Tuesday, 31 July 2012

OOTD: French Connection, ASOS, Chanel, Miss Selfridge

Yay! Welcome back to the Chanel bag!! After 3 months in a Parisian hospital recovering from a painful hardware injury, she is back. I missed her so much!!

OOTD: French Connection, ASOS, Chanel, Miss Selfridge
OOTD: French Connection, ASOS, Chanel, Miss Selfridge


Here's the info on the rest of the outfit:

Monday, 30 July 2012

Paul & Joe New Lipstick Collection

Paul & Joe are doing fabulous fun new things with lipstick! You can pick your texture  (sheer, natural or full coverage), pick your shade, and then pick your packaging. So exciting. And look at some of the gorgeous new cases you can pick from, especially the cute kitten. I'd imagine that one will be seriously popular!

Paul & Joe New Lipstick Collection
Paul & Joe New Lipstick Collection

ASOS Dress and Converse - Outfit of the Day

ASOS Dress and Converse - Outfit of the Day
ASOS Dress and Converse - Outfit of the Day

Girly day time look with a bow and pink converse!!


Sunday, 29 July 2012

2true Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish Shade11 Nude

Love this nude nail varnish from bargain cosmetics brand 2true at Superdrug.

2true Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish Shade11 Nude
2true Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish Shade11 Nude


This is 2 coats but you can easily get away with one, and it is really quite easy to apply with the new flat brush.

I think it looks really expensive and it costs just £1.99. You really can't say fairer than that!

Ree
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YSL Touche Éclat Foundation, Dare to Glow & False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara with Daniel Sandler, Shu Uemura & Clinique Runway Coral



Face of the day for you. Sorry about picture quality, I am blogging from my iPad.

The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat really is my favourite foundation right now. It makes my skin look so fresh and flawless. Currently I am mixing BD40 with BR50 in differing proportions depending on how much fake tan I have on!

NEOM Organics Invigorate Candle

Say hello to the scent of summer! This is the Invigorate candle from NEOM Organics - a beautifully refreshing and uplifting combination of grapefruit, bergamot and lime, new for 2012.

neom-invigorate-candle
NEOM Organics Invigorate Candle


I brought this candle away on holiday in Dorset with me to try it out and I'm so glad I did! It is totally gorgeous.

It is such an energising scent which makes it a perfect candle to burn in the morning for the best possible start to the day. An ideal holiday indulgence!

Bergamot is one of my all time fave ingredients and is a fabulous stress reliever, while the citrus notes of grapefruit and lime are super fresh and invigorating (as the candle's name would suggest).

The NEW Neom Invigorate Organic Treatment Candle is £39.50 / €52.00 and the Invigorate Travel Candle is £15.00/ €19.00, available from July 2012 at www.neomorganics.com and selected stockists.

Are you a NEOM fan?

Ree
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Beauty Bazaar at Harvey Nichols Liverpool One

Harvey Nichols has announced an exciting new beauty shopping concept that plans to be the UK's first one stop shop for beauty lovers and the ultimate luxury beauty experience. Say hello to Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols which is set to open late Autumn 2012 in uber fashionable Liverpool ONE shopping Centre.

Beauty Bazaar at Harvey Nichols Liverpool One
Beauty Bazaar at Harvey Nichols Liverpool One


Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols will take up a cool 22,000 sq ft of prime retail space across three floors. Soounds absolutely amazing doesn't it?! I think I just may be visiting Liverpool later in the year!

The Ground Floor will be dedicated to a wide range of luxury beauty, skincare and fragrance brands and a dedicated Beauty Personal Shopper will on call to guide you through this amazing beauty experience. I want to go!!

The First Floor is all about open treatments! There'll be Mark Woolley’s Electric Hair Lounge, a Blink Brow Bar and both a Lash and Nail Bar. Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty, BeautyMART, Carita, ESPA and The Organic Pharmacy, all exclusives in Liverpool, will be there too.

Among all this will be an exclusive Champagne and Cocktail Bar, which will have floor to ceiling glass frontage - anther major reason to visit!

The Second Floor will accommodate a more discreet range of treatments in private areas including, unisex waxing by STRIP and spray tanning. Beyond MediSpa will offer specialist services including, teeth whitening, permanent makeup, Botox, fillers and body contouring treatments.

I honestly don't think they have missed anything out!

Harvey Nichols Group Concessions and Beauty Director, Daniela Rinaldi said,

“Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols will be the first one-stop destination for all things beauty. This truly unique space, spread across three floors, will house the very best brands in the market, alongside the very latest services that will ensure grooming of the highest level, all within the convenience of a single space....We have created a true lifestyle experience where guests can meet friends and appreciate beauty in an aspirational, educational and service-driven surrounding...It will be glamorous, exciting and energetic – a compelling beacon of beauty for all.”

