Best summer beauty buys
If you're looking to boost your beauty regime or simply want to try out a new look, check out our pick of the best summer beauty buys.
|1. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, £28.60|
Dry, Lacklustre skin? Give your complexion an instant pick-me-up before a night out or once weekly with this gentle and effective peel from Elemis. Containing the natural fruit enzyme papain - a fruity combo of crushed pineapple and papaya - to remove dead skin cells, and a milk protein base to help keep the skin moisturised and pH-balanced, this peel won't overexfoliate your skin. The result is a radiant complexion that's soft to the touch. To celebrate 10 years of the Papaya Enzyme Peel, Elemis has launched a limited-edition version of the product, which features gorgeous illustrations by the British artist Laura Oakes. Elemis has also joined forces with the charity SOCO so for every product sold (up to 50,000), they will vaccinate a child in Africa. So why not get involved?
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|2. Bourjois Paris So Laque! Ultra Shine Nail Polish, £5.99|
If you've been hiding your tootsies under tights and socks for the past few months, then now is the time to show them off. Make an impact with this high-gloss, high-shine nail polish from Bourjois. Bourjois Paris So Laque! really is the bee's knees and delivers a high-shine finish that lasts up to seven days. Pick from a palette of bold summery colours to get you in the mood.
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|3. Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Concealer, £18.97|
Keep spots at bay and conceal any occasional breakouts with Jane Iredale double-ended Zap & Hide Concealer. Apply the clear stick onto pimples first as a base and then the creamy concealer to hide any redness. It really does treat your problem areas and leave you with a smooth flawless finish, unlike other powder-based concealers that can cake and make the skin look crusty.
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|4. E45 Silky Radiance Body Lotion, £4.60|
Not only is E45 celebrating its own 60 year anniversary, the skincare brand, loved by many, has also added to its line with a new collection of skin-softening body lotions- choose between E45 Nourish and Restore, E45 Silky Radiance and E45 Touchably Smooth. Our favourite has to be the Silky Radiance version, which leaves your skin looking radiant and feeling moisturised all day.
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|5. Steamcream Chamomile, £12.95|
The beauty industry was all abuzz when the Japanese Steamcream first hit our shelves and now, a few years down the line, this nourishing and lightweight cream continues to build a loyal fanbase. Presented in an eye-catching tin, Steamcream is essentially a combination of natural ingredients, including orange flower water, jojoba, oatmeal and cocoa butter, all infused with steam. Since it's summer, we thought it was only right that we include this gorgeous flower-printed tin in our selection of the best beauty buys.
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|6. Bonacure Oil Miracle Gold Shimmer Hair Treatment, £12.50|
Inject some intense moisture into your parched, overstyled and overcoloured locks. Introducing Bonacure Oil Miracle Gold Shimmer Hair Treatment. Deeply nourishing and conditioning, Bonacure Oil Miracle Gold Shimmer Hair Treatment is infused with moisturising argan oil and will leave you with a mane that will make even the Timotei girl green with envy.
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|7. Utan Gradual Facial Tan, £22|
We don't live in the 80s anymore - why waste time baking yourself in the sun when you can cheat your way to a healthy glow? Instead of causing more damage to your skin than it's worth (we mean wrinkles!), check out Michelle Mone's new collection of self-tan called Utan. The special formulation dries instantly, works overnight and, get this, doesn't stain your bed sheets. Result. Apply the facial tan as you would an overnight cream and, after a night of shut-eye, you'll wake up to a fresh sun-kissed glow.
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|8. Katy Perry lashes, from £5.95|
We saw these at the Debenhams press day and boy, were we excited. Not for the faint-hearted, Katy Perry's range of falsies will put the oomph into your eye make-up routine and give you the big-eyed, Twiggy-esque look we've all been hankering after. Be daring with Cool Kitty or add subtle length with Sweetie Pie; team these lashes with a natural look to be more pop queen than drag queen.
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|9. Jemma Kidd I-Tech Liquid Liner, from £3.75|
For an instant pop of eye colour, reach for Jemma Kidd's bold I-Tech Liquid Liners. Quick-drying and extremely long-lasting, these brightly coloured liquid liners are easy to apply, thanks to a fine brush, and are perfect for that extra flash of colour.
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|10. Bio Elixia, from £49.95|
Yes, it's pricey but according to the reviews on Boots.com, Bio Elixia Bodyshaper Contour Cream actually works in helping to reduce the appearance of bumps, dimples and bulges associated with cellulite. In fact, in a trial this Australian export improved lumps and bumps by an average of 38% in 28 days. If your confidence needs a boost before you put on that bikini this summer, try Bio Elixia for yourself. You may not regret it.
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