Beauty Bible Loves

From the bestselling Beauty Bible team: our latest product finds and classic faves – because they're worth it!



Early we may be.

But frankly, Jo starts buying her Christmas presents in February and we think there’s no such thing as ‘Too Organised’ when it comes to the festive season.

So this is our second ‘stocking filler’ suggestion (which would also be a sure-fire hit if your Secret Santa budget stretches to a tenner).

It features a trio of travel sizes of Dr.Hauschka‘s iconic (we don’t use the word lightly), bestselling rose products:  Rose Body Oil, Rose Body Moisturiser and Rose Day Cream, all packed with the blissful scent of biodynamic roses which are picked daily on their own farms while the dew’s still on the petals.

Over the years we have discovered that rose is the No. 1 favourite skincare/bodycare smell for our Beauty Bible testers – so we think you’ll love having your senses bathed in this lot.

That Christmas list…?  Your prospects of getting it all done in good time may just be looking a little rosier, with this…

UK readers find Dr.Hauschka Rose Mini Rose Trio Gift Set at£8.95 – buy here


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This is a bit of a dream come true, to be honest.

As you probably know, we’ve been on a 17-year crusade to help women identify the best beauty products out there – with the help of 20,000 testers who’ve enrolled in the trials for our series of Beauty Bible books.

At the same time, in the past year or so, we’ve become rather enamoured of one particular, trusted ‘beauty box’ company, Latest in Beauty, who – unlike some – don’t work on a subscription model, but introduce women to new products through ‘themed’ boxes, where the beauty-loving customer knows what she’s getting.

So:  when Latest in Beauty asked if they could ‘theme’ a box based on The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, it seemed like the perfect match.  Not only have we already whittled down 4,000 age-defying products to help readers identify what really works:  this box allows you to try many of the award-winning products before you spring for a full size.  So you can tell if you like the texture, fragrance, if it works for your skin – and discover any ‘instant’ benefits.  (Actually, there’s even a full-size award-winning lip pencil in there, from Inika, which is one of our favourites.)  We applaud brands who are happy to offer sample sizes – because that alone shows immense trust in a product.

The beauty brands who want to introduce their winning products to you in this collection include Lulu’s Time Bomb, Balance Me, Elemis, Liz Earle – and more, including Temple Spa, whose Skin Truffle cream is the highest-scoring ‘miracle’ product we’ve ever, ever trialled. The value, amazingly, is £90 – but the price is just £19.95, plus £2.95 p & p.

We suggest you click here to read the full run-down, and get clicking because Latest in Beauty tell us that the first ‘run’ of limited edition boxes is scampering out the door.

So when it comes to discovering dream creams, super-serums and age-beating make-up that really works, it helps to think ‘out of the box’.

As long as it’s ‘our’ box…!

UK readers find the Latest in Beauty Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Box/£19.95 plus £2.95 p & p – buy here


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To celebrate the publication of our paperback of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible-  out today! – we want to share with you a rather special product.

In 17 years of Beauty Bible testing, we’ve never had an all-round miracle treatment product that scored 9.31 marks out of 10, averaged across a panel of 10 testers – but Temple Spa Skin Truffle is it.  Diamond powder, gold and silk clearly do illuminate the skin from first application, testers report;  other key ingredients include black truffles, grapeseed champagne, purifying strawberries and lush cocoa butter, in a cashmere-soft formulation.  And as a taster from the book, here are some of their rave reviews…

‘Oh, this is a wonderful cream:  I’m so in love with it you can look out for the announcement in The Times!  Skintone is brighter and all my nasty lines – even the deeper ones – appear to have lessened’

‘Face looks younger and not a needle in sight’.

‘Skin looks glowy and dewy, forehead grooves smaller – and husband says I look great’

‘The best anti-ageing ,moisturiser I’ve ever used – fantastic miracle product;  skin looks like I have a luminising primer on, even when not wearing make-up’.

We could go on (and in the book, we do!), but we want to congratulate Temple Spa on this amazing achievement.

Truly, a dream cream.  And who says there’s no such thing as a miracle…?

UK readers find Temple Spa Skin Truffle at£80 for 50 ml – buy here
The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible is also available at, the only place you’ll find signed copies – and for a fab price (just £10.99) – buy here


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Having a carefully-packed in-flight kit wrestled from us by an airport security official is one of our least favourite travel experiences.

This airport-friendly travel pack should get around the problem – and it happens to feature some of our very favourite products from Lanolips, the brand founded by Aussie Kristen Carriol.

