the dreamy exotic white floral scent that's laced throughout the range (and accompanying candle) we detected a balmy 'holiday' aroma, which immediately cast our minds to soft sandy tropical beaches and the feeling of sun on one's skin. In times of wedding planning turmoil, family etiquette dramas and suppliers stress, any small gesture that takes the edge of is really quite welcome and a daily reminder that your paradise honeymoon is just round the corner is definitely one of them.

See the full range at www.connocklondon.com; buy online at www.beautique.com

Thai Square Spa Discount Offer

Thai Square Spa Discount Offer

Thai Square Spa in Covent Garden, London is celebrating the upcoming Royal Wedding with a half price discount on two very regal treatments. Ideal for a decadent pre-wedding treat, book in for an invigorating Thai Herbal Ceremony massage or a rejuvenating Essential Body Glow and save 50 per cent on either treatment until May 31 2011.
The Thai Herbal Ceremony is a fittingly royal experience developed by the spa. Two-and-a-half hours of pure heaven, the invigorating oil massage finds its roots in the beauty regimes of the ladies of the court in the old Kingdom of Siam. The therapy begins with a herbal steam treatment, followed by exfoliation using a light ginger scrub and then a fragrant Thai herbal massage to leave you feeling blissfully relaxed, soothed and invigorated.
Or why not try the Essential Body Glow treatment for instant all-over radiance? The two-hour therapy begins with a full-body exfoliation, followed by a nourishing body mask - made up of delicious ingredients such as ylang ylang, lemongrass and honey - and then topped off with a divine massage to ensure you achieve top-to-toe rejuvenation. With seven treatment rooms and a team of highly-qualified Thai therapists, the Thai Square Spa is the ideal place to get that traditional Thai spa experience without leaving the UK.

Book the Thai Herbal Ceremony for £105 (usual price £210) or the Essential Body Glow for £91 (usual price £182), until May 31. Visit www.thaisquarespa.com for more details.

New Jeanne Lanvin La Plume Perfume

New Jeanne Lanvin La Plume Perfume

Following last year's Jeanne Lanvin La Rose perfume, the house of Lanvin has introduced a second limited edition fragrance for spring 2011. Jeanne Lanvin La Plume (£49 for 100ml) takes the delicate sensuality of a feather as its inspiration, and offers a luxuriously feminine play on musk and berry scents that leaves a light and delicious fragrance trail on the skin. The initial top notes of apricot and pear nectar open out to reveal a floral heart of freesia, rose petals and juicy orange, while musk and sandalwood provide an elegant velvety base. As well as an elegant degradé bottle that will look beautiful on your dressing table, the Jeanne Lanvin La Plume perfume stopper is embellished with a detachable, white feather and pink tulle hair clip - ideal as a pretty accessory for your big day. Call 0845 769 7072 for stockists.