We’re exhausted but quietly smug. We’ve been busy online shopping this week on one of our favourite beauty sites, Beauty Bay. Sshhhh, don’t tell our husbands! Admittedly, we managed to keep the costs down as each product we chose was less than £20. Plus, it’s all in the name of research. After all, we’ve selflessly got your best interests at heart. And we’ve found some real gems…

M was the most extravagant, splashing out on Stila’s Glitterati Lip Top Coat in Transcend, £18, a unique, clear liquid infused with pink glitter designed to be worn over a matte lipstick, or alone. Unlike a gloss, it dries onto the lips and gives an incredible, metallic finish. So it’s a good choice for anyone who doesn’t like the sticky feel or wet look of a gloss, but still wants sparkle. Needless to say, V was jealous, so she grabbed it and tried it too. She’s going to be ordering her own one later. But she’ll have to be quick because it seems to be selling out on lots of sites. If she has no luck on Beauty Bay, she’ll take a look at Cult Beauty.


Palladio is a brand that’s new to us, and we’ve fallen in love with the I’m Blushing 2-in-1 Cheek And Lip Tint, £6.50. Yes, £6.50! V is wearing the Precious, a ballet-slipper pink which imparts a lovely glow. She only has it on her cheeks, as she found it too frosty a finish for her lips. But M tried a little on her eyes – on the lower lid, near the lash line and under her brow as a highlighter – and it looked great and really opened up the eye. And because it’s a cream formulation, it doesn’t feel dewy or sticky.

As for M’s cheeks, she tried Milani Baked Blush in Rosa Romantica, £10. We decided it acts more like a highlighter than a blush in this particular shade, but it does give great definition and a very flattering shimmer to the cheekbone. It comes in 11 shades and V now has her eye on Dolce Pink. It’s a very soft, easy-to-blend powder, and although we don’t rate the brush that comes with it, we can’t complain. For £10 you get a great product in a cute compact, with a handy mirror. What more could a girl ask for?

Love & online shopping buys,



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