By Inge Morrill
Give your Valentine’s Day make-up some added va va voom with this delightfully wicked selection of glamorous treats.
Too Faced, Sweethearts Blush, Peach Beach, £24
Yummymummy rating 4.7
Simply swirl a chunky blusher brush over the whole palette to give cheeks a subtle pop of colour. Choose from the peachy pink and hint of golden bronze of ‘Peach Beach’, the stronger spectrum pinks of ‘Something about Berry’ and the delicious sorbet tones of ‘Candy Glow’. I tested ‘Peach Beach’ with its pretty rose-gold iridescent gleam, which gave a warming sunkissed shimmer to my complexion on a winter’s morning. As perfect for every day as it is for giving us some Valentine twinkle!
Too Faced, Matte Eye Palette, £29.00
Yummymummy rating 4.5
Too Faced’s celebrity make-up guru and founder, Jerrod Blandino, has created this cutting-edge collection of subtle tones for day and night. This hard cover handbag-friendly palette of 9 subtle, sueded powders – 3 large lighter neutrals and 6 smaller colour tones, includes inspiring ‘How to’ guides to help you create a range of Fashion, Classic and Day looks.
The shadows are easy to blend, build and apply, and I loved the understated and tasteful shades and tones on offer here. Maybe I’m a bit picky, but I’ve found it quite difficult in the past to find just the ‘right’ shade of grey blue, heather tones or burnished brown, but this collection seems to have them all, a little pricy but great quality, so pretty impressed all round. www.toofaced.com and www.debenhams.com
*NEW* Smashbox, Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara, £18.00
I LOVE this new Eye Brightening mascara from Smashbox, because it does exactly what it claims to do! This winter, I’ve been buying and trying a lot of different mascaras in search of ‘the one’, and so far to be honest I’ve been pretty underwhelmed, as they are either too clumpy and lumpy or not thickening enough. Until now that is!
Smashbox’s 3-in-1 mascara instantly curls by 100% (yes, it really does!), lifts and lengthens each lash and brightens the eye, giving a natural, wide-eyed appearance rather than the ‘spiders legs’ look which I’ve found with some other brands. The light but long-wearing formula won’t weigh lashes down and the slim tapered wand lifts lashes to curl into place. The eye-brightening science bit is care of patented ‘Blue Prism Technology,’ which blends micas, titanium and blue pigments to enhance the whites of your eyes. So, it looks like my quest for a star mascara is well and truly OVER!
*NEW* Smashbox, Full Exposure Palette, £36.00
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We’ve got some Smashbox eye candy for you here. Their new Full Exposure Palette features 14 wearable shades of nude to black in shimmers and mattes. The illustrated ‘How to’ guide helps you achieve the best day, night or defined look for 6 different eye shapes. A specially designed double-ended brush is included for smooth application and a sample of Full Exposure Mascara deluxe is an added bonus for you to try. www.smashbox.co.uk
Clarins, Joli Rouge, Clarins Red, £18.00
It’s official – men find women wearing red lipstick more attractive – apparently this is one of the findings from the latest round of scientific research. Which is handy for those of us who love the power and impact of a confident rocking red but we don’t need a report to tell us that! Clarins Joli Rouge range of classic creamy lipsticks combines intense colour with silky-smooth shine. I tested ‘Clarins Red,’ a strikingly gorgeous, true ‘hot’ red. Just the thing when you want a strong colour to balance a healthy glow on the cheeks and neutral eyes.
Formulated with extreme shine Maxi Lip Complex, combined with Mango butter, tripeptide, pro-ceremides and vitamin E, to help plump and hydrate lips. So the more you use Joli Rouge the softer and more luscious your lips will become.
After application my lips felt soft and comfortable. The super glam colour stayed true with no feathering all morning, needing just a touch of reapplication at lunch. Add this red to your Valentine’s Day make-up arsenal to knock his socks off! www.clarins.co.uk
*NEW* Limited edition from Bobbi Brown for Valentines Day.
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In the words of the fabulous Bobbi Brown – “Pink is the colour that makes everyone look instantly pretty”. To tie in with this ethos, Bobbi has created her new, limited edition ‘Uber Pink Collection’.
Choose from Illuminating Bronzer, formulated with sheer powder and subtle pearls to give cheeks a wash of pink with light shimmer: £27.00; Lip Color in a choice of bright and bold or chic and classic pink, to leave lips modern and polished: £19.00; Lip Gloss for a pop of pink shine, with botanical extracts to keep lips soft and supple: £18.00 and Nail Polish in two flirty shades of Pink Cloud and Pink Peony: £11.00. Uber Pink is available from February 2014.