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Contouring has taken off in the last couple years, with the high street being full to the brim with every kind of bronzer and shading product imaginable. Although most of us would like to embrace our sunkissed side and benefit from a little airbrushing, few are willing to embrace the Kardashian approach. The majority of products I've tried are heavy, hard to blend, feature intimidating tones and are tricky to get your head around; although opting for a hard-to-find paler shade is one way to integrate bronzing into your daily routine, the texture has as much of an impact on the end result as the colour. YSL have just launched an innovative cream-to-powder formula that's a beauty junkie's dream, providing seven buildable tones that can be blended, buffed and sculpted for the perfect finish.
Like mineral foundations before it, the BB Cream took the world by storm and gradually became accepted as a fundemental part of many beauty regimes. After the first UK BB Cream was launched by Garnier some years ago, many more brands followed suit and ensured the rich texture and hydrating qualities were loved by their customers. Although I take for granted that everyone knows the wonder these products can offer, it seems that many of you are still confused as to what a BB Cream actually is - and why you need one. So seeing as it's the forth most googled beauty question, here's the lowdown on BB Creams and how you should be using them.
Cherry ChapSticks remind me of being a teenager and listening to Savage Garden on repeat. Those little tubes of fruity scented balm were the height of fashion fifteen years ago, but they've not really evolved in the decades since. On the one hand I love that I can still pick up a product I loved back in the day, but on the other I always wanted them to shake things up a bit and surprise us all with a little innovation. My subconscious requests have now been answered with these cute double-ended fruity balms which definitely put a little fun back into the ChapStick brand again; available in two different flavours, you can either apply each end individually or layer them for a 'smoothie' like result that's perfectly timed for the holiday season.
My lipgloss collection is vast, so when I keep reaching for something day after day you know it's offering something a little bit special. Urban Decay are well known for their expansive colour collection and lust-worthy packaging, but their new Revolution High Impact Colour Lipgloss takes that to a whole new level. These delicious looking packs contain an opaque, saturated, high-impact colour with an arresting, high-gloss finish - it brings the best of your favourite lipstick, alongside a wearable, creamy and glossy finish. Paired with a precise applicator, metallic pack and true-to-colour barrel, these twelve colours are definitely something to be reckoned with.
When the original Cheek Pops launched from Clinique last Spring, the beauty would collectively gasped and fawned over the beautiful floral pans that lay before them. (Read my original feature here.) A year on and they're still the prettiest blushers I've ever come across, remaining a firm favourite that I reached for as soon as the weather started to turn a little warmer; the tones within the collection are perfectly designed for spring and summer, offering up shades that add a just touch of flush. This summer Clinique are expanding their colour portfolio further by releasing a further six shades, all of which are equally as beautiful and delicate as the originals. These two Cheek Pops offer a preview of the kind of colours you can expect, the sorbet-inspired peach and pink pans providing a delicate touch that helps to subtly brighten skin.
Although I've got a number of bloggers in my 'favourites' list, it's always good to shake things up and discover something new. Sometimes a fresh outlook, a new perspective and a different take can provide the best source of inspiration for your own site - as well as providing a great source of new reading material to past the time when there's nothing on the telly. Every month I'll be bringing you a short edit of bloggers to watch, with a quick summary of why they're worth checking out. This May it's the turn of six fabulous ladies with lots to say...
Long-lasting, non-shiny makeup can be a tricky thing to master, but Benefit are making it their mission to ensure it's a very real possibility. Following the launch of the best selling primer in the UK and the follow-up 'Zero Shine' powder, The Porefessional franchise is expanding even further with the introduction of a new innovative product that's designed to slip into your bag. The Porefessional 'License To Blot' is an oil-blotting stick that features 'tiny invisible blotting spheres' to mattify shine and remove oiliness instantly; according to Benefit, the result stays put for up to six hours, targeting shiny t-zones to help your makeup look refreshed when you're on the go. After this has been teased across social media channels for the last couple of months (and became the most requested product from my Periscope audience!) it's no doubt there's a huge amount of anticipation surrounding it's launch in a couple of weeks. So how does it actually stand up?
Every summer season I get a bit excited about changing up my fragrance wardrobe, but often the same names pop up and re-launch a seasonal favourite that's hard to resist. Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Jo Malone... All brands that launch refreshing alternatives and help us transition into the warmer months with comforting predictability. However, it's nice to branch out a little and embrace something unexpected; I haven't worn a Calvin Klein scent since the late 90's, but when this bottle landed on my desk I was intrigued enough to spritz a little on my pulse points. The understated bottle hides a scent that's described as the embodiment of 'losing yourself in the beauty of the horizon where the expansive and endless sea flows into the colorful summer sky,' making it the perfect accompaniment to long summer days.
