Best Beauty Discoveries To Get On Your Radar

Find a product that delivers and it’s all too easy to return to it on repeat meaning you miss out on a whole host of new discoveries. Whether it’s a highlighter or serum you need, we’ve rounded up some of the best lesser-known brands that are worth both your money and attention.

UpCircle Cinnamon + Ginger Chai Soap Bar, £7

A shift to plastic-free skincare is swiftly on the rise thanks to its environmental benefits. Enter – the vegan cleansing bar. This exfoliating soap is gentle enough to use on both the face and body, and its all-natural ingredients make it perfect for even the most sensitive skin. This impressive multi-tasker cuts through daily grime - with trending pink clay to purify, reduce redness and irritation, and organic cinnamon and ginger for a reviving energy boost. Affordable, long-lasting and handmade in the UK - we’re taken with UpCircle’s entire sustainable range. Good for the planet and for your skin. 

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Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub Refining Peel Gel, £22

Thanks to Cult Beauty we’re hooked on this South Korean vegan skincare brand. Our newest K-beauty find will win you over with its impressive glow-giving properties and budget-friendly price. This hard-working peel makes light work of your dull skin woes - harnessing the power of natural papaya and pineapple enzymes to gently exfoliate. We feel we have to mention the stylish millennial pink packaging – seriously Instagrammable.

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Verso Anti-Pollution Protecting & Strengthening Mist, £45

Our favourite discovery from Stockholm-born brand Verso, we adore the ease of this spray applicator - perfect for rushed mornings. We are becoming much more aware of the negative impact pollution has on our skin, so consider the brand’s metal particle-busting, patented Retinol 8 formula your personal barrier against environmental skin damage. 

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Manicurist Green Nail Lacquer - Rose Mountbatten, £12

If a polish was ever going to convince you to stray from the big household names – it will no doubt be this one. Thanks to Wolf and Badger (our go-to eco beauty haunt) we’ve discovered French brand Manicurist. Not only are there some seriously trending shades, but the company and its products are environmentally friendly too - up to 84% bio-sourced, vegan and cruelty free. Better yet, all polishes are enriched with hydrating coconut oil and strengthening bamboo extract.

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Austin Austin Palmarosa and Vetiver Hand Soap, £15

It’s easy to neglect our hands when it comes to skincare, so we’ve banished our lack-lustre hand wash in favour of something more luxe and haven’t looked back. Often the first area to show signs of aging, your hands will thank you for treating them to moisture-infused organic plant extracts and the divine scents of rosemary, vetiver and lavender. The stylish Matisse-esque illustrated packaging is not only on trend, but is made from 100% recycled materials.

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Disciple Dreamy Skin Retinyl Oil, £35

Looking to minimise breakouts, reduce pigmentation and boost your skins radiance? Meet our new favourite damage-correcting night oil. Packed with prebiotics, this clever formula combines raw botanical ingredients to boost the skins good bacteria, whilst soothing any inflammation. Linoleic acid works deeply to restore sebum consistency – too much of which can cause breakouts. Stress-busting scents of blue chamomile and jasmine are an added bonus – you won’t regret this acne-busting buy.

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Mabel and Meg, Enchanter Hydrating Eye Serum, £29

Sometimes simplicity is best, especially when it comes to an area as delicate as the eyes. Made with just five ingredients, this serum is our new daily must-wear thanks to its skin-brightening and plumping properties. Doubling as an under-eye primer, concealer blends flawlessly into the skin – no creases in sight. The ‘enchanter’ can even be applied as a lip balm – packing serious multi-purpose punch – talk about getting your money’s worth.

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Physicians Formula Brow Last Longwearing Brow Gel, £10.99 

Trust us, this US import will tempt you to stray from your usual brow brand. Thanks to Feel Unique - Physicians formula has landed in the UK, and we’ve soon become enamoured with its affordable products that don’t scrimp on quality. For unbeatable brows that last, look no further than this water-resistant formula that thickens, shapes and conditions with vitamins B & E. The bristle brush is perfect for creating that coveted, fluffy brow texture we’ve seen on countless runways. This newbie is worthy of adding to your product roster.

