& Other Stories Blusher, £15
Here at SheerLuxe we love a good cream blush, especially when it’s affordable. Cue these new squeezy tubes from & Other Stories which are rich in colour for a long-lasting flushed effect. Despite their matte dry down, they have a dewy quality that keeps skin looking quenched and healthy, thanks to the hyaluronic acid and nourishing squalane inside. Use your fingers to tap these into the skin, or buff the colour in circular motions with a brush for even results. There are three suits-all shades available – we love ‘Everything Pink’ for a youthful wash of colour.
Available at Stories.com
Versed Mood Lighting Glow Drops, £16.50
Everyone’s skin needs a pick-me-up at this time of year and these new glow drops are an easy way to beat dullness. Full of luminosity, the light-reflective pigments quickly enhance skin’s radiance while giving a ‘no make-up make-up’ tint that’s fresh and even. Ingredients like polyglutamic acid and peptides help to hydrate and plump for a smoother appearance. Wear them alone, or mixed in with foundation for extra radiance – a little goes a long way so you’ll find these last you a while.
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk
Tower28 SunnyDays Tinted SPF, £26
Tower28 has soared in popularity recently. Founded by Amy Liu, the brand prides itself on formulas that are clean, inclusive, sustainable, fun and effective. The latest addition to its range is this tinted sunscreen which has been made with sensitive skin types in mind, promising never to irritate or cause inflammation. Offering skin tone-matching coverage, it gives high levels of UV protection – but with no white casts – as well as skin-perfecting pigments that even out tone and conceal issues like dark circles and redness. The texture is light and creamy, so it’s easy to blend on. As you build it up, you’ll see it starts off dewy, but settles between a matte and glow-y texture that goes the distance – it won’t crease, cake or dry out. Ideal if you want to nail that ‘second skin’ effect.
Available at Revolve.com
Iconic London Glaze Crayons, £19.20
If you’re seeking some fun make-up, look to these crayons from Iconic London. Double-ended, they have chunky liner pencils one side, and rich glitter pigments the other so you can create a smokey eye with ease. There are seven suits-all tones – from pearly white to rich, deep bronzes – which you can layer up and build on for more intensity, or keep sheer for just a wash of a wet-look lid. The best bit is how easy they are to use – the crayon is so thick, you can scribble them on and blend quickly, thanks to the creamy texture that’s fuss-free and means no mirror is required. Great for eye make-up novices, or anyone looking to amp up their beauty look.
Available at LookFantastic.com
Sisley Phyto-Teint Nude, £57.80
Those after fuller coverage without a heavy or greasy feel should try this new base from Sisley. Lightweight and sheer, it glides on nicely, concealing darkness and uneven tone while providing a speedy hit of luminosity. It’s ideal if you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing anything, but are craving a flawlessly even canvas. Available in numerous shades, there’s one for everyone, while the new classification of undertones makes it easier than ever to shop for your own colouring.
Available at JohnLewis.com
Scientia Ceramide Skin Rescue, £28
What’s better than one skin-plumping ceramide? A blend of five which intensely nourish and strengthen your complexion. Scienta’s latest cream is exactly this, with other key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, fatty acids and lipids to leave skin feeling supple, hydrated and smooth. A little goes a long way and you’ll need to stick with it to see results, but you won’t be disappointed at how much healthier your skin looks and feels. Ideal for those suffering with sensitives and general dryness, it leaves behind an invisible veil of protection that lasts and locks in the good stuff.
Daluma Natural Face Mask, €4.80
We love this natural face mask which uses shea butter and aloe vera to hydrate, while minerals suction out dirt and build-up that’s trapped in pores. Apply it to skin, let it absorb for 20 minutes, then rinse away with warm water. You can use it as a longer treatment too – the formula is so gentle, you’ll never get any irritation. Expect smoother, fresher-looking skin immediately. The results are short term, but satisfying nonetheless – ideal to use before a night out, or after one when you want to revive dullness.
Available at Daluma.de
BYBI Bakuchiol Skin Restore, £20
Not much beats an overnight skin treatment. This one from BYBI is our latest go-to. Brimming with bakuchiol – a plant-derived alternative to retinol – it’s gentle enough to be used every evening to boost sluggish cells for better glow and fresher skin. Layer a tiny amount onto cleansed skin every evening, rubbing it into areas that need it most and the formula will get to work, smoothing tone and texture while boosting hydration, thanks to fatty acids and ingredients like vitamin E. It will take a few uses to show results, but it’s worth the wait – especially as it’s much more affordable than similar iterations on the market. Extra points for the recyclable tube.
Available at BYBI.com
FRAGRANCE + CANDLES
Balance Me Beauty Sleep Candle, £25
We keep one of these on our desks in the SheerLuxe office as it provides instant calm and aids a clearer mindset. Made with soy wax, it is brimming with essential oils – including lavender and cedarwood – to deliver instant, on-the-spot grounding. It’s great to have by your bedside too – light it when you want to switch off, relax and unwind. The scent is potent, so you’ll find it only needs to be alight for an hour or so to begin filling the room. It’s also a great gift for friends and family.
