The Lush List
This month’s 10 tried, tested and trusted - places, beauty and lifestyle products that I’m loving at the moment...
3 Concept Eyes Variety Moving Mascara: A definitive ‘magic wand’, Variety moving mascaras does the work of multiple mascaras with one mesmerising brush! When you elongate the brush, the bristles become more evenly spaced - which means the wand picks up more pigment for a fuller, more voluminous effect. Then, when you ‘retract’ the brush, the densely-packed bristles are ideal for creating ‘lift’ and curl - just comb them slowly through your lashes to create the desired shape. The more compact brush is also ideal for accessing those hard-to-reach inner corners, as well as for coating your lower lashes. What’s more, the formula is pitch black, ultra-glossy and transfer resistant - its ‘tubing’ formula won’t flake, smudge or fall-out.
GUCCI Flora by GUCCI Eau de Parfum: Flora by Gucci is the utterly feminine, deeply sensual new fragrance for women, inspired by Gucci’s iconic Flora Pattern. The fragrance is characterised by contrasts and is for the classic, modern Gucci woman who has a youthful, feminine spirit. Top note: peony, agrums. Heart: rose, osmanthus flower from China. Base: sandalwood, patchouli. Flora by Gucci is rooted in a floral olfactory world, yet its construction offers something unusual and compelling.
Stila Cosmetics La Quill Precision Eyeliner Brush: The Stila La Quill is a thing of beauty and a joy to use - with a cool plum-coloured pleather feather, it’s cute, cool and quirky - and need we say, practical. The tapered tip is ideal for applying gel, or Stila’s Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners - creating a super-smooth, feline flick, graphic line or winged effect with ease. Just dip the ‘nib’ in your favourite ‘ink’, then glide along the lashline (there’s no dragging or snagging), to achieve an ultra-fine, tapered - and most importantly - completely even line.
Stila Cosmetics Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner: Packed with pigment, Stila’s six dazzling shades of Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner facilitate creation of a super-smooth eye line. The innovative cushion sponge (one of Korea’s hottest makeup trends), dispenses just the right amount of liquid, which is perfectly absorbed by Stila’s specially-designed ‘La Quill’, to glide along the eyelid without snagging or dragging your delicate skin and in turn, guarantee a flawless finish. Buildable and incredibly long-wearing, you can draw a super-fine line for subtle, eyelash enhancement - or experiment with graphic, runway-ready looks or classic feline flicks - the only limit is your own imagination!
Lush ‘Sex Bomb’ Bath Bomb: Blast away your cares with this pampering experience. When you’ve got that feeling - tired, stressed out and anxious - you need some sensual healing. The fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage will soon have you relaxed and feeling in the mood… Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, while ylang ylang is renowned for soothing worries. This bomb’s made for lovin’.
DIOR Diorific State Of Gold Face Powder: A truly exquisite, shimmery illuminating powder that translucently enhances the skin’s texture. Embossed with a hypnotic herringbone pattern, the powder comes in two delicate shades; a golden beige and an iridescent pink. Using the brush, apply with light strokes to the prominent features of the face (cheekbones, chin, forehead and ridge of the nose).
ILCSI Sour Cherry & Blackthorn Whipped Moisturiser: An all-natural, incredibly active moisturiser, this age-defying hydrator is rich in fruit acids to brighten, repair and revitalise dry, dulled and vitamin-deficient skin. Lightweight and readily absorbed, this exhibits powerful antioxidant properties thanks to real sour cherries (brimming with flavonoids) - to ward against the ageing effects of the environmental onslaught - alongside mineral - and iron-rich blackthorn, which helps to strengthen and replenish lacklustre skin showing signs of fatigue. With the invigorating scent of sour cherries - this is also a treat for your senses; ‘zinging’ you into wakefulness whilst toning, firming and protecting precious skin cells.
Michael Kors ‘Midnight Shimmer’ eau de parfum: Indulge in Midnight Shimmer, a sparkling and captivating fragrance that promises to illuminate the evening. Featuring a blend of soft musk, jasmine petals and sensual vanilla, this rich, woody scent is the perfect finishing touch before a glamourous night out. Top notes: freesia, jasmine, quince. Heart notes: amberwood, woods, vanilla. Base notes: moss, musks, balsam.
Lipton Iced Tea: No matter where you are or what you’re eating, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing jug of iced tea. Making iced tea is easy, and endlessly adaptable: you can brew it light or strong, drink it unsweetened or sweetened. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start getting creative. Bring a little tropical colour to your brew by adding slivers of fruit to soak in the tea for a few hours - or try a lemon and lime brew for some citrus zing; or even strawberry iced tea. The options are endless.
Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Everything: A kit of perverse lip paraphernalia featuring six sinfully pigmented matte lipsticks, a clear vinyl gloss, metallic gold pigment, and three mesmerising microfine glitters. Turn your lips on and make your mouth a metaphysical masterpiece. Satisfy your cravings for unorthodox glamour and experience altered states of lip luxury with these cult classics. Let the ritual begin in one swipe, and lay down a velvety rich canvas of colour. Wear these lush, matte shades on lips alone, or combine them to create immaculate, custom ombre effects. Glide on the Clear Vinyl Gloss over the matte lipstick for miraculous shine that will leave your lips dripping in decadence. Layer the Metallic Gold Pigment over lipstick, gloss, or both for dramatic intensity. Then press on Microfine Glitters for an enchanting look. This kit is filled with opulence, outrageousness and obsession.
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