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Pals, how are you? Happy Friday. If this is the first Powder Picks you've read, you've missed a great deal. I've been rattling on about my favourite beauty products of the week for nine weeks now. It's been a journey. One that if you've been following it every week, I hope you have enjoyed. This week I couldn't get enough of makeup. There were collaborations, new brands announcements and exciting new realeases galore... Here are my fave five.
Fans of the brand will already be familiar with their Double Wear foundation cushion sticks, which in my opinion are completely genius. Why? Because Double Wear is an excellent foundation – not too pigmented, not too sheer – you can control the amount you apply with the handy twist mechanism and the cushion applicator is essentially a Beauty Blender. So it’s no surprise that I love their new highlight and bronze sticks just as much. The highlighter is a beautiful cool pink that picks up the light subtly, but gives me such a glowing boost that I can’t get enough of. If I’m going full whack with my makeup look, like for a wedding or a night out, I’ll pair it with the bronze to sculpt my face. The best thing about contouring with these is how easy it is to blend it all in, thanks to the cushion sponge.
Whilst most people keep their glitter tucked away at the back of their wardrobes with their sequinned tops and bumbags, only to get it all out come festival time, I am a firm believer in glitter and sparkle at any opportunity – even an evening at the pub. I’m not talking full on 3D stars across my face, but a nice hint of something shiny – like this Topshop liner. Yes it’s white metallic so isn’t exactly understated, but if I draw a really fine line on my top eyelid and then apply lashing of jet-black mascara, it brightens my eyes and makes me look more alive (which is always a good thing).
If you don’t know who Jonathan Adler is, he is a marvellous interior guru with an eponymous brand that sells incredible homewares that I really wish that I had enough money to fill my house with. He has a cushion on his website for £165 – definitely not within my budget. However, I can now have a little bit of Jonathan Adler in my life thanks to his new limited edition collaboration with Clinique. This stunning lipstick case screams Alder, with its geometric shapes and jewel coloured top. Plus Capri Pop is one of my favourite pinky-reds from the Clinique lipstick catalogue. I have no idea why the two brands have come together, but I am beyond thankful.
Cream or powder? The age-old question. Tom Ford’s response to that question is this dreamy eye-duo, which celebrates both textures. And who’s going to argue with Mr Ford? Not. Me. First I use my fingers to apply the cream all over my eyelids – it looks quite bronzey in the pot, but actually goes on a stunning mink that I swear suits all skin tones. The powder needs a little encouragement in my opinion, so I actually grab the end of my brush and smash it up a bit so that I can get more product onto my brush. Please refrain from any horrified reactions. I then dust this on top of the cream, into the creases and the corner of my eye, for something a little more POW.
Something incredibly exciting happened this week. Bleach, the hair salon famed for making pink and green hair stylish and loved by Pixie Geldof, Georgia May Jagger and me (they once gave me My Little Pony rainbow hair, for which I am still grateful), launched their makeup range. I love their range of hair dyes that are stocked at Superdrug and now I love their makeup range. Louder Powders, the brands eye shadows, are heavily pigmented, come in 41 shades, are vegan and guess what? They cost under £5. If you want to learn anything about being cool, you need to take note of this brand, as they basically wrote the rulebook. Pop back onto the site next week for the full review of the whole collection.
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