“Just a dab of concealer!” We can’t bear it when celebrities claim that their ‘look’ is achieved with one wondrous wand. A single cover-up cannot conceal all manner of ills, as anyone who’s tried YSL Touche Éclat on a zit can testify. And while the Benefit counter is not somewhere we’d normally head for sensible make-up – our Dallas Bronze days are behind us, sadly – Perk Up Artist is our top tip for the week. Three Custom Complexion Correctors really do do-it-all, make-up wise, covering redness, pimples, big pores on noses and tired, piggy eyes. Each shade has a smooth consistency that doesn’t congeal as the day goes on, or ‘sit’ on the skin. It’s our desk drawer must-have. Though we would have called it Perk Me Up, which chimes with the spirit rousing benefits of this little palette.
A few weeks ago I had three moles cut off and, as they were all just below my collarbone, I was worried about being left with very noticeable scars. That was before I got my hands on HealGel. Formulated by 5 leading plastic surgeons (one of whom was Martin Kelly, late husband to Natascha McElhone), this translucent gel feels cool and calming on the skin. I’ve put it on two to three times a day now and can honestly say that the redness has almost completely disappeared. I’m not the only person to have discovered it’s beneficial effects either, everyone from Mariella Frostrup to Nigella Lawson has been singing it’s praises and not only for scars but also for stretchmarks, cuts, bruises, spots and more. So where can you get this wonderful ointment? Well, it’s so popular that it is currently out stock on their main website but you can get it over the counter at Liberty or on their online store. Stock up now!
OK, so we aren’t giving away one of his ultra-expensive spot paintings but we do have a really fun set of fridge magnets, reproduced exclusively from one of the paintings at the newly-opened Tate show. If you haven’t seen much of Hirst’s work in the flesh (!) then this exhibition is a good chance to see all his greatest hits in one place. From the diamond-encrusted skull which is shown in a blacked-out velvet cube in the Turbine Hall to all the spots, butterflies, medicine cabinets and embalmed animals you can wish for. (Although be warned, as you have to check in your bag before you see the skull, we recommend you go at the start of your visit to avoid the queues).
So for a little memento of the show (even if you don’t make it there) and your chance to win some Damien Hirst fridge art, fill out the form below by 5pm on Friday 20th April, after which time we will pick one lucky winner at random.