Beauty launch: MAC Give Me Liberty of London

With so many makeup collections floating around nowadays, its a rare one that gets me excited enough to want to run out of the house that very minute….but I simply cant wait to get my hands on MAC’s new Give Me Liberty of London goodies. For the uninitiated, Liberty is a charming Brit store, housed in a gorgeous Tudor building on London’s Regent Street, and is best known for its exquisite prints.

The two iconic brands have collaborated on a full makeup collection – complete with romantic sounding names like Petals & Peacocks, Prim & Proper, Dame’s Desire and Blue India. And the packaging is just as delectable as the products themselves – I see myself being hard pressed to throw out the empty tubes and cases. Blooming lovely, as one would say!

Beauty launch: Lola by Marc Jacob

I am in love – completely and irrevocably – with Lola, Marc Jacobs’ sexy new fragrance. And while the contents might be exquisite – a warm floral bouquet replete with pink peppercorn, pear, red grapefruit, rose, peony, geranium, vanilla, tonka beans and musk – in this case, for me at least, its whats on the outside that counts 🙂

I mean, just take a look at the bottle… inspired by the designer’s fashion silhouettes, it’s an enchantment of faceted glass, vivid colours and gold coil. This one deserves its own spotlight on the dressing table!

Had a lousy night? Or partied it away? Now, apologise to your skin

Your skin is paying the price for that all night party/work binge? Bring it back to life with a vigorous scrub that will whisk away dead cells and increase blood flow, banishing sluggishness and instantly brightening your complexion.

Then kick the recovery plan into high gear with a stimulating face mask – anything that contains peppermint, tea tree or citrus extracts will perk up your complexion instantly (personally, I can’t live without Lush’s Crash Course in Skin Care).

Follow with a facial spritzer (Both Evian and Vichy do great ones) to make you feel refreshed and invigorated. Also, keep drinking loads of water to plump up the skin and keep it well hydrated – the easiest way to bust puffiness and fine lines.

And when all else fails, cheat! Choose from among the slew of flash balms, which tighten the skin and add a layer of light reflecting moisture to create a rosy glow (try Clarins Beauty Flash Balm or MAC Strobe Cream).

Le Parfum No. 1 by John Galliano

Only John Galliano could have thought of distilling the favourite aroma of couturiers and fashionistas into a fragrance: The smell of a steaming hot iron pressing into the finest fabrics at a designer’s studio. Simply entitled Le Parfum No. 1 by John Galliano, the stunning bottle holds a theatrical, violety bouquet that holds amber in patchouli in the base notes. The perfume is crafted like one of Galliano’s dresses – in several layers. Some are see-through, lacey and fragile, others dark and heavy. In the end they combine to create an elixir that’s perfect for women who rebel by playing with several styles, creating their own signature by combining classic chic with fashion rebellion.