5 Years in the Making, REAL Innovation!

Five years in the making, they’re real! push-up liner solves one of the biggest beauty dilemma of all time: lining your eyes. That’s right! There’s now a product that makes eyeliner EASY TO USE. (We heard your #LinerCrimes loud & clear, gorgeous.)

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Our product development team traveled far and wide, working with the best technology & laboratories around the world to eliminate this big dilemma. The shape & design of the tip, the ergonomic shape of the body & even the micro-controlled dose of the formula were created with the intention of gliding across your eye with ease. We got ahold of our EVP of Global Product Marketing, Julie Bell’s scrapbook that she has been carrying around for years! It’s full of secrets and tricks about why they’re real! push-up liner really is the next BIG thing. Ready to learn the WHY behind this true game-changer?

Let’s start with the obvious: everyone has different eyes, duh! But everyone also has the same goal when applying eyeliner—to make their eyes appear sexier & bigger. Julie’s team found that—with all eye shapes—getting closer to the lash line gives you those stunning, big-eye results.


Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before!? (*mind explodes*)

The resulting feature—the super-innovative AccuFlex™ tip—makes it beyond easy to get close to the lash line. Its soft & angled material allows the gel formula to glide onto the curve of your eyelid with ease, creating maximum control from every angle. The flat, wide guard pushes your lashes out of the way, making it easier than ever to get close to your lash line. And the wide base provides a more stable application to get a perfectly straight line every time. Can you say GENIUS!?

Check out some of the sketches—only a few of dozens—that show how many iterations it took to get right:


Now another problem to address: the difficulties of using liners currently on the market. Wooden pencils smudge & wear off. Cake eyeliner is messy & time-consuming. Liquid liner looks shiny & it’s a b•tch to use. Gel liner in a pot needs a brush & it’s impossible to apply on-the-go. Felt tips dry out. THE LIST GOES ON!

So we decided to create the first-ever gel liner in a pen. You get the rich, black formula of gel in the convenience of a pen! O.M.G. Here’s another page from Julie’s scrapbook to show how they found the best formula ever. Oh, did we also mention that it’s smudge-proof, matte black, long-lasting AND waterproof. Seriously, this liner isn’t going anywhere. We’ve even tested it by spraying water on our face—can you say “hellllo, summer!” because now we can hit the beach or pool with eyeliner and not look like a fool after coming up from the water.


It’s not just about being soft or gliding across your eyelid, gorgeous. Every shape, every design and every material was built with intention. If you’re not ready to try this yet, we’re not sure how else we can convince you. Tell us in the comments below why you’re most excited about they’re real! push-up liner !


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Some Great New Foundations and Skin Enhancers…

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I’ll be writing up full posts on most of the products shown in the following video; I have loads of before-and-after pics to show you and I don’t want to cram them all onto one page! There are some absolute crackers that I’ve discovered recently – new foundations that have only just launched, complexion enhancers that are about to launch and a few BB/CC/Tinted Moisturise-y things that are well worth a look.

Read more posts about nude and natural makeup…

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It’s worth noting that Space NK have their discovery offer on again, £10 off if you spend £40, so if you are seduced by the amazing new Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation that you’re about to see, then now would be a good time to give it a go! It’s very, very lovely. I got it all a bit wrong in my video and thought that I had the oil-free version, when in fact I was using the moisturizing one – which may explain why I thought that it was so juicy and sumptuous! Oh well. Either way, it’s a good ‘un. It costs £35 from SpaceNK.

And if it’s the new and revolutionary Cover FX Custom Cover Drops you fancy trying, then take note that Harvey Nichols have a gift-with-purchase (worth £230) if you spend £150 or more. The foundation pigment drops are £36 and would literally last for years – you add them to moisturiser, oil, serum, whatever you like, to make your own custom face base. Genius – and they really work. Full post with pictures coming very soon, but you can find them online here.

Browse previous foundation recommendations…

Anyway, none of this will make much sense at all if you haven’t watched the vid, will it? So get comfy, hit the play button and prepare to endure a few minutes of my rambling, easily-distracted pregnancy brain. All of the product details are at the bottom of the page.

In this video I am wearing:

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation in Shade 02: http://goo.gl/iVHVfx

Guerlain Joli Teint Powder in 00: http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2015/…

NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Silent Nude – releases next week

NARS x Christopher Kane Lipgloss in Nucleus – releases next week

NARS x Christopher Kane Shadow – releases next week

Guerlain Maxi Lash “So Volume” Mascara in Black:

Products Mentioned:

Michael Kors Bronze Gel Creme in 01, Permanent Vacation: http://tidd.ly/2bf9c828

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base (shades 4 and 5 released next month, other shades here: http://tidd.ly/985b98a5 )

l’Occitane Precious BB Cream in Shade 2: http://goo.gl/ixcxS6

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (shade 20): http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2014/… – £33 at Selfridges: http://tidd.ly/b70d544c

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation in 02, Cream Ivory: http://goo.gl/HC3Yst
CORRECTION: this is NOT oil-free! There is an oil-free version, but a different product! No wonder it felt so moisturising….

