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From anti-ageing serums to shimmering fake tans, read our verdict on the best beautifiers hitting the high-street.
Soap&Glory do it again with a products that is fun to use and delivers results. With caffeine, ginseng and peptides this serum helps firm the skin whilst smoothing it and hydrating it. It leaves a light sheen too, making your legs ready to be shown off.
Bourjois latest eyeshadows and liner crayons come in six fabulous, easy to blend iridescent shades. The formula is cream-like and glides over the eyelid easily but doesn't sit in the creases and lasts all day.
Packed with botanical oils and collagen boosting silicon, Face Matters 24/7 Cleansing Balm is ideal to use in winter as it deeply hydrates and melts away makeup and impurities. If your skin gets dry during the cold months, a gentle cleanser is what you need. Opt for a balm such as this and steer clear of gels and foams, which are best used in summer or on oily skin. Apply this product with a muslin cloth, massage the face and wash it off with warm water.
They say that great things come in small packages and in this case it's certainly true. This nifty little kit comes with a cuticle pusher, buffer tabs, emery board and orangewood stick, to help you achieve the perfect manicure at home. Ideal to pop into your handbag and take with you on holiday.
With echium oil, a plant packed with skin regenerating alpha linolenic and gamma linolenic acids, Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser is quickly absorbed, making it ideal to wear under makeup, it moisturises the skin deeply for all day softness and contains SPF15 to protect against UV and UVA rays. We loved the texture, how easy it sinks into the epidermis, the easy to carry bottle and the hydrating results are excellent. Priced at £29.50 and available from John Lewis and merumaya.com.
This beautifully silky cream is the only thing you need to wear whilst you sleep. The product is packed with vitamin c and peptides and is wonderfully rejuvenating. As far as anti-wrinkle moisturisers go, this cream scores incredibly highly. Lie back, close your eyes and let your skin rehydrate - thin wrinkles will definitely be a thing of the past.
Free from synthetic foaming agents and nasties, Foam Orange Blossom Cleanser is a gentle yet effective products that melts away your makeup and leaves the skin clean and moisturised. It has a gorgeous scent of orange blossom and leaves no greasy residue, making it ideal to use all year around and on every skin type.
It's time to get those legs out ladies but not before you've applied Nougat London Intensive Body Oil Calming & Relaxing. Sweet almond and argan oils moisturise and nourish deeply and essential oils of sandalwood, chamomile, jasmine and lavender soothe and leave a lovely scent. This product also dons such a gorgeous sheen to your pins you'll want to show them off! Free from parabens, petrochemicals, colours, sulphates and glycol. Priced at £14 and available from www.nougatlondon.co.uk.
Packed with sweet almond and borage oils, shea butter, seaweed and cucumber extracts and essential oils of bergamot, lemon myrtle, grapefruit, ginger and lemongrass, this hand cream nourishes, hydrates and promotes elasticity. It absorbs very quickly so can be used throughout the day and is divinely scented. Priced at £14 and available from www.nougatlondon.co.uk.
If you're after a cheap way to get a stunning summer glow, turn your attention to St Moriz's tanning mousse. It's super-light formula, priced at just £4.99, creates an all over golden tint with no streaks thanks to its applying guide. Mimicking the deep colour achieved from days lazing by the pool, expect a gorgeous bronze hue rather than the cheap orange shade you might expect from such a bargain buy. If you haven't already given this tan a go, we suggest you stock up before it all sells out!
Following the huge success of the original, No7 have launched two new Protect & Perfect Advanced Serums, one for women age 25 - 35, and the Intense version for women over 35. Packed with ginseng and mulberry extracts, vitamin C and with added Matrixyl 3000, the new serum doesn't disappoint. It immediately softens the skin, giving it a luminous look and silky feel and evening it out. Excellent under makeup as a primer too. Priced at £23.95 and the £24.95 for the Intense version. From Boots.
We simply love this product. How did we live without it before? This non greasy oil dries nails twice as fast, for a quick manicure. Simply apply one drop to each nail after painting them and voila! Available from Boots, Superdrug, chemists and department stores and priced at £5.99.
Translucent finishing powder may seem like a waste of money – you've already applied your concealer and foundation so feel close to flawless when walking out the door – but bareMinerals' finishing powder is one key piece you need to add to your collection of base products, pronto. Not only does it combat shine, reduce lines and minimise pores, the limited edition dust lightly coats your skin with a silky soft finish. The all-in-one and easy to tote buy is the perfect touch-up for women on the go
This grain-free exfoliating gel is applied to clean, dry skin and massaged for one minute. You will notice white bits appearing: fear not, this is the dirt and the dead skin cells trapped in the upper layer of the epidermis being lifted off. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. You will notice much clearer skin, less visible blackheads and pores and a reduction in shine. A great exfoliating product for all skin types. Priced at £19.95 and available from janiro.co.uk and Harvey Nichols.
Asian brand Ginvera offers several skincare products, including this lovely Tea Whitening Complete Cleanser. Gentle whilst effective at removing dirt and makeup, this cream cleanser leaves the skin bright (hence the 'whitening' effect, which refers to radiance), clean and refreshed. Priced at £12.95 and available from janiro.co.uk, Harvey Nichols, cultbeauty.co.uk and other online outlets.
Let's face it, shaving can be a little dull, but it's one of those things that many women do every day. The best way to take the boredom out of it and achieve good results is to use a good razor. We love Wilkinson Sword XTreme 3 Beauty. Its three blades make shaving precise, easy and quick even in the most awkward areas and the lubricated strips are infused with jojoba and aloe vera for smooth results. £4.59 for a pack of four and available nationwide from Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets.
With omega 3, 6, and 9, polypeptide complex, hyaluronic acid, probiotics and extracts of argania spinosa this is a powerful anti-ageing skincare line that nourishes, moisturises, firms and promotes the renewal of the epidermis. Try the Renewal Eye Complex (£48) to replenish and tighten the eye area, the Advanced Renewal Moisturizer (£72) is ideal for everyday use and for those with normal to dry skin, and the Advanced Renewal Overnight Mask (£42) is a fab pick-me-up. Available from Space NK.
Packed with kaolin clay to deeply purify and cleanse, rosehip oil to soften and nourish and pohutukawa extract to regenerate and tone, this mask is a great treat for the skin. Apply once or twice a week. Let it dry and wash off. Follow with a serum and moisturiser for clean, clear and bright skin. Completely natural and ideal for vegans and vegetarians. £19.50 from Debenhams, John Lewis and http://www.trilogyproducts.com.
