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There’s not much (scrap that, any) of Victoria Beckham’s beauty line that I don’t rate, so it’s no surprise I’ve fallen in love with EyeWear, her latest launch of eyeshadow sticks. Slim, stylish and available in an array of interesting but wearable colours like bottle green, dusty cocoa and even a surprisingly flattering canary yellow, the crayons themselves are easy to scribble on and smudge out with your fingertips. With some colours so good they already have their own waiting list, now’s the time to start building your collection.
Talking of colour, it’s not just my make-up bag that’s been getting an overhaul. Now that my nails are far healthier thanks to twice-monthly BIAB manicures with The Gel Bottle, I’ve been experimenting with its new Road Trip collection. While all-over colour is a no-brainer, I’m loving coloured tips for the warmer weather. So far I’ve tried pastel-purple Provence and pastel-mint Away on my tips with Dolly as my base shade – it’s a pink-tinged neutral that looks good on everyone and is great for enhancing a tan.
It had been years since I sported gloss on my lips, but that all changed recently thanks to the influx of new lip treatments that sit somewhere between a balm and a gloss. The Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm is a firm favourite. It’s properly nourishing but leaves a lovely sheen – I love the new Cherry and Pink Sugar shades as much as the original Vanilla for an extra hint of colour. I’ve also had to add Rhode’s Peptide Lip Treatment to my list of can’t-live-withouts. Given all the glazed-doughnut Hailey Bieber hype surrounding it, I was prepared not to love it, but I must admit it’s really good. Glossy without being sticky and delivering intense hydration and comfort, I even love the pencil-thin packaging. If you’re not into super sweet lip balms, avoid the Watermelon Slice and Salted Caramel flavours and stick to the unscented one.
If I could create my dream complexion product for summer, it would look a lot like Chanel’s Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint. When I say it’s everything I want in a base, I mean it. Lightweight and silky, it has excellent light-medium coverage that’s enough to blur broken veins and the odd blemish. It’s also tinted with a bronze hue that delivers just enough sun-kissed colour to make you look healthy and much fresher than you feel. I dispense it onto my fingertips and smooth it over my face a bit like I would a moisturiser, before going in with concealer where I need more help. One word of advice – just make sure you blend it well as you don’t want any streaks.
With a tagline that reads ‘make-up for skincare freaks’ it was inevitable that I was going to love Kosas, the cult US brand that recently arrived in the UK. Who doesn’t want an easy edit of products that shows off the best bits of their skin while hiding the not-so-good bits? I know I do. Everything I’ve tried so far is genuinely brilliant with a sort of laid-back and low-key but high-performance vibe. If I had to narrow it down to three must-tries, my picks would be the Revealer Creamy Concealer (amazing shade range and so blendable), the Air Brow Treatment Gel (just the right deposit of pigment and a great, firm brush) and the Cloud Set Powder (finely milled, lightweight with a hint of coverage).
I recently discovered British brand Olivanna’s new Sun Defence Drops SFP50 and it makes such a lovely base for make-up. It sinks in straight away, leaves zero chalky caste and doesn’t cause my base to pill or go patchy. Leaving a slightly dewy finish behind also means that it adds an extra layer of luminosity to my make-up before I’ve even applied any product, which is a big win in my book.
I’ve always said that the high street has some of the best mascaras on the market and the latest launch from Max Factor has proved my point. The dual-purpose wand of the Masterpiece 2-in-1 Lash Wow Mascara is the star, twisting neatly to allow you to flit between two combs, one for lengthening and one for volumising. I like going in with the lengthening brush first, which acts as a kind of scaffolding framework for my lashes. I then finish with the volumising brush to pack on extra pigment at the root for a dense and deeply inky effect. It might seem extravagant, but I’ve also added a new tool into my lash regime. UKLash’s Lash Separator has become a necessity since starting on the brand’s Eyelash Serum a few weeks ago. Although the aforementioned mascara doesn’t clump in the slightest, the fine teeth of the separator is perfect for training my now-much-longer lashes into a more uniform curl which really opens up my eyes.
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