At the moment is outwardly Blue Monday — the gloomiest day of the 12 months, when the post-festive hunch and want to not stir from one’s lair are most pronounced. However, then, when are Mondays in January and February not indigo-tinted?

As a depressive, I hold an inventory of issues to do after I overlook tips on how to be human, be it artwork galleries, £3 Co‑op tulips or Liberty’s button division. Magnificence remedy is a basic requirement, after all; fragrance being one of the crucial efficient mood-resetters.

I concur with the late author Nora Ephron’s exhortation to make use of that good bathtub oil (and physique lotion and face cream) and never put it aside for ‘greatest’, for tomorrow chances are you’ll be no extra.

Ephron’s penchant was Dr Hauschka’s Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Tub Essence (£17, When my mom died, aged simply 69, she left cabinets of pots and flacons saved for a ‘greatest’ that by no means got here.

Hannah Betts shares magnificence remedy recommendation for Blue Monday – the gloomiest day of the 12 months (file picture)

To clean up is each to specific — and to spice up — one’s optimism. Even earlier than millennials taught us to confer with it as ‘self-care’, to groom meant to have hope. No surprise the most cancers help charity that brings make-up, hair and skincare to ladies and men with most cancers is named Look Good Really feel Higher (

I additionally love the title of equipment guru Anya Hindmarch’s memoir/self-help ebook, If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair: A Guide For Life.

Hindmarch claims that folks giggle when she provides this grain of knowledge. Nonetheless, she says scrub with shampoo ‘makes me calmer and extra assured and due to this fact higher in a position to cope. That second of me standing underneath the bathe, eyes closed, not taking a look at my telephone, is when I’ve a few of my greatest concepts. It’s a bit meditative, for me — a contemporary begin, a brand new day.’

Posh shampoos may be very a lot definitely worth the outlay. Nonetheless, given it’s cash-strapped January, I’m all about John Frieda Quantity Elevate Light-weight Shampoo (£5.99, and Quantity Elevate Light-weight Conditioner (£9.99), which I put to precisely the identical take a look at. Particularly, if I wash and situation my limp but frizzy midlife locks, can I go away them to accumulate raise, form and bounce with out styling or some other product? Reader, I can.

If my hair is slimy with final night time’s bathtub oil, and I lack even the desire to prop myself in opposition to the bathe wall for a couple of minutes, then I brush all of it again, stick it right into a ponytail and fasten my Sizzling Hair Mini Clip Bun (now £16.88,

These could seem unprepossessing on the web site, however nothing makes me look pulled collectively extra speedily than this little wavy bun on a claw clip. They arrive in 16 shades, and nobody has ever realised mine was faux, merely admiring my being so stylish — till I’ve snatched it off and proven them.

Head to Selfridges shops nationwide to have a play with Sizzling Hair’s many different faux hair clips and work out which buoys you.

If all you may address in your face is moisturiser, then Bobbi Brown’s best-selling Additional Illuminating Moisture Balm (£46, is simply the ticket. With its pearly, glow-imparting particles, it should make you assume: ‘OK, I do nearly qualify as dwelling.’ Nonetheless, if it’s a day after I want to realize one thing — something — I’ll placed on make-up, even when solely a five-minute face.

Hannah (pictured) is currently using MAC¿s Mineralise Blush in the Hubba Bubba-pink shade Bubbles, Please

Hannah (pictured) is at the moment utilizing MAC’s Mineralise Blush within the Hubba Bubba-pink shade Bubbles, Please

First off, one among Chanel’s ingenious illuminators: Le Blanc Rosy Gentle Drops (£40, for cool-toned me; or Les Beiges Sheer Wholesome Glow Highlighting Fluid in Sunkissed (£40) for golden women.

I’ll add a contact of Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Pores and skin Enhancer by the use of under-eye concealer (£27,, plus Jones Highway’s Face Pencil (£23, to cowl any tiny oddity that’s sprung up in a single day.

Chances are you’ll require mascara, or a lip. For me, there should be blusher to render me much less corpse-like, at the moment MAC’s Mineralise Blush within the Hubba Bubba-pink shade Bubbles, Please (£24,

Then it’s a swipe upward with BaeBrow’s clear Bae-All-Day Eyebrow Conditioner (£18.28,

All this takes longer to sort than it does to use. The spur to morale is off-the-scale.


Maybelline has lengthy been well-known for its mascaras, and this new one, Maybelline Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara is a cracker. It replaces the necessity for a lash roller, creating a giant, bouncy, non-clumpy, beautiful lengthy curl. The key ingredient is an adhesion polymer, utilized in hairspray. Eye-opening! I like it.




Cher, 75, (pictured) uses Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Facial Cleanser with a Clarisonic cleansing brush

Cher, 75, (pictured) makes use of Aveeno Extremely-Calming Foaming Facial Cleanser with a Clarisonic cleaning brush

The star, 75, makes use of Aveeno Extremely-Calming Foaming Facial Cleanser (£9.33, with a Clarisonic cleaning brush (from £79, Her favorite false lashes are Mac Lash in 36 Dreamgirl Lash (£12.50), and he or she has Lipglass/Hypnotising Vacation in Mocha Swirl (£16.50) and Glow Play Blush in Warmth Index (£24, all in her bag.


A much less germy guise for this lip traditional than its balm pot sister.


Therapeutic massage guru Beata Aleksandrowicz’s face oil, offered alongside her Face Therapeutic massage Playing cards (£28).

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The cult, rose-infused bathtub oil to your pores and skin and soul.


A dense, dreamy rose petal, lavender, sage and shea butter balm.


For sensuously silky, rose-scented locks — the dream.



My face simply hurts proper now, shuttling as it’s between scorching central heating and icy canine walks.

British model Scientia marries science and nature to concentrate on super-charged formulation to fight drained, boring and anxious complexions. Its gel-like masks Scientia Ceramide Pores and skin Rescue Moisture Barrier Balm is its bestselling answer for restoring after which shielding sensitised pores and skin. Launched in November, it immediately soothes irritation, boosting pores and skin with a flood of fatty ceramides and hydrating hyaluronic acid.

Nice for reversing reactions to retinols or acids, it makes for a face-saving in a single day masks.