Beauty brief for the new season

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SKIN-perfecting oils, beauty crayons and spray-on moisturisers were just some of the beauty breakthroughs in 2014.
So it’s always exciting to ponder what some of the industry’s biggest beauty brands are set to have in store for the new year.
There are a number of essentials one simply can’t do without when it comes to revamping your cosmetics bag this month.
And a long-lasting foundation, hero lip product and some youth-boosting skincare products are amongst some of the essentials.
There’s no point in waiting until spring to start paying attention to your beauty regime when there are already so many must-haves being launched on the shelves. Check out these new season essentials which will help to start you off.

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Murad Age-Diffusing Serum, £64, and Age-Balancing Moisturiser with SPF 30 +, £59.50

 

WONDERS: Murad is amazing for skincare.

WONDERS: Murad is amazing for skincare.

 

These two new anti-ageing innovations from Murad skincare feature specialised proteins from the Resurrection Plant.
While helping to reduce age-related dehydration and improving tightness of the skin, these will also strengthen the skin’s barrier to lock in moisture and restore a healthy, youthful glow.
Combining these both day and night are the perfect way to arm your skin against the cold snap with nourishing and protecting ingredients.
The super-hydrating daily moisturiser features an essential blend of Sunflower, Grape Seed and Avocado Oils to replenish dry skin with long lasting hydration. It also brings life back to dry, dull skin, reduces deeper lines and wrinkles and restores a healthy radiance.
Apply a small blob of this moisturiser after the serum and your skin will feel firmer instantly.
This is also great for preventing wrinkles as it contains a high SPF count. After one week you’ll see less wrinkles and a plumper complexion.

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Clarins limited-edition Light Lip Comfort Oil, £18

PURE LUXURY: These lip oils will soothe your pout in seconds.

PURE LUXURY: These lip oils will soothe your pout in seconds.

 

For a new way to liven up your lips, try out a comforting oil like this limited edition one launched by Clarins.
Launched in the shades Raspberry and Honey, this unique product will add a wash of colour to lips while adding moisture and care at the same time.
This is the product all the beauty editors are raving about at the moment and I’m certain high street beauty brands will soon be following suit.
Ideal for those who want a natural stain added to pale lips or simply need some TLC. These contain nourishing jojoba oils, mirabelle and hazelnut oil which will envelop the lips in a melting forumla while adding colour. Simply addictive.

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Clarins Everlasting Foundation, £27.50

 

MATTIFYING: This foundation is great for oily skin.

MATTIFYING: This foundation is great for oily skin.

 

We’re all looking to find that perfect foundation which makes our skin flawless yet still lasts day and night.
And now Clarins has revamped the formula of its best-selling long-hold foundation to deliver even longer hold, improved comfort and flawless coverage, for 18 hours.
Containing ingredients which protect from both pollution and harsh sun rays, this foundation uses an invisible microfilm of new generation silicones and 100 per cent natural hectorite powders.
The silicones bond with the skin’s own hydrolipidic film and the hectorite controls shine, delivering impeccable day-long matte coverage.
The High Fidelity System also ensures that the colour pigments are evenly distributed and super-adherent giving a flawless complexion and even colour from dawn to dusk.
Finely ground bamboo powder has matifying properties which give exceptional hold whilst minimizing the appearance of dark spots, imperfections and redness, for a totally flawless skin result.
This looks natural, just the right amount of matte and also leaves a flawless finish to make the skin look beautiful and blemish free.
Make it your new year’s resolution to find a foundation that’s long-lasting, perfecting and reliable like this one.

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RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum, £31

 

BOOSTER: Use this to achieve thicker brows in 60 days.

BOOSTER: Use this to achieve thicker brows in 60 days.

 

As someone who has always struggled to grow their eyebrows, the news of this product comes as a complete godsend.
Having always felt envy over the likes of Megan Fox and Cara Delevingne because of their amazing bushy brows, I made it a resolution to ensure my sparse ones look their best during 2015.
RapidBrow is a high performance eyebrow enhancing serum formulated with a distinct Hexatei two complex which helps to boost brow density and growth in as little as 60 days.
Clinically proven, Rapid Brow will improve the appearance of your furrows by using  a blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients designed to help condition, enhance, and improve the appearance of eyebrows.
Applying this serum twice a day has become an addiction of mine and I’m excited to make my arch as perfect as possible.
Perfect for those who wish to say goodbye to nineties brows.