Containing retinol, peptides and antioxidants to combat fine lines and rejuvenate the skin this mask unblocks pores, soothes the skin thanks to aloe vera, brightens and moisturises. Apply up to three times a week to reveal fresher, younger skin. Priced at £73 and available from jmsreurope.com and effortlessskin.com.
Packed with vitamin C, CoEnzyme Q10 and DAE complex, this treatment has been specifically develop to combat ageing of the lips. Use twice a day, for softer, plumper lips and to define the lip contour. Priced at £36.20 and available fromjmsreurope.com and effortlessskin.com.
Micro dermabrasion is a great way to get rid of dead skin cell and freshen up the complexion. It's easy to do at home and it costs a fraction of the salon price. BeautyLab® Micropolish Dermabrasion contains quartz and gold dust to gently exfoliate, whilst the glyco-peel gently helps the renewal of skin cells for a brighter, younger look. Priced at £45 and available from Harvey Nichols.
If you suffer from spots, this clear anti-acne treatment is your ticket for clean and healthy skin. Apply on the face and wash off with warm water each morning and night one week per month. We noticed a big difference after the first week, and by the third our spots were a thing of the past! Can also be used as an intensive treatment. £25 and available at shopforspa.com.
Manuka Doctor Revitalising Day Cream is quick to absorb and leaves the skin smooth and glowing. Dry areas are left moisturised but not greasy, which is often the problem with creams for combination skin types. Designed to fight the signs of ageing, it contains a formula of purified bee venom, manuka honey and royal jelly, smelling beautiful when used morning and night. It also has SPF15 to protect against the sun. £24.99 and available from Superdrug.
We simply love this delicious smelling duo. The soap cleanses well and leaves the hands beautifully scented and the hand lotion is superb as it hydrates deeply but absorbs very quickly. We keep the cream on our desks at the office, use it throughout the day and it never leaves a greasy mark on our computer keyboard. Plus this duo looks really posh but is priced at a very affordable £7.99. Winner! Available at Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams, Amazon, baylisandharding.com and notcutts.co.uk.
We are addicted to this! Containing arnica montana, this balm soothes aching muscles (we used it after Pilates and it worked wonders) and leaves the skin super soft. Add a couple of cupfuls to your bath or directly onto the skin after showering or bathing and relax. Priced at £8.15 and available from Boots.
This moisturiser is a great options for those who are after a good anti-ageing cream but prefer organic products. With Argireline®, botanicals and antioxidants, Organic Natralox is a pleasure to use as it absorbs quickly, doesn't leave a greasy film on the face and it has an immediate tightening effect. Priced at £70 and available from organicnatralox.co.uk.
Moisturising after a bath or shower does wonders for the skin, but lotions can take a while to sink in making the process impractical when in a hurry. We were delighted to discover Vaseline Spray & Go, a lightweight moisturiser that absorbs in seconds. Simply spray on the body after washing, quickly rub in, and voila! £4.99 and available nationwide from all leading supermarkets and chemists including Superdrug and Boots.
Available in 12 shades this concealer makes dark circles, spots and marks disappear. For best results Becca UK brand manager Ana Patricio has some tips for us: "Choose a colour one shade lighter (than your skin colour). For under the eye add a small amount of a highlighting product to your concealer to brighten it up. To cover an imperfection , warm it up on the back of the hand and then press it onto the area. Set with powder. Always wear on top of liquid foundation." £24 from Space NK.
This topical lotion combines the anti-bacterial properties of sulphur, camphor and menthol oil with Dead Sea minerals and calming chamomile to get rid of stubborn spots. When we were victims of a particularly stubborn zit recently, we applied this before bed and the morning after the pimple was already much smaller. After a couple of days it had completely disappeared. Impressive! Priced at £11 and available from shopforspa.com.
If you want to see serious results in terms of eyelash growth, then this is the product you've been looking for.This serum does require a certain amount of commitment, in that it needs to be applied to lashes once a day for 5 to 8 weeks, but the built-in wand makes this quick and easy to use. RapidLash gives real results in just over a month and it's ideal if you have short, weak and thinning eyelashes. Priced at £39.99 and available from rapidlash.co.uk, Boots and department stores.
Skin can easily become dull and simply cleansing and moisturising won't do. Incorporate a good exfoliating peel in your skincare routine, to get rid of dead skin cells and brighten the epidermis. Meruyama Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel uses fruit acids to smooth and re-texturise the skin. Apply once or twice a week, depending on sensitivity and needs, take off with a warm cloth and follow with your moisturiser for radiant, dewy epidermis. £19.50 from merumaya.com and John Lewis.
Ayurvedic skincare brand Urban Veda's Daily Purifying Facial Wash uses Neem and essential oils to cleanse and clarify spot and grease prone skin. This product rebalances the epidermis whilst keeping the level of moisture topped up and is gentle enough to be used daily. Great for those with oily skin who like effective, natural products. Priced at £8.99 and available from urbanveda.co.uk.
To refine pores and detoxify the epidermis, use Urban Veda Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish once to twice a week, depending on your skin's needs and its sensitivity. Rather than stripping it of its natural oils it rebalances and mattifies it, thus improving its appearance. Priced at £8.99 and available from urbanveda.co.uk.
This lightweight mineral powder foundation is easy to apply, feels like you are not wearing makeup and yet it provides the ultimate coverage. A great base and ideal for those with sensitive or allergy prone skin as it's mineral. It also comes in a variety of 10 shades, from very light to very dark. Priced at £39.99 and available from House Of Fraser, all major department stores, and online at bellapierre.co.uk.
Whether your skin is normal, oily or dry, it needs extra care and attention during the winter months. Invest in a good cleansing balm, such as Merumaya, to clean deeply whilst keeping your skin soft and nourished. The balm comes with a cloth. Don't discard it, but use it as it will make a real difference. Apply the balm to the face. Dip the cloth in warm water and take the balm off with that, leaving it on the skin for a few seconds to allow the pores to open. Repeat if necessary. Dry your face with a clean towel and apply your skincare. In a week you'll see the difference: clearer, softer, more radiant skin. Priced at £14.50 and available from John Lewis, Debenhams and merumaya.com.
