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Lips, Perfected.

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I don’t tend to get excited about lipglosses (apart from crystal-clear pristine ones, see Gloss Prodige in the last “Thing of Beauty” feature) but the new Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing ones have really grabbed my attention. It helps, I suppose, that they are packaged nicely – in the metallic finish du jour, rose gold – and [...]


Givenchy Magic Lip & Cheek Balm

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I love the retro feel of this little Givenchy pot. The lid looks sleek, but the bright blue plastic is very eighties, especially with the pink balm inside! As usual, when I first used this I ploughed ahead and slapped it on without reading what it was supposed to do. I had really sore lips, [...]

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YSL ‘Top Secrets’ Beauty Sleep

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Something both fun and luxurious for the dressing table; Yves Saint Laurent’s Top Secrets Beauty Sleep. It’s a two-in-one rescue cream for parched, crone-like skin. (I’m just being honest. We all have those nights, surely?!) The YSL Top Secrets products have been inspired by the real problems encountered by beauty professionals; models who don’t get [...]

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Satsuma Sparkle – Born Lippy!

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I just want to put it out there that I LOVE the Satsuma Shimmer lip balm from The Body Shop. It reminds me of being a teenager, when we all used to rock up to lessons with our little pots of Body Shop balm! Using the Satsuma Shimmer was just a total olfactory blast from [...]

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Little Pots of Luxury

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Are expensive lip balms worth the dough? The sensible half of my brain says ‘no’, but the half that was paying attention when I tested the examples below is screaming YES! These were simply superb – especially the Sisley. Effects were long-lasting and really beneficial – none of that ‘leaving your lips drier than when [...]


Mama Mio Omega Wonder-Full Balm

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 OK, I really like this stuff. I have been on a balm-testing mission over the last year or so (it’s an ongoing thing!) and the Mama Mio Omega Wonder-Full Balm is one of the best yet. By balms, I’m not referring to ‘lip’ balms but treatments that are more multipurpose, that have been designed to [...]