Beauty: May Must-Haves

May 23, 2012

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

Beauty: May Must-Haves

Benefit Ultra Plush Glosses €19.50/£13.50

Available: July

Benefit have been doing some seriously good re-marketing recently and their latest launch is something I’m very excited about. While I love the Benefit Ultra Shine Lip Glosses for their cute colours and lasting sheen, the applicator brush is extraordinarily small and awkward.

Now, come July, the brand are launching a range of glosses with an easy squeezy applicator. Better still, each gloss coincides with one of their cult boxed bronzers and blushes. So, for those who love the natural look you can team your Dandelion soft blush with a matching pearly pink gloss or for anyone who prefers a bright coral flush, Coralista comes with a matching pinkish-orange gloss.

Other additions to the range include Bella Bamba (sheer bright watermelon), Dallas (dusty rose), Hoola (shimmering golden nude) and Sugarbomb (glistening pinky nude). Best of all, they’ve a non-sticky texture so you can lash them on and not end up picking strands of your hair away from your lips in the slightest breeze.

Soap & Glory Sit Tight Super Intense XS Serum €21.99/£16.50, 125ml

Available: Now at Boots

Our faces get all the attention. From serums and masks, to facials and micro-derm, we frequently spoil our skin from the neck up. With summertime officially upon us—before we anxiously peel off our winter layers—it’s time to give our neglected bodies some TLC.

Lured in by its miracle-promising name, I opted to try Soap & Glory’s new Sit Tight Super Intense XS Serum. The “special super strength body firming serum” is a supped-up version of the original Sit Tight formula and vows to be twice as effective. Bombarded by faux-scientific sounding ingredients like ‘Puffdrain 82’ and ‘Slimenergy3 Caffeine Complex’, I threw caution to the wind and massaged the wince-inducing, cold ‘circo-360 massage roller’ around my thighs for a couple of minutes each morning.

The beauty of this product is it activates when you sit down, so you don’t feel so guilty about that mid-morning digestive at your desk.  After two weeks of meticulous rolling, I can’t say my pins are ‘absolutely flab-you-less’ as promised, but without any dieting, there is a definite tautness and a new suppleness that I’m looking forward to showing off on the beach.

 John Frieda Full Damage Collection

Repair Full Body Shampoo, 250ml – €6.31
Full Repair Full Body Conditioner, 250ml – €6.31
Full Repair Deep Conditioner, 150ml – €7.03
Full Repair™ Perfect Ends Deep Infusion, 50ml – €7.03

Available: Now

Whether your hair crime is colouring, heat styling, back-combing or all three, if you want your hair to continue to look good without having to forsake styling it, you’ve got to invest time and care into its condition.

As someone who ashamedly is guilty of all three on a regular basis, I started using John Frieda’s new Full Repair range about a month ago and am genuinely delighted with the help its given my abused tresses.

For anyone who likes to know the science behind the product, the key ingredient is Inca Inchi, a lightweight micro-oil rich in repairing omega-3 that helps to restructure the hair, detangle it to prevent future snagging and protects from heat styling. The hero product from the range is the Perfect Ends Deep Infusion; it’s a potent remedy for over-worked hair.

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