Yours age-defying beauty awards 2018

Yours age-defying beauty awards 2018

“We know that shopping for beauty products can be a time-consuming and costly affair, which is why our beauty awards are so special. Each of our winning products are given a thorough testing, so we can guarantee they’ll deliver on their promises and are worth your cash. So, read on for skincare that works, make-up that lasts and haircare that gives your locks the TLC it deserves!”

Michelle, Beauty Editor

Meet our testers


Sharon Reid, Editor

‘I take a simple approach with my beauty regime as my skin is very sensitive, so all the beauty products I use must be kind and gentle. These winners are now firm favourites in my daily routine.’

June Forrester, 58

‘I wear make-up every day to work and always wear lippie. I like a natural look and have discovered that looking after my skin is the key to my make-up lasting longer and looking better.’

Angela Reynolds, 61

‘I cleanse and moisturise twice daily and usually wear make-up, but I don’t like it to be too heavy. I’m always short on time, so I like products that are quick and easy to apply! I especially enjoyed testing brands that were new to me.’

Alison Horton, 68

‘I’m a busy nana of three, so I don’t bother with make-up every day. But when I go out, I’ll do my eyebrows, wear eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Eyes done, I feel ready for anything. I guess the Twiggy look of my teens has stuck quite a bit, though I don’t paint on my lower lashes anymore!’

Michelle Nightingale, Beauty Editor

‘I love trying out new beauty products, which is why I love my job so much! It’s always exciting to find reasonably priced products that outperform the more expensive equivalents.’

Clean living

The best top-to-toe cleansing products out there – great value for money and there’s something to suit everyone whatever your budget…

No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £13/125ml, Boots

Dissolve away make-up and impurities with this melting cleanser that’s enriched with skin-nourishing oils. June says: ‘This gorgeous smelling balm easily removed my make-up and gave my skin a gentle, yet deep clean, without leaving it feeling dry.’

Formula Innovate Radiance Reveal Peel, £17.50/50ml, M&S

An exfoliating peel that’s formulated to smooth and refresh dull skin by sweeping away dead skin cells. Sharon says: ‘Once a week was enough for this peel to leave my skin glowing.’

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Shower Burst, £7/200ml, Boots


Enjoy 40 showers in one bottle with this decadent cleansing foam. Michelle says: ‘This frothy shower gel feels like a spa experience every single morning.’

Nspa Brightening Micro-Derma Scrub, £5/125ml, Asda


A skin-renewing formula with ginseng and Vitamin E, that leaves the skin smooth and glowing. Alison says: ‘After just one use this refreshing exfoliator left my skin feeling cleaner and smoother. Impressive price and quality.’

Foreo Luna Mini 2, £119, John Lewis


Small but mighty, this clever gadget gives a superior experience compared to your average face cleansing brush, with eight adjustable intensities for a customisable cleansing experience. It’s waterproof, travel-friendly and the silicone bristles help it stay ultra-hygienic, so you won’t need to replace the brush head. June says: ‘I found this modern looking gadget much gentler than my old cleansing brush and really effective. After using with my normal cleanser, my skin looks plumper and softer.’

Super Facialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil, £14.99/30ml, Boots

A dual-purpose blend of oils which can be used to pre-cleanse, hydrate and calm even the most sensitive of skins. June says: ‘This lovely lightweight oil left my skin feeling firmer and smoother and the results have lasted.’

Top tip Never tried a cleansing brush? Once you’ve got the hang of it, the results are worth the effort!

Hydrating heroes

 Hydrated skin is healthy skin so give yours a boost with our winning formulas.

Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle Firming Mask, £29.99/ 50ml, Boots


Wake up to plumper and firmer-feeling skin with a formula designed to revive your skin’s youthful elasticity while you sleep. Sharon says: ‘This mask helps my skin look fresh and awake – even when I don’t feel it!’

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion, £24.99/30ml, Boots


An advanced blend of hyaluronic acid means this moisturiser gives thirsty skin a lasting hydration boost. Alison says: ‘Just a tiny amount gives amazing results!’

Nspa Expert Nightly-Repair Cream, £10/50ml, Asda

Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin firmness while you sleep, with this nourishing formula. June says: ‘This night cream managed to keep my dry skin hydrated, without feeling heavy or greasy.’

Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, £28/10ml, Boots


Containing one of the highest levels of pure Vitamin C available, this serum boosts radiance and helps protect skin against ageing. Michelle says: ‘Amazing stuff, after a few days my skin looks more toned and less tired and the puffiness under my eyes has reduced. Pricey, but worth it.’

All about THE BASE

 A good primer and concealer will help your make-up look fabulous!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Primer, £9.99/20ml, available nationwide

Michelle says: ‘Slightly tinted, this primer instantly made my skin look brighter and helped my usual foundation look better and last longer.’

