The Products The SL Beauty Team Have Finished Recently
The Products The SL Beauty Team Have Finished Recently

The Products The SL Beauty Team Have Finished Recently

Between them, the SL beauty team test hundreds of products. The constant rotation means it’s rare they reach the dregs of anything – so when they do, you can be sure it’s something worth shouting about. From a new retinol serum to a nourishing lip tint and split-end hair balm, here are seven products they’ve used up to the very end.

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.

The Self Tanning Gel, £37 | Dior

Rebecca Hull, Senior Beauty Editor

“This tube has got me through but the winter without ever looking OTT. A sheer gel, it feels so nice on the skin, and the believable warmth builds gradually over time. A little goes a long way – just one layer will give you an immediate glow, while one more provides more of a sun-kissed effect. You can take it day by day to see if you’re happy with the intensity, and if not, it’s easy to adjust. It preps skin nicely too, leaving behind a smooth surface for any make-up to adhere to. A game-changer for tan-phobes or anyone looking for a subtle hint of bronze.”

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24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream, £47 | Tula Skincare

Rafeeka Khan, Skincare & Beauty Expert & SL Contributor 

“I’ve been using this at night to blend in my tretinoin prescription. It doesn’t contain any combative ingredients, so it mixes well, cushioning any harsh effects while still giving me the results I enjoy from a vitamin A. It’s gentle and buttery, with the type of texture that feels as if it’s cocooning my skin in hydration. My skin looks much bouncier and fresher whenever I apply it.”

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The Retinol Serum, £270 | Augustinus Bader

Michaella Bolder, Celebrity Facialist, Skincare Expert & SL Beauty Contributor

“Retinols make me feel a bit conflicted. They are one of the few ingredients proven to penetrate the surface layer of the skin but, because of this, they can also cause adverse reactions, such as inflammation, dryness and general soreness. It’s why I am always so careful when recommending retinol-based products to my clients. When I was introduced to this one by Augustinus Bader, I was intrigued. I knew it had lots of science behind it, so I gave it a go and haven’t put it down since. I’ve used it every other night followed by my night cream and oil. My skin has shown zero sign of inflammation and it hasn’t needed any downtime – it looks smoother and has a renewed, brighter appearance to it overall. This will definitely be a repeat buy.”

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Happy Endings Nourishing Balm, £36 | Hair By Sam Mcknight

Georgia Day, Journalist & SL Beauty Columnist 

“I’ve just finished my first bottle of this brilliant conditioning balm, but I can safely say it won’t be my last. While it’s clinically proven to seal 50% of split ends after just one use (impressive) it’s also a fantastic styling balm that helps to improve manageability, boost smoothness and de-fluff hair when it gets frizzy. The fact that it comes in a mini for my handbag is a win-win.”

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St Barts Scalp & Body Scrub, £36 | Ouai

Adeola Gboyega, Pro Make-Up Artist & SL Contributor 

“The scent alone will encourage me to keep buying this – it’s full of orange blossom, tuberose and amber. As for the scrub, it’s heavy duty in the best way, sloughing away dead skin cells and dryness to leave behind softer, smoother limbs. You can use it to hit reset on your scalp too, which I love. Sugar crystals break down dirt and product build-up while coconut oil restores any lost moisture. Just use a little with your shampoo on a weekly basis.”

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Nudies Bloom Blusher, £30 | NudeStix

Sapna Rao, Junior Fashion & Beauty Writer 

“Blush sticks don’t get better than this. I’ve made my way through several already – there are lots of other shades available – as it’s so creamy and easy to use. You can scribble them on without a mirror and blend them out with your fingers or the brush on the other side of the tube. They give skin an immediate freshness and they can be used on the lids and lips, too. I have my eye on the Nudies Glow Highlighter next.” 

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Night Collagen Serum, £240 | QMS Cosmetics

Zoë Taylor, Make-Up Artist & SL Beauty Contributor 

“My latest empty is this serum from QMS. Containing several different ingredients, it’s designed for solo use – so you don’t need any other serums layered on top. I apply this alone under my moisturiser and I’ve really seen a difference in my skin. It’s so plump and glow-y – plus, the texture is smooth and velvety, making it’s a joy to apply. People keep telling me how great my skin looks and it’s all down to this serum.”

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