I’m not going to lie – the above bear no relation to one another whatsoever, so I’m not going to attempt to throw a constructed veil over them to bring this post together neatly. That said, here’s a breakdown of the random smattering of things that have titillated me this week…
NAILS INC ALICE AND OLIVIA COLLABORATION // Back on track with a more typical autumn nail palette after falling for this one (which, by the by, is still going strong. I am exceedingly impressed). I like the whole lot but am particularly taken with the Ruby Night Sky shade on the left.
TRILOGY MAKE-UP BE GONE CLEANSING BALM // Aussie brand Trilogy make the most lauded (and inexpensive) rosehip oil out there, but despite the brand’s cult status, they’ve been slow in expanding the range, only releasing new products when they feel they’ve got the formula right. This cleansing balm is made with organic plant oils and looks suitably thick and buttery in the pot. I’ll keep you updated with my findings when I’ve finished my current cleansing balm, but my hopes, they’re high.
SHOW BEAUTY PURE TREATMENT OIL // The fanciest hair oil ever to grace my shelf. Cheap it ain’t, but if you like your stuff luxe, this is the one for you. I’ve tried it a few times and it’s performed well – a drop applied to damp hair rendered it silky and frizz-free, though not weighed down or greasy.
RIMMEL THE ONLY ONE LIPSTICK & EXAGGERATE FULL COLOUR LIP LINER // I went to the launch of these 15 lipsticks and 7 lip liners on Wednesday and came home feeling very excited to test them. Instead of promising anything wild like plumping or a colour that develops to individual lip heat etc., they’re just simple high-quality, old-fashioned buildable lipsticks with lipliners that cover the colour range. Post showing swatches to follow, but if you’d like to join the waiting list for them, click here.
SARAH CHAPMAN SKINESIS OVERNIGHT FACIAL SUPPLEMENT // Everyone’s always saying how sleep is conducive to beauty, and now Sarah Chapman’s extension to her Overnight Facial range is taking it a step further – these supplements are designed to flood skin with nourishment while you sleep so you wake with seriously improved skin in the morning. I popped two last night so it’s too early to tell on the skin front, though I did sleep mighty well…
ARBONNE ESSENTIALS HERBAL INFUSION BLEND // As a herbal tea aficionado, I can’t get enough of the stuff. This tea is my current afternoon choice – not caffeinated (I play by the rules, so no green tea after noon for me), and satisfyingly ‘clean’ tasting (herbal tea people, you’ll understand).
BD TRADE SECRETS DREAM SHIMMER HIGHLIGHTER in Radiant Bronze // In researching my affordable products post (coming soon, dear readers), I spoke to Tesco who told me this sells like hot cakes but, if I’m being entirely honest, I didn’t think I’d like this anywhere near as much as I do, basically because I’m a bit of a make-up snob. More fool me: it’s silky and beautiful – not shimmery, but sheeny, mimicking that look of health adeptly. The colours can be blended (as on the left) to make a wash of colour for the eyelid or used individually as a highlighter or shadow.
ILLAMASQUA RADIANCE VEIL // A primer designed to make skin glow: just the sort of thing I love. First impressions: not sure about the jar (might get a bit grimy, especially around the rim), but like the buttery, thick formula – as is to be expected from Illamasqua, this doesn’t pussyfoot around the make-up promise, which is in this case to make you GLOW. There’s a swatch of it on the right hand side of my hand above.