Monday, 31 July 2017

Spotlight on Estée Lauder Double Wear Highlighting Cushion Stick, £28

This clever stick is a great combo of liquid highlighter and applicator which lets you effortlessly illuminate your skin giving you a glowing complexion. 

It comes in Rose Glow, which is ideal for those with cool undertones, Peach Glow suits those with warm undertones, and for those who are neutral, there is Champagne Glow.

There is also a Double Wear Radiant Bronze Cushion Stick (£28) perfect for those of you who like a sun-kissed look. Nobody would guess you were wearing make-up. There are two shades to choose from: Light Medium and Medium Deep.

These oil-free formulas are long-lasting, which is perfect for summer.

What is also clever about these sticks is that there is a display which shows you how much make-up is remaining. As you use it up, the stick gradually becomes smaller. When the window vanishes it is time to buy a new one.

By Daralyn Danns

Friday, 28 July 2017

More superb long-haul destinations

Here are some more top long-haul destinations from Trailfinders, an expert in tailor-made travel, to whet your appetite.  

Beverly Wilshire 

With 50 states to visit as well Washington DC (the US capital is a federal district) every trip to the USA is a thrilling adventure. Whether you are lured by the bright lights of the cities, the diverse music scene or prefer to spend time on the beach or in the mountains or desert, the US offers something for everybody.

Stand-out hotel
For Janine Baillie, Manager of Trailfinders Glasgow, the hotel with the wow factor was the Beverly Wilshire (Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills - A Four Seasons Hotel).

“Feel like a celebrity at this fabulous property!” she says. “Classically designed, large rooms – the Signature Balcony is definitely worth the upgrade.

“We loved that the hotel plays on its Pretty Woman fame and still has the original lifts and lobby from the film.”

Oberoi Mauritius

Mauritius, Africa
If you like spending your days on white sandy beaches surrounded by volcanic mountains, then this tropical paradise packed with luxurious hotels is for you. If you can tear yourself away from your sun lounger there are Indian temples and botanical gardens to explore.  Watersports, golf, horse riding and nature walks are among the activities on offer. There are also great spas.

Stand-out hotels
For Melloney Styles, Trailfinders, product department, it was Lakaz Chamarel (Lakaz Chamarel).

“Such a fantastic place to stay! We had two nights/ two full days here in a Garden Pool Suite but perhaps three nights would have been better. I would recommend staying in a garden pool suite, it’s a very small price difference for a big upgrade.”

She goes on to say that this is perfect twin centre with any other beach resort as it gives a different view of the island. “Very jungle-like with beautiful lush vegetation. They consider themselves to be a retreat but we still found plenty to do. Take the complimentary mountain bikes out to see the seven-coloured earths.”  She also points out that there is a spa and free yoga in the mornings. She also rated the food.

For Rachel Humphreys, Trailfinders London West End, it was the Oberoi Mauritius (The Oberoi Mauritius).

“I absolutely loved the Oberoi. “It is a stunning property with incredibly decorative manicured gardens, waterfall feature and ponds often with a couple of ducks swimming around!

“I found the service here to be very attentive and friendly without being too 'in your face'.”

She points out that there are three restaurants. “The fine dining restaurant serves Michelin-standard food, the more casual “Rocks” is good for barbecued meats and fresh seafood while the amazing Gunpowder room, with only three tables and lit by 30 - 40 candles is truly a special experience,” she says. (Pre-booking before leaving home is an absolute must.) 

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

This once small fishing settlement on the Gulf is now awash with skyscrapers piercing through the clouds and elegant hotels, all constructed with style and panache. Dubai seems to have taken the best designs from the rest of the world and made them better. This place is not just about glitz and glamour, dig underneath the surface of this sprawling desert city and you will discover it has a heart and soul.

Stand-out hotel
For Tina Hamblin, Trailfinders Concierge Team it was the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (Burj Al Arab).

“This iconic hotel certainly delivers the wow factor in terms of size and extravagance,” she says. It has been voted the world's most luxurious hotel and even offers personal butlers to cater for your every whim. Tina says that the duplex suits are huge and have commanding views over the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Skyline.  The hotel, which oozes Arabian opulence, also boasts nine signature restaurants and bars. If that is not enough you can dine at the Madinat and Jumeirah Beach which are a 20-minute buggy ride away, giving you another 40 or more options.

For Melissa Ager, Trailfinders Kensington it was Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa (Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa).

“Stay here as a two-centre stay with Dubai, or as something different for a second time stopover,” she advises. “Traditional-designed resort with a great layout, restaurants and an amazing rooftop bar.” 

By Daralyn Danns

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The best nude nail polishes

A nude nail polish always looks chic and you do not notice the chips which is especially good when you are travelling.

The right nude should subtly enhance your nails and let them show through so they look bright and fresh. The trick, I find, is to use only one coat plus a base and top coat.

Over the years I have experimented with dozens of shades Essie Nail Lacquer in Mademoiselle (£7.99, Boots) is one of the best. It is sheer and glides on easily and wears well. My only gripe is in the sun it can turn slightly yellow.

Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina (£18), a soft pink which adds a slight hint of colour to the nails, is another one I have tried. 

YSL La Laque Couture in Rose Abstrait (£19.50) is my favourite. It is hard to beat this translucent pale pink which goes on like a dream and gives your nails a gorgeous sheen making them look healthy and oh so elegant. It also is an extremely good quality long-lasting nail lacquer. If you prefer a slighter beiger tone, go for Beige Leger (£19.50).

YSL La Laque Couture in Blanc Arty (£19.50) is a great white. One coat gives the nails a lovely fresh look especially with sun-kissed skin.

By Daralyn Danns