31st January 2017

Beauty buys worth the splurge

So, exams are over and your second student loan has just come through. What better way to celebrate than treating yourself to some of the new, although slightly pricier, beauty products

Whether you’re celebrating your hard work or some much needed post-exam retail therapy, treat yourself to some of the new and classic beauty favourites.

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Glow kit’, £39-£47: Fans of the American brand ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ were thrilled following the announcement that the brand have set up their UK online store, eradicating the additional cost of international shipping to an already pricey purchase. Amongst the best sellers are their ‘glow kits’ highlighter palettes containing between four and six highly pigmented highlighters. With five different palettes to choose from, there’s a kit for everyone. Available online. 

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Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’, £16: Another big beauty name that has graced the UK high street. Kat Von D tattoo liner is one of the best liquid eyeliners around. With a pen style application that doesn’t dry out like other brands, it creates sharp, bold lines that stay all day. Available in Debenhams stores and Debenhams online.

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Lancôme ‘La Base Pro’ Primer, £28.50: Never faltering when it comes to quality, Lancôme have once more raised eyebrows everywhere with their primer. It has a delicate, lightweight feel and doesn’t sit on your skin or melt into your foundation. Its gel-like consistency means it combats the skins natural oils. The best bit is that due to the quality, only the tiniest pea size is needed meaning it will last you way beyond your final student finance instalment! Available online or at any Lancôme counter.

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OPI ‘Nail Envy’, £19: With the combination of cold weather and examine stress, it is likely that your nails have been left bitten and/or brittle, so it might be about time to invest in a good quality nail strengthener like OPI’s ‘Nail Envy’. OPI top the nail varnish leader-boards and their strengthener is no exception, use on its own or as a base, your nails will thank you for it. Buy from boots or on Amazon

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Philip Kingsley ‘Elasticizer’ hair mask, £17: Much like your nails, your hair will also be feeling the impact of months of cold weather. To combat dry texture, heat damage and split ends invest in a top quality hair mask to rejuvenate your hair and replenish its moisture. The ‘elasticizer’ hair mask was originally created by Philip Kingsley for Audrey Hepburn, so you can feel super glam yet humbled by the fact that even Hollywood’s most beautiful star suffered from split ends. Buy from, and some larger M&S branches.

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