Category Archives: Lips

5 reasons to LOVE this lip balm

laiafarrangravesLips often get forgotten when it comes to moisturising. I apply cream on my face daily, but I don’t moisturise my lips unless they feel sore or I can see it’s a windy day outside. And I don’t wear make up every day – I’m a great believer in looking after your skin and in the principle that less is more – so they don’t get moisturised by wearing lipstick. However, when I came across this coloured lip balm I was converted. Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is a real find. It’s a very soft lip balm, which I tried in a brand new beautiful shade called Flirt that is subtle enough to look completely natural. It protects from the sun, intensely hydrates and adds a hint of colour to your lips. It also comes in a berry shade called Crush, a brown shade called Buff and as a lip balm with no colour, just a bit of sheen, called Sheer. So here is why I think you will love Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink:

  1. The colour: it’s soft and subtle and looks completely natural, just your lips on a better day
  2. The scent: as you apply it you will smell the uplifting scent of the zest of a lemon being crushed into your lips
  3. The fact that this product is completely cruelty free, vegan and gluten free – so it’s a little stick of goodness
  4. The ingredients: natural oils including avocado, carrot seed and lemon peel to name but a few
  5. The texture: it’s so intensely moisturising that it literally glides on and protects you from the sun for softer, more kissable lips.

Need I say any more?

For more information go to Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is priced at £14.00.


Super healthy, gorgeous lips


Have you ever wondered what you put on your lips? I mean what you actually put on your lips? Well, it got me thinking and I came across Lippy Girl Vegocentrics, a premium line of amazing lipsticks made only with organic and wildcrafted, natural oils and waxes and natural mineral pigments.  They’re 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free and chemical free. I tried their shade called Ski Bunny, which (like the rest of the range) contains certified organic Castor Seed Oil, Jojoba seed oil, Carnauba Wax, and Shea Butter making it very creamy and soft. In fact just like any other lipstick only better for you and for the environment.  It’s a lovely pale natural shade that has a hint of Sixties about it, and would be ideal for a bride.  beautyspot3The lipsticks come in 12 different shades including a great red called Boss Lady and a coral shade called Me Maybe and they retail at £12.50. They’re a great investment not only in your beauty regime but in your ‘bit for the planet’. Take a look and see for yourself.

For more information contact Botanical Brands on 0845 250 8455 or go to

Lips to die for

beautyspotblogI love lip balm,especially the smell of some of them, but more often than not it ends up either at my desk  – gathering dust – or at the bottom of my handbag. I somehow don’t seem to use it unless I really, really need to (chapped lips, sore lips or gale force winds outside) which sort of defeats the object. And then I came across Balmi and I started using it all the time. I love the packaging, it’s really genius: a little cube (about an inch and a half square),laiafarrangraves which you open up to look like a giant pencil, and which is really easy to apply. I tried the strawberry flavour, because I love the pale pink colour, and it smells delicious. But the best thing about it is how soft it feels on application – it really melts onto your lips. It contains vitamin E, jojoba oil and shea butter, and in addition to that it also protects your lips form harmful UVA rays. Balmi also comes in Raspberry, Coconut and Mint flavours. I’m quite tempted to try the coconut flavour next…perhaps I might hint for Valentine’s Day…

For more information go to Priced at £4.99, also available at Boots nationwide.

Know your brushes!

Know your makeup brushes

With so many different makeup brushes around, it can be difficult to know which brush to use and the technique for best application. Here is a simple guide to show you how they can be used to ensure that you look fabulous at all times…


Liquid Foundation Brushes


Foundation brushes can come in different shapes and sizes depending on the finish you would like. Their bristles are generally soft and dense to help apply liquid foundations evenly. One main design is the flat brush (right), this helps to sweep on foundation giving a finish that is perfect for day time! On the other hand, a buffing brush (left) helps to build layers if you are going for a heavier finish or applying makeup for a night out.

Mineral Foundation Brush

beautyspotblog1A mineral foundation brush is much softer with flexible bristles. This gives lighter coverage for a natural look that helps to brighten your skin without overloading it.


Contouring Brush

beautyspotblog2A technique that has recently become very popular in the beauty market is contouring; its slanted brush with rounded corners helps to bring out features of your face with different shades. This can be used for your face, cheeks and nose to create a shadow or highlighting effect and can be used with liquid, powdered or gel makeup.

