Find out which products YOU voted for in our Essentials Easy Beauty Awards and find out how you could win all of our winners, too!
The Essentials Easy Beauty Awards have come and gone, and you lovely lot voted in your thousands to show us what your favourite products are.
Every month the Essentials beauty team brings you the latest beauty buys but this time, we wanted to find out which beauty products you simply couldn’t live without. Whether it’s your favourite multi taskers – we all love a blusher that doubles up as an eye shadow – the shiny-face fixing problem solvers or even the family favourites, you have oodles of brands and products to choose from every day and we wanted to know which ones are worthy of your hard earned money.
A whopping 50% of you use high street favourite Boots as your go-to store, with 16.8% of you crossing the Superdrug threshold, making it a firm second favourite. We also found out that you’re a sociable bunch, with 61% of you preferring to share your beauty tips with friends in person as opposed to social media – which counted for a mere 11%.
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In our recent survey you shared with us that your monthly beauty buys come in at less than a tenner a month. It’s easy to see that Beauty Awards aren’t all about foundation and mascara for you and your family.
So, anything that you spend your hard-earned money on that can double up and be used for your kids, husband as well as on yourself is a surefire winner in our, and your, book!
Without further ado, we give you the Family Favourites – from hairbrushes to kid-friendly lip balms, see which products made your cut in the Essentials Easy Beauty Awards 2015.
A whopping 43% of you voted this award-winning detangling brush as a firm family favourite. Well, anything to stop the ‘ouch, mummy that hurts’ complaints every time you try to brush your little ones’ locks!
Whether your brood has short or long hair, are young or old, this is your top brush that works for everyone’s hair.
Did you know that it’s the uniquely designed teeth, which flex and flick as they glide through knots and tangles while minimising breakage, damage and split ends. Hair is left shiny, soft and tangle free with minimal damage, breakage and zero pain or tugging!
Your skin is your biggest organ and, as parents, you know how to look after it, with 30% of you voting for this as a go-to for all of your family and their soft-skin needs.
This lotion is great for super-sensitive skin types as not only is it fragrance-free but it’s also infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, so it moisturises your skin on a deeper level to relieve even stubborn dry skin – we’re looking at you elbows!
Chapped lips happen to the best of us – especially when the weather gets cold and the wind gets up – which is why 25% of you chose Burts Bees Wax as your go-to lip balm for soft and supple lips.
And we get what all the buzz (geddit?) is about over this hydrating balm, firstly it’s completely 100% natural and softens lips with a fruity taste. And secondly it’s specially formulated with mango butter, to soothe and protect pouts and leave them healthy and smooth.
A bit of iridescence can make anyone’s lips look lovely, and not in a really girly way! You agreed that husband and sons, mums and daughters love to share this balm with 32% of you voting it as a must-have.
It’s the precious pearl and silk extracts that provide great moisturisation as well as a beautiful shine to your lips, leaving them velvet smooth and ready to pucker up. This popular product also contains SPF 10 to help fight those nasty UVA and UVB rays so it’s a fantastic product for any family to have out and about in the sunshine.
You’re a busy bunch, so anything that can shave minutes off your morning routine deserves an award! In a dream world we’d have hairdressers and make-up artists to take us from drab to glam everyday.
Unfortunately in the real world it’s not that simple, so we found you some genius products that manage to save you some of that precious time.
Whether you’re being ushered towards a waiting taxi before a night out, rushing out the door for the school run or simply just trying to spend less time in front of the mirror – these products are the winners in your eyes.
No time to wash and dry your hair? You’re obsessed with how a quick spritz of this into roots gives you an extra day of hair that looks freshly washed. Just blend in using your fingertips and not only will you lose that hint of greasy hair that was starting to show, you’ll add bags of volume and really freshen up your look.
John Frieda’s Dry Shampoo is also great at helping to perfect your style. Have a go at that updo you’ve been wanting to try out and use your trusty dry shampoo to add volume at the roots and keep the hairstyle fixed just how you want it.
