Beauty file: Snail Company | Clinique | Loccitane | Express Colour

Alison Gray rounds up the week's most stylish beauty products

Snail Cream

Perfect slime

If we get a wet spring, I’ll make my own Escargot Collection from the wheelie bin. Until then, there’s this from the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Snail Company. Ever since Katie Holmes admitted slathering on slippery snail slime, those seeking her gorgeous skin have followed suit. One for skincare pioneers.

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Escargot Collection Revitalising Lifting Cream, £35 and Revitalising Moisturising Emulsion, £27 (

Look likely

Under-eye bags getting you down? Try this new launch from Clinique, in a handbag friendly design, which you can apply throughout the day. Pull up the orange spherical applicator to dispense a pea-sized amount of product to the tip, then swipe around the eye area. Ingredients including caffeine and algae extract will reduce puffiness. Bright eyes.

Pep-Start Eye Cream, £22 (

Shea delight

L’Occitane is marking International Women’s Day on 8 March with this all-purpose balm, which celebrates its partnership with the women of Burkina Faso who produce the brand’s signature shea butter ingredient. Scented with roses, apply it to lips, body and hair. Proceeds will support literacy and micro loan schemes. A caring collaboration.

Ultra Soft Balm, £4 (

A shade easier

Maintaining hair colour is costly and time consuming but a new hair dye is set to change all that. Express Colour is said to cover grey in three minutes like a hair conditioner and lasts for between five and six washes. But what might be of most interest to potential customers is that it doesn’t contain PPD (which causes allergic reactions), peroxide or ammonia. It comes in eight colours and – top tip for even less mess – works best to cover grey on dry hair.

Express Colour, £6.99 (exclusive to Superdrug)