Inject some sunshine into your make-up bag with our pick of the buzziest new-season treats
From rhubarb-and-custard pink and yellow at Roksanda to bubblegum fuchsia and green at Marc Cain, the S/S 18 catwalks were awash with confident candy shades. These promise to add the same flair to your make-up kit. Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Fab (top left) and On Point (top right; €24.75 each, spacenk.com) take no prisoners. For cheery colours in a more forgiving sheer texture, there’s Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Melon (above left) and Bare Popsicle (above right, €32.50 each, brownthomas.com). And I challenge anyone not to feel perkier when swiping on INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher in Ex Revenge (below, €9, nailsinc.com), which has 24-carat gold flecks and a flower inside the bullet. Writing all those Christmas thank-you letters can be a fragrant breeze thanks to Floral Street’s scented notelets in Wonderland Peony or Ylang Ylang Espresso. €13.50 for five, floralstreet.com. We are but a week into January and, as expected, it is cold, dark and fairly disheartening to think of the long stretch ahead until spring. So today, I set myself one task: everything on this page must be a reason to be cheerful… Give skin some vava voom with Dior’s new Capture Youth serums. Described as ‘age-delaying’ rather than the more negative anti-ageing, the formula doesn’t merely counter historic skin damage but actively attempts to anticipate it. Select from the glow-getting, plumping, mattifying, sculpting and redness-reducing boosters (€85, dior.com, from 17 January). They say prevention is better than cure – and I say better skin for longer is worth shouting about.
Because I’ve always rather missed the strawberry flavours of my childhood toothpaste, Lebon’s pineapple, rooibos and mint Tropical Crush and liquorice Une Piscine à Antibes versions seem playful and fabulous for something so bog-standard as brushing one’s teeth. €20 each, lebonandlebon.com.