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My first review was about Clarins, where I mentioned that the brand had previously been pretty low on my radar, but I was not-so-slowly becoming one of their biggest fans. Well, the Spring 2013 offerings are no less impressive.

This eye shadow quad is a thing of beauty. A classy gold compact opens into four beautiful shades which can be worn wet or dry dependent on your preferred intensity. The colours aren’t the usual spring pastels, but a beautiful taupe, an inky black, a stunning iris purple and sheer glittery white.

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My love for taupe eye shadow is well documented, and this one is perfection. Sheer enough for day, I love a wash of this lined with the purple at my lashes, then amped for evening with the addition of the black as a liner and white highlighter.

The compact is really a thing of beauty – and is destined to sit pride of place on my dressing table. The shadows are decorated with an imprinted iris, which makes them almost too good to use. Almost. The colours are just too pretty not to wear!

The quad is priced £30

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For the past year I have noticed my interest in eye creams has increased dramatically. Yes I am in my early twenties, but I have noticed that a couple of friends (who will forever remain nameless) have been sporting the beginnings of crows feet.

I am not keen to sport similar markings, so believing in preventative measures, I sought out Eve Lom’s offering. A beautiful glass jar holds a wonderfully thick, moisturizing eye cream. It has no scent, and initially I worried that it would be a little rich, but, not to worry. It sunk in in seconds, moisturizing the area around my eyes.

You only need a teeny-tiny bit, and the results are impressibly visible: zero puffiness, and I suddenly look wide awake thanks to the elimination of circles. The cream feels wonderfully luxurious, and I find myself reaching for it morning and night!

Eye cream is priced at £48.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Yes it’s a cliche, but come on, who doesn’t need a pop of pink during Valentines week?

 

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Valentines is this Thursday, and it would be remiss to ignore it. Even if you don’t have a special someone, you can reach for these buys well past the 14th.
Sweater – Markus Lupfer
Heels – Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch – Lanvin
Ring – Solange Azagury-Partridge
Lipgloss – Nars
Nail Varnish – Dolce and Gabbana

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I have previously written about my enthusiasm for Laura Mercier’s Spring 13 collection. I like pink, and it dominates the collection’s colour palette.

I have to admit, I love a good pink lip; but it is surprisingly hard to find: many are too frosted, too peach or brown, and some just don’t look right. Laura Mercier’s newest offering is pretty bang-on. It is a sheer pink-peach which applies smoothly and lasts for around 2 hours on me. It does feel slightly drying, but I combat this with a smear of Korres lip butter.

My one little gripe with this product is the packaging. The lipstick comes in a slick dark brown metal tube, the corners of mine have already lost colour after about 3 days, meaning my tube is looking a little battered already.

Despite this I can see the colour becoming one I reach for throughout the warmer months, when I need a lip-colour which looks natural but better!

Lipstick £18.50 www.selfridges.com

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