Dear Santa …Christmas Beauty wishlist!

What beauty gifts are on your Dear Santa letter this year? There are so many fantastic beauty gifts to choose from, I whittled my list down to, er, 11 (I couldn't decide between the Benefit gift sets!) and here it is! Is there anything on mine that takes your fancy? Let's start at the top! How fabulously glamorous is the YSL Wild Edition Collector Palette (£69, yslbeauty.co.uk) with amazing eye, lip and cheek products in a leather case? … [Read more...]

Smashbox Contour Kit

I am not, and probably never will be, a big fan of the Kardashians. They're not really on my radar, if I am honest But, of course, you can't completely escape them, can you? And one thing I have paid a wee bit of attention to is how their love of contouring sent  that particular makeup trick to the top of our beauty tips lists! Here's Kim in that famous contouring image. I had my makeup done once for a ball, a good few years ago, and the … [Read more...]

Zelens launch colour range

Dr Marko Lens is the consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon behind the brand, Zelens, a brilliant skincare brand with products which combine natural ingredients with expert science for great results. Now, he's branching into colour with the Zelens Active Colour range  - but this is makeup with benefits, if you like. Every product does more than just add colour to the skin. There are 10 products in the range, from bases to blush, to lip … [Read more...]

Tom Ford Christmas Colour

Tom Ford has some new makeup on counter this month in his 'Holiday Colour' Collection. There aren't many new products at all - just a few eye colours and lipsticks, but the overall effect is as stylish as you would expect from Tom! The idea is to use these new products alongside existing Tom Ford products to create a gorgeous look. For Tom, there is nothing more dramatic than the perfect lip. So, the new Tom Ford Lip Colour Matte (£37) is a rich … [Read more...]

Eyelure at Marks and Spencer

Eyelure are another brand now available at the ever-expanding Marks and Spencer Your Beauty. Eyelure repackaged and revamped their products recently, and the packaging is great. It has an almost masculine vibe to it, don't you think? A sort of vintage, apothecary style. But what of the products? Well, there are loads, and they're all pretty good. I've just tried out the Eyelure Permanent Tint for Brows (£9.95), which was something new for me - … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks

Bobbi Brown's winter collection is Scotch on the Rocks. Not that it's reminiscent of Scotland, in any way, but rather inspired by legendary Lauren Bacall, the screen siren, who passed away earlier this year. We wonder if love of her life, Humphrey Bogart has scotch in his glass, in this festive family portrait with their son, Stephen? It's a sumptuous, luxurious collection, with gorgeous palettes (of course!) and every other product you could … [Read more...]

Clinique’s Nutcracker Suite

Clinique's sugary-pink Christmas collection is inspired by the world-renowned Christmas ballet classic The Nutcracker. "The collection was inspired by the characters, costumes and scenery of the performance," says Janet Pardo, Senior Vice President Clinique Global Product Development. "The tulles and velvet fabrics in vivid pinks, glittering whites and vibrant purples inspired us to develop a colour collection that brings to life the whimiscal … [Read more...]

Paul & Joe Autumn Winter Beauty

Paul & Joe Beaute are one of my absolute favourite beauty brands - but more to look at than use! Don't get me wrong, the products are great. But they are, as you may expect from a fashion brand, an absolute joy to look at! The general product packaging is lovely - gorgeous glass, retro shapes, and pastel pink. The Limited Editions they bring out are stunning. How many Limited pieces do I have on display on the shelves in my office? Quite a … [Read more...]

Don’t have fright brows with Paul and Joe!

It's Hallowe'en and this article I found on my Facebook feed last week gave me a real fright. it's about awful make up, but the most awful thing in every image to me seemed to the eyebrows! It reminded me of this list from a few years back - check out how BAD these eyebrows are! Why do people get it SO wrong! Eyebrows are so important - they shape your face (as well as stopping swet from running into your eyes!), and yet they are so often, just … [Read more...]

Clarins Eye Palette & Christmas Crackers

Clarins release another huge mineral eye makeup palette for Christmas, and this is actually a lovely gift for a Clarins fan, or an eyeshadow fan. And, what I love about it is, the eye makeup comes out, and you can use the banded box for trinkets, or other bits of makeup if you like. Cute. The palette contains 10 really wearable eye shadow shades, from vibrant gold to sultry grey. It has matte, satin and pearl finish shadows in it, perfect for a … [Read more...]