Inside the Advent Calendar: Head to Toe Heroes

Written by Maria Nichol

Our 2020 Beauty Calendar has landed and this year we’re doing things a little differently. We’re marking the upcoming festive season with a one of a kind edit of 24 show-stopping products that work. This week we’re discussing the haircare and body products you’ll receive in your Award Winners – The Beauty Calendar. Let’s zero in on what makes the brand and products so special. 

AVEDA

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Haircare rescue 101 comes in the form of this effective leave-in treatment, recognised at this year’s Byrdie’s Eco Awards as the Best Leave-in Conditioner. Formulated with 98% naturally-derived ingredients (think macadamia oil and quinoa protein), this full-size product worth £ awakens tired tresses and prevents future breakage. 

LiB Tip: For best results, apply daily after your shampoo and conditioner. Work a small amount of product in hands, apply through damp hair and comb to distribute. No need to rinse!

COLOR WOW

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This dreamy formula is all about transforming the texture of your hair while preventing frizz. The Dream Coat Supernatural Spray was commended as Best Weather Protector at the Harper’s Hot 100 Awards 2018, and it’s no surprise. The lightweight formula will leave your locks feeling super sleek, and unlike other defrizzers, it won’t weigh your hair down.

LiB Tip: 

Spray liberally and evenly on damp (not wet hair), before blow drying (this is needed to activate the formula). For best results, use every three to four shampoos. 

BATISTE

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The OG of dry shampoo, it’s little wonder that Batiste won big as Best Cult Product at this year’s Sunday Times Style Awards. An instant refresh for your locks, the product has an easy to love fragrance and a cult status. 

LiB Tip: As well as banishing oily roots and revitalising hair, this dry shampoo can be used to add serious volume and texture. Spray onto roots and massage in, before teasing or brushing, whichever you prefer. 

INVISIBOBBLE

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Say hello to kink-free hair with Invisibobble, which was recognised at the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2014. A real mane-changer, the tool combines a tangle-free spiral hair ring with a classic scrunchie. Functional and fun, the unique shape means it cares for hair, while ensuring the prevention of headaches, too. 

LiB Tip: This ‘sprunchie’ is perfect for creating retro styles, especially a half updo look. 

PALMERS

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This concentrated cream works hard to improve any signs of dry, damaged or cracked skin, enriching it with do-good ingredients like natural vitamin E and cocoa butter. Shortlisted at the Pure Beauty Awards 2019, this is the ultimate hardworking everyday remedy for skin. 

LiB Tip: The formula is perfect for areas of skin that need a little TLC, so when applying, focus on parts like the elbows and knees, or anywhere that you feel needs some extra attention.  

FOAMIE

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Reinvent the way you shower using this refreshing oat milk and papaya body bar, which came Highly Commended at the Pure Beauty Global Awards 2020. 100% plastic-free, the two-in-one body bar gently cleans and soothes the skin, so it’s an all round do-gooder.  

LiB Tip: The body bar comes complete with massage indentations to stimulate the skin, so relax and unwind come showertime. 

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES

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Made with highly concentrated premium oils, this luxurious blend won the award for Best British Brand – Mass & Prestige at the CEW Beauty Awards 2017, and we know why. This gentle and comforting bath and shower oil consists of soothing peppermint and high-altitude grown lavender, with the oil countering everything from tension headaches to moments of overindulgence. 

LiB Tip:  Add a capful to warm running water or massage over your body prior to bathing or showering. Cup your hands to your face and inhale deeply three times to get the most from its aromatherapy benefits. 

FLORAL STREET

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Winner of Best Niche Fragrance at the Cosmopolitan Magazine Beauty Awards 2019, this mix of five evocative perfumes in the discovery set are like your very own scent wardrobe. Floral Street pride themselves on creating vegan and sustainable fragrances, and this dark and delectable collection are perfect for the season. 

LiB Tip: Spritz on your pulse points for a longer-lasting fragrance. 

NUXE

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A brand new anti-ageing offering from cult skincare brand NUXE that won at this year’s Prix Santé Magazine Beauté Santé for Best Anti Ageing Cream. The oil-cream is specially formulated for dry skin, combining saffron and natural-restorative complexes to create a potent formula that delivers on a youthful glow.

LiB Tip: Take a small amount of the product on your fingertips and warm the texture slightly before applying to the face, neck and décolleté using gentle upward smoothing movements.

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