Beauty Bible Loves

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


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’re often badgered by young women – really young, twentysomething women (and even the occasional teen) – about how to ward off the ageing process.

To which the general answer is:  slap on an SPF15 every day (preferably higher), because prevention is way easier than cure, honey…

However, anyone wishing to add in an ‘anti-ageing’ product at a tender age might like to start with this lightweight Superboost Moisturising Serum.  It’s from a ‘baby sister’ range to Elemis which features many great ‘stepping-stone’ products for anyone who’s finding their way within skincare.  No harsh chemicals, no paint stripper toners and nothing over-fragranced or too-rich.

What this does is super-charge skin with moisture.  It’s deeply hydrating, thanks to hyaluronic acid and ceramides, together with plum oil (don’t worry, it’s not greasy) and antioxidant vitamin E.  Use it alone, or under a moisturiser in order to rev up radiance.

Only do make sure that moisturiser contains an SPF, if you really do care about those wrinkles.

UK readers find freshskin by Elemis Superboost Moisturising Serum at
£18 for 30 ml – just click here





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