A sizeable 33% of you told us how much you love this time-saving treat. When you’re trying to rush a whole family through the bathroom in the mornings, you don’t tend to be left with the luxury of time alone to moisturise completely. Nivea’s genius in-shower moisturiser lets you kill two birds with one stone.
Just hop in the shower, cleanse as usual and straight after you can apply the in-shower body moisturiser. Rinse it off and you’re done – it’s that simple! The formula is absorbed immediately into your skin so you’ll come out of the shower feeling soft and silky all over, ready to face the day.
An overwhelming 50% of you voted these in as your favourite way to cleanse and remove make up in seconds. We all know what it’s like when you finally make it into the bathroom after a busy day to get ready for bed – the last thing you want to do is embark on your highly involved, 20-minute long cleansing and toning routine. Luckily, Simple’s face wipes provide a fabulous alternative.
These cleansing wipes have a skin-friendly blend of multi-vitamins and gentle cleansers so you don’t even need to feel guilty about using them. They’re designed to help refresh and moisturise and they’re even kind to sensitive skin. What else could you want?
With 25 subtle to bright shades to choose from, Max Factor’s Lipfinity is the perfect product to take you from day to night in an instant. Try the pretty shade ‘Always Delicate’ for a picnic in the park or go bold with the rich purple shade ‘Just in Love’.
You love the vibrant and intense colour of this lipstick which is semi-permanent to ensure real long-lasting wear even after eating and drinking – for up to 12 hours in fact. Vamp it up after work by applying the moisturising top coat to add an eye-catching shine as well as keeping your lips hydrated.
Let’s face it, looking after our beauty regime can be a bit of a minefield. Problems can crop up in seconds with no real warning and we just have to do our best to fix them.
Fortunately, there are some products out there designed to help us (sent from the beauty gods).
When it’s the day before a big occasion and you wake up with the world’s most notable spot or if you’re rushing from work to parents’ evening and are in need of an on-the-go shower (a.k.a deodorant) – the problem solvers can be the lifesavers. From frizz fighting to shiny-face fixing you voted for these worthy buys.
Dandruff? What dandruff? This old classic was your overwhelming choice in problem-solving hair care. Its bold claims of leaving you up to 100% flake free with a HydraZinc formula are proven in this product’s popularity year after year. Even better, it doesn’t break the bank and is great for the whole family to use.
Pamper your scalp with this rich shampoo and leave your hair feeling soft, healthy and easy to manage. Its water-activated Scent Burst Technology will also ensure the fresh and clean smell you are left with really lasts. Combine with the Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky conditioner for best results.
If you’re getting dressed in a hurry the last thing you want is to discover large white marks all over that great new black top you’ve just bought. Dove’s Invisible Dry Deodorant is the perfect remedy and you lot love it.
It not only protects against white marks but also has powerful anti-perspirant ingredients and moisturises your skin. To add to its long list of positives, this deodorant now comes in the compressed can which means it lasts a whole lot longer in a lot less packaging, making it the perfect size to pop in your handbag and use throughout the day.
If your skin is feeling as stressed out as you are, this intensive nourishing mask from the good folks at Liz Earle is the tonic for you. The West African shea and borage seed oil in this creamy concoction enhances the skin’s natural barriers whilst the comfrey androse-scented geranium relax and refresh your senses.
It’s easy to use too – simply apply thickly to your face after cleansing, kick back for 10-15 minutes and wipe away using the muslin cloth and some hot water. Your parched, tired problem skin will be hydrated, glowing and problem free in a matter of minutes!
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In your droves you agreed that getting off your glitter polish is a stress of the past when you use this new product. This genius problem solver is a peel-able base coat that means you will be able to simply peel off glitter or dark nail paint in an instant.
No longer will you have to spend hours scrubbing at your fingernails only to give up and decide that patchy glittery nails could be the new ‘in’ thing. OPI’s Glitter Off makes nail colours brighter whilst protecting your natural nails and ensuring they’re left stain-free without having to use any nail polish remover. Amazing!
