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This is the moment in the beauty calendar when many, many women’s skins change – taking a turn for the worst and going from nice and dewy (in summer) to tight as a drum, due to that double-whammy of central heating and biting north winds.

The rule is:  more moisture, more often.  More is more!  But this is one of the pleasantest ways to quench your skin’s thirst that we know of.

It’s super-soft, as the name suggests.  And super-raspberry-y (is that an adjective…?  Well it is now!)  And that’s raspberry-y in a smells-like-a-lovely-just-picked-bowl-of-raspberries way than a synthetic fruit way.  (Makes us quite nostalgic for summer, actually.)

Leave on for 10 minutes (it won’t do any harm to lie back and enjoy it for longer than that), and remove with a flannel, we recommend.  Skin’s pleasantly plumped, thanks to a combination of plant extracts that include raspberry, pear, fig, passion fruit, hyaluronic acid and honey.

Fine for all skintypes.  But as winter approaches, just brrrrrr-illiant for dry complexions like ours.

UK readers find Dr. Renaud Raspberry Soft Mask at£19.50 for 50 ml – buy here

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Oh, Darcey, Darcey, Darcey Bussell:  how do we love thee…?  Let us count the ways.

First of all, for your elegance.  And bravery:  not for all the tea in Stratford would we have careered down a wire into the Olympics closing ceremony.  Thirdly, we love you for having enough of a sense of humour to become a judge on Strictly this autumn.  (Forget about counting the ways:  we’re counting the days.)

So with Darcey’s star once again in the ascendant, The Sanctuary certainly lucked out with the timing of their announcement that she was the new face of their anti-ageing skincare.  That was a few months ago, and we’ve now had time to try the products – declaring this two-step mask our firm  favourite.

It’s fun-to-use, too:  slather on the Peptide Transformation Serum, then a layer of the Thermal Rose Clay Mask.  We adore how this heats up on the skin, encouraging penetration of the skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.  Used regularly, it’s said to reverse crêpiness – but what we’d also say is that it’s great whenever skin’s looking drab or dehydrated, in need of an urgent boost.

In fact, this duo will be doing a pas de deux on our bathroom shelves for some time to come.

UK readers find The Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation at£27.50 for 75 ml (mask) and 50 ml (serum) – buy here


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Just the other day we were discussing why women love, love, love face masks so much, and concluded:  generally, when we apply a face mask it’s almost the only time many of us get to sit back, soak beneath scented waters and do nada for – oooh, up to 20 minutes…  And the bonus is that many, many masks deliver rapid results to even the blah-iest complexion.

Sometimes, though, we just want a seriously fast fix.  So:  who couldn’t find five mins in the day, for Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask?  It’s from the range created by beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis (tapping into her years of experience in the beauty biz).  Ostensibly it’s for younger (and even problem) skins, so we were a l-i-t-t-l-e bit nervous about what it might do to the superannuated complexions of Beauty Bible‘s more ‘mature’ team members – but despite being packed with green clay and kaolin (as well as skin-brightening, antioxidant-rich goji berry) it doesn’t set hard, really does perk up skin in the promised five minutes – and is even a little bit moisturising, we found.  (That’ll be the avocado.)

The mask has a pleasantly light, fruity fragrance:  we run a mile from over-fruitiness but there is, bizarrely, almost a ‘whiff-of-Guerlain’ about this!  (We’re thinking:  peaches, Mitsouko…)  Definitely more sophisticated than your average fruit-based mask, anyway.

Good Things is packed with naturals and ‘free from’ most nasties, and is an ideal ‘starter range’ for younger skins.  Unusually, though, this is one product that mothers may find themselves nicking from daughters, rather than the other way round.

UK:  click here to find Good Things Five-Minute Facial Mask/£5.99 for 100 ml at


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