Clinique Chubby Stick – Shadow Tint for Eyes, £16
If you’re after a big hit of colour, these are possibly not for you; however, if you’re after a delicate, shimmery wash of colour, then these will be right up your street! They are effortless to use, even for novices and very forgiving; not as harsh as powder eyeshadows, plus, there is never any fallout. The shape of the tip perfectly fits the contour of your eyelid and helps to make application foolproof.
Lightweight, buttery soft and long lasting, these are super cool, chunky crayons which deliver a delicate, semi-sheer wash of colour; I’ve been using an eyeshadow primer prior to application as they do have a tendency to crease a little. These Eye Shadow Tints look more heavily pigmented when swatched on your hand than they do when used on the eyelid; I’ve been playing with Bountiful Beige, Fuller Fudge and Lots O’Latte – beautiful natural colours which blend together seamlessly. They are available in 12 easy to wear shades with great names such as Whopping Willow and Curvaceous Coal; perfect for a quick pop of colour for us gals on the go. www.clinique.co.uk
We have a new column for you – 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…
Yes! Nurse Handcream, £5.49
Launched over a year ago, to much acclaim, Yes! Nurse was originally created by a paediatric nurse. It was developed specifically for nurses who had similar problems to herself, due to the need for constant hand-washing. We often neglect our poor hands, and because they’re so busy, we really should remember to give them a little extra TLC.
Yes! Nurse is a thick, intensively moisturising cream which is absorbed almost instantly, leaving hands soft, soothed and hydrated with absolutely no stickiness. It contains all natural ingredients such as wheat germ, sweet almond and pomegranate seed oils, active manuka honey, salicylic acid, aloe vera and willow bark extracts and vitamins B5 and E to “prepare lipid barrier protection, maintain balanced skin and restore and renew.” I’ve been applying it thickly every time I’ve washed my hands as they get so painfully dry, sore and cracked.
I often find handcreams really make my hands itch, but this was non irritating and left my hands feeling healed and protected. It comes in a neat little pocket-sized squeezy tube; I’m loving the simple, super cute packaging with funny sayings on the box – it made me smile! I only wish they start selling huge pump pots of this cream as I’m getting through it really quickly. Keep an eye out this summer for some exciting new products from Yes! Nurse; can’t wait. www.yesnurse.co.uk.
Doozle Truly natural skincare, £13
“Hand-made luxury products that promote beautiful, healthy skin and a sense of well-being. Made from 100% natural ingredients; NO synthetic chemicals or mineral oils.”
Jill was inspired to create her own bespoke range of totally natural products for the whole family when she became increasingly concerned about many of the ingredients found in skin care products.
All the ingredients used have a zero toxicity rating; they are often organic, fair trade and all ethically sound. Packaging used is all recyclable or biodegradable wherever possible. Jill’s gorgeous products are all handmade in small batches in beautiful Wiltshire; her collection currently consists of delicious lip balms, moisturising body butters, lotion bars and the fantastic Bite Bliss which is perfect for midgie bites. There are nourishing skin salves, facial serums, exfoliating scrubs, oils perfect for scars, thread veins and stretch marks and many products specially for babies and children. The products I tried also happen to be Doozle’s best selling products;
Sorry Skin Salve (£7.75 for 50ml or £13 for 100ml) this magical, buttery balm is intensely moisturising, non irritating and gently helps to restore skin. It can be used on any dry or sore patches needing a bit of TLC; protective and soothing, fantastic for problematic skin such as psoriasis or eczema, and
Nourishing Facial Serum (£6.95 for 10ml or £16.95 for 30ml) used at night, this is a luxurious, super soft and deeply nourishing facial oil. It helps to boost natural collagen production leaving skin repaired, beautifully moisturised, healthy and dewey. It has a divine, very uplifting scent and contains melon seed oil, apricot kernel oil, olive squalane, kukui nut oil, rosehip oil, plum kernel oil, geranium and neroli oils. Available from www.doozle.biz
Jo Malone Sugar & Spice Limited Edition Collection
Mmmm, mm, mmmmm! “Inspired by delectable ingredients. Delicately tempting. Impossible to choose. Delicious to wear.” Jo Malone never fails to surprise me with their imaginative fragrances, and this collection is no exception. Inspired by traditional British cakes and desserts and created by Jo Malone’s perfumer, Christine Nagel, this captivating collection comprises five delicious new fragrances. Trademark Jo Malone bottles, enrobed in pretty pastels and gorgeous images; for foodies like me, this is scent heaven.
Redcurrant & Cream – totally irresistible & eminently nuzzleable; my favourite one in the range. I do hope they make this a permanent feature in their collection. “A summer pudding. Sharp-scarlet juices of redcurrants, lush strawberries and raspberries, rippling through creamy musk. Vivacious and enticing.” This is a youthful, sweet scent, perfect for daytime wear.
Ginger Biscuit – “Just-baked biscuit. Spiced with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, melting into caramel. Butter-crumbly with roasted hazelnuts. Warmed by tonka bean and vanilla. Irresistible.” Lusciously sweet, warm and cozy.
