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‘Anastasia’ has got to be the nicest name to associate with a beauty brand/expert. In fact, it’s just a beautiful name on its own.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is an American beauty brand fronted by beauty expert Anastasia, and it has made a big splash over this side of the Atlantic with one particularly amazing product – the Dipbrow Pomade.

For years I have not been comfortable with the idea of filling in my brows. I guess this stems from them being shaped unevenly so when I did attempt to shade them in, I looked somewhat deranged. I have since started to tread carefully with using such products as matte eye shadows and an eyebrow pencil, yet it doesn’t quite leave me with fabulous brows I hope for and despite having dark brows, there are some gaps that need colouring in. 

I have not read a bad word about the Dipbrow Pomade – it is the ultimate brow product that defines, shades and doesn’t budge without looking caked on.

I bought the shade Chocolate as I thought it would compliment my current hair colour. Ebony (black) seemed like it would appear too harsh particularly if I don’t have skill controlling over how much I apply. It’s a very generous sized pot so it’s in it for the long haul.

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I begun by using a very tiny amount, in fact my brush barely made a dent in the pot and immediately I discovered how easy it was to work with. The creamy smudge-free formula clings to the hairs for optimal definition and not the skin (my worst nightmare with shading in brows). It’s suitable for oily skin and humid climates, which makes me think you can pack this in your travel bag. I also like how it feels – it’s weightless and I am not conscious of anything sticky sitting on my brows. 

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Depending on your confidence and experience, you can build upon for more intensity (which I am working on – I’m really a wuss on brow filling).

I always notice a good pair of sculpted brows and wholeheartedly appreciate (and envy) incredibly shaped ones like Fashionicide and Rhian from Pretty Green Eyes. I’m still getting used to learning how to shape them neatly and evenly but I am loving the Dipbrow Pomade which has made my ordeal somewhat sweeter. I’m now tempted to try Ebony since Chocolate has worked in my favour.

Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dipbrow Pomade costs £15 and is available from Beauty Bay with free delivery.

posted by on Nails, Nails of the Day, TopShop

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When it comes to fashion, I don’t have a healthy relationship with Topshop. Most of it falls into hipster territory, which terrifies me and truth be told, a lot of it is ridiculously overpriced. Occasionally there will be a piece I will purchase but generally, I don’t get Topshop fashion.

Their make-up range, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. The cute packaging (I love polka dots), the endless range of polishes and lip products – it outperforms against the average high-street cosmetics brand for which I applaud Topshop for because quite frankly, others have been too quick off the mark to slap their name on some make-up only for it to be dreadfully mediocre.

I’m pleased to see Topshop has played it hard and played it cool and even though I am considerably late to the party, I’m liking what I’ve tried from Topshop’s make-up.

I know that was a rambling introduction but it had to be confessed. Now. Let’s move on swiftly to two new colours I was kindly sent to try.

First up is Teal My Thunder*, which is a bloody marvellous name. (Yes, I know my cuticles are parched – let’s just gloss over that and concentrate on the product, shall we?)

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Secondly, but not least, is the deliciously blackcurrant pastel Prestige* (“Worldwide!”). I’m sorry, I added the extra word in quotation marks as a nod at Stepbrothers. (If you have not seen the movie, we can’t be friends.)

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These creme polishes are opaque in one coat though I went for double for good measure. The formula is wonderfully rich in colour and bone dry in minutes. It’s also a breeze to apply, when normally I am quite cack-handed with nail polish jobs.

I heard rumours that Topshop polishes were the bomb and now my first hand experience with them confirms it. I can’t wait to try more! Do you have any favourite shades from Topshop nails? Please post them in the comments box below and I will probably add them to my shopping list.

Topshop nail polishes cost £6 each and are available in stores nationwide and online.