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Beauty: skincare powders

I tried Sensai’s Silky Peeling Powder because I’m fascinated by Japanese skincare rituals, albeit as a spectator sport (the chances of my adopting a 12-step cleansing regime before bed are slim to none). But I was surprised to find the powder still at my basin, stocks depleting, a month later. Twice a week, I rub it into wet hands to form a smooth exfoliating paste (beware anything with scratchy granules) that works its magic in about a minute, then rinses away easily. It works brilliantly well and, unlike many exfoliants, leaves my skin calm, silky and soft. It’s fantastic and, though expensive at £50, there is no wasteful gunk: you just turn the bottle upside down once to get a perfect dose of fresh powder.

By coincidence, just as I was raving about my genius discovery, Givenchy released the fantastic One-Minute Glow Powder (£26.55), as part of my beloved Hydra Sparkling range; Diptyque launched its first facial skincare line with Radiance Boosting Powder (£38) at centre stage; and great Japanese brand DHC saw a big upturn in interest in its Washing Powder (£8).

Before I knew it, cleansing powders were the hottest Asian import since BB creams. Only better.

Sali loves: great spring nail buys

Illamasqua nail polish in Throb, £14.50, illamasqua.com
This classic blood red is utter perfection. It goes on smoothly and densely – one coat is the same as two from inferior brands – and lasts well. Illamasqua is fast becoming the fashion nail brand to beat.

Elegant Touch Express Nails in Trend Empty Heart, £8.99, boots.com
I wore these throughout fashion week and people mistook them for a very expensive hipster manicure. They stick on in seconds and stay there (they can be used over and over), looking cute but not twee.

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Top Coat, £14.16 for two, qvcuk.com
You know that plump, glossy finish given by gel treatments such as Gelish and Shellac? This topcoat gives the same visual effect on regular polish. It’s hard-wearing, too.

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