I’ve just spotted the brand new YSL Couture Kajal Pencils over on Selfridges (the best place for brand new arrivals as they often get things first – their ‘What’s New’ section is open on my laptop virtually 24/7), so doing a quick update on new launches, since there is no interesting Beauty Business News this week.
As you can see, they’ve got some real depth of colour – one of the suggested uses, apart from all usual khol uses is to colour the entire lid and wear as a dark shadow or as a primer for a dark powder shadow over the top. I love a very dark lid so I’m totally going there! Anyway, they’re £25 HERE.
The Bakel Mint Body Scrub is completely new to me – haven’t tried it yet, but Bakel is at the start of its journey back in the UK. It’s a lovely Italian brand with both skin and body products, and definitely at the luxury end, price wise so you’ll need to be feeling spendy. I like the sound of this new launch as a summer scrub because it’s described as an intensive peeling treatment – any dry skin or patchy tan should disappear with this. Oils of mint and eucalyptus mean that you really should have a spring in your step after using! It’s £48 HERE.
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I’m seeing these Clarins Five Minute Beauty Kits everywhere at the moment – based around their campaign (don’t know much about it at all other than I’ve written some advertorial for a publication for it) that make up needn’t take all day. I guess it’s just simplifying what can seem like a very complex area down to just what you really need – at £20 I think it’s an excellent way to get your hands on some Clarins (and extremely nice as a gift). The kit contains a BB, a blush, a mascara and Intant Light Natural Lip Perfector (small sizes) If you love a natural, no fuss look, this is it! It’s HERE.
The Estee Lauder Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks have now launched – they’re as described – powder shadow in a pencil. I like the muted colour range of these, but in testing, find they have better hold if you use an eye primer underneath. They’re great for soft looking lids and all you need to do is smudge with your finger after applying and that’s your lid done! They’re £18 HERE.
Incidentally, if you’re US based, Estee Lauder has linked up with fashion brand Opening Ceremony (who designed last year’s new Beauty Advisor uniforms) with a very lovely bag packed with EL must haves but you’ll need to spend $500 at Opening Ceremony to get your hands on it. Easily done, I should think!
Finally, a bit more Clarins in the form of the kohl liners from the brand new autumn collection. I’ve been using these a lot since I got them – they’re soft as suede, with a good depth of colour (although I do favour black always) but the best thing is the addition of a brush at the end. If you’re like me and any kind of perfect lid line is out of the question, the brush means you can smooth away mistakes into a smudged line that’s sooty and just as lovely as a sharp line. I have tried and tried with the little rubber tip smudgers, and the Clarins liner proves that a brush smudged line is a greatly superior thing. They’re £17 HERE.
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