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BEST BUYS: Our top beauty picks

By Echo_Bridget  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

  • Anovia shampoo and conditioner

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He’s in the pink

Pink is a key highlight colour the spring/summer 14 Menswear season and among the high street shops embracing the colour from salmon to magenta is Marks & Spencer.

In formal shirts, pink is one of the best-selling colours and in casual wear, the pink chino is the fastest selling shade. The range also includes pink knits such as its M&S Collection Pure Cotton Double Cable Knit Jumper priced £29.50 (pictured).

Flush of love

Recreate the flush of love for date night. Lancome’s Limited Spring Edition Blush Highlighter is in the form of a beautifully embossed rose. Sweep onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh, pink glow, £35(www.lancome.co.uk).

Calyx comeback

Clinique has rediscovered Calyx, adding to the brand’s vibrant portfolio of fragrances, each with a distinct point of view. Calyx was introduced in 1986 as a fresh, modern fragrance, and today is still instantly recognisable. Created for the woman who seeks a signature scent that boldly sets her apart, yet is still clean and fresh, Calyx is a liberating fragrance that is even better experienced than explained. Available nationwide and online at www.clinique.co.uk from February 28 and costs £46 (50ml) and £66 (100ml). For stockist details call 0870 034 2566.

Gallop ahead

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s shoulder candy. A new bespoke horse stamp has been added to the ‘stable’ of embossing options. Prices from £108 for ‘The Classic’ (www.cambridgesatchel.com).

Size Savvy

Forget asking ‘does my bum look big in this?’ The majority of men are clueless when it comes to their partner’s dress size. Despite buying clothes for their partner in the past, 50 per cent confess that they have ‘no idea’ of their other half’s measurements, according to a survey by www.vouchercloud.com. Two thirds, 65 per cent, admitted to getting it wrong on shopping sprees on at least one occasion. Thank goodness for store receipts and return policies.

Be prepared

Beauty professions always rave about the importance of prepping your face before applying your make-up and you’ll see why once applying Benefit’s the POREfessional.

The lightweight, oil-free balm glides onto the skin and minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines. The translucent primer also has a dual purpose because it helps make-up stay put and can be used as a touch-up during the day. It costs £24.50 and is available from Boots and Debenhams.

Bargain beauty

Proving you don’t have to spend a fortune on shampoo and conditioner to achieve luscious looks is Anovia, the low-cost yet high-quality British beauty brand.

It has launched a new shampoo and conditioner range called Head Candy, including Revive & Energise containing argan oil, and Respect & Protect Colour with keratin. It costs £1 at Poundworld stores nationwide and you’ll be amazed at what you get for your money.


Animal prints aren’t just confined to the catwalk this season. Denman’s classic styling brush has received its very own make-over and is now available in bold coloured animal prints.

It is perfect for creating a sleek and smooth blow-dry finish and costs £8.68. A selection of Denman brushes are available from Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis, or visit www.denmanbrush.com

Restore the shine

The only thing that’s been hydrating my hair recently is the persistent rain, and it’s the elements which has been the inspiration for professional hair care range Aveda’s new Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil.

In the rich forests of Brazil they have discovered a unique solution for parched, brittle hair in the form of Buriti Oil. It has been made into a daily leave in treatment that is 99.9% naturally derived. Not only does it control frizz and flyaway ends, it also restores shine without looking or feeling greasy. It costs £17.50 and is available from Aveda salons such as Amanda Marsden Lifestyle Salon in Queen Street, Exeter, or at www.aveda.co.uk

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