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. 


Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Toxic, £15.50

This is the perfect pop of colour to brighten up a winter day… and now that the snow has arrived, you will love this little burst of pink.

This  has a matt finish and is just enough to give your peepers a pretty boost.

Smooth across with a slick of mascara during the day, then build the shade to a deeper tone with black liner for a night out.

Like all Illamasqua products, the eye shadow is highly pigmented and the pure colour means it lasts all day long. Perfect if you’re on the go and don’t have time for touch ups.


Melvita Extraordinary Rose Water, £12.40

Since my early teens, yes way, way back in the mists of time, I have cleansed, toned and moisturised every day. It was a routine drummed into me by my local Avon lady. I oohed and aahed over her box of samples of the latest lipstick colours and wondered what would go with my new dress for the school disco, she went back to basics and told me to start with good skin, and I will be forever grateful.

Now many people ‘pooh pooh toners’: they’re a waste of money, you don’t need to use it if you have properly cleansed … I’ve heard all the reasons but I just don’t agree. With fairly sensitive skin, I find toner rebalances after cleansing and before serum and moisturiser. (They didn’t have serum in my lovely Avon lady’s day.) If I don’t use it my skin feels dry and looks blotchy, and I only use the most gentle of cleansers so there’s no argument they strip my skin of natural oils. In fact I put that much faith in a toner I have searched dusty shelves in corner shops on Indonesian islands and in the depths of Nepal to find a bottle when I’ve been travelling and have run out.

Anyway, on to Melvita’s Extraordinary Rose Water. Yes it’s a toner but unlike any I have used before. First, it smells glorious: a delicate yet envigorating feelgood fragrance that makes the perfect start and finish to the day. Secondly, formulated with hyularonic acid from soya and organic glycerine, it locks in moisture. Repairing and astringent, the rose essential water also helps to firm the skin. Natural and organic, more then 81% of the ingredients come from organic farming so there are no nasty chemicals in there. Try it, you’ll love it.


Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer, £32

The dull light at this time of year does nothing for anyone who wants a glowing complexion. Tell me something we don’t know, I hear you say.

Lines and creases are enough to deal with but I feel I’m battling an unwinnable war with shadows and dark circles. I’ve been blaming the lighting in the bathroom but we have enough spotlights in the ceiling to light up the runway at Heathrow. There’s no denying it, the shadows and dark circles are definitely on my face.

How to tackle them? Concealers and illuminators seem to build up and my eyes look packed with make up. No eye cream I’ve used has really done the job – until now. I’ve been lightly tapping on Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer day and night for the past few weeks and I can definitely see a diminishing of those pesky shadows. They haven’t disappeared completely, I don’t expect miracles, but they aren’t as bad. I have noticed an added bonus – lines around my eyes look smoother. Hooray!


Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, £26

One of my favourite new launches of the year so far, this product just makes me look and feel great and I’m not arguing with that.

There are three shades to choose from: rose, champagne and peach, choose the one closest to your skin tone and watch the magic work. I use it during the day under foundation, it’s a great base, giving a subtle healthy glow. There’s no shine or shimmer, you won’t look like a 13-year-old, just a grown-up who looks really well.

The product has make up and skincare benefits so it’s getting to work to give skin a boost as well as look good. Rich in plant extracts, it is super hydrating as well as illuminating.

I’ve also used it on top of make up, dotted onto cheeks to give a soft focus glow, and just on its own, almost like a tinted moisturiser, with a smudge of lipgloss and mascara for an off-duty look that’s quick and easy.