It’s a little known fact that the Germans were the original brains behind BB Balms. The first BB was formulated in the 1960s by German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek: it was only 40 years later that the rest of the world caught on.
With such beauty credentials under their belt, we wanted to steal a few tips from our German counterparts. Here, Britta Fleck, GLOSSYBOX’s Senior Vice President of Brand Relations tells us what products shape her beauty routine.
I try to avoid using water on my face, except when I’m swimming in the sea, as I find it dehydrates my skin further. I love this make-up remover from La Roche Posay Physiological Make-up Remover Micellar Water-Gel, from £8 and Avéne Cleanance Micellar Water Cleanser, £16 – both clean perfectly and leave skin soft and nourished.
The new make-up brand
Und Gretel is a new, super-stylish German organic make-up brand. I have already invested in a couple of their beautifully designed products, but the Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe is a real find being the perfect shade for blondes.
The fashion fragrance
I’m a huge fan of Balenciaga – both the fashion and the fragrances: Balenciaga Paris Florabotanica, from £37.80 is delicious.
The nail polish
I am a nail junkie, I count hundreds of polishes in my kit. My daughter Emma is already infected with the bug too and she must have amassed the largest collections of polishes of any girl her age. The favourites I keep coming back to are Deborah Lippmann and Essie, and for a pocket friendly price it’s always Essence. The best quick dry is Essie Good To Go Top Coat, £8.99 and as I sometimes change my nail polish twice a day I really can’t live without.
Of course the name is fabulous, but NARS Blush Orgasm, £23 is an all-time favourite of mine for flushing cheeks in the most natural way and it suits all skin tones.
VERY German and a real all-rounder NIVEA Crème Tin, £1.15 is a classic. The simple blue tin symbolises trust and tradition for me: I know it works and it will never irritate my skin.
The travel companions
You’ll never find me travelling without Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Dry Shampoo, £6.49 in my bag. It lifts limp roots and absorbs oil, both of which seem to be exacerbated when I’m travelling.
The insider scent
I love the vintage aesthetic of Royal Apothic and I adore their scents: they’re quirky and beautifully constructed so they make an unusual choice. You can guarantee no one else will be wearing them.