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Saturday, 22 February 2014

For luxury lip lovers

If you’re looking for luxury lips, then this is it in a bullet. Estee Lauder’s new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks give lips the VIP treatment. From the slick deep navy packaging, to the seductive magnetic closure that clicks the case perfectly into place, you know from the very first opening your lips are gonna love it! 20 high couture shades are for the picking and in just one slick, lips are treated with high drama colour that is said to stay for six hours. The texture is silky and comfortable to wear - just like expensive lingerie,  and includes go-to skincare ingredient hyaluronic acid to boost lips ability to seal in continuous hydration. From stick to lip your pout will look achingly hip.

Estee Lauder New Limited Edition Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks retail at £24.

Available this month

Blush crush

Preparing to leap into March dictates an upswing in mood and therefore make-up. Cosmetic counters literally pop with bright ‘n’ breezy spring shades to lift winter pale complexions. I love to start with the cheeks as it’s the easiest way to uplift the whole face. Putting a pure and natural flush in the apples is Clinique’s Cheek Pop collection. A playful embossed daisy that delivers the freshest of colours with zero trace of power or build-up. The wizardry formula begins life as a smooth liquid which is then transformed through a slow baking process - I don’t think Mary Berry was involved, that ends life as a super lightweight powder. Colour stays true all day.  Just abracadabra.

For a more vintage feel, but nevertheless still bright and modern is Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Hibiscus. It’s a limited edition which was inspired by Bobbi’s memories of her grandmother who used lipstick on her cheeks instead of blush. This doubly hard-working pot of cosmetic joy blends blindfold easy, giving cheeks a pretty and sheer wash of colour. As for the lips a stained finish is imparted which helps the illusion of fullness. Who say two into one doesn’t go?

Clinique Cheek Pops is available in 4 shades and retails for £16.60
Bobbi brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks retails for £19.00
Both on counter March

Saturday, 15 February 2014

A shade of spring

Bourjois have been doing some blue sky thinking for their newest spring additions. Their Little Round Pot Eyeshadow, £6.99 in shade 19 is an ultra pretty and delicate ice blue. It highlights the eye something wonderful. The matching  So Glossy Nail lacquer polishes off the look perfectly.

Rosy cheeks are taken literally with their timeless little round blusher pots, £7.99. The Paris in Bloom Collection has limited edition designs in four shades, all of which have a built in cheek highlighter. Applied they give a ballerina like pearl finish. Slimmer and radiant cheekbones are yours in a sweep!

Bourjois Spring shades are available from March.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

A bite of the DKNY apple

Scrolling through Instagram the other day I came across Iman’s - aka model, entrepreneur, philanthropist and of course Mrs Bowie, snow covered roof top at her Manhattan apartment. It had a row of planters and I thought how amazing it would be to sit up there in the summer enjoying that elite space right in the middle of Downtown. So it was life imitating if not art, then a social snap when the new Be Delicious City Blossom fragrance collection from DKNY landed on my desk with the inspiration being urban rooftop gardens.

The scented trio includes Rooftop Peony with top notes of mandarin, bergamot and cassis, Urban Violet with blackberry, raspberry and Empire Apple that features the classic Be Delicious fragrance of American Apple extract. The difference being it's bottled in collectable limited edition botanical inspired packaging. Whichever one you go for, each fragrance conjurers up an olfactory escapism from the hustle and bustle of modern city life to the bloom filled roof top terrace you dream of one day relaxing in. You could always make Iman your new BFF (best fragrant friend!)

DKNY Be Delicious Limited Edition City Blossom costs £37.
Available nationwide this month.   

Saturday, 1 February 2014

for skin misbehaving


My skin has been very touchy lately. As with all sensitive issues I approach it with a softly, softly approach. So the spotty rash that started appearing just under my nose and spreading down the side of my mouth I treated with kid gloves. My very first stop was to shop for a super gentle cleanser – one that wasn’t full of fancy anti-ageing ingredients that could potentially irritate, along with a formula that left skin wrapped in comfort and and not hung out to dry. The name Cetaphil kept popping up in magazines as a cleanser loved by models – if anyone knows about  superior cleansing it’s this glamorous tribe who have cleansing down to a fine art after shoots. It was also deemed a favourite of dermatologists. Sold to the lady with a rash! In a handy pump dispenser, it’s everything free – soap free, fragrance free and clogging free and feels like a million dollars when applied. It’s so easy to work with and rinses off like a dream.  Now, it hasn’t single  handedly cleared up my rash – I’ve had a little help from my GP, but it is a cleanser that my skin has fallen in love and I’m sticking to. Cetaphil from Boots, £8.99

Another keeper for my skin is Bobbi Brown’s Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Cream.  A super duper, deeply hydrating formula that plumps up skin something wonderful. And truly does leave skin with a healthy looking glow.  Quite  handy when your complexion has the tone of a pavement thanks to this dull and dreary weather! The secret lies in Glucosamine that gently exfoliates and therefore makes skin smoother for light to refract. I like to mix it in with a CC cream to really reboot the complexion. Available this month at £62.50