Royal Apothic Hand Crème – £18
When Queen Victoria (Beckham) tweets about a product, expect mass hysteria as her legions of fans clamour to purchase something she personally uses. In October of last year she tweeted this:
Until recently you could only get the cream from the US. Well wait no more, as you can now buy Royal Apothic from Anthropologie in the UK too. Royal Apothic products include hand cremes, personal and home fragrances, candles and bath and body products for both men and women and all products are inspired by founder Sean O’Mara’s worldly travels. Victoria’s personal favourite is ‘Holland Park’ which leaves your hands ever so slightly fragranced and as soft as a baby’s bottom.
Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited Lip Gloss – £18.50
Gloss Unlimited is the new super shiny lip gloss from Shu Uemura. It contains 3D shape-memory gel technology to maintain the shine; botanical oils for nourishment and hydration and its rounded applicator ensures even coverage.
The shade names are rather odd; I tried BR 10 s – a shimmery bronze that looks almost nude against my skin tone. It is very moisturising on the lips and completely non sticky so gives none of the dreaded lip lash.
So Eco Tools Eye Brush Set – £12.50
I have to confess that I’m only just getting to the makeup brushes. For years I’ve only ever used my fingers but try as I may, there are certain looks that call for proper tools. So Eco produce a range of quality make up tools but their USP is that all their products are eco-friendly. When I say eco-friendly; I mean eco-friendly! The packaging is made with sustainable/bio degradable materials from FSC or PEFC sources and printed with vegetable inks, the windows on the packaging are biodegradable and compostable (made from corn starch) and stuck on using solvent free water based adhesives and the brush handles and bristles are both made from sustainable/recycled sources. I don’t wear make up every day but when I do I usually try and make my eyes the main feature and the So Eco Tools Eye Brush Kit contains everything I need to make that happen: concealer brush, eye shading brush, angled eyeliner brush, mascara comb and lash & brow comb. And if you’re a total novice (like I am) the handles of each brush tell you what they’re for so you can make sure you’re always using the correct one!
InStyler 32mm Hair Tool – £79
The InStyler is multi-tasking hairstyling tool that can straighten, curl and add volume and shine to your hair. The styler has rotating heated polishing cylinder and precision-aligned bristles to help dry and straighten your hair at the same time. The first set of bristles glide over, sort and separate the hair and the second set of bristles puts the finishing touch to the hair, leaving it volumised, shiny and silky.
As I have a lot of hair on my head, I find it best to get rid of excess water with the hairdryer before going over it with the InStyler. I don’t try and straighten with the hairdryer; just dry. If your hair is very fine you can probably skip the blow dryer and gently towel dry before going over with the InStyler. I add some heat protection spray and then brush my hair with the InStyler. It leaves my hair super soft and shiny and because it’s brushes and plates in one, my whole head is done in 20 minutes as opposed to the usual 45. It’s safe for use on weaves too and at £79.99 not unreasonably priced.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector – £17
Why use lip balm when you can use these gorgeous Instant Light Lip Perfectors from one of my favourite skin care brands, Clarins? It feels like a lip balm in that it leaves your lips moisturised and hydrated but it looks like a lip gloss as it leaves behind a completely non sticky sheen. The Lip Perfectors aren’t new (they’ve already won awards) but they are now available in three new shades; 04 Petal Shimmer (light pink) 05 Candy Shimmer (dusky pink) and 06 Rosewood Shimmer (beige pink) which is my favourite. They are perfect on their own or under/over your favourite lip stick.