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Big Kisses For The Happy Couple!

As wedding fever hits today, there will be many glasses raised to the royal couple. And if you're looking for a keepsake that's also useful, this brilliant Vaseline Lip Therapy tin is on sale for just £2.99 (Boots). And even better, you can make your own tin at personalised-tin.vaseline.co.uk for the same price. Celebrate a special day or just treat yourself to the best multi-tasking product ever!

Pampering For The Big Day …

We can only imagine the pressure Meghan will be feeling on Saturday to look perfect ... and while the eyes of the world aren't on us, if you have a special day coming up, this pampering kit will go down a treat. Philip Kingsley have come up with The Big Day Prep Box to celebrate the Royal Wedding, with £49 worth of products for £30 (philipkingsley.co.uk). The idea is that it contains everything you need to have amazing-looking hair. With Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer, Body Building ...

Fab Travel Minis

One of best aspects of summer is cute mini-sized products - and Benefit have surpassed themselves this year. Everything from Rollerlash Mascara through Hoola Bronzer to Goof Proof Brow Pencils are available in bargain mini travel sizes. Prices are mostly £10.50, with some at £12.50 (Boots), and they're just lovely. Perfectly-shrunk versions of the best-selling originals, these not only work really well for travelling, they're also a great way of trying new products at half the price of the ...

Cute In-Flight Kit

If travel is on your mind, it may be that you're trying to negotiate your way through the minefield that is flight restrictions on beauty products. We've got the perfect answer - this gorgeous Inflight Essentials kit from Heathcote & Ivory's Braids & Blooms Collection, £12 (heathcote-ivory.com). The kit contains everything you need for a peaceful flight - hand cream, hand sanitiser, calming gel, fab playing cards and ear plugs. It all comes in an easy-to-pack box, and will make ...

Bargain Super-Powered Skincare

Dr Organic is a brand well worth checking out for bargain versions of premium skincare. With ingredients very similar to much more expensive brands, there are some great bargains to be had within the range. A favourite is Pro Collagen Plus Dragons Blood Moisturiser, which at £18.99 (hollandandbarrett.com) is a great deal cheaper than Rodial's Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser at £59 (rodial.co.uk). Dragon's Blood in the Dr Organic version is sustainably sourced from the Amazonian ...

Smoothe Skin For Summer

Getting skin ready for summer can be a big job after living under layers for months. A tip is to invest in a good moisturiser as some tend to just sit on skin, and although they may smell nice, they're not necessarily giving skin the hydration it needs. For extra rough parts, or maybe for a big dose of hydration on a pampering Sunday, try Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula in Original Solid Formula, £3.65 (Boots). This is the most intensely hydrating solid balm you'll come across. With the ...

The Secret To A Restful Sleep …

As big fans of anything that helps give us a decent sleep, we're always on the lookout for good value products with all the right ingredients. This delicious Lavender Sleep Therapy Pillow Spray from Dr Organic, £7.99 (Holland & Barrett) has everything the more expensive versions contain, and works a treat. Lavender oil is combined with a blend of natural oils including ylang ylang, vetiver, patchouli, bergamot and Arabian Jasmine for a scent that lulls the body into a relaxing, sleepy ...

Be Kind To Your Body …

We spend a lot of time, money and energy on our faces, cleansing, moisturising, keeping it hydrated and protecting it against ageing. Often, however, our body can come a poor second in terms of attention and effort - but the body also shows ageing, and neglect. The new bargain Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body range features hyaluronic acid, which is included in lots of facial skincare to help lock in hydration. With super-light formulas, the whole range is a pleasure to use and makes skin feel ...

Shake It Off …!

We're loving these products more for the fun value than anything else - although the formulas themselves are pretty impressive. Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks, £8 each (selfridges.com) are just about the best face masks we've come across for sheer uniqueness. The idea is that the booster and the liquid ampoule are mixed in the cup and shaken, the mask can then be applied. It starts off as a cream and turns into a rubber sheet mask on the skin, which feels like it's doing all sorts ...

Amazing Metallics

Textured nail polishes are great for those of us who want a manicure that lasts for days without needing touched-up. Sparkles and metallic polishes tend to stick better to nails and don't show chips as much as smooth polishes. So the new bargain Barry M Molten Metal Holographic Nail Paints, £3.99 (Superdrug) are perfect for long-lasting colour. They glisten with sparkles and the metallic hues make them almost 3D, so nails don't look flat. There are four Holographic shades - Flare, an ...

Try Some Double-Moussing …

While we're not slaves to fashion, we do like to try the occasional trend. And the latest one of double-moussing is a winner in our book. Used during London Fashion Week to give hair extra texture, height and body, the process involves using mousse on hair as normal, styling, then double-layering the mousse for added volume and lasting hold. L'Oréal Professionnel Rebel Push Up Mousse, £12 (lookfantastic.com) is perfect for this. A powder-in-mousse, it gives hair loads of texture, and is ...

Beautiful Gift For Mums

Mother's Day should be all about pampering these important ladies, and this gorgeous gift from Sanctuary Spa is a perfect gift at a great bargain price. With Love, £20 (Boots) is encased in a reusable glass jar and contains six generous products. Body Wash, Body Scrub, Foaming Bath Soak, Wet Skin Moisture Miracle, Hand Cream and 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask cover all areas, and would give mum a few special pampering days. Even better, book an at-home spa day with mum and do the pampering for ...

Cheaper Than … An Eyelift

We spend a lot of time, money and energy trying to make our eyes look bright, youthful and sparkling. But under-eye puffiness, dark shadows and crow's feet have a nasty habit of showing up anyway. If you've ever fancied having the whole area de-puffed and lifted so you have the eyes of a Barbie doll, check out this fabulous little device. Sensse Eye Massager, £29.99 (Amazon) combines high sonic frequency vibrations with LED light therapy to help with puffiness and dark circles, boosting ...

Perfect Facial For Mother’s Day

Mums need a treat on Mother's Day, and this Facial In A Box by Antonia Burrell, £25 (antoniaburrell.com) is not only cheaper than a salon visit, it's also more personal. The kit comes with cleanser, polisher, plumper, repair, sculpting formula, mask and moisturiser, all small sizes, but more than enough to give your mum a really special pampering afternoon. It looks cute, the products are great quality, and this is better than a bunch of flowers as it means you'll be spending time together. ...

Blurred Lines …

We've discovered that a good primer can mean using a lot less foundation. So it not only looks better, skin is also healthier and it costs less. Triple whammy! This Air Mat Blur The Lines Primer from Bourjois, £8.99 (Boots) is brilliant. It's a silky skin perfector that controls shine, blurs fine lines and wrinkles and makes the complexion look smoother and more even. It works well without foundation for lazy days, as it just makes everything look a little more, well, perfect. And under ...