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This week the weather has got me down. It’s July and on one day I wore a scarf. There's been a distinct lack of sun shining through my window every morning. But alas, through the darkness came these products and guess what?! Today the sun is shining. These are shiny happy products and I think you should buy each and every one of them.
Everyone goes wild, and I mean wild, for an Urban Decay Naked palette and I have no doubt in my mind that the same will be said for the new Naked Heat, which came out yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spotted lots of people sporting stunning deep, warm-toned, red eye shadow recently and it looks so stunning. I very rarely wear anything but mascara on my eyes, least of all a coloured shadow, but I have to be honest I was desperate to try this look out. Luckily for me, Naked Heat landed on my desk and has these two rich reds slap bang in the middle of the twelve shadows. He Devil is a matte burnt orange that I’ve been using as a base and Dirty Talk, which is essentially the shimmer version of He Devil. I dust this on top of the matte, on the outer edges of my eyes. I am embracing the 'red-eye' and it looks damn good. There’s a reason why these palettes do so well and it’s because the pigments are incredible and last all day. Congrats to Urban Decay for another top palette that makes us all want to embrace the ‘naked’.
I am lucky that at my ripe old age of 29, I can finally say that spots don’t plague me any more. When I graduated from university, I had to pose for my official photograph with a beard of spots. A beard of spots. Let's all take a moment to picture that. Not nice is it? Imagine everytime you visit your granny seeing that on her mentelpiece. They popped up (excuse the bad pun) on every inch of my skin. Looking in the mirror was very difficult. But like I said, now that I’m nearing 30, I’ve finally turned my back on the daily stress they used to cause me. This doesn’t mean to say that I don’t occasionally get a few breakouts around my period or if I’ve eaten particularly badly, but when I do I attack them head on. My favourite way to do this is with cotton pads infused with salicylic acid. I swipe them over the affected areas morning and night until the inflammation calms. Typically these have alcohol in them and tingle like crazy and dry me out. I’m really pleased that I’ve found these Medik8 pads – they exfoliate my skin, dissolve the dirt and oil, but don’t contain alcohol, so I’m not left with skin that’s dryer than the Sahara. Hooray.
You might not know who Sam McKnight is, but you will definitely know his work. He used to do Princess Diana’s hair (he’s the one who chopped it all off after her spilt with Charles), he does all of the Chanel shows and campaigns and he’s detangled Kate Moss’ barnet many a time. What this chap doesn’t know about hair is probably complete tosh. He’s a genius. And he also happens to be a really really lovely guy, who loves to garden (follow him on Instagram for regular floral updates). So I am beyond excited about the fact that he has just launched his own collection of four styling products, exclusive to Liberty. There’s a hairspray, a texturising spray, a spray that makes up-dos easier and my favourite: the Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo. Why? Because I am eternally the Lazy Girl. If I can get an extra day or two out of my hair, I’m going to try. This finer than fine spray is a little more sophisticated that your typical dry shampoos. For the best results, McKnight suggests spraying onto your roots and then blow-drying your hair on the cold nozzle with a bristle brush to work the product in. It’s incredibly effective – you’re not left with that crusty feel at your roots, which means us lay girls can definitely avoid washing for a good couple of days.
If I were a smoker, I would insist on smoking with a long cigarette holder just like Audrey Hepburn. It just looks bloody chic. I’m fully aware that it is a gross habit, and I don’t even think they sell them anymore, but you have to admit she looked great with one. However, I am not smoker, so will not be parading around town with one. Luckily, I have found an alternative that is not only much better for my health, but is in actual fact much more fashionable. Hourglass’s new Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick (there’s a mouthful for you!) comes in a fabulously weighty thin, gold, pointed holder. Once you’ve finished the lipstick, you simply buy a refill. If I do say so myself, I look a lot like Audrey when I take it out my handbag to reapply my lippie.
I cannot stress how much this isn’t a lipbalm. I mean yes it softens your lips and keeps them conditioned and hydrated, but there’s much more to this little bullet of joy. The key to this fab product is that it’s completely unsticky, so lipstick glides on like a dream, and it’s colourless, so any shade on top will pop. Think of the benefits of wearing a primer before foundation and base coat before your nail polish. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your lips? And you can buy this at your local M&S. It's not just a lip primer, it's an M&S lip primer.
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