Retail therapy

FREDERIC Fekkai believes “your hair is your most powerful fashion accessory,” so he’s created Coiff, a wardrobe of styling products that are so fine and light, they can be used with each other.

FREDERIC Fekkai believes “your hair is your most powerful fashion accessory,” so he’s created Coiff, a wardrobe of styling products that are so fine and light, they can be used with each other. A luxurious mane like this still needs product to look perfect. Firstly, Perfecteur Anti-Frizz Silkening Crème, £18, is applied to damp hair; Cacique Tousled Wave Spray, £16, with polymers, form and revive loose curls; and finally, Magnifique Ultra Light Finishing Crème, £16, is raked through the hair to the ends to add definition. Coiff is available at Space NK, Grainger St, Newcastle, (0191) 260-3251.

NOW it’s colder we don’t realise moving between heated buildings and the great outdoors throws the skins moisture levels and natural repair processes off balance. If they’re confused they stop which means more lines and wrinkles. Clinique’s new Repairwear Lift SPF 15 Firming Day Cream, £33 for 30ml, contains its Moisture Balancing Complex to help skin stay evenly moisturised and in full-on repair mode throughout the day. As the name suggests, there’s also a visible firming and lifting ingredient to give a smoother, firmer appearance. Available at Boots, Fenwick, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

PUFFY eyes can change your whole appearance but not for the better. The quickest solution comes from face pack makers Montagne Jeunesse who’ve devised these half moon shape Cool Eyes Anti-Puffiness Patches infused with pumpkin, plant collagen and liquorice for 99p. They’re best used straight from the fridge and help calm swelling and irritation by improving circulation. Available at Boots, Asda and online at www.montagnejeunesse.com (free delivery).

WE’VE heard about Calmia with its stylish chill out areas in London department stores promoting well being holistic rituals and skin care… so we’re pleased the best products have made their way to Fenwick. Creator Lucy Wakefield wants us all to make small simple changes to our daily routines to help balance and restore mind, body and soul. This range of candles to burn while we’re relaxing or working has both healing properties and aroma therapeutic benefits. We like the uplifting Enlightenment candle which they describe as smelling “full of light and hope”. Large candles £29; small travel candles £12.50, (0191) 232-5100.

NOW’S the time to experiment and perfect some party looks; a bit of “testing” more adventurous products now will give you time to get used to stronger colours and how to apply them. Rich red lips are a must and the new Lipfinity Lipstick by Max Factor in this Hot shade, £9.99, creates the perfect pout. Max Factor recommends adding a touch of Silk Gloss in almost transparent Crystal Dew shade, £6.99, to the centre of the lips. Max Factor is available at branches of Boots.

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