Cheer up your bestie with a surprise gift that’s not just useful, cute and uplifting  but gives an addictive shine to lips.

Lil Gloss Bombs Mini Lip Duo and Key Chain Holder is a limited edition from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. The duo includes a Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the iconic rose nude shade and Fenty Glow in a pink coral with gold. One swipe and it conditions lips, makes them look fuller and has a non sticky formula that’s super shiny and a peach-vanilla scene. From Boots.com & HarveyNichols.com


With hairdressers closed until heaven knows when, those of us who regularly visit these palaces of pampering are having to cope with looking after our own  hair. So its good news that L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths has just launched Wonder Water in the UK.

A new kind of application this lightweight conditioner is applied while in the shower and is a replacement for your conditioner. With the bottle’s precise nozzle the formula dosage can be tailored to different hair types and can be used alone or with your favourite conditioner. No wonder one of these sells every minute in the United States.











Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Lush. For mounds of jasmine and ylang-yland bubbles welcome the dragon into your bath to bring good luck and scare away evil spirits.

The lovely people at Lush have also brought back, for a limited time, the golden coin shaped shampoo bar full of shine enhancing camellia oil – again another traditional gift for Chinese New Year. Using a Lush shampoo bar saves approximately two to three 250g bottles of shampoo. Visit: uk.lush.com












I spend most of my time working from home in my profession but one thing I always do is put on some foundation, lipstick and mascara and dress as if I would for the office. If I want to skip foundation I have a secret facial weapon –  fake tan. All through lockdowns and even before I have used a tanning product for the face as not only does it give my skin, which is normally drip white, colour but also a glow under my foundation.

It’s also good should  your mask rub away your foundation for you have a colour underneath. Those tan experts at St Tropez have come up with two new products to help us get a glow and establish the feel good factor of a tan. A hydrating bronzing gel, Self Tan Express is easy to use and gives the choice of three different depths of tan. Self Tan Purity Face Mist is simple to use and gives a wonderful glow in just 4-8 hours. No need to rinse off just spritz and glow.












My secret weapon for giving my face a glow whether during the day or for a special night out has always been Ambient Lighting from Hourglass. A cruelty free brand, Hourglass, available in Leeds from Harvey Nichols, has cutting edge formulas and has re-invented luxury cosmetics. Now the Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture makes all your dreams come true in one compact a blush, bronzer, highlighter and finishing powder – try it the results are amazing. www.hourglasscosmetics.com, www.spacenk.com










Missing your nail bar? Somehow when you put polish on at home it never seems to last as long does it. Enter Lady Showbiz high gloss, longwear polishes that really do last. They come in a variety of shades but for a dramatic look and with Valentine’s Day not far away perfection is the Love Duo – Red Carpet with its high gloss finish and Good Luck Charm in a mixed red and glitter. Wear alone or double up to dazzle. Cruelty free and vegan find them at ladyshowbiz.com













Fans of Fenty will be excited to learn of the launch of Fenty Skin. A collection of four products including a Remove It All Cleanser, Pore-Refining Serum, Invisible Moisturizer with SPF 30 sunscreen and an Overnight Recovery Gel Cream. But best of all is a Fenty Skin Starter Set with 3 products in travel size minis. Available from Fentyskin.com, boots.com, harveynichols.com.












Where products are only available at beauty counters in department stores or spas, all closed during the present lockdown we have put the website on the product so you needn’t miss out on any of the products.



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