Serums are probably the fast-growing, yet sometimes misunderstood category in skincare. If I had a $1 for every time someone asked me if they really needed one and if they're really necessary, I'd be a rich little lady. The short answer I always give is yes. A big, fat YES. Because essential they're like a targeted treatment in a bottle. Containing more active ingredients than your regular cleanser or moisturiser, it's their sole job to fix problems. Be it lack of hydration, pigmentation, fine lines, enlarged pores. The list is endless. Which meant it was hard to filter them down to these short-listed finalists: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, an oil-free serum pumped with antioxidants that imparts instant radiance, Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum which features a host of AHAs and BHAs to slough away dead skin cells and improve overall texture and tone, The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth which uses plant stem-cell technology to target the first signs of ageing, Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, a skin transformer that minimises the appearance of wrinkles and tightens and reduces pores, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Luminosity Day Serum which combines lumi-gen technology and Anderson liquid to improve luminosity, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, a peptide-rich formula that nourishes and repairs overnight and Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum which is infused with glycans to reduce fine lines. Vote now!
A staple in all of our bathroom cabinets, dry shampoo is great for increasing the life of your blow-dry, freshening up your hair after the gym or adding a bit of gritty texture if you're trying to style freshly-washed baby-soft strands. In short, it's a life saver. But with so many options out there, which recent release is the best? Well that's for you to decide. Will you pick Lush No Drought, a citrus-scented powder that you apply directly to roots, KMS California HAIRPLAY Makeover Spray which uses rice powder to absorb excess oil, TONI&GUY Dry Shampoo promises no white residue but plenty of volume and texture, John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher which harnesses the power of Oryza rice starch to refresh without weighing hair down, Redken Powder Refresh 01 which is great for correcting over-use of product as well as making your style last longer, Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair, an Australian-made cornstarch formulation designed specifically for dark hair or Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo which leaves hair with a lightweight matte finish. How will you vote?
When it comes to sloughing off dead skin and leaving yourself with perfectly polished pins, these recently-launched body scrubs are top dogs. MOR Essentials Salt & Sugar Scrub – Sugar Rose Tiger Lily not only smells divine but also nourishes the skin with its rich blend of avocado and jojoba oils, Burt's Bees Sugar Scrubs feature a host of natural ingredients, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment combines fruit enzymes with gentle buffing beads, Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub is a yummy blend of banana, honey and almond, while David Jones Body Scrubs exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise to leave skin silky smooth.
The difference between a good scrub and a great scrub is the difference between good skin and great skin. It's a key product if you want your skin to look and feel younger so let's take a look at this year's big contenders: Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Daily Scrub uses rice proteins to absorb excess oil for up to eight hours, Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator, a gel-to-milk exfoliant that's free from abrasive particles, Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub - Acne, which features a blend of ginger root, bamboo and salicylic acid to reduce redness, calm the skin and unclog pores, Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub, which features soothing chamomile making it suitable for sensitive skin and Olay Deep Cleansing Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub, a 2-in-1 buy that helps to refine the appearance of pores.
There's no denying that nails was the hardest category to short-list the finalists for with so many amazing, not to mention varied releases being entered. So what's it going to be? You can vote for: Tom Ford Spring 2012 Collection, the must-have metallics that we went gaga for back in March, Butter London Spring 2012 polishes, a five-shade range that's peppered with punchy pigments and fun names (Trout Pout, Bossy Boots), Essie Holiday 2011 LuxeEffects Collection, every possible glitter finish you could imagine, Sally Hansen Salon Effects — new shades launched exclusively into Priceline in March, OPI Holland Collection, the perfect mix of neutrals and brights and Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color, eight full-coverage glitters. What will it be?
As Winter winds begin to wreak havoc on our skin, it's time to find out which new body lotion/oil/butter will earn your vote in the Best Moisturiser category. Pick from: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Lotion, which offers relief to those with severely dry and irritated skin, Lanolips Triple Buttermilk Body Balm, a nourishing balm that features ultra pure medical grade lanolin, milk extracts and vitamin E, Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Rich Nourishing Cream with Mango Oil, a rich number that uses mango oil to soothe dry, rough skin, Dove Essential Nourishment Body Milk, which features Dove's signature Deep Care Complex to offer long-lasting smooth skin results, Aveda Stress-Fix Body Lotion, a certified organic lotion that features French-sourced lavender to instantly de-stress, St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion - Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract, a luxurious lotion infused with coconut milk and orchid extract to soften skin naturally and Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil, a beautiful blend of antioxidant-rich noni extract, organic rosehip and jojoba oils. Vote for your favourite now!
Our first makeup category is up! Tell us which one of these new primers you think deserves to win: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, not a newbie but the cult classic did update its packaging this year, Estée Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer, this recent release adds an instant radiance to the skin, Chantecaille Anti-Glycation Primer, which primes, protects against collagen damage and offers SPF 15 protection, Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer, which helps to treat the red undertones and any sallowness in the skin, L'Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Light Concentrated Primer, this hydrating formula offers a lit-from-within glow or Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer — uses plant-derived hydraplex to lock in moisture.
You've had your say on the Best New Cleanser but now it's time to shine the spotlight on your strands and vote for the Best Shampoo & Conditioner released in the last year. Choose between: L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner, a sulphate-free smoothing system for damaged and frizzy hair, Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner, which are super lightweight and leave no trace of residue on the hair, TONI&GUY Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine Hair — help to add body to fine, texture-less tresses, Wella Pro Series Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, which use guar to seal in moisture and act as a barrier against humidity, Keratinology by Sunsilk Advanced Reconstruction Program Detoxifying Shampoo & Conditioner, these help to restore moisture loss caused by bleaching, colouring and heat styling, making that "salon feel" last longer and Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine/Normal Hair, which utilise diamond dust and orchid extract to protect against colour fade. All great releases, but which will you choose?