There are so many new, exciting and in some instances bewildering beauty launches at the moment, it is a thrilling time to be involved within the beauty industry but a little overwhelming trying to keep up the latest launches. I figured if I feel this way, others must do to, so rather than submerge you with endless information on what is hot and what is not, I've broke all the best and must-have launches of late into bite sized pieces...
Buxom Big & Sexy Gel Lipstick in Naturally Darling - Fun fact, last time I went to Sephora I accidentally bought two of the exact same lipstick, I thought I had grabbed two separate nude based pinks - curse Sephora's shockingly bright and glaring lighting; in the long run I'm not fussed as it turns out that I really like the shade and formula so all is not a loss. Let's forget my choice of pink and focus on the lipstick as a whole; a light, buttery soft, glide on texture that is matte, long wearing and in no way drying. This might change how you feel about matte lip products forever. If ever you try a Buxom product, let it be this. You can find it here - link.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Gloss Oil - Is it a lip gloss, it is a lip colour or is it a nourishing lip oil? The Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Gloss Oils are in fact all of the above: a hydrating lip treatment that adds a high dose of sheen and a shot of colour to the lips, all the while smelling sweet like fizzy peaches. I think we are looking at the must have Summer 2017 lip product. Grab yours here - link.
Smashbox Cover Shot Metallic Palette - Seven brand new Smashbox palettes have just launched and although dinky in size, they are mighty in shades; each hand held compact contains 8 full sized eyeshadows all in complementary, easy to wear and apply hues. My current favourite is the muted-yet-dramatic arrangement of the Metallic offering, yes all the shades are shimmer based but there is not a shade within the line up that I won't or haven't used - how often can you say that about a palette? You can see all seven palettes here - link.
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow - Now this isn't the first time you will hear about the latest Stila launch, nor will it be the last because the new Stila liquid eyeshadows are faultless - particularly if you enjoy a wash of glitter on your eye lids. I deem this to be a glitter eyeshadow, when in reality it is so much more than this and to simply label it as such is hugely selling it short. A soft (no harsh, skin irritating flecks here), cream come liquid, metallic concoction that glides onto the skin and stays in place all day. To see it, is to marvel and undoubtedly place the Stila eyeshadows at the top of your beauty wish list. I have the shade Bronzed Bell and I'm all ready considering what sparkly shadow to purchase next. You can find an assortment of shades here - link.
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara - Admittedly it is very early days to really detail how I exactly feel about this product but so far, it is not looking good. The concept behind the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara is beyond innovative - the cocktail shaker shaped bottle, contains an inbuilt mechanism that gently awakens the formulation each time you shake it, thus in theory keeping your mascara clump free and preventing it from drying out in the tube prematurely. That concept I really do like but I have found the physical mascara to be a little too heavy for my flimsy lashes - I will stick with it for the next week or two and update with a full review in due course. It is online here - link.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - Nope not a new formula but rather Urban Decay have eradicated the once pesky, rubberised style of bottles in place of matte plastic; a savvy move as the old style was a magnet for make-up prints, dirt and anything else it could lure its way. Is the new style enough and promise of more physically pleasing bottles of product enough to make me want to rush out and replace all my Urban Decay sprays at once? In a word no but I do think this is a very welcomed change. If you do need to re-stock it is on offer here - link.
Essie Nail Gel Couture in Model Citizen - Spring is attempting to erm...Spring? And as such I am finding myself more and more inclined to reach for pretty pastel nail polishes, which admittedly don't always suit my current state of pallor. A comfortable middle-ground and more flattering hue for my complexion at the moment seems to be a candy pink - not neon, not baby pink but a comprise, slap bang in the middle. As someone who gets their kicks from trying something new, I used such opportunity to finally try out the new-ish Essie Nail Gel Couture formula; admittedly this has been around for months but I go through phases of loving and equally hating nail products. After much deliberation - because seriously the shade range is incredible - I settled on Essie Nail Gel Couture in the shade Model Citizen: it is bold yet oddly muted, applies like a dream, has a high shine finish and doesn't chip at the mere site of a keyboard. Consider me sold. You can find it here - link.
Body Fanatasies Body Spray in Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy - Why is it the older we become the less inclined we are to reach for body sprays? A few years ago as a teen, you were a nobody if you didn't have a can of Impulse rattling around the bottom of your P.E bag and didn't beg your nearest and dearest to bring you back a years supply of Victoria Secret Love Spell from their annual trip to Orlando. We I'll confess to something even if you won't, I love both: Orlando and body sprays - sure both are a little cheesy but my gosh are they fun. At the moment I have been using one of the new Body Fanatasies Body Sprays (4 new scents and a new size of bottle too) in the fragrance Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy: it is soft, almost candy like and yet floral at the same time. It is what I wished my teen years smelt like and as such oddly nostalgic and uplifting.
L'Oréal Pure Clay Glow Scrub - I really like the new direction L'Oréal have taken with their current skincare ranges, in the past it did feel like most products were aimed at an older demographic and admittedly fairly costly. However the Pure Clay collection is very much inclusive both in terms of target audience and cost; I have been sent a good few items over the last few weeks but the stand out product has to be the L'Oréal Pure Clay Glow Scrub - trust me it is skincare wonderment in a tube. The first impressive quality about this cleanser is that it is clay based - a match made in heaven for those with oily complexions - but as it contains natural exfoliating beads, it gently polishes the skin too, all the while foaming minus irritating soap properties. Think of it as an instant facial in a tube. I have only used this a few times so I will update with a full review soon but so far I am beyond impressed. It is currently on offer via Boots - link.
Real Techniques Point XL Brush - like many I have more make-up brushes than sense but lately I have been relying on one face brush, and one face brush only - the Real Techniques Point XL Brush. This huge yet tapered brush allows me to quickly powder my entire face in a few quick sweeps, or add a gentle flush of blush, bronzer, highlighter or even should I wish, as a contour brush. It is the multi-tasking brush to end all multi-tasking brushes. Online you can find it via Superdrug, currently reduced no less - link.
If ever there was a time to overhaul your make-up bag, it is now.