Spring Favourites Part I

 

Sali on three of her top Spring picks

 

Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse, £29

Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance CleanseIf something is pushing “radiance” as its key message, then I always want to take it for a spin. And if it’s a cleanser, then all the better. I’ve been using this on and off for a few months now and I love it, with some reservations. Firstly, it is absolutely 100% a morning cleanser. Do not attempt to take off your makeup with it, because it just won’t deliver and your towels will get filthy. It’s really more of a rinse off mask (hence the high price), though I find it’s enough to cleanse and refresh my skin first thing. Where it’s more useful is in perking up dull skin pre-makeup, perhaps twice a week. It acts very similarly to the also clay-based Liz Earle Brightening Treatment (the unsung hero of her brand as far as I’m concerned), reviving the complexion is minimal time. The Sarah Chapman pump bottle says one minute before rinsing. If you’re neither sensitive nor rosacea-prone, I’d push it to two. And I would certainly advocate the use of a flannel to remove, followed by a splash or two. My skin feels extremely soft afterwards and the glow is visible.

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, £8.99

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet LipstickThere’s been a huge, if largely unreported, trend this year for not-quite-matte lipsticks with bold, saturated colour and a very comfy feel. It kicked off with Lauder’s Pure Color Envy at the tail end of 2014, then came Nars Audacious, and now we have Bourjois’ seriously good version at a more affordable price. The velvety finish seems to work particularly well in red tones, which is why I’ve mainly been wearing Hot Pepper and Grand Cru (I’m into nudes with a glossier texture currently. I know – I barely recognise myself). These apply very easily on the move – I do so love a wand – and last a seriously long time without fading or smudging. Well done, everyone.

 

 

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, £20

10189359OK, so there is so much hype around this, partly because it introduces a whole new category and partly because well, you know, it’s the first Lauder campaign to star Kendall Jenner aka Kim Kardashian’s sister (do I personally think she’s right for such an iconic, quality brand? No. Was I proved wrong when the whole world suddenly started talking about Estee Lauder again? Yes). But to get down to the bare facts, here’s what it does: It acts as a very natural looking lash tint (think Clinique’s Naturally Glossy) for casual days. It does this very nicely indeed. It also claims to act as a primer to bulk up and lengthen lashes before applying normal mascara. It does this less well, in that I can’t really see a difference. Finally, it promises to lock down your mascara when LBP is applied as a water resistant topcoat. It does this SO well that I’d buy it purely on that basis. It has changed the game, allowing me to wear my favourite dramascaras (I just made that up. It needs work) like Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill and Guerlain Maxi Lash without even the slightest smudge to show for it. This week alone, it’s withstood tears (I watched the film Milk AND dropped off my kids at Gatwick), sleeping in makeup (I went out with girlfriends and ordered espresso martinis. Forgive me) and foul seaside weather. It absolutely works. Another use for it – as yet unnoticed by Estee Lauder – is that is makes a perfect bottom lash mascara, coating lashes subtly and durably in a notorious smudge hotspot. Trust me, this is for you if your moisturiser, hormones or lifestyle causes frequent panda eyes.

 

There are so many good things this Spring. Part II of Sali’s selections can be found here.

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