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School Run Superheroes: Dr PAW PAW ultimate red balm

Like the original balm, the Ultimate Red Balm is loaded with fermented paw paw; nature’s ‘do it all’ remedy with the really silly name. But it also has a rosy tint. Our tester put it to the school run challenge…

SM tester writes: the trouble with most tinted balms is that one shade doesn’t work for everything. I have tried and failed with everything from Benetint lip & cheek stain (have you ever tried putting this on in cold weather? It doesn’t blend at all and is a bit like scribbling red felt tip on your face…) to Nars The Multiple (‘Malibu’ shade made me look like a drag queen, ‘Orgasm’ made me look like Beach Barbie…) and as for the rumour that Kate Moss gets ready to go out by dabbing some Laura Mercier lippy on her eyelids and cheeks in the back of a cab… well – I tried that too. It snapped. #Fail. 

I’d already tried the original Dr PAW PAW – apparently it is great o nappy rash but I’d mostly used it as lip balm, cuticle cream (and once to sort out my eyebrows after a singeing incident trying to light a range oven with a match…) The only thing I’d ever fault about it would be that someone needs to invent a child lock as the tube looks exactly like a squeezy tube of paint…

The Ultimate Red balm  can be used on lips and cheeks. When you first apply it you think ‘gosh, that’s bright’ (mainly because it is 7.30am and you are so washed out…) but you can honestly just dab it on with fingers. It feels lovely (on your lips and cheeks) and it melts into skin to give a dewy but really polished red look. Think a lovely sort of NYC glossy red groomed Winona Ryder vibe. 

Because it’s a balm, you can keep  applying (it is quite addictive) but the intensified look isn’t clown-faced, it’s really rosy and pretty. And it doesn’t give you greasy cheeks either (yes, I’m talking to you Eight Hour Cream.)

Definitely one to keep handy on the car dashboard, by the sink or i your top drawer at work (at least, until they invent the child lock for the tube…)

Lovely little things: moisturisers that do more

It’s one of life’s eternal challenges – along with finding your soulmate and the one song you can sing perfectly in a Karaoke bar – finding the perfect moisturiser.

Not only must the little jar work miracles, but no sooner have we found one that we like either the climate changes or our skin does – or another sleepless night equates to another wrinkle – and we’re back to the drawing board.

A few lovely multi-tasking ones have come our way recently, so we’re sharing the knowledge…

-TEN- Anti Age Complete Rejuvinating Care Moisturiser: this is part of the range of skin and body care created for mothers and babies and the moisturiser really packs a punch. With a super luxe feel (reminds us a bit of Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference in texture) your skin will drink in the creamy-soft blend of rice bran and jojoba oils and Vitamin E – skin is plumped up and glowing with natural goodness.

Our SM tester says ‘I’ve got a persistant frown wrinkle on my forehead and this cream really does keep it at bay. I love how natural and fresh it feels when you put it on and it is rich enough to use at night too – plus I’ve been rubbing it into my hands as well…’

-Timebomb Skincare Collagen Bomb: this comes packaged like a grenade and is super charged with collagen and also ingredients to help preserve it – derived from algae and pine bark. It has a little bit of a golden tint to it, promoting a healthy glow and a little goes a long way.

Our SM tester says: ‘Wow-Weeee! This is fantastic stuff, I’d even go so far as to say you could use it instead of a BB cream or foundation as it gives your face a subtle bit of apricot colour. Love the packaging too – I felt like Lara Croft when I was putting it on, lol. I’d say I’d use it more as a perk-me-up than every day, but definitely a high performance little product…’                                                                                                                                                           

– Herbalife SKIN Daily Glow Moisturiser: from the people who brought you health supplements and protein shakes, this is Herbalife’s foray into skincare. Designed to be suitable for all skin types, this daily moisturiser is formulated with a cocktail of antioxidant vitamins, aloe vera and chestnut seed – to give you a luminous, radiant glow.

Our SM tester says: this feels and smells really nice and the packaging looks expensive. It has a fresh scent (a bit like Estee Lauder’s Daywear) and promises better skin in seven days! Herbalife suggest you apply this after serum; it definitely does need a little extra boost of something if you have dry skin, but it leaves your complexion lovely and shimmery – good for the ‘no filter’ selfies!’