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Can’t Live Without – NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Pencil

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

I love eye shadows that actually last throughout the day.  Creamy pencils that blend easily but stay in place and don’t crease.  And, after trying it out, I love this one – NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color Pencil

“A long wearing eye shadow pencil that highlights, provides intense colour, precise lining and primes lids for all day wear.”NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colour Pencil

I’ve been usng Twilight – a nude, natural soft shade as a base eye shadow colour on it’s own for a daytime look, or blended with shimmers and darker shades for a more smoky night time look .

It applies perfectly and blends so easily.  It comes in a cute little tin and the jumbo size pencil also comes with it’s own pencil sharpener too.

NUDESTIX Available from Amazon Beauty – £24

Can’t Live Without – St Tropez Luxe Dry Oil

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

I’m an addict to any makeup product that gives me a fabulous colour and a healthy glow without the dangers of sun exposure!  And I love this one – St Tropez Luxe Dry Oil
“Our most luxurious tan yet for the ultimate natural-looking, luminous glow that lasts for days. This Brazilian-inspired indulgent dry oil is suitable for all skin tones with a quick-drying formula that is clinically proven to moisturise for up to 7 days.”

St Tropez Luxe Dry OilI use this fake tanning dry oil when I want an extra bit of colour and a lovely shimmery finish – it contains tiny golden particles that give you a fabulous sheen and, even better, it doesn’t smell of fake tan!

Use a gloves or a mitt and gently blend into dry skin, then wait til it’s dry before getting dressed – and wait at least 4 hours before getting wet!

St Tropez – £25


Velvet Kiss

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I’ve just tried out the 4 new colours for MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer…. These really are LONG – lasting and kiss proof.

There are 9 highly pigmented, velvety smooth colours in the range which you can buy exclusively from Superdrug or online at MUA Academy and they’re only £3 each!

They really do stay put, with a bold matte finish. Perfect for that velvet kiss and selfie pout!

Can’t Live Without – Dior’s Incognito

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

I prefer to keep my own daytime makeup natural and subtle, using nude tones and shades for my eye shadow as opposed to strong smoky eyes and shimmers – Katrina Stamp MUA Jan Polcek Becky WrenchWhilst still wearing makeup, I like to wear neutral colours; eye shadows that are matte, subtle and soft; browns and natural skin tones, resulting in a makeup finish that’s barely there – often called a ‘No Makeup’ look.  My favourite is an eye shadow palette called Dior (Incognito) – 5 couleurs

 “The legendary Dior palette, with its rich and long-lasting colours, offers an infinite range of possibilities.”

Dior Incognito eyeshadowI use this as Dior advise -“Apply the lightest shade to the inside corner of the upper eyelid and a darker shade along the upper lash line. To finish, add a third colour to the corner of the middle lid and, for intensity and emphasis, apply another shade under the lower lash line.”

But don’t get me wrong, much as I love this I still bring out my  colours, shimmers and glitters for my eyes at night!!



Dazzle It Bright

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MUA Luxe from Makeup Academy has a brand new collection of Glitter Nail Polish to dazzle and sparkle your way through summer days and into those party nights. There are six fabulous colours and all of them contain different sized pieces and colours of glitter that make a fabulous sparkly impact in your nails. On their own they’re amazing, but try painting them over the top of your favourite shade to make them really WOW!

Pixie, Nixie & Odile have glitters with emerald and turquoise in them – they’re perfect for summer and look stunning with summer brights on the beach. I love the bright strong green glitter diamonds and triangles in Pixie!mua_luxe_-_glitter_polish_-_tatiana_1

Luna, Laila & Tatiana have undertones of silver or black so these work well into the evening, and again look fabulous over a solid shade, lifting the glitter and dazzling the effect on your nails. Tatiana with its pink and silver base wins my ‘Stamp of Approval’

So get sparkling and shimmering with your manicures and pedicures girls, these are just superb!

There’re available exclusively from Superdrug and MUA Store and only £3 each



Revolutionary Makeup Remover!

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I was always going to be intrigued hearing about a makeup remover accessory that works with JUST WATER! 

Walking past the Glov stand at BeautyWorld Middle East in Dubai in May, my interest was instant so I had to stop and see this for myself.  I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t really think it would work that well, doubting that it could even remove lipstick and waterproof mascara, with just water and a cloth.

I watched the girl demo how the makeup remover works.  She applied eye shadow, black mascara and lipstick to the back of her hand, and using a ‘cloth’ wetted with only water, she gently removed the lot without any scrubbing or residue!

This solution is fabulous!  It’s on my list of brilliant products, in my own travel bag and bathroom, and I’ve already told a number of people about it, who’ve been shopping on the website to buy their own Glov.  I can absolutely recommend this.

So what is it and how does it work?Glov fibres
Glov Hydro Demaquillage, using its full name, has been developed by Phenicoptere – a leading innovative company in the global cosmetics industry.  And they’ve won awards for this product too – I get why!

The fibres that make up the Glov products are 100 times thinner than a human hair, and 30 times thinner than a cotton pad.  Each fibre is star shaped, rather than the cylindrical shape of a normal fibre, so they work as a magnet attracting the dirt and makeup from your skin, activated by water!  That’s the technical part.

GlovEach Glov lasts about three months, if you’re using it daily – and I am now.

I am a complete convert to this 100% hypoallergenic, eco friendly product, that’s so gentle on my skin.

My face is clean, and not irritated; even waterproof eyeliner and mascara comes off and it’s significantly reduced the contents of my travel bag.  I just need the travel size Glov – forgetting all the lotions and cleansers.

Once you’ve used Glov, and you can use it with warm or cold water, you just wash it with soap and rinse it clean under the tap.  Then hang it up and leave it to dry.  It really is as simple as that.Glov products

There are two options to choose from, a travel size mitt and a larger size cloth.  All easy to find and buy direct from their website –

This product gets the ‘Stamp of Approval’ from me and I’ll be buying more as I need to.

Can’t Live Without – Guerlain

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It’s an essential in my own makeup bag! 

Who doesn’t feel better when they’ve got a bit of colour on their skin, a warm glow from that summer sunshine?  Bronzers are fabulous for helping with a healthy summer sun kissed glow on your skin !  And I love this one – Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons (03 Sheer Brunettes)Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons
“The perfect gradation of caramelised hues, these four shades can be endlessly combined and layered, depending on your desire, skin tone and the season, for an authentic tan and an incredibly natural result.”

It’s a gorgeous smelling matte powder which has four shades in each compact so you can swirl them all together and blend the colours, or you can use particular shades depending on the time of year.  I apply it lightly with a brush to my forehead and cheeks – the areas that the sun catches, for warmth and colour to my skin. You can also use it on your shoulders and décolletage too.  Just fab!

Available from – Guerlain