GLOSSYBOX Editorial Director and beauty expert, Evie Leatham, tells us which products make it home to her bathroom shelf…
“One of my first beauty memories is demanding that my father judge which of my smoky eyes looked biggest. I was ten and, needless to say, he was more concerned about how I’d managed to get hold of my mother’s make-up and what else I’d managed to smudge it on.
I’m still a smoky eye girl but, for every day, I keep it low-key. A slick of dark shadow along lashes (I have stacks of Bourjois Round Pot Intense Eyeshadows, £6.99), mascara (Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara, £7.99) and blush (Benefit Fine One One, £23.50). But the genius tool in my kit is make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49, which carves out cheeks like nothing else thanks to a double-act of terracotta and highlighting powders (and there’s an army of A-lister fans who agree with me.)
I’m forever hunting for the Holy Grail of foundations, but luckily beauty brands are too so bases keep getting better and better. Currently I’m using Chanel’s CC Cream Complete Correction SPF 30, £43 and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £29, an old favourite I layer over areas that need more coverage. I’m naturally pale but if I start looking ghostly I pop a few drops of Clarins Self-Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, £18 into my moisturiser to transform it into a subtle tanner – a genius product and rumour has it’s there’s a body-version in the footing for S/S 2015.
Having the unlucky combination of dry, sensitive, red skin, I don’t chop and change skincare very often. My everyday routine starts with Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, £60, a light serum that has made a real difference to my skin and works by increasing the innate immunity of skin cells, followed by Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, £17.50. Once a week I use Philosophy Microdelivery Peel, £59.50, a mask-meets-exfoliator that gives my complexion a new lease of life. For body, only a suitably scrubby scrub will do and that’s Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream, £24, which I apply before a shower, scrub, dampen skin, scrub some more and then rinse off. Then it’s a slather of Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, £25, (love the easy-squeeze tube) or Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Hydrating Body Gel, £31.
Anything that tames frizz and reduces blow dry time gets my vote for hair (is there anything more boring than drying your hair?). Both salon brands, Pureology Purify Shampoo, £12 is minty and refreshing, while in-shower treatment Kerastase Discipline Fondant, £16, makes a real difference in taming frizz. TRESemme Fresh Start, £5.25, is my absolute favourite dry shampoo – it’s clear, lightweight and doesn’t have an overpowering smell (a dry shampoo give-away). And not forgetting that dogs have hair too… my English bulldog has a weekly wash with Malin & Goetz Dog Shampoo, £22, though she isn’t a fan of the hairdryer, preferring to bark at it rather than dry herself under it.
My job means that I’m lucky enough to get sent so many beautiful things. This limited edition scent bottle from fragrance house Guerlain, decorated with bees and engraved with my name, was given to me last year and it’s a favourite.
Dressing table must-haves aside, I’m the queen of beauty culling. My rule is: if I haven’t used something in the past three months it gets adopted by a friend who will. Especially as my bathroom is in a state of flux: I’ve just moved and it’s overdue an overhaul. I’d love exposed copper pipes to team with the marble so watch this space for a new bathroom shelfie update.”