Your A-Z au­tumn edit

The beauty must-haves, must-wears and must-buys for the sea­son ahead and be­yond

Prima (UK) - - Contents -

Ev­ery­thing to keep your face, hair, nails and body in tip-top con­di­tion

A… is for An­niver­sary Hair­care prod­ucts come and go, but not An­drew Bar­ton’s fab­u­lous range. It’s cel­e­brat­ing 10 years on the shelves of Asda. If your hair is dry and fraz­zled from the sum­mer months, you’ll love the best­selling S.O.S Hair Re­pair Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner (£4.99 each). What­ever you choose, they’re all su­per-nour­ish­ing and packed with ar­gan oil.

B …is for Bright­en­ing Last year, a third of all skin­care launches were aimed at mak­ing our com­plex­ions more ra­di­ant, and this year is look­ing just as bright! In­tro­duce Nat­u­rally Ra­di­ant Gly­colic Tonic (£5.99, Su­per­drug) to your rou­tine af­ter cleans­ing, as it in­cludes 5% gly­colic acid (the same as more pricey for­mu­las) for a daily ex­fo­li­a­tion. Vi­ta­min C is your go-to beauty in­gre­di­ent for bright­en­ing, too; mix two to three drops of Paula’s Choice Re­sist C15 Su­per Booster (£45) into your daily mois­turiser to see a real dif­fer­ence.

C …is for Calm Do you want the per­fect ex­cuse for some me-time? Put your hair in a deep con­di­tion­ing mask, like John Frieda Frizz Ease Mirac­u­lous Re­cov­ery Deep Con­di­tioner (£6.99, Boots), wrap it in a hot towel and leave it on for 20 min­utes. Do this once a week for a real mois­ture boost and, while you’re at it, put your feet up, the ket­tle on and read your favourite mag­a­zine!

D… is for does DNA count? Ac­cord­ing to Olay, you don’t need good genes to have good skin. A re­cent study of over 150,000 women found that it’s nur­ture over na­ture that counts. Ex­ter­nal fac­tors, such as UV ex­po­sure and skin hy­dra­tion, are much more im­por­tant than ge­net­ics. So stay out of the sun, drink lots of wa­ter and treat your­self to an Olay Re­gener­ist 3 Point Su­per Age-de­fy­ing Cream (£29.99, Boots). It’s now packed with more youth-boost­ing in­gre­di­ents.

E …is for Eye-opener You can now wake up to thicker, fuller and curled-look­ing lashes with­out any ef­fort thanks to the new Lash Per­fect Lash Lift treat­ment (from £25-£55, lash­per­fect.co.uk). Re­lax in your lunch hour (it only takes 30-45 min­utes) while a beau­ti­cian tints and perms your lashes – now at the lash line for op­ti­mum lift. You’ll look like you’re wear­ing nat­u­ral-look­ing falsies, and, amaz­ingly, we found it lasts for up to eight weeks.

F… is for FOMO Af­ter the suc­cess of the col­lab­o­ra­tion in 2016, Lulu Guin­ness has teamed up with Vase­line again this year and de­signed th­ese fun Lip Ther­apy tins (£2.99). What’s more, now there’s a Hand Cream (£3.95) to col­lect, too. Fear­ful Of Miss­ing Out? Look out for them in Boots at the end of Oc­to­ber and get them be­fore they sell out!

G… is for Gar­den­ers’ must-have Green fin­gers need spe­cial care af­ter dig­ging, plant­ing and ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments, so keep Woods of Wind­sor Gar­den­ers’ Black­berry & Thyme Ex­fo­li­at­ing Hand Scrub (£4.99, selected depart­ment stores and gar­den cen­tres) by your sink for stub­born, in­grained dirt. Team it with the Hand Balm (£7.99) for a fab Christ­mas gift for gar­den­ers.

H ...is for Hy­brid Foun­da­tions that act like serums; serums that add glow... the world of skin­care and make-up are en­twined more than ever – sav­ing us time and money. Try No7 Lift & Lu­mi­nate Triple Ac­tion Serum Foun­da­tion (£18, Boots) – packed with the anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ents that are in the serum of the same name, it pro­vides a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral fin­ish.