Leading London-based graphic and interior design agency, Four IV, have been appointed to create the  stunning space.

And it seems that the beauty industry is definitely on the up. Last year Harvey Nichols reported an extremely strong year of trading, which brought with it record profits, beating the previous high achieved in 2007/8. It just goes to show, you can't keep beauty down!

Further information on Harvey Nichols can be found on the website www.harveynichols.com and follow news on Twitter using #BeautyBazaarHN

Ree
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Macmillan Charity Wipes

Macmillan Charity Wipes
Macmillan Charity Wipes


Simple is continuing its partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support for the third year running, with the Limited Edition Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes return exclusively to Boots UK stores until mid August 2012.

I love a cleansing wipe to remove my makeup before I properly cleanse and the Simple ones are among my favourites.

Neom Cocooning

NEOM Organics have come up with another corker! Check this gorgeous kit for new mums and mums-to-be, Cocooning.

Neom Cocooning  for new mums and mums-to-be
Neom Cocooning  for new mums and mums-to-be


The Cocooning fragrance is absolutely divine - a beautiful combination of Mandarin, Ylang Ylangan and Chamomile to act as a fab antidote to tiredness, nausea, mood-swings often associated with the tough job that is pregnancy and early motherhood.

There have always been questions around which, and what concentration of, aromatherapy ingredients are safe for pregnancy, so Neom have created a kit that is entirely safe so no-one needs to worry. You can also use the oils on the bubs when they come along!

Nicola Elliott, Founder & Director of NEOM & qualified aroma-therapist says: “At NEOM we’re consistently asked whether essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy...We felt we had a responsibility to offer these women a clear and simple product to say to them “you can”. ”

NEOM Cocooning ‘Feel Amazing Treats’ gift kit (£52.00) contains a Treatment Candle, Bath Oil & Body Oil all in the Cocooning scent. A NEOM Cocooning Home Candle (£39.50) is also available.

Visit www.neomorganics.com for more info.

Ree
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Face of the Day: Dr Jart+ BB Cream, Clinique, Daniel Sandler, Bourjois & Gosh

I tweeted this pic and got a few questions so I thought, why not do a quick face of the day? It's a really simple look that took about 5 minutes.

Dr Jart+, Clinique, Daniel Sandler, Bourjois and Gosh

And here's a pic of what I used:

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Outfit of the Day: Shorts and Wedges

This one is a bit of an instagram post but I think it captures my outfit nicely. The first shot was taken by lovely @Law1sfab at the Matalan press day, and she very kindly let me use it!

YSL Cabas Chyc bag


As you can probably spot, I am sporting my fab new YSL Cabas Chyc bag!! Yay!

Hair Removal: Braun Silk-épil 5 Epilator Legs 5180

Before I start, I just have to say that this Braun Silk-épil 5 Epilator is the moment gentle epilator I have ever used (and I have used quite a few!).

Have a little look...

Braun Silk-épil 5 Epilator
Braun Silk-épil 5 Epilator

Neat isn't it?!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Dior: The Golden Jungle Crocodile Leather Effect Nail Duo

Check this out!

Dior: The Golden Jungle Crocodile Leather Effect Nail Duo
Dior: The Golden Jungle Crocodile Leather Effect Nail Duo


Amazing isn't it?! You can achieve this Dior Golden Jungle Crocodile Leather Effect Nail look in two easy steps!

Shu Uemura Colour Atelier Palette System

Shu Uemura Colour Atelier Palette System
Shu Uemura Colour Atelier Palette System

Last week I went along to a fabulous masterclass to find out all about the new Shu Uemura Colour Atelier palette system...and it's brilliant!

With 55 eye shades and 30 blush shades, you can design your own palettes to suit your every whim!  This is mine.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Mama Mio Bootcamp for Arms - My Jennifer Aniston Arms in 30 Days Challenge and Giveaway!

I have been asked by Mama Mio to put their Bootcamp for Arms kit to the test, and with the promise of soft, toned and shapely arms in just 30 days with minimal time commitment, I jumped at the chance!

Mama Mio Bootcamp for Arms - My Jennifer Aniston Arms in 30 Days Challenge!
Mama Mio Bootcamp for Arms - My Jennifer Aniston Arms in 30 Days Challenge!

Here is what it's all about! Keep reading for info on the kit, some before photos of my arms, and a GIVEAWAY!

