The fabulous four

I’ll keep this short and sweet. If you buy anything else this summer, make it one (or all) of these…

Lips: It was kind of inevitable that Topshop would branch out into make up eventually. And when they did, it didn’t disappoint. My favourite lipstick of the moment is this jazzy number, aptly called Brighton Rock. At only £8 it’s a steal.

Nails: Unable to afford a luxury Manx manicure and having spent the equivalent on metallic nail varnishes that, in all honesty, were a waste of time/money, I died a bit last week when I came across these luscious falsies. Not everyone’s cup of tea I know, but if you’re looking for something a bit different then head to Superdrug immediately and snap these up for £7.10. Also available in Molten Silver.

Face: The latest skin craze sweeping the West actually originated in the East; B.B creams are the product of the moment. B.Bs – which stands for either Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm – have long been used by skin-savvy women in Asia and each one is said to have unique skin healing properties, be it anti-wrinkle, anti-blemish or the promotion of even skin tone. However, those wise owls at Garnier have cottoned on to the concept and created a B.B cream that rolls all these properties into one. This hybrid formula offers to hydrate, protect skin from UV damage and even out skin tone and texture in one clean sweep. I’ve been using this for little over a week now and can testify that it does exactly what it says on the tin. If you haven’t got some yet then make a dash to Superdrug now; it’ll be the best £9.99 you’ve ever spent.

Eyes: When Max Factor discontinued their 1000 Calorie mascara a few years back I shed a few silent tears; it was the best. Nothing since has quite compared to that and I was all set to splash out on some Dior Backstage gubbins when a friend happened to introduce me to this. At only £10.99 it was an option that saved me a tenner and didn’t disappoint – even on my stubby, pathetic excuse for eyelashes. 

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