Those with sensitive skin can suffer greatly during the cold months as their epidermis can chap easily and have reactions to heavier winter skincare. If you are looking for a fragrance free, delicate cleanser, Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser For Sensitive Skin is the product for you. Whilst it's very gentle, it also gets rid of makeup (including mascara) very easily, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It's completely non greasy, washes off like a dream and contains no detergents. Available from avene.co.uk, Boots, major department stores and it's priced at £11.50
You are taken care of from start to finish during a session at The Lash Bar. From the moment you turn the corner off bustling London's Carnaby Street and enter into the deceptively small reception, the lovely staff at The Last Bar usher you into their little oasis of calm. After being offered refreshments, your therapist leads you downstairs into one of their treatment rooms. You are then talked through the procedure and then asked to lie down on the bed. The full treatment takes one and a half hours, but is well worth the time spent. Lashes are hand applied individually and throughout the session you can either lie quietly and enjoy the calming music or have a chat. The treatment is painless and the effect is such that you don't need to apply mascara for as long as they last. Lashes fall out by their own accord with your natural lash cycle so there's not need to return to the salon for removal. Our lasted three weeks. A full set costs £120 and is available from The Lash Bar.
The name of this lipstick says it all: using it made us ecstatic! It's not often that you find a lippy that's both moisturising and longlasting, but this is it. It comes in 48 gorgeous shades (we love number 507, a chic dark raspberry) and it's packed with pigment and natural oils for a truly gorgeous pout. A must have. Available from all major department stores and armanibeauty.co.uk and priced at £25.
All the chicness of the La Perla fragrance in a shower gel. With notes of jasmine and orange blossom, this scent is truly timeless and it will leave your skin soft and hydrated. It would make a wonderful present for a stylish friend, sister or mum. £30 for 200ml and available from John Lewis.
With top notes of white hyacinth and mandarin blossom, bottom notes of sweet pea, jasmine and ylang ylang and base notes of Indonesian patchouli, sandalwood and osmanthus Carven Le Parfum Gel for Bath or Shower is fresh, modern yet seductive. A wonderful way to wake up with a spring in your step this winter and the formula is very delicate on the skin, keeping it soft and radiant. Priced at £24 and available from Debenhams and Harrods.
Keep the harmful UVA and UVB rays at bay this winter with a good sun protection. Anything with SPF 25+ is great, but if your skin is sensitive and prone to burning even in colder months, Avene 50+ UV and SPF Mineral Cream is ideal. The mineral formula is fragrance and paraben free and does not penetrate the skin. Created for those with delicate epidermis but ideal for everyone. Priced at £13.50 and available from selected Boots stores, Garden Pharmacy, John Bell and Croyden and independent chemists.
With 22,000 brush strokes per minute this battery-operated toothbrush is perfect to pop into your handbag for clean teeth on the go. It comes in a colourful bullet-shaped case, so it won't mess up your makeup case. Priced at £29.99 and available from Amazon.
Created with those who suffer from eczema and dry skin flare-ups in mind, A-Derma Emollient Balm is a parabens and fragrance free hydrating cream that can be used on both the face and body. It works wonders on thirty skin and leaves it silky smooth and soothed. Perfect for all skin types and for the whole family thanks to its gentle formula. Priced at £13 and available from Boots, Garden Pharmacy, John Bell & Croyden and aderma.co.uk.
This gorgeous soap bar by I Coloniali has a real vintage feel to it and looks smart and elegant in the bathroom. It's also packed with moisturising Illipe butter to keep your skin soft and smells lovely. Priced at £5 on its own or £10 with the terracotta soap dish. Available from Marks and Spencers.
This is a luxury mask with a rich creamy consistency. Application is fuss-free and is gentle enough to go over lips and near the delicate eye area too, and the formula goes far so there are plenty of applications too. It can have a slightly tingly feel while it's doing its job, but there was no irritation or redness even on sensitive skin. The mask is almost completely absorbed into the skin over the application period so once time's up it's easy to wipe away excess with a warm cloth or pad soaked in toner. The result is super-soft, plumped up skin with a subtle, natural glow. Priced at £19.50 and available from John Lewis, Debenhams and merumaya.com.
This pocket size gadget promises to diminish spots by emitting heat and light onto the problem area to help eliminate blemishes. Hold the gadget against your skin for around eight seconds, until it beeps. Wait five seconds and repeat. The gadget only works by emitting a low-level of heat, so there's absolutely no discomfort involved. no! no! Skin can be used as little or as much depending on your skin requirements. We found it worked very well in preventing the formation of spots, soothing the skin and getting rid of redness although the results on existing pimples were less noticeable. Priced at £129 and available from nonoskin.com.
Brows are all the rage these days, with a trend for the thicker variety, made popular by model of the moment Cara Delevingne. Billion Dollar Brow is a treatment that takes brows very seriously and they've developed a comprehensive range of tools to get the best shape to suit your face both in the salon and at home. We visited the Vivify Beauty spa at the Chelsea Cloister Hotel in London. Our lovely beautician Inga first used a brow compass to check what the natural shape of our brows should be (the arch should be aligned with the pupils, and the length is measured against the nose and the outer corner of the eye). She then proceeded to use a white pencil to define the thickness and shape. After that she gently waxed and tweezed any stray hairs outside of the white line to create the perfect brow for our face, following its natural shape. She then proceed to trim any long hairs. When the desired style was achieved, she filled them in with a powder (similar to an eyeshadow) to give them definition, and applied a clear brow mascara to keep them in place. Finally she used a pencil concealer to hide any redness and define the arch of the brow. The results were truly worth a billion dollar! Our eyebrows were perfectly groomed and created a beautiful frame for our eyes. Get the Billion Dollar Brow pronto, you won't believe the difference it'll make to your face! The Billion Dollar Brow Shape is priced at £30 and available at vivifybeauty.com and in salons and Spas nationwide. The tools can be purchased at the Spas or at http://www.billiondollarbrows-uk.com.
The super-silky feel of this mask gives it a real luxury feel and leaves the skin ultra soft, hydrated and with a beautiful glow. When applied it can have a mild tingly effect, which is normal for a mask of this type, but if you have very sensitive skin it's worth doing a patch test first. Priced at £52 and available from arbonneinternational.co.uk.
This treatment has been specifically created to tackle cellulite, stretchmarks and loss of tone and elasticity in the leg and tummy area. The legs are first brushed upwards, to aid circulation, a AHA BHA exfoliator is then applied to get rid of dead skin cells, followed by a cleanser. Once these are removed, the Murad Firm and Tone Serum is massaged into the skin, followed by Murad Body Firming Cream. The whole treatment feels lovely and relaxing and legs and tummy immediately feel lighter, de-puffed and soothed. The results are excellent: super smooth, toned legs and tummy. Shame we couldn't show them off right after in this weather! The treatment is priced at £35 for 30 minutes or £50 for 50 minutes and it's available House of Fraser in London's Oxford St and leading salons and spas nationwide.
