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3 of the best... skin rescue balms

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Fight the wintry air with these multipurpose skin soothers.

3 best skin balm rescues

1 Anti-inflammatory, healing, collagenboosting and aqueous, HealGel can be used every day and even works as a make-up primer. £37.50: www.healgel.co.uk

2 Móa The Green Balm soothes itchy skin, cold sores, bites, bumps, grazes and shaving rash, as well as cleansing. £9.99: www.thegreenbalm.com

3 Elizabeth Arden’s cult, 80-year-old Eight Hour Cream is now available fragrance-free. £18: www.johnlewis.com

French ladies 'more classy'

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THEY have always enjoyed a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ in the style stakes. Now a new survey has revealed exactly why we think French women are so chic.

Escentual.com asked more than 400 customers who were the more stylish and best groomed: French or British women. And the bad news for British ladies is that their French cousins overwhelmingly beat them.

More than 80 per cent of those questioned - the majority from the UK - admitted the French deserved their reputation for being chic. Asked exactly what that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ was, 45 per cent said it was the French attitude that counted - while just over half put it down to Parisian clothes, perfume and make-up. Three-quarters of those polled said French women got their make up spot on. Just 13 per cent dubbed them over made up.

When quizzed further, 59 per cent said the French were better groomed than their British cousins - with just a quarter backing us Brits – and a staggering 79 per cent branded French women more ‘classy’.

The age-old rivalry between London and Paris as opposing fashion and style centres, it appears, is still going strong. Regent Street is our favourite shopping destination, beating the Champs-Elysees by 39 per cent to 31 per cent.

Thirty per cent of respondents said they’d rather shop online from the comfort of their home. And British designer Stella McCartney, who created Team GB’s Olympics kit, flew the flag, coming second only to Chanel in popularity among high-fashion brands and beating Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior and Burberry.

In the hairstyle stakes, Brigitte Bardot’s famous French twist beat Mary Quant’s bob and Twiggy’s pixie crop.

Emma Leslie, Escentual.com’s beauty editor, said: "French women have always had a reputation for total style and it clearly hasn’t diminished."

Want to bag your own bit of French chic? Get a third off the price of French beauty brands until the end of the month at Escentual.com.

Words by Katy Pearson

3 of the best… SOAPS

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Hands roughened by gardening need high-quality soaps. Here are some favourites…

Three of the best... soaps

1 Finest triple-milled soaps from the Scottish Fine Soaps Company. Choose from Green Tea, Pink Amber, Cotton Fresh or Neroli – my choice. £5.99 each: www.rhsshop.co.uk

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Massage messiah

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A genuinely good massage is one of those frustratingly intangible entities. Other people seem to have them all the time. They’re transformative. Life-changing, even. You’re always hearing about them and yet, when it comes down to it, they seem very difficult to come across.

According to Rohan Quarry Day, Musculoskeletal Deep Tissue Therapist currently in residence at the Shambhala Urban Escape spa at The Metropolitan Hotel, this is because an ordinary treatment is woefully lacking. Traditional massage is often no more than a haphazard kneading of your limbs, he claims. It may make you feel relaxed at the time, but it rarely has any lasting effect.

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Princess Plaits by Lockonego

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Plaits, twists and braids were all the rage at London Fashion Week (1). Romantic, Boho styles were seen at Moschino, Michael Kors chose chunky equestrian braids and Danielle Scutt opted for an urban take on the trend with tribal French braids styled down the centre of the head. Celebrities have been embracing this trend in spades with style-setters like Whitney Port (2) and Miley Cyrus (3) rocking casual, loose side plaits.

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Hollywood A-listers Kim Kardashian (4) and Nicky Hilton (5) look effortlessly chic in their intricate fishtail plaits. The Lockonego Spring/Summer Princess Plaits were created to ooze romantic charm and femininity, whilst channelling an inner princess that could rival even the ever-polished Kate Middleton.

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