Vaseline Race for Life Winners


Thanks to everyone who entered my Vaseline Race for Life Giveaway.

The winners have now been selected using random.org and they are as follows:


YSL Facebook Palette Devoted to Fans #1

YSL Facebook Palette Devoted to Fans #1
YSL Facebook Palette Devoted to Fans #1

In a total 'beauty industry first' kind of move, YSL have launched an eyeshadow palette in tribute, and exclusively available to, their facebook fans - YSL Facebook Palette Devoted to Fans #1.

Have a little look!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

YSL Cabas Chyc Bag - Outfit of the Day

Woooo!! Exciting!! Say hello to my new baby - the YSL Medium Cabas Chyc Bag in dark magenta textured leather, that I impulsively bought at Harrods last Saturday!! I love her!!

YSL Cabas Chyc Bag - Outfit of the Day
YSL Cabas Chyc Bag - Outfit of the Day

I didn't plan this purchase in the slightest so I have a fair measure out guilt thrown in, but taking her out yesterday has definitely made me feel a lot better!! I am particularly pleased with the colour which is different, but still as classic as black.

What happened was...

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Jo Malone Christmas Gifts for 2012

Jo Malone Christmas Gifts for 2012
Jo Malone Christmas Gifts for 2012


Ooooh doesn't it look gorgeous!? I am absolutely in love with the fabulous box and ribbon combo that Jo Malone is rolling out for Christmas this year. 

And it's not just about the packaging. There's an amazing range of gifts that will please the Jo Malone seasoned customers as well as those just discovering the brand. Here are my highlights.

Burt's Bees - Wild For Bees Collaboration with Richard Weston

This summer Burt's Bees and acclaimed professor and designer Richard Weston have teamed up to launch the 'Wild for Bees' collaboration.

Burt's Bees - Wild For Bees Collaboration with Richard Weston
Burt's Bees - Wild For Bees Collaboration with Richard Weston

This is collaboration is all about raising awareness for the plight of the UK honey bee and all the work that the British Beekeeper's Association.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Own The Runway Slippers for Casual Chic!

I absolutely adore these chic and functional flats from Own the Runway. I always feel I have to wear heels to look glam but I can seriously see myself in a pair of these sassy slippers!

Own the Runway Slippers
Own the Runway Slippers, £14.99

When I interviewed Caggie Dunlop recently, she was wearing very similar shoes to these:

St Tropez Dark Tan Winners - Is Your Name Here?

St Tropez Dark Tan

To celebrate Spraycation I teamed up with St Tropez to give away 10 Dark Sprays or Lotions (worth £26 each) to ReallyRee readers.

 I have consulted random.org and here are the winners in no particular order:

Silver Shoes for Everyday

Check out these cute silver flats.

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Silver Shoes for Everyday
You'll never guess where they're from!


Marks & Spencer Beauty for Christmas 2012

Although you are probably not thinking about Christmas yet, I just wanted to let you know that when the time comes, Marks & Spencer have some serious crackers for Christmas 2012!

From cute makeup kits and makeup bags, to fabulous fragrance and then gift sets from Cowley Manor and Ragdale Hall, M&S have pretty much got Christmas covered. Phewph!

Check out these beauties. How adorable is this super cute Limited Edition Owl Eyeshadow Palette? It would certainly put a smile on my face.

Marks & Spencer Limited Edition Owl Eyeshadow Palette, £7.50
Marks & Spencer Limited Edition Owl Eyeshadow Palette, £7.50

And you can't go wrong with this Chanel-esque makeup bag from Autograph - it's only £9.50.

Monday, 16 July 2012

My Image Skincare Regime with Before and After Shots

Get ready for some horrible close ups. Thank God my skin doesn't look like this when I see it in the mirror!!

This isn't really a pretty post but I thought you might like to know what skincare I've been using recently and the kind of results I have been seeing.

Image Skincare Regime
Image Skincare Regime


At the end of May I went along to the Dorchester Hotel to find out all about Image Skincare, which is a US brand whose mantra is 'Age Later'. Well obviously I like the sound of that!

I had a chat with Lisa Johnson, the International Trainer for Image Skincare and told her all about my skincare concerns. There are quite a few, but mainly include lines and wrinkles, firmness, enlarged pores and pigmentation.

Lisa then prescribed products from each of Image's skincare lines - see photo above.

Keep reading for Before and After photos.

Dipped Hem Outfit of the Day

Quick outfit post for you.

Boohoo_glamorous_jack-french_topshop
Outfit of the Day

I wore this on Friday to a lovely lunch at Aqua Nueva for a friend's birthday. It was fun!

