By Jess Beech
We love a woman with a strong signature style, and thanks to her impossibly glossy fringe (seriously, how is it to shiny?) and distinctive smudge of kohl liner, Claudia Winkleman certainly has one.
Whilst the Strictly presenter’s eyeliner might have the power to divide a room (some say too much, some say just right) it’s Claudia that’s having the last word, launching a beauty brand with Boots called Full Panda - no doubt in homage to her so-called ‘panda eyes’.
Centred around party-season gifting, the range itself is as playful as its name – packed with double-duty products that are fuss-free to use. ‘Forget complicated applicators and tools – these products are seriously easy to apply,’ explains Claudia.
Whether you’re buying a present for your teenage niece or treating yourself to some party season make-up, there’s something for beauty pros and novices alike.
Our favourites from the range include...
Add To Basket Eyeshadow
It was the Add To Basket Eyeshadow Trio, £10, that first caught my eye when scrolling through the range. A gorgeous collection of smudgy eyeshadow crayons in muted metallic shades, these were designed to be blended messily with your fingers instead of precisely applied with a brush, giving exactly the sort of slightly ‘un-done’ look Claudia loves.
Double Ended Lipstick
The Double Ended Lipstick, £6, is the ultimate ‘desk-to-bar’ lippie, giving you the option to go under the radar in a nice neutral nude for day, and all out glamour with pillar box red for evening.
Must Have Kit
Not forgetting the Must Have Kit, which would make a gorgeous gift. Containing a primer, bronzer, highlighter, eyeliner and mascara, it’s got pretty much everything you need to create the building-blocks of your make-up kit. It’s also, incidentally, all you need to perk up frazzled skin the morning after one too many mulled wines.
Get your paws on the 9-piece collection online at Boots.com or in selected stores from 4th November.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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