Your top 10 included a budget cleanser for breakouts, a bargain natural beauty edit and the new ‘suits-all’ Supermodel lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury. Here’s what you parted with your hard earned cash for this month
February is pretty buzzy on the beauty scene - there’s awards season and fashion month in the calendar, and with the catwalks and red carpets come exciting new product drops and fresh tech. While all of the glitz is unfolding, however, we’re highly likely to be found snuggled on the the sofa wearing a pair of good old M&S pjs by the light of a luxe candle sourced from a money saving natural beauty box. That’s what your month looked like at least - here’s what you added to basket in Feb.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer, £29
Glossier announced that it was expanding its foundation and concealer shade range to 12 sheer options from the former five, reformulating the colour spectrum almost entirely in line with consumer feedback. The result is dewy-ish, true to life base and the brand is giving you more for less to celebrate the launch - buy the skin tint and concealer together (your shade will correspond in both) and you’ll save six quid.
Clinique 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator, £36 for 50ml
This cooling, refreshing aloe vera based gel moisturiser seals in moisture thanks to a hyaluronic acid and humectant rich formulation and claims to weather every environment (plus the clock) to keep skin soft and the skin barrier healthy. It has an almost immediate plumping effect (that’ll be the hyaluronic acid at work) and is fragrance-free so a goer for all skin types. I’ve scooped my way through two jars of this stuff already.
MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium, £30
A backstage staple at fashion week, this pro palette combines four concealers and two colour correctors , although the cream pigments are so versatile that you can use the shades to sculpt and as eyeshadows too. With added emollients and antioxidants they care for skin as you wear them and, like a true artist, you can blend shades together until you find your perfect base match.
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, £10.99 for 50ml
Aiming to make results driven, highly effective skincare accessible to the masses, The Inkey List range has gone from strength to strength since its launch - the brand has sold one product every 30 seconds since day one. You lot have been a part of that success and we predict equally big things for this affordable new pore-clarifying cleanser. Based on gently exfoliating salicylic acid with sebum regulating zinc and soothing anti-inflammatory allantoin, it’s garnering rave reviews for its breakout minimising, brightening impact. It’s a bargain, and it’s brilliant.
H&M Blouse with Broderie Anglaise, £24.99
Trinny Woodall describes white shirts as her “secret weapon” (after sequins) for brightening up every skin tone and this romantic high street take is detailed enough that you don’t need to make much effort elsewhere with your styling. Wear it to the office, at the weekend and pretty much wherever - I’ve got it and can testify that it goes with everything.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Lipsticks, £24 each
Inspired by the brown nude lip favoured by 90s supermodels such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington, these three new limited edition Matte Revolution lipsticks are throwback makeup as it should be done (nostalgic while harnessing modern technology). Creamy, long lasting and with a three different undertones to suit all skin colours, Dua Lipa wore Super Nineties to pick up her clutch of awards at the Grammys while Salma Hayek and Irina Shayk both wore Super Model at the BAFTAs, which practically makes these Supermodels award winning in themselves in our book. Snap them up before they leave us.
The Natural Edit by Birchbox, £32
With nine full sized natural beauty steals from the likes of Aveda and Soaper Duper , this limited edition vegan friendly, cruelty-free beauty collection will save you a whopping £118 compared to the products’ original prices. There’s something to tend to your every need, from a 98 per cent natural shea butter based body lotion to vegan mascara and even a turmeric sheet mask.
ghd glide, £125
ghd’s first hot brush styler has been one of the biggest launches of the year thus far, selling out within days and already having being duped by Lidl . Our hair columnist Ayesha rates the glide for its smoothing effect and swishy blow dry-esque results - it creates shape without making hair look limp or flat as regular straighteners sometimes can. That said, the price tag is pretty hefty for a heat-up hairbrush. Have a think until it comes back in stock or consider Lidl’s £14.99 knock-off if you simply can’t wait, although you’ll find that it’s not quite a carbon copy…
M&S Rosie for Autograph Printed Long Sleeved Pyjama Set, £35
Yet another supermodel backed addition to this edit, these slinky, silky pjs were designed by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and the kind of sleepwear you’d be proud to open the door/ schlep round the shops in. I’ve had a similar Rosie for Autograph pair for years and can also confirm that they don’t shrink in the wash (the vast majority of my pyjama bottoms now hang somewhere around my shins so this is appreciated - perhaps RHW has the same problem).
Zoeva Soft Kohl Eyeliner, £5.50
This month’s beauty bonanza ends with an intensely pigmented kohl that comes in well under a tenner. Use it to tightline or blend it out with a smudger brush for a smokey eye effect - it’s a versatile makeup bag staple that lasts all day and makes everyone’s eyes look poppin’ (in a good way).
These were your favourite health and beauty products in January