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The Beauty Test


M.A.C. Ruby Woo, £11, major stores

Very Dita Von Teese, are there any canada goose outlet stores a matte finish in true red for maximum impact. Utterly divine, just wish the packaging was as exquisite as the colour. Four stars

Rimmel Diva Red, £4.99, major stores

True red enclosed within misleadingly shabby packaging, satin finish, very good. Three stars

Du Wop Shades of Venom in Belladonna, £14.50, Space NK, 020 8740 2085

Dark, sheer red, easy to use. Doesn’t shout: ‘Crazy red lipstick girl just arrived!’ when you enter the room. Good for beginners. Three stars

Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Fire, £14, major stores

Satin finish mycanadagoosejacket, slightly greasy, but very wearable. Damn good shade of red. Three stars


Nivea SOS balm, 10 ml, £3.19, 0800 616 977

At last! A balm that feels like it’s buy canada goose jacket in canada moisturising rather than just lying on top of chapped skin. Seriously improves condition of lips. Four stars

Smith’s best place to buy a canada goose jacket Rosebud Lip salve, 0.8 oz, £6.95

Nostalgic packaging, glides on without being heavy, protects, faint rose scent. Does not sink in well, though. Three stars

Vaseline buy canada goose parka cheap Lip Therapy with buy canada goose coat uk Aloe Vera, 20g, 99p, widely available

Big improvement on the original with pleasant lemon smell. Tends to sit on surface of lips rather than moisturise them, however. Two stars

Carmex Lip balm, 7.5g, £2.25,

Feels great at first, but dries lips out on further applications, which is hardly the point. Indeed, it’s lip balm irony if you think about it. One star


Freeze 24-7 Plump Lips, £25 from Space NK, 020 8740 2085

Chills the lips, a visible increase in volume, not too thick. Love the shade Arctic Glaze, a honey-nude with a golden shimmer. Five stars

Agent Provocateur Titillation, £20, 020 canada goose coat 1000 calorie 7620 2333

Really liked this. Gentle tingling plumps up the lips slightly, leaving a subtle rose-coloured stain. Comes with a matching nipple cream. buy canada goose jacket online cheap How modern. Four stars

Benefit Lip plump, £13.50, 0901 113 0001

This works as a primer – it goes on under your canada goose coat 1000 calorie lipstick (which is just as well – it’s a nasty pinky beige). Enlarges lips , without gloopiness. Two stars

Too Faced Lip Injection Kit, £16, Boots, 0845 070 8090

This hurt on first application; then my hair stuck in it; then in turn it stuck to my face leaving an unpleasant red welt that hung around for hours. One star


Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil, £13.50, Harvey Nichols, 020 7201 8687

Lovely intense black, really easy to apply, lasts all night, with a sponge at the end for smudging. Five stars

Urban Decay Smoke Out Eye Pencil, £11, Boots, 0845 070 8090

Versatile, because the sponge at the end means you can smudge your line to get a smoky eye effect, or use the pencil for a hard line. Four stars

Rimmel Exaggerate, £4.99, major stores

Hard to apply, but with a bit of practice it gives an excellent defined line, à la Cleopatra. Two stars

Lancome Artliner, £18.50, major stores

Very hard to apply, canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland and the colour quickly runs out on the tip, so you have to keep re-dipping. Hurts the eye lid. Disappointing. One star

SEDUCTIVE SCENTS (tested on men at parties)

Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau Amethyste, 1.35oz, $44.95 ,

Naughty play on words, (The Story of O, you see?) Women love it more than men. Hard to find. Four stars

Robert Piquet Fracas, 50ml, £49.50, Harvey Nichols, 020 7235 5000

Men get really excited by this one – sadly, I found it too heavy and cloying. Four stars

Estée Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude, 75ml, £58, major stores

Tom Ford’s redesign of the classic Estée Lauder scent was deemed ‘sexy’ at first, but ‘too room spray’ as the evening canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo wore on. Two stars

J-Lo Live, 30ml, £21, major stores

Pretty bottle. Comments ranged from: ‘Yeah, that’s really nice,’ to: ‘I need to be drunk before I can tell you,’ to: ‘J-Lo? J- no!’ But not bad at all. Two stars

SEDUCTIVE SCENTS (tested by male guinea pigs on women at parties)

Chanel Allure Homme Sport, 50ml, £31, major stores

‘Ooooh, good! Subtle and citrusy, but not overpowering. I could smell this all day.’ Five stars

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy, 50ml, £25, major stores

Various women say: ‘Really sexy. Slightly floral, but not in a bad way. Like a man in a suit with his collar unbuttoned.’ Four stars

Hugo Boss Hugo Energise, 75ml £30, major stores

‘Tangy, sharp and not at all subtle. I imagine a junior broker wearing this. It’s a little run of the mill.’ Two stars

Aramis Eau De Toilette , 60ml, £18.99, major stores

‘It’s horrendous. For the type of guy who’s got a shaving brush. It smells like a curry house, far too potent. Makes my head ache.’ No stars





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