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Chocolate treats that a resimply beautiful; Emma Johnson gets a calorie free Easter fix that delights the senses without any guilt.

Byline: Emma Johnson

EASTER is almost upon us along with the temptation to gorge on chocolate eggs. But knowing that a minute on the lips means a lifetime on the hips,most of us will be doing our best to deny ourselves any chocolate come Sunday.

That needn't be the case though. There are dozens of ways to get your chocolate hit without gaining a single pound.

So chocoholics, take a Look! at this lot...

Co-cO2 ChocolateFacial Treatment (pounds 45) Swiss skin care experts Karin Herzog (Kylie's favourite facialists) have developed a limited edition Easter facial to indulge all your senses. It allows you to have all the benefits of real Swiss chocolate with none of the calories.

The 1 1 / 2 hour long treatment begins with a back massage followed by a deep cleanse and skin preparation.

A mild scrub containing white marble and infused with cocoa beans is followed by a pressure point massage with an oil containing chocolate extract.

After the massage, vitamins A and E are applied,followed by the Karin Herzog trademark oxygen mask, to detox and plump up the skin.

Then it's showtime. Chocolate cream,blended with the purest Swiss cocoapowder,is applied delivering essential fatty acids,potassium,lipids and vitamins to nourish and hydrate your skin.

And just as you think you are about to drift away from it all on clouds of cocoa. A final layer of delicious smelling, warm,freshly melted chocolate is brushed on to your skin.

This creates a thermal mask allowing all the ingredients to really get to work.

Meanwhile your arms and hands are treated to a cleansing and exfoliation with an oxygen mask application.

Afterwards, your skin is left revitalized and as a final touch you receive a mug of hot chocolate and a chocolate treat to help stimulate the release of the feel- good hormone serotonin.

Available exclusively in Liverpool from Infinity Beauty Salon,Drury Lane (0151-236 8545)Boots Fresh Choca-bloc Lip Balm (pounds 2.50) You'll want to lick this stuff off straight away. Just slather it on your lips for a perfectly soft pout and an instant calorie free cocoa hit.

Marks & Spencer Hazelnut Chocolate Exfoliator (pounds 6) Chocolate that helps shift cellulite? That has got to be a gift from the Gods. This whipped exfoliator from M&S's Chocolate du Bain range is devilishly delicious and will transform any bath time into a decadent treat. Packed with vitamins and minerals,antioxidants and caffeine makes it a deeply sensual exfoliating experience.

Philosophy Chocolate Chip Cookies (pounds 13) Swathe yourself in the next best thing to real melted chocolate,Philosophy's Chocolate Chip Cookies 3-in-1 ultra rich shampoo,conditioner and body wash. This caramel-coloured goo smells absolutely divine and if you feel peckish there's a recipe on the bottle.

TIGI Chocolate Head (pounds 11.05) With TIGI's ChocolateHead Massive Hair Repair Treatment you can bask in chocolate before breakfast without feeling the teensiest bit guilty. Ideal for dry, damaged or chemically treated hair apply it after shampooing and leave for 10 minutes.Avocado, soya bean and wheat germ oils condition your hair. Once you've had your chocciefix simply apply conditioner and rinse for stronger, smoother, revitalised hair.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Choclate Chip (pounds 12) You'llbe tempted to raid the biscuit tin just applying this perfect powder eyeshadow. The shade is a creamy milk chocolate and it promises intense high density colour for hours.

Lush's Skinny Dip Shower Gel (pounds 5.25)and After 8.30 MassageBar (pounds 2.95) If milk chocolate is not your thing then this gorgeous shower gel from fresh handmade cosmetics experts Lush is for you. Made from real Belgian chocolate,containing cocoa butter chips,creamed coconuts and essential oils it will leave your skin feeling nourished,moisturised and sweetly scented.

Alternatively give yourself an evening treat with their After 8.30 massage bar which is a favourite with the Atomic Kitten girls. It looks just like a slab of chocolate and smells just like its name-sake.


CHOCOLATE MASK: Emma Johnson tries out the new Co-cO2 treatment; Boots Fresh Choc-a-bloc Lip Balm; Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Choclate Chip; M&S Hazelnut Chocolate Exfoliator
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2004
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