Blush Brush

beautyspotblog3This is another brush which is designed to lightly add colour to your cheeks. The flexible rounded brush is perfect for sweeping over the apples of your cheeks to add instant colour. The soft and densely packed bristles help to build up a colour without becoming too overpowering and can come in different sizes to help suit the shape of your face.

Fan Brushes

beautyspotblog4Perhaps one of the most distinctive brushes, the fan brush, is a versatile brush that can be used to apply loose powder, contour and apply bronzer. The bristles are spread to ensure the powder is lightly applied and an even finish is given over all of your face.



Powder Brushes

beautyspotblog5Powder brushes are large, soft and full of bristles to help distribute power over your face evenly. You use this brush to sweep the powder over your face and set your foundation giving you the appearance of flawless, velvet soft skin!



 Eyeshadow Brushes

beautyspotblog6There are a whole range of eyeshadow brushes that help to create diferent effects. Three that we have homed in on are the blending brush, the small eyeshadow brush and the flat angle eyeshadow brush.

The blending brush (top) helps to  blend colours together and highlight the areas such as the brow bone or corner of your eye.

The small eyeshadow brush (middle) helps to apply a colour over your eye without dragging the skin or irritating the eye, the small shape also helps to build up colour in particular areas that can then be blended.

The longer haired flat brush (bottom) is perfect for giving an even finish over the eye socket. The densly packed bristles are perfect for giving a full, vibrant colour.

Eye liner

beautyspotblog7If you are an eyeliner fanatic then there are a range of eyeliner brushes to help suit your style. The fine tipped brush helps to create a small and precise line and is perfect for gel liner. Whilst the small, flat angled brush helps you to build up the colour and blend for a smokey eye effect!



Brow Brushes

beautyspotblog8We are all loving the Cara Delevigne style eyebrows at the minute, so the best way to help define and create full eyebrows is using a slanted eyebrow brush (left). The design helps to control the application and fill in any sparse areas.

The way to tame large eyebrows and ensure there isn’t a hair out of place is by using a spiral eyebrow brush. Pictured right, it has stiff bristles to help create a distinct shape!


 Lip Brush

BeautyspotblogThe lip brush is specially designed for precise application. The small bristles are firm in order to help outline your lip and build up a heavy application, both of which ensure that your lips look flawless!

For more information about the perfect brushes for you, visit House of Fraser’s Makeup brush buying guide and get the most out of your tools!


Luxe Lips

laiafarrangraves_beautyspotblogWant to know the secret to fabulous lips? Read on to find out… From luxury skincare brand Rodin, comes a stunning lip gloss that will give your lips that extra glow we’re all after. As well an intensely hydrating,  Rodin Olio Lusso is lightly tinted in a blush tone, adding a hint of colour to your lips. It’s also scented with jasmine and neroli  – it contains the same skin rescuing essential oils as the Olio Lusso elixirs, including jasmine, argan and neroli –  and shares the same intoxicating floral scent. Other key ingredients it contains in its formula are shea butter, beeswax and castor seed oil to create a very luxurious product. And the packaging is just as desirable – it comes in a beautiful, clear compact box that really is the epitome of chic. It’s no wonder supermodels Kate Moss and Helena Christensen are reported fans of this must-have natural lip balm.

To use you just apply it as you would a regular lip balm: as and when needed by dabbing a little on. You can also apply it overnight for an intensive treatment as part of your night time beauty regine. It’s absolute bliss.

For more information go to beautyworkswest.comRodin Olio Lusso is priced at £20.00.

Golden lips

laiafarrangravesbeautyspotFor a lip gloss with a difference, get your hands on Belmacz Glow gold-leaf lip gloss. Created by the jewellery brand Belmacz (Julia Muggenburg introuduced Belmacz Beauty in 2008 as an extension of her work as jewellery designer), it’s always a best seller at the fabulous, cult Parisian store Colette. The gloss is available in several shades, including Moonstone, Pink Pink, Scarlet, Ruby and Infrared, and they all contain gold leaf –  giving your lips an extra depth of shimmer that I haven’t seen in any other lip gloss. I tried the Infrared, which is a rich shade of red with an unusual depth of colour. As you open the container you can see the gold leaf in the product making you feel very special indeed! The texture is soft and it stays on for hours.