Available at BalanceMe.com
Jo Loves Pink Vetiver, £115
Jo Loves is home to some of our favourite fragrances and Pink Vetiver is no exception. Made with notes of pink peppercorn, ginger, cumin and cardamom, it’s incredibly warming – ideal for the cooler months ahead. It feels cosy and comforting, with a musky quality that’s really addictive, especially if you prefer your scents on the unisex side. Despite its night-time feel, it’s fresh enough to spritz on throughout the day as well – and is now available in a body cream for even more intensity, should you want to layer things up.
Available at JoLoves.com
By Kilian, Apple Brandy On The Rocks, £165
Designed to linger on the skin for hours, By Kilian's rich and heady fragrances always make a statement. Its latest – Apple Brandy On The Rocks – is no exception. With bergamot, cardamon and of course, apple brandy, it's warming and smokey, while perfectly balancing crispy notes to keep you feeling fresh and clean. Ideal for this time of year, it's sophisticated and chic, but never overbearing or cloying. Ideal for those seeking a new night-time fragrance.
Available at Selfridges.com
Stylpro Squeeze, £39.99
You’ve likely seen the Stylpro Brush Cleaner before. Now meet its sister device which is dedicated to sponges. It’s no secret Beautyblenders and sponges alike are ideal environments for bacteria, so it pays to give them a thorough clean as regularly as you can. This new tool allows you to attach your sponge, squeeze it and spin it to restore it to its former self with no traces of dirt or make-up. Not only that, it’s incredibly satisfying to use and you can see the grime physically fall off into the little jar beneath. At £39.99, it’s an investment, but a worthy one to ensure you’re not encouraging infections, acne and other dirt growing on your skin.
Available at Argos.co.uk
Luxie Eyebrow Brush Set, £58
If brows are your thing, you’ll love this sculpting set from Luxie. Housing everything you need for perfect arches, there’s a spoolie brush, a sculpting brush and a fine angled brush to name a few. Each one has soft synthetic bristles that never snag or pull, but are firm enough to provide good hold and keep things in place. Some of the brushes inside are soft enough to be used on your eyelids for an even, smooth finish. A great gift for yourself or a loved one.
Available at Revolve.com
Babyliss Hot Brush, £180
In our opinion, Babyliss does some of the best affordable heat stylers and its new Hot Brush is no exception. Cord free (it runs on a rechargeable battery) it’s easy to use wherever you are and creates sleek, smooth effects as well as beachy, bouncy waves. Rigid yet snag-free bristles mean it works on all hair textures, while the lightweight handle isn’t too clumpy or hard to manoeuvre. A great deskside staple or travel companion.
Available at Babyliss.com
Reverie Suna Exfoliating Shampoo, £40
Scalp care has been huge in 2021 and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. Tap into it with this gentle, exfoliating shampoo from Reverie. Using a mineral complex, clay and flower extracts, it swiftly removes product build-up and dead cells stuck on the surface of your scalp, blocking any follicles. It may sound abrasive, but the use of sodium hyaluronate (a nourisher) means moisture is locked in for a smooth, soft finish post-use. For best results, try applying it weekly to wet hair, kneading it in with your fingers in sections. You’ll notice hair feels fuller and much lighter once you’ve rinsed it out – not to mention shinier and healthier-looking.
Available at Revolve.com
Hers Rapid Repair Hair Mask, £16
If your hair is damaged, dry or prone to frizz, look to this keratin-rich mask from new brand Hers. You only need to leave it on for 2-5 minutes because the rich formula – think coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba seed oil – gets to work fast, boosting hydration, strength and shine. It’s rich enough to be used in place of your conditioner, or you can leave it on dry hair for more of an intense treatment. A must-try for anyone who regularly uses dye and is prone to lacklustre-looking strands. You’ll also find baby hairs and flyaways are much less frizzy post-use.
Available at Revolve.com
Verso Body Peel, £55
Are you prone to body breakouts? General redness? Ingrown hairs? If so, this new peel is for you. Full of exfoliating acids, it’s a grainy peel that quickly buffs away at anything that shouldn’t be sat on the surface of your skin. Glycolic is the key ingredient and it works to suction out anything that’s trapped in your pores for a smoother, more even appearance of skin. Ideal for areas prone to acne – like the back and chest – it makes light work of spots, stopping them in their tracks. It’s great for reducing redness with ingrown hairs as well, while the soft, uplifting scent makes the whole process feel less mechanical and a bit more luxurious. Despite its potency, it maintains softness within the skin and never strips it of moisture. It’s expensive, but worth it if you’re serious about good body care.
Available at SkinCity.com