This week I tried YSL’s new foundation, a natural eye palette from Clarins and a curling tong from TONI&GUY.
YSL Le Tient Touche Éclat - £28
Much has been written about YSL’s new foundation and I was curious to see if it lived up to the hype, especially for brown skins. It does! There’s a science behind Le Tient Touche Éclat: ordinary foundation usually contains opaque powders to give a diffused reflection but, especially on darker skins, they can result in the skin looking grey.
Le Tient Touche Éclat has replaced the opaque powder with a soft focus gel which smoothes away imperfections without masking the skin and helps to maintain skin colour purity. Wearing this foundation, my skin looked luminous, glowy, dewy – all those buzz words people use when describing good foundation.
The range is made up of 22 shades so you are sure to find a colour to suit you. Most YSL beauty counters will give you a free sample so you can try before you buy but you’ll be hard pressed to find a foundation that gives you such young, fresh and radiant looking skin.
Clarins Limited Edition Odyssey Eye Quarter Mineral Palette – £30
As you may have gathered, I’m a bit of a fan of eye shadow palettes. I find them cheaper than individual pots and the colours have usually been paced together because they are complimentary to each other.
This limited edition palette from Clarins has Xmas gift written all over it but I think it’s perfect now for those who like a more neutral look. The brown, beige and taupe bronze can be worn individually or blended together and one of the applicators has a sponge end which you can wet for a more intense look. This is a perfect addition to my day to day beauty routine.
Toni & Guy Reverse Conical Wand – £30
For laid back and natural looking waves, try the new TONI&GUY Reverse Conical Wand. The cone shaped barrel ranges from 13mm to 23mm in size, so you can create loose curls that are tight at the top and wide at the bottom. The wand is made with ceramic tourmaline which is something I always look for in hair tools as they are gentler on fragile afro hair. My hair is just below my shoulders and the curls are loose enough for my hair not to resemble a poodle.