Glow’s ultra-soothing formula blends natural ingredients renowned for their healing properties including candelilla cera – a vegan alternative to beeswax – and skin nurturing capric triglycerides.

For more information go to The lip gloss is priced at £26.00.



Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a dull chore, especially since the Covent Garden Dental Spa has teamed up with Shu Uemura in Coven Garden to give you their new ‘Smile & Make-Up’ package.

It doesn’t replace your hygienist visit, but it’s a fabulous polish that will contribute to your overall oral health. It includes a a glass of champagne, a mini Diamond Sparkle Hygiene Polish (20 mins) followed by Orthodontic consultation (which is usually worth £100) and a lipstick match. The spa is hidden away in Covent Garden’s Neal Street, and it’s a friendly, relaxing space – I sat in their massage chair while I waited and nearly fell asleep! After your session there, you’re sent to the Shu Uemura store a few doors down where you’re matched with your perfect lipstick shade, by one of their resident make-up artists. I went along and was surprised when they suggested I wore a bright pink shade, as I normally go for natural shades. But t really did brighten up my overall complexion. It was a fun experience, and it’s great to have something to look forward to after going to the dentist – and they team at Shu Uemura sure know their stuff!

The Smile & Make-Up package is £99 for a hygiene clean, full makeover at Shu Uemura and £30 worth of products to choose in-store and take home.

For more information go

Meet Elizabeth Hurley

Want to help a good cause? This Monday, 8th October,  Elizabeth Hurley will be at Selfridges Oxford Street in London for a personal appearance to meet and greet customers and sign Breast Cancer Awareness limited edition purchases between 1pm – 2pm. Estée Lauder will donate 100% of the recommended retail price less VAT from every sale during October in the UK, making it a great time to make a purchase either for yourself – if you’re in need of a treat – or as a gift for someone else – after all Christmas is just around the corner…

This year sees the 20th anniversary of Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, and to celebrate this momentous birthday Estée Lauder Spokesperson and Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Ambassador, Elizabeth Hurley, will make a special appearance at Selfridges, Oxford Street.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Elizabeth Hurley will arrive at Selfridges London at 1pm for an hour of meeting and greeting customers in the beauty hall, fundraising for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and signing purchases from the must-have 2012 Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection.

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection

It’s that time of year again, and this year Estée Lauder think pink with their latest collection. Most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, so this really is a great cause to support. The new Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection includes the Evelyn Lauder dream compact, the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin and the Perfectionist CP+R with Pink Ribbon Keychain. Each element of The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection 2012 was designed in its entirety by Evelyn Lauder herself to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

I tried the Dream Lip Collection and I must confess to loving the rich yet natural-looking lip gloss, it comes in a lovely pink mock crock make-up bag, guaranteed to brighten you up! The design on the lip gloss lid is very eye catching and a constant reminder that there is hope for cancer sufferers.

This year’s brilliant new Pink Ribbon design features a touch of blue to represent the approximately 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States that are diagnosed in men.

Available at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and at from October 2012.

 The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection
Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact, 2.8g
                                                                RRP £55.00 Estée Lauder will donate £55.00 (the full RRP) from every sale in the UK of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin                                                                                       RRP £10.00 Estée Lauder will donate £10.00 (the full RRP) from every sale in the UK of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection                   RRP £25.00 Pure Color Lipstick: 3.8g Pure Color Lip Gloss Pot: 6g
Estée Lauder will donate £5.00 from every sale in the UK of theEvelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
New Perfectionist with charm, 50ml                                                                       RRP £68.00
Estée Lauder will donate £10.00 from every sale in the UK of Perfectionist CP+R with Pink Ribbon Keychain to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

The Cutest Lip Gloss

If you’re a lip gloss junkie, you’ll love this gorgeous Japanese doll lip gloss from Mad Beauty. It comes in three flavours and colours: toffee (in turquoise) , plum (in purple) and strawberry (in pink) and it’s the perfect desk accessory – although you can, of course, carry it in your handbag too. It winds up like a lipstick from the base and smells divine. I tried the plum flavoured gloss and it has become a  staple (and very cute) feature on my office table. It also makes a great gift, and at only £2.99 it’s budget friendly too, which we love. It’s ideal for dry lips (of any age) whether caused by the winter winds or the summer sun. Stick it on your wish list now!

Check it out on You can also see their Russian Doll lip glosses, that are gorgeous…