My top bargain buys this Beauty Day


Alison Young with modelTo make sure you don't miss out on bagging a bargain this Beauty Day, I've picked out my top five beauty products just for you!

1. Elemis 4 Piece Tan Accelerator CollectionElemis 4 Piece Tan Accelerator Collection

This is a limited edition collection – not even available in salons. The Tan Accelerator can be used to get an even film star tan without spending any more time in the sun. But remember to still apply an SPF factor.

So, the best way to use it is as an after-sun moisturiser. It will keep your tan developing, encouraging it to develop further, and help to prevent it from fading.

Ultrasun 2 Piece Face & Body Sun Protection 2. Ultrasun 2 Piece Face & Body Sun Protection

This is what I like to use – infact, it's on my face right now! The factor 30 Face Cream is a fantastic, oil-free, matte, non-chalky formula that gives all-day protection without requiring re-application.

If you're serious about your moisturisers and day creams, especially for mature skin, then you should wear this every day during the summer. Plus, if you're wrinkle phobic, wear it every day all year round like me.

The Protection 20 is a body formula which offers all-day protection from a once-a-day application, even if you sweat or swim. Both formulas are easy to get men and children to wear too because of their matte finish. Plus, sporty and busy people tend to like them because there's no residue and they don't have to be re-applied throughout the day.

Gatineau 8 Piece Complete Skincare Collection 3. Gatineau 8 Piece Complete Skincare Collection

This is the perfect excuse to have a full salon-performance facial routine to test out Gatineau's products and to see the results for yourself. Or, if you've already been converted, you'll realise the fantastic price of this collection. Plus, the sizes are great to take with you on holiday.

Choose the Melatogenine option if your main ageing concern is wrinkles and lines, including furrows and feather lines. Or choose the Defilift option if your main issue is with slackness and loss of face shape ie. double chins, flat cheeks and droopy eyelids. What's great is that this set contains specialised serums and creams for different areas of the face, neck and eyes to give you the most dramatic result possible.

4. MOP Mixed Greens Supersize Duo MOP Mixed Greens Supersize Duo

This duo provides you with a fresh and healthy diet for your hair that the whole family can enjoy, whatever their hair texture. So, if one of you has coarser grey hair or softer blonde hair or curly afro-carribean hair, then you can all reap the benefits of these products. Use daily.

Philosophy Beauty Rest Collection 5. Philosophy Beauty Rest Collection

If you have a more mature skin but still suffer from breakouts or combination patches, then this is a fantastic collection for you. It's a step up from the Philosophy starter kits to more intensely concentrated peptide and plumping formulas, designed to give the skin a more cushioned, plumped-up look.

6. Decleor 5 Piece Anti-Ageing CollectionDecleor 5 Piece Anti-Ageing Collection

For all of you that have wanted to jump into the Decleor salon, famous for its aromatherapy results, and if you're over 40 then this collection is your excuse. It contains Iris Nightime Skin Balm which gives more mature skin instant comfort so that when you wake up in the morning your skin immediately has a more relaxed, younger look.

It's especially good if you have dry tendancies, and if so you'll love upgrading from a night cream to this luxurious treatment balm. This collection offers you a morning and evening regime to test it out.


  1. Susan April 19, 2009 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hiya, just a quick query when do we apply the sun protection? Is it after your cream and before your primer or after both cream and primer? Thankyou.

  2. Jen April 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    I am hoping to purchase a new moisturiser but am unsure of what to go for. I am in my early 30s with slightly dry skin. I am looking for my moisturiser to include SPF. Can you please give me any advise??

  3. lesley kennedy June 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    hi alison i am troubled with very bumpy skin under my chin i think this has been caused by years of electrolysis waxing and laser hair removal treatments as my condition was very bad the hair now is much more under control- i am 54 yrs old and going through the menopause is there any hope for me or should i give up i use elemis and gatineau products regularly thanks lesley

  4. janice tate June 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison please could you recommend somethig for my nails,I have tried both treatments of pro strong and my nails are a real mess still peeling WHAT CAN I TRY NEXT

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