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InStyle Best Beauty Buys – Our Verdict

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 whole heartedly agree with this one!

Best Concealer

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.

Best Tweezers

InStyle – Tweezers, Tweezerman

PHA – Tweezers, Tweezerman

These are the tweezers of choice for both Dani and Hollie.

Best Hairspray

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 make-up. 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!

 Best Mascara

InStyle – Diorrshow, 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!


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  1. Completely agree that Touche Eclat is the best concealer, absolute beauty must have, no make up bag should be without it!

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