Saturday, 31 December 2011

Best of 2011 - Hairspray

Finishing off my Best of 2011? I know. Hairspray? Really? Well, yes frankly. I use it every single day and am a bit obsessive so why not?

So without further ado:


Sorry I couldn't resist sticking them together. 


Fat Hair is one of those products that does what it says on the tin. This is definitely a 'going out' hairspray. It's also a gem for 'hair in a bun' days. This would withstand a tornado. Word of caution - being sticky/strong the nozzle tends to clog - 2 secs under a hot tap sorts it out perfectly though. And it's so worth it.
It was my hairspray of choice for the infamous Def Leppard/Motley Crue gig. Say no more.



Aveda Control Force is my hairspray of choice for a normal workday. I.E. hair down, loose - nothing special going on. Except frizz - which this prevents nicely. It's a lovely hairspray. Yes, I'm using the word 'lovely' to describe a hairspray. What of it?

I'm all up for suggestions for other hairsprays. Bring. It. On. Just no mention of Cheryl Cole please.

Best of 2011 - The Best Reds

I've never been someone to do things by halves. So when I rediscovered my love of lipstick earlier this year  (having been a gloss chick for like..ever) there was only one shade on my list.
Red.
All manner of glorious reds.
I blogged about Nars and Daniel Sandler back in November - these three below I have picked up since and am currently all manner of obsessed.


My favourite red of 2011 is YSL Rouge Pur Couture in No.1 - Le Rouge. It's a true deep red, ridiculously long-lasting, non-drying and every single time I wear it I get compliments.


The middle lipstick is Make Up For Ever's Moulin Rouge. Slightly darker than the YSL this is a true 'Slut Lips' red. Again long-lasting and non-drying.
And lastly, Bourjois Sweet Kiss No. 56 Rouge Pur Mesure is more tomato red and perfect for those minimal make-up, hair in a chignon days. The colour pops brilliantly. Not quite as long-lasting as the others but that is obviously reflected in the price.


And to keep them all in place for longer? Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip in 08C - Red.


A great shade for all red lipsticks, non-drying, helps stop any bleeding and lasts ages.

Feel free to leave me a list of your favourite reds - my bank manager won't thank you but I surely will.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Best of 2011 - Mascara

Although I have not yet been tempted to stray from my usual choice of Chantecaille Faux Cils - frankly one of the best mascaras on the planet, on a permanent basis - I did come across the below this year and not only is it nearly as good as Chantecaille - it's significantly cheaper. Around £28.00 cheaper...



Maybelline 'The Falsies Volume Express' is not only a good, affordable mascara, it's easily better than some of the really well known, really expensive ones.


Sorry about the large picture of the wand but it's so you can see the formula is wet, which sounds really silly, but in the world of mascaras is becoming increasingly rare - in my experience. The brush is curved, but not too curved or too rigid - it lets you build and layer to get the effect you desire.

Love.

Available at the usual stockists - for around £5.00. Bargain.

Best of 2011 - Fragrance


Pretty clear winner for me this year. Guerlain's Shalimar Initial is a gorgeous take on the original. Lighter, fresher and cleaner. A wonderful modern version of a true classic.


An easy winner.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Best of 2011 - Facial

Kicking off the 'Best of' series of posts for 2011 is Best Facial.

I know facials. You can usually get a really good facial or really good value for money. It's hard to find something that combines the two. Especially in the London area. So I was thrilled to find Suti this year.


The Suti Core Facial is £65.00 and worth every penny. It's on the relaxing/pampering side of facials so is perfect for you if you haven't had a facial before, are planning for a big event or just need downtime while someone fixes your skin.

For me, it was plumping, smoothing and hydrating and the effects lasted around a week.  


Suti is a very small company on the brink of the big time. Owned by sister-in-laws Suzannah and Tina, Suti is a small capsule collection of everything I love about skincare. Balms, oils and tonics that are soothing, healing, nourishing and predominantly organically derived.


Suzannah works out of Barnes and the other practitioners are also based in the South East. The good news is that Suti are looking for salons and spas with a similar ethos to take on their treatments throughout the UK so that could change soon.