I... is for In­stant facelift Full, bold brows + big, black lashes = 10 years off. Per­fect your arches with Ben­e­fit Fool­proof Brow Pow­der (£20) for a nat­u­ral face-framer, teamed with YSL All In A Wink mas­cara in No1 (£25.50, coun­ters na­tion­wide).

J… is for Just be­cause… …it’s fun and all over In­sta­gram! We’re giv­ing a big thumbs-up to bub­ble masks. Clin­ique Pep-start Dou­ble Bub­ble Pu­ri­fy­ing Mask (£24) ap­plies like a gel and trans­forms to bubbles that lift out oil and dirt for a deep cleanse. If you pre­fer a sheet mask, try Oh K! Bub­ble Sheet Masks (£6 each, feelu­nique.com).

k…is for Knot-free For­get nov­elty body treat­ments, tra­di­tional mas­sages are the only way to de-stress this au­tumn. We love Clar­ins Re­bal­anc­ing Mas­sage (£57, for 1 hour and 25 min­utes, na­tion­wide) be­cause it re­leases long-stand­ing knots and ten­sion – like all good mas­sages should.

L... is for Lu­mi­nos­ity A lu­mi­nous, dewy fin­ish on skin is still what we all crave. Make creamy foun­da­tions, ra­di­ance flu­ids and balms your best friends, or fake it with il­lu­mi­nat­ing pow­ders, like Beauty Pie Pro-strobe Lu­minizer Pow­der (£5.12 for mem­bers, £30 for non-mem­bers).

M...is for Me­tallics Last year’s metal­lic must-haves on eye­lids and nails creep on to lips this sea­son, too. Think it’s a step too far? Think again! The metal­lic tex­ture works well teamed with a smoky eye for nights out when you’re putting on the glam! For a pretty pink, try Barry M Matte Me Up Metal­lic Lip Kit in Al­lure (£6.98, Boots).

N… is for Nat­u­ral The grow­ing de­mand for or­ganic skin­care has never been more ev­i­dent, with so much choice now avail­able. If you want to go nat­u­ral, try Tropic Skin Re­vive Nour­ish­ing Cream Con­cen­trate (£22) as a daily mois­turiser, or Botan­ics Or­ganic Fa­cial Oil (£11.49, Boots) if you like an oil. On the body, we love Jurlique Soft­en­ing Rose Body Lo­tion (£28). And for a purse-friendly op­tion, try Garnier Sk­i­n­ac­tive 3 In 1 Rose Wa­ter Botan­i­cal Balm (£12.99), a mask, day and night cream all in one.

O…is for Once a day If you’re ap­ply­ing your body lo­tion more than once a day, you’ll love the new longer-last­ing for­mu­las from brands that have wo­ken up and re­alised we’re women with to-do lists as long as our arms! For a high-street buy, we’re lov­ing Dove Nour­ish­ing Se­crets Restor­ing Body Cream (£8.79). Want a treat? You can’t beat L’oc­c­i­tane Ul­tra Light Body Cream (£32). If the menopause is mak­ing your skin ex­tra dry and un­com­fort­able, try the tar­geted Vase­line Ma­ture Skin Re­ju­ve­na­tion Heal­ing Mois­ture Lo­tion (£5.99).

P… is for Pretty in pink Have you spot­ted the pink peep­ers hav­ing a beauty mo­ment on the red car­pet? It’s a beauty trend with true wear­a­bil­ity for all. Try Ur­ban De­cay Eye­shadow in Mid­night Cow­boy (£15) for a soft, suit-all pink; for a bit of evening sparkle, we love Stila Mag­nif­i­cent Me­tals Glit­ter & Glow Liq­uid Eye Shadow in

Bal­let Baby (£23) or Barry M Daz­zle Dust

in Neme­sis (£4.59, Su­per­drug) for a deeper bur­gundy.

