BRAND NEW BEAUTY BUYS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR WEEKEND

THE LATEST PAT MCGRATH PALETTE, A DUPE FOR SOL DE JANEIRO’S BUM BUM CREAM AND A VOLUMISING SHAMPOO BAR ARE ALL IN OUR GOOD BOOKS THIS WEEK

Eye makeup fans you’re in for a treat this week; not only have we tried out the latest mascara launch from Urban Decay, Pat McGrath released what we’re thinking could be the palette of the summer, if not the whole year – scroll down for our verdict on Divine Rose II. If your mind is preoccupied with a return to the yoga studio, we also reviewed a brand new eco-friendly yoga mat while if you’re still in home-mode, we lit a candle that makes staying home more appealing than ever…

URBAN DECAY LASH FREAK MASCARA, £21

Loved by: Victoria Woodhall, editorial director

“Mascaras are just getting better and better and this new addition by Urban Decay is one of the most pigmented blacks I’ve tried. In line with their All Nighter Foundation and Setting Spray it’s extremely long wear but what I like is the funky brush that has three different elements to it (a little bit at the end to define those individual lashes, a curved surface to grip and give mega volume from the roots and a kind of bulbous bit that’s like Spanks for lashes that lifts them right up). I can’t use lash curlers – they make me queasy – but this neatly sidesteps that process. You have to play with a bit to get just the right about of ink in the right places, but this is fun, flake-free and seriously eye-opening.”

SISLEY PARIS TRIPLE OIL BALM MAKE-UP REMOVER & CLEANSER, £88

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Loved by: Catherine Fulwood, commercial projects manager

“I’m a sucker for a balm cleanser and this Sisley Paris one doesn’t disappoint; there’s something about the texture that feels so luxurious and when I’m told to massage it into my face I happily oblige. In all honesty putting on make up over the last few months hasn’t been a priority, but when I make an effort and brave the odd park picnic I’m actually looking forward to taking it all off too, thanks to this. It boasts a trio of three nourishing oils (babassu, shea and macadamia), and on contact with the skin the balm melts into an oil, after adding water the oil transforms into a milky emulsion and in one clean sweep, all my face and eye make up is gone. After rinsing, skin feels soft and not at all greasy, while the tub may be big I’m saving this for those days when I really want to treat myself.”

PAT MCGRATH LABS DIVINE ROSE II ARTISTRY PALETTE, £115

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Pat is back at it again with another new palette of dreams, seriously has there ever been a bad launch from the Mothership? Because this is just a home run, firstly let’s start with the packaging because let’s face it, it’s a work of art! The epitome of avant-garde couture, a weighty palette with an iconic Divine Rose print on the outer packaging. Next, we have the shades, a spectrum of rich tones that go incredibly well together and blend with total ease. Including a mixture of four pressed shimmers, four holographic shades, and two pigmented mattes ranging from pretty pinks and peaches to mesmerising golds and bronzes. Triochrome is the stand-out pigment from this palette, the holographic shade flickers from green to dark pink as the light catches it; it’s truly out of this world.

SANA JARDIN JAIPUR CHANT MENDEL CANDLE, £48

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Loved by: Ophelia Froud, associate editor

“During lockdown we had candles burning in almost every room. Wince. Cost. I know. You might as well be burning scented tenners. But everyone went candle crazy. The Sana Jardin Jaipur Chant arrived after we had tried and tested almost every brand out there. It added more calm to the calm with a blend of Indian tuberose, Moroccan jasmine, French Narcisse and Italian lemon. By lighting the Jaipur Chant from a brand which is a force for good in the world (they work with female flower harvesters in Morocco to upcycle their floral waste and empower them through fair commerce), we can now have our morning candles burning guilt-free knowing that behind every calming smell is a powerful cause.”

NUDDY ULTRA VOLUME BLOW DRY BAR, £8.95

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Loved by: Jemma Thompson, social media and graphic designer

“If being at home during lockdown has shown me one thing, it’s how much consumer waste I go through. As I embark on trying to do my best this Plastic Free July and forevermore in life, I’m trying to swap my everyday staples. What’s great is that it’s encouraged me to try new products; I’m loving this 100 per cent plastic-free shampoo bar from British indie brand Nuddy and what I love even more is you get more bang for your buck. It lasts twice as long as your standard bottle of shampoo, around 80+ washes to be precise. Formulated for all hair types, I’ve been using on my afro hair myself and I’m so pleased with the results; it’s infused with natural coconut oil and argan oil so leaves you with soft, weightless, bouncy hair without the icky waxy residue. Plus, it earns brownie points for being vegan-friendly, plastic-free, cruelty-free, SLS free and made in the U.K – phew, what more can a bar of shampoo do?”

OTHER STORIES PERLE DE COCO BODY LOTION, £8 FOR 300ML

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Loved by: Melanie Macleod, digital writer

Fans of Sol De Janeiro’s signature fragrance will love this just as much. It’s scented with milky coconut, warm vanilla and sweet caramel and lingers on the skin long after it’s sunk in (which happens very quickly). At only £8, it’s a fraction of the price of other similarly delicious lotions and the very subtle shimmer it has is the perfect touch for summer evenings. If you fall as hard as I have for the scent, you’ll be pleased to know there’s also a hair perfume and a body scrub in the same fragrance. Dreamy.

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