Christmas parties are always fun and they are doubly so for beauty junkies - there are always so many launches, gift sets and opportunities to try new products! The party season is essentially an excuse to be sparkly, glam and sleek from pretty much mid-November. The lovely Estee Lauder brands, Smashbox, Bumble & Bumble and Ojon recently sent their experts to Edinburgh to show off their latest products to help us get party-ready and looking fabulous.
Bumble & Bumble launched their Hairdressers Invisible Oil Trio a few months ago, with a shampoo, conditioner and oil. These products are infused with six different feather-light oils which transform your hair into a silky, frizz-free mane without the usual heavy feel of using oils. Of particular interest in this range is the new Invisible Oil Protective Primer, which is used in a similar way to a face primer - it is sprayed onto hair before other products which makes styling easier and also provides heat protection. They've also extended their Blow Dry styling creme so there are options for straight, repair and all-style. All of these will help make your hair super soft, shiny and blow-dried to perfection.
Ojon are a newer brand in the UK, but have been in the US for years and use hero product ojon oil which is brilliant for thick or damaged hair. One of their latest developments is a new light version of their Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus treatment, a thick paste which turns into oil when you work into it and transforms your hair back to health from any heat-styling hell you may have put it through. There's also a new Moisture Rich Cleansing Conditioner, designed for people that wash their hair every day. It does look like a conditioner, but it's used as a shampoo with a very low lather and it still cleans your hair wonderfully without stripping or weighing your hair down. And finally, they've released what I think is likely to be my new handbag staple, the Rare Blend Tamer Wand. It's their feather-light serum in a mascara wand, which means that it can target those unwanted bits of frizz, split ends and baby hairs that stick up for absolutely no reason. Genius!
Smashbox are known for their primers with good reason. They're one of the first companies who developed the product, and now have a range of primers that do different things, but all provide a beautiful base so your foundation can go on smoothly and stay on. Their latest offering is a Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer which is a thick paste which goes on smoothly and really does make pores disappear. They've also got a primer spray which is going to be released next year in February, Photo Finish Primer Water. It's charged with electrolytes so perfect for perking up skin before applying foundation and then afterwards to set makeup and freshen up. It's got a beautiful scent and silky texture and is going to be a fab multi-tasker. Onto the more glamorous makeup launches, Smashbox have added some gorgeous new colours to their Long Wear Lip Lacquer range for the party season - After Dark, which has very dramatic dark reds and plums. Perfectly matched to the After Dark colours are their new Always Sharp Lip Liners, which sharpen themselves whenever you twist their lid - how clever! Another new launch from Smashbox next year comes in January when they release the Double Exposure eye shadow palette (the follow up to their Full Exposure palette). It has fourteen shades of shimmery and matte coloured neutrals which can be used dry for a wash of colour or wet for a dramatic look. It's a really gorgeous palette and will be well worth spending the Christmas money on come January.
All of these brands are at John Lewis and Boots on Princes Street, where they have lovely staff who can help you select products for your hair & make-up needs! Are you getting excited for the festive party season and, more importantly, getting ready for the party season? Do you have trusty hair & make-up favourites that you'll always rely on or will you be trying some of these products out?