Archive for May, 2011
Go big with Got2b hair volumising powder
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Volumising powder, the lovechild of a dry shampoo and a volumising spray, has become one of the go-to products for creating the big, messy, bedhead look that’s so popular right now.

Schwarzkopf’s Got2b is one of the first brands to bring us this new wave volumising product for under £5 – and when you think that Got2b comes from the same camp as hair powder afficionados OSiS, this is probably a safe bet for experimentation.

Think of the product as backcombing in a bottle, Just tip your head upside down, liberally pile on the powder, scrunch or brush it through, and big hair is yours without the need for bumpits or loads of back-brushing or combing. It also works a little like dry shampoo to remove excess oil and give hair a matte finish – perfect for morning after the night before hair!

Schwazkopf Got2b Volumising Style Powder £4.07 at Superdrug

Dream On: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Friday, May 27th, 2011

Back when I worked in a cosmetics shop, I could tell the moment anyone had restocked a product containing the rich, citrus Neroli oil. It’s such a pervasive scent, and so instantly recognisable, that it quickly joined Jasmine on my list of top fragrance ingredients.

And now Tom Ford, he of unquestionable taste, sex appeal and access to Colin Firth’s phone number, has taken Tunisian Neroli and blended it with its perfect partners (other citruses, plus Bergamot and Lavendar to sweeten the bitterness) to make Neroli Portofino, an indulgent scent that goes straight to the top of my wishlist despite the fact I’ve not actually sniffed it yet.

Unfortunately, with this designer scent comes a designer price tag of just over £230. However, for that you get a whopping 250ml. Most fragrances come in 30ml or 50ml bottles for about £30 – £50, so on a ml for ml basis, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds.

I know, I know. You believe me, thousands wouldn’t…

Spot The Difference: Shimmering Body Oils
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Fancy adding a bit of subtle shimmering bronze to your Summer skin? You won’t be short on options with everyone and their auntie putting out a bronzing cream or oil. There are various formulas to suit all price ranges, but one new offering in particular looks very familiar indeed…

Someone at the Body Shop has clearly been keeping a close eye on what’s happening over at NARS, as the packaging for the new Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil looks really similar to NARS’ longstanding favourite Body Glow.

The similarities don’t end there either, as both are an oil-based formula that promises a shimmery, bronzed finish to the skin with no greasy finish.

However, while NARS look to the tropics with Monoi de Tahiti (a combination of coconut oil and tiare flower) to enrich the formula, The Body Shop have added fair trade honey from Ethiopia. So it’s up to you to choose between a floral-tinged pina colada or a softer, sweeter blend.

In truth, if you are thinking of buying one of these, your final decision will probably come down to price. NARS are asking £44 for 120ml of their luxury offering, while 100ml of The Body Shop’s rival is yours for only £16.

Try BioEffect EGF serum for only £8 with our new luxury samples
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

It’s safe to say that I’m a fan of BioEffect EGF serum. In fact, I’ve been using it in place of night cream ever since I reviewed it back in January, and my skin’s never looked better.

The brand new ‘miracle’ product was also a winner in our New Year Honours awards, with you guys voting it the best new skincare product of the last 12 months. But at £125 per bottle, it’s a pricey investment!

So I’m really excited to be able to offer Latest in Beauty members the chance to try the product for a lot less.

Latest in Beauty have a limited number of luxury samples available. The 3.5ml bottles are worth £35, but you can order them from us now for only £8.

And don’t forget, we offer free postage & packing on orders of three or more luxury samples, so if you try just two more products (prices start at £2) you can get them all delivered for free.

Just click here to log in to the main site, then click the Luxury Samples box to order.

Tried & Tested: Veet Hair Minimising Lotion
Friday, May 20th, 2011

No matter what hair removal method you use, there comes that annoying time when the regrowth starts. Luckily, there are a few hair minimisers on the market that aim to make that regrowth softer and less apparent as you wait for your next waxing appointment / hunt down that last replacement razorblade you know you have somewhere in the back of the bathroom cupboard.

I recently tried Veet’s new Hair Minimising Body Moisturiser, and I have to say I was pretty surprised. It wasn’t so much that it reduced the hair regrowth (I think this would be more noticeable over a longer period of time on areas that are shaved frequently like legs) but the hair that grew back was so much softer as it started to grow through that I couldn’t help but be impressed.

I’ve tried a couple of products like this in the past and what I’ve found is what you gain in hair minimising, you lose in moisturising capabilities – I remember one being incredibly waxy feeling on the skin and actually quite unpleasant. Here Veet have definitely delivered. I sometimes get dry flaky skin down my shins, especially if I’ve been shaving my legs, and this kept that at bay easily.

You do need to use it every day to see proper results though. To give the the stats Veet gave me, in consumer trials 82% of women experienced longer lasting smoothness within just two weeks. 71% of women experienced softer stubble within 3 weeks, and 79% saw slower regrowth after 4 weeks.

I think substituting your regular body lotion for this on the legs is a savvy move if you want to make hair removal as simple as possible. You won’t notice a dramatic reduction in hair in a few days but over time it’ll help a bit, and at under £5 a bottle (with frequent discounts and offers at Boots / Superdrug) it’s not an expensive experiment.

The moisturiser comes in two varieties, one for sensitive skin and one for normal / dry skin. Both are £4.99 at Boots.

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