2014: beauty trends
They’re big: orange lips, very 2014. This colour and pic are from LimeCrime
This is the original draft of a piece I wrote for the Times last weekend. Warning: it’s quite long.
Orange lips: These were everywhere on the catwalks, and will be all over us all by summer. Start with a gloss if the mere thought of orange makes you feel all shy and work your way up to a full-on, densely pigmented matte number… you might just come to love the fresh look and the way it brightens the complexion.
(If you want the short message, this is a brilliant treatment particularly if you’ve got yourself all wound up and need someone to press the de-stress button. Here’s the website. If you want the longer version, read on…)
Happy feet, happy body: Bodyflow
LAST SATURDAY, I woke up feeling very strange – as if my legs and arms were made of lead, weighted down onto the bed. I wasn’t ill, I hadn’t been out partying – in fact I’d been flat out asleep for the best part of 12 hours; it was just the extraordinary knock-on effects of a treatment with reflexologist supreme, Gemma Ireland.
SAFER BLACK HAIR DYE — ME+
Excellent news for anyone who uses hair dye and frets about the possibility of developing an allergy to it: a new dye molecule has been developed, which is already becoming available in salons, which has a much lower ‘allergy profile’, so is far less likely to provoke problems.
You might think that sensitivity to hair dye is a minor issue, but 72 per cent of UK women dye their hair – and hairdressers report that allergies and skin sensitivities are among their clients’ top three concerns. It is, as one acquaintance who regularly dyes her hair says, a bit like playing Russian roulette with your follicles; you never know if next time, you might react badly to the dye — and of course if you do react and develop an allergy to the stuff, you won’t be able to use it again.
CHANEL – THE HAIR MIST
When this arrived in the in-tray, I thought (putting aside the reverence usually reserved for luxury brands in general, and Chanel in particular), ‘Really, why would you?’
Ok, hair fragrance seems to be a big trend this winter, but still, would you buy a separate product just to scent your hair? Wouldn’t it be better, if you are a No 5 fan, to walk through a light spritz of the real stuff and let that settle on your hair as well as on the rest of you?
And then I tried it. Reader, it’s glorious. And it smells just perfect (of course). And it lasts beautifully. In fact, it’s so good you might want to use this most of the time and keep the real parfum for special occasions. It’s £38, which is a lot for a little indulgence, but not to fans of Chanel…
(or should that be hogwash?)
For a moment of madness: Bayliss & Harding Swarovski handwash
Seeing this image arrive in my email inbox just now, I had one of those moments of realising that the beauty world is often just completely bonkers. This is a one of Debenhams’ ‘exclusive’ beauty gift offerings for Christmas. It’s a Swarovki-crystal encrusted pump-dispenser of hand-wash and it costs £200. Which is mad enough.
Even more so, because it is full not of some super-premium deluxe potion, but contains hand-wash from Bayliss & Harding, which is perfectly nice stuff but which normally sells at the bargain price of £2 for 500ml.