Five things I’m loving this week: Early May

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Time for some more treats of the week – because we all like a little treat now and then. These are some goodies that represent great value for money, and some of them are dupes for far pricier designer and premium brand items.

Here we go…

First up it’s the powder blushers from B. Cosmetics. They’re buttery soft, nicely pigmented and easy to blend (see the whole range here), and like most of the rest of the B. makeup collection they’re in the ‘buy one, get one half price’ offer at Superdrug this week.

Next, we have Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost gel from The Hero Project. This is a fragrance-free hydrating gel with different weights of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5, and a light and non-tacky texture. I already know this is going to be my favourite summer moisturiser for my sensitive combination skin. It’s also a handy dupe for the more pricey Hydraluron from Indeed Labs, but has a lower RRP of £19.00. Find it at The Hero Project, or grab it while it’s on offer at Look Fantastic for £15.50.

I’ve also recently had the chance to try out the bond reconstructing shampoo and conditioner from PurePlex. These are designed to keep your hair looking good after using their Aminofix home hair repair  treatment (a bargain dupe for expensive Olaplex salon hair re treatments), and although I haven’t tried the home treatment the shampoo is a really nice sulphate-free product that cleanses without stripping your tresses. The conditioner is formulated without the use of silicones, so there’s less chance of product buildup and it doesn’t weight the hair down. They’re currently 1/3 off for Superdrug card holders, bringing the price down to £5.33.

My favourite tea discovery is Taylor’s Afternoon Darjeeling tea bags. They make a lovely light and delicate brew using premium quality tea leaves. They’re not too easy to track down, but you can buy them online from Coffee Supplies Direct where they’re £1.95 + P&P for a box of 20.

And last but not least, it’s the Base. Lip Solve SPF 30 lip balm bullet. I found these while I was looking for a sun protection lip treatment that had lots of sunscreen in it but didn’t taste grim – a harder task than you might think – and it’s loaded with sweet almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter and has a faint taste of vanilla cupcakes. There’s a slight white cast from the screen but it’s not too obvious, and it’s handy for on the beach, hiking or doing winter sports.

It also contains licorice extract that’s supposed to keep cold sores at bay, although I’m one of the 30% of Brits who don’t suffer from them so I can’t vouch for that. However, the virus can be triggered by sunlight so the sunscreen should be a definite help. It’s £7.50 from Be For Beauty if you want to pick one up for yourself.


It’s been a good week for designer dupes. Seen anything you like?


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