We have put together a global shopping list of some of the world’s best-selling beauty products that are now available, not only via the internet, but also at many local stores through the UK. Included are products made with organic and natural ingredients, favourites of your top celebs and proven results from the beauty industry experts. There is a favourite for everyone…if you can pick only the one!
KOREA: Too Cool For School
The name says it all, they really are “Too Cool For School”, selling out products globally with favourites including the Egg Mellow Cream that is flying off UK shelves at a rate of 1 every 30 seconds, whilst the favourite from the pumpkin range sells at an incredible 1 unit every 15 seconds. Too Cool For School is a K-beauty brand that brings the latest trends to the market with a range of fantastic ingredients to provide the very best skincare results. With an Egg range, Pumpkin range and Coconut range it’s no wonder their brand received over 9,000 requests to come to the UK. You can shop the range at your local Boots. GREECE: Korres
Korres is a Greek skincare brand with roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by "rakomelon", a warming spirit with honey, which George Korres' grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinically effective and safe products, Korres today offers a natural and certified organic range in all areas of beauty and skincare. Korres is so popular that one of their ranges became the best-selling body range in Waitrose, whilst their new Wild Rose range boasts of a Bi-Phase Booster that has the highest concentration of vitamin C in one product. With hair products, body products, sunscreen, soaps and makeup this really is the range for all of your beauty needs. You can shop Korres at Marks and Spencer's, Waitrose, Lookfantastic and Feel Unique.
Most renowned for its hero product Lait Crème Concentre, which sells a staggering 1 unit every 20 seconds, this range is in the hands of makeup artists the world over Embryolisse has also become a firm favourite amongst celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Karlie Kloss, Scarlett Johansson and many others. With a range that includes a Micellar Water, Eye Creams, Anti-Ageing Creams and many other essentials this has firmly put French beauty on the map. You can shop the range at Boots and Lookfantastic.
SensatioNAIL is a best-selling home gel manicure system that provides users with a salon quality finish at a fraction of the price making it the perfect product for those who don’t have the time or budget for regular trips to the salon. The unique gel formula and LED technology leaves users with an easily removable high-gloss, damage proof manicure in over 100 different shades. With all these benefits it’s no wonder this American-born brand sells over 800 units of their Starter Kits each week and with their best-selling shade selling over 200 units a day in the UK. You can shop SensatioNAIL at Boots
This family run company comes from the beautiful country of Ghana and was started by Sofi Tucker, who handcrafted shea butter soaps and other creations. After gaining a reputation for herself, the recipes were passed down to her grandson, who has since continued to grow this brand into the world phenomenon that it is today. The SheaMoisture range contains a variety of ingredients suitable for all hair and skin types including a Raw Shea Range, Fruit Fusion Range and an African Black Soap Range, which is renowned for its incredible healing properties and saw a 400% rise in sales during the Easter Week heatwave. You can shop SheaMoisture Hair & Body range at Boots
Rubis is one of the leading global manufacturers of cosmetic implements and tweezers. Each pair of Rubis tweezers demonstrate Swiss quality at its finest and is individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tip alignment and the highest precision possible. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel and can be sterilised in acid or boiling water. These tweezers have an established following in the beauty industry with Bobbi Brown calling them “the Ferrari of Tweezers” whilst makeup artists at Estee Lauder, Lancome and Mac also swearing by them. You can shop Rubis at Lookfantastic.co.uk
After launching in the UK at the end of 2018, Daytox has become a firm favourite with UK customers, with their Eye Wonder becoming a best-selling product in Waitrose during the Brexit debates. The brand focuses on detoxifying the skin gradually to help restore a fresh, more youthful appearance. Suitable for vegans, this range contains a combination of clinically tested substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal. This unique ingredient formula uses a blend of aloe vera, broccoli and citrus known as BioDtox, which when combined stimulate the detoxification of the skin. You can hop Daytox at Ocado and Waitrose.
