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When the Marc Jacobs opened their new (and only Scottish) counter in Harvey Nichols, one of the products I was most excited to see was the O!Mega Coconut Perfect Tan Bronzer. It’s one of those products I’ve seen all over the internet, and no wonder. Slick packaging and a whole lot of product – it’s a recipe for success!

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A part of the brand’s much loved Coconut line, the bronzer promises to be universally flattering, with a radiant matte finish. Since I’m a big dewy-skin, I was a bit nervous that this would be a full-on matte. I shouldn’t have worried. The powder is so finely milled that a single brushstroke gives skin a believable dose of warmth with a gorgeous satin finish.

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If you can’t get your hands on the Coconut version, there’s a deeper shade (Tantric) which comes in a slick black compact. Since I’m both pale, and it’s now basically winter, I’m more than happy with Tan Tastic! It’s a great neutral shade, so it doesn’t leave skin looking too flushed or orange. Instead it gives a super-natural looking warmth, which looks like you’ve spent a day or two in the sun. To tie-in with the holiday feel, the bronzer is also delicately scented with coconut. It’s not overpowering, and once the powder is on your face the smell has disappeared, but it’s a fun little touch every time you open the compact.

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After applying my foundation and concealer as normal, I use a fluffy bronzer brush to apply to my temples, cheek bones and chin. Even when I get a little heavy handed with my brush, it never gets streaky, patchy or too orange, and throughout the day it wears really well too. I’m also loving the sheer size of the product. Yes, it’s pricey for a bronzer – Benefit’s and Urban Decay’s offerings both hit the twenties price point, but this thing is huge. In fact, the only negative I can think of is that it’s actually too big to pop into a makeup bag for touch ups.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Coconut Perfect Tan Bronze is priced at £35 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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I’m not sure about you, but when it’s my birthday, I’m all about the glitter. So it seems, are Too Faced. The beauty brand is celebrating it’s twentieth birthday, and in celebration, they’ve given their cult Better than Sex mascara a whole new birthday makeover!

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To be honest, if every beauty company rebranded and covered their products in pink glitter, I’d be a happy bunny, so this new look is right up my street! The formula is, thankfully, the same as the original, so if you’re already a fan, grab one of the limited edition tubes. It’s really too pretty to miss out on!

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If you’ve never dabbled in Better than Sex, then you need to try it in this limited edition version! The brush is huge and fluffy, allowing you to grab every single lash, coating it and curling it and it leaves lashes looking a mile long.

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The formula is super black, and quite thick (I tend to wipe a little of the formula on a tissue prior to using) so it gives lashes a real oomph. It’s a great option when you don’t want to bother with falsies (and it looks even better when you do use it with them) but are still looking for a bit of drama. A coat or two is all you need for perfect fluttery lashes, and it stays put all day long. Unlike other thicker mascaras I’ve tried, Better than Sex has never smudged or flaked off as the hours go by. Instead, lashes just stay looking perfect, and with this birthday edition, it’s an absolute joy to put my makeup on each morning!

Rather excitingly, Better than Sex isn’t the only product Too Faced has given a makeover to – there is a whole glittery line up, including a fabulous birthday eyeshadow palette. Stay tuned for my take on it!

Too Faced Better than Birthday Sex is priced at £19 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Up until a few years ago, I was an avid eyeshadow primer wearer. Each morning I’d tap it on prior to whichever shades I was going for, and I’m not sure if it’s that eyeshadows have gotten better, or if, perhaps, I’ve become a little lazier, but it’s not been a product I’ve really bothered with recently. So, when Harvey Nichols tucked a tube of Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(Cover) Eye Primer into my goodie bag, I figured now was definitely the time to revisit primers.

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Part of the brand’s Coconut line, which is infused with coconut and velvet flower extracts to deliver a smooth, even canvas for makeup application. Tt’s a product which will work with every skin tone, and a little of the silky-smooth formula goes a long way. Dotted on to lids after I’ve applied my base and bronzer, it mattifies and smoothes skin, so it’s prepped for eye shadow.