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Clockface Beauty Moisturising Balm Clary Sage & Juniper Berry, £30

Dry skin in need of a moisture boost? This hydrating vitamin E balm, from Yorkshire-based Clockface Beauty has us hooked. Their formula is rapidly absorbed and non-greasy - ideal for a fresh, healthy glow with no stickiness. Even those with oily skin will benefit from the combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich ingredients that work to restore elasticity and leave skin luxuriously soft.

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Allies of Skin Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream, £79

This Singaporean brand has provided us with our new favourite skin refresher – yes, it’s slightly spendy, but a quality day cream that fights pollution is worth the investment.  Speed and efficiency are at the core of this brand - ingredients work immediately to brighten, tighten and hydrate. Living up to its multi-nutrient name, this cream boasts ten antioxidants and eight hydrators - offering both firming and moisturising qualities to meet all your skin’s needs.

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Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm, £27

We were beyond excited when this New Zealand-based brand finally landed in the UK via e-tailer Cult Beauty. Think wild-sourced ingredients and recyclable packaging, these luxe-looking products are as beautiful on the skin as they are on our beauty shelf. You won’t regret adding this indie brand to your skincare repertoire - with skin-healing, anti-oxidant extracts, this balm offers TLC for any area of skin that needs nourishment. We’ve even started adding a swirl of peachy-pink balm over eyelids for a trending, glossy glow. 

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Flower Beauty Mix N Matte Lipstick Duo Melon Kiss 685, £7.99

You may have heard of Drew Barrymore’s make up line but have yet to test its merits, thanks to it being based solely stateside – until now. Our pick? This creamy Lip Duo, in a seasonal soft melon shade that complements a range of skin tones. Not to mention the option of going fully matte or topping off with a sleek gloss - we love a 2-in-1 buy. 

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Playa Beauty, Supernatural Conditioner £30

If it’s going to take something special to get your stray from your usual haircare, this conditioner is it. Pricier than most – but worth every penny – the blend of botanical Brassica and Copaiba oils smooth frizz and restore damage. If you’ve spent years colouring your hair, treat it to a conditioner that lives up to its supernatural title. Playa’s creator Shelby Wild ensures the company gives back - conscious production and recycling are all part of this indie brand’s ethos. 

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79 LUX, Ultra-Nourishing Antioxidant-Rich Body Balm, £46

A topical treat for the entire body – this wonder balm is packed with skin-nourishing hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, shea butter and yes – even gold.

The rich texture, created with wild-crafted ingredients, is fast becoming our body care favourite. Use it once and you’ll see why - 79’s impressive ingredients feed the skin whilst protecting it from environmental aggressors. Perfect for dry, mature or eczema-prone skin. You heard it here first.

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Vanderohe, No.1 Purifying Cleansing Oil, £36

Effectively banish dirt and makeup without stripping your skin, with this oil-based cleanser from Vanderohe. A no-fuss cleanser that combines cold-pressed plant and essential oils to detoxify and deep-cleanse, all whilst protecting your skin’s natural moisture. A cult product in the making, we see this becoming a huge hit.

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Esker Firming Body Wash, £28

The most sumptuous body wash we’ve tried. As you lather up, this savvy skin-softening gel prevents loss of elasticity and promotes tone. If you’re new to Esker Beauty, their plant-based washes are infused with organic essential oils and fragrant aromatherapy elements.

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Find Contouring Face Kit - Highlight Lowlight, £9.99

Amazon may not be your first port of call when shopping make up – but that could soon change thanks to the introduction of their FIND range. Combining a bronzer and highlighter for under ten pounds – this duo feels anything but budget. A stick applicator allows you to swiftly sculpt the upper and lower cheekbones for a shimmering glow that defines and illuminates.

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