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Beauty Style: Retail Therapy.

Byline: Jess Hybert

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Calling all fashionistas. Big Brother 2's Josh Rafter (right) will be opening a charity fashion event at the Grand Hotel Birmingham on February 10. Hosted by Toni and Guy, the event will showcase the spring and summer collections of some of the hottest names in fashion.

With proceeds going to breast cancer research and a goody bag for every guest, you'll be doing good, while looking good.

Doors open at 6pm and events start at 7pm.

Tickets cost pounds 10, with VIP tickets at pounds 25, and are available from Toni and Guy, Nicholls, Reiss, Missouri and Armand Basi. For ticket bookings call Collette Doyle on 0121 631 3333.

You're only human if you find getting up in the mornings more gruelling than a Channel swimming contest. Shock your body awake with Lush's frozen shower gels.

Packaged like cellophane wrapped ice cubes, just stick them in the freezer and cut off a couple every morning.

The highly scented gel then melts in the hot water invigorating the body, while cleansing you from top to toe. In six different varieties, there's one for everyday of the week. Well . . . who gets up on Sunday morning?

Prices start from pounds 2.85.

Christian Dior, never the beauty wall flower has done away with the natural look this season, embracing instead artificiality in all its garish glory. Purply pinks, shimmery pearls and even a vibrant yellow eyeliner demonstrate Dior's dedication to femininity with an edge.

As far from barely there as you can get, even the more classic tones like a dusty rose lipstick is deep and rich in tone. Retiring types need not apply.

Prices start from pounds 13.

If you can't be doing with fastidious house cleaning, but want to impress some impending guests, you can spruce up your living space with no effort with a little help from Jo Malone.

The Living Cologne's are so beautifully prepared that you can even wear them on your skin, and once you've smelled them, you'll want to.

Where white hyacinth is pure femininity, prepared with jasmine, rose and hyacinth, grapefruit and rosemary is deeply male with aromatic sage and rosemary.

Living Cologne also comes in sandalwood and cedarwood, orange and cinnamon, spring jasmine and amber and sweet orange. They cost pounds 42 for 200ml. Call 020 77200202 for mailorder details.

No matter how well you have defied the ageing process, keeping lines and wrinkles at bay on your face, the likelihood is your hands or neck will give away your true age.

Beauty firms have been paying more attention to these neglected zones recently and YSL are at the forefront of technology.

Haute Fermete promises an instantly younger looking neck, tightening and resculpting the skin. Contained within the bottle are two different polymers, a translucent gel to create a uniform, supple surface and a pink cream to restore the elasticity of the skin. The two merge together on the neck to give rapid anti-ageing results. Bye bye roll-necks, hello plunging cleavage.

A 50ml bottle cost pounds 39.50 and is available from Rackhams.

Is your hair as frazzled as you are? What you really need is a long soak in the bath, with your hair smothered in intensive conditioner to put you back in control of your life and your locks.

But the truth is, there's rarely time for such sensible emergency treatment.

You can solve at least one crisis with Wella's Lifetex. Designed to be spritzed on after a shower and then left in, you can re-energise your tresses without having to wait, and with nettle, horsetail, sage and birch, Lifetex adds moisture, shine and lustre.

Lifetex is available at Boots and costs pounds 4.65 for 150ml.
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Date:Jan 30, 2002
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