Today has been a really full-on day with four beauty launches. First up I went to a Superdrug launch at the Agua Spa at The Sanderson – in fact, now I think about it, I didn’t, I mistakenly went to the Pucci one in the same hotel so had to back out pronto and tell them I was coming back in half an hour! The Agua Spa is a strange place…filled with whispy white curtains and taking centre stage is a bubbling silver water cauldron. Superdrug are launching a sister product to their Optimum Apple Stem Cell serum – a Skin Renewal Day Cream. What they say is that it contains the same apple stem cell wonder ingredient that way more expensive brands use (along with friend-to-the-crumpled, hyaluronic acid), only Superdrug sell theirs for £9.99 (that’s an introductory price when it launches in March and will thereafter cost £12.99). I had a little test with some on my hand and it feels beautifully silky – really gorgeous – and if you’d told me it was a much more expensive cream I’d have easily believed it. Independent clinical trials suggest that after 4 weeks of use, you’ll see a significant decrease in wrinkles.
|Pucci Vivara Variazioni Verdi 072|
More fragrance at One Marylebone with a whole host of summer scents to sample. The venue looked sublime – trellises with roses and garden tables adorned with cakes and vases of flowers.
|There are ALWAYS cakes!|
|The venue with rose arches|
|Mahoosive flower arrangement!|
|Van Cleef & Arpels’ new fragrance|
|Oscar de la Renta is back.|
There, I smelled the delicious new Van Cleef & Arpels Un Air de First. I love First – my mum used to wear it as a ‘special occasion’ fragrance so I associate it with her looking all glam and ready to go out. This version is lighter with top notes of Galbanum essence, heart of Jasmine and Bulgarian rose essence with a base of Vetiver and Cosmone (no idea what that is, actually!). That launches in May, alongside Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar which I also loved, and A Scent By Issy Miyake summer version Neroli Sunshine, again a beautiful mix of Neroli and Tiare with notes of Jasmine and Hyacinth.
|The bakery bottled|
I’ll quickly whizz through the Boots launch before this turns into the longest post of all time. I saw lovely Lisa Eldridge and her gorgeous make up for summer – the quad looks rather different at the moment – when it launches in store there will be a palm tree embossing across the colours which will liven it up nicely, and I tried a nail varnish that I hated on sight, but loved on the nail! It’s called Golden Palms. There’s also a full on red gloss that’s caught my eye.
|No 7 Golden Palms Nail Polish; a copper sparkle|
|No 7 Sunset Metallic Eye Palette|