Beauty Bible Loves

From the bestselling Beauty Bible team: our latest product finds and classic faves – because they're worth it!


Now that our whiz-bang new website is up and running, the daily Beauty Bible Loves blog has migrated there, so that you can not only discover all our favourite ‘finds’ in one place, but also dip into other sections, including amazing prize draws, ‘insider’ discounts, videos and news stories.  We hope you’ll love it, too.

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The design of this is just adorable:  like a dolly-sized professional make-up artist’s box.  (The two quarters ‘swing out’ sideways, to reveal the luminous highlighter below.

The eight shades are brilliant spins on classic neutrals, with three shimmering shades to set the eyes sparklingly and flatteringly alight.  (Trust us:  the Christmas party is no place for a matte eye.  If you can’t glimmer under the mistletoe, where can you…?)  Think:  silver-y mauve, pearlised grey plum, light grey, medium grey-violet, a deep, dark, sexy brown-black, for smokin’ eyes – and more.)

The shimmer powder itself looks pretty when very, very lightly dusted over the décolletage with a big, fat, fluffy brush – if you don’t want to apply it to cheeks.

It’s limited edition, so be quick.  Because this is something that grown-up dolls and Bobbi fans everywhere are going to want to get their hands on.

‘Cos she’s done it AGAIN.

UK readers find Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Palette at www.johnlewis.combuy here
US readers find it at www.bobbibrown.com/$75 – buy here

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These should have their own Chrismas carol.  ‘We Three-Free Kings of Nail Polish Are’…

We’re often asked for recommendations of nail polishes which are free from the three ‘nasties’ (toluene, formaldehyde and phthalates), and we always unhesitatingly recommend these, from Organic Pharmacy.  Of course, they’re not 100% natural (no nail polish could be), but the formulators have elimited those three toxic ingredients without in any way compromising on quality or long-lastingness.  (We do love inventing an adjective.)

What’s more, Organic Pharmacy has launched this capsule collection of seasonal shades which tick all the festive boxes.  There’s a perfect red, and two vampier, deeper shades (Deep Ruby’s divine).  Plus the most gorgeous holographic glitter polish which brings out our inner eight-year-old, frankly.

Roll on the party sandal season.  Because these are truly worth freezing your tootsies off for.

UK readers find Organic Pharmacy Nail Polishes at www.theorganicpharmacy.com/£10 -
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Even with the Even with the clocks going back, it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier to haul our weary asses out of bed in the mornings.

So:  praise-be for this little beauty, from LA überfacialist Ole Henriksen.  (Eye bags being one of your biggest beauty woes, along with dark circles.)

It is as cooling as promised.  Nay, chilly, even.  But what really turbo-charges the effectiveness is the metal roller-ball.  At Beauty Bible we’ve long maintained that physical stimulation of the eye zone is the best way to blitz bags – a cold silver teaspoon will do (or Jo’s still hanging onto the brilliant silver ‘drumstick’ from a Crème de la Mer eye cream.

It features cucumber and eyebright, peptides and arginine (‘to promote wrinkle resistance’).  In fact, the soothing, revitalising formulation pre-existed in a jar format, but it’s this roll-on which elevates it to the realms of sheer eye genius.

Roll on Ole’s next creation.

Probably literally.

UK readers find Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel Roll-On at www.johnlewis.com/£26 for 15 ml  – buy here

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Early we may be.

But frankly, Jo starts buying her Christmas presents in February and we think there’s no such thing as ‘Too Organised’ when it comes to the festive season.

So this is our second ‘stocking filler’ suggestion (which would also be a sure-fire hit if your Secret Santa budget stretches to a tenner).

It features a trio of travel sizes of Dr.Hauschka‘s iconic (we don’t use the word lightly), bestselling rose products:  Rose Body Oil, Rose Body Moisturiser and Rose Day Cream, all packed with the blissful scent of biodynamic roses which are picked daily on their own farms while the dew’s still on the petals.

Over the years we have discovered that rose is the No. 1 favourite skincare/bodycare smell for our Beauty Bible testers – so we think you’ll love having your senses bathed in this lot.

That Christmas list…?  Your prospects of getting it all done in good time may just be looking a little rosier, with this…

UK readers find Dr.Hauschka Rose Mini Rose Trio Gift Set at www.johnlewis.com/£8.95 – buy here

 

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This is the moment in the beauty calendar when many, many women’s skins change – taking a turn for the worst and going from nice and dewy (in summer) to tight as a drum, due to that double-whammy of central heating and biting north winds.

The rule is:  more moisture, more often.  More is more!  But this is one of the pleasantest ways to quench your skin’s thirst that we know of.