 

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Clarins Blush Prodige, £26

THE CHEEK: A rose blush suits any skintone.

THE CHEEK: A rose blush suits any skintone.

 

This gorgeous blush in Sweet Rose is tailored to suit every skin type.
An addition to Clarins’ Blush Prodige collection, the super-sleek compact contains two complementary shades of cheek colour: a matte shade which sculpts and an iridescent shade which highlights. The ultra-silky, lightweight texture gives a luminous, long-lasting finish. A flush of colour to the cheeks accentuates freshness and makes your cheekbones pop as soon as this is swept on. Gives a brighter complexion in seconds and contains a handy mirror and brush to go with it.

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Aromatherapy Associates Relax Light Bath and Shower Oil, £40

 

PAMPER YOURSELF: A bath oil will leave your skin silky smooth.

PAMPER YOURSELF: A bath oil will leave your skin silky smooth.

 

After a long day, sometimes there’s nothing better than some relaxing pamper me time.
And one of my favourite ways to unwind, particularly on a Thursday before the weekend, is bu running a hot bath and trying out some new beautifying products.
For a new way to nourish your body, spoil yourself with Aromatherapy Associates Relax Light Bath and Shower Oil, which combines a gently restful blend of lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang to aid relaxation and encourage a peaceful night’s sleep.

 

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector, £18

 

PERFECT LIPS: I need one in every colour.

PERFECT LIPS: I need one in every colour.

 

I’m a sucker for a lip balm, especially when it’s tinted.
And these luscious, ultra-absorbent balms come in six flattering shades to illuminate lips with sheer colour and shine.
Rich in active plant ingredients, they contain nourishing mango and shea leaving lips soft all day long, vitamin E to protect against free radicals and a natural peptide which helps provide hydration and give lips a fuller and more beautiful appearance.
These also help to aid against winter and will soothe sore lips without zero stickiness. My favourite shade is Rosewood, a gorgeous, subtle nude which looks beautiful on.
Another is the My Pink shade, a clever innovation which makes it react with the pH level of your lips, producing a bespoke pink colour to suit every individual skintone.

 

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Swiss Rescue Serum, £9.95

SKIN AID: Protect your face from harsh conditions with this super serum.

SKIN AID: Protect your face from harsh conditions with this super serum.

 

Although it may seem spring isn’t that far away, the reality is that winter is still very much present.
And we all know how wintry weather strips the skin of its natural moisture barrier due to excessive drying from cold dry winds, central heating and lower humidity (drier air), causing the top layer to dry and flake off making causing chaffing and making skin itchy and more sensitive.
However this natural dry skin rescue serum, developed in the Swiss Alps for people with dry skin living at high altitudes, has been clinically proven by Swiss scientists to help lock in moisture for winter skin prone to dryness and flaking.
Defensil Rescue Serum combines two key natural ingredients a concentrated extract from Cardiospermum seed and cold pressed Echium Oil, which have been shown in combination in trials to stabilise and regenerate the skin barrier and act effectively against itching caused by dry, chapped or flaking skin and eczema.
Defensil Rescue Serum can be used twice daily on very dry or chapped patches of skin during cold weather as an intense skin barrier protection treatment to help prevent further drying, flaking and irritation. Perfect protection against Scotland’s current sub-zero temperatures.
Available from www.skinshop.co.uk

 

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No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, £23

YOUTH BOOSTER: Get younger skin with this oil.

YOUTH BOOSTER: Get younger skin with this oil.

 

The experts at No7 know that keeping a beautifully radiant, healthy and moisturised complexion in the winter months can be tough.
That’s why they’ve developed the new No.7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, a blend of natural oils and vitamins that keep skin soft, nourished and conditioned, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.
With its lightweight and non-greasy formula, this youth-boosting oil is suitable for all skin types. It is enriched with Rosehip seed and Jojoba oils to keep moisture locked in, in addition to a blend of skin identical lipids to prevent future dryness.
Rachel Parish, No7 Advisor, said: “With the cold weather setting in, more women turn to us to find out how they can keep their skin looking hydrated and radiant — a facial oil is the perfect way to do this. Simply just apply 2-3 drops of new No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil on to cleaned skin and massage in circular motions over your face and neck, being sure to avoid the eye area.
“It can be used as part of your daily skincare regime, or alongside your favourite No7 night cream for an added moisture boost.”

 

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