Written by Amy Steadman • Published 09th February 2012
This month InStyle released its Best Beauty Buys 2012 supplement, as voted for by 151 industry experts. The ULTIMATE guide to the must-have cosmetics!! We share our verdict on InStyle’s ‘beauty Olympics’ and the products chosen for some of the awards.
Best Under-Eye Concealer
InStyle – Touche Eclat, YSL
PHA – Touche Eclat, YSL
Touche Eclat is undeniably the best under-eye concealer! We wholeheartedly agree with this one!
InStyle – Secret Camouflage, Laura Mercier
PHA – Boi-ing, Benefit
We’ve seen some very good reviews of this Lauren Mercier palette, so we’ll have to give it a go. Until then Benefit’s Boi-ing does the job.
InStyle – Tweezers, Tweezerman
PHA – Tweezers, Tweezerman
These are the tweezers of choice for both Dani and Hollie.
InStyle – Elnett Satin, L’Oreal
PHA – Elnett Satin, L’Oreal
There really is no other hairspray like it. Hollie says “I use a bit too much of this!” Amy H’s hair spray top tip – “Spray a little of this over your face after you’ve applied your makeup. Sets it a treat!”
Best Liquid / Gel Liner
InStyle – Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown
PHA – Fluidline, MAC
Bit of a contest here – Dani loves the Bobbi Brown version and has it in 6 colours, but Hollie insists on the MAC.
Best Dry Shampoo
InStyle – Dry Shampoo Original, Baptiste
PHA – Dry Shampoo Original, Baptiste
Surely there’s no contest! Katie keeps one in her desk drawer for “a quick spritz every now and again.”
Best Inexpensive Nail Varnish
InStyle – Nail Enamel, Revlon
PHA – 60 Seconds, Rimmel
It’s all about speed and colour range for us, and Rimmel offers us both!
Best Deep Conditioning Mask
InStyle – Elasticizer, Philip Kingsley
PHA – Elasticizer, Philp Kingsley
Another battle! Jacqueline says “I swear by this stuff and my hair loves me for it”. However, I LOVE Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair.
Best Body Exfoliator
InStyle – Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish, REN
PHA – Salt Scrub, Sanctuary
Never ventured outside of this one, it’s brilliant!
InStyle – Diorshow, Dior
PHA – Hypnose Drama, Lancôme
Started to use this after I saw that it was a regular on beauty blog FAV: AnnMarie and it’s amazing!!
Best Eye Make-Up Remover
InStyle – Bi-Facial Non-Oily Instant Cleanser, Lancôme
PHA – Bi-Facial Non-Oily Instant Cleanser, Lancôme
Amy H says “I always pinch my Mum’s, it works wonders!”
Be sure to pick up your copy and consult for all your 2012 beauty needs!