BEST-selling female artist of all time Mariah Carey knows her notes for sure; knowing her perfume notes means learning a whole new tune yet she’s produced her first fragrance with Elizabeth Arden which arrived in Boots, Debenhams and Superdrug at the weekend. It’s called M by Mariah Carey and helped by perfumers Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong; Mariah simply chose her all-time favourite aromas like marshmallow and the Tahitian Tiare flower. “By combining two very contrasted notes, we wanted to express Mariah’s utmost femininity and undeniable sensuality in one strong statement,” they say. Eau de parfum is from £25 for 30ml.
STILA always do their own individual thing and these new eye, liner and cheek colour Tale of Enchantment palettes are some of the most interesting we’ve seen. Each faux suede covered compact is bound by a thin leather strap with a slice of agate which is believed to restore energy, heal and bring health, wealth and happiness. In three colourways, Madagascar Agate (bronzy browny peachy) Moss Agate (moss green and orangy brown) and Laguna Agate (grey blue gunmetal and pink), the palettes are £29 each and available at Fenwick and Space NK in Newcastle.
THE Spirit of Beauty skincare range is the first facial skincare to be blended with flower remedies. Not only do these remedies naturally heal but they also create a sense of wellbeing. So, however boring cleansing might be, we’ll still be happy doing it. The range has been produced by Clare G Harvey; she’s both a practitioner and an internationally renowned author on the subject. Dancing Orchid for combination/oily skins (pictured) contains wild rose and dancing orchid essences which will, “boost self confidence and positivity,” they say. Worth a try. The facial spritz is £18 and moisturiser is £32 from NutriCentre, Tesco Xtra, Kingston Park, Newcastle.
DOES this look like a snake? Well, it’s supposed to! It’s The Serpent Garden toning soap full of lime apple and holly extracts and is just one of the themed soap bars produced for Alnwick Garden by local business Fresh Deli. They’ve created seven other bars including The Poison Garden for problem skin with tea tree and spearmint and The Rose Garden with soothing rose essential oil and a hint of raspberry for mature skins. The bars are £2.50 and available on site. Fresh Deli shops full of soap, body butters, scrubs, moisturisers, organic balms etc are in Hexham, the New Green Market in Newcastle, Debenhams MetroCentre and online at www.freshsoapdeli.com
FANS of artificial nails must be very patient. It seems to take ages (our tester reports ¾ hr?) to soak away the nail and remove all traces of glue. Here’s something that takes just 10 minutes for £4.99! It’s the new Broadway Artificial Nail Remover just arrived in Boots; it comes in a jar that you simply dip your fingers into and ‘agitate’ and twist them against the internal brushes. For best results its best to trim off the ends first.