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MAC launches at Boots and other news

Including how to rock lipstick AND a mask, singing in the shower, positive news for smokers and a new hand sanitiser we love
Launch alert – MAC is in town!
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Launch alert – MAC is in town!

*Calling all beauty lovers* In super-exciting news, MAC has launched on Boots.com. We know, right?! The cult brand is a fave among make-up artists and has just made one of its most iconic products better. Introducing new MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Magic Radiance (100ml). Imagine the original Fix+ in all its versatile glory, but now with a next-level glow factor. Not only does this new incarnation set your face, it also hydrates with hyaluronic acid, and nourishes with vitamin C and essential oils. Basically, it’s glow factor in a bottle. Spritz on before make-up for a hydrated base, or afterwards for extra dewiness. You can even use it on your body for a summery finish. No contest!

#LipstickProblems
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#LipstickProblems

The beauty struggle was real when TV presenter Laura Whitmore shared an Instagram snap of her smudged red lipstick after wearing a face covering. That’s why we’re celebrating National Lipstick Day on 29 July  with products that’ll stay put while you stay safe. Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Dual Lipstick is next-level durable – just apply the liquid colour, then seal with the conditioning balm. We also love Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick for a transfer-proof matte finish. (FYI, we’ve got Huda Kattan’s ultimate tips and tricks on getting ready.) Plus, a bonus lip tip from celebrity make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes, who is all about bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick: ‘Hold the bullet in the direction of your lip – but backwards. Try applying your lipstick with the angle of the bullet facing up, towards the lips. This will give you better visibility of your natural lip line.’ Genius!

Power (ballad) showers
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Power (ballad) showers

Turn on the water, turn up the tunes. A whopping 82% of us sing in the shower, according to a new survey*. Favourite songs to belt out mid-lather? Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights and – noughties classic alert – Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis. If you’re after some other top shower hits, treat your routine to these goodies:

The nourisher: Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Body Wash (300ml) is designed to soothe super-dry and itchy skin.

The glow booster:Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Warming Scrub (250ml) is exfoliating bliss in a bottle.

The eco win: Faith In Nature Coconut & Shea Butter Shampoo Bar (85g) is vegan**, easy to travel with and smells yummy.

Stubbing it out
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Stubbing it out

Breathe easy over this news: more than a million people in the UK have stopped smoking since the pandemic began. That’s according to a report by charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and University College London, which also revealed an additional 440,000 smokers have tried to quit during this time. Up your own chances of success by visiting the NHS Stop Smoking Service and checking out all the different ways Boots can support you when you quit at selected Boots pharmacies.

Handy must-have accessory
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Handy must-have accessory

With constant washing and anti-baccing leaving our hands drier than Chrissy Teigen’s sense of humour, we’re loving the new Garnier Pure Active Hand Sanitiser Gel (125ml). Enriched with plant-origin glycerine to help swerve dryness, it was initially given free to retail staff on the frontline but is now available to buy UK-wide.

*From ShowerstoYou.co.uk. **Certification by The Vegan Society.