By Louise Emma Clarke
Founding Editor of The-Beauty-Pages.com
With Easter weekend nearly upon us, those of us on a diet need to start drumming up some serious willpower if we’re going to escape the festivities without piling on the pounds. I’ve been craving chocolate in a serious way since being pregnant (the best kind has been nicely chilled in the fridge and shatters easily into delicious, bite-sized pieces), so I’m already dreading the temptation of what the coming days will bring…
So to resist the urge to fill my trolley from the sweet aisles of the supermarket, I’ve been stocking up on my favourite sweet beauty treats. All the deliciousness, but none of the calories. If you want to join me, my shopping list is below.
When Thierry Mugler launched Angel in 1992, it was the first female scent to hit the market that didn’t contain floral notes. Instead, it was packed with gourmand notes including chocolate, caramel, and candyfloss – and the perfume was such a hit that it went on to outsell Chanel in France. I must admit that I can find the Eau de Parfum a little overpowering at times, but I do love this hand-cream. It subtly hints at the fragrance whilst leaving mitts feeling supple, hydrated, and super smooth.
It looks and smells good enough to eat, but resist the urge to taste it – as this delectable body treatment is best reserved for your body, leaving it feeling like you’ve indulged in a spa body treatment. The thick, creamy formula contains crushed almond nuts and sugar crystals to exfoliate your skin, whipped together with lashings of almond oil and almond butter to hydrate it. A real indulgence for your bathroom shelf.
I rave about this product, as it is genuinely the best thing I’ve tried for dry, chapped lips. The smooth, silky paste absorbs quickly and leaves even the most dehydrated pouts feeling supple and smooth. It smells of honey, which is a treat if you are a fan of the sweeter things in life, and also makes the ideal base for lipstick.
Chocaholics will adore this self-tanning cream, which looks and smells like a delicious fusion of chocolate, caramel, and cream. Sure enough, Pure Cocoa is one of the top ingredients, with the addition of Cocoa Butter (to hydrate and help prevent premature skin ageing) and Aloe Vera (to moisturise and soothe). Apply it generously, making sure the coverage is perfectly even, and wait for the impressively natural-looking colour to develop. It might not rival a week in the Caribbean, but it comes a close second.
Traditional soaps are back in fashion and this is one of the most indulgent I have found. The triple-milled soap boasts an ingredients list that reads like a dessert recipe, with extracts of skin-softening sweet almond oil, almond milk, honey, shea butter and cocoa butter. It creates a creamy lather and has a beautiful, long-lasting fragrance that clings to your skin. I love the vintage-style packaging too.
Finally, those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss out on TIGI’s Head Candy Fixation range, which teams effective formulations with good-enough-to-eat scents. My top pick is the Marshmallow Hair Texturiser, which works especially well on thick, coarse locks that need a little taming. I love everything about it, from the creamy, whipped texture, to the burnt marshmallow fragrance, to the way it gives my hair volume on the second day after washing. It’s great value too.