Saying hello to Spring means saying hello to all those bits we’ve had hidden over the past few months. So now we’ve seen a bit of sun, we’re all trying to swiftly achieve smooth legs and sleek upper arms after months of being undercover. Nothing gets silky, bump-free skin like dry body brushing does. Pair Champneys soft-bristled version with their Mineral Detox Shower Gel and you’ll be on the fast track to soft glowing limbs.
Dry brushing is a great way to stimulate circulation. I’ve been using Champneys’ Luxury Body Brush (£10) all over just before stepping into my morning shower. Start at the ankles and brush lightly and briskly towards the heart. It puts a real zing in your step and livens up the skin, as well as getting rid of dry cells.
Follow up with the Mineral Detox Shower Gel (£6). It is enriched with seaweed extract and helps to detoxify skin. It foams up and feels like it is giving a really deep clean. If you can face it, turn the shower to cold just before you finish to really get the circulation going.
Hello winter hand hero! My seasonal saviour at the moment, restoring my digits to tip top condition, is this Dr Ceuticals Super Repair Hand Cream, £9.99.
I love the light, non-greasy texture, and it instantly sinks in, restoring softness and getting rid of dry patches. And the science bit? It contains Co-enzyme Q10, an anti-ageing anti-oxidant; Allantoin and Acai to boost, repair and tackle the effects of UV and environmental pollution.
Wave hello to gorgeous hands.
This is my new everyday favourite. I’ve long been a fan of Morocco’s greatest export – Argan Oil – in beauty products, but many formulas are often too heavy and greasy if not used with a light touch. This Super Creamy Body Wash, £4.95, harnesses the properties of Argan Oil but in a non-oily way (and with an amazing price)! Brilliant!
I’ve been slathering it on in the shower. It foams up (love) and seems to deeply hydrate skin – perfect for getting limbs in tip top condition in anticipation of shedding the layers once winter is done with.
Its exotic cocktail of oils – Argan Oil, Kukui Seed Oil, Baobab Oil, Moringa Oil and Sacha Inci – gives a lush, pampering product. Added Shea Butter makes for a shower wash that replenishes moisture leaving skin smooth, soft and silky so much so that you can even skip applying a body moisturiser.
I love this darling French beauty range. The genius products (also adore their names) contain organic ingredients sourced in Provence (each product contains at least 20% fresh fruit). They have fun, vibrant packaging and work on the principal that good beauty products work hard on the skin and work hard to lift the senses. Pulpe de Vie‘s Love Me Tonight, £21, is not called a natural night-time beauty enhancer for nothing. Not only does the night cream look wonderfully charming, it also plumps up the skin as you sleep, so you wake up with a real glow. I noticed a real change in my complexion – it felt dewy and tired lines seem to be erased.
Containing a fruity mix of organic raspberries, figs, blackcurrants and prickly pear, the soft cream also has a mood-enhancing scent and a wonderful creamy texture. Made from three anti-ageing patented ingredients: Beech buds to blitz fine lines and wrinkles, Hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and Hydroxyproline to help repair damaged skin.
Night time magic.
How pretty is this blusher from Too Faced? Not only is it delectable looking, but it’s also the perfect shade of pink, with its three tones giving a 3D depth of colour.
Pink blushers are hard to get right – it’s easy to end up looking like Aunty Sally, if you’re not careful. But, aiming to recreate the perfect romantic flush, Too Faced’s version is just the right side of delicate, giving a warmth and radiance. I use mine over a dusting of bronzer – it stops it becoming too ‘pink’ and converts it into a glow. Heart.
It’s the last day in my reveal of the hottest hotels for 2014.
Last, but not least, it’s: LE GRAND BELLEVUE, Gstaad, Switzerland
Originally built in 1912 as a cure house and spa, Le Grand Bellevue in the heart of Gstaad Village, offers a new concept for this chic destination in its ‘casual yet refined’ ethos. Owned by visionary couple Daniel and Davia Koester, the 57-room hotel has stripped back on the formalities and grandeur normally found in Gstaad hotels. Instead guests can expect the welcoming feel of a country house hotel.
Eclectic furniture, such as side tables made from antique Alpine walking sticks, armchairs in soft velvets and herringbone fabrics, and oversized Chesterfield sofas are set against original parquet floors, arched windows and Moroccan-style alcoves. Luxe lovers will not be disappointed though – Le Grand Bellevue is home to one of the finest wine cellars in Gstaad, with over 10,000 bottles. It also has a private cinema, a private members club and the Bellevue Spa, with a Turkish hammam, Himalayan salt inhalation grotto and Bamford treatments. For one of the most charming restaurants to be found, check out its Le Petit Chalet, a traditional rustic chalet nestled in the hotel’s grounds that seats just 18 guests with a menu of hearty Swiss dishes. A must.
Hello Spring! I’ve missed you. We may not have turned our backs on winter just yet, but I’m anticipating the new season with a special preview of some of the best beauty buys for Spring/Summer 2014.
Today: I’m channelling the girls of Sex and the City with the new Sunset Body Spray, £5.
It’s not often a beauty product takes you for a walk down memory lane. When the Sex and the City Sunset body spray arrived, it immediately brought back memories of my teenage years when a girl wouldn’t dare leave the house without a swoosh of an Impulse body spray. Of recent years, body sprays have fallen out of fashion but, actually, when they work well, they are a great addition to a beauty kit.
A deodorant body spray is a great way to smell fresh throughout the day – and not feel too ‘perfumed’ – and this version (inspired by my fave TV show ever) has a gorgeous floral aroma. Blood orange, violet leaves, freesia and green apple combine to give a feminine fragrance and aims to capture the magic of New York’s sunset. Cocktails anyone? It’s also just enough to leave a delicate whisper of perfume as you waft around.
We may not be able to bring back Carrie and the girls (sigh), but at least we can smell (a little) like them.