The latest beauty shelf must-haves...
Ten years of research into the effects of the environment on skin have lead beauty brand Origins to create Smarty Plants, a complexion corrector with SPF20. An intuitive delivery system means that, after using Smarty Plants, if your skin comes into contact with certain triggers, the green tea, vitamin C and E serum will release targeted protection. The product also refines skin texture and colour-corrects blotchy or uneven skintone. £28 at John Lewis, it comes in light/medium and medium/dark.
While self-tans are safer than sunbeds, some of the cheaper brands can contain toxins and chemicals. A few spray formulas have even been recalled over fears they are causing breathing problems. Vita Liberata, available from Debenhams for £22.50, claims to be the safest self-tan in the world. It contains no harmful toxins or preservatives and delivers a long-lasting, skin-conditioning, rich golden tone. Packed full of natural ingredients, it’s quick to apply, dries on contact and doesn’t have the typical self-tan biscuit smell.
Ultra-defined eyebrows a la Cara Delevigne are a staple trend. But for some, bold, black brows are simply too harsh. 2True’s new Blonde Expert eyebrow pencil means even the fairest can define their brows and work this fashionable look in a more demure way. It’s £1.99 exclusively at Superdrug.
Fashion designer Anna Sui’s playful and free-spirited new fragrance is worth buying for its beautiful bottle alone. Carved matte glass roses are topped with a golden butterfly stopper; It would grace any dressing table
The scent, a heady, bohemian floral called La vie De Bohème, has top accords of Turkish rose, pear, burgundy berries and dragonfruit and a mysterious heart of peony with musk, black vanilla and sandalwood.
At £39 for 50ml, it is available exclusively in Debenhams until September 1, then it goes on sale in perfume shops nationwide.
Pamper yourself on holiday with an Aromatherapy Associates travel kit, containing four of their divinely-scented essential oils for bath and shower, including Revive Morning, to energise you when your feeling sluggish and Revive Evening, to pick up for a night out. When you want to unwind, Relax calms you down and helps you sleep. The fourth oil, Support Lavender and Peppermint, helps soothe burnt skin. The kit is £32 at Nether Edge salon Allure on Cemetery Road and online at www.aromatherapyassociates.com