UNITED KINGDOM: Only Curls
Started up by female entrepreneur Lizzie Carter, Only Curls has become the go-to brand for those with curly hair of all textures. Formulated without the harsh chemicals that are normally the go-to for those with curls, this brand is all about loving your natural curls. All the products are formulated with natural, nourishing ingredients that penetrate and hydrate the hair. Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, this range contains a Shampoo, Conditioner, Hydrating Curl Crème and Enhancing Curl Gel, as well as a range of accessories including a silk pillowcase, silk turban, soft hair towel, combs and silk scrunchies. This range is so popular is continues to sell out across their website. You can shop the range at Onlycurls.com
Started by Dr Serrano, a renowned Spanish dermatologist this brand has its root firmly in the very latest and innovative technology to bring you the very best skincare results. With his range of medical expertise, Dr Serrano created Sesderma, a brand with unique formulations that provide effective treatment for a range of dermatological concerns. Sesderma’s hard work doesn’t stop there, they are constantly researching to create breakthrough formulas for various skincare needs. Since launching in the UK at the start of 2019, Sesderma has proved its popularity with its hero product Azelac Ru Liposomal Serum TRX selling 1 unit every 30 seconds globally. You can shop Sesderma at sesderma.co.uk
CANADA: Design.ME Hair
Offering a gluten, paraben and sulphate free formula, this Canadian hair range gives hair shine, oomph, volume and styling speed with top salon quality results and benefits. Used by hairstylists and consumers worldwide, housed in fun, colourful and fresh packaging guaranteed to liven-up your hair and your shelf, this range is so popular that it’s hero product, Puff.ME, out sells competitor products 2 to 1. The range includes an evolutionary three-hold hairspray, and a blow-drying spray that cuts your blow-dry time by 50%. You can shop the Design.ME Hair range at Sallybeauty.co.uk
We cant's stop raving about the SheaMoisture new bath and body range packed with healing frankincense and myrrh that hit the UK high street recently. And keeping to it's ethical approach it continues aiding in the development of the women’s co-ops in Ghana, ensuring elevated wages and opportunities for the female-only Shea Butter makers.
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You work hard! Don't let your health and beauty products let you down. Fashions Finest has some great health and beauty buys to tell you about, which we can guarantee will work as hard as you do. Read on to find out some of the things you can buy that pack a punch in the world of health and beauty. These are all tried and tested by us, and great as a gift to yourself, or a loved one this easter.
Envigorate Your Locks With Hair Growth Serum
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Formulated for visible results, and with science and innovation at their core, Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum, £30.00 and Hair Growth Serum intense £45.00, utilises natural active ingredients to provide the hair and scalp with the correct nutrients, nourishment and stimulation for optimum health and growth. They have even put their products to the ultimate test, with a 3-month user trial, yealding fantastic and visible results!
Key ingredients within their formulations are,Red Clover Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine, Chinese Skullcap and Pea Sprout Extract – all natural, but with maximum efficacy at improving hair health. Trust Grow Gorgeous to re-invigorate your locks in no time at all with your choice of serum. Fashions Finest love the devine scent and overall great results this serum offers, working hard for your hair.
Maximise Recovery With Magnesium
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After a hard day at work, or a hard gym workout, putting your body through its paces, treat yourself to a nice relaxing bath to soothe your muscles. Try Daytox Mineral Salt Bath at £4.00 per sachet.
Each sachet, tipped and desolved in your bath provides your body with the essential mineral Magnesium. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath and helps to relax and regulate muscle and nerve function, easing soreness and stiffness. A great way to unwind at the end of a busy day!
Post Shower Frizz-free Curls
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The Only Curls Hair Towel at a cost of £15.00, is a manmade miracle for those of us with curly hair! The towel is made of microfibres which have been developed specifically for curly hair, offering a simple solution for frizz-free curls after washing.
Hair is most fragile when wet and the uneven surface of a regular cotton towel roughens up cuticles and absorbs moisture from only the surface of the hair. Uneven cuticles and imbalanced moisture distribution results in frizz! This towel is small and quite thin, so not too bulky to carry in your gym bag, or overnight bag either. The 100% microfibre smooth yarns leave cuticles intact and absorb just the right amount of moisture for perfect frizz free curls every time! Try it! You will love it. We did!
