Tried and tested: The Hot Collection, Bobbi Brown

Best known for her focus on natural beauty, Bobby Brown’s philosophy is that “women want to look and feel themselves, only prettier and more confident”.

Tried and tested: The Hot Collection, Bobbi Brown

But her new range, developed with model, Kate Upton, takes her in a bold new direction.

Inspired by Upton’s hometown of Miami, the Hot Collection pairs nude eyes with bright splashes of colour on lips and cheeks, evoking hot summer days — which may not always translate in drizzly Ireland.

The new range features three limited-edition shades of Bobbi’s cult favourite, Art Sticks (€26) — in hot berry, pink and orange.

Working as both a liner and a lip colour, these long-lasting crayon pencils are highly moisturising, and the creamy-matte finish makes even the brightest of colours wearable.

Each comes with a sharpener, so you can have the perfect point for extra precision.


The almost-too-pretty-to-use Cheek Palettes (€44) are designed with Bobbi’s signature ‘just-pinched’ look in mind. Dust the softer shade across the cheeks, followed by a pop of the brighter blush on just the apples.

Finish off with a sweep of the highlighter and you’ll have what Bobbi calls “no-nonsense, natural-looking” cheeks. We’re not sure about the no-nonsense part — it’s a three-step blush routine — but the results are vibrant if a little too intense for pale or pink skin-tones.

The Palettes come in three shades: calypso, pink and berry.

Exclusive to Brown Thomas stores nationwide and online.


If you’re anticipating a Valentine’s date that will end with serious snogging, then a heavy-duty lipstick won’t do — smeared lippy is not a good look.

Clarins’s new Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector, €18, on the other hand, gives light colour and shine, moisturises, and smells deliciously like candy floss, too.

In six glossy shades, it’s the perfect date-friendly lippy.


Most of us have neglected to take our make-up off before bed on at least a few occasions, particularly after a late night, but new research from skincare range, Flint + Flint, reveals that more than half of women (57%) regularly don’t wash their face before bed, opting for face wipes instead.

More worryingly, 33% say that they’ve sometimes gone three days without washing their face or body, blaming the dread of having to get up in the morning as the reason.

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