Lanolin, as Lanolips fans know, is a brilliant moisturiser and barrier cream.  So what better to slather on at 39,000 feet, where the air’s literally dryer than the Sahara?

In this little treasure, you’ll find a 9 g purse size of Lanolips 101 Ointment, 25 ml of Lanolips Rose Balm Intense for Very Dry Hands & Nails (we adore the baby-powdery smell), and a useful, collectible 12.5 g tin of the multi-tasking balm Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment.  Slather that on above the clouds, and your skin will be happy as Larry.  Larry the Lamb, actually.

And a slightly ‘eeewww’ tip, meanwhile:  it’s great inside the nostrils.  Really.

So we say:  come fly with Lanolips.

UK readers find Lanolips Jet-Setter Travel Pack at£14.99 – buy here

(Or do take just a couple of seconds to go to VH via the Victoria Health page on our own website site – just click here – in order to enjoy an automatic 5% discount added at checkout)


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If there had ever been a question in our minds about whether Crème de la Mer is worthy of its cult status, that’s been answered by our Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible trials, down the years.

According to our testers, the legendary cream really does help turn back the clock, diminishing lines and wrinkles.  As one tester put it after her three-month trial, ‘Can I give it 11 marks out of 10?  The difference is unbelievable:  skin much plumper and “rested”, softer and more alive, sank in quickly and I felt a slight tightening and toning effect;  definitely has anti-ageing benefits and lots of friends have commented on how well my skin is looking – bring it on!’

The one downside of the original cream for some women, though, is the application technique:  it has to be ‘pressed’ into skin, and takes a little work.  So we predict this new formulation – gorgeously easy-to-apply, super-soft, almost weightless (yet still rich and luscious and with the same ‘Miracle broth’ sea-derived wonder ingredient, among others) – will prove a game-changer, and attract a whole new raft of no-fuss, no-muss devotees.  (To wit:  the Crème de la Mer team sent this to celebrity make-up artists, who have been raving how it sinks into skin.)

Us?  We’re a soft touch for anything that feels this good.

UK readers find Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream at£100 for 30 ml – buy here

US readers find it at$150 for 1 oz – buy here


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Oh, Darcey, Darcey, Darcey Bussell:  how do we love thee…?  Let us count the ways.

First of all, for your elegance.  And bravery:  not for all the tea in Stratford would we have careered down a wire into the Olympics closing ceremony.  Thirdly, we love you for having enough of a sense of humour to become a judge on Strictly this autumn.  (Forget about counting the ways:  we’re counting the days.)

So with Darcey’s star once again in the ascendant, The Sanctuary certainly lucked out with the timing of their announcement that she was the new face of their anti-ageing skincare.  That was a few months ago, and we’ve now had time to try the products – declaring this two-step mask our firm  favourite.

It’s fun-to-use, too:  slather on the Peptide Transformation Serum, then a layer of the Thermal Rose Clay Mask.  We adore how this heats up on the skin, encouraging penetration of the skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.  Used regularly, it’s said to reverse crêpiness – but what we’d also say is that it’s great whenever skin’s looking drab or dehydrated, in need of an urgent boost.

In fact, this duo will be doing a pas de deux on our bathroom shelves for some time to come.

UK readers find The Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation at£27.50 for 75 ml (mask) and 50 ml (serum) – buy here


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Nothing worse than opening your suitcase to find your cleanser/moisturiser/body oil’s leaked all over your best holiday gear.

No chance of that, with these.

Somewhat akin to the Lush massage bars, Palm & Sole Solid Oil Moistursers look like lumps of cheese – but in contact with skin they melt at body temperature.  True multi-taskers, they can be used on face, neck, body, hands and feet to deliver nourishment.  Honestly, if space in a suitcase was a real issue, you could get away with one of these – and it’d certainly last for the whole vacation.  (Targeted at dry and mature skins, NB.)  Once used, it gets a little soft – but hardens up once it’s back in its aluminium ‘house’.

The solid moisturisers come in a screw-top travel tin, and of the four fragrances we really enjoy Sparkling:  a prettily uplifting blend of rosemary, melissa and bergamot.

Almost makes us wish we were headed to a music festival to put it through its paces properly.

We said ALMOST.

UK readers find Palm & Sole Solid Oil Moisturiser at£14 for 30 ml – click here (and enjoy free postage and packing till the end of August 2012)


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Don’t just take our word for it how good this is:  our testers for the YOU Magazine Summer Sun Special rated it incredibly highly as a facial SPF.  (You can read their reviews on our own site, here).

