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Retail therapy.

Lucky people in Jesmond, Newcastle, will have a jewel in their midst with a new beauty salon opening this Friday.

Tucked at the back, but equal in size to the spacious new Saks hair salon in St George's Terrace, is Saks Beauty, run by Nicola Mark, 29.

All sorts of beauty therapy and reflexology treatments are on offer as well as nails, self-tanning, teeth whitening, waxing and hair reduction techniques. Fans of Nicola will know her from the Gosforth High Street branch, but she's also a bit of a legend in Hartlepool, where she had a Saks salon for nine years.

She's a great believer in treating `from the inside' and finding the root cause of skin and beauty problems. Nicola is particularly pleased with being able to offer the new anti-ageing Activ range of products from Denmark. To coincide with the opening, she's offering a free skin scan on Friday to define the skin type alongside Dr Fleming, the man behind the range.

Call (0191) 281-9042 to make an appointment.

IS this art? Is it jewellery? It's the new Lumieres D'Artifices make-up from Chanel.

Each product is a swirl of base and metallics and iridescent colours to cover overall and then dip into, thus creating a unique piece of eyelid or lip art every time you use it.

The glittering nail lacquer has extra fluidity and is designed to be used over existing colour. It's in Grenat and Diamond shades with shimmering particles. Eyeshadow and lip-gloss is pounds 22.50, nail lacquer pounds 12. Available at House of Fraser and Debenhams, both Gateshead MetroCentre, and Fenwick and John Lewis in Newcastle.

THEO Fennell is serious about beautiful jewellery, but as a fun side he creates handcrafted sterling silver jar tops for condiments which sell in their droves to his friends on the celebrity pages.

The jewellers latest "fun" project are these sterling silver tops for a limited edition of EstAe Lauder's CrAme de la Mer moisturising cream and eye balm set. It's pounds 300 and only available from John Lewis in Newcastle, and has just arrived in time for Christmas. For goodness sake, don't throw them away when they're empty.

OUR skin sometimes loses its sparkle but sometimes exfoliation is all that's needed.

The new Aapri range of washes and wipes, scrub creams, gels and moisturisers with natural ground apricot kernels, oil and extract really make you feel as if every scrap of dirt and make-up has been thoroughly removed.

The exfoliating cleansing wipes are particularly good. They're dual textured, the rougher side cleanses and exfoliates while the gentler side cleanses again and is soft enough for the eye area. Available from Superdrug and good independent chemists, they cost pounds 3.99 for 25 wipes.

THE dangers of reading medical books is that the imagination takes over.

But 1001 Little Health Miracles (Carlton, pounds 7.99) is handy to dip into for lots of simple solutions to everyday health problems.

Author Esme Floyd has a modern take on some old wives' tales and reminds us of some common sense cures as well as some new ones, like sniffing green apples to reduce the severity of migraines or steaming your face and sticking out your tongue to alleviate cold symptoms.

This opens the throat to allow more steam in and prevents membranes drying out. So now you know.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 22, 2004
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