Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BISH BASH GLOSS; There's Never Enough Time for Grooming in the Rush to the Round of After-Work Parties, So Here Are Six Quick-Fixes to Help You Look Stunning

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BISH BASH GLOSS; There's Never Enough Time for Grooming in the Rush to the Round of After-Work Parties, So Here Are Six Quick-Fixes to Help You Look Stunning

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SPEEDY CHERYL HAIR The Fix: A Salonista styling session that boosts the volume of lacklustre hair, adding some much-needed oomph when you're post-work and pre-party.

Done in: 30 minutes. Verdict: If you suffer from limp roots or a lack of time before endless Christmas parties, this could be your saviour. Based on a new styling kit by Cloud Nine called The O, it contains a set of heated rollers that reach the correct temperature in just four seconds. Separating my hair into three-inch sections, stylist Rocia whips in the Velcro rollers, applying The O's special Amplifying Spray to each one to maximise movement and volume. I kick back and relax for 20 minutes (time for a speedy manicure if your nails also need attending to) until the small red dots on the end of each curler go dark, signalling that the hair is "set". After the rollers are removed (the Velcro also helps smooth rather than tangle stray strands) and my roots are backcombed at the crown, I have sleeker, bouncier hair that even Cheryl Cole would be proud of.

Get it: From [pounds sterling]40, depending on hair length, at Cobella in Selfridges (020 7491 1562). The O Kit by Cloud Nine is also available to buy in the salon, price [pounds sterling]149.95.

Bella Blissett

LASHINGS OF LASHES

The Fix: A pair of Illamasqua instant lashes applied by a make-up artist in store. Pick the pair you like best and she will cut them to size, stick them in position and fill in your eyeliner to give an invisible join with your natural lash line.

Done in: 10 minutes. Verdict: The ideal solution for those of us who get our make-up in a sticky mess when we try to apply lashes. My make-up artist also gave me step-bystep instructions for repeating the process at home.

Get it: [pounds sterling]5 plus the price of the lashes (I chose limited-edition Decadence Luxury Lashes covered in silver diamante, [pounds sterling]25). Illamasqua, 20 Beak Street, W1 (020 3432 3274, illamasqua.com) Jasmine Gardner

INSTANT BODY

The Fix: Yummie Tummie tank, invented by US designer Heather Thomson, a stylist who has worked with P Diddy, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez. Her figure-enhancing shapewear (using her trademark three-panel shaping technology) slims and smoothes your middle, enhances cleavage and eliminates bumps.

Done in: Three minutes of undignified struggling to get on, but it gets easier! Verdict: Fantastic. Made from threepanel tricot weave (the firm control midsection gives you a proper waist), it's supersoft and light. Thomson designed it when her baby son was recovering from a liver transplant and she didn't have time to diet. Great under party dresses; the Rihanna bodice is smart enough to be outerwear.

Get it: [pounds sterling]62-[pounds sterling]99 at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Figleaves (yummietummie. …

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