Best British Cosmetics vs The Rest of the World

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Best British Cosmetics vs The Rest of the World

by Julia Paddon

On a Sunday evening, I am watching Fashion Police. I LOVE IT. It’s on E! (you know, the channel where every other show is about a Kardashian) and is immaculately/hilariously/mischievously hosted by Joan Rivers.

It’s about everything I love but can’t afford. Fashion with a capital F. High Fashion with a sense of humour, made even more irresistible by the ageless, tireless Mme. Rivers. Every now and then Joan dresses up as Suri Cruise and makes ‘a futile bid for freedom’ (Google it) and it is home to hard hitting features such as ‘Bitch Stole My Look’ (celebs wearing the same dress), ‘Starlet or Streetwalker’ (celebs wearing slutty clothes) and ‘Guess Me from Behind’ (yes, you’ve guessed it!).

Their ‘GB vs the Rest of the World’ style feature was really just an excuse to celebrate the Fashion brilliance of the ‘Kates’ (Princess and Moss) and Posh – but it got me thinking.
Q: How well do we Brits measure up in terms of our beauty products?
A: Not too bad at all!
Compare and contrast …


ELEMIS: Tip top Spa products that lead the way in luxury. A habit that’s hard to break.
Pro Collagen Marine Cream, £79 –
JOOMO: Specially designed for and effective on sensitive, acne-prone young skin.
£4.75 per 100ml from Joomo
ECOSOAPIA: 100% organic and soil association certified, made from the purest natural ingredients using organic oils and plant extracts. Liquid soap that is so fabulous it is suitable for the whole body.
£6 each –
BARRY M: Barry M’s Jewel Britannia Nail Paint. Patriotic, and a bargain.
£2.99 –

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HOMEDICS: Brits are good at science! This iheal gadget reduces the healing time of soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and inflammation.
£49.99 available from selected larger Boots.
BURBERRY: Burberry Brit Eau De Parfum. An iconic British brand makes an iconic British scent.
£64 –
NOUGAT: Designed and made here in the UK. Gorgeous products for men, packaged beautifully. A must for gifts.
OCS Organic Care Systems (OCS): Made in Hampshire is a nice range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments. I noticed an improvement in shine and control.
Reconstructor, £11.95 –

Best of the Rest of the World!

DERMALOGICA – USA: Stressed? Like, New York stressed? Try UltraCalming Relief Masque – for powerful emergency relief.
£38 –
DHC – JAPAN: ThisDeep Cleansing Oil from Japanese beauty brand DHC, is a clarifying olive-oil based cleanser that’s so gentle it can be used on the most sensitive skin.
£18.50 –
ORIFLAME – SWEDEN: Stimulates tired feet and makes them tingle and feel alive – like a Swedish massage in a pot!
£6.95, 100ml –
LOVEA – MOROCCO: Very efficient body scrub that exfoliates and restores softness. Nice Moroccan Argan oil/orange peel combo too.
£7.49 for 150ml –

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CLARINS – FRANCE: Beauty Flash Balm is one of Clarins’s greatest hits. I’ve been addicted to this ‘Cinderella in a tube’ for nigh on a decade. Cleansing, firming, radiating.
£28 –
ZOYA – RUSSIA: Somehow very ‘Russian’ – in a good way! The palette of colours is unique.
£11 –
TIGER BALM – CHINA: Centuries of effective temporary and targeted relief for muscular aches and pains.
£4.90 for a 19g jar – available from Amazon.
THALGO – FRANCE: Thalgo Thalassobath harnesses the power of the sea with 24% fresh Algae and 76% sea salts that replenishes the body’s minerals. The elusive ‘spa at home’ scent and quality.
£25.55 from


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