No7 Aqua Perfect Cushion Foundation, £17.50, Boots


Angela says: ‘I loved how easy this foundation was to apply. It’s mess-free and lightweight, yet gives a decent and natural-looking coverage that lasts!’

Max Factor Radiant Lift Concealer, £9.99, Boots


Alison says: ‘I usually use a Dior concealer but this is just as good at hiding imperfections and brightening under the eye, but for a fraction of the price.’

Revolution Highlight Opulence Compact, £8, Superdrug

Michelle says: ‘Perfect for brushing onto the cheekbones and décolletage for a post-holiday glow.’

e.l.f. Blush Duo, £5, Superdrug

Alison says: ‘This blusher has great staying power and gives a lovely soft glow, plus it’s great value too.’

Perfect peepers

Stand out from the crowd with these anti-ageing eye products.

MUA Professional 6 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Glamour Golds, £3.50, Superdrug


Michelle says: ‘These gorgeous shades work nicely alone or together – it’s now an essential in my make-up bag.’

Super Facialist Hyaluronic Acid Firming Lift & Smooth Eye Cream SPF15, £14.99/15ml, Boots


Minimise fine lines and enhance radiance with this refreshing, hydrating and skin firming eye cream. June says: ‘So nice to use, this eye cream absorbs beautifully and the skin firming results last.’

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Brow Magnifying Pencil, £6.99, Boots


Angela says: ‘As good as more expensive brow pencils I’ve used, this one makes my brows look instantly fuller – the builtin brush is handy too.’

NYX Control Freak Brow Gel, £6.50, Boots


Sharon says: ‘I love this clear brow gel, which easily tamed my unruly brows!’

Barry M Lash Vegas 2 Mascara, £4.99, Superdrug


Alison says: ‘This mascara gives natural, defined and impressively thicker-looking lashes and stayed put all day without smudging. All for a really great price.’

Top tip Shapely and smooth eyebrows frame the face but take care not to go too dark.

Lovely lips

Nude or bold, our favourites will nourish and give you the perfect pout.

Burt’s Bees Matte Lip Crayon, £9.99, Boots


Sharon says: ‘So easy to apply, it’s fool proof. I love the simplicity of this lip crayon; it feels nourishing and is completely natural, too.’

Clinique Long Last Lipstick, £20.50, Boots

Michelle says: ‘For a lipstick that lasts, Clinique’s offering is hard to beat. Great colour choice, non-drying and it lasts a decent length of time.’

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor, £7.99, available nationwide

June says: ‘This moisturising lippie feels hydrating like a balm, but with great pigment.’

Eos Organic Lip Balm, £6.50, Boots

Organic oils and shea butter leaves lips moisturised, soft and smooth. Sharon says: ‘Beauty is as beauty does, and this lip balm delivers on looks and promise.’

Nice nails

Prepare to pamper with the best products on the market

Mavala Scientifique K+ Nail Hardener, £18.50, John Lewis

A keratin enriched penetrating formula to harden nail tips and help prevent flaking and breakages. Sharon says: ‘After just one application my soft, flaking nails felt instantly stronger and healthier.’

Sally Hansen Color Therapy, £8.99, Boots

An argan oil infused formula that nourishes the nails for salon-worthy results. June says: ‘I love the flat brush shape, which gives a professional finish that lasted for over a week even after the usual household chores!’

Heavenly hair

Keep your locks in tip-top condition with our winners.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch, £8.99, Boots


Precisely targeted spray to perfectly conceal hair regrowth and roots. Sharon says: ‘While it takes a little practice to get the hang of this spray, it’s now my lifesaver between hairdressing appointments – great for disguising pesky greys.’

Andrew Barton Firm Hold Hairspray, £4/400ml, Asda

Get a long-lasting hold that’s flexible and natural looking without any stickiness. Angela says: ‘I was so impressed with this hairspray. My hair had lots of movement, but stayed in place all day – a great value buy.’

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Shampoo and Conditioner, £7.99/250ml each, Boots

Hydrate and rejuvenate with this weightless range that leaves hair deeply nourished. Sharon says: ‘These products got me so many compliments! My hair looks glossier and healthier than it has in years.’

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter Smoothing Mask, £5.99/300ml, available nationwide


A blend of coconut oil balm and cocoa butter leaves frizzy hair smooth and sleek for up to 72 hours. June says: ‘My hair was beautifully soft and silky after using this mask and it smells gorgeous too!’

Andrew Barton Vita-Revive Age-Defying Air Brush, £29.99, Argos


Gently dry and style your hair in one easy step with this clever gadget, which features super-ionic technology to minimise frizz and smooth the hair. Designed specially with ageing hair in mind, it features two different-sized brush heads for adding volume and shape to thin, lacklustre locks. Michelle says: ‘I love the simplicity of this clever hot air brush. It gives great volume and bounce and my style held all day.’