Celia Walden comes down in favour of eye creams

Con­fes­sions of beauty-cream thefts past…

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Celia Walden

RO­MAN ABRAMOVICH once gave me a lift home on his pri­vate jet. Boom. Nearly took your toe off with that name­drop, right? I was in the hos­pi­tal­ity suite at a foot­ball match in Manch­ester a few years back when I spot­ted the tee­to­tal Rus­sian oli­garch turn­ing down the of­fer of a glass of cham­pagne. I wished him a happy birth­day in Rus­sian, and when an in­vi­ta­tion was later ex­tended to join him on his Boe­ing Busi­ness Jet, it seemed churl­ish to say no.

He was quiet but charm­ing as the body­guards kept the Cristal flow­ing. But the best part of the whole sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence came when I popped to the on-board loo. Be­side the sink was a bas­ket over­flow­ing with Crème de la Mer prod­ucts. There must have been a cou­ple of grand’s worth in there eas­ily. I spent the re­main­der of the flight ag­o­nis­ing over what the gen­eral steal­ing eti­quette was in these sce­nar­ios. And yes, I know that theft isn’t the cor­rect way to re­pay some­one for a ran­dom act of kind­ness, but was Ro­man re­ally go­ing to miss a tiny tub of La Mer The Eye Con­cen­trate if I stashed one in my bag?

That tiny tub lasted me over a year (and wiped away the signs of 10), but all the time the guilt gnawed away in­side. Still now, when I see pic­tures of the Rus­sian gazil­lion­aire look­ing a lit­tle creased around the eyes, I feel re­spon­si­ble. Ro­man, if you’re read­ing this, I’m now in a po­si­tion to make amends. And yes, you were right to have picked la crème de la crème, but say the word and I’ll pop a whole new se­lec­tion of equally age-bust­ing prod­ucts in the post to you. It’s the least I can do.

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