The dip-hemmed shirt is from Boohoo and the dip-hemmed skirt is from Glamorous at Bank. I really enjoyed layering the dip hems because the occasional flashes of green fabric at the bottom really pulled the outfit together.

This is my lovely bag from Jack French London. They are now stocked in Debenhams. The boots are my old faves from Topshop.

I styled my hair using the BaByliss Thermo Ceramic Heated Rollers.

And that is it!!

Ree
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Friday, 13 July 2012

Vivienne Westwood Bags Autumn Winter 2012

Check out this fab collection of union jack print and classic tartan bags from Vivienne Westwood's Autumn Winter 2012 collection. This is quintessentially British!

Vivienne Westwood Bags Autumn Winter 2012
Vivienne Westwood Bags Autumn Winter 2012

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Bourjois Custom Nail Colour in 1 Second!

Look! I have been having a play with my nail colour. 

Bourjois 1 Seconde


Everyone was loving my home mani with the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish in Lavande Esquisse on twitter yesterday, but who knew that one coat of the fabulous Grenadine Tonic (15) 1 Second Gloss over the top of it could create this amazing unusual colour?!

I'm already a fan of Grenadine Tonic on its own - check it out here. I have also done a bit of experimenting with it using the gorgeous 1 Second Polish in Rose Cupcake 06 - see that beauty here!

I think the moral of this story is that everyone needs some Bourjois 1 Second Gloss in Grenadine Tonic in their lives for hours of fun!

Ree
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TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light for Acne

Check out my interview with Natalie from Tria Beauty about the TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light for Acne.



Find out more here. The TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light costs £229.

What do you think?

Ree
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Jo Malone London Sketches

This Summer Jo Malone is celebrating the wonderful city that is London. And I love how they are doing it!

Jo Malone London Sketches
Jo Malone London Sketches

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

British Batiste


Batiste Dry Shampoo has gone all patriotic on us and has brought out this fab new can emblazoned with a Union Jack.

Pick it up at Superdrug for £2.99.

Ree
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Bust Reduction in a Bottle - Boobs Minus USculpt from Ultimo

Boobs Minus from Ultimo - Bust Reduction in a Bottle
Boobs Minus from Ultimo - Bust Reduction in a Bottle

Boobs - (Minus) from Ultimo claims to the first product of its kind on the market. It offers a non-surgical bust reduction cream which promises to lift and firm the bust area for sleeker and tauter appearance. What do you think? Never heard of a boob shrinking cream before!

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel 09 Lavande Esquisse

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel 09 Lavande Esquisse
Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel 09 Lavande Esquisse

Absolutely loving the Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel 09 Lavande Esquisse! Not only because it's really nice to apply and dries to a high, gel-like shine, and is a beaut colour, but mainly because twice yesterday it was mistaken as colours from way more expensive brands!

In fact, even a YSL person at a YSL event thought it was a YSL shade (possibly La Laque Couture shade 13 Parme Graffiti but not sure) - anyway it was a good mistake to make!!

I have even had compliments on it this morning and it isn't even 9.30am!


You can pick this up at Boots for £5.99.

Ree
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 PR sample

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Free Clothes from French Connection with Sure Women

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the fab new collaboration between Sure for Women and French Connection where you can win free French Connection clothes every month.

Here's a peak at two outfits I got from last month's French Connection selection. Check out this fab 3 piece!


Free Clothes from French Connection with Sure Women
Free Clothes from French Connection with Sure Women


And this gorgeous lace dress.


YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch


You probably know by now that YSL holds a very, very special place in my heart. It was the brand that ignited my passion for luxury beauty when I was just a teenager, and I am proud to say that I bought the Touche Eclat Illuminating pen when it first launched 20 years ago. I was 17!! I didn't eat at university so that I could buy that stuff!!

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch


A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to attend the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation launch in Paris (it was like a dream) and today I had a little London YSL reunion for the launch of YSL's latest, and milestone, fragrance, Manifesto.

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch

And guess what? I love the fragrance! Of course I do! It is absolutely beautiful with stunning jasmine as its floral highlight.

I love jasmine because it is fresh and bright, but it has a darker softness which perfectly resonates with YSL as a brand.

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch

It has amazing green and crisp top notes of lily of the valley and blackcurrant, and a beautiful base of cedar wood, sandalwood, soft vanilla and tonka bean. It is the perfect amount of vanilla which is wonderfully balanced by creamy jasmine and tangy blackcurrant.

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch

I am also a massive fan of the bottle. The chiselled  gold cap is stunning, and the glass is cinched in at the 'waist' by a purple jewel, like the silhouette of a woman. Love it!

YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch

This is a really importance fragrance for YSL - a new vision of femininity that encapsulates the YSL woman in a young, modern way.


YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch
YSL Manifesto Fragrance Launch


YSL launched Rive Gauche in 1971, Opium in 1977, and Paris in 1981. Manifesto is YSL's 2012 tribute to the modern, unique, inspiring and inspired YSL woman.

And talking of inspired and inspiring women, cue the red headed goddess that is Jessica Chastain, Manifesto's beautiful ambassador. Look at this stunning shot from the upcoming print advertising campaign. I love her!!




Jessica Chastain is an incredibly talented actress recently recognised at Cannes 2012 for her role in the film, Lawless.

YSL's Manifesto EDP will launch nationwide 19th September 2012 - 30ml £44, 50ml £60 and 90ml £85. This year's launch will also include a shower gel, with an extension of the range in 2013.

I am on another YSL high!!!

Ree
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YSL Summer Look 2012

YSL Summer Look 2012
YSL Summer Look 2012


So so so in love with YSL's 2012 Summer makeup collection. It is easy to apply and offers super flattering, warm summery shades. So beautiful!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Garnier Ultralift Collection Winner

Garnier Ultralift Challenge with Davina McCall
Garnier Ultralift Challenge with Davina McCall


To celebrate this year's Garnier Ultralift Challenge with Davina McCall, I ran a giveway in asociation with Garnier, for one lucky person to win the complete Garnier Ultralift collection. Find out all about the challenge here.

The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been chosen using random.org.

And that person is....

Carly - @29Sparks on Twitter. Congratulations! Please email me your address to reallyree@gmail.com as soon as you can.

Thanks to everyone who entered, please check out my open giveaways here

Ree
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The Gold Watch Dilemma: Marc Jacobs or ASOS?

OK I need help. I want a new watch. I already have a lot of watches. But I don't have a gold one, and a gold one is what I want (need) right now!

However, I know which one I want but I am struggling with my conscience to justify it, because it isn't cheap,  and I do already have a lot of watches.

I am in love with this Marc Jacobs one which is on the ASOS website for £225:

Marc Jacobs Gold Watch at ASOS
Marc Jacobs Gold Watch at ASOS


So pretty! I love the coloured crystals so much - this watch is really really calling to me!  But it is £225. The thing is, I also really rather like this ASOS own brand gold watch that is just £30. It would definitely do I suppose - for nearly £200 less.

ASOS Print Midi Dress - Outfit of the Day

ASOS Print Midi Dress - Outfit of the Day
ASOS Print Midi Dress - Outfit of the Day

I do a love a dress because they are so easy. You pick it, you put it on, and you're done - none of this trying to work out what goes with it malarky!

I love all the bold prints that are around at the moment so this ASOS dress was a no-brainer for me, and it's a bit of a bargain.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Caggie Dunlop and Loving Words by Impulse

Caggie Dunlop and Loving Words by Impulse
Caggie Dunlop and Loving Words by Impulse


Last night I popped along to London's W Hotel for the premiere screening of a short silent movie starring Caggie Dunlop from the TV show Made In Chelsea.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Vaseline Healthy Hands & UV Hand Protection Creams

Another embarrassing video for Vaseline! But the products are great!!



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Max Factor and Caroline Barnes' Olympic Makeup Design

This week I popped to an Olympic event!! A makeup one! Max Factor and Caroline Barnes have created the official ‘Sports Chic’ makeup design for the London 2012 Victory Ceremony podiums, and this is it..well half of it!

Max Factor Olympic Sports Chic Makeup Design
Max Factor Olympic Sports Chic Makeup Design

Caroline shared her tips on creating the ‘Sports Chic’ beauty look:

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wild About Beauty from Louise Redknapp & Kim Jacob

Louise Redknapp for Wild About Beauty
Louise Redknapp for Wild About Beauty


I had a look at Wild About Beauty last night, the new natural cosmetic brand from Louise Redknapp and  internationally renowned makeup artist Kim Jacob, and simply put, I LOVED IT. I was completely wooed! Not only is Louise stunning and the most amazing example of a 37 year old, she is also incredibly lovely and natural. I want her to be my friend!!

Wild About Beauty from Louise Redknapp & Kim Jacob
Wild About Beauty from Louise Redknapp & Kim Jacob

So on to the makeup!! It is a fully comprehensive range of skin primers, tints and concealers, beautiful youth-giving blush sticks and powders, clever multi-purpose tints (eye, cheek and lip), creme and powder eyeshadows, and nourishing blams, glosses, lipsticks and more!

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