Spring make-up and hair

W7 has always been a great go-to brand for those in the know and is one of the first to mimic its higher priced dupe, Benefit. The feather light Genius foundation is super smooth to the touch and applies as a liquid water-light buildable to medium coverage. Dries to a powder finish so apply in layers, slowly. This gives a lovely lightweight air-brush silky finish, perfect for those who don’t want a heavy foundation. The very vegan lipstick in Righteous Red is stunning, glossy gorgeous bright red, perfect for bouncing into spring with confidence.


The coral Candy Blush is a cute compact case with a helpful little mirror inside and gives a sweep of natural cheery spring colour to the cheeks – apply to cheek bones and a touch on the temples, in gentle light stokes. FIND Beauty is an impressive brand which delivers on product and on packaging. The Sunkissed Radiance Duo Bundle (Bronzer and Blush) is a lovely way to bring some easy sunshine glow to your complexion. The products are grown up and non-shimmery which we love, as well as being packaged in a solid simple black with a generous mirror. FIND Beauty is another one to watch in terms of rivalling much higher priced products. £13.25

KORRES Black Pine foundation This is a creamy textured foundation that behaves more like a cc cream and is best used sparingly and for more mature complexions. Packed with great skincare and delivers our optimal Black Pine firming, lifting and brightening benefits, while blending flawlessly for the smoothest skin finish and exceptional long wear. Emollient-coated pigments reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores and imperfections for a youthful radiant look.

The LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil is ideal for achieving that perfect brow, with a retractable highly pigmented pencil at one end and a super-easy to use blending spoolie at the other. This essential makeup bag must-have shapes and fills brows as well as allowing you to brush and blend the brow colour for a sculpted, finished look. £5 

The new GOSH blush is a lightweight, colour intense blusher that adds a rush of colour to cheeks and therefore allows the cheeks to be bold, daring and the centre of attention in the best possible way – comes in three colourways; Flirt, Amour and Passion. From Superdrug £7.99. (Amour below)

The amazing Master Series Palette One is the only eyeshadow palette you’ll need; with 12 gorgeous neutral shades, the variety of combinations are endless! The palette has a range of 11 velvety matte shades and one shimmery champagne highlighter shade. The colours range from pretty peach to a dramatic dark brown- perfect for daytime natural to smouldering smokey eye. £30

La Roche-Posay Redermic Retinol Anti-Ageing Concentrate Intensive 30ml  

La Roche-Posay are a household name in terms of respectable skincare, the french brand has been a favourite of make-up artists and skincare pros for decades. If it's your first time using retinol, give this a go. 

Correct deep wrinkles, premature sun damage and an uneven skin tone with the La Roche-Posay Redermic Retinol Anti-Ageing Concentrate Intensive, a retinol treatment suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.

Created with a 0.3% concentration of pure retinol, a vitamin A derivative that is the gold standard in treating wrinkles, the corrector stimulates collagen and elastin to promote a firmer and smoother appearance. An added retinol booster complex made up of retinal palmitate and adenosine works in perfect synergy to enhance the efficacy of the star ingredient, while LHA concentrated at 0.3% exfoliates the surface of the skin and increases cellular turnover.

Over time, skin becomes more even and firm, with fine lines and deep wrinkles appearing diminished. Premature dark spots are faded, and the surface of the skin is visibly smoothed, ensuring lasting, enhanced radiance.

Why We Love It

It’s no surprise that this highly effective anti-ageing solution from La Roche Posay has reached a much-talked-about status within the beauty community, loved by skincare enthusiasts and beauty bloggers alike. What makes this product a little different from many other retinol products is that it’s suitable for sensitive skin sufferers so that everyone can benefit from its skin-transforming properties.

How To Use It

Apply in the evening to the face and neck. Use alone if skin is combination to oily, or beneath a moisturising cream if skin is dry. After use, skin will become more sensitive to burning after sun exposure, so apply a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15

Priced at £25.05 and available from Escentual.com

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer 7ml

Instantly conceal dark circles with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer, a colour-correcting cream that camouflages your under eye area.

The Ultra HD Concealer erases and diffuses the appearance of dark circles with its colour correcting formula, which refreshes and reenergises your eye area.

Medium coverage, yet lightweight in texture, the buildable MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer formula makes concealing and perfecting dark circles and under eye bags easy, revealing an illuminated look to your everyday complexion.

Fitted with an anti-dark circle complex and added radiance boosters, this makeup and skincare hybrid stimulates collagen production and smoothes out any fine lines with hyaluronic spheres that also hydrate the skin.

Apply the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer directly to the darkest part of your under eye, then use your favourite brush or ring finger to tap and blend

Priced at £21.00 and available from Escentual.com


The WetBrush Organic Swirl Pro Detangler is brilliant for all the family – lightweight with exclusive ultra-soft Intelliflext​m​ bristles that glide through tangles with ease, minimizing pain,splitends and breakages. The WetBrush comes in a new luxe marble design with a soft grip handle. £6.99 www.barkershairdressing.com

The Klorane Ritual with quinine, fortifying & strengthening pack of shampoo, conditioner  and spray smells divine (green tea, jasmine and peach) and delivers total TLC for weak, damaged or thinning hair. Packed with healing and restoring keratin, vitamins and plant-based ingredients, this is a recovery treatment for stressed hair. The Klorane range is exclusive to Escentual.com and can be purchased at a 1/3rd off for the whole of  April. www.escentual.com