Get A Perfect Glow!
It's definitely self-tan time, and the choice is vast - which can make it all a bit confusing.
Just to help you out, we love this Body Glow by Skinny Tan, £7.99 (Superdrug) which gives a great colour, is really easy to apply and has the added bonus of containing guarana which helps to firm skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Choose a pale colour for skin that hasn't seen the sun for months as the colour is quite intense.
Gorgeous Summer Body Wash
A lovely body wash is a great start to the day, and one that puts a spring in your step is a bonus. Shea Moisture African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Body Wash, £10.99 (Boots). With organic Shea Butter, African Water Mint, Activated Charcoal and Ginger and Opuntia Extracts, it smells amazing while also helping to detoxify and soften the skin. And it works a treat for the mind as well, making you feel instantly refreshed and rejuvenated.
The Perfect Skin Hydrator
We love mists and we love serums, and now Barry M have combined the two - which is a fab idea.
Choose from Calming Rose or Hydrating Coconut Serum Mists, £5.99 (superdrug.com), both of which give skin an instant boost of moisture, keeping skin hydrated throughout the day.
They're best used in the mornings before moisturising and can be used throughout the day to keep skin looking dewy and feeling supple.
Brilliant New Mind And Body Range
If a product can do several jobs, we're all for it. This new range, called Al!ve, treats both the mind and the body with magnesium, minerals and vitamins.
The bargain range includes Body Gel, Shower Gel, Body Lotion and In-Shower Moisturiser, all priced £5 (Sainsbury's) and they're amazing. They all re-energise and re-charge the mind and body, and are perfect for after a workout, or on a morning when energy levels are low.
You don't need the whole range, but one or two products will ...
Lipsticks To Suit All …?
Maybelline have put a lot of thought and effort into the new Made For All lipstick range. The six shades of red were tested on more than 50 different skintones in the quest to find shades to suit everyone.
At £7.99 (Boots), they're well worth checking out, as the shades were tested on real people, with real lives, so they're very wearable.
Give Skin A Treat
Skin takes a bit of a bashing at this time of year, with the harsh weather and all the celebrations. Take some time out today or over the weekend for some pampering - and this is perfect for being kind to skin.
We love Neutrogena, it's well-priced and great quality. This new bargain Deep Moisture Express Body Mist, £6.99 (Boots) is really easy to use and gives skin a big drink. It lasts for hours - promising 48 hours of hydration - and skin stays soft and supple.
Go For Glitter …
If there's ever an excuse to get the glitter out, it's over the next few days. So slap on the shimmer and slather on the sparkle with this gorgeous bargain Barry M Glitter Cream Palette, £7.99 (Superdrug).
The colours are very wearable - either on the eyes, décolletage or along the hairline - and the creamy formula means they stay put longer than glitter powders. They are subtle, but can be built on for extra sparkle. A top tip is to wet a fine eyeliner brush and sweep a slick of glitter ...
It’s A Cracker!
Beauty crackers make great Christmas table presents - and this bargain Olay Regenerist 3 Point Cream Cracker is just £5 at Superdrug. It contains a 15ml sample of the Olay moisturiser which firms, hydrates and addresses signs of ageing.
Definitely a treat we'd like to see on our Christmas dinner table ...
A Handbag Saviour
We always carry around a little tub of something that multi-tasks - for lips, to tame eyebrows, get rid of dry cuticles or in fact, dry spots anywhere. And we love Natruline, £2.99 (beautykitchen.co.uk) which is 100 per cent natural with no petroleum jelly. Instead, it contains Castor Seed Oil, Carnuba Wax and Beeswax, and hydrates for up to eight hours.
It's non-sticky and lovely to use as it doesn't block skin like petroleum jelly can. We've got one in our handbags for over Christmas.
Pretty Xmas Bauble
Every Christmas tree should have a beautiful bauble that's an extra present when everything's getting packed away.
Burt's Bees festive baubles are lovely. At £6.99 (Superdrug), they're a great bargain buy. Choose from Beeswax, Pomegranate or Coconut & Pear, with each decoration having a lipbalm, a hand salve or cuticle cream. And the baubles can be kept for next year with a new treat inside.
Huge Savings On Advent Calendar
We do love an advent calendar - especially one packed with beauty products. This one from lookfantastic has products worth £300 and is currently reduced from £79 to £59, so that's a saving of £241.
It includes products - some full-size - from brands including Glamglow, Molton Brown, Caudalie and Aromatherapy Associates. It's got little drawers for each day and is just gorgeous, and makes the run-up to Christmas all that more exciting.
Fab Glamglow Treat
We love Glamglow, but it tends to be a bit pricey. So we've popped this money-saving Superstar Set on our Xmas list. It's £42 with products worth £92 (glamglow.co.uk), and it's a real treat.
Products include Supermud, GravityMud Glitter Pink, GravityMud Purple, a spatula and a stencil. It's a great night in, and your skin will thank you for it ...
We're done with unicorns, it's all about the llamas now in beauty!
This new bargain Stay Cool Llama Highlighter from essence, £3.50(wilko.com) not only looks fab, it's a really handy instant glow-booster. With cool blue, shimmering pink and golden brown pigments, it's best swirled together and brushed on cheekbones, under the brow bone or on the décolletage giving the complexion a hint of colour and a perfect healthy glow.
50 Per Cent Off Huge Make-Up Kit
This is a cracking Christmas present. This bargain Sleek MakeUp Ultimate Collection is reduced from £50 to £25 until November 29 at Boots.
It comes beautifully presented and includes a Highlighting Palette, Eyeshadow Palette in Vintage Romance, Full Fat Lash Mascara, Dip It Eyeliner, Lip VIP Lipstick Show, Eau La La Lip Liner in Dragonfruit, Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream and Lip Cream in That's So Fetch. It's brilliant value, and is a definite under-the-tree star for this Christmas.
As Black Friday approaches and we're swamped with bargains, this fabulous buy from Benefit has sneaked in.
Benefit Superstar Collection is worth £76.50 and costs just £29.50 - a 60 per cent saving - at Boots from today. It's a boxed set with some of the brand's best-sellers that makes a brilliant gift. Products include full size BADgal Bang! (RRP £21.50), full size Hoola Bronzer (RRP £25.50), mini Gimme Brow shade 3.5 (RRP £10.50, mini Pore Pearl (RRP £10.50), mini Double The Lip in ...