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It’s 15 months since she got her prince (officially) and we still can’t get enough of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. She has effortlessly become the High Street Queen and her every purchase sends shoppers into hysterics trying to buy a piece of her style. But while her fashion choices sell out in seconds, what of her beauty secrets? They’re quite closely guarded usually, but here’s one you brunettes might find interesting. Kate’s eyebrows are said to be fairer and thinner than they appear and she has been spotted at the Bobbi Brown counter at Peter Jones, Sloane Square, in London. Rumour has it Kate has learned from the BB artists how to master the fuller brow with No. 61 Saddle dark grey-brown eye shadow (€22) and a slanted brush.
Oh, please! Hard to believe, I know, but 6,000 people are on a waiting list for the world’s first slimming perfume! Before you reach for your credit card, here are the claims about Prends-Moi by French perfume house Robertet... Based on aromatherapeutic and neurocosmetic (new words to me) research and group testing, their studies found that 75 per cent of women trialled didn’t feel like snacking and 73 per cent felt happier after a few sprays of the scent. What magical ingredients are causing this surprising effect? Well, not much you haven’t heard of before! Caffeine, carnitine and spirulina are common in anti-cellulite formulas. The first shrinks fat cells, while the second pair stimulate the enzymes that burn fat. It must smell nice, too, with mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot — but is it worth it? €38 (based on the sterling exchange), not so pricey but still €38 more than a walk in the park!
There is no single cause for this: diet hormones, genetics, stress, health and medication all play a part — as does scalp health. Blocked hair follicles and a build-up of dead skin cells hinder the healthy growth of hair much the same way dead skin cells give you blocked pores. Nioxin — the market leader in the US — has just arrived in Peter Mark salons. This range for thinning hair is as varied as the different types of thinning, but hair type, thickness and level of thinning are all catered for in an easy-to-use at-home programme. SURE LINEN DRY 48-HOUR ROLL-ON €2.37, available nationwide There are few fragrances in antiperspirants that make you feel fresher than the scent of crisp, fresh linen. Sweet, fruity fragrances are best suited to teenage girls — women prefer more mature and less obvious scents in body products. They insist on good performance, though, and this roll-on from Sure offers both. The Ultra Dry formula gives long-lasting dryness and protection all day long. CLARINS FIX MAKE-UP €25.42, counters nationwide Setting sprays designed to render make-up budge-proof are not so common these days — those of old tended to be sticky and uncomfortable on the skin. But this lightweight spray from Clarins is a blend of soothing rose, uplifting grapefruit and mattifying silica, and, boy, does it set make-up! Use after applying your look and whenever it needs to be refreshed. A wonderful make-up extra — great for combating air-con too! BOURJOIS MAGIC NAIL POLISH REMOVER €5.49, stockists nationwide ‘Dip, twist and remove.’ So the instructions go on Bourjois’s clever little pot of polish remover. Forget the effort of locating some cotton pads and a bottle of acetone — simply pop your nails finger by finger into the removersoaked sponge inside the bottle and, voilà, the polish will disappear. This nifty little helper is certainly in the Top 10 for very, very lazy beauty buffs!