You’ve only got to look at the commercials on your TV or in your magazines and you’ll come across the new mascara from Maybelline New York or L’oreal being advertised. Such household names continue to remain firm favourites in the make-up bags of women and young girls all over the world. Being as I enjoy the odd trip to a larger Boots store and I am always trying innovations in beauty and make-up, I thought I’d share some much recommended products with you, I’d safely put these in the “does what it says on the tin” category and I believe you really do get what you pay for…
Vaseline Lip Therapy – Queen Bee Edition £3.99, Boots & Superdrug: Okay this is a tad expensive for a tin of Vaseline, but this is their best Limited Edition tin yet! Vaseline Lip Therapy has all the goodness of petroleum jelly to ensure a smooth pout all day and everyday, it makes an excellent moisturizing base for other lip products and the Queen Bee Edition (above) is honey scented, yum!
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick £15.50, http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk: Lipstick is what made Canadian super-brand MAC (Make-up Art Cosmetics) famous, MAC do lipsticks and they sure know how to do them well. Available in various finishes, each one delivers colour plus texture for the lips in professional looking packaging. The Cremesheen lipsticks are my favourite formula; they deliver the creamy luxurious feel of a balm with a hint of glossy shine. It was hard to pick just one favourite so meet Speed Dial (light blue-toned pink) and Fanfare (mid-tone yellow pink).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping £23, http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk: Stopping with MAC, they make such great products and I’m always spoilt for choice at their counters! Mineralize Skinfinish is no ordinary face finishing compact powder… it’s velvety-soft formula delivers a flawless finish with a touch of metallic frost for an instant radiant glow. It’s the perfect finishing touch to any make-up look, compliments on how good your skin is, guaranteed! More shades are available to cater for all skin tones, Perfect Topping is perfect for the pale skinned among us.
Bourjois Smoky Stories Eye-Shadow Quartet £7.99, Boots & Superdrug: French brand Bourjois is great if you want products with luxury formulas without the luxury price-tag! Renowned for their “Little Round Pot” single eye-shadows that have a wide shade variety, they have most recently made it possible pull off the perfect smoky eye from just one under £10 kit. Smoky Stories have all of the shades you need to shade, sculpt, define and even add a finishing touch of sparkle with the added “Light Touch” glitter shadow in the centre. If you would like to experiment with new eye make-up looks, say hello to your coloured smoky-eye starter kit! Smoky Stories are available in 9 shades and my favourites are Upside Brown for a touch of gold shimmer and Over Rose for the perfect everyday well defined look. For best results I swear by the Real Techniques eye make-up brushes, from £6.99.
La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel £12, Boots: France has produced a dazzling array of star-performing skincare greats, La Roche Posay is just one of them. Gel Demaquillant Physiologique is formulated for normal, combination and sensitive skin, it removes every scrap of your make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara, cleanses away impurities without drying the skin out or causing redness.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal £16, Boots: 24-hour hydration thanks to its unique micro-encapsulated Active Hyaluronine delivery system, this is the magic potion that dramatically improves the diffusion of moisture into the surface of the epidermis. Aqualia Thermal is also made with Thermal Spa Water. This product amazes me because it makes my skin feel velvety soft and refreshed as if continually being hydrated by misting micro-sprays, yet has a non-greasy, non-sticky formula and is free of parabens.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter £10.50, Boots: I’m a massive fan of British Brand Soap & Glory. I love the catchy product names and their use of newspaper style black and white photography on their packaging. The Righteous Butter is a body butter that more than lives up to its name. Skin softening favourites Shea Butter and Aloe Vera play a stellar role in the transformation from dry to dreamily soft. The generous 300ml tub makes it great value for money too.
Essie Nail Lacquer £7.99, http://www.essie.com: It’s easy to see why Essie has been America’s nail expert since 1981. All of Essie’s polishes are free of DBP, Toulene and formaldehyde. What started as a collection of 12 nail polishes in the 1980’s has grown astronomically to over 300 different on-trend colours, textured polishes, nail care products and UV appliques. Along with many well-known faces across the globe I am a massive fan of Essie’s nail polish collections and own many colours. Today I’m wearing The Perfect Cover Up from the Winter 2014 collection. I count Fiji (pale pink) and For The Twill Of It (maple with olive and violet shimmer) amongst my favourite colours. I love how these professional formula polishes have a relatively quick drying time and they glide onto talons easily with a pro-wide brush made for a more precise application.
The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, £12.49, Boots: I don’t leave the house without my handbag sized hair hero, designed to detangle, smooth out and create shine in no time! You can’t miss it’s pretty and practical design, available in Purple, Hot Pink and Leopard, Tangle Teezer has a snap-on cap to protect the bristles when not in use. It’s a genius! no more headphones caught in comb teeth!
This week’s getting ready music:
Modern Nature: I love The Charlatans’ most recent album, if you haven’t heard it, So Oh, Come Home Baby, Keep Enough and Emilie are all worth downloading from iTunes!