Feeling good about lipstick
Choosing a lipstick is about a lot more than
simply finding the right shade. Great packaging also helps because it
has that feelgood factor when you get it out of your make-up bag.
Sturdy packaging also helps your lipstick to withstand being jostled
about in a handbag. Yves Saint Laurent's six new shades in its Rouge
Pur range offer a range of lovely summer pinks and plums, all encased
in solid gold with that all-important YSL logo. You might not be able
to afford the designer label clothes but you can afford a Rouge Pur
lipstick at 15.50. From Beatties.
` Even if your stretch marks have been with you a
long time, Elancyl claim that their new Stretch Mark Reducing
Concentrate can help. Stretch marks can appear during pregnancy or
weight gain and affect women of all ages and sizes. The concentrate has
citrus and rosemary extracts as well as other goodies to help repair
and restructure the skin. Even the act of massaging it in twice a day
will help. After application skin feels silky smooth and polished. It
is 14.95 for 75mls from selected Boots stores and pharmacies.
` Spray on self-tanners are all the rage at the
moment and are heavily advertised as being easier to use than creams
and lotions. Don't be too complacent, however, as all self-tanners need
to be thoroughly rubbed in to ensure even application - even sprays.
The Virgin Cosmetics Company has a new Spray on Sunshine with a light
formula and a nozzle that will work in any reach areas. The product is
lightly tinted so that you can judge where you need to apply more. It
costs 14 for 150 mls from www.virgin.com/cosmetics.
` Elemis is the luxury spa brand with a range
oucts that smell great and contain all sorts of plant extracts. The new
Skin Solutions collection has three specialist products. Daily Redness
Relief (45 for 50mls) is a soothing, anti-inflammatory moisturiser for
those who have a high colour and contains a complex of malt, brown
algae, honey, rose absolute and amino acids to reduce blotchiness.
Coincidentally it also appears to have a smoothing and tightening
effect on fine lines and wrinkles. Daily Shine Control (35) deals with
oil and combination skins with a complex that contains amino acids,
great burdock and watercress as well as lavender, jasmine and rose
extracts. It gives skin a light matt finish. SOS Emergency Cream (45)
is for sensitive, irritated skin that flares up due to hormonal
imbalances, stress, dietary changes and dehydration. It's a good one to
use after sport and to protect against environmental damage. Contains
willow, amino acids, lavender and other soothing agents. Elemis
products are available from the Eastthorpe Holistic Spa in Mirfield or
by visiting www.elemis.com