Beauty Confidential: Summer’s hottest buys

Summer’s hottest buys

Summer’s most wanted beauty products for the face, body and hair are selling fast, so get them before they go!

Hot beauty buys: We show you some of the most coveted products on the market

Hot beauty buys: We show you some of the most coveted products on the market


Stila Perfect & Correct, £28.50, Boots

A ‘swirled’ foundation that contains emollient to moisturise and a clear gel that acts as a calming serum. It’s part of the cult U.S. make-up brand that, after a three-year absence, is set to take the British market by storm.


Goody Spin Pin, £4.99, Boots

Sold out within days of first being advertised on TV. Once you get the knack of it, it’s a fantastic invention for keeping hair pinned up. Just twist the two small coils into the hair to create a bun. Leave it messy with loose tendrils or twist into a knot at the nape of the neck for evening. It will stay put, even if you go swimming.

From left: Stila Perfect & Correct, Prestige Lasting Moisture Lip Gloss, Fudge Urban Straight Hair Stuff


New CID i-powder, £24,

Summer sun can mean oily and shiny patches, so for the ultimate in on-the-go make-up, try this compact pressed powder with a mirror and light for quick and easy touch-ups. The creamy foundation, applied with a sponge, soaks up oil and covers blemishes. It comes in four shades.


Laura Mercier Canyon Collection, from £18.50, House of Fraser

Inspired by the beauty of nature, this range comes in gold and earthy shades. Cheek Melange, £31, in Canyon Sunset adds a warm glow, while eyes smoulder in Pine Bronze and Cedar, £18.50 each. Lip Glace in Desert Rose, £18.50, is a pinky brown that will last you right through to autumn.


Prestige Lasting Moisture Lip Gloss, £6.99, Boots

You can’t look glamorous by the pool or on the beach with streaming mascara or smudged make-up. But you’ll look picture perfect in this lip gloss, which comes in a choice of five sparkling shades. Prestige’s H2Wow mascara,  £4.99, stays put in the face of  water or sweat.
Team it with Prestige Water-proof Eyeliner, £4.99, in Surf, a bright blue.


From left: SU Moisturising Leave-In Mist With Walnut Extract, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Purse Spray


Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Purse Spray, £29.50, department stores

Summer scents should be light. Your body heat deepens and strengthens a fragrance, so it’s best to start off with a not-so-heavy perfume. Launched this month is a  bright, fresh version of the original Daisy scent. With notes of ruby red grapefruit, raspberry and green leaves, it’s fruity and crisp — ideal for a hot summer day.


BD Make-Up Flawless Primer, £10, selected Tesco stores, tel: 0800 505 555

This £10 primer is the best-selling beauty product at Tesco. It went on sale six weeks ago and in just one week sold more than 2,500 — that’s 1,000 per cent more than the leading brands. Not only is it cheap, but it performs well in creating a smooth, even complexion.


L’Oreal Paris  Revitalift Total Repair 10, £14.99, Boots

This has won rave reviews since its launch earlier this month.
Targeting the ten signs of ageing, this multi-active, anti-ageing moisturiser  has SPF20.
With Pro-Retinol-A and UVA protection to fight deep wrinkles, loss of firmness and plumpness and a dull complexion, it absorbs easily, protecting and plumping skin instantly.

From left: Per-fekt Body Perfektion Gel, Neal’s Yard Remedies Firming Body Cream, L’Oreal Paris  Revitalift Total Repair 10


Simple Moisture Boost Hydro Mist, £5.99, Boots

Perfect for instant hydration on the move, this handbag-sized spray contains a fine mist that’s absorbed instantly into dehydrated or dull skin, leaving it looking dewy and healthy.
You can use it under or over make-up.
The new range also includes Moisture Boost Hydro Cream, £5.99, a light moisturiser that’s instantly absorbed, yet carries on working for 24 hours.


Fudge Urban Straight Hair Stuff, £6.99, Superdrug

Non-greasy smoothing spray adds shine and lustre to hair that is dry or damaged from over-use of straighteners or hairdryers.
The lightweight mist, which calms flyaway hair, is especially good for humid summer days. It smells fabulous, too.


Neal’s Yard Remedies Firming Body Cream, £27.50,

If you’re dreading baring your bits this summer, this great body cream targets the hips, thighs and buttocks to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. It contains green coffee and marine algae to help firm skin, stimulate circulation and eliminate toxins.


From left: Laura Mercier Canyon Collection, Simple Moisture Boost Hydro Mist 


SU Moisturising Leave-In Mist With Walnut Extract, £17.57, 0203 301 5449

Part of Davine’s suncare range, it’s brilliant for holidays as it protects hair against sun, saltwater and chlorine. It smells of walnuts and helps hair retain its moisture and shine.
The range also includes Replenishing Hair & Body After-Sun Wash With Apricot Oil, £17.50.


The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, £16,

Lightweight body oil that leaves skin shimmering and streak-free.
The range also includes Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder, £16, an illuminating powder for the face and collarbone, and Honey Bronze Lip Nectar, £9.50, a pretty moisturising lip gloss.


Per-fekt Body Perfektion Gel, £41, Harvey Nichols

Sold out as soon as it launched in London and New York. It’s glimmer-free and produces a chocolate glow that is water-resistant and won’t fade. The formula includes orange peel extract to reduce cellulite. A favourite with Meg Ryan and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.





Perfect for creating a light summer glow or maintaining an existing tan, the He-Shi Day To Day Gradual Tan has a new formulation with increased DHA of 3 per cent, creating a better build-up and longer lasting tan. It has a delicate fragrance and is moisture rich.

He-Shi Day To Day Gradual Tan, £14.50  0845 3011060

American brand Du Wop was inspired by mermaids to create its Isla Sirena collection.

Mermaid Antique Golden Shell compacts contain on-trend shades for the eyes, cheeks and lips.

Choose between Mermaid, Pirate and Treasure.


Origins Brighter By Nature SPF30 Skin Tone Correcting Makeup is a powder foundation with high UVA protection.

Gives great coverage while evening out skin tone. 

Light-diffusing minerals give a luminosity more usually found with liquid foundations.




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