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Glitz and glamour in Tring

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It has to be something pretty special to tempt me out on a cold and rainy night, but failing Jamie Dornan turning up on my doorstep with a bottle of champers, the launch of the spanking-new British makeup range delilah at The Clinic in Tring had me grabbing my coat and heading out the door.

I don’t normally wear a lot of makeup – if any at all. I’ve never really got the hang of it, to be honest. But Rupert Kingston, founder of delilah (along with his wife and their business partner), make up artist, creative director, lovely chap, and so on, may well have converted me. He’s had quite the career in TV, film, and fashion, but the poor man put had to put all his talents to the test in an attempt to transform me from bare-faced horror into gorgeous glamour-puss.

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I am seriously lusting over their very stylish packaging, which reflects their position as one of very few British boutique cosmetic brands. The cases are inspired by Britannia Metal – a beautiful pewter-coloured metal – and Crown Gold, a beautiful rose-coloured gold. And then there’s the lovely pink English rose that they’ve chosen as their symbol.

The product range is attracting some exciting media attention. Tess Daly was on the cover of Fabulous in September wearing it, and it’s been featured in Elle, Stylist and Stella as well.

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You can only buy delilah online or at a select range of  spas up and down the country – including Calcot Manor, Barnsley House, Stanley House and Spa. Now, though, you can just whizz over to The Clinic in Tring – a fab local beauty salon– and pick up some along with some properly expert advice about what to choose and how to put it on from owners Katie Hill and Janet Miller. They even have a lipstick shade called Stiletto – a bright and brilliant pink. They just need one called Muddy now and I’ll be all set.

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Seemed a shame to head home once I was all glam, so it was perfect timing that Tring’s newest fashion boutique was open for a sneaky peek before its grand opening the next day. Lolly + Mitch is already online, but now has a glitzy little shop on Tring High Street. I stood next to the champagne until someone offered me one  (and then another one) – why, thank you – before turning my attention to what I was supposed to be looking at.

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It’s properly party season at Lolly + Mitch – loads of sparkles, lots of sequins, and some utterly glorious fake and very colourful fur. It’s really hard not to just keep stroking the gorgeous Helen Moore scarves, with their big bright stripes.

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Erika, the owner, is also stocking Alexa Jay bags, some very current jewellery from Sparkling – including the double-coin necklaces you’ll have seen Holly Willoughby and Alex Jones wearing, and some bits from the launched-this-summer fashion collection by Lauren Pope (yup, her from TOWIE).

Check it out next time you’re passing – bet you buy something!

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