Don’t get me wrong, I like a weighty gold-encased highlighter and an a silken serum that costs more than my weekly shop as much as the next beauty-obsessed gal, but I also believe that good quality, efficacious products don’t have to cost the earth. So if handing over a hefty sum for a beauty product that promises to change your life makes you wince, wipe your eyes and look no further.
When Trinny Woodall launched her makeup brand two years ago, it may have come as a surprise to those of us who still associated her with telling women What not to Wear on our screens in the early noughties, with her own brand of hands-on, straight-talking. But it turns out her expertise doesn’t end with figure flattering outfits and statement jewellery.
Approaching a makeup counter in a department store can be a daunting prospect. I have always felt that a speed dating approach might help. A list of criteria, nerves of steel and two minutes with each brand until you find the mascara of your dreams.
I was invited by John Lewis & Partners Leeds to experience their brilliant new concept, which is even better.
It’s easy to feel slightly despondent as you pack away the remnants of sandy suncream, sarongs and the sundress that held so much promise but never saw the light of day. We may need to start wearing hats quite soon but we can still put our best face forward and these are some of my current favourites to keep us glowing.