We like the higher-than-average SPF rating (ideal for this time of year), with what they call ‘sun-trigger antioxidant vitamin balls’ (not some kind of sweetie, but vitamins that are activated when you put your face in the sun, to mop up UV damage).

We like the radiance effect:  not shimmery, but definitely dewy and healthy-looking.  The texture’s great, too:  moisturising but not ‘claggy’.

And though not generally a fan of fruit scents, we love the fragrance of this:  lightly juicy.

Plus – hey – everyone’s gotta love the price, which is very reasonable for an SPF day cream.

UK readers find Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF25 Facial Moisture Lotion at£12 for 50 ml – find it here

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We’re long-term groupies of the ‘iS Clinical boys’, as we know them:  Bryan Johns (who was formerly Director of Skincare for the Kronos Institute, one of the world’s top anti-ageing research and treatment facilities), and Alec Call, who’s the biz brains.  It’s hard to find a nicer duo, in this industry.  (And it happens to be an industry of very nice people.)

So:  having been let in on info about their new IS Innovative Skincare cosmeceuticals, we’ve been on tenterhooks – till we got our hands on them just recently.  And we haven’t been disappointed.

In particular, we’re loving the Exfoliating Enzyme Treatment, which only has to be used once a fortnight (or even once a month) to turbo-charge radiance:  you rub the treatment – like a lightweight gel mask with little exfoliating beads – onto damp skin with circular movements, and five minutes later, remove.  And look in the mirror.  And blink.  Because the enzymes really do work – gently but effectively (a-cliché-but-it’s-true) to brighten by dissolving dead skin cells, getting in rid of all those claggy bits of dry skin that like to lurk around the nose.  But generally leaving you radiant, without a hint of irritation.

Anyway, after our enzyme blitz, we like to follow – since it’s (allegedly) summer – with Extreme Protect SPF30:  despite the high SPF, it leaves not a trace of whiteness on the skin as it melts comfortably in.  (In trials, DNA damage to skin protected with this, then exposed to sunlight, is apparently less than the DNA damage that takes place in a darkened room.  Gob-smacking, not to put too find a point on it.)

As you’ve probably divined, the range is super high-tech:  a key element is something called Extremozyme™ technology, using ingredients derived from plants and algae which thrive where other life forms can’t.  (If you want the serious science bit, click here for a fascinating read.)  But it’s also a joy to use – and can we just add how much we like the packaging?  It just plain feels nice in the hand, and the pumps give you exactly the amount you want.  (It matters, it really does!)  Often, we have problems with products that are this whiz-bang – but not iS Innovative Skincare.

In short, boy do we love it.

Or rather:  ‘Boys, do we love it…’

UK readers find iS Innovative Skincare Exfoliating Enzyme Treatment/£73 for 50 ml at – just click here;  find Extreme Protect SPF30/£64 for 100 g – just click here
US readers find the Exfoliating Enzyme Treatment/$78 for 1.7 fl oz – click here;  find iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF30/$78 for 3.5 oz – click here;  find Extreme Protect SPF30/£68 for 3.5 fl oz – click here

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We love a Union Jack as much as anyone (if not more).  And you should see our bunting collection…!

But while we could have indulged in a lot of premature flag-waving in the past few weeks, overloading this site with everything from Union Jack tweezers to trios of red, white and blue polishes, we’ve held off till the Jubilee Weekend end for a real goodie:  award-winning Brit brand Elemis’s fab Best of British kit.

Open up and you’ll find all sorts of products that have played well with Beauty Bible testers over the years:  high-scoring Pro-Collagen Marine Cream age-defier, Melting Cleansing Gel, Wild Lavender Hand Lotion – plus the Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir and Body Polish.

There’s a saving of £34 on the whole lot – it’s just £45 – and you comes in a Union Jack box that really is nice enough to keep.  (We’ve already decanted a load of USB sticks into ours.)

It’s just gone on sale in time for Her Majesty’s big weekend, and is as nice a way to flag-wave in the privacy of your bathroom as anything we’ve seen.

Have a great Jubilee Weekend from us, then  We’ll be settling down with a box of Biscuiteers corgi biscuits, a glass of champagne/elderflower, and hitting some street parties.  Bunting to the fore…!

UK readers:  Elemis Best of British Collection/£45 – call 0117-316 1888 for your nearest stockists

Back Wednesday, with more.


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