travel and beauty journalist who writes under the name of Rosie McKechnie has found some great products for all you yummy 40 somethings to try.

Rosie, who has worked all over the world, likes to be behind the lens sometimes too and enjoys keeping an air of mystery about her. Read her tips for all of you in your forties. 


Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Palette, £37.50


This autumn it’s all about smoky eyes, but what to do when you’re like me and your best efforts leave you looking like a panda caught in the rain? There’s a simple answer: a trip to your nearest Bobbi Brown counter for a quick lesson.

Just 15 minutes later and I was not only looking and feeling fab, but armed with enough top tips from the lovely Bobbi Brown girls which meant even a novice like me couldn’t get it wrong. Armed with the gorgeous Smoky Eye Palette, I can achieve a subtle look for daytime with the velvety-rich shades and plenty more oomph for a night out with a bit of grown-up sparkle.

Super sleek, the mirror compact handily includes a dual ended shadow and liner brush for expert application on the go. Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Palette, £37.50, from


Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier shower cream and body lotion, £9.50


For a beauty junkie like me, nothing beats the instant hit I get from a wander around a Marks & Spencer beauty hall. Jam-packed with everything from must-have cult products and French pharmacy favourites to niche brands, it really is paradise.

I’m currently loving the Roge r& Gallet Fleur de Figuier shower cream and body lotion.

The fresh and indulgent fragrance is the perfect way to start the day. Inspired by the delicious fruit that grows near the mountains of Esterel in Provence , it is a million miles away from a rainy Monday morning in Blighty.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier shower cream, £9.50, and body lotion, £13, from


BareMinerals Bring on the Night Collection, £45


Note to Santa: at the top of my Christmas list this year is the beautiful Bring on the Night Collection from BareMinerals.

I’m not usually a fan of boxed make-up sets, they always look really enticing but when I get down to the nitty gritty of using the products, half of the colours don’t really suit me and it’s all a bit of a let down.

Not with this perfectly put-together package. There are eight full-size products, from a Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in a very wearable candied pink to pink blush, glittering indigo and bronze eye colours, mascara, Mineral Veil finishing powder and a face brush.

The best thing is it costs £45, pretty amazing when the products all add up to a total value of £138. Better start Christmas shopping soon, Santa, I hear these kits are flying off the shelves. BareMinerals Bring on the Night Collection, £45, from

Arabelle Fight Back Serum, £32.50


A brand that is new to me but has now become my new best friend, Arabelle Skin Sense are the makers of the fabulous Fight Back Serum.

I warm just a couple of drops in my hands and massage into my face at night, after toner when the skin in still damp. Rich in vitamins and essential oils known for their regenerative properties, it is packed with avocado oil, frankincense, geranium, pomegranate seed oil, rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil and all-important co-enzyme Q10.

It goes without saying that it smells heavenly. Skin feels wonderfully toned and supple and the fragrance will waft you off to the sweetest of dreams. Arabelle Skin Sense Fight Back Serum, £32.50, from