The results of Murad Firm and Tone Treatment last up to a week. To keep your legs toned and soft, follow up with Murad Firm and Tone Serum at home. Priced at £63 and available from murad.co.uk, spas, salons and department stores nationwide.
This is a thick, luxurious feeling cream that almost instantly softens the cuticles and the delicate skin around your nails. It's more of a serious treat than for everyday use as it's thickness and heavy moisturising effect mean you can't do too much when it first goes on. Perfect as an overnight treat for thirsty nails or part of a manicure when you've time at home to indulge. Priced at £5.99 and available from burtsbees.co.uk, Boots, feelunique.com, Holland and Barrett, John Lewis and major department stores.
This 100% natural mineral eyeshadow comes in a variety of gorgeous colours, is very easy to apply thanks to its fine powder, blends beautifully and is long-lasting. Great for everybody, including contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes, thanks to the formulation being mineral only. We particularly love the 'Mesmerise' shade (picture), a beautiful medium purple brown, but there are lots to choose from. Priced at £13.95 and available from gerrardinternational.com.
Chinese acupuncture originated more than 2000 years ago, and today is as popular as ever and is used to aid with all sorts of issues: from muscular pains and stress relief, to insomnia, fertility, slimming and digestion. It works focusing on the body's 12 main meridians and eight secondary meridians and the 2,000 acupuncture point to connect them. We decided to get some help with a sore muscle in our neck and shoulder and try acupuncture for the first time. Not being fans of needles we were slightly apprehensive at first, but they are so fine, you can hardly feel them going into the skin. Dr Zang at the Zen Clinic in London was quick and careful in applying them and the whole process was painless. After the application a lamp was placed over us to warm the needles and help circulation. We then relaxed for 30 minutes, letting the needles do the work. The results were truly impressive: we went in with a blocked neck and shoulder and left in no pain and being able to move normally (also aided by a deep tissue massage performed by Dr Zang). Acupuncture, depending on one's needs, does require a few follow up appointments - in our case another 3-4, but it's well worth it and we found that it worked immediately and the results have lasted. Acupuncture is available at zenclinic.org and nationwide. Our treatment cost £40 for 30 minutes.
"This is both a cleansing and softening shower oil that becomes a lovely delicate foam when it comes into contact with water.", says Heart presenter Margherita Taylor. "The scent of fresh almonds is delicious without being overpowering. The almond oil, which leaves the skin feeling very soft, doubles as one of the best leg shaving foams ever - a real bonus when you're pushed for time. This product is a real winner I'm already a convert." Priced at £17.50 and available at L'Occitane stores and online.
"This cream feel luxurious and rich without being sticky." says our tester Margherita Taylor. "It managed to quench my arms and legs - parched from central heating - from the very first use. This cream is designed to be used on areas that need a little firming, such as thighs and tummy, which is a bonus, but for its moisturising effects alone I'm a fan. It also comes in a beautiful glass jar which adds a touch of old school glamour to any bathroom. A lovely gift for a friend or a cheeky treat for yourself. I loved it.". Priced at £35 and available from L'Occitane stores and online.
We love these stunning mineral eyeshadow stacks by Bellapierre. They come in a variety of gorgeous colours (we currently can't get enough of Pandera, a collection of nine neutrals, toned down greens and blue-greys) are highly pigmented but don't stain, come in a very fine mineral powder that makes them incredibly easy to blend and they are probably the longest lasting eyeshadows we've ever tried: apply in the morning and by evening they are still perfect. Plus they can be used as blushers, added to your lip gloss or lipstick and can even be used as nail polishes by adding them to a clear varnish. Simply fabulous! Bellapierre Shimmer 9 Stack Eyeshadows are priced at £59.99 and available from House Of Fraser and major department stores and online at http://www.bellapierre.co.uk.
This mascara contains triple ceramide complex technology to nourish lashes. The wand has fine bristles to lengthen lashes and the texture is quite thick, so you won't need to use too much for a open-eyed effect. Like many mascara, the wand tends to attract quite a lot of product, so make sure you you get rid of excess before applying to your lashes. Priced at £9.99 from xtras.co.uk and also available from major department stores.
This Instant Facelift uses Liftensyl (from soy), Argatensyl (from the argania fruit) and Easyliance (from plant roots) to tone and firm the skin in a matter of minutes. Apply to neck and face after cleansing. Leave to dry for a few minutes. During this time don't make any facial movements. The firming and tightening effect is immediately noticeable and lines are instantly minimised. It can also be used as a primer before applying makeup but make sure that any serums or face creams used are thoroughly absorbed before applying Skin Doctors Instant Facelift. This product is ideal for those experiencing loss of elasticity, firmness and ageing skin. Priced at £30.60 and available from skindoctors.co.uk, Boots, Ocado, amazon.co.uk, lookfantastic.com and feelunique.com.
This wonder product uses hyaluronic acid and albumin component to plump the sensitive skin around the eyes whilst firming it. After cleansing, place a few drops to the index finger and from the inner corner of the eye, apply three strokes in a crescent motion towards the temples. Let dry for two to three minutes, making minimal facial movement until the serum is dry. The firming and tightening effect is immediately noticeable and can last up to 8 hours. This serum does not have a permanent effect and an eye cream can be used on top of it. Perfect before a night out. Priced at £20.40 and available from skindoctors.co.uk, Boots, Ocado, amazon.co.uk, lookfantastic.com and feelunique.com.
Nail brand O.P.I. not only do some of the widest ranges of polish shades on the market, but they are long-lasting and fast drying too, making them a breeze to use. We love this jelly colour, Guy Meets Gal-Veston, a candy red that looks good all year round. For a sheer finish apply one to two coats or add a third if you prefer a stronger look. Priced at £5.99 from xtras.co.uk.
Sometimes eye liner pencils can be a little too soft and waxy, resulting in smudging during the day. Not this. It has right texture, not too hard and not too soft, enabling you to create a precise line. The tip doesn't break when it's sharpened either, meaning that there is no wastage. Maybelline MNY My Pencil Eye Liner is priced at £1.99 and available from xtras.co.uk, chemists and department stores.
We are huge fans of this eye gel It's become a bit of life saver when getting up in the morning! The cool ball is instantly revitalising and the perfect pick-me-up when we are still fast asleep first thing. The gel instantly refreshes and gets us ready for the day ahead. The metal application ball occasional sticks and you have to give it a bit of a roll to get the liquid coming though again, but this is a minor quibble. Priced at £23 available from Arbonneinternational.co.uk.
