Boudoir beauty

Look every inch the 50s Hollywood starlet with these luxuriously packaged products that you'll want to show off on your dressing table.

Look every inch the 50s Hollywood starlet with these luxuriously packaged products that you'll want to show off on your dressing table. Shereen Low reports.

The 1940s and 1950s currently have a starring role in fashion, with silhouette and elegance adding glamour to the high street.

As you rediscover your feminine side with stiletto heels and pencil skirts, why not complete the Hollywood starlet transformation with some luxuriously packaged products that you can't wait to show off?

From sexy shimmer powders to luxe and lush creams, whoever said packaging doesn't matter is about to be proved wrong.

In your boudoir

Your dressing table is where you can show off your collection and get your friends oohing and ahhing.

And that's the sure-fire reaction when they see the E Coudray skincare range. One of the first six perfumers in the world, the exclusive brand began in 1822 in France.

The newest fragrance, Ambre Et Vanille (Amber and Vanilla), smells delicious. Prices for Perfumed Body Cream or Perfumed Body Oil start at £19.50. Available by mail order through Les Senteurs, tel: (0207) 730-2322.

We're all embracing vintage fashion, which has led to a resurgence in vintage floral fragrances such as Je Reviens Couture, £39.

Prada's perfumed body cream, £36.99 from The Perfume Shop, is a luxurious rich cream and the lovely silver lid will look fabulous on any dressing table.

Add a touch of glimmer and look ladylike while you do so. Lulu Guinness's Luxurious Dusting Powder, £36 from Hqhair (www.hqhair.com), and Taste Powdered Sugar Deliciously Kissable Body Shimmer, £27 from Hqhair and Pout - (0207) 379-0379, www.pout.co.uk - are indulgent buys, while Pout's Shimmer Dust, £14, and Beauty Babes Dusting Powders in Yummy Strawberry Shortcake, Wicked White Chocolate And Mint, and Scrummy Raspberry Pavlova, £7.99 for three, from Superdrug, are bargain finds.

In the bathroom

Transform your bathroom into a modern-day Cinderella story with these gorgeous choices.

Show off with Crabtree & Evelyn's Evelyn Rose soaps, £10 (www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk), or Lulu Guinness's set of three bath soaps, £30 at Hqhair, which look almost too pretty to use.

Or why not give yourself a treat with Lakeland Limited's Rose bath truffles, £12.95, from its branch in Eldon Garden, Newcastle, or go to www.lakelandlimited.co.uk, and Rose & Co Rosewater bath and shower creme, £8 from John Lewis?

The red-and-gold bottle of Champney's Oriental Bubble Float, £10 at Sainsbury's, would look great in any bathroom and the exotic blend of ginseng, ylang ylang, sandalwood and patchouli will bring an air of tranquillity.

Space NK's Compelling bath and body collection, from £12.50 (0208 740-2085, www.spacenk.com), in striking red-and-black packaging, contains delicate aromas of lychee, bergamot and green geranium. The range has 10 products, including bath oil, bath tablets and body balm.

And Marks & Spencer's Just Desserts Tarte Au Citron hand cream, £4, Creme Brulee Rich body butter, £5, and Vanilla And White Chocolate Rich Pearl bath, £7, will satisfy sweet tooths.

In your make-up bag

Your make-up case says a lot about you, so don't be let down by any half-used palettes and gloopy lipsticks.

Look every inch the Hollywood star by investing in a chic, streamlined palette such as Too Faced's Hollywood Glamour In A Box, £21 at Boots, or Benefit's three-in-one Glamourette, £32.50.

Hollywood Glamour In A Box contains everything you'll need for perfecting your complexion - four eyeshadows, four lip glosses, blusher, bronzer duo and shimmer powder while Glamourette was inspired by a 40s vintage compact and comes with lipstick, blush, face powder/cheek, lip highlighter, and mirror.

But if you prefer carrying just a few essentials around, make sure they look the part.

Paul & Joe Sparkles don't just look as if they belong to yesteryear, they also do the job. The nostalgic antique-look packaging conceals moisturising lipstick (choose from Antique Lace, Roasted Chestnut or Pink Pearl) and face colour powder - pale pink Ballet Shoes, Golden Olive or light lilac Antique Jewellery. Each costs £13 from www.musthave.co.uk

Glamour pusses will simply love Dior Glam limited edition face and highlighting powder, £32 at department stores, Versace Glam Touch blusher, £25 - (01273) 408800 - Pout's Big Lash mascara, £16, and T LeClerc loose powder in Banane Doree, £28. Call (0207) 629-9161 for mail order.

And you're sure to get admiring glances whenever you take out Michael Kors limited edition Swarovski eau de parfum spray, £40 at department stores, or snap open Clinique's Aromatics Elixir limited edition solid perfume compact, £35.

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