Editor's cut: the best of beauty right now
Each month I will be regaling you with tales of my three favourite products du jour. Or should that be du mois? In my line of work, with product after product arriving at my door in the arms of impatient couriers, it takes something truly special to stand out from the crowd. Wallflowers need not apply; this list is reserved solely for the products that stop me in my tracks. Are you ready? Here we go...
A friend of mine wears the original Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick every single day. And every single day I am jealous. But over the past couple of years I have grown tired of wearing lipstick. The maintenance got too much. (Read: I AM LAZY.) So imagine my pure, unadulterated joy when this lip balm landed on my doorstep. Super nourishing as you would expect from a lip balm, but with the colour payoff of a lipstick. The great thing is that you don't need a lip liner to stop the colour from bleeding. You don't even need to look in a mirror when applying. It suits my lazy lifestyle and I am here for it.
God, retinol is a tricky, tricky beast. I recommend it to everyone I meet, because I know the benefits are out-of-this-world fantastic. But I know that lots are scared off by its punchiness. Which is why I am super, duper excited to rave about this one. This is an excellent, excellent product. (To be honest, it should be, it's been in development for 22 years.) Not only do you get a really good dosage of retinol - 0.2%, which is typically the amount you get from a prescription vitamin A. But it's also formulated with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and three different types of oils - clever. These offset any drastic side effects. It's had such a positive effect on my skin, I genuinely think I look like I'm approaching my late twenties, not my mid thirties. All of that for just under £25. Come one, don't be frightened of this one.
Vieve is the brand child of Jamie Genevieve, the beauty blogger turned make-up expert. She is obsessed with make-up and makes me want to be obsessed with make-up. I could watch her make-up tutorials for hours. (In fact, I often do.) These eye wands have encouraged me to fall in love with eyeshadow again. So far my relationship with eye make-up has consisted of looking for sheer, yet shimmery muted tones and rubbing them into my sockets on special occasions. (You know funerals, smear tests, that sort of thing.) But these beauties have encouraged me, not to be more experimental per se, but to think of eyeshadow as an everyday product that elevates. I'm aware that this isn't exactly groundbreaking. There are six to chose from and they can be layered or worn alone. There's a brilliant jet black that can work as your eyeliner and a perfect concealer-y type nude that can be used as a base. They're super pigmented and blendable, before they dry down completely matte.
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Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.
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