We were very excited to try the Morgan Taylor manicure at Harrods' Urban Retreat. With 100 nail lacquer colours it was a tough choice, but in the end went for the gorgeous Prettier In Pink, a cerise shade. The treatment was lovely and comprised treatment of cuticles, including cutting and softening cream, a hand massage done with a highly moisturising lotion, nail filing, shaping and buffing, undercoat, nail polish application finished off with the application of a top coat. The whole process took 30 minutes and the lacquer dried quickly, meaning that there was no mess or smudges when we had to hop on the tube to get home. A five star treatment with a five star product! Click on the next image for the final results. Morgan Taylor Mans Manicure is available at Harrods Urban Retreat, priced at £38 and also at selected salons. Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer is priced at £10.50.
The final results with Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Prettier In Pink.
Enriched with vitamins and active oxygen, this cream by Karin Herzog, a brand loved by Kate Middleton, has been designed to combat fine lines, aid the production of collagen, de-puff and reduce under eye circles. It comes with an applicator brush, which at first we thought was a little gimmicky, but actually we found it helped the product penetrate into the skin quicker than using fingers. After applying it day and night for four weeks we've noticed that the eye area is firmer and moisturised and fine lines are less noticeable. We have yet to see any difference in dark circles and puffiness but as we only get tired eyes very occasionally, so any change would be minimal. Best for those with dry skin, fine lines and loss of firmness around the eyes. £42 and available from Fenwick stores, feelunique.com and lookfantastic.com.
This professional straightening iron with 100% titanium plates uses tourmaline technology, heats up very quickly and has an adjustable temperature control. We found that we didn't need to go over a strand of hair more than once, so the process was very quick and our hair didn't feel dry and straw-like after using these straighteners. This styling gadget is very easy to use and feels sturdy without being heavy, making it ideal to take on holiday too. We were very impressed and found it a pleasure to use. The best straightening iron we have tried and would highly recommend it. It's priced at £125 and is available from salons nationwide and at kerastraight.com.
Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids and it's used in skincare and bodycare because of its regenerative and hydrating properties that help moisturise and repair the skin. It's particularly beneficial in helping scars and stretch marks fade and in plumping and moisturising the skin whilst fighting the appearance of fine lines. We found Phytacol Phytaoil a pleasure to use as it's easily absorbed, leaves the skin soft and soothed, can be used on face and body and at £10.99 it's also affordable. If you prefer a lotion to an oil, try Phytacol Phytalotion instead. Available from phytacol.com.
Just like Phytaoil, Phytacol Phytalotion is highly moisturising, easy to absorb and can be used all over the face and body. It's ideal to use after sun exposure and to combat redness and skin irritation. Priced at £9.99 and available from phytacol.com.
This range of toiletries is aimed at 3-10 year olds and contains certified organic organic essential oils and no nasties. Our little tester loved the Tangerine Bubble Bath because 'It smells yummy and I like the picture on the bottle'. What's more this brand is very affordable with prices starting at £2.50 and their website has detailed information on the ingredients used in the range and activities for the little ones. Available from John Lewis, Harrods, children’s stores nationwide and online at childsfarm.com.
Packed with argan, baobab, kukui, moringa and sacha inci oils Argan+ Deep Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are very nourishing and particularly good for those with normal, dry, frizzy or coloured hair as they replenish, add shine and soften without stripping hair of its natural oils. They also smell delicious and more expensive that their actual price of £5.99 each. Available exclusively at Waitrose.
Known for its purifying ingredients clay is used to draw out dirt from the skin whilst firming and given the epidermis a dewy finish. Clayspray Glow Red Clay Masque has been enriched with cocoa to nourish the skin whilst deeply cleansing it. It's simple to use, simply wet your face and apply avoiding the eye area. Once it's dry, pat dry and follow with a moisturiser. This masque looks, smells and has the consistency of the finest, thick Italian hot chocolate (resist the urge and do not eat it as it truly is deliciously divine) and the results are, in our opinion, superb. The skin is thoroughly cleansed and radiant and we particularly noticed how well it draws out impurities and minimizes blackheads and pores size. Use once a week on the whole face or problem areas such as chin, nose and forehead. Available from feelunique.com and clayspray.com and priced at £44.50.
Not many know that snail secretions contain something called Helix Aspera Muller, which has antioxidant and skin-regenerative properties. Dr Organic has utilised this rejuvenating ingredient and mixed it with aloe vera to create their Snail Gel. Apply it on face and body as a moisturiser or on red spots, burns, cuts, scars and bruises to soothe the skin and speed up its regeneration. We used it as a face moisturiser and found it firming, moisturising and very easily absorbed. We also tried it on the face and body after waxing and it immediately got rid of the redness and stinging sensation caused by this hair removal method. And don't fret, no snail is harmed to make this gel: the slime they leave behind is simply collected on a glass tray in a safe environment. Free from parabens, chemicals, colourants and synthetic fragrances. Dr Organic Snail Gel is available from Holland and Barrett and priced at £19.99.
Talc-free, enriched with antioxidants and with UV protection, Glo Minerals Foundation is ideal for everybody, including those with sensitive and oily skin. This liquid formula is easy to apply and has a medium coverage that lasts all day. We loved the texture which makes it very easy to apply and the finish is dewy and doesn't slide off the skin. It comes in 16 shades, from very light to very dark and it's also available in a matte formula. Available from glo-minerals.com and priced at £37 (£29.95 for the Matte II version).
Lip balms are a beauty essentials, but many are full of chemicals and only hydrate superficially, leaving you to continually apply more to quench your thirsty lips. Not Glo Minerals Lip Ritual. Packed with natural ingredients such as oils of jojoba, clove, anise and apricot kernel, extracts of green tea and vitamins A, E and C this balm will keep your lips moisturised all day, with few applications in between. It absorbs quickly too, making it ideal to wear under lipstick. We love the packaging too: slick and chic. Priced at £11.50 and available from glo-minerals.com.
"I'm not a fan of B.B. creams" says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli "I see them mainly as tinted moisturisers given a marketing spin, however with Kiko B.B. Glo Compact I had to rethink my stance. Kiko have clearly put some effort into this. Rather than a B.B. cream I'd liken it to a light, moisturising foundation as it has more coverage than a B.B. . It also has a very natural, radiant finish, with none of the chalkiness of B.B.s. Easy to apply and to carry in your handbag, perfect for on the go touch-ups and ideal if you don't want to go completely bare-faced in the warmer months. It also comes in 12 shades, from very light to very dark, making it ideal for all." Priced at £11.90 and available from kikocosmetics.co.uk and Westfield stores in London.
