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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Mama Mio Limited Edition Discovery Sets, £18.50

Mama Mio have just released three lovely little limited Edition Discovery Sets which contain mini body products to help you get in shape for the summer (if it ever arrives on our shores!)

‘Be Smooth’ and ‘Be Firm’ include products to get you and your skin bikini ready, while ‘Be Ready’ includes pregnancy-safe products. These fantastic kits make great travel companions and also great gifts.

Be Ready – perfect for expectant yummies; this fabulous kit contains Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter, O Mega Super-Rich Body Cream, O Mega Shower Cream and the delicious smelling O Mega Wonder-Full Balm.

Be Smooth – a super moisturising kit, particularly good for dry skin; consists of O Mega Body Buff Exfoliator, O Mega Body Oil and O Mega Super-Rich Body Cream to leave your skin super smooth, perfectly hydrated and bikini ready. Be Firm – A buffing, toning & firming trio comprising O Mega Body Buff Exfoliator; Skin Tight Toning Serum and the fabulous Boob Tube which I reviewed for last year. Each set £18.50, From


Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream, £28

At last, Clarins have finally jumped on the bandwagon and released their BB Skin Perfecting Cream. This comes in an easy to use tube containing 45ml of 100% mineral, oil-free Perfecting Cream with the added bonus of SPF 25; it lasts for ages as you only need to use a tiny little blob.

This product has a lot more coverage than other BBs I’ve tried, but still manages to feel lightweight on the skin and to be soft, natural looking and non cakey. It has more coverage than a tinted moisturiser, but a little less than a foundation helping to even out skin tone and disguise imperfections, redness & highly pigmented patches.

It is long lasting, without the need to touch up halfway through the day and has a radiant, creamy satin finish which looks beautiful in the summer sun (which we are expecting any moment now; promise!)

I tried 01 Light, which, to be honest was still a little too dark for me; it was more like a regular medium shade. It’s quite a thick formula so it takes some time blending it out, but with a little bit of a tan, this may be a good colour match for me over the summer months.

This product comes in 3 shades, and while it would be perfect for those with medium and darker skin tones, unfortunately, it may not be great match for those with paler complexions. £28 for 45ml from 0800 036 3558.


Jo Malone Home Fragrance Collection – English Pear & Freesia, £48

For a limited period of time, Jo Malone has extended their divine English Pear & Freesia fragrance collection so that you can surround yourself in this delicious, restful scent.

If you’re not familiar with English Pear & Freesia, its a beautifully fresh, lightly fruity & delicately floral classic English scent “… the sensuousness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. A luscious and golden scent.”

Fragrance your rooms with the Scent Surround Diffuser (£48); a classically chic glass bottle, complete with silvery collar and striking black reeds. Safer to use than a candle especially around the little ones, plus it looks gorgeous anywhere in your home. Scent Surround Sachets (£40 for a set) are delicately fragranced little black and cream satiny pillows to scent your drawers; if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated than the norm, then these may well be perfect for you. This collection screams quality and style with its beautiful black and cream packaging; perfect as a treat for yourself or as a special gift for your BFF. From


Color WOW Root Coverup, £28.50

Not enough time to get to the salon to have your roots redone? This little wonder product camouflages those pesky roots instantly, extends the life of your hair colour and covers up root regrowth and grey hairs; yes, you read that right, it even covers greys!

Created by Internationally acclaimed hair stylist John Freida and beauty innovator Gail Federici, this is revolutionary make-up for your hair. I have blonde hair, but this little beaut is also available in Light Brown, Medium Brown and Dark Brown; one little box will last for around 60 applications.

Root Coverup comes in a neat powder compact complete with good sized mirror and double ended brush so you can apply the product exactly where you need it; neat enough to fit into your handbag for touch-ups on the go and especially handy in different lights. This product is quick to use and mess free plus it doesn’t dry your hair or scalp out; it is multi-tonal and leaves your hair shiny and natural looking. One extra bonus is that it’s also water resistant, so it won’t come off in the sea, pool or shower and lasts for a few washes with shampoo. £28.50 for 3.1g from