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.
A COURSE OF THE LATEST NON-SURGICAL FACE-TIGHTENING treatments? Yes please. Every now and then I feel the need to try out a new face-improving programme. It’s as much research as vanity (I like to think) and the most recent one I’ve been persuaded to experience is Endymed, which I’m trying at the Waterhouse Young clinic in Marylebone.
THE POWER PURSE
Small but mighty: the powered-up Might Purse
Yawn yawn, why might we need a new bag, however cute and dinky? Because this one comes with a built-in power-supply, so that when your iPhone (or BlackBerry, or Samsung Galaxy or pocket-MP3 for that matter) runs out of juice, you can just plug it in and carry on. A no-brainer, if you ask me. I haven’t seen this for real or tried it out, so can’t vouch for the fact that its battery will charge a smartphone twice (and of course you then need to remember to keep the bag charged, but plugging it into a USB port…), but I think we’re all going to find we need one of these in our lives, even at £80. There might just be room in there for a lipgloss, too. www.cuckooland.com.
PHYTO POP-UP at Fenwick
Smoothers and boosters: Phyto
THIS JOB involves a lot of lovely blow-dries (tough, I know) and occasionally, blow-dries with added bells and whistles… Today, Phyto, the French botanical haircare specialists, staged a cute little pop-up event at the blow-dry bar normally occupied by Gielly Green, on the ground floor at Fenwick, New Bond Street.