Suti products are priced between £18.00 and £26.00 and are available from Nutribeauty.
For more information on Suti including their facials or how to become a stockist email them here


*The Suti Facial I had was complimentary - but I will be going back and happily handing over my own ££.




Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas


Wishing you and yours a very joyful, safe and peaceful Christmas.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Last minute Christmas loveliness (and a totally gratuitous picture of bloggers)

Let's cut to the chase: time is certainly now of the essence.

If you need help with your Christmas makeup get thee to John Lewis in Oxford St, Brent Cross, Kingston, Peter Jones or Stratford. Shiseido are doing free (FREE) 20 minute one-to-one classes on how to do either a pared-down Christmas look - or full on glamour using looks created by Artistic Director Dick Page.


If you're a fan of Donna Karan's gorgeous Cashmere Mist you'll love this.  A Limited Edition adorned with Swarovski crystals - it's priced £84.50 and is available from Harrods (obviously). 

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Swarovski

Fans of Michael Kors' original fragrance will find this hard to resist. To celebrate 30 years of his fashion line he has released a sheer version of Gold - his beautiful tubereuse based fragrance now updated with lighter notes of freesia and magnolia. Nom.


Being Michael Kors, he roped in Mario Testino to photograph Karmen Pedaru - MK's muse, to showcase 'the Michael Kors woman, the epitome of effortless beauty and relaxed sophistication'. No need really - he could have just used this lovely visual of your favourite bloggers showcasing their love for Michael Kors watches.


I'd have done him a deal.


If you ARE a fan of the fragrance - get it from Harrods and they'll throw in this beeyoudifull Weekender bag for free.

And if my husband is reading this - I need that watch.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Happy Friday and a Merry Christmas from Harvey Nichols!


This video is exactly why I love Harvey Nichols. NO other department store would do this.

It's been a long time since I did a Walk of Shame - but when I did? - boy were they good ones....

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

This little blog named one of 4beauty's Best Skin Care Blogs

Very chuffed to receive an email from the lovely peeps at 4beauty today letting me know we've has been named one of their Best Skin Care Blogs.

So I highly suggest you pop over and have a look - underneath the picture of my Nana there is a list of some most excellent blogs - I'm in great company and mightily chuffed.

Thank you Channel 4, 4beauty and Hattie from Maverick. And a special shout out to 4beauty's in-house makeup expert Lauren Dunn who I know introduced BM to them.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Eye Creams - Reviews and Recommendations

Following on from the Cheat Sheet the below are just a few of my favourites. If you have any specific questions about a particular cream feel free to comment.

Best for travelling/tired eyes
Lierac Diopti Calm - £17.50 - Selfridges and good chemists
This is my go-to whenever I'm getting on a plane/just got off a plane/doing long distance rail/road travel. It's moisturising, cooling and hydrating - which is what you want taken care of in those circumstances. Great after a long hard day's work.



Good for dryness/moderate wrinkles
Origins Plantscription - £35.00 - all Origins stockists and online
Origins newest eye cream is a lovely light texture, absorbs really well and is really good under makeup. Good for dark circles. One gripe - I would like it in a tube or pump dispenser please. The texture is such that it can be accommodated thus, so a pot seems unnecessary in 2011. Good, affordable cream though - so don't be put off.

Best for baggy/puffy eyelids
Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum - £95 - Harrods and Selfridges from January 2012
If you are a 'woman of a certain age' (me) and have noticed that along with everything else - your eyelids are rapidly heading south (me) this new serum from Perricone is brilliant. It instantaneously tightens the lid area - I noticed a difference across the lid within around 25 seconds. The only area it did not affect was the fatty deposits in the outside folds of the lid (I know - gross) but the only thing that can treat those is a knife. And I'm not quite ready for that yet.

Best Value for Money and Packaging
Monu Collagen Eye Cream - £22.50 - Monu Shop.co.uk
This is joint first for packaging. Light, controllable pump, small enough for travel and handbag - perfect. I would recommend this as a good cream for someone in their mid 20's/30's. Contains arnica, marine extracts and evening primrose oil - great feel on the skin - this is my 'I don't really have any one major concern today' cream.