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Thanks to an innovative gel polymer make – up, bolstered with lilac stem cell, the primer helps looks last all day. It’s a must-have if you need your makeup to last for hours (and I mean, who doesn’t?!) and it keeps even the most detailed eyes looking fresh all day. I also feel like colours look richer when I use it – glitters seem glitzier and metallics keep their sheen.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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If you’d have told me that possibly my favourite palette of 2018 would have involved camouflage, I probably would have laughed in your face. The last time I was into the print was circa 2001 (god I’m old) when Destiny’s Child’s Survivor was the soundtrack to many a school dance. Bobbi Brown obviously feels differently – and right in time for autumn there’s a new collection full of chic and moody earth tones, and I’m in love.

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I was very kindly sent the Camo Luxe Eye & Cheek Palette, which holds six neutral shadows and an oversized highlighter, which is prettily swirled to look like camo. To be honest, the mix of shades couldn’t be better suited to me. I adore a great neutral palette, and this one is one of the best everyday palettes I’ve seen for a while – the left side holds a trio of matte taupes, whilst the right hand side has deeper tones, with a mix of textures. The centre holds a huge highlighter which swirls together gold and copper tones.

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The mix of colours and textures in the palette feels wonderfully balanced, and the slightly olive tones of the palette are a new take on my much-loved neutrals. Using the greener shades also make my eyes look more green/hazel, so it’s a fun change for daily use.

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On a daily basis, I don’t like to wear makeup which feels too heavy, so the matte shades are absolute perfection. The central taupe (Wheat) blended over the lid, with the lighter Bone buffed into inner corners and my brow bone gives eyes a touch of subtle definition, and I love a little of the deepest matte (Cool Grey) smudged in the lash line.

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The right hand side of the palette is where I go to amp up my makeup for evening. My favourite shadow is the centre glitter one – Camo. With a buttery texture, it’s a shadow which can be used either as a gorgeous liner, or even, if you’re after a bit of drama, it can be packed onto the lid for the dreamiest of smokey eyes.

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As you would expect from the brand, the shadows are a dream to work with. The shadows blend perfectly, and they stay put all day long too. I’m also really enjoying the highlighter in Warm Glow. Although it pulls a bit warm for me to use as a highlighter, it works well as a subtle shadow. On warmer and deeper skin tones though, it will look incredible.

Bobbi Brown Camo Luxe Eye & Cheek Palette is priced at £49.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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When it comes to sleep patterns, I’m normally pretty lucky. I get up early, I’m busy throughout the day, so by the time it’s ten, I’m usually pretty much ready for bed. I don’t drink coffee or juice after 4 either, just to make sure I’m not over-caffeinated by the time evening rolls around. So, when I can’t get a good nights’ sleep, it has a serious impact – I feel drowsy all day, drink too much coffee and generally feel pretty foul – it’s not pleasant. As you can imagine, I’m always on the lookout for ways to ensure the best night’s sleep possible.

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Over the past year or so, Lush’s Sleepy Body Lotion has gained something of a cult status. Insomniacs have said it’s the only thing which can get them to nod off, and others have said it gets them asleep in under 15 minutes. Sounds dreamy. Since stress and thinking too much about work can keep me up longer than I would like, I was excited to give the lotion a go.

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Packaged in Lush’s signature tubs (don’t forget to save your empties for the recycling scheme – you can earn a free face mask!), Sleepy is available in two sizes. I was very kindly sent the smaller of the two, and have already purchased the larger, because honestly, it’s just that good! A fusion of oatmeal and lavender, the fragrance is soft and quite home-y. It doesn’t feel as strongly herbal as using an essential oil, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to calm your thoughts and slow down a little. I love to apply a little to my arms and chest before heading to bed. On the nights where I’ve used Sleepy, I drop off to sleep much faster than usual, and I feel like I get to enjoy a deeper night’s sleep.

Lush Sleepy Lotion is priced from £8.75 and is available here

 

 

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