Q ...is for Quick fix If the change in sea­son is leav­ing your com­plex­ion de­hy­drated, give it some TLC with Sim­ple Wa­ter Boost Hy­drat­ing Booster (£6.99). Use on its own, or mix with your reg­u­lar mois­turiser. Makes a great primer, too.

R… is for Retinol This magic in­gre­di­ent is backed by re­search for its abil­ity to smooth lines, min­imise pores and ban­ish blem­ishes. Try The Or­di­nary Retinol 1% (£5.80, vic­to­ri­a­health. com) from the bril­liant, bud­get skin­care range. Build up your tol­er­ance to it by ini­tially only us­ing it a few times a week.

S ...is for Sul­phate-free sham­poos A slew of sul­phate-free sham­poos this year is not just great news for the chem­i­cal con­scious. Su­per-gen­tle, they’re per­fect for any­one with a sen­si­tive scalp or dam­aged or coloured hair. And, thanks to nat­u­ral foam­ing agents, they won’t leave hair lank. We re­ally rate Pure­ol­ogy Clean Vol­ume Sham­poo (£16.50).

T... is for Trick or Treat Spice up the spook­tac­u­lar time of year with The Body Shop’s lim­ited edi­tion Vanilla Pump­kin body care col­lec­tion. Pick from a Hand Cream (£4), Body But­ter (£15), Shim­mer Mist (£12) or Shower Gel (£5). They all smell sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious!

U… is for Un­der­neath Primers are still big news, be­cause the lat­est tech­nol­ogy makes them more hard­work­ing than ever. It’s the skin-per­fect­ing step un­der your make-up that you can’t af­ford to miss. We love Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer For Face/neck (£14.99, Boots), as it smooths pores and lines, and the teardrop ap­pli­ca­tor makes ap­pli­ca­tion easy.

V …is for Very sen­si­tive so­lu­tion You’re in for a big sur­prise if you don’t be­lieve you can ben­e­fit from the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and su­per skin­care in­gre­di­ents be­cause your skin’s ul­tra del­i­cate. Tril­ogy Very Gen­tle Restor­ing Oil (£29.50) is a pure plant oil that will hy­drate and pro­tect those who suf­fer from in­flam­ma­tion. We love Lancôme Ad­vanced Génifique Sen­si­tive (£59) be­cause it has all the power of the iconic serum, but is packed with an­tiox­i­dants and pro­bi­otics to help with flare-ups.

W… is for Wow-fac­tor foun­da­tion If you pre­fer a full cov­er­age, but have found foun­da­tions too heavy in the past, you’ll love barem­iner­als BAREPRO Per­for­mance Wear Liq­uid Foun­da­tion SPF20 (£29). The min­eral pig­ments feel fine, light and su­per-com­fort­able but stay put all day long.

X ...is for X marks the spot Break outs hap­pen to us all. Keep Mu­rad Rapid Re­lief Spot Treat­ment (£17) on standby, as the sal­i­cylic acid for­mula ex­fo­li­ates and treats blem­ishes in­stantly. For cover-up, you can’t beat the high cov­er­age of Vichy Der­mablend SOS Cover Stick (£15, Boots).

Y ...is for Youth booster Noth­ing looks more age­ing than dry, frizzy or un­ruly hair. And with straight, sleek strands mak­ing a come­back, now is the time to treat it to Keras­traight Ul­ti­mate (from £150), the Brazil­ian smooth­ing treat­ment that leaves your hair su­per­silky, so you can have a good hair day ev­ery day. Best of all, it lasts for months.

Z... is for Zzzzz It’s of­fi­cial: we’re knack­ered! A re­cent study found UK peo­ple work the most over­time in Europe. Re­store your 40 winks with new su­per­sized This Works Deep Sleep Pil­low Spray (£35). Spritzed on the pil­low, the award-win­ning nat­u­ral blend of laven­der, ve­tivert and camomile helps calm the mind and re­lax the body. You’ll be asleep in no time. Sweet dreams.

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