It’s super-soft, as the name suggests.  And super-raspberry-y (is that an adjective…?  Well it is now!)  And that’s raspberry-y in a smells-like-a-lovely-just-picked-bowl-of-raspberries way than a synthetic fruit way.  (Makes us quite nostalgic for summer, actually.)

Leave on for 10 minutes (it won’t do any harm to lie back and enjoy it for longer than that), and remove with a flannel, we recommend.  Skin’s pleasantly plumped, thanks to a combination of plant extracts that include raspberry, pear, fig, passion fruit, hyaluronic acid and honey.

Fine for all skintypes.  But as winter approaches, just brrrrrr-illiant for dry complexions like ours.

UK readers find Dr. Renaud Raspberry Soft Mask at www.marksandspencer.com/£19.50 for 50 ml – buy here

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

To be honest, until the last couple of years Clarins never wowed us with their make-up – but that’s all changed.  And this is the latest in a series of fab finds.

A gold compact so pretty that surely even Miss Manners wouldn’t mind if you whipped it out at table to deepen your already-smoky eyes.

Incredibly wearable shades:  browns, beiges and a taupe-bronze with a jewel-like finish.

Smooth-as-silk textures.

(Though we don’t care what Clarins say:  we’re still going to ditch the fiddly little applicators – despite their high quality – and use our own pro-quality brushes.)

The result, though, is a super-flattering evening look.  In fact, we’re almost mistletoe-worthy and it’s only 6th November…!

UK readers find Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette at www.johnlewis.com/£30 – buy here (and it’s limited edition so do be quick!)

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Sometimes something so very, very simple can make us so very, very happy.

Like a new hand cream.  But especially, this hand cream.  And if you share our affection for the fresh, sweet scent of orange blossom, it’ll probably make your day, too.

La Maison des Senteurs Fleur d’Orangier Hand Cream ticks all our many other hand cream boxes.  Doesn’t take long to sink in.  Doesn’t leave hands greasy, but soft and moisturised.  (We’re pretty keen on the fact that the lightweight, handbag-friendly tube’s made of 25% recycled plastic, too.)

But really, it’s the fragrance – oodles of orange blossom and a touch of petitgrain – that seduced us.  So light, uplifting, cheery – and pretty-pretty-pretty…

UK readers find La Maison des Senteurs Fleur d’Orangier Hand Cream at www.marksandspencer.com/£3.50 for 75 ml – buy here

 

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Duh.

Duh, duh, duh.

This is such an obvious addition to the iconic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour line, it’s amazing they didn’t think of it before.  (Since we’re a fount of product ideas ourselves, it’s amazing we didn’t think of it before, and suggest this…)

It offers all the skin-repairing, barrier-against-the-elements protection of the classic original – but in a softly shiny clear balm-gloss.  And it features our favourite style of applicator:  the angled tip, which always makes for easy slicking (without needing a mirror).  Vitamin E and sunscreen feaures, too (though there’s absolutely no ‘taste’, unlike some sunscreen lip products.)  The one thing we do need to point out:  in contrast to the name, it’s not specifically long-lasting and will need reapplication during the day.

Chic red packaging with Art Deco type, though.

And so much better late than never.

UK readers find Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lipgloss at www.boots.com/£20 – buy here

 

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Francis who…?  If you are not already one of Francis Kurkdjian’s legion of devoted fans (they include those of us at Beauty Bible), this is a wonderful introduction.

Francis is one of the most talented ‘noses’ on the planet, and the man responsible for blockbusters like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Elie Saab – one of 2011′s most-praised, gong-winning fragrances.

But alongside creating bestsellers for big names, Francis has for the past three years also been adding to his own signature line:  the fragrances he always wanted to create himself.  One or two new fragrances are added each year (and they are worth setting aside an hour or two to explore, somewhere – like Les Senteurs – which carries the full range).

Until now, though, there’s not been much for ‘layering’ – though actually, these exceptional fragranced body treats go on wafting for hours even if you don’t add a spritz of sunny, airy, zested-up white floral Aqua Universalis, over the top.  The shower gel is divine (and non-skin-stripping), but it’s the Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream which we’re especially addicted to: though rich and nourishing, it absorbs beautifully and smells heavenly:  a bit like burying your nose in a mountain of white linen that’s been sun-dried on the line.  (Think:  notes of Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, mock orange and jasmine.)

With Christmas coming, these belong on any fragrance-lover’s ‘Dear Santa’ list, because this is a scent that – as its ‘Universalis’ name implies – everyone will fall for.

Santa, they’re certainly top of ours.

UK readers find Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Scented Shower Cream/£35 for 150 ml and Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream/£45 for 150 ml exclusively at Liberty and at www.selfridges.com – buy here

 

 

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