Summer always brings excitement (bye heavy knits, helloooo sandals), but this one feels extra special as our diaries shake off their dust and socialising makes a comeback. Plus, we’re doing an additional happy dance because Boots has just been named Best Beauty Retailer at the The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2021… for the fourth year running! *cheers*
A squad of skin, scent, make-up and haircare favourites scooped awards, too, including Clinique, CeraVe, Soap and Glory, Nivea Men and Florence by Mills. And, whether you’re BBQ’ing, beach’ing or bringing mocktails to the park this summer, we’ve got your (beauty) back with these winners…
Drunk Elephant, Best Premium Skincare Brand 2021
The buzz was huge when this cult brand arrived in Boots earlier this year – for good reason. Drunk Elephant is all about powerful, biocompatible ingredients that benefit skin health.
The Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub for a dose of nourishing exfoliation. (Psst… the brand’s founder shares her favourite products with us here.)
NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation,Best Base Product 2021
Available in 34 shades, this durable gem has you well and truly covered with its skin-protecting, transfer- and shine-proof formula. Perfect for those long summer days.
Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen, Best Brow Product 2021
Consider this your eyebrows’ ultimate fuss-free sidekick. It comes in four shades and is designed to create a microbladed effect, making arches look thicker and fuller. Plus, it’s waterproof for all those wild swims, sea dips and water fights.
Nivea, Best Self-Tan/Suncare Brand 2021
From suncreams and after suns to gradual-tan moisturisers, Nivea is a one-stop shop for your skin protection.
If your hair CV reads ‘dry’, ‘damaged’ and a bit ‘meh’ right now (same here), this one’s for you. Simply apply the conditioning treatment two or three times a week after shampooing, massage for eight seconds and then rinse out for smoother, shinier and more refreshed locks. Trust us, those parched strands will thank you.
Essie, Best Nail Brand 2021
Whichever one of 2021’s hottest nail trends you’re rocking (French with a twist, anyone?), chances are Essie is on your beauty radar. The iconic brand serves countless shades, nourishing treatments and dry-in-a-flash polishes.
Eyes are a huge, well, focus since the start of #masklife. So, if you’re in the market for a new mascara, might we suggest this champ? Not only does it serve up serious volume with a next-level flexible brush, it’s also suitable for sensitive eyes and the contact lens crew. Go forth and flutter!
Shea Moisture, Best Textured Hair Brand 2021
This natural, botanical-based range is all about restoring strength and hydration to hair, whether that’s via rejuvenating shampoos, deep treatments or curl enhancers. Bonus? Ingredients (think: shea butter, mango seed butter, coconut oil and more) are sustainably sourced.
All your summer essentials are covered, thanks to Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty’s top must-haves. From the healthy-glow moisturiser with SPF and luminous whipped oil body cream to the lip-plumping gloss and brush-on bronzer, here’s everything you need to look and feel summer ready.