Beauty

These award winners have your summer beauty sorted

We’re talking sweat-proof foundations, nourishing hair treatments and next-level make-up shades. Bring. It. On.
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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 CliniqueCeraVeSoap and GloryNivea 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…

The skincare star
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The skincare star

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 Boots pick

The Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub for a dose of nourishing exfoliation. (Psst… the brand’s founder shares her favourite products with us here.)

The dreamy matte base
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The dreamy matte base

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.

The brow BFF
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The brow BFF

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.

The ticks-all-boxes blush
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The ticks-all-boxes blush

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, Best Cheek Product 2021

Sheer, buildable, easy-to-blend colour + 10 shades + a sweat- and water-resistant formula = the dream blush. Hey, if it’s good enough for Rihanna…

The top protection
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The top protection

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.

The Boots pick

The light and non-sticky Nivea Sun UV Face Suncream SPF 50 Shine Control, which is designed not to irritate your eyes. Winner!

The power shadow
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The power shadow

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette, Best Eye Make-Up 2021

There’s only one word for this set: swooooon. The 12 shadows range from deep purples to soft neutrals, boasting matte, metallic, satin and shimmer shades. Ideal whether you’re after a hint of colour or major Glow Up vibes.

The can’t-get-enough scent
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The can’t-get-enough scent

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum, Best Classic Women’s Fragrance 2021

This edgy fragrance teams notes of orange blossom, vanilla and white musk with energising black coffee. It’s indulgent yet still so wearable. We love it.

The mane event
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The mane event

Wonder Water by L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Hair Treatment, Best Hair Styling Product 2021

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.

The nail champ
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The nail champ

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.

The Boots pick

We’re all over You Know The Espadrille Mustard Yellow this season.

The magic wand
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The magic wand

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, Best Lash Product 2021

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!

The hair TLC
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The hair TLC

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.

The Boots pick

We love the softening Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner.

The fresh fragrance
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The fresh fragrance

Dior Homme Eau de Toilette, Best Men’s Fragrance 2021

Blend notes of patchouli heart, warm Atlas cedar and bold vetiver, and you get an invigorating, woody scent that you’ll love as much as the bloke in your life.

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A Fenty-packed summer!

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.