Autumn Skincare: Soothing Moisturisers for Sensitive Faces

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Some gorgeous, soothing moisturisers for skin that’s on the dry or sensitive side or that’s beginning to feel the effects of the slightly cooler weather. All of the face creams and lotions above are very calming, I find, and though they each vary in their density and richness, the final results are the same; happy, moisturised [...]

YSL Black Opium: Your Winter Fragrance Sorted

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Oh ho ho, I am so ready for deep and sexy wintertime perfumes and Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium is just about as sexy as they come. I mentioned Chanel’s Coco Noir Parfum last week – it’s a very concentrated, sexed-up version of the popular eau de toilette – but I must say that Black Opium has knocked my socks off. (I’d use ruder [...]

Nails: An Affordable Dupe for my Favourite Polish!

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I can tell you, with absolute hand-on-the-heart conviction, that The Body Shop’s Colour Crush nail polish in Just Peachy is a hundred-percent dupe for one of my favourite shades, Chanel’s Holiday. I have tested it in all lights and it is exact in every way – I’ve even made Mr AMR examine my nails painted with the two shades and he [...]

Moisturiser Recommendation: REN Skincare’s V-Cense

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For the past four months, on and off, I have been testing out the V-Cense creams from REN skincare; the Youth Vitality Day Cream and the Revitalising Night Cream. I say “on and off” because the longest period of uninterrupted use was probably about three weeks; for the rest of the time it has been a bit of a [...]

Coco Noir Parfum: Shadowy Boudoirs and Exquisite Lingerie…

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Earlier in the year I wrote about Chanel’s amazing Les Exclusifs; highly concentrated perfumes in teeny, beautifully-crafted glass flacons with perfectly formed stoppers and chic, minimalist labelling. Just a few drops of these special perfumes and you’re scented for days; Beige stayed on, if I remember rightly, through two baths and quite a few nights! Read more about Les Exclusifs… [...]

My Holiday Skincare Routine

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This skincare routine worked so well for my skin when I was away in Greece. A little something pre-SPF (the Decleor Tan Activator Serum, in the little glass bottle) and then something balmy and soothing for afterwards, when all of the sunscreen and sand and salty sea-water had been cleansed away. That would be the Decleor High Repair After [...]

Sali Hughes: Your Straight-Talking Beauty Companion

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Well here’s your Christmas shopping completely sorted; beauty journalist Sal Hughes’ new book, Pretty Honest, is available to pre-order. Get one of these for each and every girlfriend, for your Mum, for your sister and your boyfriend’s sister, for Auntie Jeanette and Mrs Hamblewick the pre-school teacher, for Kirsty up in Scotland and Babs who moved to [...]

Space NK Gift: The Beauty Anthology

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Things in the latest Space NK gift-with-purchase that made me squeal with delight: a sample of the new REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial; a little tube of Becca’s cult makeup product, the Shimmering Skin Perfector; a teeny lipstick from Hourglass and – the piece de resistance (sorry, that needs accents but I can’t summon the energy to try every key [...]