Teenage dreams from a REAL LIFE TEENAGER
My 18 year old cousin Eleanor was drooling over Chanel compacts when she was 12 (to put that in to context, I was using Wella wash in/wash out packets at that age). She is a beauty fanatic, with great hair and skin as many annoyingly gorgeous selfies can attest, and most importantly Eleanor is a real life teenager on hand to assist Claire & I and to ensure we are not patronising.
I asked her casually what she would fancy for Christmas if money was no object, and she was back to me within 10 minutes with a comprehensive list. Almost like she had been waiting for someone to ask……They know what they want, this generation, and they’re not afraid of it either.
So I gave her a call and forced her to talk me through it.
GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEANSING TREATMENT, £45
REBECCA: So what’s this then, why’s it so good?
ELEANOR: It really helps clear up after nights out. Spots and stuff.
REBECCA: Ah yes, I guess that’s the main aim for face masks with your lot. You don’t need any brightening or anti-ageing
ELEANOR: No. (I can practically hear her toss her hair)
REBECCA: Out of interest how much have you been out since you started Uni?
ELEANOR: Every night.
REBECCA: I’m telling your mum.
LUMEE PHONE CASE IN ROSE GOLD, £69.95 FOR IPHONE 7 (PRICES VARY FOR OTHER MODELS)
REBECCA: So this one ups your selfie game, am I right?
ELEANOR: Yeah, it’s brilliant on nights out as well. There’s a little button on the front that lights you, and you can dim it to however you want.
REBECCA: However looks best.
REBECCA: I approve. We have a ‘good lighting only policy’ here at The Trowel, no retouching or airbrushing just big lamps. Can I confirm that the picture at the top of this page is just a result of the Lumee case and make up?
REBECCA: No filters of facetune?
REBECCA: Interesting. (scrambles for laptop to order one immediately)
CHARLOTTE TILBURY FULL FAT LASH MASCARA, £23
REBECCA: Love the name of this. Full fat. Like none of your semi skimmed lashes thanks.
ELEANOR: You don’t need falsies with this. You just use your curler and this makes them really long and thick. Lovely packaging too. Mum likes it as well.
REBECCA: Charlotte Tilbury, bringing families together. Like Cilla! She’s ginger as well. Do you know what I’m talking about?
ELEANOR: Not really.
REBECCA: You’re so YOUNG.
BENEFIT GIMME BROW + VOLUMIZING EYEBROW GEL, £20.50
REBECCA: Brows are massive aren’t they. In every sense. Why is this one the best?
ELEANOR: It’s precise - you can draw individual hairs on
REBECCA: WAIT Eleanor wait - you’re an artist that’s not fair. If I tried that it would look hedgehoggy.
ELEANOR: No, it’s honestly really easy! And the effect is much more natural.
REBECCA: I used to shave mine off in the 90s Eleanor. Then draw them back on.
ELEANOR: Oh right.
URBAN DECAY NAKED CHERRY PALETTE, £42
REBECCA: I’ve already looked at this, it’s a limited edition. It’s nice but there’s quite a lot of red happening, aren’t you worried your eyes will look infected?
ELEANOR: Well, I wouldn’t go for like a pure red that’s mad.
ELEANOR: But the pinks are really in and pretty, especially for blue eyes. You can layer it up as well for daytime & evening, and there’s enough shimmer in there to go full Christmas.
GHD GOLD PLATINUM STYLERS, £175
REBECCA: Now we’re talking, some real splashing of cash. Which colour?
REBECCA: Agreed. It’s no secret these are bad for your hair but I’ve been using them since I was your age and I still do every day. Use a good heat protection spray. I never did and split ends aren’t sexy, trust me.
ELEANOR: Like what?
REBECCA: I’m gonna say Aveda brilliant damage control but it’s quite expensive…Tresemé do a good alternative. Oooooh these come with a 3 year warrantee! Ugh. I’m old aren’t I?
(Eleanor laughs and I know that means ‘yes’)
BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR IN CHAMPAGNE POP, £30
REBECCA: Oooh this is looooovely and Becca = cruelty free points.
ELEANOR: It’s the best highlighter. Pretty colour, the compact lasts for ages and it stays on your face all night.
REBECCA: I’m assuming it works hand in hand with the old Lumee phone case?
ELEANOR: Yep, picture perfect.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGICAL MINI BRUSH SET, £45
ELEANOR: So you get a blush brush and 3 for eyes in this.
REBECCA: Very cute, is that a clutch bag?
ELEANOR: Yep a little hard case one. They’re super handy.
REBECCA: I actually had a look online and these are sold out in lots of places so they must be good.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS POWDER BRONZER, £29
ELEANOR: I’ve not actually got this but friends have it at uni and I steal it. It’s really good to contour with, I prefer using bronzer to a cream contour.
REBECCA: We’re gonna do a bit about contour next year. I’m finding some of the creams only properly blend in when your face is already caked in make up and that’s not really necessary with people your age. Or any age.
ELEANOR: Some are just so muddy. With this you can build it up and just manage it a bit better.
REBECCA: I always say ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ like RuPaul does on Drag Race. Did you know that the prize is to win a year’s supply? They love this brand.
(Eleanor laughs, thank god as I realise very quickly I’ve basically likened her & all her friends to drag queens)