April’s must-have beauty buys
Inundated with our pick of the latest and greatest, tried, tested and much-loved beauty products, where we share our insider beauty secrets with you, we have tried products from the four corners of the globe, to bring you everything from high street to high end, lip liners to liquid liners – we’ve put them to the test and here are our findings!
The one time in your life when your skin is “meant” to glow is pregnancy. If your pregnancies have been like ours, your skin did anything but behave as it should! Our saviour, during pregnancy and long after, is Kadria balancing face oil with black seed and palmarose £24, the complex blend of vegetal and essential oils, balance and hydrate the complexion during times of hormonal imbalance, which can include pregnancy, menopause and puberty. This power-packed blend also fights dermal inflammation, one of the main causes of ageing, and encourages cell renewal and stimulates blood flow, leaving your complexion beautifully brightened. We were hooked from the pleasure of the first use: not only does this little miracle smell divine, it delivers on every single promise it makes. We absolutely love it and would not be without it!
If your beauty aspiration is a fuller, smooth and plumper pout, then take a peek at this lip-plumping phenomenon, Maxilip lip plumper by vivant skincare £13, which has blown the socks off The Upcoming beauty office! With peptides to maximise collagen production and benzyl nicotinate to stimulate blood flow to the lip tissue, a semi-permanent plump lip is achieved without the use of a needle! Simply apply to the lips throughout the day for a tingly, hot and full pout. Angelina Jolie eat your heart out!
A slick of liquid liner goes a long way. If your current brand leaves you looking panda-eyed, you need to get your paws on Urban Decays 24/7 liquid liner £14. We just love the classic yet glossy black that is Perversion, but there’s an impressive rainbow of shades and finishes to choose from, and with the finest of brushes it’s effortless application makes liquid liner child’s play. We can vouch for its longevity, from early morning starts, desk to dinner dates and our exposure to our gloriously damp climate, there really is no shifting this liner.
Lip colour trends change from season to season. If there’s one lip liner that you can be sure will suit all of them, it’s No7 precision pencil in nude £6.75. Whether you decide to use as a liner or to fill the lips, you will not be disappointed. It’s also the perfect shade to correct the shape of the lips: if you’re trying to give the appearance of a fuller lip, line just outside the natural lip line. Team this with the No7 limited Edition ballerina beauty blush palette £12 (only available online), for the perfect spring flush.
There’s no greater pleasure than washing away your stresses after a day at the office and no finer way to indulge in this than with Shu Uemura unmasked cleansing oil £56.50. With its cult status, huge celebrity following, and endless five star reviews, we just had to get our hands on this gem. Having never used an oil cleanser there were sceptics among us, “how can an oil cleanser suit an already oily complexion?” being the main cause for concern. The answer is this: when oil is applied to an oily complexion, your skin senses this and realises it doesn’t need to produce any more oil, re-addressing the balance. Team this with the power to dissolve waterproof mascara and long-lasting foundations, smooth application that reaches deep into clogged pores and a texture that can be washed away with water leaving no residue, and you start to realise why this is the number one selling cleansing oil since 1967!
The range gets its name from Mr Shu Uemura’s work as a make-up artist in the 1950s. His unique oil blend not only removed the layers of make-up worn by Hollywood stars, but left them with the most fantastic complexions. He discovered the secret “golden hued magic oil called unmask”, giving every woman the confidence to remove her make-up mask. An amazing complexion is revealed when using this unique oil cleanser.
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