Viva!: Going girly; The beauty products to get your feminine side noticed.
ETTING admiring glances at a party is a sure-fire way to get you smiling - not from men of course, but from other women when you take out the pretty palette from your handbag.
With 40s and 50s fashion adding some glamour to the high street, what could be a better accessory than some cosmetics in elegant and feminine packaging? We find beauty products for girly girls.
There's plenty around to keep ladies satisfied. Dior's Sparkling compact, pounds 29, is the must-have accessory to get your hands on this Christmas. Eagerly awaited and intensely coveted, the shiny silver metal palette with a logo in sparkling amethyst contains Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss and lipstick, along with a lip brush and mirror.
Hot on its heels are MAC's 6 Eyes Jewel turquoise compact, pounds 25, containing six different shades and a professional brush for application, and Hard Candy's Midnight Snack Kit, pounds 13 from Boots, featuring four mouth-watering lipglosses.
And Lip Lingerie's Panties In A Bunch box of six miniature lip glosses in oh-so-feminine names like Jewelled G-String and Satin Hipster, pounds 26 from www. hqhair. com, will look delicious on your dressing table.
More palettes can be found at Stila and Pupa. Stila's Media Darling palette, pounds 29 (01730 232 566), contains four eyeshadows, a cheek colour, a lip colour and a lipgloss, not to mention three brushes, while Pupa's floral Pinwheel, pounds 14. 95 (01932 254 854), can be opened up to reveal col ourful shades for eyes and lips.
Eye Love It! eye palettes, pounds 8 from Boots, come with six eye shadows and a sponge applicator, and are available in two varieties for day and night, or try Boots' Embrace lipgloss, pounds 5.
Benefit's three-in-one Glamourette, pounds 32. 50, was inspired by a 40s vintage compact and comes with everything you'll need for a night out. It includes a lipstick, a blush, face powder/cheek and lip highlighter and a mirror, all encased in a cute case.
Marks & Spencer's new Cerisorange comes in elegant packaging with lace and ribbon print. You'll adore Lip Tease lipgloss, pounds 5, Soft Spot eyeshadow, pounds 4. 50, and Pillow Talk shimmer powder, pounds 5. 50. Pout's Big Lash mascara, pounds 16 (020 7379 0379 or www. pout. co. uk), is in pretty blue lace-print packaging, and Jelly Pong Pong's Supermodel Stain cheek colour, pounds 16 from www. hqhair. com, comes in a pink container that definitely won't get lost in your bag.
Check out Chantal Thomass' Body Caress cream, pounds 28, and Sensual Body Powder, pounds 30, available from leading department stores. The cream is encased in a beautiful pink and black glass jar, while the powder is in a baby pink round box, fringed with black lace.
Moschino Parfum bath line, consisting of soap, bath foam and body lotion, is more for the conservative. With prices from pounds 15, it's available from department stores or call 01273 408 800 for stockists.
Asda's Pretty In Pink bath set, pounds 6. 98, contains body dust, glitter body wash, glitter bath fizz, moisturising body lotion and nourishing soap bar, and is perfect for flirty girls.
Spoil yourself with Bene Fit. The Kitten collection, from pounds 9, is purr-fect for sexy girls - glisten with Kitten Goes To Paris shimmering powder, pounds 19. 50 - while Bathina Body So Fine rich body balm, pounds 22, comes with a velvet puff so you can moisturise your skin in style.
For that final flourish, dust some shimmery powder onto your body, especially on bare arms, legs and decolletage. Try Marks & Spencer's Divine Glamour Decadent dusting powder, pounds 12; Dessert Beauty's Taste body shimmer scented with vanilla, white chocolate and coconut cream, pounds 27 (call 0800 849 2063); and Urban Decay's luscious Gingersnap body powder, pounds 18 from Boots and Debenhams.
And don't forget your locks. Give them a little treat with Umberto Giannini's Glamour Indulgence Mask Luxury Conditioning Creme and Hair Shimmer Puff Diamond Glitter Dust, both pounds 5. 49 from Boots.
Benefit's Bathina Body So Fine body balm, pounds 22, complete with velvet puff; (Top to bottom) Marks and Spencer's Ceriso range; Lip Lingerie's Panties in a Bunch; Chantal Thomass' Body Caress
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 7, 2004|
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