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Chocolate Heaven

Indulge in some calorie-free beauty treats this Easter. crack

Get set to loosen your skinny belt, a weekend of chocolate bingeing beckons.

This Easter Sunday [April 4] is sure to bring mounds of mini eggs, chocolate bunnies and hot cross buns to test your temptation limits and send your blood sugar levels soaring.

Chocolate sales are predicted to rise 7% during this year as consumers turn to the dark stuff for comfort during the credit crunch, according to a Mintel report. And with the British Medical
Association’s recent vote on a proposed ‘chocolate tax’, that’s even more reason to embrace beauty’s offerings to get a guilt-free cocoa fix.

You don’t have to fret about
calorie counting to indulge in these sweet treats. The beauty world has a whole candy shop of truly scrumptious products that will leave you looking - and smelling - irresistible.

Treat yourself to chocoholic heaven, or shun the eggs and let others bask in an alternative beauty-themed Easter, too. Chocs away!

Make-up bag goodies

Neon and pastel colours are fun for seasonal experimentation but neutral shades like
chocolates and caramels are a must-have for any time of year.

A softening cocoa-scented lip balm or gloss
is practically a chocoholic’s lifeline when
supplies are running low.

You’ll also find bronzers and eye powders with the feel-good fragrance of chocolate that smell good enough to eat (though that’s not recommended!).

TRY: MAD Beauty Lip Gloss Truffles, £6.99 (www.madbeauty.com); Revlon Cocoa Craving Matte Lipstick, £7.29 (0800 085 2716);
Bourjois chocolate
Delice de Poudre,
£6.84 (0800 269 836);
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil,
£13.50 (Boots); Barry M Dark Chocolate Dazzle Dust, £4.50 (www.barrym.com);
Ciate nail enamel in Mines a Mocha, £7.50
(www.ciate.co.uk).

Hair delicacies

Toss your tresses and leave a super-sweet smell in your wake. But you don’t have to lather up your hair in a sugary style product to achieve
your chocoholic fix for the day.
If you’re a brunette, enhance your locks with a chocolate colour shampoo for a subtle everyday hint, or use a toner for a more dramatic look. Blondes should opt for creamy caramels or honeys.

TRY: Mark Hill Gorgeous Brunette
Chocolate to Espresso Shampoo, £4.88 (Boots); Superdrug Colour Effects in Chocolate Brown, 97p; HealthySexyHair Chocolate Soy Milk Shampoo, £11.65
(www.cyvilianhairstore.co.uk); Philosophy Fudge Cake 3-in-1 shampoo andshower gel, £14 (0870 990 8452).

Bathroom cabinet confectionery

Whether or not chocolate has health benefits will always be an issue of debate - but there’s no need for holding back on your cocoa
addiction in the bathroom. Products featuring cocoa butter contain glycerides, which deliver moisturising lipids and fats which plump and firm your skin.

Scrub up with a choccie-scented body wash and then layer the scrumptious scent with a cocoa-based body butter or oil. Go the whole pampering hog with a chocolate mud masque - the beauty equivalent of a devilish dessert.

TRY: Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Body Wash, £3.91; Marks and Spencer Cocoa Bean Body Butter, £6; Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalising Gel Body Oil, £4.99 (0800 085 1548); Lush chocolate Cupcake Facemask, £4.84
(01202 668 545/www.lush.co.uk); Montage Jeunesse Chocolate Mud Face Masque, 97p (www.montagnejeunesse.com).


BEAUTY BULLETIN

Tantalising offer

Singer Kelly Rowland is backing The Body Shop’s latest campaign to promote safe sex. Bag the new Yes, Yes, Yes Tantalizing Lip Butter, £5, and a whopping £3.98 from each sale will go directly to the Staying Alive Foundation, a charity that aims to empower young people to protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. Find out more about the campaign at
www.yestosafesex.com.

Colour creative

Sick of your search for ‘the’ perfect lip gloss? Stop right now and create your own. Using a vast array of base shades, finishes and flavours, Prescriptives are offering the chance to rustle up your own bit of lippy perfection. The Custom Blend Lip Gloss costs £19.57 (33 Euros) and is available at selected stores nationwide now. For your nearest stockist call 0870 034 2566 or visit www.prescriptives.co.uk.

The pout possibilities are endless!