Best for older, wrinkled, dried up eyes - The 'I'm older, more wrinkled and can afford it' cream
Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream - £230 - SpaceNK
OK - firstly - yes it's £230. No I did not buy it. I had a handful of samples. But let me tell you this: if you can afford it, and you are older and suffer from a typical crêpey, ageing, dry eye - then this should be your first port of call. This feels like luxury on the skin - you do not need this is if you are under 35/40 (younger if you smoke) - but if you are my age or older this is divine. Absolutely divine. Contains gold particles and is massively anti-inflammatory and healing - when I put this on my eyes literally go 'aaaahhhhhhhhhh'. Bliss. If you can afford it.


Best Feel on the skin and Joint Best Packaging
Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream - £123.00 - SpaceNK
This is my current favourite. Perfect packaging - including a window on the side to see when you are running out - which by the way - is one of the MOST requested things from customers on the shop floor - why more brands don't offer this I do not know - controllable dispenser and airtight. I look forward to cleansing so that I can apply this. Makes my eyes glow, gets rid of my lines and visibly reduces puffiness. Again - it's not cheap - but if you are in your 40's and your eyes show it - this is really wonderful. A joy to use.

Lancome Renergie Eye - £44.50 - all Lancome stockists
Mum's favourite. In her words - 'Amazing - If I can see a difference then it bloody well works miracles! Makes my eyes smoother, calmer and the concealer helps my dark circles.' Mum may not look it but she's in her 60's and suffers from a chronic illness so this is pretty much the word of Jesus. Recommended and much loved.

A couple of points worth mentioning:
  • Most reputable brands provide samples - in the case of Chantecaille and Somerville, Harrods, Fenwick, Liberty and SpaceNK have samples - if you are spending that much - try it first!
  • If no samples are available and you are at the counter - squeeze some out and put it on your eyes over makeup - at least you'll know if you are allergic before you buy...
  • Once again - stay away from mineral oil. Makes your eyes puffy and congests the area. If you are prescribed a heavy cream for dermatitis/eczema that contains a lanolin that is different - but it's too heavy in normal circumstances
  • Don't forget the previous advice about bismuth oxychloride - avoid if you are prone to allergies
And a final word on the cost of skincare products in general. I'm constantly asked for recommendations for 'something cheaper' by some readers. I don't generally blog about cheaper products (for facial skincare) because I don't really use them.
I read some of the same people on twitter saying they have bought a new dress/pair of shoes from New Look (for example) and saying 'it was only £25.00!' Why won't you spend that on your face?

Here's my theory: Spend on your skincare what you would spend on a good pair of shoes or a good handbag and you'll be ok. People tend to have shoes and handbags relevant to their financial situation.
Clothes and accessories come and go but you only get one face.

*Disclosure
The above is a mixture of products bought by me, available over-the-counter samples and PR samples 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Cheat Sheet - Eye Cream

There are two camps when it come to eye cream:
  • Those that definitely do
  • Those that think its unnecessary and a waste of money
Unsurprisingly I am very much the former. An eye cream has been part of my routine since my 20's. I didn't start earlier because I was pretty healthy - never smoked, didn't really drink per se and was a teenager who didn't particularly think about eye cream one way or another. Once I was pregnant with my first child (at 22) I changed my mind.


The saying 'the eyes are the window to the soul' is derived from similar medical terms meaning the eyes are literally the window to what is going on inside the body - at all times. If you are blessed with youth and spectacular health your eyes are, I'm sure, clear and bright and the skin around the orbicularis oculi (think panda eye) evenly toned and and coloured.
However, for most of us - the above is no longer the case. 

Everything affects your eye area.
All of your internal organs are reflected in them...
Liver problems - yellow eyes
Lymph drainage system - puffy, dark circles
General mild illness - dull 
Medication (especially antibiotics) - discoloured, puffy, dull, dehydrated
Smoking - grey, dehydrated 
Lack of sleep/too much sleep - puffy, dark circles, grey 'tired eyes'
Diet - including too much salt, caffeine and alcohol - puffy, dark circles, dehydrated
Sun damage/ageing - wrinkles, dehydrated

It's a minefield. The bad news is that any cream would be hard pushed to fix the above. If you are unhealthy internally, a topical cream will not magically fix you. What they will do however, especially when used in conjunction with a concealer, is temporarily mask some of the above. While we're on the subject - any ethical retailer will advise you that the effect of a cream will wear off if you discontinue use. 
No cream is a permanent 'fix'.

