Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Beauty round-up - hair, make-up and fragrance

For frizzy hair sufferers everywhere (including myself), Tresemme has introduced Keratin Smooth, a product range that comprises a shampoo, conditioner, treatment masque and heat protection shine spray.

According to Tresemme, a third of women in the UK are "desperate" for products that straighten and smooth unruly hair - I know I'm still looking for a magic potion to help me tame my tresses, but as to whether this is it, well I'll have to report back at a later date. Keratin Smooth is in store now.

For anyone experiencing withdrawal symptoms for Sex and the City, the HBO shop has come to your rescue with its new Sunrise and Sunset fragrances - the latest additions to the Sex and the City body collections that were launched late last year.

Sunrise is described as capturing the feel of "a laid-back brunch in a sun-drenched outdoor cafe in Manhattan" presumably without the smell of food, while Sunset features notes of freesia, vanilla orchid, muguet, woody amber and tonka, to capture "the soft and warm beauty of sundown reflected in the iconic skyline of New York City".

I take their word for it as when it comes to fragrance I'm rubbish at recognising the notes, top, middle or base. Both versions are on sale now at

If you're lucky enough to have curls rather than frizz then this might be for you. New Prep Curl Defining Oil from Toni & Guy nourishes, smooths and conditions curls, whether you style your hair or leave it to dry naturally. It may well work on frizzy hair too - though that's just my guess, the company doesn't claim it does.

Simply apply the product to damp hair and dry. It's non-greasy, which is a plus point, and it's in Boots stores now.

Duo mineral blushers in L - R: Radiant Rose, Pink Blush,
Sweet Apricot and Caramel Fudge

Duo Mineral eye shadows in L - R: Everglade, Rich Tamarind,
Juicy Plum, Purple Passion, Moonlight and Ultra Marine

I'm always happy to hear of new products from Beauty Without Cruelty. The company has just released a collection of eye shadows and blushers that team a natural mineral formula with cruelty-free principles.

The six eye shadows and four blushers are talc-free, long lasting and easy to apply, and they are available now from the online store at

I'm thrilled to see this brand continue to evolve and embrace the latest make-up trends, without compromising any of its ethics. I remember Beauty Without Cruelty from the 1980s when the products were perhaps not as good as those of the competition. That has changed and BWC is now up there with the bigger brands in terms of ingredients, colours and product range. Their cosmetics are also easier to get hold of now than they were back in the day. Find them in stores nationwide.

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