A lot of stuff crosses my path both as part of my day job and via Frillseeker. Not everything makes it onto my bathroom counter. But these 15 have; and here’s what I think of ’em.

  1. We’ve already had a goo at L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible 24HR foundation and yep, still loving all over this coverage-tastic, glow-giving ace base. 
  2. Cloon Keen’s candles rival pricier rivals like Jo Malone with ease and for gifting they cannot be beaten, coming in white-wrapped drums that look so expensive, and yet are around €30. The brand’s scents are equally as good. This, Tulum, €80, is all about sunshine and zest and Mexico. Upbeat notes of grapefruit, lime, fresh mango and pink pepper make for a scent that’s got zing but which also stays put longer than yer average citrus spritz. I’m really liking this, and – dat bottle.
  3. Below, we’ve got one of Catrice’s new Velvet Matts, €4.49, which doesn’t suffer from the issues the brand’s shadows often do, of super-glittery pigment hassles. This is smooth, creamy, and works very well as a good base shadow shadow.
  4. Directly below it is one of Maybelline’s Nars-alike Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, €6.49, in Fuchsia Desire. I don’t find that these last very long, but they’re so easy to apply and comfy to wear, I forgive ’em.
  5. I love you, Tom Ford, for making this Duo Cheek Colour, €67. It is SUPERB. Ultra-creamy powder makes for the best way to sculpt cheeks I have ever, ever found. I’d elope with this product.
  6. Two of the brushes in the new Nic’s Picks set from Real Techniques, €29.99. Slim hollow metal handles mark these out and the set features three exclusives in a set of five; two face brushes and three for eyes. It’s good.
  7. This Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm is a whopper of a price at about €75 from Space NK, but I really like it for this reason: it’s more than a cleanser. In fact, it’s an enzyme-packed exfoliator and it can be used a couple of ways: rice bran refining beads act as yer average mechanical/physical exfoliator, or leave it on for a little longer, and the enzymes work as a chemical exfoliator (you can feel the tingle).
  8. Next line o’ products down: This Davines (say it dav-een-ez) Love Smoothing Shampoo is “Specifically formulated for harsh and frizzy, undisciplined hair.” Eh, yes. Hello, me. This smells so good, sweet and delicious and it tames my awful bloody hair really well. Brilliant stuff – not sure of price as mine was a treaty gift from the peeps at Aviary Lane, where you can pick this excellent range up.
  9. By Terry BBZ: this is the cult Rose Balm and it’s lovely. Rich, dense, slightly sticky and very rose-scented, it’s a shocker at around €46. I doubt I’ll see the end of this pot for quite some time, if that’s any consolation. Made from essential oils like Rose and Castor Seed, there’s Shea butter and UV filters in there too.
  10. I’m a fan of a highly-pigmented liquid concealer; Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer, €27, is very good, comes in tons of shades and is a winner around the eyes because it doesn’t crack. But, y’know, I’m just as big a fan of Maybelline’s Fit Me or Rimmel’s Wake me up concealers, both of which are fantastic on a budget.
  11. This new-gen velvet matte from Clinique is one of the Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks, €20, and the shade is Matte Mandarin. While I love the colour and I appreciate the ethos behind the move towards matte lipsticks that don’t suck all the hydration out of your pucker, the use of silicone for the matte finish means they’re more emolient, and therefore don’t last so long. Hey ho. This looks good when it is on there.
  12. Another I’ve raved about; Benefit’s Majorette is fab. Too expensive by far at €33.50, but that’s my only gripe. More on why I like it can be found here.
  13. These Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are excellent. Use wet or dry, they’re a total departure for the brand, come in 12 shades for €27 each and are just really goddamn great for dramatic eye looks. 
  14. Show me something with peptides and I’m yours. Radical’s a brand we’ve looked at before for the quality of its SPF and this is blimmin’ fabulous. Skin-smoothing, plumping and just a cinch to fit into my daily routine, this Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum is another eye-wateringly pricey product that costs €150+ at Space NK but oh gawd, have I noticed a difference. And you can’t say that about topical skincare that often, eh?
  15. Nail oils are an essential for me, having crap weak nails and dry cuticles. CND’s solar oil, €15, is one I’m using recently and finding good.