Beauty beat


Stephanie Darling

Get your eyes party-ready.

Get your eyes party-ready. Photo: Chris Craymer/ Media

TREND eye love

The eyes are not only the windows to your soul but are also the first place to give away the effects of too little sleep, or too much fun. The fine skin around your peepers is susceptible to dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles, so a little TLC is always in order. Try the latest batch of repair treatments to get your eyes party-ready.


Try these ... Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, $90. Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment, $65. Restylane Eye Serum, $60.



This week I try ... a bamboo massage at sea

The lowdown Having a treatment on an ever-so-gently rumbling and rocking ship, Holland America Line's Ryndam, is a first. My therapist, Raquel, begins by dry-brushing any dead skin cells before massaging my body, first with her hands – paying particular attention to my chronically aching shoulders, which I seem to carry up around my ears most of the time – and then with a variety of polished, preheated bamboo sticks soaked in brown rice oil. The sticks vary in size and shape, from 20 centimetres long to hand-sized blocks, each moulded to suit specific body areas. The long sticks are used on my back and legs, and the blocks around my shoulders, neck, ankles and wrists. The combination of oils and heated wood is glorious and I want the treatment to go on forever.

Pain factor None. It's exquisite.

Downtime 50 minutes.

Results I had quite a bit of fluid retention before the treatment but emerged feeling kilos lighter, my skin silky smooth. My horribly tight neck muscles were also in remission.

Where to get it Holland America Line, Cost: $US159. For more information and land-based massages contact Elemis, At home try Elemis Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, $82.


Issada's couture collection has brushed the faces of Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr. We love the latest incarnation: a synthetic, vegan-friendly set including brushes for foundation, contouring, powder, brows, eyeliner, eyeshadow and lips. Issada Faux-Luxe Travel Brush Set, $139,

Dermatologist Dr Adam Sheridan

How often should I exfoliate my face?

"Weekly at most. If your skin is left red and reactive following exfoliation, you need to reduce the frequency. If it tends to remain dull and scaly afterwards, exfoliate more frequently."

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