Summer Holiday Essentials

Summer Holiday Essentials

The beauty desk is empty this week as I'm on my summer holiday at my family home in the Alps in France. Swimming in Evian-style water at Lake Annecy does wonders for the skin, but the sun is strong and mischievous so I'll be loading up on the following holiday essentials: 

Beach SPF: I like to take a selection, from 30 to 15 for the last few days once my skin has got accustomed to the sun. Brands I have packed are Clarins, Estee Lauder, Sisley and Vichy - which all smell divine. I really believe suncare should be an investment, not a chore, and should be applied generously in copious amounts. As Mr Gordon Gekko once said: 'Greed is Good!' and this definitely applies to suncare. Read more »

Love Letters

Love Letters

What a sweet idea: over at the Acqua di Parma fragrance counter in Harrods, you can have your bottle engraved absolutely free with a message of your choice.

If you're thinking of getting your groom a present for the wedding morning, may we suggest a bottle of the delicious and sexy Colonia Essenza (£48) - it's bright and clean with lingering amber. Or if you are choosing something for yourself, Iris Nobile (£65; pictured) is a soft floral with powdery undertones that will develop beautifully on the skin.

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Non-Surgical Face Lift Review

Non-Surgical Face Lift Review

When colleagues book beauty treatments under their own steam, I'm always really interested in what they have to say about it because their experience is always 100 per cent genuine without any 'industry' favouritism or biased opinion. Victoria Hunter, our head of promotions, went to see John Tsagaris, a beauty 'acupuncturist' famous for non-surgical facelifts. Read more »

Kiss Me Quick!

Kiss Me Quick!

This week's excellent value-for-money beauty treat comes courtesy of The Body Shop - always a winner for cute, fun, effective and affordable goodies.
These 100 per cent natural lip roll-ons are perfect if you love that super-glossy shiny look without the gloop that most lipglosses carry. These have a very thin, almost watery texture but a megashine finish and come in five flavours: Zesty Orange, Romantic Rose, Drift Away Coconut, Revitalising Mint and Berry Goodness.

We love that they feature Fairtrade natural soya oil and organic olive oil - both ideal for moisturising dry lips. 

Slip them into your bridesmaids' thank-you gift bags, into your own wedding purse and in your honeymoon trousseau - or they'd even make adorable table favours for girly guests. A Brides staffer suggested a pick'n'mix bowl of these in the ladies bathroom at your reception! Fewer calories and way more stylish than a lollipop that's for sure.

£4 each; see the range at www.thebodyshop.co.uk