I like a separate eye cream for a number of reasons but mainly because I am extremely prone to puffy eyelids and really dark circles. Both genetic, both nothing I can do anything about (excluding surgery for the lids) - BUT - some things make them much worse and heavier formulations found in most moisturisers are one of them. I like thin serums and dedicated formulations for eyes for that reason.

A few do's and don'ts:
  • Do NOT use mineral oil around your eye area - don't use it anywhere - but especially the eye area - you'll be puffy like never before
  • Don't be tempted to use more than the advised amount - its unnecessary, could cause irritation and waste your money
  • If you have eczema or psoriasis in the eye area - which is very common - you can use thicker creams on the lids as you'll need them - depending on the severity of your condition they should probably be prescribed by your doctor - although you may find a nice organic balm somewhere - no beauty house should claim to treat those problems
  • Do use only the lightest of serums on the eyelids for the same reason as the mineral oil - puffiness
  • Keep it simple - too much fragrance in a product can really irritate the eye area - your eye cream does not need to smell - of anything
  • Most allergies to eye products and eyeshadows/mineral makeup are caused by an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride. It is used to give the shimmer/light reflective 'glow' and is one of the biggest allergens I have witnessed in the industry. If you've previously never been able to use a particular eye cream or eyeshadow and had it blamed on 'your eyes' by a brand - check their inci list. You'll probably see it on there. If you can't use mineral makeup because it itches - you need to use a brand that openly says 'no bismuth oxychloride' when they are talking to you.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Cheat Sheet - What facial?

Despite their popularity and the continued growth of spas and salons - the average woman in the UK has a facial 'as a treat' across three occasions, a birthday, Christmastime/celebration or their wedding.

There is nothing more frustrating than looking forward to something, paying out good money and coming away feeling dissatisfied so I thought a general guide of what to have and when might prove useful.

Most facials contain the following steps:

Cleanse
Exfoliation (sometimes with steam)
Extraction
Massage
Mask
Application of product

Types of facial

Maintenance

Will include massage, extractions, steam and possibly machinery

Pampering

Lots of massage, possible steam and lots of masks/serums

Cleansing

Massage, clay masks, steam, extractions

Anti-ageing 

Machinery such as microdermabrasion, light therapy, galvanic, Caci and serums/massage

Acne

Deep cleanse, exfoliation, extraction, masks

There are lots of facials on offer - this is just a broad spectrum to give you a basic idea.


Getting married

You don't want to walk down the aisle on the biggest day of your life with a beetroot face or spots. If you want to gear up for your wedding and you skin needs a little help...
  • Try and start around 4 months before - 6 if you can afford it
  • Have a couple of maintenance facials 6 weeks apart and then a pampering facial a couple of days before the big day itself
  • Avoid machinery, extractions and anything you haven't had before on the last facial before the wedding
If your dress is backless or low on the back - consider a back facial. All those people staring at your back acne while you're saying your vows. Eeww.

Celebrations

If you fancy a one-off treat for a special occasion go for pampering. 
  • You want something that includes plenty of massage, masks, serums and moisturisers to leave your skin plumped up and bouncy - something that will last for around 48 hours.
  • Avoid extractions or too much steam which can leave you red faced and dehydrated
  • This is not the time to have a go at those spots

Facials with a purpose

If you have any of the following...

Sensitive - avoid steam, deep clay masks, most machinery - especially microdermabrasion and blackhead extraction 
Rosacea - avoid steam. deep clay masks, fruit acids, microdermabrasion
Acne - avoid mineral oil massage - ask what they are using for massage - a LOT of brands and more surprisingly, well-known facialists use mineral oil as a massage lubricant
Ageing - avoid too much steam

If you are receiving chemotherapy or recently finished treament - avoid massage. Especially lymph drainage massage. Most good facialists should ask you to fill in a questionnaire before your treatment to highlight any concerns anyway - if they don't, leave. Simple as.

I've written previously on what to expect from a good facial - this will hopefully just give a little guidance as to which type to spend your money on.


Hall of Fame - Darphin Purifying Balm


If there was such a thing as a 'Church of Beauty' - I would surely worship at the altar of this product.

