THE 2011 BEAUTY AWARDS
This has been an exceptional year for the beauty industry, making this list of top products tough to compile. This column has always told the truth about what works and what doesn’t. Every product featured won its place because it’s well-priced and does the job.
Here are my picks:
This has been an exceptional year for the beauty industry, making a list of top products tough to compile
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, 10.99, Boots
Choosing top foundation this year is not easy. Bourjois made its debut backstage at London Fashion Week in September to create the flawless, radiant complexions of the models at the Paul Costelloe and Clements Ribeiro shows. Make-up artist Cassie Lomas is a fan. She says: ‘This doesn’t mask the skin, but gives a natural, healthy freshness which is normally only achieved with more expensive foundations. It really is my new must-have.’
LOOK Beauty Make Me Blush in Rosy, 8.99, Superdrug
One of the most innovative make-up ranges to launch this year came from the creative minds at LOOK magazine. The line has more than 100 products to choose from at affordable prices — but the blusher is an instant pick-me up and adds a healthy glow when you need it most. With profits going to cancer charity Look Good, Feel Better, there’s another good reason to buy from this collection.
Maybelline New York Colossal The One by One mascara, 8.49, Superdrug
Mascara is all about the brush. In a year where there were several big mascara launches, Maybelline’s brush makes this a winner. It coats and de-clumps lashes like no other — and claims to have 300 bristles (around three bristles for every lash).The formula includes fruit acids to smooth and prime lashes as you apply mascara. Now that’s clever.
FROM LEFT: Lulu’s Time Bomb Derm Warfare Night Serum, Essie Nail Polish in Allure, Maybelline New York Colossal The One by One mascara
Soap & Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstick, 9, soapandglory.com
We expect more from our lipstick than just colour these days, and a product that helps repair ageing and helps with visible wrinkle reduction is a must. This contains plumping peptides and a hyaluronic acid. We especially like Red My Lips, a warm red which is perfect at this time of the year.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCremes, 16.50, esteelauder.co.uk
These little glass pots of cream shadows can be applied with your finger and worn on their own for a sheer wash of colour. The creamy formula gives good coverage which won’t crease or melt and is said to last up to 15 hours. They are especially good for more mature skins as they minimise pulling or dragging of the eyelid. The lovely Gold Dust has sold out online, but Golden Sands and Pink Pearl are equally flattering for all ages.
Essie Nail Polish in Allure, 9.95, nailpolishdirect.com
Manicurist Marina Sandoval did Kate Middleton’s nails for the Royal Wedding, using two polishes (one on top of the other) to create a perfect, bridal pale pink. Those polishes were Essie’s Allure and Bourjois Number 28 in Rose Lounge. Allure is the softest pale rose and a more grown-up pink than their classic Mademoiselle shade and was a big hit this summer. It’s a neutral that works all year round for me — giving a soft, sheer look, with a totally natural finish.
Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape SPF15 Day Cream, 12.99; Night Cream, 10.99; Eye Cream, 9.99, Superdrug
One of this year’s skincare successes, the first batch of Superdrug’s budget grape range sold out in just two days. Now four months old, it’s a bit easier to get hold of. The three products contain a collagen-stimulating complex using grape cells to protect the skin’s cells and prevent skin ageing.
FROM LEFT: Nanoblur Optical Skin Cream, Johnson’s 24 Hour Moisture Radiance Hand Cream, Elemis Pro-Collagen Body Cream
Nude Skincare Advanced Cellular Renewal Cream, 78, victoriahealth.com
This product got beauty editors excited when it launched — it activates the skin’s cellular renewal system, repairing DNA damage, restructuring facial contours and restoring cellular health.
From the first use, skin texture and radiance is dramatically improved.
It contains something called Chinese immortal grass complex, which delivers astonishing firmness, elasticity and hydration and over time, helps prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Truly a wonder product!
Lulu’s Time Bomb Derm Warfare Night Serum, 33, lulusplace.co.uk
This has been Lulu’s year. Those Strictly Come Dancing appearances made her something of a champion for sexy, older women and the new launch from her successful anti-ageing skincare range has as much staying power as the star herself. This serum is formulated to target and destroy dull upper layers of the skin, accelerating the production of new collagen. Skin feels firmer and pores minimised for a youthful, dewy glow.
Blush: LOOK Beauty Make Me Blush in Rosy, 8.99, Superdrug
Dove Spa Strength Within, 26, dovespa.co.uk
Skin supplements have been big beauty news in 2011. The buzz surrounding this new wonder pill resulted in the product selling out within hours and the creation of a waiting list.
Clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, it is designed to combat the signs of ageing — inside and out.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Body Cream, 49, timetospa.co.uk
This anti-ageing body cream helps smooth and firm skin with a cocktail of anti-ageing ingredients. It has a beautiful iridescent shimmer and makes skin look better instantly.
Xen-Tan’s Perfect Blend Self Tanner, 34.99, xen-tan.co.uk
Sales of self-tanning products rocketed this year,. Xen-Tan is my favourite because it comes in three different shades, is a paraben and oil-free and can be used on face and body.
Best of all, it has a welcome deodoriser to stop that dreaded self-tan smell.
Johnson’s 24 Hour Moisture Radiance Hand Cream, 1.99, Boots
This high quality hand cream deserves to be a winner for price alone. Non-greasy, it provides instant relief for extra dry and chapped hands.
Nanoblur Optical Skin Cream, 19.99, Boots
This is one of those ‘miracle in a tube’ products that lives up to the hype. It is described as an advanced optical cream (the coverage smoothes the surface) and immediately reduces the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles.
If you are into instant fixes, this is the one to buy. The same lab have produced Snoxin — an anti-ageing serum which contains four next generation peptides at their highest concentration — which already looks like it’s going to be a hit for 2012.
TOP BEAUTY BUYS
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
THE TOP TIME-SAVER
Garnier All-In-One Blemish Balm
Cream, 9.99, Boots Garn ier BB Cream — a next generation skin-perfecting product — was the first of its kind on the High Street, and sold out the day it launched. I am hooked. It feels nourishing, provides a light coverage and makes skin look glowing and healthy. Thereare more BB creams from other brands in the pipeline for 2012, but I suspect I’ll still stay faithful to my first love.
John Frieda Frizz Ease three-day straight spray, 6.99, Boots
Whenthis launched, I doubted it could help your blow-dry last for three days. As I watched it being demonstrated at the product launch, I thought it would never work on my hair. But I was wrong. Used with straighteners, this product leaves hair perfectly smooth and straight and, yes, it does make it stay straight for three days — if not longer.