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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Like many people I love Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner because of it’s rich black colour. So I definitely need to pick up this Perversion mascara ASAP. Lengthening, thickening, clump free, and ultra black, its no wonder the tag line is Bigger, Badder, Blacker. Sounds good to me!

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7 Favourite Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Currently these 7 products are my go-to items for my summer beauty routine. To be fair I love these products year round, but they are particularly effective during the warm months. Shu Depsea Water is divine for hydrating but also for cooling skin down. I can keep it in my bag and spritz it throughout the day. The high mineral content of Depsea means that regardless of how hot the temperature is this product remains at a cool 13 degrees celsius. Sunscreen is mandatory year round but I tend to take it more seriously when I’m laying out. Last weekend in Vegas I used La Roche Posay SPF 60 for my face. This sunscreen can multitask on face and body if you don’t feel like having two.

I can’t stand a heavy fragrance in the heat so I opt for my Aqua Universalis as its fresh and light. It’s not the easiest fragrance to come across in North America, I first discovered it when working in London at Liberty. In the UK its quite easy to find, but not so much here. The bottle I have now I picked up last year in Tokyo so I’m trying not to over use it.

I don’t worry too much about having waterproof makeup because if I am poolside or on the beach I’m makeup free and stick to oversized Celine sunnies. For those occasions when waterproof mascara is required I use YSL. A pop of colour on cheeks and lips is my signature summer time look. The new Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in the orange shade 300 is pretty potent. I just dab it on with my fingers and work it into the apples of my cheeks. On my lips I use Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick when I’m going out or just Maybelline Baby Lips to keep my lips hydrated and protected from the sun.

1. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Spray 2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 60 3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis 4. YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara 5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 300  6. Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick 7. Maybelline Baby Lips

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

The Anastasia Contour Kit is all you need to create a completely sculpted face. The kit contains 3 matte shades suitable for shading light to medium-deep skin tones. Two of the highlighting shades are matte the third has a shiny finish. I particularly enjoy the matte yellow shade its the perfect under eye highlight for my skin tone.

The palette is also quite lightweight making it portable for your makeup kit. Another handy feature, the shadows pop out and are refillable once they’re done.

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Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream

Like most BB creams this Body Shop version is hydrating and gives light coverage. What I really like is the colour adjusting technology because it actually does work! I have colour 3 which is the darkest. Straight out of the tube the cream is white, but as you blend into the skin the pigments change to match my skin tone. The coverage is lightweight which is perfect for summer, or you can use it as a primer underneath your usual foundation.  

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Armani Maestro Liquid Summer & Fusion Blush

It is a widely known fact that when it comes to complexion Armani can do no wrong. The new Maestro Liquid Summer feels weightless much like the Maestro foundation; and delivers a luminous sun-kissed glow. The Fusion Blush is simply gorgeous it adds colour and glow to the cheeks with just a few drops of the applicator. I like to apply both these products with my finger tips rather than a brush, for a seamless finish that melts into the skin.




Tom Ford Beauty Summer Collection

The Tom Ford summer collection definitely gets me in the mood for warmer weather. The eye and cheek compact contains shadows, eyeliner and blush in taupe, peach and navy. Liquid Skin Illuminator enhances any skin tone with a warm shimmer. The Lip shimmers are in very beautiful limited edition packaging. They  can be worn alone for a sparkly effect or on top of lipstick to add texture.

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Bellabe Hair Remover

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I received the Bellabe hair remover, and at first glance I thought it to be a rather strange contraption! In order to use it the spring must be turned into an inverted U. I tried it on my upper lip by holding the Bellabe against my skin and then twisting the handles back and forth between my fingers. The spring removes several hairs at once from the root. Now I am not very good with pain, so I actually couldn’t quite do my entire upper lip. The average person would probably find it doesn’t really hurt a lot, but feels like tweezing multiple hairs all at once as they are removed form the root. It definitely works and it did not cause any skin irritation. The Bellabe can be used to remove facial hair on the upper lip, jaw, cheek, chin or neck.

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Limited Edition YSL Touche Eclat

The infamous Touche Eclat gets a wild revamp. The limited edition leopard design is engraved into the surface for a luxurious Saint Laurent finish. This exclusive edition is only available in colour no.1 at Selfridges. If you have to have it and don’t happen to live in the UK international delivery is available.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Stick foundation is definitely on my list of must-have products. Bobbi Brown’s new sticks blend easily to cover imperfections for a seamless finish. Formulated with great staying power means they hold up in less than favourable conditions like humidity, and strong lighting. For me the lightweight packaging and the ease of being able to swipe straight from the tube is ultra convenient. The foundations are available in 24 shades.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Buff Lipsticks

The nude lip is essential for any woman regardless of the season. I recommend adding these to your makeup kit: Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks in buff tones offer a nude for every skin tone. From fair to deep shades there are 8 colours in the line up with some excellent options for dark skin. The lipsticks have a creamy texture that glides on effortlessly, feels comfortable, and has lots of pigment for a flesh tone finish.

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