20 Best Beauty Buys

20 Best Beauty Buys

It’s our 20th anniversary so Vic Black gives her platinum seal of approval to the 20 best beauty products to have ever landed on our desks…

1. THE POWDER
Teint Couture Shimmer Powder in Rose, £33, Givenchy
Aside from its superlative quality, Givenchy is on our list because every single item is just so utterly beautiful.

2. THE LIPSTICK
Joli Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Sandy Pink, £22, Clarins
This lipstick has a new matte finish, but the same super hydrating formula we love and 20 shades to choose from.

3. THE SKIN PROTECTANT
Eight Hour Cream, £28, Elizabeth Arden
This balm is an all-rounder for lips, elbows and well, anywhere you fancy really.

4. THE SHAMPOO
Hydration Shampoo, £32, Rahua
Rahua products contain oil from the bean of the same name found deep in the Amazon rain forest.

5. THE MICROFOLIANT
Daily Microfoliant, £49.50, Dermalogica
Exfoliating with a gentle product allows your oils and moisturisers to reach deep into your skin where they can get to work.

6. THE EYE MASK
Rich Eye Zone Care Pack, £16.50, DHC
Tired eyes are a thing of the past with these – have them on hand in case of pre-wedding sleepless nights.

7. THE CREAM
Renergie Multi-Glow, £64, Lancome
This product has a fabulous texture that is nourishing and sinks deep into the skin and revives the skin’s rosy glow.

8. THE SUN CARE
Sunleya Age Minimizing After Sun Care, £155, Sisley
Sisley uses botanicals that are good for you and the environment keeping harmful ingredients out of sun lotions.

9. THE BUTTER
Carrot Butter Cleanser, £43, The Organic Pharmacy
This cleanser melts on contact with the skin and contains shea butter, marigold and carrot.

10. THE EYE SERUM
Retinol Rescue Eye Serum, £80, Clark’s Botanicals
It contains a trio of ingredients that are released over time leaving eyes firmer and with fewer fine lines.

11. THE LIFTING CREAM
Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream, £130, Omorovicza
Harnessing the healing powers of Hungary’s thermal baths, this rose-scented cream is intensely moisturising.

12. THE CREAM
The Moisturizing Soft Cream, £120 for 30ml, Creme de La Mer
This classic is worth every penny and ideal if you have sensitive skin.

13. THE MASCARA
 Volume Effet Faux Cils The Curler, £26, Yves Saint Laurent
This two-in-one wand gives instant lift for beautiful wide-awake eyes for your wedding photos.

14. THE BATH SALTS
Himalyan Healing Salts, £42, Mauli
These bath salts are blended with 13 therapeutic oils along with powdered rose quartz crystals to bring a sense of calm to your bath.

15. THE SKIN TREATMENT
Skin Nourish Mask, £34, Bobbi Brown
Thick and creamy, this contains coral grass and green algae. Use three times a week for plumped up, peachy skin.

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16. THE EYE PALETTE
La Palette 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow, £44.50, Guerlain
High concentrations of pigments and finely milled ingredients mean Guerlain’s shadows glide on and stay put.

17. THE BODY CREAM
Acai Body Power Cream, £18, Sol de Janeiro
Skin feels silkier after using this cream and we love the soft sheen it leaves too.

18. THE HAIR TREATMENTT
Pomegranate & Cassis Elasticizer, £34, Philip Kingsley
For restoring bounce, shine and strength to hair you can’t beat this product.

19. THE FAKE TAN
Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body, £30, Fake Bake
Tanning products can often dry out the skin, but Fake Bake packs its products with super-hydrating coconut oil and hyaluronic acid.

20. THE NIGHT OIL
Advanced Night Repair, £55 for 30ml, Estee Lauder
If you don’t know about this skin-repairing miracle-in-a-bottle, where have you been? We never stop raving about it!

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