There are certain things we just automatically presume we know how to do (such as brushing our teeth, combing our hair and taking a bath,) but have you ever wondered if your age old method of washing your hair is actually the best? It may seem like the simplest part of our routine and hard to get wrong, but you could be making some mistakes in the shower that have an impact on how your hair feels and looks when it's dried. Lathering up and refining your routine can really make a difference to the condition of your barnet - so how often (and how) should you really be washing your hair?
Flowers, without question, always put a smile on my face. Whether it's a cheap and cheerful bunch of daffodils I pick up with my shopping, or an unexpected delivery to celebrate a special occasion, a floral arrangement always brightens a room and brings my home to life. I've inherited my love for all things green from my mother, constantly filling every vase with some kind of arrangement while re-arranging my balcony and ensuring it looks its floral best. Appleyard London (the UK's premier luxury online flower delivery service) offer a huge variety of bouquets and gifts to ensure the recipient is left feeling incredibly special, while treasuring an arrangement that's been put together with love and care. From their couture collections and 'flowers of the season', to shabby chic arrangements and hampers that come with tasty treats, it's easy to get carried away. You can shop by occasion, price, flower or season, ensuring you find the perfect way to show you care.
Celebrity collaborations are ten a penny, but when a nail powerhouse that's known for pushing the boundaries while remaining aspirational partners with a fashion darling, then it's definitely noteworthy. It was announced earlier this year that Olivia Palermo was undertaking a 'Guest Creative Director' role within Ciate London, so it was a natural progression for that editorship to evolve into a self-titled limited edition collection of nail paints that encompassed everything about her love for fashion and glamour. The first of four exclusive collections to launch includes three paint pots, selected by Olivia as the most wearable and fashion forward shades for all skin tones. The shades include this beautiful 'perfect red' called 'Hutch' as well as nude 'Sundays' and a delicious coral named 'Nantucket'.
The hair category is having a bit of a moment. For too long the new brands and product launches have left no lingering feeling of excitement within me, chruning out the same old thing in a new pack and calling it an industry revalation. However, things are about to change... A plethora of new hair products and groundbreaking brands are about to hit the market, offering benefits that take influence from the skincare category. First up is a brand hailing from Stockholm with over 30 years of experience within the hair industry; Maria Nila offers a wide range of exclusive colour-protecting haircare and styling products that aim to create beautiful styles and the most perfect of results. If you dye your hair or are simply concerned with keeping your natural tones looking their best, then Maria Nila offers the solutions you'd expect from your hair products (adding volume, smoothing, targeting dryness) with added colour care properties in every bottle.
I'm a genuine fan of the YSL glossy lip stains and their ability to add a touch of colour and shine without weighing lips down. Since their launch they've been a firm favourite within my collection, providing a great compromise when lipstick is too much but gloss is to little. This summer they're expanding their collection with a third incarnation of the innovative concept: Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water. It's not a catchy name, but the formula is incredibly lightweight and comfortable, providing great pigment that actually stains the lips simultaneously. These are glossier than the original and provide a real pop of colour, giving the illusion that you're wearing something heavier without drying the lips or becoming uncomfortable over time.
With the arrival of longer days, warmer nights and holiday season comes the need to freshen up your routine and try something new. The summer months are all about bright colours, flawless glowing skin and experimentation - as well as a little buffing and tanning to ensure those pins are looking fabulous! Boots UK, Britain's much loved high street giant that always helps with your every beauty emergency, want to help people get out there and make the most of their summer. Their latest campaign is all about #SummerGoodTimes and it stars someone you may recognise! I've teamed up with Boots to film a series of short snippets that will help every one of you try something new or learn a top tip that will see you through the next season and beyond. From blending your foundation correctly and applying a touch of highlighter, to painting your toes and experimenting with a bold colour around the eye, lets all get out there and make the most of the summer...
If I was a very wealthy woman I would undoubtedly pay for a manicurist to look after my hands on a weekly basis. Using my digits for a living puts them under immense strain, causing my hands to become dry and my cuticles somewhat embarrassing after only a couple of days away from the manicurist's chair; my nails often split and chip, while polish only lasts a couple of days before looking worse for wear. As a result I've built up a portfolio of products I rely upon to keep my hands looking as good as possible, while ensuring any essential maintenance is kept as faff-free and quick to manage. It may not be glamorous, but these are the products I rely on to keep my hands in as good a condition as I can muster between manicures.
The first sign of a dodgy nights sleep or a really long day is that 'warm' and sleepy feeling around the eyes. If my eyes feel like they need to close and rest up, then there's little hope of a productive day or much longer than thirty minutes watching telly before I start to slip off to the land of nod... So anything that can help me perk up is always welcome. Although I do have some rather pricey solutions and hard working products that provide a helping hand, sometimes all you need is a couple of minutes with a slice of cucumber. These cute eye pads from Dirty Works provide the best of a cooling slice without having to raid the veg drawer; with cucumber extract and soothing aloe vera, the pre-moistened eye pads relieve and rejuvenate peepers that have fallen victim to puffiness and dark circles.
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