I first used this when I worked in SpaceNK in the 90's. I took a sample home (technically not allowed but we'll brush over that) when my skin had a couple of breakouts and was so impressed by the overnight results that I started selling it like hot cakes. Customers had similar reactions to the product and it has been a staple in my routine ever since.

What's in it?




A mini rant. Apologies about the quality of the above picture but I searched far and wide online to find the ingredients (for ease) and couldn't find them - anywhere. I was so annoyed I dug out my spare pot from the back of the cupboard and quickly fired this off.
Online retailers need to seriously up their game when it comes to ingredient listing - some do, most don't. I went to every single retailer of Darphin. No full inci. Infuriating. And what's even more annoying? The paid-for ads on google - that say 'Darphin Purifying Balm' - and then you click through to find they don't even SELL it. Sod off and stop wasting my time.

I've been inspired by this little episode to always show the inci listing on the product I am posting about - because clearly - there is a need. This is something that is regularly done by London Makeup Girl - the most ethical blogger out there. So Grace, *tips hat* - I'm joining you.

Right - now that's sorted - these are the key ingredients - to my mind..
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Vegetable Oil
Beeswax
The above 4 form the base. Good, non-clogging oils - note the lack of mineral oil!

Sage Oil
Nutmeg Kernel Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Thyme Oil
Grapefruit Oil
Rosewood Oil
Balsam Oil
The above are just a few of the oils included and are by turn, decongesting and anti-bacterial.

What's good about it?
It does what it says on the box - The leaflet included in the product says 'ideal for combination to oily skin, prone to imperfections, with a dull, unhealthy appearance.' Personally I would argue with that. It may have been designed with that skin type in mind, but I find this works really well on all skin types. Sensitive, ageing, dry - it ticks every box.
It's not full of 'filler' ingredients - its fairly pure.
Smells beautiful - not vital, but important to me.
It lasts AGES - a little goes a long, long way.

Its worth mentioning two further things. Darphin do have another balm - Aromatic Renewing - I suspect this was released to cater for the older, dryer market in response to the popularity of the original Purifying. It's good, but I MUCH prefer Purifying Balm.
And - huge credit to Darphin here - since I first bought this product in the 90's they have made it completely organic. It's EcoCert certified and is now called Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm.


If your skin is dull, needs a little glow, is prone to impurities, oily, sensitive, dry - whatever: this product works. Highly - and always - recommended.

Darphin Organic Aromatic Purifying Balm is around £40.00 and is available at pretty much every major online retailer. ALL of whom need to start listing ingredients. On everything. I'll link to the ones that DO in future.
*huffs*


Monday, 21 November 2011

New Launch for 2012 - Aveda Invati


Let's set the scene. The picture above shows my brother, my father and my uncle. Oh and me. Spot the difference? I'm the one with hair. Well, not counting Dad's moustache. As you can see from said picture my father's genes run strong in our family. And that's just with the cheeks. Since I hit 40 (yes a few years ago now) I have noticed more hair in the plughole after a shower and a definite thinning in the front parting. People say they can't notice but I can.

So I was more than a little excited when I attended the launch of Aveda's newest range and discovered it was for ages 35-40+ who were concerned with thinning hair. Bliss.

Invati is the first major launch from Aveda haircare for years and from my impressions so far, well worth the wait.


There are 3 products in the initial offering.


Exfoliating Shampoo £18.50


Thickening Conditioner £20.50

Scalp Revitalizer £41.00
Invati is 97% naturally derived and improved hair loss by 33% in trials. It is specifically for women who are concerned with hair loss, thinning, loss of volume, lack of density and a tight or dry scalp - all signs of ageing.

The Invati range is designed to invigorate and stimulate the scalp thus exfoliating the hair follicle and removing the build-up of sebum and product that can inhibit healthy hair growth. Using a mixture of ingredients but primarily naturally derived salicylic acid, turmeric and ginseng so far - it does what it says on the bottle.

I felt a difference in the thickness of my hair after the first use and there is definitely less hair in the plughole. The fact that it does all of this without coating it in silicone (M*r*cc*n Oil anyone?) and chemicals is not just an added bonus - it's bloody genius.

