Trend: Eyeshadow Palettes
I am always a sucker for a palette and these little beauties are gorgeous on all levels. For maximum pigment payoff, apply with your fingertips as the heat in your hands will help spread the colour coverage evenly. The only question now is, which one to choose?
This week I try … an urban-warrior facial
The lowdown The Ned, the five-star hotel that's one of the hottest spots in London, houses a delightful day spa in the vaults of the original bank building. I am here to experience a facial from head therapist Mili, of the soothing-hands fame. A slippery cleanser is followed by a serum and then a mind-blowing deep-tissue facial massage focusing on my jawline and tense cheek joints. Next, Mili works a vitamin C-based powder exfoliator over my face. The obligatory but oh-sopleasurable hot towels come next (three in a row) followed by three chilled towels. This opens up my pores, then closes them down – very yin and yang. Finally, Mili focuses attention on my neck and shoulders, finishing with a head massage and some ear love.
Pain factor Zero.
Downtime Ninety minutes.
Results My skin was glowing and any redness was banished. My face also appeared "lifted" from the concentrated lymphatic drainage.
Where to get it Cowshed Spa at The Ned, thened.com. Cost: $300.
At home Try De Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar, $118, netaporter.com.
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The launch of Dior's first new fragrance in 20 years was shrouded in mystery – I had to refer to it by a code name. The House of Jean Patou gave permission for Dior to use the name Joy, its signature scent. The result sees milky sweet floral notes featuring bergamot and mandarin, rose and jasmine, and a hint of grunt with woody cedar and musk. Dior Joy, EDP 90ml, $240, sephora.com.au.
What is the best skin hydrator on a long-haul plane trip?
I'm always on the lookout for products to counteract the drying effects of air travel, so when Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-pollution (clinique.com.au, $49) came across my desk I was keen to try it on a flight to London. The jelly was lightweight, with no stickiness, and my skin didn't look like a dried peach. Give it a go.
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale September 9.