Beauty File: Aromatic handwash

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Palmolive’s new aromatic liquid handwash is made from natural plant extracts and comes in two aromatic fragrances, Lavender & Chamomile or Bergamot & Verbena.

They leave hands refreshed, moisturised and lightly fragranced and cost £1.99 at Sainsburys and Waitrose.

Clever two-in-one cleanser

M&S Perfection 4-piece make-up kit

M&S Perfection 4-piece make-up kit

Elemis have just launched a clever cleanser and moisturiser in one.

Their New Melting Cleansing Gel deeply cleanses, removing make-up and pore-deep grime, and hydrate the skin at the same time. On application, the gel glides effortlessly without dragging the skin and it doesn’t upset skin’s PH balance or its natural bacteria – the things help skin protect itself. Massage it in, then add a little warm water. The gel emulsifies into a soft milk which flows off the skin. Ingredients include protective argan oil, mattifying rice silk and purifying rosemary leaf.

It costs £19.40 at Elemis beauty salons, including Spa 1877 on Glossop Road. Or order from

A velvety finish to hair gel

Elemis melting cleanser

Elemis melting cleanser

Fine hair needs body but what you don’t want is products that feel too heavy or leave a sticky layer.

I’ve just tested Redken’s Velvet Gelatine, a light, non-sticky gel that seems to melt into hair. Applied just before blow-drying, it has a cushioning, plumping effect but doesn’t weigh hair down and make it look unnatural.

Neither does it give that dull, matt effect that so many volumising products do - instead it gives a healthy shine. I’m hooked!

It costs £13.35 at hair and beauty site, which stocks more than 1,000 professional hair and beauty products from the best brands in the business. Delivery is free.

A brush with beauty perfection

No make-up artist skimps on her brushes. A high-quality set will blend and sculpt a complexion to perfection, chisel cheekbones and disguise double chins.

Release your inner make-up artist with the Perfection Four-Piece Make-Up Brush Set from Marks and Spencer.

For £15 you get a hand-made Foundation Brush, a Blusher Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Lip Brush in either superfine natural hair or quality synthetic hair, plus tips and instructions on how to use and care for your brushes. Individual brushes and a six-piece set for £22.50 are also available.

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