Inge Morrill is our research expert and apart from enjoying all things beauty, when it comes to the best deals and this season’s hotties, she’s your girl.
“Ok, so it’s not roasting hot yet but that’s because it is still spring. So I thought that before you reach for the suncreams and screens you could add some ‘Springspiration’ to your make-up bag with these fabulous beauty buys…”
Bobbi Brown, Nail Polish £11 in Pink Peony
Launched as part of the ‘Uber Pink Collection’ in February and still available at Bobbi Brown counters, I sampled nail polish ‘Pink Peony’ polish.
This bright but grown-up shade of bubblegum pink goes with absolutely everything and looks as fabulously flirty on toes and as it does on fingertips. Long lasting and super glossy, this polish ticks just about every box there is going. I loved it.
Bobbi Brown, Lip Gloss £18 in Popsicle
‘Popsicle’ Lip Gloss is a sweet and ultra pretty pop of pinkness, perfect for wearing on lighter spring days. Great colour and smooth application as ever with Bobbi Brown, plus the real benefits of soothing botanical extracts of avocado and Jojoba to keep lips soft and supple. Both from www.bobbibrown.co.uk
Aveda, Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation in Elm, £22
Last month, Beauty Box reviewed Aveda’s Tourmaline Cleanser Scrub and was wowed by the radiant effect it had on the skin. So this month, to find out if it had the same illuminating effect, we just had to try Aveda’s ‘Inner Light’ Flawless complexion range, which contains more of the light-diffusing Tourmaline mega-mineral.
I applied the powder foundation with a brush (Real Techniques) although a little sponge is included with the pan of colour, which would be great for on-the-go touch ups. The foundation can be applied wet or dry, increases skin radiance by 23% on application and is ideal for combination to oily skin types.
The coverage was even and light, and balanced up any uneven skin patches. I was a bit concerned that the coverage might feel heavy, but my skin felt really comfortable and I loved the natural matte finish. As for radiance, as with a lot of mineral based products the more you use it the more positive energising enhancements it gives, so I can only say that it made my skin feel great while I was wearing it. www.aveda.co.uk
NEW Benefit, Gimme Brow in Light/Medium, £17.50
Yummymummy rating 4.6
Yet again, Benefit are out there leading the rest of the beauty pack with their innovative products to make us look and feel just that little bit more gorgeous. Their award winning ‘Gimme Brow’ enhancing gel is a fiber rich formulation, which adheres to your brows adding fullness and definition.
I couldn’t wait to try this enhancing product because, when it comes to eyebrow styling, I’ve always been more of a Low Definition than a High Definition gal. I’ve checked out the Brow Bars, seen my friends bring home brow stencils and had mine dyed a darker shade at the salon, but normally a bit of home shaping, a touch of Bourjois eyebrow pencil and I’m done.
I found Gimme Brow brilliantly easy to use. The gel stayed on all day, was waterproof and easy to build to give brows a natural shape. It comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Deep colourways. Especially great for those of us with very light, sparse or overplucked brows or for Yummies with occasional greys making a not so welcome guest appearance. Watch Chloe Morello applying this little wonder on her vlog – see below, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
*NEW* NARS, Lip Gloss in Quito, £17.50
Yummymummy rating 4.7
Quito is a punchy suits all claret red, which will give impact and sophisticated shine when you need it most. Ultra smooth, long lasting and non-sticky, a really enjoyable wear with added Vitamin E to soften and soothe lips. Will be using this gloss until the very last drop.
NARS, The Multiple in Portofino, £30
We love an on-the-go 3 minute multi-tasker at Beauty Box and ‘The Multiple’ has all the bases covered for subtle and sheer blendable colour for eyes, lips and cheeks.
I trialed Portofino, a classic shimmering coral shade perfect to give a hint of spring glamour.
Applied with fingertips, the unique creamy formula blended so easily on my cheeks to give a natural pinched cheeked glow which can be built up or toned down. Pull the look together by applying to lips with a gloss over the top, or a hint of the coral on eyes will make grey, blue and green eyes pop! The added bonus here is the anti-oxidant goodness of Vitamin E and Acai Oil. A multi-purpose winner and recently re-launched in a range of 7 gorgeous shades from rosy brights to burnished bronzes, encased in the iconic kinktastic NARS black rubber. We love. www.narscosmetics.co.uk