I’m also coveting a couple of upcoming skincare launches, not least Benefit’s Puff Off, an ‘instant’ wrinkle busting cream due January. I’m rather intrigued too by REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot, a gel serum to smooth and plump skin arriving a month later. There’s a theme going on here - ‘instant results’ (or promises thereof)!
This week Givenchy and Lipstick Queen announced striking new 2015 make-up collections. On the skincare front it was Hand Chemistry grabbing my attention with its new Retin-based body oil – and some rather lofty claims!
The joys of childhood are the inspiration for this colourful collection featuring a new face powder, eye pencils, lip gloss, nail polishes, eye shadows and mascara. It's a bit of a sneek peak of the line-up right now, hence the promo pics.
Le Prisme Visage Color Confetti face powder (£38) has multi-coloured pigments and light-refracting optical brighteners.The Color Kajal soft and creamy eye pencils (£16 each) contain natural pigments and will be available in three shades (green, turquoise and violet). The smoothing lip balm, Gelée D’Interdit (£21.50), is a riot of bright orange. The Le Vernis Givenchy nail polishes (£16.50 each) come in playful yellow and candy pink. Finally, two creamy eye shadows and a volume mascara complete the range. More on Givenchy here.
Lipstick Queen – Bête Noire (January)
Available from January is this seriously daring lipstick collection. Bête Noire comprises three dark and intense shades. Possessed Sheer, a wet-look formula in the colour of crushed forest fruits. Possessed Intense, creamy and opaque and, as its name suggests, intensely pigmented. Finally, Possessed Metal, a metallic shimmery lipstick. Priced at £28 each, the collection will be available at Space NK.
Hand Chemistry – Retin-Oil 1% (available now)
There are some big claims going on here. According to Hand Chemistry, this Retinoid Complex offers the same results as prescription-only Retin A, without the irritating effects. It says visible results can be seen in just two weeks! This is a dry oil for the body (not face) and targets scars, stretch marks, ageing, dehydrated skin, surface irregularities and discolouration. It is also said to leave a protective barrier on the skin's surface. Available now for £20 (100ml) here.