Noon Beauty Director Beatrice Aidin has been busy sampling, testing and choosing the Friday Five – the greatest, some latest, beauty products that she wants you to love as much as she does. Here, 5 stand-out beauty products she loves now.
- Soap & Glory ‘In the Glow How’ Exfoliating Tonic, £9.95 www.boots.com
A friend was telling me recently that as a teenager she swiped nail polish remover on her face in the hope of getting rid of blackheads and oily skin. As I shuddered, it made me realise how far skincare has come and also how democratic not only in terms of effective ingredients and cost but also in terms of brands that may seem aimed at the yoof can really cut it for midlife skin and one of the best representatives of such is Soap & Glory, especially In the Glow How. Not only do I recommend it because I never met a pun I didn’t like, but with 5% glycolic acid it removes dirt and pollution while gently exfoliating the skin, revealing a fresh glow. Under a tenner, as well, never say I never nod the wink – Boots.com currently have a 3-for-2 offer on several Soap & Glory products including this.
- Desavery Smooth Hyaluronic Acid Clary Sage and Bergamot Serum £36, www.desavery.co.uk
So hyaluronic acid may sound like something you clean the bath with but hear me out, this ain’t no Cillit Bang (I read that brand name as something quite different the first time I saw it, still not recovered from the shock in Sainsbury’s). The body produces and relies on HA, as it’s known, to keep skin hydrated but over time, production decreases — a great shame as this sugar molecule holds up to 1,000 its weight in water, giving volume and bounce. There are lots of very good HA products out there, but (wo)man alive, they can be so dull and feel worthy. However this Desvary serum has the most wonderful scent, is instantly relaxing and I’m sold on it. It’s vegan and organic, which can be a bonus for some, although I’m currently cooking chicken soup, so…
- Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Eyeliner in Navy Noir £22 www.victoriabeckham.com
Blue eyeliner might bring back memories of the eighties, but this VB pencil is a flattering navy with a swoop of black so gives a softer appearance than the latter on its own. Not only does it have a great soft texture pencil with a blender on the other end but it lasts without smudging — believe me, a hard combination to achieve. With a nod to the environment, save £2 by skipping the sharpener on the order.
- SANN Nourish and Tint Lip Serum, £24 www.saanbeauty.com
Friends, I have tried many a lip serum and found them quite pointless: too liquid, little colour and as necessary as a cream specifically designed for your thumb (not a thing. As yet.). However SANN serum is nourishing and multi-tasking and long-lasting and even helps chapped lips and comes from the London-based Ukrainian founder. She has started her business with just these three shades of serum because she wants them to be different and stand out. Which they very much do.
- Nest New York Wild Mint and Eucalyptus Candle (£43) and Diffuser (£50) www.cultbeauty.com
I’ve lit many a scented candle – especially over the last two years when I started making my own with some results that can only be described as olfactory disasters – but many of the average priced just felt very average in terms of spend vs scent.
But Nest New York made all that change: an American home fragrance brand that packs a punch with I’m told, nudge, more per centage essential oils in the jar than any other brand. And it shows, my home is scented with one candle. I’ve also struggled with the point of diffusers, they just gather dust in the loo, before but the Nest Wild Mint and Eucalyptus lights up every room with its uplifting fragrance. I’m sold.
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