SMASHBOX LIMITED EDITION PHOTO FINISH SCENTED PRIMER WATERS

There are some beauty products you need -  mascara, lipstick, blush, maybe a bit of concealer. And some you don't. You probably don't need the new Smashbox Limited Edition Photo Finish Scented Primer Waters in your beauty regime, but you might want them. These new 3-in-1 face primer and setting sprays hydrate, prep and refresh skin. Each of them was co-created with YouTuber Nicol Concilio, and I had no idea who she was. I have now watched a few … [Read more...]

International Kissing Day Lip Prep!

It's International Kissing Day tomorrow - did you know? So, if you fancy smooching/snogging/necking/tashing on, then you better make sure you've done some lip prep - an there are loads of ideas and offers on 5pm Spa & Beauty. Also, you need to make sure you have your favourite lipstick at the ready to reapply once the deed is done! I was gutted this week when I found out that Smashbox had, it would appear, discontinued my favourite Always On … [Read more...]

Guerlain’s Terracotta Sahara Jewel Bronzer

It's summer, and that, beauty fans, means a new bronzer, agreed? So, if you haven't bought one already, then you might want to splash out and grab yourself this beautiful Guerlain Terracotta Sahara Jewel bronzing compact. This giant compact is  almost too lovely to use. It's set to be a collector's item, so you might not want to use it! If you do, the subtly iridescent Terracotta 03 shade will add warmth to your face and décolleté. It also … [Read more...]

Are you pool ready? Summer beauty buys!

Love Island. Pool party. Loads of shimmer and shine. We're in. But not Dr Alex's sunburn, okay? He really should know better. Here's our pick of some of the best summer beauty available this year. Don't get mugged off! THE BODY Keep your body hydrated, moisturised, add a bit of shimmer, keep it cool, and keep it safe in the sun! 1. Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defense sun lotion (SPF15 and SPF30, £14.99, Superdrug) has great UV protecting power, and … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Shadow Palettes

Bobbi Brown is synonymous with palettes, and even though the makeup artist herself is no longer with the brand she founded, it's still bringing out perfect palettes like these two Nude on Nude Eye Shadow Palettes. There are two Nude on Nude palettes - Bronzed Nudes Edition, and Rosy Nudes Edition. Each palette is inspired by the natural colours in a woman's face, and the brand's approach to nude enhances features to allow the 'real you' to shine … [Read more...]

Get Insta-ready with Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Filter Collection

Hands up who doesn't love a filter on a photo pre Insta-posting? I don't believe you! We all do it, well, I know I do! But maybe we'd need less filtering if we were using products from Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Filter Collection? She's not daft that Charlotte, tapping right in to the zeitgeist with a couple of new products that will make you insta-ready before you decide whether Clarendon or Lark shows you off in a better light! Pretty Youth … [Read more...]

Lip Stains and Lip Balms for summer from Clarins and Buxom

I've been trying out two new lip products recently - a stain and a balm, from Clarins and Buxom, respectively. Clarins launched its new Water Lip Stain in May, and Buxom launches its new Power Plump Lip Balm next month. The Clarins Water Lip Stain (£19) is an interesting one. There are a few things I love about it, and some things I'm not so keen on. It's a perfect summer product. It gives you great colour coverage, but in a more summer-friendly … [Read more...]

Brows, brows, brows!

Frida Kahlo is as famous for her monobrow as her art. Her art was mostly of herself, right enough, so that famous brow featured a lot. She created it with a little help from a Revlon brow pencil - you can see it, and a whole collection of her belongings, including makeup and clothes, at the current V&A Exhibition - Frida: Making Herself Up - in London. One week to go until Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up opens! Tickets for the … [Read more...]

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2018 Collection

Ooh, super cute Clarins! Clarins has gone all tropical with its Summer 2018 collection - well, kind of. Okay, there's a flamingo or two on the compact, but, it's pretty, and that's enough to get excited about, right? Said flamingoes are on the Limited Edition Bronzing & Blush Compact (£31) which is a summer favourite every year. The maxi size compact has flamingoes and palms on it this year, and the powders -which also have a flamingo and … [Read more...]

Benefit say Hello Happy with new foundation

The first thing I thought when I saw the new Benefit Hello Happy foundation was how non-Benefit it looked! The shape of the bottle reminds me of Clinique's packaging on some of their bases, although it's a little less rounded. And obviously there isn't a cute happy face on the Clinique bottles! The new base is a Soft Blur Foundation, with light to medium coverage and an SPF15 PA+++. The idea, Benefit say, is that it looks like skin and … [Read more...]