Tried and tested

Cupid’s Love soap, LUSH,€5.50
With it’s adorable heart-shape, this soap begs to be picked up and used. 

But don’t expect a big-hearted lather. Made with figs, passion fruit and youghurt, it delivers a gentle wash and leaves hands feeling silky smooth.

The spicy-sweet scent — all bergamot and rosewood— is subtle yet lingers long after your washed your mitts. With a hint of Eastern promise, it’s just what’s needed to put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.


Chances are you’ve already tried Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – the algae-infused moisturiser is a top seller. To celebrate Elemis’ 25th anniversary, the hero cream has had a luxe makeover.

The special Silver Edition, comes with a pretty compact mirror, and proceeds will fund gynaecological cancer research.

The ideal gift for a Marine Cream convert, perhaps? Or you could start dropping hints for Valentine’s Day... (available from February)


Looking 10 years younger is often touted as the ideal to aim, but new research refutes the idea that women really want to turn back the clock.

In an experiment by the makers of Juvederm facial fillers, when women in their 50s were shown a range of photos of their face retouched to different degrees and asked to pick their favourite, all chose the image that kept most of their lines.

Encouragingly, when members of the public were shown the same images, nearly two thirds agreed the women looked better with their wrinkles intact.


Did you know that Christina Hendricks, aka Joan in Mad Men, isn’t a natural red head? Not only that, she dyes her hair herself, which is why she’s been cast as Brand Ambassador for Nice’n Easy hair colour.

“People never believe that I do my hair colour myself at home,” says the naturally dark blonde actress. “I always reply and say, ’I honestly do!”’


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