Beauty

The make-up returns policy you’ll love and other news

Plus, free NHS haircuts, hello to a plant-based skincare hero, facing up to masks, and vital cancer support
Make-up second chances
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Make-up second chances

Bought a lippie that’s not quite right for you? A new foundation shade not as spot-on as you first thought? Hey, we’ve all been there. So get ready for some good news. Thanks to the new Boots Beauty Promise, you can now swap products you bought at Boots – even if they’re open and used! Just head into a store within 35 days to make the switch*. Plus, check out this Foundation Finder tool and lip colour breakdown to help you nail your next buys.

Haircuts for heroes
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Haircuts for heroes

Calling all NHS workers – on Sunday 26 July, Toni & Guy is joining National Hair Sunday by offering complimentary cuts and styles to NHS staff, health and care workers. Simply get in touch with your nearest Toni & Guy or Essensuals salon for more info. For those of us who are not front-liners, mark the day by giving yourself some DIY hair love at home. We love Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Papaya 3-in-1 Hair Mask Treatment for Damaged Hair – total bliss. For Afro, textured or curly locks, try Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. #SelfcareSunday here we come!

Face coverings do work!
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Face coverings do work!

Despite the likes of Rixo and Mulberry getting in on the action, many of us are struggling to adapt to mask life. In fact, 29% of adults cringe at the thought of wearing a face covering, with reasons including struggling to eat, drink and communicate while wearing one. But keep in mind that covering up is worth it (and mandatory in many places – visit gov.uk for more info**), especially now that science bods have released research that found cloth face coverings (even homemade ones) can be effective in reducing the spread of Covid-19. Look for ones in a tightly-woven and high-quality fabric, with three layers, that can loop around your ears or neck, say researchers. So cover up and smile under there…

The wonder ingredient
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The wonder ingredient

Retinol is considered the gold standard when it comes to anti-ageing skincare. But, the downside: it can aggravate some complexions if the percentage is too high. Let us introduce you to the alternative that’s creating major buzz in the beauty world: bakuchiol. A natural, plant-based ingredient, hailed for its ability to boost cell renewal and collagen production as well as tackling wrinkles – but with less irritation and a gentler approach than the big R. Try Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème, which contains bakuchiol and AHAs to fight the signs of ageing while you snooze. Sweet dreams!

Cancer support at Boots
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Cancer support at Boots

Healthcare professionals and people living with cancer have raised huge concerns about delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic – and the long-term impact that could have on health outcomes, so it’s never been more important to check your health. Macmillan Cancer Support urges anyone with concerns to see their GP as soon as possible. And, as part of their long-standing partnership with Boots, they’re sharing possible symptoms to watch out for. You can talk to a specially-trained Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist in store or virtually for more support.

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Shimmer into summer

Searching for a subtle sheen or a full-on sparkle effect this season? Well KVD Vegan Beauty is here to ensure you shine. From high-pigment, dazzling eye palettes to gorgeous glosses in colours you’ll love, choose from their top, vegan-loving beauty range here. Wish-list radiance guaranteed! And you can even enter a prize draw to win fabulous goodies while you’re at it! The closing date for entries is 24 August 2020.

*Proof of purchase required. **Exemptions apply.