When it comes to amping up a makeup look, there is nothing quite as effective as a great pair of lashes. I love them, especially when it’s a big night out – a great pair of lashes feels like the finishing touch – and if they’re as comfortable as Kiss Lashes? It’s just the cherry on the cake!
Inspired by the glamour of Film Noir, the Corset variety have three layers of lashes for impact. Ultra black, and super fluttery, these lashes are so lightweight, you can pop them on and forget about them. As with all falsies, I measure these up against my eyes, trim as necessary, the coat with a thin layer of Shu Uemura lash glue, let it get tacky, then apply using lash tweezers. The lashes stay put all evening, and look incredible – if you’re gentle enough you can even reuse them a couple times!
Kiss Lash Couture Triple Push-Up Collection Lashes are priced at £7.99 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
Is there anything worse than trying to hide a bad night’s sleep? Too little makeup, and you’re left looking like you’ve just crawled out from under the duvet, but too much might be worse! There is nothing worse than that cakey look that too much concealer can give – and the under eye area, so I’m always on the hunt for a lightweight effective products to combat the effects of a late night.
The Winky Lux Peeper Perfect has been my go-to recently. After applying a little tinted moisturiser or skin tint as normal, I squeeze a little of the Winky Lux formula onto the back of my hand, then, using my ring finger, I tap a little of the concealer into my under eye area. I like my makeup to look as natural as possible, and this one is perfect for hiding dark circles and disguising puffiness. Available in a choice of five shades, if you have particularly light or deep toned skin, you may struggle finding a match, but otherwise, you should be ok. I don’t bother setting the concealer with powder, instead I just apply a little bronzer as normal. If my eyes still need a little more attention, I use a nude eyeliner on my lower waterline, as well as in my inner corners, then use a light, lengthening mascara. The effect is almost as good as coffee feels!
Winky Lux Peeper Perfect is priced at £13 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
We might be hitting the tail end of summer, but I’m not quite ready to embrace the pale yet. This summer I’ve been lucky enough to try out a whole range of products, and the latest in my trials has been St Tropez’ Pre Shower Tan. Designed to be used on dry skin, I apply direct to skin using a St Tropez mitt, leave it for a minute or two to ‘take’ then simply shower as normal. It feels weird showering off a product I’ve just put on, but the results couldn’t be better!
As the day goes on, a light, super-natural looking tan develops, and crucially, it doesn’t stain clothes or have the usual biscuity smell. It’s an absolute lifesaver if you’re heading out after work, or if you’ve left your tan until the last minute. The tan is also incredibly buildable, so you can apply as many mornings as you like, until you reach your desired shade – simple!
St Tropez Pre Shower Tan is priced at £ and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to makeup tools, I’m a believer in quality over quantity. I can count on one hand the number of brushes I use on a daily basis (currently 2, and if I’m feeling fancy, 3), so a brush has to be really good to get into my daily rotation. Two new additions? The fabulous new duo recently released by Fenty Beauty. They’re the first tools I’ve tried from the brand, and I have to say – I’m impressed.
The tapered blending brush is an absolute dream for creating blended eye looks. I use mine almost daily to create subtle day looks. Like all the brushes from Fenty Beauty, they are completely vegan, using super-soft acrylic bristles. I’m also in love with the dusky pink colour of them – they’re absolute beauties!
Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush is priced at £20 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to skincare, I’m all about hydration. For me, skin looks best when it’s fresh and dewy, and since my own tends to get dry, I’m constantly looking for ways to hydrate and nourish. One product I’ve had my eye on for a while has been Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm – a thick moisturiser which promises to provide 24 hour hydration especially formulated for dry skin types.
Packaged in one of the brand’s chic jars, the Facial Deep Moisture Balm is a real marmite product – you’re either going to adore it or hate it thanks to the super-rich, buttery texture. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product which is so thick before – the closest thing I can think of is Creme de la Mer, who recommend you warm the product on fingertips, and then press in. I follow the same method with Kiehl’s version – pressing it into clean, dry skin.
Formulated with Edelweiss Flower Extract and Antarcticine Glycerine Extract, this is a cream to enjoy on days where you skin feels like it needs some loving. The texture of the cream feels incredibly indulgent to use, and despite being so thick, it melts into skin, leaving it looking and feeling wonderfully hydrated – not greasy or sticky. I’ve not been using it every day – my skin has been fine recently, so I’ve been using it twice a week, but as we move into autumn and winter, I can see myself reaching for it on a daily basis.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm is priced at £24.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)