When it’s your job to test every single beauty product in the world, you quickly learn what’s ground-breaking and whats merely marketing hype *ahem* Kylie Jenner Lip Kit – do not waste your money.
The beauty products that make it past my desk, into my bag and come home with me are special. But the ones that make it into my make-up bag, onto my dressing table and onto my face are the ones worth spending your money on. Trust me, I’m a harsh critic. Especially now I do my make-up in approximately 2 minutes and 17 seconds with Leo balanced on my knee trying to grab everything in sight. Everything you see below is mum-proof, babe-proof as well as being fool-proof to use and will make your life easier – I’m using most of them in the little vid below. Treat yourself or add to your Christmas list…
For crazy glowy skin in minutes you need two pumps of Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Morning Aurapre-foundation. It’s like a facial in a bottle.
Turn limp, greasy hair into a sexy, tousled style in seconds with OUAI Texturising Hairspray – imagine if dry shampoo and texturising spray had a baby…this is it! Spritz into roots and massage in. Done.
I was lucky enough to interview the legend that is Bobbi Brown last month (interview coming to an issue of Stylist Magazine soon) she gave me so many amazing tips and tricks. Everything she creates is designed to make our lives easier and this is a prime example. TheBobbi Brown Beauty Book Palettehas everything you could ever need – 6 eyeshadows that are the perfect smoky eye shades, a bronzer, a blusher, lipgloss, mascara plus brushes. Chuck it in your handbag/suitcase/hospital bag. All you need is foundation and concealer – and I’ll get to that soon. It’s limited edition though, so be quick!
For an on-the-go mani (because obviously yours are chipped) keepCiate Mani Markerin your bag. It’s genius – a quick-drying polish in Sharpie form.
For Kylie Jenner lips without paying the customs fees, tryNYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick,the best dupe around at about 1/16th of the cost and comes in so many shades. Doesn’t feel claggy on your lips either.
An investment piece but you’ll have it forever. When you skin is looking grey and knackered (especially in winter when it feels much drier) give yourself a 60 second at-home facial with the Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic Cleansing Brush – I promise you’ll notice a difference. It gives you radiant, clear and smooth celebrity-like skin. Professionally, I should say use once a week but we all know you’ll never find the time for that so try for a couple of times a month.
I’m fed up of foundation not making it past 3pm so I’ve been on the hunt for one that stays put be it a sweaty softplay session or the mad nursery dash home from work. For make-up that gives you an insta-filter make-up finish that literally doesn’t budge, try this Kat Von D Foundation. If your skin is on the dry side, try
Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand– these are the dream! An on-the-go concealer/foundation hybrid in a wand you can dab the sponge tip onto anywhere that needs a bit of a top-up mid-day.
I never believed in under-eye correctors before concealer, until I became a working mum and I learnt what dark circles really are. This Becca Under Eye Brighteneris literally saving my life at the moment. If your concealer isn’t cutting the mustard anymore, you need this in your life. Tap the pinky formula onto the darkest areas (including the inner corner of your eyes) to brighten them before applying your regular concealer.