Having grown up watching Dallas and Dynasty, I have long been an admirer of Joan Collins. A fellow Gemini, she embodies glitz, glamour and chutzpah by the bucketload.
I recently discovered Joan’s range of beauty products which are just as glamorous as she is. And, as you might expect, Miss Collins has some great tips for staying fabulous at Christmas.
*The sun may be disappearing but protect your skin all year around by using a foundation with an added SPF.
*Always remember to eat a balanced diet. Avocados are great for inside and out!
*Make your lipstick last longer whilst sipping cocktails by blotting your lips after application.
*Instantly take yourself from desk to dance-floor and feel glamorous, confident and sexy by wearing a bright and bold lipstick.
*Always remove your makeup every night with a deep cleanse and finish with a good overnight moisturiser.
*A good base is the secret to amazing makeup and will disguise ageing.
*Blending makeup with good quality brushes is vital if you want your makeup to look its best for the camera.
*For a sultry, smokey eye look for the office party, double up your eyebrow pencil by using it as an eyeliner and smudging it across the lids.
*Clutch bags are limited for space so use a lipstick as a blusher and blend it out onto the apples of the cheeks.
*Tired looking eyes? Soak some cotton pads in a bowl of ice and place on your eyes to refreshen and reduce puffiness,
The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range consists of three different categories: Skin Care, Cosmetics and Fragrance. The products are presented in a striking, luxurious packaging inspired by Hollywood glamour and Joan’s love of Art Deco. The formulations are based on “cutting-edge, effective, multi-active ingredients” and the range is aimed at women from 40 to 70 and above.
“Beauty is not just for the young. I believe with a little care and attention any woman can look good through her 40s, 50’s, 70’s and beyond.” – Joan
I was sent the Paparazzi Compact Duo (£34) to try. This sleek gold compact contains pressed powder and one of the Divine Lips lipsticks together in a mirrored compact. The powder is ‘skin responsive’ and the lipstick is hydrating.
Joan’s lipsticks come in 16 shades, each named after her favourite roles – Alexis is there as you might expect! I chose ‘Helene’ which is a lovely red which is easy to wear with a slight orangey undertone.
The Divine lipsticks retail at £18 and simply slot into the front of the compact.
The packaging is very glamorous, as you would expect and although not overly weighty, it closes with a satisfying snap and is big enough to be noticed, should you ignore etiquette rules about removing applying your makeup in public and pose with it whilst out and about!
I am looking forward to trying some more of Joan’s products – particularly the fragrance “I Am Woman” which has citrus top notes, a sensual musk and wood base with romantic floral scents at its heart. Then there’s Contour Eyebrow Pencil Duo in black and dark brown – the idea being that short strokes of both colours will create the look of fine hair. And of course there are matching nail lacquers for all of Joan’s lipstick shades.
This is make-up for grown-ups and I love it.
You can find out more at www.joancollinsbeauty.com.