June's best new beauty buys
We've rounded up the best new beauty buys for the start of summer. From prepping your tan to thickening your locks, we've got your beauty bag covered.
Star product: Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel, £18
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Designed to target the pollutants that build up on the skin after a busy day, this gentle exfoliating peel from The Body Shop is one of the most satisfying beauty products we’ve tried in a long time.
Gently massage a couple of pumps of product (which has a pleasant citrus scent) into the face. After around twenty seconds, dirt and pollutants will begin to peel away from your face in small clumps—so be sure to use it over a sink! Rinse the dirt away and follow with your favourite moisturiser.
After just one use, our skin was left looking brighter, with visibly smaller pores and felt refreshed and energised. As addictive as this stuff is (there's something sadistically satisfying about physically seeing the dirt leaving your face), try to stick to exfoliating just once or twice a week to avoid drying out your skin.
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Best organic: Romilly Wilde Advanced Supercell Serum, £110
If you prefer your products to feature natural, organic ingredients then this extremely moisturising anti-ageing serum—which aims to stimulate collagen production—is a sure-fire, albeit expensive, winner.
Micro-algae, hyaluronic acid, wildflower extracts and Sandalwood essential oils not only make the serum smell delicious but also leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
It’s a pretty yellow colour (thanks to the addition of saffron flowers), and the light formula isn’t greasy like many competitor products. After a week of twice daily use, our skin was left feeling more taut and nourished.
At over £100, this serum is likely to be at the top end of most budgets, but if the purity of a product's ingredients is a priority for you, it’s definitely worth a try.
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Best for summer: UTan and Tone Coconut Tanning Water, £18
The humble coconut is having a bit of a moment in 2017, Refreshing coconut water is on every supermarket shelf and coconut oil is being recommended for everything from cooking to housework, but here’s one place you might not expect this trendy ingredient—in your tanning lotion.
You can certainly smell the key ingredient in this gentle tanning spritz, and the scent may transport you to straight to that white sandy beach you’d planned to show your tan off on.
If you’re looking for a subtle way to add colour to your face without the aid of an overpowering fake tan, this is a great solution. The formula of the mist, which sprays evenly over the face, is incredibly light and can be built up to reach the desired effect, looking natural even on pale skin.
If you prefer a richer brown, look elsewhere, but for a light, sun-kissed glow this product does the trick without feeling heavy on the skin.
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Best for repair: Philip Kingsley Tricho 7 Volumizing hair and scalp treatment, £50
Seven is the magic number for the latest product in the Philip Kingsley Tricho range. These miracle drops contain seven specially developed ingredients, which took seven years of researching and testing to perfect, and they should be used twice daily, seven days a week.
Used daily, the treatment promises to volumize thin hair while protecting it against environmental damage and reducing further hair loss. Big claims!
In action, the solution (which is dispensed through a delicate pipette) is lightweight and easy to style with. There’s always a risk that products of this nature will leave hair weighed down and greasy, but once applied there’s no visible trace at all, and hair is left feeling fresh and plumped up.
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Best makeup: Nars Orgasm Blush, £23
The creatively titled Nars Orgasm Blush has long been an iconic product. Flattering on every skin tone, the peachy-pink powder formula has been recommended by makeup artists for years. Now the company have rereleased the cult favourite with a limited edition case and two new tie-in products: a liquid blush (£23) and matching lipstick (£21).
In the flesh, the blush is every bit as flattering as its iconic status suggests. It’s luminous quality also means you can forgo highlighter as it’ll make your cheek bones pop all by itself.
It even sits surprisingly well on dry/sensitive skin, where a liquid/cream blush might traditionally be preferred.
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Best for men: Lush Smuggler’s Soul Facial Scrub, £5.95
For men who find traditional exfoliators too harsh, this fine scrub could be the perfect solution. And knowing it’s made using sandalwood harvested sustainably by an Aboriginal group in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, only makes it more satisfying to use.
The scent is quite overtly masculine despite the addition of rosehip and argan oil, so best avoided by those who prefer unscented products. Nevertheless, it’s certainly up to the task of purifying and brightening the complexion and is especially good for avoiding the ingrown hairs that often accompany shaving.
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