Lemon Tart – “The mouth-watering tang of lemon tart. Sparkling with citrus fruits and verbena, contrasted with swirls of meringue and lemon thyme. Refreshing.” Uplifting and zingy; the perfect pick me up.
Bitter Orange & Chocolate – “The bite of bitter orange, layered with dark chocolate. Orange peel counterpoised with warm powdery cocoa, milky coconut and coumarin. Sumptuous and addictive.” A confident, powerful fragrance.
Elderflower & Gooseberry – “A voluptuous gooseberry fool. Crushed, summer-green gooseberries juicy with lychee, enfolded into the soft delicacy of elderflower. Tender and feminine.” A classic, fresh scent, perfect for Spring.
The only difficulty I’m having is which one to choose; I’d love them all! Predicted to be a total sell out; get your hands on these beauties fast.
30ml colognes each £38 from www.jomalone.com
Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms
Wow – these are seriously gorgeous! There’s a huge novelty value with these iconic Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms; they’re so unusual to look at – slightly space age & uber cool. The chic gold casing is nicely solid so it can withstand being knocked around in your handbag and the lid closes with a reassuring click. Inside is a lipstick shaped bullet; but here’s the futuristic bit – it has a highly pigmented central core surrounded by a clear, lightly hydrating, unusually coloured lip balm with a delicate, faintly sweet smell. This Limited Edition Collection is available in four colourways – Crystal Rose; a bright, vibrant lipstick pink, perfect for a great pop of colour over the summer. Crystal Mandarin; a big, bold, hit of almost neon orange which would look amazing with a tan. Crystal Berry; a very wearable pinky, purply plum surrounded by a blue transparent balm and Crystal Gold Plum; a beautiful cool, bronzy shade encased in a clear green balm. Don’t be put off by the slightly unusual coloured balms; they go onto the lip with no noticeable trace. I found it slightly tricky to apply colour to the outer edges of my lips as the colour core is located in the centre of the stick. These balms initially have a quite a deep colour payoff; they are not shiny like a gloss, but have a beautiful, gentle sheen. These Limited Edition lovelies are likely to fly out of stores, so grab them while you can – £18 each fromwww.clarins.co.uk
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Collection
“Satisfy your sweet tooth with our zesty lime fragranced range featuring a mouth-watering blend of kaffir limes, sparkling lemons and juicy mandarins complete with a gourmand base of sweet vanilla musk and coconut oil.” I’m a complete sucker for anything citrussy and this is a lovely fun, fresh & fruity collection; perfect to lift the spirits and lovely to give as a gift. It has a deliciously sweet, refreshing & totally edible smell that you just want to sniff all day. At the moment the collection consists of 3 products; but I’m secretly hoping that they’ll expand the range. I love the simple, slightly quirky retro style packaging which gives your bathroom a bit of a lift.
Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50) – presented in a huge 500ml pump bottle; big enough for the whole family to share. It has a lovely energising, citrussy scent perfect to get you going in the mornings. Sugar Crush Body Wash is lightly foaming and velvety; beautifully moisturising and gentle on the skin. It is non drying and conditioning with a delicate, long lasting fragrance.
Body Scrub (£8) – ”with smashed brown sugar & sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains.” This gentle body scrub comes in a good sized 300ml pot; it lightly polishes the skin, without being harsh or abrasive, leaving your skin soft, smooth & smelling delicious.
Body Buttercream (£10.50) – Moisture Extreme Re-Energising – “with shea & cocoa nut balm, lime & almond oils and kiwi juice water”. This delectable Buttercream comes in a generous 300ml screw topped pot. It is deeply moisturising, like a drink for the skin; sinks in quickly leaving your body silky smooth, non greasy & smelling good enough to eat; lighter than body butter, this has the texture of whipped cream.
Soap & Glory’s fabulous products come in generous sizes with good prices to match and are available from www.boots.com; keep an eye out for the great 3 for 2 offers.
Bliss Glamour Gloves & Softening Socks
These fun, but very effective products have been around for a while, its just that I’ve been a little slow on the uptake for some unknown reason! They would be a fabulous & very thoughtful gift for your mother, sister, best friend; or as a treat for yourself! The Gloves & Socks are perfect to use as part of your At Home pampering Manicure and Pedicure; these one size fits all, bright blue Glamour Gloves and Softening Socks are padded with a dry to touch, moisturising polymer gel layer which helps to lock in moisture to winter weary hands & feet. They contain olive & grapeseed oils and vitamin E to soften, hydrate and soothe. Smother your hands & feet with moisturiser, pop on these little blue beauties & relax for 20 minutes or so. Used a couple of times a week you are left with totally transformed, super soft hands & feet with perfectly moisturised cuticles. Glamour Gloves & Softening Socks last for about 50 uses and can be washed, so don’t worry about them getting all gunky inside. My children think they look hysterical (& slightly scary on!) They’re not massively glamorous to look at, but hey, I don’t care, given that they do wonderful things to my hands & feet!
Glamour Gloves (£36.80 per pair) and Softening Socks (also £36.80 per pair) fromwww.blissworld.co.uk