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My Beauty Stash: Hannah Phillips, Beauty Buyer at Harvey Nichols

March 11th 2013 / Susannah Taylor

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What does the woman who chooses the products you buy in Harvey Nichols keep in her own make-up bag? Susannah Taylor had a rummage.

Base

“I like NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30, £28, as it gives a nice light and very natural coverage. I also get dark circles and I’m a big fan of YSL’s Touche Eclat in shade 2.5, £25, which really works at eliminating them.”

Eyes

“Before doing anything to my eyes I like to use Trish McEvoy’s Eye Base Essentials, £21, which makes colours go on so much better and helps them last.

“Usually I put quite a lot of eye make-up on for daytime at work, and tend to use matte eyeshadows rather than glitzy ones. I’m a big fan of El Dorado by NARS, £18, which I use as a base or sometimes at weekends I’ll just wear it on its own.

“At night, I tend to do a more intense or shimmering eye. I love Eyes to Kill by Giorgio Armani in No.14, £26, which is a beautiful black gold. I also love Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Sahara Haze, £62.

“If I’m going for all-out evening glamour I might use false eyelashes, and if I do then Shu Uemura’s, from £9, are the best in my opinion. For mascara, my favourite is They’re Real Mascara by Benefit, £18.50, which is currently one of the biggest selling products in the UK. Why do I rate it? Because it separates lashes, looks glossy and doesn’t flake or smudge.

“Also in my kit I’ll always have Sue Devitt eyeliners, £18, which are so good as you don’t have to warm them up, they just glide on.”

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Nails

“I’m a big fan of the intense and beautiful colours you get with Tom Ford nail lacquers. One of my favourites is Carnal Red, £25.

“For holidays I might do the Red Carpet Manicure, £89.95, which is a DIY gel-based home manicure kit that’s exclusive to Harvey Nichols. It’s brilliant as it dries straight away and lasts up to three weeks. It comes as a kit complete with an LED drying cover.”

Lips

“I like something sheer but with a bit of colour such as Chanel’s Levres Scintillantes in 149, £21.”

Cheeks

“I can never get enough of NARS The Multiple in G-Spot, £30. I have it in my handbag and I use it for eyes, lips and cheeks nearly every day, and it lasts and lasts and lasts.”

Scent

“I wear Molecule 01 by Escentric, £64. This is a bestseller at Harvey Nichols – it’s very different as it’s a single note fragrance and is unique to everyone as it reacts with your individual skin. I find it very hard to describe the scent as it’s not a particular flower for example, but what’s interesting is that I can use it as a base for any other fragrance and it actually enhances the smell in them.”

Skincare

For face

“I use Crème de la Mer’s Gel Cream, £100, as I find the original cream too heavy for my skin type. However this one has a texture that’s much more lightweight.

“I also love using Elemis Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser, £29, which you use with a muslin cloth – it’s very deep cleaning and removes all make-up, leaving my skin lovely and glowing.”

For body

“I can’t beat Bliss Body Butter in Vanilla and Bergamot, £20.50. I just love the smell and it’s never greasy so you can put clothes on straight away.”

Haircare

“I couldn’t do without Cloud Nine Straighteners, £109.95, which are so small I can fit them in my handbag when I go out.

“I also can’t live without Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, £19, which makes my hair smooth and glossy and gets rid of frizz without being heavy weight.”

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Hannah Phillips is Beauty Buyer for Harvey Nichols

Pictures by Kirstin Sinclair

Make-up by Helen Asher at Era Management

Dress by All Saints

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