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The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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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.

SLIM­MING SCENTS?

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!

THIN­NING HAIR

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!

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