Roll-on Perfume To Pack A Punch
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For the ultimate quick-fix fragrance pack your Miss Guided 10ml Roll On Babe Power at only £8.00 a pop! This handy little spritzer fits easily into your gym bag, or handbag, so its there when you need it.
Key fragrance notes include a vibrant splash of grapefruit zest and sour cherry, sharpened with crisp apple and pink pepper. It may be small, but this fragrance packs a punch, and one application lingers all day - leaving a provocative lasting impression. The sign of quality when it comes to perfumes in our book.
Make The Most Of A Massage
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A massage can support your wellbeing, as well as help to reduce muscle soreness and inflamation, relax your body, and make you feel great! If you don't have the time to get a massage, or are watching the pennies, you can still work wonders by giving yourself a massage with SheaMoisture African Watermint and Ginger Detox Bath, Body & Massage Oil at a cost of £11.99 a bottle. This refreshing oil combines certified organic Shea Butter with African Water Mint & Ginger to rejuvenate and refresh your skin and tired muscles. The scent is deliciously invigorating, and it's also fair trade, so you can feel great about using it too!
This beautiful massage oil can be used in more than one way too! Pour into a warm bath to create a fragrant spa bath, Gently rub it into your skin after a shower or bath to restore moisture, or you can warm in your hands to use as therapeutic massage oil.
Korres Wild Rose Collection
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Excitingly, Korres are launching a new collection of products, which is set to make its debut this month. The Wild Rose Collection packs a lot of goodness into all it's products, activating radiance with the power of Super Vitamin C and Wild Rose oil. Take the Korres challenge, and transform your skin, with reduced appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and skin fatigue after just one week. Your skin will see dramatically increased radiance and intensive brightening, giving you smoother and younger looking skin. All this wrapped in a new, and ultra- fresh scent.
Enjoy discovering products which work as hard as you do every day, and love reaping the rewards with your beautiful and healthy skin, hair and body.
Finally, the softer, firmer, pampered skin you always wished you had, can be yours! Beauty aficionados can turn that precious dream of perfect skin, into something real with the launch of the long-awaited Bath and Body collection from the US award winning haircare brand SheaMoisture.
Jason Collier Celebrity hairstylist talks with Sparkle PR about hair trends, aw18, anti-ageing your locks, creating a look in 5 mins, banishing grease, celebrity style and the question you should always ask your stylist, and much more.
It was great to catch up with CEO Vinna Best for Fashions Finest as one of the things that aided and encouraged my natural hair journey definably has to be natural hair events.
Incorporating decades of hair care philosophy with ethically sourced (and gorgeous smelling!) ingredients has helped create an inclusive and award-winning product line for SheaMoisture. The brand mantra that ‘the best ingredients come from nature’ is proven with each of the nourishing masks, sprays, shampoos and conditioners.
You will not find any nasties commonly found in many other hair care solutions in SheaMoisture, the brand stays clear of: Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, Paraffin, Formnaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, DEA, artificial colour or synthetic fragrance and SheaMoisture never test on animals.
Diane C.Bailey, celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador shares exclusive tips on the curl wrenching mistakes many of us are making, creating curls for specific hair-type, insider tips and much more, ensuring that we have the low-down when it comes to curl world.
From styling Beyoncè to creating trend-setting looks for the runway, Diane’s expertise and passion allows all SheaMoisture customers to expertly pick the right products for their individual hair types.
Mistakes People With Curls Make
Diane explains the most popular mistakes that she sees often are that: “Many of my clients with curly hair or type 3 hair types want frizz-free curl definition. For full head curly girls, I recommend “less is more” – use products with a light touch. Many curly girls use heavy oily products to smooth the cuticle to reduce frizz, weighing down the hair. Light hydrating oils with anti–frizz benefits are the best solution. For voluminous curls minus the weight, I use SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and the Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie.”
