I’m obsessed with make up. I love watching beauty tutorials, and I’ll often be found happily attacking a pile of ironing while watching my favourite YouTubers, the lovely Pixiwoos, gorgeous Victoria, superstar Tanya Burr, skincare guru, Nadine Baggott and fabulously funny and honest Ruth Crilly. One problem this does present is that they’re always discovering fab new makeup and skincare and making me want to buy it. Obviously nobody has unlimited funds for that sort of thing, but I do keep a little list on my phone of items that the experts have recommended, so that next time I’m really, honestly in the market for that specific product, I can check it out. Here are a few of the new season beauty recommendations that have caught my eye:
Nadine Baggott is absolutely awesome if you’re, say, 40-something and need a bit of skincare advice. She’s honest (sometimes brutally) and will say straight away if something isn’t effective or worth the money. One of her latest videos was on the benefits of niacinamides, and Nadine mentioned that she was really impressed with the M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22), and how it smoothed and plumped her skin overnight. Definitely giving this one a go.
The Pixiwoos are always recommending lovely stuff. I love their chatty Instagram stories and a lot of my wishlist items come from their videos. Recent wants include their gorgeous new range of brushes for Real Techniques, Powder Bleu, which are apparently mega-soft and the closest artificial thing you can get to real blue squirrel hair brushes.
Sam also recently recommended TAN-LUXE The Gradual, which I was originally a bit worried about splurging £22 on. I ordered it though and she’s right, it’s fabulous. It’s quite a decent size (250ml) bottle and it’s a really light, delicate lotion which goes a really long way. I’ve been using it over my normal body moisturiser and it only took two applications to develop a really nice, natural tan with NO HORRIBLE FAKE TAN SMELL!
The lovely Pixiwoos were also really impressed with the new palettes from Marc Jacobs. I’ve been looking for a nice, neutral-ish palette for ages. I love the look of the Urban Decay palettes but realistically I’m never going to use most of the more way-out shades in them. I’m always on the lookout for that one palette that’s going to have everything I need. The one I’ve fallen in love with is called Glambition, with a range of neutral-ish colours, but in some lovely textures ranging from matte velvet to full on metallic.
Lovely Ruth at A Model Recommends was really impressed with the Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Daylight, which she thought was quite bouncy and moisturising and was a really modern, peachy neutral with a hint of shimmer. I might treat myself to this at the airport.
Lastly but not leastly, you all know I love a bit of Tanya Burr, and you absolutely must go and get a couple of her lovely new little lip balm tins. The Sweet Lime Pie one is absolutely lovely (looks greenish but goes on clear and smells divine) and is really cushiony and moisturising. Oh and it’s only £4.99 too.
Oh, and has anyone tried this new Revlon Youth FX line? I’ve read loads about how it’s supposed to be line filling and wrinkle blurring but I’ve yet to actually see it in Boots to give it a go. Let me know!