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation in Shade 02: http://goo.gl/iVHVfx

Cover FX Custom Drops: http://goo.gl/diftox

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Sunday Tittle Tattle: Best Beauty Buys

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Oh, we’re knee-deep in this whole headache-inducing Black Friday business, which seems to now start on a Wednesday and last until a Tuesday, but still manages to fill me with excitement because: DISCOUNTS. Discounts are basically my downfall – give me any kind of voucher code or “special VIP coupon” and I simply must use it, even if I don’t need anything. It’s an affliction. The only saving grace for me this year is that I look like a snake after it’s eaten a football and so I can’t shop for clothes. Baby clothes, different matter, but they tend to be cheaper… (Baby GAP have 40% off everything here. Thank me later.)

Anyway, I’ve done a round-up of the best beauty deals just in case you’d appreciate having them all in one place. If you’re after codes for the online beauty “supermarkets” then LookFantastic have one on their homepage (on Friday it was for 25% but it supposedly decreases over time) and FeelUnique have 15% off everything with the code MAKEITMAGIC.

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The following section contains a video with an advertorial for Amazon UK.

If it’s a great GWP you’re interested in then may I direct you to the video that I worked on with Amazon? (It contains an ad, just so you’re aware before you watch it!) The Luxury Beauty Box is free if you spend £50 or over on beauty products (ones sold and dispatched by Amazon) and has a value of over £100, including products from luxury and niche brands such as Rodial and Merumaya.  If you fancy a brilliant way to spend fifty quid on skincare then go for the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£22), L’Oreal’s skin-plumping Laser Renew Night Cream-Mask (£11.99) and Merumaya’s Melting Cleansing Balm (£16.50). You get a little tube of the cleansing balm in the Beauty Box, but – trust me – you’ll want a tube for home and one for travel! Here’s the video if you fancy seeing all of the contents – the beauty box is online.


Next in the line-up of great beauty deals, a blanket 30% discount across all Omorovicza products.

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If ever you were tempted by this brilliant luxury brand then now is the time – prices don’t really get any lower. The discount takes one of my favourite products ever, the Queen of Hungary Mist, down to £33.60 for the large bottle and the amazing, lightweight hydrator Elemental Emulsion down to a slightly more affordable £63. (It should be £90.) You can browse the sumptuous things on Omorovica’s virtual shelves.

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Pai also have a blanket discount, incredibly rare for them so a great time to stock up if you have a few favourites. They’re offering 25% off everything online – the code is BLACKPAIDAY and will work until tomorrow night.

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Darphin’s Healthy Hydration set is rather a perk for Darphin lovers – with a value of £107, it contains the following luscious products:

–          Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily (125ml)

–          Hydrating Kiwi Mask (75ml)

–          Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum (5ml)

–          Hydraskin Light Gel Cream (50ml)

–          Rose Aromatic Care (4ml)

All yours for a (much) reduced price of £45. You can find it, while stocks last, at Darphin online. Though if it’s just the quenching Hydraskin Light Gel Cream moisturiser you’re after then Escentual have it for less than half price this weekend. It’s £17 down from £35 and you get an extra 10% off if you use the code BLACK10.

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There are some brilliant bargains at Escentual, actually – Vichy’s amazing Aqualia serum (great for powerful hydration pre-moisturiser) is £11.25 instead of £22.50 with an extra 10% off if you use the code BLACK10. Same code can be applied to the Laura Geller Perfectly Pink collection, pictured above – it’s reduced, quite ridiculously, from £45 to £19.95.

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Harvey Nichols Gift With Purchase: The One With ALL The Samples

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I wasn’t going to do any more posts this year on Gifts-with-Purchases but I just love this one from Harvey Nichols: it’s mammoth. It’s as though someone on the beauty team got completely overexcited about the whole idea and decided to put in every sample they could get their hands on. I’ve copied the full list of products at the bottom of this post for your perusal but there’s just the most brilliant mix of skincare, bodycare and makeup.

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And the bag itself is lovely – roomy, smart-looking and with a classic, Aspinal-like feel. It’s quite masculine, in a way, and (dare I say this?) you could probably get away with giving this is a Christmas present, with a few choice grooming products stashed away inside. That’s if you can bear to part with it…

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