At Yours we’re in the lucky position of getting to try the latest make-up, skincare and other lotions and potions. But which products do we actually spend our hard-earned money on?
Beauty Editor’s picks
Soft, easy to blend and the easiest way to define the eyes for a natural look.
Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, £18/200ml
A creamy blend of extra virgin olive and coconut oils make this natural cleanser soothing and hydrating.
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30, £42/22ml
Instantly smooths the skin creating the perfect canvas for your foundation. It also contains a host of anti-ageing ingredients to firm and protect your skin and a handy SPF 30. I love this stuff. It’s pricey, but works.
Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo, £3.19/150ml
By far the best ‘purple’ shampoo out there. It works to neutralise yellow tones for blonde, grey and white hair.
Batiste dry shampoo, £4.99/400ml
Because it works better than all the others and is cheap.
Gosh My Favourite Mascara, £8.99
Is one of the best I’ve tried this year. It gives buildable coverage making my lashes look thicker and longer. It didn’t flake or smudge and is easy to remove.
This is fairly new, but I really like it. It has a strong anti-ageing promise, delivering multiple anti-ageing benefits, including accelerated collagen renewal and plumper skin.
Digital Editor’s picks
Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Sculpting Kit, in Middle Brown, £4.99
I have very fair brows and I definitely benefit from some definition. The little brush means a much more natural finish than an eyebrow pencil, and this is much cheaper than similar rivals.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Facial Cleansing Oil, £7.99/192ml
This was a new launch this year and it’s one of the best – I’ve been buying it in bulk online as it always seems to sell out. It’s perfect for removing make-up (including eye make-up) without drying and works well on my combination, sensitive skin. Plus a little goes a long way. I recommend this to all of my friends!
These caused a shopping storm when they were finally released in the UK after proving popular in the USA. Their subtle tint means they are a great way of adding colour if you’re nervous of lipstick, and they are moisturising and affordable too.
MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion, £27.50/100ml
Yes it’s pricey, but I swear by this essential oil ‘potion’ as the perfect pick-me-up. I keep a bottle for whenever I’m struck down by a cold. Just a capful in the bath soothes aching joints, helps you breathe easy and feels like total luxury. Not one for everyday use, but an amazing treat – it also makes a wonderful gift. Oh, and I know you shouldn’t judge by packaging, but the bottle is gorgeous.
Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, £11/100ml
I’ve been using variations of this product for over a decade – because it works! If your skin feels irritated or like you’re about to get a spot, this will soothe and clear. Plus it’s self-heating so a nice one for winter days.
Lush Big Shampoo, £6.95/130g
To be fair, I’d happily choose anything from the Lush range. I love all of their products and their eco-friendly ethos. But Big is probably my number one pick, just because it smells fresh and clean like a sea breeze, and is fab at adding volume to my fine hair. A close second is their Dragon’s Egg bath bomb (£3.95) which makes any bath a party.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, in Ivory Fair Believe In Me, £29/30ml
The best foundation for matching my slightly niche (pale but warm) skintone, this applies easily and is oil-free and has SPF 25 too.
Chanel lipsticks, £28
If you are in my inner circle of friends, you might just find a little white box awaiting you on your birthday. Chanel is, of course, a total luxury – and everything from the design of the lipstick to the packaging it comes in makes you feel special. Naturally, the products are also very good. For friends, I rely on the subtle, suit-all Rouge Coco (they come out much more sheer than you’d expect) but for me (never a wallflower!) I’m all about Rouge Allure. Bold, colourful, fabulous.
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