The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, Trainspotting? Without a doubt cult classics but potentially not useful in a frizzy hair crisis… These films do, however, share a timeless quality with the beauty products that you love going back to.
When the beauty counter is a tad overwhelming, reviews are confusing you and you’re not quite up to trying something new – you know you can always rely on these trusty favourites.
Time and time again they prove themselves worthy as they help us out in a tight fix, freshen up a gloomy day or allow us to be the most glamorous versions of ourselves.
More than 25% of you decided that for silky smooth pins, this razor is the one for you. Its three blades and specially designed protective cushion allow the razor to glide smoothly across your skin giving you a close shave without irritating.
It’s practical too – the blue indicator strip above the blades fades away when the razor is no longer getting you the optimal shave so it’s easy to know when to pop out and buy replacement cartridges. Not only this but the Venus Original also comes with an in-shower holder making it easy to store and grab when you need it.
For the definitive illuminator – nothing comes close to this all-time cult classic loved by supermodels, celebrities and make-up artists the world over. The stylish and elegant gold wand casts its magic spell over tired-looking eyes using tiny light particles and mineral extracts to bring luminosity and radiance to your skin.
With eight shades to choose from, the pen-brush can be used in an assortment of ways: to create fuller looking lips, highlight the brow bone and to generally rejuvenate the complexion creating a natural and healthy glow. A must-have for the morning after a sleepless night thanks to the little ‘uns!
The Rolls Royce of cleansers, this cleans and brightens your complexion like no other face wash. It’s your firm favourite taking almost 25% of the vote.
With ingredients like eucalyptus essential oil, cocoa butter and beeswax designed to clean and remove the grime of the day, this award-winning product will leave you with soothed, soft and radiant skin.
The two phases to this skincare must-have are what make it really special. Phase one uses the creamy cleanser to remove all face and eye make-up whilst phase two, the polishing, lets the muslin cloth gently buff off dead skin cells to reveal the naturally gorgeous skin underneath!
GHDs are an absolute no brainer when it comes to the best styling hair tool. The smooth plates allow for a sleek finish to straightened hair while their contoured edges are perfect for creating curls, all the way from tight ringlets to laid-back beach waves.
The classic styler now has an enhanced design with gold accents and plates to really emphasise their luxurious quality and it comes with a protective plate guard so that you can pack your styler away as soon as you’re done. It is lightweight with a professional design and can be used worldwide so those luscious locks can be achieved just about anywhere.
This oriental fragrance was chosen by over 30% of you as your go-to eau de parfum. Inspired by the lady herself, Gabrielle Chanel, this fragrance reflects an independent thinker who’s not afraid to break the rules.
At the heart of the scent are the sweet and floral accords of Jasmine and Rose, which are lifted by sparks of fresh orange. Accents of Patchouli and Vetiver finish off this classic eau de parfum which sits lightly on the skin. Coco Mademoiselle is a fun and flirty perfume that can take you through from day to night. Truly feminine, it also gives you your chic, designer hit.
You refuse to clutter up your life with two pots when you can have just one that does two jobs, and you showed it in your votes.
More than 35% of you told us that your usual beauty routine takes just 5-10 minutes. How else could you be managing it than by stocking up on beauty essentials that not only provide multiple uses but also manage to do them really well?
The following must-have products find their way into your make-up bags again and again by being superb all-round performers and helping you cut down the morning hassle to an absolute minimum.
This mango-tinted lip and cheek stain is the perfect size to pop in your handbag for application on the go. Polishing your look and matching your cheeks and lips is a simple two-minute job with Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint, voted your favourite make-up multi-tasker.
Described as ‘smooch proof and smudge proof’ this all-rounder gives your lips a deliciously kissable sunset hue whilst similarly brightening up your complexion with a warm peachy tone. The orange shade might look scary when first applied but its sheer quality means that it blends really well and makes a great accompaniment to a bronzed, glowing look.
When you want lighter coverage than your usual foundation, BB creams are the way to go. A hybrid product which combines the coverage of foundation with the hydration of a good moisturiser, these ‘Blemish Balms’ are a fantastic alternative when you want a natural, dewy look.
