Tara’s Favourite Finds – from our resident beauty boffin… Tara Adamson, our self-confessed beauty addict.

She is the David Attenborough of the beauty industry because what she doesn’t know about the latest products out there, isn’t worth knowing. Trust her, she knows her beauty…

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Clarins Be Long Mascara, £21

Ever on the quest to find that perfect mascara, I tried out Clarins’ new Intense Black, Be Long Mascara. It comes in an sophisticated little square tube which feels comfortable to hold and doesn’t slip in the hand.

It has sturdy wand with a small, flexible brush head set at a slight angle which makes it easy to manoeuvre, stretching the lashes out to the max. The brush coats every single little lash with deepest, darkest black mascara and gives fantastic separation, length and hold to the curl courtesy of carnauba wax and a filmogenic polymer; the formula itself fortifies lashes and claims to boost lash growth.

Be Long doesn’t smudge or clump, even when you layer it up, and there is no eye irritating flakiness. This great mascara is long wearing, but easy enough to remove with a dedicated eye make up remover, micellar water or regular cream/balm cleanser. Time will only tell as to whether this will be my new favourite!


Eyeshadow Quartet Mineral Palette in No. 11 Forest, £30

This beautiful Eyeshadow Palette with its luxurious gold casing contains a quad of stunning, neutral, earthy toned shades in soft, light reflective shimmery colours complete with two sponge tipped applicators and a good sized mirror.

The shades consist of a mid toned khaki green with a gentle golden shimmer; a deep brown with a subtle goldy/bronzy sparkle, a beautiful metallic mocha and finally a shimmery ivory gold. The shades are super flattering and versatile enough to create a multitude of looks; they can be used dry to create a light colour wash for the day, or wet for more depth of colour giving a more dramatic smokey evening eye; the darkest brown can easily double up as an eyeliner as well.

These eyeshadows are long lasting and beautifully blendable; there is good colour payoff with very little fallout. This is a beautiful palette containing flattering, elegant shades, perfect for the autumn/winter season.


Bourjois Java Rice Powder, £9.99

Based on their best-selling product from 1869 and to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, Bourjois have re-released their gorgeous Poudre de Riz de Java.

When lightly dusted over the face with a big fluffy brush, this translucent, super fine milled powder instantly gives skin the most stunning radiance and a beautiful velvety texture.

I have to mention the smell of the powder; it’s utterly gorgeous, and for some reason conjures up images in my head of glamorous 1950’s film stars! I love the chic retro styled packaging of Poudre de Riz de Java which comes in a neat little screw topped pot; inside is a great little cover which you twist to release exactly how much powder you want.

Available in one shade which suits all skin tones, this is a pale pinky peach setting powder with a very delicate iridescence, however, it isn’t at all glittery once on the skin; it just gives a beautiful luminescence which really lights up the face leaving you with a beautiful healthy glow.


Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator, £49.50

I fell instantly in love with the super light texture of this gorgeous gel formula moisturiser. It melts into the skin with a lovely cooling, soothing sensation and leaves skin feeling soft, plumped and smoothed, perfectly prepped for makeup applicaton.

Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator contains Murad’s new RepleniCell™ technology which aims to deliver maximum hydration levels; it is a targeted treatment moisturiser designed to clear and tighten pores for a refined complexion and to boost collagen & plump skin for younger, smoother looking skin.

I love the hygienic packaging of this Hydrator which comes in an easy to use, opaque plastic tube with screw top lid; I only wish more moisturisers were packaged like this rather than in pots. Murad’s Hydrator contains Kombucha Collagen Defense® to stimulate collagen production, Lentil Seed Extract and Witch Hazel to tighten pores and help control excess oil production and Cinnamon Extract to restore by reducing any sore inflammation.

Having used this moisturiser for a few weeks now my skin feels more balanced and less oily around my t-zone; on the odd occasion when I have had a breakout, my skin seems to heal quicker than usual. This daily moisturiser is suitable for all skin types, however, I think it would work wonders on oily, blemish prone skins.


Clinique Superprimers, £20

Clinique’s new lightweight Superprimers have been created to ensure a perfect canvas for make-up application and to ensure a long lasting, smoother finish to your foundation. They leave skin velvety soft, even toned and lightly mattified and have been created using the ‘theory of colour science; each pigmented shade was created to neutralise the contrasting complexion concern’.

Available in six colour correcting and perfecting shades, these lightweight, oil-free, silicone based primers smooth and improve the texture of the skin, blurring the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

The Universal Face Primer is a colourless formula that instantly smoothes skin to provide a perfect canvas for foundation application, Colour Corrects Dullness; a pink tinted primer which corrects dull, lacklustre skin for a vibrant, radiant base, Colour Corrects Redness; a yellow tinted primer which corrects skin redness to create a neutral, even base, Colour Corrects Sallowness; a lavender tinted primer to correct sallow skin for a healthy looking base, Colour Corrects Discolourations; a peach tinted primer which helps colour correct dark spots, acne scars and areas of hyper pigmentation for a brighter, even-toned base, and finally Colour Corrects Dullness in Deeper Skins; a soft, pearled bronze tinted primer which helps to correct ashiness and dullness on deeper complexions for a radiant, healthy looking base.

I tried the Colour Corrects Superprimers for Dullness and the one for Redness and to be completely honest, I think the colour correcting abilities are a little too subtle and not pigmented enough to make a huge heap of difference. However, saying that, they are fantastic when helping to diffuse fine lines & pores to create a perfect base and for ensuring a long lasting, velvety soft finish to your makeup. £20 each from


OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel – Illuminating Vitamin Facial Cleanser, £32.50

If you like the smell of Oskia’s amazing Renaissance Mask, then you’re just going to love this Illuminating Vitamin Facial Cleanser; I do! Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a non-foaming peachy pink gel/balm type formula in an easy to use pump dispenser so you can control exactly how much you use.

Massage gently onto dry skin (including the eye area) and it transforms into an soft oil which feels deliciously silky on the skin; emulsify with a little warm water and watch your make-up just melt away.

It easily sweeps away impurities, dirt and heavy makeup leaving skin feeling super soft and smooth, moisturised, nourished and feeling utterly gorgeous; its an absolute joy to use. Suitable for all skin types and free from silicones, parabens, sulphates, colorants, artificial fragrances, this cleanser also smells divine. Soothing, lightly exfoliating and restorative, Renaissance Cleansing Gel contains (amongst other things,) skin boosting vitamins A, B², C & E; proteins, lipids, Omega 6, Magnesium and Sulphur from MSM, which I find particularly calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory on stressed skin; this is definitely my new favourite go-to cleanser.