What’s hot in beauty this season?


Alison YoungToday is the start of our three-day online beauty extravaganza – What’s Hot? Each day our beauty department will be featuring a new trend – Techno Beauty, Tropical beauty and Nail Art.

Here’s a rundown of What’s Hot in beauty right now…

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
This world-wide bestseller is a must-have for all make-ups bags! Whatever colour you choose, you’re sure to the love the results. Each palette features five bars of luxurious pearlised shades in radiant colours that can be used as blush, over blusher and on the eyes.

It’s also perfect for highlighting your cheekbones, décolletage, cupid’s bow and even great for dusting on your arms and legs for a gorgeous shimmering look.

Red carpet manicure collectionRed Carpet Manicure

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this early this year and trialled it out on the slopes. Well, there’s no better way to test out long-lasting nails polishes and let me tell you, it works!

The trend for gel polishes has really come in to its own this year, with salons up and down the country testing out the latest brands.

Now you can get salon-style nail treatments in the comfort of you own home with the top-rated Red Carpet Manicure collection.

It contains everything you need to achieve a long-lasting, high-shine gel manicure or pedicure that dries almost instantly, including an LED lamp, top and base coats, three colours and much more.

Just like a professional gel manicure, each layer is ‘cured’ to dry under the LED lamp in as little as 30 seconds, so you can get on with your day without worrying about smudging or chipping your colour. What’s not to love?

Eyeko mascaraEyeko London Tube Mascara

A firm favourite with celebrities and make-up artists, Eyeko’s Mascara Wardobe offers three innovative brushes designed to emphasise your lashes whether you’re lacking length, volume or craving some curl.

Creators Max and Nina Leykind have been perfecting their award-winning range for over 10 years and have taken the hard work out of choosing the perfect mascara.

All you have to do is choose between Curvy, Fat or Skinny. If you can’t make your mind up go for all three and mix and match your mascara look.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Skincare CollectionElemis Pro-Collagen Discovery Collection

Elemis have excelled themselves again bringing this fantastic-valued collection showcasing the very best of Pro-Collagen skincare.

There’s the top-rated Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser to remove daily dirt and grime and make-up to leave your skin smooth and radiant; award-winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream to help tackle the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; hydrating Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream and Pro-Intense Lift Effect to give your skin a plump, youthful-looking complexion.

This collection is an ideal introduction to the elemis brand or if you’re a fan already, the perfect-sized set to take on your travels.

Be quick, I’m guessing the collection won’t be round for long, especially at such a fab Try Me Price!

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  1. Jan Delaney August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I wanted to ask what you would recommend, I have had gel nails for years and once a fortnight go for my infills but I am fed up and want my own lovely nails back. As my nails start to grow out I would like to be able to start putting treatment on those areas to give my nails some strength as they grow? I didn’t know whether to go for Pro Strong or Nail Esstentials? Any ideas please? Jan

  2. Joan August 14, 2012 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,i have just started using lulu skincare. i use the day serum over ultrasun face before applying the day cream. in the evening i use the night serum followed by neck cream then eye balm then night cream. when should i use the youth juice before or after serum, day or night? thanks j

  3. Anthea Baker August 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison. Have used Spot On from Liz Earle for many years but it’s no longer available. Can you recommend an alternative please. Anthea B

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