SheaMoisture, Coconut &Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
Red Carpet Tip
“A lightweight mousse and light hydrating spray are ideal for type 3a to redefine fine to medium “S” shape wavy/curls on either wet or dry hair. I use the moisture mist on the red carpet as style refresher, to bring out shine and bust frizz.”
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Texture Spray, £10.99, Boots
Frizz Free Curls
Hair type 3c has a tighter curl pattern with more density and a coarser feel. To create frizz-free curls Diane recommends these three top tips:
“Use the “LOC” method with your favourite leave-in, oil and cream, selecting products that work for your hair’s texture, thickness, porosity, etc. This works well to nourish, moisturize and reduce frizz, while creating lasting styles. On freshly shampooed damp hair, moisturize hair with a small amount your favorite leave-in. I use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-in Conditioner, applying it sparingly to hair, avoiding the roots. To define curls follow with your favourite styling cream. My go-to is Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Finger coil to define and set curls. Finish with several drops of oil to seal in moisturize and bring out shine. Apply lightly throughout hair.”
SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots
SheaMoisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
How To Define Your Style
Applying a product such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler helps to smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body. Diane recommends to “run the detangler through wet hair to achieve the best look and apply large pin curls. Begin to curl hair from the ends, working your way up to the roots, once you have curled one section secure in place with bobby pins. Blow dry hair with a diffuser which will set curls. Once dry, finger comb and style.
Learn How To Blend Textures
“To blend multiple textures, section damp hair, sparingly apply styling cream and braid hair section. Blow dry with a diffuser or let hair air dry, take down braids, carefully separate and apply a lightweight oil or serum to add shine and minimize frizz.”
SheaMoisture, Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler £10.99, Boots
Creating Perfect Curls
Trying to tame and perfect curls can be tricky, Diane advises that you should:
“Avoid heavy oily products that just lacquer. Find products that hydrate, without leaving a flaking, heavy, sticky finish.”
Prep work is essential too – “If you have a special event, shampoo your hair several days before. Curl memory takes a few days to find its moisture and curl balance.”
Remember to keep with what works for your hair type and your budget. Diane says: “Quiet your inner product junkie. If it works for your strands and supports your hair’s health, stick with it.”
In the world of Fashion and Beauty some things come across pretty standardised and impersonal. So it's always good to know that there are brands out there that carry alot of personality , and truly do have their end-consumer in mind. The last 5-10 years have witnessed this growing trend of sustainability and social responsibility. Brands that tell a story, one personal to the creator, are definitely winning in my books. These are brands made with love.
So in no particular order -
1. Keji Victoria Designs - a bespoke and Ready-to-wear collection by yours truly, is inspired by my cross-cultural journey between Africa and the West. The latest collection, #madewithlovebykv draws inspiration from the names of locals in Northern Nigeria; as well as pays homage and solidarity to local businesses in that area.
2. Shea Moisture - a hair and beauty brand that has a family history and African heritage: shea butter, a rich home-grown plant is the selling point of this kind-to-the-hair brand.
Sofi Tucker was the forerunner to selling shea butter (that inspired Shea Moisture); and the grandmother to one of the brand's co-founders.
3. The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, makes pure and harm-free baby products their priority. Once again, the most cherished brands are ones who the owners are also proud consumers of the goods.
4. Alex and Ani - an eco-conscious accessory brand that exists to give back to the planet. What I love about this brand is the recycle qualities in its manufacturing processes. The accessories are made with some recyclable elements, and the aesthetics are not compromised.
5. Studio 189 is a fashion social enterprise founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The Ghana and New York based platform works with award-winning artisans in Africa. 'Fashion Rising' has been notable campaign of the brand, which uses fashion to create more opportunities and empowerment for communities particularly in Africa.
6. Two-Thirds clothing brand - takes its brand inspiration from the ocean, which is known to take up two-thirds of the planet. Every collection is designed with lovable sea creatures and donations are made towards keeping our blue seas clean and safe. How lovely!
Can you share any brands in the industry that exist to help their community and make a difference?