From the foundation the Hungarians love to the new crease-proof eyeshadow that's making its way in to every Parisian woman's make-up bag, these are the best beauty buys out there...
Part of the excitement of a long-haul holiday has always been discovery. New flavours to sample, a different culture to immerse yourself in and, of course, new beauty products to squeeze in to our suitcases, then rave about back in the UK.
Whether picked up from a department store, skincare specialist or added to our baskets in duty free at the airport, exploring other countries is how we first discovered many of those products that we now just can’t imagine living without.
Our most recent faraway find is a rose foam facial cleanser by Japanese beauty brand, Kanebo Evita. Thanks to an intricate stencil, the anti-ageing formula is dispensed in the shape of (you guessed it) a rose. A video released on social media last week set instagram alight with people the world over desperately trying to find out how to purchase one. It’s currently only available in Japan, brillant news if you a holiday booked there, but if not we predict it will be availble to buy here soon enough.
Not got any holidays plans coming up? Don?t worry – the world is a much smaller place now. Brilliant websites like Cultbeauty.co.uk and SpaceNK.com have transformed our routines while international beauty blogs are packed with exciting new products that we all want to try. Fortunately, we no longer need to jet off to faraway places to uncover the best beauty secrets from around the world.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite global beauty buys, from the Japanese mascara that gives long, smudgeproof lashes every time to the Swedish leave-in conditioner that will transform your locks. Want a California-style tan but stuck on rainy British soil? We?ve found the American face tanner that promises to give you a natural bronzed glow, without a single trace of orange. Or maybe you long for the beautifully smooth skin that?s seen on so many women in the Far East ? a Korean oil-based cleanser could be the answer. Incorporate these beauty secrets from around the world into your beauty collection and get ready for your best complexion, hair and make-up ever.
So, whether you’re discovering a brilliant Hungarian all-in-one cream or picking up a fantastic face oil from Israel, you can now delve into the beauty secrets from around the world, all from the comfort of your own home. Keep reading for our pick of the best beauty buys from around the globe. Make space!
ChinaAlthough facial rollers are relatively new in the UK, they’ve been used for thousands of years by Chinese women to improve circulation, tone the muscles and remove any nasties. Each one is handcarved for the ultimate anti-ageing facial.Available from Cultbeauty.co.uk
Knotty hair can be hard work, and painful. If your lengths regularly get tangled try spritzing on a leave-in conditioner after every wash and brushing it through with The Wet Brush, £11.99.
Designed with flexible, widely spaced bristles this professional detangling brush effortlessly glides through fragile wet hair with minimum fuss. It’s also the number one hairbrush in the United States, we’re sold.
USAFind yourself clearing your diary whenever you’re booked in for facial hair removal? There is no need to go incognito whilst you’re waiting for your sore spots to cool down. The calming formula of Shaveworks Lip and Brow Rollerball helps to reduce the common inflammation and redness caused by waxing, threading and tweezing the delicate skin along the upper lip and brow bone. It’s also great at preventing ingrown hairs, slip one in your handbag today.
Thanks to its hot climate and extreme watersports, Australia has long been at the helm of cutting edge haircare. From 3-minute conditioning shampoos to salt sprays and special silk pillows, there isn’t a trick the Australians aren’t privy to when it comes to protecting your tresses from sun damage and premature breakages. But, in recent years the continent down under has turned its attention to skincare, capitalising on local nutrient-rich super-fruits such as the Kadadu plum – a native flowering plant which is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of sun spots and problematic skintones.
The discovery of these home grown anti-ageing ingredients has seen the Australian beauty industry sore internationally. One cult Aussie buy which is so adept at restoring dehydrated, sun battered and flaking skin that its found it’s way onto film sets and in the handbags of Cate Blanchett and the rest of Hollywood’s elite. Whipped up with local fermented fruits, the translucent silicone soft formula of Lucas Pawpaw Ointment glides over sun damage, dry patches and chapped lips to soothe soreness and revive hydration. At £5 this A-list product is a snip, will you snap it up?
New YorkJerry Hall and daughter Georgia May Jagger swear by the New York health store Live Live & Organic, which sells this deliciously scented exfoliant. The first ingredient listed on the jar? ‘Unconditional love and gratitude’.
Available from live-live.com
KoreaMajor beauty brands might try to emulate the products women in the Far East use, but the original formulations remain the best. After all, that’s why we all look there for flawless skin.
Native Californian, Charlotte Cho became hooked while living in Seoul, so she decided to set up her own online shop, Soko Glam, selling cult Korean skincare and make-up from the States.
She swears by the double cleanse so Banila’s oil-based Clean It Zero Classic is key to her morning and evening ritual. It melts away make-up and draws out impurities to leave skin spotless. Vitamin C also brightens while papaya gently exfoliates.
