Beauty dilemmas solved!

12 March 2009

Wowsa! We knew you lot were beauty obsessed but we weren't expecting the deluge of questions to Beauty 118. Well it's a good job we've been bombarded by beauty products this week, then. Here the Grazia beauty team answer your burning beauty questions... And don't forget if you've still got beauty problems post your queries below.

Q. Where do I find the perfect matte peachy-coral nail varnish I am so desperately after?

A. Firstly, we'd like to salute you for clocking the fact that coral is the hottest shade for S/S ‘09... We're getting our new-season nail colour fix with Revlon's Tropical Temptation (£6.16; http://www.revlon.com) varnish that's just the right blend of peachy-pink!

Q. I've got real winter skin syndrome, but there are so many products on the market that I don't know what to buy. Please can you suggest a moisturiser?

A. You and us both! When central heating, changeable weather and god knows what else sends our skin haywire, we give it some much-needed TLC with Doux Me Creme Caroline (£30; http://www.douxme.com/ – the gorgeous Clémence Poésy is a fan!), which contains over 99% natural ingredients and is specially designed for ultra-dry and sensitive skins. Alternatively, the Elemental Herbology range is specially made for the skin's changing needs during different seasons – we love the Wind and Cold Therapy (£16.15; http://www.spacenk.co.uk/) for soothing away our skin stresses!

Q. Please, pretty please, when will they open a Sephora in the UK?
A. Well, it has in fact already been attempted – without much success! We're afraid to say that Sephora shops closed here after an unsuccessful launch but may we recommend you take a look at two of our favourite online beauty sites http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/ and http://www.hqhair.com/ for both high street and niche brands such as the Japanese Yu-Be and the ultra-natural Ila. Happy surfing...

Q. I am thinking of a career change to make-up artistry. Can you recommend a good course?

A. We suggest you go to the University of the Arts London's website, http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/, to check out the wide range of make-up courses at London College of Fashion and Central St Martins. (Both have some very famous graduates in the world of fashion and beauty!) The courses include everything from a Diploma in Hair and Make-up Styling to a Foundation Degree in Fashion Make-Up. Good luck!

Q. Where can you buy La Therapie in Scotland? I'm at a loss. I have to buy it online from Paris, but with the falling pound it's becoming more expensive.

A. There are no outlets for the brand in Scotland, but you can order via mail-order on (0)1278 727828 or online at http://www.timetospa.co.uk/.

Q. My hair is not that dry and I would like to straighten it, but I'm worried that it might get damaged. Any advice on what products to use?

A. The fact that your hair is not dry is great, but that doesn't mean you don't have to protect it from the ravages of heated styling products. For a great high-street buy, we suggest John Frieda's Blow Dry Lotion (£5.49; http://www.boots.com/), which will add texture and volume to your hair and provide a shield of protection as you are drying.

Q. I've over-bleached my hair and it now feels very dry, thin and a really weird slimy texture when wet. Any suggestions?

A. If your hair is over-bleached, you first need to send it on a detox! We suggest Frederick Fekkai Apple Cider Purifying Shampoo (£14.68; http://www.spacenk.co.uk/) to remove any 'residues' on your hair that will make it look processed and drab. Then you need to super-charge the moisture – opt for a mask such as Kerastase Nutritive Treat (£25; http://www.kerastase.com/) that's specially created for dry, sensitised hair.

Q. I am 18 and have really bad acne scars on my face. I have a Chanel foundation but it does not really cover up the huge scars – can you suggest something else?

A. Invest in Armani's Master Corrector (£22.50; http://www.giorgioarmanibeauty.co.uk/) in the slime-like green shade. We know it looks scary, but the green colour counteracts the redness of blemshes and scarring to give you a more flawless-looking complexion.

Q. I need a new face serum. Which are the best ones? And do I apply it in the morning and the evening?

A. We're in love with the new Keraskin Immuniste rejuvenating elixir (£95; http://www.keraskin-esthetics.com/) right now. It's packed full of antioxidants to fight damage from pollution and harmful UV rays, plus inject some serious moisture into your complexion to ward of dryness. Apply a few drops morning and night to clean skin before using your regular day or night cream.

STILL got beauty questions? Just post them below and we'll answer them same time next week.


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