Garnier’s miracle product, which almost a quarter of you voted as your winner, contains a specially designed formula with mineral pigments to give you sheer coverage, blur imperfections and soften lines. If you thought it couldn’t get better, this champion multi-tasker is SPF 15 to protect your skin from UV rays so it’s the perfect accessory for any holiday.
As well as keeping your skin baby soft, this cream is your go-to for firming up and smoothing. Just two weeks of massaging Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion all over – after your usual cleansing routine – will give you noticeably firmer and tighter looking skin.
The two-in-one beauty essential has a unique formula to stimulate cell’s energy production in the upper skin layers, making your skin smooth to the touch and giving it a radiant glow. As with all Nivea Q10 products, its anti-ageing formula penetrates deep into your skin to improve firmness and elasticity by assisting the skin’s natural structure.
This finishing spray lets you leave the house confident that your updo will last the day and look fabulous doing it. There’s nothing worse than a crunchy, sticky hairspray leaving your hair feeling like a slicked back autumn leaf.
This Paul Mitchell super product has firm-holding styling resins to provide a substantial hold that will be able to withstand whatever comes your way. It even contains sunscreen to help protect your hair from sun damage. If that wasn’t enough, its unique blend of algae, aloe, jojoba, henna and rosemary are the icing on the cake. Designed to intensify shine, these ingredients will help to instantly glam your look.
With little ones to feed, everyday essentials to buy and mortgages to pay, beauty buys can sometimes come last on your shopping list. Fear not – this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on quality as your top picks prove!
High street beauty products are consistently topping best beauty lists and winning awards over their pricier counterparts. Why buy one overpriced serum when you can kit out your whole make-up bag for the same price?
Read on to discover the best beauty products that have become staples in our toiletry bags and bathroom cabinets due to their amazing quality and purse-friendly tendencies.
An absolute essential in any handbag or coat pocket, this affordable lip balm gives you the ultimate combination of moisturisation and a gorgeous rosy tint.
Our lips go through a lot every day and as they don’t create their own moisture layer, they are susceptible to dryness and chapping – especially in winter. Vaseline’s Lip Therapy helps to preserve the skin’s natural moisture barrier to protect your lips from the elements.
Another benefit of this little retro tin is the pretty pink tint that the balm leaves behind on your lips. A perfect quick fix for naked lips. It’s time to pucker up!
For an early morning pick-me-up, you love how this body wash leaves your skin glowing and ready for the day. Dove Silk Glow body wash promises radiant skin every day and not as an expensive luxury. It contains a rich blend of moisturisers enhanced with skin-natural lipids which are intensely nourishing for your skin.
Enjoy the fresh smelling aromas that envelop you when you lather up with this budget buy in the shower. Its combination of silkening conditioners and Nutrium Moisture are designed to absorb deeply into the skin leaving you feeling fresh and irresistibly smooth, ready for the day ahead.
With nails being the ultimate accessory, you will love getting yours dolled up with this varnish that gives an eye-catching, pro-mani finish. Barry M is the ultimate brand behind luxurious, long-lasting and vibrant nail paints that won’t cost the earth. These little pots of colour are quick drying with a hardwearing base and they can be used on acrylic as well as natural nails.
With a range of stylish colours available including pretty-in-pink shade ‘Ballerina’, rich and indulgent ‘Red Wine’ and party-ready ‘Masquerade’ – you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing just one pot to take home!
It can be difficult to take care of your hair when it constantly demands a hairdryer or curling iron to keep it tamed. However much you blow-dry and style your hair, you agreed this spray was the best at keeping hair in tiptop condition.
Its heat-activated complex helps to make styling super simple as well as protecting your locks against the dreaded heat damage. This bargain beauty buy will leave your hair sleek, frizz-free with a gorgeous shine.
Win the winners!
We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win all the winning products, voted for by you in the Essentials Easy Beauty Awards. Simply answer this question (you’ll be redirected back here after!)