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Evening News Beauty Column - Red Lipstick

This month in my Edinburgh Evening News I'm looking at that classic beauty look, red lipstick:

red lipstick

When it comes to this time of year, it can seem like love is all around us. And since red is the colour most often associated with love, it is the ideal opportunity to look at one of the most classic beauty looks: red lipstick. Dramatic and bold, sexy yet sophisticated, red lipstick has stood the test of time and it’s a look which, when done right, oozes confidence and glamour. It is also a quick way to add some glamour to your makeup without breaking the bank.
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Fine hair goes big thanks to Percy & Reed

A while back it was announced the hair brand Percy & Reed was going to be available in Edinburgh’s John Lewis store; an announcement that made me very happy indeed. You see, this particular hair brand does one of the best shampoo and conditioner combos for girls like me with fine hair. Read more about Fine hair goes big thanks to Percy & Reed

Flawless skin with NARS foundation

Ask women their beauty wish list and having flawless skin is likely in the top five irrespective of age or skin type. It is the holy grail of beauty that we search for and in our bid to achieve this look we buy all manner of lotions and potions, rubbing everything from sheep's placenta to injecting who knows what into our skin.

Foundations and other base products are the cherry on the cake. They can pep up our skin, disguising a multitude of skin sins in their wake. However, get a foundation wrong and it will stand out a mile off.

Now, there are plenty of NARS products I love, but  when it comes to bases this is a brand I haven't really had much experience of. This month, however, I’ve been rectifying that using the NARS Cream Compact Foundation (£28). It launched last September and is the latest foundation product from the hip beauty brand which is led by François Nars.

NARS Radiant Cream Compact foundation

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It gives medium to full coverage although you wouldn't know it due to the product's lightweight consistency. It feels almost like velvet to touch and seems to just melt onto skin so it doesn't look mask-like or heavy. In fact, I’ve found it gives a dewy finish whilst being the perfect product for decent coverage. And the shade choice is jaw-dropping with some 20 shades to choose from. And on top of all that, this foundation is trying to be more environmentally friendly with the compact and the foundation being sold separately. That way rather than throw it away, the compact is simply refilled; a practice common in Asia.

Speaking about how the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation differs from existing NARS foundations, Francois says,

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Makeup brushes - new from MAC

MAC's new Masterclass Brush Collection is the kind that make you want to slap your forehead and say but of course! The reason? When you see the brushes - and use them, it's just so bleeding obvious this is how makeup brushes should be it makes you wonder why we didn't think of it before now.

Makeup brushes - new from MAC

Image via MAC

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Jo Malone candles - new collection

Fruity, woody, sweet and floral - not a 21st Century reworking of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but just some of the best ways to describe the latest candle collection from classy brand, Jo Malone.

It's called Just Like Sunday and is the work of the style editor - and all round super cool woman - Charlotte Stockdale. It is online and in stores this month and is sure to be a sell-out given the Jo Malone clout when it comes to candles and when paired with Charlotte's reputation for being on trend.

For floral fans there is the Lavendar & Lovage. Not your typical lavendar scented product, this is given an aniseed twist with rosemary and thyme added for a new take on this traditional floral fragrance.

Jo Malone candles - new collection

Image via Jo Malone

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Sarah Tolan

Sarah is the founder and editor of Scottish Beauty Blog. Sarah is also the Edinburgh Evening News beauty columnist. Connect with her on TwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

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