Health and beauty

Summery blushers

Smashbox O-Glow
15ml, £13.50, www.qvc.com, 0800504030

Clear gel that develops on the skin into a just-flushed blush. Magic.

4 stars

By Terry Rose de Rose, Fresh Rose
15ml, £38, www.spacenk.com

Part skincare, part colour-blush, it illuminates - exceptionally pretty.

4 stars

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush, Hawaii
15ml, £11, www.beautique.com

Really runny. Great bright colour but very hard to control.

3 stars

Benefit Posietint
£22.50 12.5ml www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Poppy-pink liqui-gel, but pretty - very young, very fresh.

3 stars

Blue eyeliners under £5

Avon Big Colour Eye Pencil, Surf
£5, www.avonshop.co.uk

Big chunky pencil with a thick, strong, metallic turquoise finish.

4 stars

Per Una Eye Pencil, Peacock
£5, Marks & Spencer

Strong smooth teal/cerulean colour with smudger tip at the other end for blending.

4 stars

Prestige Soft Blend Kohl Eyeliner
£4.49, Boots

A metallic kind of cornflower - but in a good way - plus a smudger on the end.

3 stars

Gosh Let's Twist Liner, Soft Splash
£4.50, Superdrug

Shimmery light blue. Clever twist-up design means no need to sharpen.

3 stars

SPF protective lip tints

Elizabeth Arden Eight-hour Lip Protectant Sheer Tint, Honey
SPF15, £16

Very smooth-but-definite colour, ideal marriage of lip- balm and lipstick.

5 stars

Autograph Sheer Gloss Lipstick, Natural
SPF15, £7.50, Marks & Spencer

Lovely. Goes on simply, looks natural but better and not too glossy.

4 stars

Paula Dorf Sheer Lip Tint, Baby Love
SPF15, £17, 020 8997 8541

Pretty reddish-natural colour with enough shine to add gloss.

4 stars

Jemma Kidd Make Up School Protect & Plump, Rose
SPF12, £8, Boots

Good soft and glossy shimmer. Fresh and pretty.

3 stars

Scented shower gels

Korres Lime & Sage Showergel
250ml, £9, www.hqhair.com

Glorious sharp fresh fragrance, plus ingredients that are great for calming down oily skin.

5 stars

Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash
200ml, £10, www.lizearle.com

Reviving scent with naturally derived foaming agents.

4 stars

Abahna Frangipani & Orange Blossom Shower Gel
250ml, £15, www.abahna.co.uk

Exotic smell, thick with frangipani. For dreaming of the fragrant East.

3 stars

L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
150ml, £16, 020 7221 2008

A fragrance in a shower gel, rather than a scented cleanser. Intriguing and fabulous, if pricey.

3 stars

Vitamin C serums

Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream
4 x 1.95g doses, £72, www.spacenk.co.uk

Mix the powder with your face cream or serum for maximum results. Brilliant.

5 stars

3-lab Perfect Repair
30ml, £110, Selfridges

Ultra-light serum with ultra-high-tech ingredients and formulation for top results.

5 stars

NutriMin C Corrective Eye Creme
17g, £32, 020 7240 6122

Nice light-textured cream that leaves skin feeling nourished but not overloaded.

4 stars

iS Clinical Vitamin C Eye Serum
15ml, £42, www.victoriahealth.com

Orange serum that sinks in well without any stickiness.

4 stars

Best-smelling self tans

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Leg Gel
125ml, £20. www.lancome.co.uk

The rightly famous, glittery bronze gel wakes up pasty legs in seconds.

5 stars

Clinique Touch of Bronze Body Lotion
150ml, £15, www.clinique.co.uk

Gives light, buildable colour in a deep-moisturising base and smells nice, too.

4 stars

St Tropez Ultimate Tan Rapide Face
50ml, £18, www.st-tropez.co.uk

When you need a great tan fast, this develops in two hours flat. Fabulous.

4 stars

Rodial Brazilian Tan Light
150ml, £39, www.rodial.co.uk, www.spacenk.com

Coffee-coloured cream with delicious coconut smell; gives a lovely light-and-natural result.

4 stars

Summer perfumes

Ormonde Jayne Frangipani Absolute
50ml, £58, www.ormondejayne.com

Magnolia and lime-peel top notes, amber in the base and frangipani in the heart.

4 stars

Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Kashmirie
100ml, £65, www.laforetdeparfum.com

Not a light sweet rose but altogether thicker, deeper and deliciously dangerous.

4 stars

Apothia If Roll-on Pure Oil
9ml, £32, Harvey Nichols nationwide

Exotic flowers and a citrus top note make this smell deeply intriguing.

3 stars

Marc Jacobs Basil
300ml, £39, 0800 652 7661

Definitely different, and yes, it comes through rich and sensual and not at all like a salad.

3 stars

Cult product

Clinique Lash Power Mascara
£12.50, 0870 034 2566, www.clinique.co.uk

Stays on through rain, tears, basketball ... yet comes off meekly with warm water

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