It's well known that mineral makeup is great for everybody, especially those with sensitive skin. Mineral mascaras are particularly useful for those who wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes as germs don't breed in their inorganic formulas. We really liked Glo Minerals Lengthening Mascara. The texture is just right: not to thick and not runny, which means you won't get the dreaded panda eye effect after wearing it all day. The wand is made up of different size bristles, so that they catch even the tiniest of eyelashes and really coat them with product. The results are very good: long, black lashes and not a tear in sight. Available at glo-minerals.com and priced at £13.
Packed with water-magnet hyaluronic acid and containing 15% glycerine, Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Concentrate helps dehydrated and sensitive skin to re-moisturise for a plumper, more radiant complexion. This serum is really light and easy to absorb, it's heavenly scented and works wonderfully on its own under makeup as well as under day and night creams. It promises to aide hydration, and that's exactly what it does. £17.50 and available from garden.co.uk.
The new Jelly Collection by Make Up Store is full of lovely products in summery hues, such as this pretty light teal polish. The application is quick and easy as this varnish dries really fast and requires no more than two coats for an intense colour. We tested it without applying a top coat and after 5 days of typing, doing housework and even peeling labels off new shoes, our manicure is almost pristine, save for the tips of the index fingers being a tiny bit worn out (only noticeable if you look really closely). A winner! Priced at £11 and currently only available from 32 Carnaby Street, London and Westfield London.
'I have to admit to being somewhat dubious when I was asked to do a review of Home Spa Make Up Store's Coffee and Honey Suckle body lotion.' says Heart editor Holly Fishwick. 'Although captivated from the first whiff by the unusual combination of scents, (the smell really is divine) I was sceptical that a body lotion could include honey and not end up leaving your skin feeling at best heavy, at worst sticky! However, I was very pleasantly surprised indeed. The two different lotions combine through the bottle's clever nozzle and the result is a texture that is smooth and silky and glides easily across the skin. The lotion dries quickly and feels light and airy on the skin, whilst replenishing its natural moisture level. This irresistible cream had me doing a complete 180 degree turn and it comes highly recommended.' £15 currently only available from 32 Carnaby Street, London and Westfield London.
Thai beauty brand Erb has been launched in the UK recently and we couldn't wait to try it. Packed with certified organic ingredients such as nourishing sesame oil, this shampoo feels silky and luxurious and smells divine. Our hair felt clean and manageable after using it and we loved that its gorgeous scent lingered for several hours. For optimum results follow with Replai-Nisher Treatment Conditioner. Priced at £19 and available from erbasia.com/uk and until August 28 from Harrods too.
Just like the Erb Hair Wash, this product didn't disappoint. Easy to absorb, nourishing and moisturising, this cream doesn't leave a greasy residue, making a perfect product to carry in your handbag and use when needed. We also love the packaging and the handy tube. Priced at £16 and available from erbasia.com/uk and until August 28 from Harrods too.
Packed with bamboo extract which contains proteins and amino acids that strengthen the follicles, hydrate hair and control frizz, Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Micromist works as a style primer and finisher. Simply spray it to towel dry or dry hair to smooth away flyaways, add shine and manageability. If you have medium or dry hair use this lightweight, non greasy spray in conjunction with a serum for maximum results, or on its own if you have fine hair. £21.95 from alternacare.com.
Packed with raspberry and apple complex and hyaluronic acid, Novexpert The Instant Lifting Serum claims to lift and firm the skin instantly for a tightened effect that lasts several hours. We tested it over several weeks and are impressed with the results. As it claims, the products works immediately, lasts all day and is also a great base for makeup. Easy to apply and easily absorbed, this caramel-smelling serum truly does what it says on the tin. £34 from novexpert.co.uk.
Rich in magnesium sulphate, Epsom Salts have been known for years for their health and beauty properties. From regulating the intestine, curing hangovers, drawing out toxins when added to the bath to being used as a skin exfoliator and a de-puffing foot soak these salts have multi-uses in the bathroom. We added it to the bath and also used it as an face and body scrub, mixing it with a thick cleanser and our skin was smooth and glowing after. A great all-rounder to have at home. £2.89 and available from Sainsbury’s, Rowlands and independent pharmacies nationwide.
If you love argan oil, you'll love pistachio oil. Enriched with omega 3 and 9, this product keeps frizz at bay, conditions and helps with styling. Ideal for the beach to counteract the damaging effect of sun and sea. Available at jenoris.co.uk and priced £24.
These eye palettes from Beauty UK come in lots of fabulous colours and can be worn alone or together. Wear them dry or wet for a more dramatic look. These palettes come in 7 different eyeshadow combinations, we tried and loved Day and Night, but since they are only £3.99 each, why not try them all? Beauty UK Eye Palettes are available at Superdrug, Select and beautyukcosmetics.com.
In matte or glossy finish, Beauty UK Lipsticks are drenched with pigment for maximum colour and come in lots of lovely shades. We love Plumalicious, which is a very popular shade at the moment and will be huge this Autumn. Wear it with a subtle, shimmery eyeshadow, like Katy Perry. £3.49 and available at Superdrug, Select and beautyukcosmetics.com.
Or for a softer summery shade, why not try Beauty UK Lipstick in Son of a Peach?
Balms have been very popular in the last year or so as they are very efficient at taking makeup up off and cleansing the skin deeply. The recently launched Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cleansing Balm does both jobs very well, leaving the skin soft and clean. You only need to a small amount and it's gentle enough to remove eye makeup. Use it with the included flannel for a deep cleanse. £39.50 from timetospa.co.uk.
'As one who is prone to rather unsightly blemishes which have the habit of popping up at the most annoyingly inappropriate times, I've sometimes fell like I've tried every "acne-cure" under the sun!' writes Heart's Digital Editor Holly Fishwick. 'Proactive Solution's Green Tea Moisturiser is refreshingly lightweight, whilst being moisture-rich at the same time. What's more, because the product has been developed by doctors (Drs Rodan and Fields to be precise), the treatment works to heal skin rather than merely soothing it. As the formula is so light, it can also be applied throughout the day, rather than simply morning and evening, ensuring you see results in a short space of time.' Available from proactiv.co.uk, at the cost of £15.95.
Tantastic Spraytan is easy to use, reasonably long lasting, and refreshingly for self-tanning product, odour free. The spray can allows you to see where you are tanning and get an even coverage across all areas of your body without running the risk of streaking, but the can is built with non-aerosol technology so is eco-friendly. There is none of the biscuity smell that you get with so many fake tans, and you can use the product on both face and body. The end result is a warm and coppery shade of brown, rather than an more olive-shade, so works better with lighter complexions. £18 and available from Tantastic.co.uk.
