19:57 GMT, 16 May 2012
Renowned for their healing and restorative powers as much as their scents, flowers have been used in beauty products for centuries. In celebration of next week’s Chelsea Flower Show, we present our selection of the best floral fancies.
Bath and body
L’Occitane Harvest Collection, 25, loccitane.co.uk
This collection of eight miniatures has been created to celebrate L’Occitane’s involvement with the Chelsea Flower Show. A keep-forever basket includes Verbena Shower Gel, Organic Lavender Hand Purifying Gel, Pivoine Flora Shower Gel and Rose Hand Cream.
Flowers have been used in beauty products for centuries
Champneys Pure Touch Hand Scrub (6, Boots)
Formulated with rosehip oil, sweet almond oil and apricot seed powder, this well-priced scrub cleanses and helps remove impurities, so is good for gardeners’ hands. Skin is left soft and moisturised.
Baylis & Harding Peony, White Tea and Jasmine Hand Wash, 2, baylisandharding.com
Inexpensive, yet bottled like a top-of-the-range brand. This huge bottle of hand wash will look fabulous in any bathroom, alongside the hand lotion, 2. It leaves skin feeling soft and supple.
Yardley English Rose Body Lotion, 5.99, 01753 753 420
The classic Yardley fragrance now comes in a new body lotion, luxury body wash and nourishing hand cream. English Rose is a light, floral fragrance with rose absolute, rosebud, jasmine petals and hints of amber and sandalwood. The body lotion contains Q10 to keep skin soft, smooth and toned.
Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream, 28, clarins.co.uk
This lightly scented body cream leaves skin feeling beautifully soft. Team it with Eau des Jardins scent, 29, for a layering effect, and the fragrance will last all day.
Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, 17.50, Boots
A gentle hydrating mist containing rose, geranium and lavender that hydrates and calms skin. It’s brilliant for keeping on your desk or in a handbag for warm summer days, to keep skin balanced and hydrated.
Willow day cream
Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water, 25, rodial.co.uk
A new product in the lovely Rodial range, this gentle and hydrating cleanser contains rose water and is super-effective at removing make-up, refreshing and soothing the skin. It also brightens the complexion, giving an instant radiance.
Willow Organic Light Day Cream with Rose and Manuka Honey, 34, willowbeauty products.co.uk
Suitable for dry and sensitive skin, this is very light and leaves no oily residue, while still moisturising skin throughout the day. This is especially good used along with a serum on warm summer days.
Rococo Nail Apparel Garden Party Nail Collection, 12 each, Space NK
This pretty nail collection includes five quintessentially English shades, including: Lady Lavender, a soft lilac; Wild Roses, a fuchsia pink; and T-Cup, a baby blue.
Dainty Doll Cream Blush in Paper Rose, 13.50, Boots
This range is great for pale skin, and the cream blush is perfect for summer. A flattering pale pink, it makes cheeks look healthy and glowing. Blend well for a natural look.
Paul & Joe Limited Edition Self Select Eye Color, 12.50, Harrods
Each shade has a flower embossed into the shadow. Use these eye colours as a sheer slick of shade over eyeliner for a luminious effect. We love Moon Beam, a glowing white that makes eyes look bigger and brighter.
Pixi Bronze Bloom Trio, 16, asos.com
A bronze and blush trio that both brightens and adds colour to cheeks. Use it as a separate bronzer all over the face and blend the blusher into cheeks, or swirl the shades together and brush over the face for a summer glow.
Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Eau de Toilette, 15, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
A gorgeous new collection with notes of gardenia, ylang ylang blossoms and a hint of musk, this is floral without being too sweet in stunning wisteria-inspired packaging.
Paul Smith Rose
Gucci Flora Garden
Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria
Diptyque Les Florales in Eau Rose, 60, Space NK
A new collection of floral waters, this is a light yet long-lasting fragrance that has a calming scent of rose combined with bergamot and blackcurrant. And it comes in a dressing-table-worthy signature Diptyque bottle.
Annick Goutal Les Soliflores Collection, 75, House of Fraser
A new collection of four single note flower-inspired fragrances, these are divine. Choose from Le Mimosa, La Violette, Rose Splendide or Le Muguet (lily of the valley) which each come in bottles inspired by Seventies Pop Art.
Paul Smith Rose Limited Edition, 34, Debenhams
Newly-launched, this summer edition of the original scent has a heart of tea rose with refreshing notes of white peonies. It’s lighter than the original, and is feminine and romantic.
Gucci Flora Garden Collection, from 49, House of Fraser
This new collection from Gucci comes in three scents — Gorgeous Gardenia, Glamorous Magnolia and Gracious Tuberose. Each is in a different pastel bottle of pink, blue or green, and are true collectors’ scents.
Try a new mascara — FOR nothing
You have until this Sunday to trade in your own mascara (any brand) at Debenhams for your choice of a free Clinique mascara. Clinique’s Mascara Swap lets you choose from High Impact Mascara for super volume or High Lengths Mascara for lovely length. There’s no purchase necessary and the offer is one per customer while stocks last.
Make-up with staying power that doesn’t melt in the heat is a must-have during the summer, but recent showers have left many of us looking for rain-proof make-up. The celebrity favourite Airbase, used by Nicola Roberts and Amy Childs, contains silicone and is water and heat resistant. The foundations are available in seven shades (32.95 each, airbasemakeup.com).
Next month sees the UK launch of the first at-home gel polish. Spotted on the nails of Rihanna, the Red Carpet Manicure collection consists of a kit containing LED light, preparation and removal products, as well as three gel polishes. It provides a glossy look that lasts for up to three weeks (87, from qvcuk.com, 0800 504030).
Look younger by tonight
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Repair 10 Instant Serum, (14.99, 0800 030 4032). We love any products that show immediate results. The latest wonder serum from L’Oreal smoothes wrinkles within minutes of application without leaving skin feeling tight. Our tester applied it in her lunch hour on the lines around her eyes and on her forehead and was delighted to see positive results within 30 minutes. It’s the perfect pre-party face saver, or you can use it post-party, when your skin needs a fast boost and instant hydration.