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People often doubt Victoria Beckham and she continues to prove these people wrong. I grew up in the 90s, obsessed with the Spice Girls, so I have this weird thing engrained in me that means I think anything that she does is marvellous. Her first collection with Estee Lauder was brilliant – I am obsessed with the Morning Aura Illuminating Crème, it has this wonderful ability to make me look alive even on two hours sleep. So when she launched her second collection this week I was ready to fall in love all over again. And I did. With this mascara in particular. It’s so slim. Honestly, before I unscrewed the lid, I assumed they must have muddled it up with the eyeliner. But actually its thinness is what makes it so good. I don’t ever touch my lower lashes, but with this brush I’m able to and it doesn’t transfer onto my skin. It also means that I can really coat every lash to elongate my lashes. Victoria herself says, ‘it gives you that glossy, dramatic lash.’ Girl Power babes.
Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s make-up brand, went on sale this morning in store and online at Harvey Nichols and oh my goodness, have I been looking forward to this launch. And it didn’t disappoint. There are so many things to rave about: the Powder pink packaging, the multi-tasking brushes, the incredible formulas and the beyond useful Invisimatte Blotting Paper that comes in a little roller with a mirror and serrated edge for precise removal. But the thing that this brand should be heralded for is the vast shade range of its foundation. There are 40 in total, so everyone is sure to find one that suits. Why is this so amazing? Because you would be shocked/horrified by the number of well-known beauty brands that don’t offer a full range of colours in their complexion products. Lots of them often leave out darker shades. Plus the formula itself is light, yet buildable so you get a medium to full matte coverage that seems to diffuse all unsightliness. Sold
Brands keep coming up with ingenious ways to apply fragrance and I cannot get enough. I love Diptyque’s solid perfume pots, I die for Byredo’s Kabuki powder brushes and now Jo Loves has come up with the Fragrance Paintbrush! Inspired! It looks a little bit like a foundation brush on the end of a tube; you push the button at the bottom, which releases the scented gel into the bristles, then you simply paint the fragrance onto your pulse points, the back of your neck or wherever. How clever is that? It’s brilliant for travel and I now chuck it in hand luggage. What will they come up with next?!
I’m not one to watch too many makeup tutorials on YouTube, I tend to zone out after about ten seconds. But I do love watching a clip of someone applying lipstick. There’s something so intriguing about the way they do it. Everyone has different shaped lips, so inevitably the application is different as well. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not actually that good at it. It’s a bit like when I was a kid – I just cannot keep inside the lines… Bourjois new Rouge Velvet Lipstick is helping me a lot. The bullet is slightly concave so that when you put it on, it moulds to the roundness and kind of takes the shape of my lips. The tip is also thinner than the bottom; so accurately tracing the Cupid’s bow is no longer a desperate chore. A few more months with this and I might just be the one doing step-by-steps on Insta.
When I was at university I used to wear Chanel Chance. I felt grown up and young in equal measures every time I spritzed it on myself and I loved it. But I think I loved it a little too much and eventually overdosed. Now when I get a whiff of it, I picture excessive cider drinking, terribly tight and unflattering outfits and horrifically awful home-cooked pesto pasta. I thought about moving onto Chanel No.5 as there’s something incredibly smart about No.5, but was told promptly by my boyfriend that I wasn’t allowed to as his mother is a devoted wearer and he couldn’t deal with the confusion. And so for the past eight years I haven’t owned a Chanel fragrance. A travesty in my opinion. On 1st September Chanel released its first new fragrance in 15 years and I am very very thankful. It’s exactly what I want from a fragrance: a buffet of white flowers, which I say should be the centre of all perfumes as they scream sophistication. Now when I get a whiff of this I picture champagne, an outfit of head to toe black and truffle and prawn linguine.
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