Australian beauty brand A'Kin is huge Down Under and for good reasons too. Vegan, formulated with 100% botanicals and without parabens or sulfates, A'Kin products can be used by all including kids and those with sensitive skin (always do a patch test first). We simply adore their body washes, which smell divine (try Jasmine or Orange Blossom, or if you prefer, the unscented one) and leave the skin soft and cleansed. Plus they look gorgeous in the bathroom. A'Kin Body Wash, £14.00 from Akinbeauty.co.uk, Amazon, Feelunique.com, Boots and Lookfantastic.com.
Thirsty skin will love drinking up this silky cream mask that leaves the epidermis ultra baby soft and smooth. We've tried it on both dry and oily skin types and are pleased with the moisturising-without-greasiness results on both. We'll be packing this one for our summer holidays and lathering it on after days under the sun. Available at most department stores, Boots, independent chemists and priced at £33.
There have been an explosion in the volume of hot cloth cleansers – creamy cleansers polished off the skin with muslin clothes – in the beauty market. Two things mark this one from Tara Walker out from the rest of the pack. 1) The cleanser is a soft gel packed with only natural ingredients which foams up pleasingly when used and destroys every last scrap of makeup, and 2) the muslin cloth is actually a butter-soft chamois which feels beautiful on the skin. The chamois dries almost instantly after use so we wonder if this is a lot more hygienic than muslin clothes which need regular machine washes to get them in shape. The results are squeaky-clean skin with intense hydration. We love. Available from tarawalkersdream.com and priced at £40.
Some clay masks can be too heavy for dry or sensitive skin types, but this gentle formula doesn't over dry and melts off easily with a warm muslin cloth, leaving clear, plumped-up, healthy look skin. Mineral rich seaweed deep cleases and detoxes the skin, making it perfect for getting neglected skin back on track. Available from voya.ie and priced at £32.
The sun is out at last and these beautiful shades cheer us up no end. In matte mint, soft pink and yolky yellow, these three new ice cream hues from Carolyn K leave a glossy, airbrush finish, and with an infusion of B5 vitamins are great for your nails as well as looking good. We might just wear all three colours at once on our fingers and toes in this beautiful sun. Available at carolynk.com and priced at £12.99.
There are many fake tans on the market, and let's face it, despite what they promise, many of them leave you with a streaky, orange-tinted finish. Dr LeWinn Sunless Self Tanning Lotion however was a dream to use. The lotion is white and does not stain the hands at all. We tested the light shade and the tan develops gradually and without any streaking or tangerine finish. This is perfect for those who want a golden natural looking tan. Available from Drlewinns, Debenhams, Tesco, House Of Fraser, independent shops and major stores. £15.
Packed with organic mallow, horsetail, ginkgo bilboa, yarrow, mandarin, almond oil, hyaluronic acid, bergamot and honeysuckle, this mask improves radiance and moisture when used regularly. Light enough to use on sensitive skin, this gentle mask is completely organic and nasties-free. Priced at £24.95 and available from remedynaturalproducts.co.uk.
Florascents perfumes are organic, free from synthetic chemicals and pesticides only contain skin-friendly alcohol and are not tested on animals, making them perfect for vegetarians and vegans and those with sensitive skin. We really liked the range of scents for him and her, which include Aqua Floralis (our favourite is the mandarin one: fresh, feminine and light), Aqua Orientalis, Aqua Composita, Parfum de Poche, Japanese, Aqua Colonia and Parfum d’Ambiance. Prices range from £24 to £70. Available from Pravera.co.uk
'I'm the biggest argan oil fan' says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli 'I use it for the face and body and particularly love it in haircare products. This mask makes my dry, dyed blonde hair very soft, it detangles it and gives it great shine. It's fantastic for all hair types, but those who have coloured, frizzy or unruly locks will be particularly thankful for discovering this little hair saver'. Available at Boots and MarkHill.co.uk and priced at £7.99.
A truly delicious and affordable bath and body care that looks fabulously expensive on your bathroom shelf. We love the range of bath and shower gels, which come in lovely scents (Wild Fig & Pink Cedar, Grapefruit, Lime & Mint, Amber, Orchid & Incense and White Nectarine & Pear scents) and are light and moisturising. Prices start at £5 and the brand is available from The Boutique range is available now from Fenwick, Bentalls, Housing Units and gracecole.co.uk.
If you use all natural products then Benecos Nail Polish is the product for you. These nail colours are certified natural, not tested on animals and do not contain SLS, parabens, phthalates, silicons, PEG, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrance and synthetic preservatives. The colours are simply gorgeous (we adore Wild Orchid, pictured) with a beautiful shiny finish, last long (our Editor Stef Bottinelli moved house after painting her nails and afterwords her nails were still chip-free) and you only need two coats. Priced at £6.95, they are available from Pravera.co.uk.
A pore refiner, UV protector and primer all in 1. Apply on cleansed and moisturised face and this mousse will create the perfect canvas to apply makeup on. It tightens pores, mattifies and smooths the textures of the skin whilst adding sun protection. We loved the final result and how quickly it absorbs, meaning you don't have to wait before applying foundation. A great little skincare product. We love it! £29.
Shu Uemura's cleansing oils are famous for being fantastic at melting makeup and dirt whilst being gentle and moisturising and the new ones from this Spring's Sakura Collection are equally superb as their big brothers. Only use a little bit all over face and neck and watch it dissolve makeup and impurities for a clear, cleansed and moisturised complexion. There are four different ones in the new collection for all sort of skin needs. Priced at £59 and available from Shu Uemura and department stores.
Lime and ginger are refreshing and invigorating, making them perfect for summer. Janjira Lime and Ginger Shower Scrub is a shower gel and an exfoliator that can be used every day. This is a great 2-in-1 product to use before applying fake tan too as it gets rid of dead skin cells whilst cleansing and moisturising. £22 from janjira.co.uk.
Free from sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colorants NaturTint Nutrideep Multiplier Hair Mask is made with natural ingredients to detangle, volumise, moisturise, and strengthen hair. It also uses bio sunflower extract, a natural UV screen to protect against the damaging sun rays. This mask is good for those with normal to fine hair as it's light, though those with very coarse or frizzy hair may need a more nourishing product. £7.99 from Naturesdream.co.uk and Holland and Barrett.
'This is the ultimate highlight enhancing product for blondes' says Heart Digital Editor Holly Fishwick. 'Phyto Gloss is easy to use and a highly effective formula for maximising blonde highlights in the shortest possible time. The product comes with plastic gloves to prevent staining of the skin, but I also sampled the product without the applicator gloves and there was no staining of the skin involved whatsoever. The bottle contains a generous ten applications and my hair looked visibly brighter and blonder. I would highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to keep maximise their blonde potential!' Available online at Phyto.com, at the cost of £20.00.