Also, being Aveda and to my mind the most eco-aware brand on the planet - they have partnered with Indian farmers to source Ayurvedic organically-grown herbs while supporting local communities through projects to repair ageing water systems in two villages. Aveda don't just talk the talk - they put their money where their mouth is. Something I'm glad that the Lauder group continued after their acquisition.

The only thing negative is that I will run out of the shampoo and conditioner before it launches in January.

For more information on Aveda, their products and current projects around the world - here.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Heads Up! Elemis TSV - QVC 20th November

Attention all Elemis and QVC fans - Elemis's final TSV of the year is this Sunday 20th November and has 10 - yes TEN airings throughout the day.

The Five Piece Tranquil Indulgence Face and Body Collection includes all of the above plus a final secret product which will be announced with the lovely Keeley at Midnight on the 20th. It is priced at under £40 and guarantees a 50% saving. As you can see from the picture the new Pro Radiance Hand and Nail Cream launches with this TSV - it doesn't go on general release for another 3 months so this is your chance to try it. I've had a sneak preview and it doesn't disappoint.

Fingers at the ready.

QVC - Midnight 20th November. Item no 200194

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Evelyn H. Lauder 1936 - 2011

Source - Forbes

'In capturing a singular moment, photography has also helped me learn how to let go of things I want to hold on to so tightly. You can't hold back time, but you can look forward to what's coming next and do everything in your power to create the best possible future.'
Evelyn H. Lauder

Evelyn Lauder.com
Breast Cancer Research Foundation


Friday, 11 November 2011

New Fragrance for 2012 - Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang


Last week I had a sneak preview of new fragrances for Valentine's Day - the two stand out ones for me being Cheeky Alice from Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang's Princess Night.





Cheeky Alice is a follow-on from Naughty Alice and although is made of lily of the valley, rose and peony has a definite undercurrent of something altogether sexier and heavier. Perfect for Spring.
Prices start at £32.00 and it is on counter 1st February 2012.
I was working in Harvey Nichols when the original Westwood fragrance launched. Amongst the madness of queues a lovely Japanese gentleman approached me and said 'Excuse me - you have Vagina Westwing?!' Haven't looked at her the same way since.




Being unable to afford a Vera Wang dress I'll have to settle for a fragrance - which on reflection, is what clever marketing teams hope we all do with every launch. And also why famous faces make more money from fragrance than anything else.
That aside, I LOVE this fragrance. Its like a spicy fruit compote (and you thought I couldn't review fragrance! Pah!) with raspberry, watermelon, jasmine, spicy orange and the two killers - musk and vanilla. And a word about the bottle - completely encrusted and heavyheavyheavy. Love.
Prices start at £32.00 and it's on counter from 11th January.

L'Artisan Parfumeur

News reached me yesterday of the passing of Jean Laporte, the man who founded one of my favourite fragrance houses L'Artisan Parfumeur in 1976.

L'Artisan was truly one of the first niche houses and his work was exemplary.

I had been planning a L'Artisan post for a while so thought it would be appropriate to mention two of my L'Artisan favourites here.
Unlike some tuberose fragrances, Nuit de Tubereuse  is built around an absolute of tuberose and is at turns, woody, spicy, citrus and light. A confusing but intoxicating scent and utterly divine. Also possibly my favourite perfume bottle - ever.

I can't think of L'Artisan without thinking of amber, and my preference is for the Extreme version. It's a soft mix of vanilla, geranium and amber and is for me, a must for the colder months.

I'll be wearing it today.

Brilliant Reds - NARS and Daniel Sandler

Having rediscovered the joy of a red lip recently, these two have moved swiftly to my everyday make-up bag and are beautiful, gorgeous reds.
Impulse is part of Daniel Sandler's collection for Winter and is gob-smackingly beautiful. Every time I wear this I get compliments. It has the same lovely texture as the All for Eve RED that Daniel created, is non-drying and smooths on with no effort at all. It leans to the blue side on me which is perfect as coral = clown for BM.  £13.30 from Beautique.
A+ all round.

Slightly darker, I spotted this NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in SpaceNK a couple of weeks ago, applied it, and fell in love. It's called Cruella. 'How apt' say you? How rude.
These pencils are like painting your lips with a chubby crayola but the application is really easy, soft and smooth. £17.50 from NARS online.