Summer Lovin’

March 17th, 2017

March 17th, 2017

Spring is finally here and we’re craving the brighter colours and fresh feel of the latest batch of Spring/Summer releases.  We have the low-down on the limited editions to rush out and buy, as well as the hottest new colour collections around.

Starting softly with the latest in ‘No Make-up Make-up’, we love the dreamy new collection from KIKO Milano: Less Is Better.  The collection is part of their celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary and a collaboration with SuperDuper Handmade Hats, which invites every woman to rediscover her natural beauty thanks to make-up that highlights and enhances her features.  The concept Less is Better is also conveyed in the packaging, with the designers of SuperDuper choosing delicate colours such as light blue and pastel pink, and fluid, balanced shapes with a simple, compact form.  Products include two shades of Fluid Highlighter (£11.90) and Cream Blush (£8.90), an Eyeshadow Palette of nine nude shades (£11.90), three new shades of their Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow (£6.90), and four shades of Matte Liquid Lipstick (£6.90).  A Konjac Sponge (£5.90) and a travel Pochette (£14.90) round out the collection and are all available now.


While we’re loving the fresh textures of Clarins’ new Hydra Essentiel skincare range, we’re also feeling the warm sun-drenched tones of their Sunkissed Make-up Collection which launches in early April.  The rich gold, bronze and peach shades are housed in similarly toned packaging, and we know they’ll be flying off the shelves.  From the annual addition of a new Bronzer – a huge pan of complementary warm shades with the addition of a popping coral blush (£30) – to the ultra-wearable Limited Edition 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£34) and matching Waterproof Eye Pencils in the shades Gold and Copper (£17.50), we’re craving the summer weather to match.

Clarins SS17 BronzeBlush Clarins SS17 eyeshadow

Four new shades of the much-loved Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils will also join the ranks, in Candy, Tangerine, Mint and the gold-flecked Honey Glam (£19), for a comfortable and hydrating tint of colour.  Finally there’s a brand new duo for perfected skin:  The Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation (£28) paired with the Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit which contains an ultra-light translucent powder and blotting papers in a handy compact (£33).

Clarins-Mint-OilTeint Pores & Matite Open

If you’re yet to try the new Burt’s Bees Lipsticks (£9.99) then get yourself to Boots pronto.  We’ve fallen in love with these ultra-comfortable, buildable lipsticks which are 100% natural.  Using Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Mimosa Flower Wax and Community-Sourced Beeswax these lipsticks come in 18 shades.  They leave a flattering satin finish which helps to keep lips moisturised without appearing too glossy.  If it’s a gloss finish which you’re after then you might want to try the new Burt’s Bees Natural Gloss Lip Crayons in six pretty shades.  Both are available now and cost £9.99 each.

Image: @burtsbeesuk

Image: @burtsbeesuk

Images of the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (£39) sent the internet into a spin earlier this year thanks to its gentle warm tones with pops of brighter colours.  The collection is highly scented, something to be aware of with clients, but the products are lovely and very wearable.  The Papa Don’t Peach Blush (£25) makes a welcome return – this peachy-bronze shade is the perfect one-and-done cheek colour and is pigmented enough to work with just about all skin tones.  The Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oils (£16) continue the glossy lip trend we’re expecting for S/S17 in eight pretty shades, while the Sweet Peach Glow palette (£34) keeps skin looking peachy-perfect and glowy to match with highlight, blush and bronzer.


Italy seems to be having a love affair with bold purple and pink shades this year.  First up we have the Diego Dalla Palma S/S17 collection which launched this month – from the Shade of Purple Eyeshadow Duo (£20.50) to the Ultraviolet Geisha Liquid Lipstick in a vivid cyclamen purple (£15.50) and the bubblegum pink Toffee Rose Cream Blush (£17.50), this season is all about being bold and playing with feminine colours in a new way.


Continuing the colour vibe is Dolce & Gabbana with the Tropical Spring collection, available soon.  Reds, pinks and purples combine in vivid combinations to give an exotic mood.  The Tropical Coral Eyeshadow Duo (£34) is a good pairing if you’re struggling with the red-based eyeshadow trend, while the Tropical Pink Blush (£34) adds a burst of colour to the face.  Our top pick would be the Passion Duo Lipsticks in Tropical Coral, Tropical Pink and the purple Satin for a juicy lip look.

DG Tropical Spring

Bright colours continue to reign supreme over at Bobbi Brown with their Havana Brights collection.  Still wearable and in-keeping with the brand’s ethos, we’re loving the shade choices for a sunkissed glow.  The Illuminating Cheek Palettes (£35) are sure-fire hits, as are the new Art Stick Liquid Lip (£21.50) which are almost a mix of a liquefied lipstick and a chubby stick format.  The big winner, however, is the simplest product of the bunch.  The much loved Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Sticks are now available in dual-ended colour pairings and we thoroughly approve of the update.  Six shade options are currently available, priced at £26.

BobbiBrown HavannaPaletteBobbiBrown dual eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown have also created a Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge shade for their annual Pretty Powerful charity campaign.  Every sale sees the full RRP of £21 (minus VAT) going to Smart Works, a charity that gives interview clothes and interview training to women with a low income seeking employment.  The limited edition is a flattering rosy nude, which can be found here.


Clean, airy spring colours are delivered by Dior’s Colour Gradiation Collection for Spring.  Blues and peachy pinks are covered in the Couture Nuance Eyeshadow Palettes (£42.50), while lips are matte and velvety with the Rouge Gradient Lip Shadow Duo (£26) – a more comfortable option if your client isn’t a fan of drying liquid lipsticks but still like a matte lip look.  A ballet-pink Blurring Powder (£40) and vivid Blush in ‘Coral Twist’ are complimented by juicy pink shades of Dior Addict Gradient Lipsticks (£27.50) and a Limited Edition Plum shade of the pH-adapting Dior Addict Lip Glow (£24).

Dior LipsDuo Dior EyeshadowPalette

Props also go to the new Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks (£26.50) which have just recently launched.  These juicy lipsticks are buildable like the Burt’s Bees ones, but with a more glossy and fresh finish.

Last but not least, you’d better start sharpening your elbows to get in line for the upcoming Armani Beauty’s Life Is A Cruise Collection.  Launching next month, we’re already officially obsessed with these stunning palettes; the Sunset Smoky Eye Palette comprises of a gentle cream highlight shade, a shimmering bronze and a unique grey-green, while the Sunrise Bronzer is a graduation of three honey-hues, oversprayed with an intense shimmer that is dazzling.  Once the overspray wears off you’re left with a selection of utterly beautiful bronzer shades.  To pair with the palettes there are two new shades of the Eyes To Kill Liquid Liners – Navy Lights and Armani Cruise, a pink-shot brown – which both catch the light without appearing glittery.  We’re absolutely aboard this cruise ship, ready to sail off into summer!

Armani Cruise



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