Available at Sokoglam.com
Could this be the very first multi-tasking balm? The Ancient Egyptians were famed for their inventive and innovative beauty solutions, so we are definitely intrigued by their ‘magic’ cream. Loved by celebrities, make-up artists and even doctors, the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream can be used to fix everything from dehydrated skin to burns, eczema and psoriasis.
The formula is based on those used by the Ancient Egyptians in early beauty concoctions, combining natural ingredients to create a powderful blend of healing and moisturing properties. Super-hydrating olive oil and royal jelly are combined with antibacterial and antioxidant-rich bees wax and honey to smooth, soften and protect the skin. Already a best-seller in America, we’re sure this is set to become a cult must-have in the UK too.
The best facial exfoliator by far. Dermalogica sees skincare as a health issue rather than simply cosmetic so their natural products are based on the latest science. We’re big fans of their serums, cleansers, masks and moisturisers, but this is the one product that we can’t live without. And it’s not just us, Victoria Beckham and Cameron Diaz apparently swear by Daily Microfoliant to keep problem skin under control too.
Available at Dermalogica.co.uk
KoreaKorean skincare is often up to ten years more advanced than what we use in the west. No wonder British beauty fans can’t get enough! Raccine has just arrived in the UK. It harnesses the power of plants to create truly effective products for all skin types. Try the Ultimate Aqua Blanc Boost to fade stubborn dark spots.
Available from Raccineusa.com
JapanBathing is a ritual in Japan that is never rushed. Sai-Sei means ‘rebirth and renewal’, something the ancient onsen hot springs are renowned for. Their products guarantee to cleanse, restore and reinvigorate the mind while providing the best in bodycare. This gentle Sai Sei purifying soap smells divine.
Available from SpaceNK.com
Love the glow of a gorgeous fake tan but hate the smell? Xen Tan has come out top for ease of application and scent in lots of fake tan tests. It’s also the tanner for pale skin because it has a warm olive base rather than an orange tone. Try the soothing and smoothing Face Tanner.
Available from XenTan.co.uk
USAThis genius product by much-loved American skincare specialist, Sunday Riley contains ingredients from nearly every continent on Earth – no wonder it works! Rub in to the skin for instant relief from time-of-the-month water retention, swollen feet or achey, tired limbs. A real saviour.
Available from SpaceNK.com
SwedenSachajuan hair salon in Stockholm is one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that they have a brilliant range of products to match. If only all leave-in conditioners worked as hard as this lightweight, moisturising spray which is designed to transform even the most lacklustre of tresses into a shiny mane.
Available from Cultbeauty.co.uk
USAAll-natural, nourishing and speedy, this is without doubt one of the best topcoats that we’ve tried. Suitable for even the most sensitive of hands.Available from Amazon.co.uk
HungaryImagine only having to use one skincare product in the morning. Omorovicza’s hard-working Complexion Perfector will make getting out the door much easier – it’s a moisturiser, foundation, sunscreen, concealer and anti-aging cream in one.
Available from omorovicza.co.uk
Antioxidant and vitamin rich, the deeply hydrating, yellow oil from the Marula tree helps with cell renewal, dryness and redness without leaving a greasy residue. No wonder the indigenous people of South Africa and Mozambique have been using it as a body oil for thousands of years.
Available from SpaceNK.com
KoreaA real bargain buy. Beauty Balms were pioneered in Korea where women are skincare-obsessed, so any product has to work super-hard to earn a place in their routines. Dr Jart’s BB cream is a firm favourite because, unlike others, it hydrates and gives dewy coverage but also controls oil levels to stay put all day.
Available from Boots.com
JapanStill searching for the ultimate mascara? Look east. DJV is the biggest selling mascara brand in Japan for a reason – it gives you seriously long, smudgeproof lashes.
Available from Cultbeauty.co.uk
USAEve Lom’s facials are world famous, thanks – in part – to this cult cleanser which melts in to the skin as it lifts impurities. There’s no tightness like with some soap-based cleansers, just squeaky-clean, soft skin that glows.
Available from spacenk.com
FranceWe love Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for Lips, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s new Shadow Tints are already a makeup bag staple. They glide on and blend easily, double up as an eyeliner and come in 12 very wearable shift-proof shades.
Available from Clinique.co.uk
Face oils are the about to change the way we care for our skin in the UK. Nourishing, lightweight and all-natural, they’re already an essential in the Middle East. Use instead of a serum to transform skin tone and texture.
Available from Houseoffraser.co.uk
AustraliaThe winter chill isn’t doing much for our poor hands. Luckily, Aesop’s brilliant moisturising balm has come to our rescue with its rich, skin-softening formula that smells divine.Available from Aesop.com