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You’d think doing this column every week I would run out of products, but thanks to the neverending launches there are still loads of things that I’m obsessing over…Thank god.
There is a super chic nail and brow salon in Mayfair, aptly named Nails & Brows. I have been known to frequent said salon on many occasion to get my nails done. However, I have never ventured up to their brow mezzanine, as I don’t like to touch my hairy caterpillars. Call me crazy, but a groomed brow just isn’t very me. The only time I go near them with a pair of tweezers is when my boyfriend points out that I’m a few stray hairs away from monobrow-town. (F.Y.I. I have heard that their brow treatments are off-the-chain fantastic. So if you find yourself in the area, do pop in.) The salon’s founder, Sherrille Riley, recently launched her own range of brow products. The Beauty Edit – Mayfair has everything from brushes and pencils to highlighters and setting gels. But what I want to talk about is their pencil sharpener. A pencil sharpener? Yes, I’m fully aware that this doesn’t sound like the most exciting product in the range, but for some reason I’ve fallen in love with it. It might be because it’s resolved my sharpener issue – I hate carrying around one for my eyeliners and one for my chubby lipsticks pencils. They take up so much bloody space. This one has two slots. Problem solved. In my opinion it’s the ultimate makeup bag accessory and I think everyone should own one.
Mugler fragrances have the ability to divide nations. They’re a little bit like Marmite. (Incidentally, I like Marmite. In case you were wondering.) They are so punchy – you simply cannot sit on the fence about them. You either love them or you hate them. I’m not exactly enamoured with Angel – in fact I actually can’t stand the smell. But I have a friend whose loyalty to it runs so deep, she won’t even bother trying anything else. Alien on the other hand, I love, love, love. I first smelt it in 2007 walking down a street in Camden and actually ran after the girl who was wearing it, just to ask what it was. It’s been in my fragrance wardrobe ever since. And now there’s Aura. Aura is another powerhouse. It’s a little bit sweet at first (very Parma Violets) and then you get a whiff of green, followed by something medicinal. I’m not sure if I’ve sold it to you, but I honestly think it’s out-of-this world fantastic. But I could tell you that a thousand times, but like any Mugler fragrance, you could just as easily dislike it.
In my opinion, eye creams are a lot like true love. Finding ‘the one’ takes time and I’m still on my quest to find mine. I’ve got lots that I like and use regularly, but I haven’t found one yet that I’m so crazy about I stop using others. My latest squeeze is this Dermalogica one. It’s not strictly a cream, more of a gel treatment mask. With traditional eye creams, they tell you to apply a teeny tiny amount, with this one you whack on a generous layer with the cooling metal applicator tip and after five minutes either remove the excess or massage in. It’s said to brighten dark circles and de-puff, which is basically all my Tinder profile asks for. We’ve not had long together, so I owe it a bit of time before I take the plunge and make ta commitment. I’ll let you know if we decide to make it official.
Whenever we find out that Sunday Riley has a new range of products coming out, the beauty industry can’t wait to get our hands on it. We love and trust this mega-skincare brand so much. So does Stella McCartney. Sunday Riley facialists are always backstage at her shows getting the model’s faces ready. Talk about one heck of a testimonial. They don’t have a huge range of products, but each one is specifically targeted, so there’s bound to be one that you’ll fall in love with. I personally cannot get enough of Tidal – their super moisturising day cream. However, I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to talk to you about their first venture into vitamin c products - the C.E.O range, which includes a cleansing oil, serum and moisturiser. I don’t actually use a vitamin c product, even though I know I should, because it brightens, tightens and acts as one heck of an antioxidant. So I obviously had no issue at all with giving these a bash. The cleansing oil was beautiful and I would definitely use it again, but I found the moisturiser slightly too sticky. But the serum is tip-top, stand-out-impressive. I noticed an instant brightness to my complexion and with regular use it’s said to even out skin tone and help fight spots. C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum + Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream = a glow that my entire office are jealous of.
Right, before you click away from the screen at the thought of a cream for your Bum Bum, this is actually a body butter. Feel a little calmer now? Good. I mean you could, and should, be moisurising your bum bum, but it isn’t only for your arse. If you haven’t spotted this cream on Instagram yet, what have you been scrolling through? It’s Brazil’s biggest export - after their football team. And Giselle. I’ve never been to Brazil, but I imagine that Copacabana smells a lot like this cream – it’s tropical, it’s sweet, it’s holiday in a tub. It also has guarana (a climbing plant from the maple family, in case you didn’t know) extract in it – which apparently has 5x more caffeine in it than coffee, meaning that it’s even better at skin firming and boosting circulation. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for a good body cream, then I don’t know what is.
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