Inside out… beautiful on the outside and in

I’m being wowed by some of the lovely, delicate designs on this season’s new launches. Best of all, the products are just as good inside as the boxes and jars they come in…

Percy and Reed's HB pencil designs

I love Percy and Reed’s whimsical designs as if sketched and written by pencil. The Splendidly Silky Shampoo and Conditioner really leaves hair lustrous and soft to touch, too.

Percy and Reed's packaging features 'salon secret' tips for using their goodies...

After washing, finish up with the Volumising No Oil Oil, which contains violet extract, for smooth, sleek locks. Just apply to towel-dried hair and style. Can also use it like a serum on dry hair. Love this.

Limited edition peony range

Launching in April is the new Pivoine Delicate, a limited edition range from L’Occitane, based on the spring flower, the peony. The charmingly old-fashioned and terribly pretty products include a practical duo Eau de Toilette and Lip Gloss in one, a spray Eau de Toilette and a baby-pink Shimmering Powder in a vintage-style bottle with a 1950s atomiser – gorgeous. It’s a delicate scent with rose as a base, but modernised, and not too old-lady, with green notes of lily of the valley. It’s a pastel, powdery delight.

Great for travelling this summer: scent and gloss in one tube
Pretty in pink, with a heart of peony
Put a spritz on your face, and a spring in your step

Also, from L’Occitane is this new Hydrating Face Mist, with organic angelica water and essential oil. I love the spring graphics on this as much as the refreshing and toning qualities of the spray itself.

Classic beauty: Paul & Joe packaging are my faces

This little tin of hand cream is so modern and retro at the same time. In fact, it is exactly what Paul & Joe do best. Really sinks into the skin for immediate effects.

Kitsch cats
Eye-poppping fuscia of No.27

You can’t fail to fall for these cute cats on Paul & Joe’s nail polish box. Inside, it just gets better with long-lasting vibrant colours, like this no 27 popping pink.

Oceanic sea horse - reminders of wind-swept holidays 

I picked this up at the recent CEW Product Testing evening and was smitten by the ocean design and pretty packaging of the Island Apothecary label. Then I found out that the products are made in Jersey with this body wash containing lavender sourced from the island. It is also  paraben and silicone free so good for all.

Sourced from Jersey, inspired by island living
Traditional black and white drawings on Gazelli products
Face off, taking off the day

Azerbaijan’s beauty range – Gazelli – has gorgeous hand-drawn images on all their packaging. This Triple Youth Skin Balancing Cleanser is divine. It removes all make-up and leaves your face glowing.

Pixi by name, practical by nature

I’ve always been a fan of Pixi because of their innovative and so very different products. This lovely Lip & Cheek Tint has a pretty, floral design but its contents are hard-hitting. In the tube is a multi-purpose lip balm to sooth lips and in the cap is a solid tint for lips and cheeks, perfect fora pick-you-up on the go. Gorge.

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