Hot Tropic

Hot Tropic

Bar a waterproof mascara and a bottle of suntan lotion, the only beauty item I always pack for a beach holiday is a nail polish that matches the many cocktails I'll be sipping poolside and beachside.
Well hello there Eyes Wide Open and welcome to my party!
This gorgeous new shade from Jessica Cosmetics' new Daydream collection, out this month, is the best Tequila Sunrise orange I've come across this year and perfect for a hot honeymoon: it's zingy, slightly shimmery and a bit bonkers, plus it looks a-mazing on bronzed hands. I still have a penchant for Revlon's One Perfect Coral but for days when you want a 3D pearlescent sheen, this hits the spot.
Garçon, mon cocktail maintenant please!

Eyes Wide Open nail polish, £8.95. Call 0845 217 1360 for stockist or head to www.lookfantastic.com

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Pretty Fragrance Alert!

Pretty Fragrance Alert!

This new addition to Donna Karan's chic fragrance wardrobe ticks all our bridal boxes. One could describe Iris Eau de Parfum as soft, luminous and romantic, sweet enough to feel feminine but complex enough to be sophisticated and grown-up. One could also describe it as 100% pure YUM.
The starring role is the extracted essence of Iris root (aka Orris), and one of the fragrance world's most precious base-note ingredients that was discovered in quite a mind-boggling way. Someone, one day, decided to dig up an Iris bulb, dry out its root for five (FIVE!) years, grind it to a powder, dissolve it in water and then distill it to extract its oil. The result is a powdery, creamy, sensual scent that smells like great skin and leaves you wanting more.
In this new perfume, it's combined with uplifting florals like Magnolia, Rose de Mai and Violet Flower, and given earthy depth with smoky Vetiver and musky Ambrette Seed. On the skin, it smells simply delicious.
We urge you to have a spritz on counter, close your eyes and think of your wedding vision, and if it all clicks into place you can be sure this high quality perfume will take you from aisle to dancefloor without fading.

Available now.
£55 / €79 call 0870 034 2566 for stockists. 

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Tinted Moisturisers: What Works?

Tinted Moisturisers: What Works?

Last weekend at the National Wedding Show I was inundated with brides wanting my recommendation for tinted moisturisers.
I wasn't surprised: it was my obsession too! I wanted fresh, natural and luminous skin on my wedding day, but I was having a summery outdoors reception party so I didn't want to look caked in a cloying layer of foundation. The solution? A tinted moisturisers: sheer enough to look invisible with the perfect amount of pigment to even-out my complexion and enough hydration to keep my skin comfortable (not greasy) all day. Most of them contain an SPF too, which is great news for summer brides who don't want to get burnt on their big day (not a pretty sight!).
I spent months looking for the right one, and in the end I found it: Chanel's Hydramax+ Active Moisture Tinted Lotion SPF15 (£29.63). It ticked all the boxes: slippy enough to spread evenly, rich enough for all-day moisturising and enough pigment to make my skin look healthy. Plus it smelt DIVINE!
Since then, I've found some other fantastic ones such as Benefit You Rebel Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 (£21.50), Lancôme Hydra Zen Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 (£24.5), Bobbi Brown SPF15 Tinted Moisturiser (£26) and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20 (£32). The latter has just introduced three new shades catering for darker skintones - Bisque, Caramel and Mocha - which is great news, plus Laura's added extra darker colours to her brilliant Secret Concealer (£18) range too.
This week, another great one landed on my desk that. Well, I say 'great', but I mean it looks delicious on the back of my hand! (I'll be testing out this weekend while on the ski slopes in Switzerland). It's Dr Brandt's UV30 Face Tinted (out in April), which has a lovely texture and feels very hydrating. Unfortunately it only comes in one shade so I'm a bit dubious: either it won't have enough pigment to make any difference to my skintone, or it will be totally the wrong colour and I'll look like I've been Tangoed. Watch this space for an update!

Kate Winslet's BAFTA Beauty Look

Kate Winslet's BAFTA Beauty Look

After last week's Baftas, Jackie Tyson (the resident make-up artist for X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent) got in touch and took me through Kate Winslet's red carpet look.

Kate Winslet
'Kate's look was spot-on: clear, flawless, plump and healthy skin with no-makeup make-up. Her skin was gorgeous; look at the sheen across the apples of the cheeks reflecting the red carpet lighting. The key to getting this look is about your preparation and tools. Used a delicate scrub in the days leading up to the occasion, like Karin Herzog Mild Scrub (£30, www.karinherzog.co.uk) with its fine marble powder spheres to slough off dead skin without any abrasive action. Moisturise and remove any excess with a facial tissue. Try out a primer to help minimise lines, even the skin tone and close open pores. I like Avon's Magix Face Perfector (£10; www.avonshop.co.uk) to reduce oil and shine in all the wrong places, so you can apply a sheen in all the right places. Use a soft fan-shaped brush dipped in a iridescent powder across the surfaces of the face that the light naturally hits, such as the nose, forehead and cheeks.'
PS: Want a red carpet lesson with Jackie?
She's just opened her Makeup School in a purpose-built studio at her country home in Berkshire, and hosts intimate group of up to eight people for make-up lessons. So whether you want to learn bridal make-up with your mum or have party make-up lessons with your hens (and get Jackie's X-Factor tricks and secrets), visit www.jackietyson.co.uk

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO RECREATE CLAIRE DANES' BAFTA BEAUTY LOOK >>

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