'This is a new concept in haircare' says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli 'Choose your Concoction shampoo from a range of four, then pick 2 serums (8 are available according to your needs: for blondes, redheads, brunettes, curly hair, roots and scalp, for added moisture, volume and with thermo protection for those who straighten their hair), mix them to your shampoo, wash hair as normal, then apply the Concoction Cashmere and Lily conditioner if needed. I tried the Rosemary and Mint Shampoo with the Thermo Straight and Give Me More Moisture serums, followed by the Conditioner and loved it. My hair felt nourished, soft, detangled and looked shiny. Fantastic for those who take their haircare seriously'. The Shampoo plus 2 Serums is priced at £15 the Conditioner is £15 too. Available online at Concoction and from July 25 from Selfridges.
"Fierce Spirit Glow Touch Lips and Cheeks in Lucky Flamingo: Another beautiful summer shade for both lips and cheeks.', says Nicola Bonn, who tried and tested it. 'This bright pink pot of loveliness isn’t as dramatic on the face as it looks in the tin. It gives a gorgeous pink glow that would look perfect with a suntan. I’ll be packing this when I go on holiday as it’s a great multi-tasker.' Available online from Kiko and priced at £2.90.
'I am absolutely obsessed with this perfume.', says Heart presenter Nicola Bonn 'It is the smell of fresh washing, Italian lemons and freshly showered-skin and yet has a gorgeous musky edge. It really is my ultimate scent. At £115 this doesn’t come cheap but if you want to treat yourself, I really recommend it.'. Available from Selfridges.
'With peppermint, myrtle, cajuput, lavender, rosemary and geranium essential oils this shower gel is perfect for the warmer months as it's very refreshing and brightening.', says Heart's Stef Bottinelli. 'I love the thick, clear gel and a little goes a long way, making it good value for money. It's also ideal for shaving if you, like me, don't use a shaving foam. I love using Sampar Dew It Again Shower Gel in the morning as its zingy scent wakes me up instantly.' Available from Marks and Spencer, £18.
'US brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals is hugely popular in the States' says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli 'MyChelle only uses vegetable based ingredients, making it suitable for vegans, is free of toxins and nasties and many items in their range are also gluten free. I've tested their anti-ageing Polypeptide Cream which contains Matrixyl® and claims to firm, moisturise and improve the appearance of fine lines in 8 weeks. I've become a fan because it absorbs really quickly, doesn't leave a greasy residue and hydrates and firms the skin immediately making it especially suited to those who like to get up and go and want fast results. I also adore the scent, which is fresh and natural and the packaging is really cute. A winner!' Available from MyChelle UK, Whole Foods and Amazon. £36.
'Packed with vitamins A and E, which promote healthy skin, this gluten-free, vegan serum is easy to absorb, leaving the epidermis moisturised and radiant.', says Stef. 'I noticed an improvement in brightness after using it for just over a week and my skin overall felt softer and my pores looked smaller. It's great for all skin types, including oily and combination. As it contains vitamin A, which turns into a retinoic acid making the skin more sensitive to sunlight, use this at night before applying moisturiser and make sure you wear a UVB and UVA protector during the day.' Available from MyChelle UK, Whole Foods and Amazon. £36.
'I'm a big fan of foundation but it's so easy to get the shade and texture wrong' says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli. 'I was looking forward to trying this as I really like Daniel Sandler's cosmetics, and the Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer didn't disappoint. As the name says this product leaves you with a very fresh, dewy finish. The coverage is light to medium, so perfect for Spring and Summer and I love the fact that it incorporates a concealer, so you get the right shade to match your foundation. The overall effect is light, natural and radiant. The only drawback is that it comes only in four shades.' Available from Urban Retreat at Harrods, Daniel Sandler, Feelunique and Lookfantastic. £28
'A little goes a long way with this super rich and luxurious hair masque.', says Heart Digital Managing Editor Rebecca Lewis. 'Massage into the ends for a daily drink for thirsty locks or coat your hair and wrap in a heated towel for an occasional salon-style gloss finish. The results are sleek, manageable, subtly scented locks.' £15.95.
'Packed with almond milk and vitamin E, this all natural nourishing cream is superb on dry and chapped hands' says Heart Digital Editor Stef Bottinelli "Its thick, balm like formula absorbs easily and leaves hands hydrated and soft. It has a delicious almond scent and the pot is beautiful. One of the best I've tried". Available from Burt's Bees and priced at £9.99.
'I am absolutely in love with this new release from Bourjois.' says Heart presenter Nicola Bonn 'Renowned for their high-quality powder blushes, the new cream blush doesn’t disappoint. It mattifies on the skin and blends beautifully. The blusher comes in 4 suit-all skin shades, my favourite being 02, Healthy Glow, which is a lovely, summery coral.' Bourjois Cream Blush is priced at £6.99 and available from major chemists and department stores.
'My Mum bought me a tube of this and I am now addicted.', says Nicola 'It is the most beautiful shower gel I have ever used. The fragrance of wild roses is amazing and I actually get excited about showering just so I can smell it. This shower cream is especially good for dry or stressed skin thanks to its rosehip oil base and like all Weleda products is 100% ethical and natural.' Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash is priced at £8.95 and available from Weleda, Whole Foods and selected department stores.
"This brand new cream from Nivea is aimed at women over 40 and contains soy extract to help the production on collagen in ageing skin." says Heart Digital Editor Stef' Application is quick as it absorbs easily and the hydrating effect lasts all day without being greasy. It has SPF 12 and a lovely, sweet scent that's not overpowering. We've noticed a improvement in the skin's elasticity and firmness only after a few days of using it. A good moisturiser at a great price.' Priced at £24.99 it's available from Boots and major department stores.
Heart's Nicola Bonn tested this and was very impressed. 'This miracle product is claimed to be as effective as having micro-dermabrasion.', she says 'It is basically a flannel with microfibers that are weaved in such a way that it provides exceptional exfoliation. The people behind the product say that it can reduce blackheads, scars and even fine-lines. Since testing it my skin has definitely looked smoother and clearer. Great for pregnant women who aren’t allowed treatments such as micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels.' Bravura Dermaflannel is available from Bravura London and is priced at £11.99.
Just like the its day counterpart, this Nivea Vital Anti-Age Night Cream is a great, highly hydrating moisturiser.' tester Stef says. 'A little thicker than the day one, it does take a little longer to absorb but it immediately replenish the skin making it feel softer and more radiant.' £24.99.