Little Wonders: Beauty Products I Never Knew I Needed (But Totally Do)

This round-up of beauty products is for the kind of day when you think "Sod it, I'm going to get that nail polish I've been wanting" - you have my blessing.
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August 30, 2013
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It’s Friiiday and the end of August which means it may be pay day for you. Are you the kind of person who gets yourself a little treat to celebrate pay day, whether it’s a new mascara or a fancy coffee? I certainly am – the more rituals the better as far as I’m concerned. Mine is usually an almond croissant from Cafe Nero - I know, livin' on the edge...

So this round-up of beauty products that have inveigled their way into my everyday routine is for the kind of day when you think "Sod it, I'm going to get that nail polish I've been wanting" - you have my blessing.

MAC nail polish in Vintage VampThis dark reddish-purple colour reminds me exactly of those cherries that are specially designed to go in the bottom of proper cocktails – not the jaunty bright red ones, but their smaller, more intense cousins. It’s a bit like Chanel’s classic Rouge Noir, but with more of a plummy undertone. I used three coats to get a deep, super-shiny colour – this is my first foray into autumn’s brilliantly melodramatic gothic beauty mood. £11, maccosmetics.co.uk

Pommade Divine‘Nature’s first aid kit’ according to the statement on the back of this jaunty little yellow tube, and I would have to agree. The recipe is 200 years old (it was originally formulated in a Clerkenwell apothecary.) A slightly cheaper 8 Hour Cream if you will, you can rub this balm on bruises, rashes, grazes, itches, sunburn and dry, chapped skin. It smells comfortingly Christmassy – that’s the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove oils – and is one of those hardworking handbag heroes which I love discovering. £16.94, cultbeauty.co.uk

Korres Nourishing Hair MaskI am generally far too lazy to bother with drawn-out beauty treatments like hair masks and face masks, but I will make an exception for this one from Korres. After a summer of abusing my hair even more than normal (pool chlorine, sunbathing etc.), it was feeling and looking a little Worzel Gummidge-esque, so I slathered it in this stuff one night. It contains all sorts of nourishing natural extracts and oils, particularly Almond and Linseed, and it made my hair feel (and smell) amazing. £9.45, thegroomingclinic.com

Clinique All About Shadow Primer For EyesYes, yes, alright, I probably don't need an entirely separate foundation-type product just for my eyelids, but indulge me please. This genius little product serves two purposes: it creates a base on top of which you can put your eyeshadow and it’ll boost the intensity of the colour and keep it from slipping and smudging, but also, if you want to go for a more natural look, it evens out the skin, disguising veins and such, so you look like you’re not wearing make-up, but you are! I’ve been using it every single morning and it’s amazing what a subtle but impressive effect it has – like the difference between curling your eyelashes and leaving them. £15, johnlewis.co.uk

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious RedAnd finally, I’ve been itching to get my hands on one of NARS’ lip pencils for ages – I wanted to try a hot pink one in the summer but never got around to it. Now I’m happy to go with ‘Mysterious Red’ – a very grown-up, matte shade that resembles the petals of the American Beauty rose. If you like lip products that feel very moisturising, this probably isn’t for you – it is quite dry, but you can always top it off with some balm (like the Pommade Divine!) and I love the sophisticated matte finish it gives. £17.50, narscosmetics.co.uk

Do you have a pay day ritual? What was the last beauty product you bought out of sheer indulgence, rather than necessity (cotton wool pads and nail polish remover don't count)?