Having discovered the genius that is hair powder a couple of years ago, I was recently reminded of its magical powers again when a friend’s jaw dropped as I sprinkled a little pot of dust over my fringe, making it come to life. “What on earth is that, and where can I get it?” she exclaimed. There are some pretty unusual products out there, and lots of new items hitting the shelves this season, so trust me and give them a go!
If you’ve got a fringe, or have flat hair then I cannot recommend hair powder enough. A little like dry shampoo, powders work to create texture and volume, and are just the best for thickening up thin hair. I love VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder (£2.99, Superdrug).
Keeping with the theme, Lee Stafford’s My Big Fat Texturised Hair Super Spray (£9.49, Boots) is a multipurpose spray that works as a wax, sea salt texturiser and volume booster – with the added hold of hair spray. Muss it up and enjoy a most excellent hairdo with delicious scent. Speaking of nice smells, Schwarzkopf’s got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray (£2.86, Boots) is the holy grail of holding your hair in place, with a sticky sweet smell. You’ll find it in the men’s aisle but don’t let that put you off.
Hot to blot
A little like kitchen roll, facial blotting papers aim to mop up any unwanted oil. A little gross, but rather satisfying, pat one over the nose and chin area around midday to mattify skin or revive make-up. Try NYX’s Fresh Face Blotting Paper range including Green Tea, Tea Tree and Blemish Control (£6, very.co.uk) or Essence All About Matt! Oil Control Paper for just £2 from Wilko.
New from Benefit, POREfessional: License to Blot (£15.50, Boots) is a handy stick that targets shiny zones to keep them oil-free for up to six hours.
Fake it till you make it
Sun protection and airbrushing? The latest offering from Murad, the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30 (£55, murad.co.uk) is a totally invisible suncream with a blurring soft focus effect. It feels so silky smooth to wear and will not clog the pores or feel yucky like traditional suncream.
If you’re not a fan of heavy foundation, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (£35, bareminerals.co.uk) works harder than a tinted moisturiser offering buildable coverage with added SPF30 in a light gel formula.
Brand new from Too Faced, the Born This Way foundation (£29, Debenhams) launched this month is infused with coconut water and alpine rose for a light feel, and youthful glowing appearance. Joining the range, and perfect for a subtle ‘I totally woke up like this’ look, Too Faced’s new Cocoa Contour Palette makes sculpting a doddle (£32, Debenhams).
If you prefer a powder then Mineral Magic from JML (£25, very.co.uk) is available at the end of August and uses four pigments to conceal, cover and brighten the complexion in one sweep!
Make it up
For the perfect application of make-up, the latest brushes from Real Techniques are just stunning. The Bold Metals collection (from £10, Boots) features seven brushes for the face and eyes in gorgeous metallic finishes.
There’s no doubt winged eyeliner requires practice – The Curve (£13, very.co.uk) is a handy tool from NYX which guides the felt-tip style eyeliner steadily into place. Still messing it up? Lord & Berry have got your back with their Touch Eraser Pencil (£8, lookfantastic.com), a truly brilliant product for removing smudges.
New to the bareMinerals range this month, Pop of Passion Blush (£20, bareminerals.co.uk) is a creamy limited-edition blush in three shades for a nourishing dab of colour, or if you prefer your blusher in powder form, how could you resist these amazingly cute Love Flush Blush (£18, TooFaced.com) compacts from Too Faced? Available in six delightful shades, the pigment-rich colour lasts up to 16 hours, in sweet packaging reminiscent of a Polly Pocket.
Softly does it
When it comes to hydration in a hurry, Palmer’s Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion (£5.99, Boots) is a light and non-greasy formula that’s easy to spritz on before dashing out the door.
Stubborn dry areas be warned, Yes to Coconut Head-to-toe Hydrating Balm, (£10.99 Boots) contains virgin coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil to restore dry elbows, hands, knees or feet.
Brave bathers should try VOYA Lazy Days Seaweed Detox Bath (£16, voya.ie), a hand-harvested organic seaweed from the unpolluted waters of the Atlantic. While it looks a little slimy this green goodness promises to moisturise and heal skin, while detoxing the body and soothing aches and pains.
Take a trip to The Body Shop to discover their latest products this season including the Virgin Mojito Body Butter (£13) a minty, lime moisturiser for 24-hour hydration, or the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£15) for a rosy tint and super-soft skin.
If you can get past that it comes from a greasy sheep, lanolin, which is the hero product in Australian brand, Lanolips actually makes their products incredibly smoothing and great for dry skin. Using ultra-pure medical grade lanolin, the Triple Buttermilk Body Butter is so luxurious, and the Banana Balm 3-in-one is ace for chapped lips. (£13.99 and £9.18 respectively, both lanolips.com).
Cuticles and nails can suffer dryness too, so to keep your talons in tip-top condition try Essence’s Studio Nails Jelly Pearls Hydrating Gel dabbed around the nail bed to refresh and moisturise (£1.80, Wilko).
Rather bizarre, but great for quirky gifts The Library of Fragrance offers more than 100 different fragrances including Pina Colada, Vanilla Ice Cream, Pizza, Salt-Air and Play-doh! (£15, Boots).
The beauty box
If – like me – you’re a bit of a beauty addict, beauty boxes are a fab way to discover new products, and Latest in Beauty have got it spot on. You can either order a one-off collection box like this Glamour Summer Edit (£17.99, latestinbeauty.com) packed with products worth over an incredible £90 in total, or go for a Build Your Own box – with no subscriptions or hidden fees, you’re free to try out the products before committing to them full size.