Beauty Bible Loves

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

Anti-Ageing treatments


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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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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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

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It’s something of a golden moment for this very special cream.

The Corsican ‘Immortelle’ garden at The Chelsea Flower Show – inspired by this ‘flower that never dies’ – just scooped a coveted Gold medal.  If you’re lucky enough to get within sniffing distance, just b-r-e-a-t-h-e – because it’s just like opening a jar of this age-defying cream, with its incredible aromatic qualities.

Of course. Divine happens to be the highest-scoring ‘miracle’ cream ever to appear in our books.  Don’t take our word for it.   Testers raves in The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible  included:  ‘After two weeks fine lines around my mouth much less noticeable and skin much more supple’. and ‘crepiness, fine lines, deep grooves all reduced – a fantastic product.’

Reading those testimonials, Jo thought she’d better find out what all the fuss was about and has been a fan ever since of this luscious, rich treat for the skin (and for the senses).

In fact, you might be interested in a series of little films she made tracing this golden-in-every-way ingredient from field to jar – and on to victory at Chelsea, here.

UK readers find L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream/£67 for 50 ml at if you click here
US readers find it/$98 for 1.7 oz at if you click here




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