November 13th 2018
If one day I win the Lottery, I shan't spend the money on fast cars or swanky holidays, I shall simply open an account with Liberty. Nowhere else on the planet can you find such a treasure chest of delights. And there is something wonderfully soothing about stepping through its doors, back through time and into a world where beauty and quality are of the utmost importance.
Smell is the most important of the five senses when it comes to wellbeing, and perfume - in the home, about my person - is my addiction. For the home, Dyptique's Feu de Bois is perfect for this time of year, warm and enveloping, balm for the mind. As for me, my happy place in fragrance terms has to be my mother's scent from the eighties, First by Van Cleef & Arpels: a feminine floral with a base of musk and sandalwood to take me back to simpler childhood days.
Exercise is not really my thing, but if anything could ever persuade me to break into a trot it would be a pair of Nike X Liberty Trainers - although in truth I'd much prefer to sit around posing in them than get them covered in mud.
After my fantasy run, a fantasy bath to soothe tired muscles and a once-over with Kiehl's absolutely excellent and most impressive Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator, which served me well over the stressful so-called "festive" period: perfect for decongesting and reviving tired complexions.
True beauty, they say, comes from within. When it comes to health, the link between what you eat and how you look and feel is unmistakable: you have to eat well to stay well. Dale Pinnock's The Medicinal Chef offers a selection of affordable, realistic do-good recipes, as well as a useful glossary of ingredients to help even the most reluctant cook ditch the ready-meals.
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