There are worse ways to spend a Thursday afternoon, than in a beautifully decorated London townhouse, packed to the rafters with beauty products. Debenhams' SS16 Beauty Press Day was held in the gorgeous Haymarket Townhouse, where florals (for Spring? Groundbreaking.) featured on the walls, the furnishings, and even in the baths. A selection of this season's best in beauty from Debenhams was presented over three floors, and Laura (from What Laura Did Next) and I had a rather lovely afternoon exploring what's in store for the sunnier months of this year. Here's a run down of my absolute favourite picks of the day...
I fell in love with Jurlique's brand story, which I heard over recieving a lovely hand massage with their luxury Rose Hand Cream. The brand have their own farm in Australia, where the 8,000 rose petals that go into every 100ml bottle of their famous Rosewater Balancing Mist are handpicked, amongst the wild Kangaroos that share their fields. New in for SS16 is the Intense Deluxe Edition of the Rosewater Balancing Mist, which contains five different rose extracts and is packaged in a limited edition bottle. Also new for Jurlique, are the aromatherapy mists in a choice of revitalising, calming or balancing blends.
I loved this Urban Decay bronzer so much that I had to pick up one of my own on my lunch break the next day! Obviously the palm tree artwork on the compact and big mirror inside won me over, but the velvety formula, matte finish and perfect natural golden shade sealed the deal.
And continuing the theme of cute compacts is the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfecting Primer. How adorable is the baby pink with gold detailing?! Inside, is a pale pink balm that's silky-soft and weightless. It feels and performs a little like Benefit's Porefessional, minimising the appearance of pores and blurring over imperfections, but in million dollar packaging. I also loved YSL's limited edition hero product (the Touche Eclat) for this year; three designs each featuring a handwritten quote: 'all eyes on me', 'I am not a morning person' and 'no need for sleep'.
Clarins have some exciting new launches for SS16. Four gorgeous waterproof cream-to-powder eyeshadows in dazzling metallic shades (I love 'copper brown'), a new shade of Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in Red Berry, and the Double Fix Mascara - a clear gel that you apply over your favourite mascara and brow products to make them totally waterproof. A must have holiday product!
Guerlain's SS16 collection includes these five travel-friendly tubes of effective skincare solutions that provide instant visible effects. Stop Spot is supposed to combat spots and blemishes in an instant, and is tinted so it can be used to conceal and work throughout the day. Super Lips is a gorgeously glossy and smoothing lip balm. Midnight Secret is an overnight miracle cream that provides a glowing, fresh complexion in the morning. Radiance in a Flash is a tightening, lifting cream with a pearlescent finish for radiant skin, and finally, Creme SOS - a skincare saviour that rescues skin from environmental stressors like UV rays from the sun, harsh sea winds, air conditioning or pollution.
I have and love Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream (the blue one), but the latest Daisy Dream Blush is even more me. Aside from being pink, it has more powdery/woody scent that I just love.
Too Faced's Mr Right Powder Brush is just the cutest! It's multi-functional too (like any Mr Right should be) and can be used for foundation, powder, blush or bronzer. Maybe the perfect partner to my new Urban Decay Beached Bronzer...?
I mean, I don't really know what to say about these weird twisted essie bottles. There was no explanation and I can't find anything online about them... but they're pretty trippy! Laura thought they might be a new design that are easier to hold, which I guess makes sense!
What are you most looking forward to adding to your beauty stash this season?