By Inge Morrill
Inge is our research expert and apart from enjoying all things beauty, when it comes to the best deals and this season’s hotties, she’s your girl.
It’s never too early to get your party season’s beauty buys in the bag. Be ahead of the game before your time is whisked away with a shake of the Christmas fairy’s wand! Beauty Box has hand-picked a collection of glamorous essentials to enhance you, and your Little Black Dress, beautifully.
Too Faced, Better than Sex mascara, £19.00
Jerrod Blandino, the creative genius behind Too Faced, has designed a brush shaped like an hourglass, included innovative film-forming polymers for smudge-proof all day wear and added Acacia Senegal Tree Extact for nourishing, thickening and curl locking power.
So, how was it for me? Pretty blooming great, actually. I thought I had found my, for keeps, mascara with Benefit’s They’re Real, but I have to say this is even better, and that’s saying something! Only one coat will give you lush ‘look at me’ lashes all day, two or three coats give all out Glamourpuss for flirty festive nights. Ooh, Missus!
Psst!!! If you buy the full size mascara from Debenhams online store you will receive a FREE try something new sample. If you don’t love the mascara you can return the full size version for a refund. We love! www.debenhams.com
Clarins, Rouge Eclat Lipstick, Pink Berry, £19.50,
Clarins have introduced their very first age defying lipstick with Nutri-Youth Complex. The lip colour protects lips against dehydration and boosts collagen too. Rouge Eclat includes Vitamin E and 100% Mimosa, jojoba and Sunflower plant waxes to provide instant comfort to the lips.
I tested one of the newest of their twenty shades, Pink Berry, a stunning pinky brown, as an alternative to the normal festive reds. The lipstick has a delicious blackberry and liquorice scent and flavour, which is a nice change to my normal lip colour. Rouge Eclat gives fantastic satin-finish cover and excellent staying power, but the real difference is the moisturised almost balm-like quality, leaving lips feeling relaxed and ultra comfortable. Perfect for the colder months.
A cashmere cardi of a lip colour. Highly recommended. www.clarins.co.uk
Skinny Tan, Gradual tanner, £19.99 and 7-day tanner, £26.99
Dragon’s Den winner Skinny Tan, brainchild of Aussie ‘Mumtrepreneur’ Kate Cotton, has listened to her customer’s tanning wishes: streak-free colour, skin toning and cellulite busting, and created a wining self tan product range. Endorsed by Interiors guru Kelly Hoppen and Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson, Skinny Tan is derived from a 100% natural tanning active, harvested from the Brassica Napus plant, so it will not dry or irritate the skin.
I sampled both Gradual tanner and 7-day tanner – testing one on each leg! I found them both simple to apply with a mitt, quick to dry before bed and then off to sleep. A shower in the morning to remove the lotion et viola – tanned pins! The Gradual tanner is more lotion based and felt slightly more moisturised, but the 7-day tanner (which lasts on the skin for up to a week) has a guide colour, so it was easier to see which bits I may have missed during application. Both had a very similar bronzing result and absolutely no streaks, plus you don’t need much to get an even application. Oh and it smells like fresh coconut – even the following morning. Brilliant, quick and easy results! www.skinnytan.co.uk
Too Faced, Cat Eyes Palette £35.00
This divine collection of nine lustrous shades of matte, shimmer and glitter shadows and liners includes three pretty highlighters in a practical larger size; three shimmer shades in copper, silver and an eye popping purple; plus three deeper shades for definition. Use these wet-and-dry for shading or precision lining. A handy mirror and Glamour Guide are included to show three classic Cat Eyes looks to perfect.
Make this stunning palette your go-to for sun down make-up adventures this winter. www.debenhams.com
Parenting tip from the wonderful LN, Scone, Perthshire:
“Having at least one meal a day together with no distractions, ie no TV, tablets, phone etc. gives everyone time to talk about their day. Works for us”.