Every week, Grazia's beauty & health director Rose Beer reports on her best beauty picks. From makeup to skincare to hair products, her hand-picked selection will help to keep you in-the-know about all of the latest beauty buys on the market.
So, whether you're after a new fragrance, a staple eyeshadow palette, or a seemingly magic skincare serum, we promise that you're in safe hands. After all, who better to recommend beauty products than an expert in the field?
Discover the best beauty products of 2017 below:
Lest you thought Jo Malone soaps couldn’t get chicer, designer Michael Angove has given them a fabulous floral update. You’ll be reluctant to unwrap the English Pear & Freesia soap, but when transported to a fruit-filled garden, you’ll be glad you did.
English Pear & Freesia, £15 from Jo Malone
A swift departure from the moody hues we usually choose in winter, this Mark. Exclusive to Avon, this nail polish gives our mostly black ensembles an injection of much-required colour. Change from a tenner too!
Avon Gel Shine Nail Enamel in Daysie, £7 from Avon
This NARS concealer ticks the blurring, concealing and smoothing boxes with aplomb. This is a heavy-duty camouflage for those wanting (and needing) to hide blemishes, bags and the rest. We like it a lot.
Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £23 from NARS
This luxurious body scrub sloughs away dead skin cells, while quenching skin with a sweet scented and gratifyingly gritty blend of cane sugar, sunflower seed and sweet almond oil. Here’s to spring fresh limbs.
Lumière Dorée Body Scrub, £28 from Miller Harris
We, along with Kim Kardashian, have been in make-up mourning since Armani discontinued our fav base. But apparently, Mr Armani heard our cries, as the supremely silky Power Fabric foundation, is just as good, if not better.
Powder Fabric Foundation, £40 from Giorgio Armani
Press your index finger on Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Bronze, and marvel at its cushiony bounce. Bestowing the breed of glow belonging to an Amazonian supermodel, simply sweep the circumference of your face, and throw yourself an admiring glance.
Heaven Hue Highlighter in Bronze, £28 from Stila
Famed for her superior knowledge of nail health, Deborah Lippmann packs her polish with all the good stuff. We love the universally flattering, slinky shade of Gel Lab Pro in Beachin’. And you can’t go far wrong with a minimalist manicure too.
Gel Lab Pro in Beachin’, £18 from Deborah Lippmann
Inspired by the writers, intellects, philosophers and artists that made up the The Bloomsbury Set, Jo Malone’s new perfume collection is off-beat and cool. The Tabaco & Mandarin Cologne captures the smell of a gentleman’s club with a smoky, sage and fruity blend.
Tabaco & Mandarin Cologne, £46 from Jo Malone
Combatting our every complexion woe, the IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother absorbs oil and moisture, blurs pores and harnesses the most rouge-ridding of botanical extracts to give us the kind of flawless veil that only Facetune can achieve. Not that we ever indulge…
IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother, £20 from Shiseido
The Kérastase Aura Botanica Aromatic Concentre Essentiel Multi-Use Hair Booster is a real game changer. Multi-functional, this 98% natural formula can be used as a treatment for dry and damaged hair, a styling product or a bespoke booster when cocktailed with conditioner.
Aura Botanica Aromatic Concentre Essentiel Multi-Use Hair Booster, £42.50, from Kérastase
The old Turkish Bath on Jermyn Street was the starting point for Penhaligons’ new fragrance Savoy Steam. Imagine the moment you step into a spa and the bergamot, incense and eucalyptus catches your throat and courses through your system
Savoy Steam, £134, from Penhaligons
It’s essential to take time out and regroup, so switch off your phone, brew a cuppa and massage ESPA’s lavender and geranium infused Inner Calm Balm into your wrists and temples. Expect increased focus, harmony and balance.
Calm Balm, £15, from ESPA
For a modern rendering of the smoky eye, smudge Rimmel Shadow Stick in Guilty Grey by Rita Ora onto the inner corners. Metallic shades have the power to highlight and accentuate, so swipe on with abandon.
Shadow Stick in Guilty Grey, £4.49, from Rimmel London
Low temperatures call for skincare reinforcement, and help comes in the form of the Elemis Hydra-Boost Serum. Layer under your moisturiser for an increased hydration hit (64% to be exact), and visibly plumper, pillowy-soft skin.
Hydra-Boost Serum, £45 from Elemis
With environmental pollution particles up to 20 times smaller than our pores, it’s no surprise city dwellers suffer from irritation, dryness and premature ageing. Scoop Darphin Intral Air Mousse Cleanser for its detoxifying formula that also makes light work of make-up removal and pore cleansing.
Intral Air Mousse Cleanser, £28 from Darphin
Allow Clarins Multi-Active Yeux to take up a permanent residency in your bathroom and expect darkly ringed and sad looking peepers to be given a boost by way of caffeine (to counteract puffiness) and teasel extract (to fight fatigue).
Multi-Active Yeux, £35 from Clarins
If the fragrance we wear portrays our mood, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucré is to be spritzed when feeling playful and decadent. Taking its cues from a cupcake, this gourmand fragrance features lush and, well… juicy notes of vanilla, red currant and almond cream. Yum!
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucré, £69, from Juicy Couture
With a vibrant pink embedded in a balmy bullet, Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Lipstick in Tropical Pink meets at the crossroads of lip colour and lip care. Our tip to pull off a glossy neon mouth? Keep skin clean and brows groomed. Always.
Passion Duo Lipstick in Tropical Pink, £30, from Dolce & Gabbana
From Marc Jacobs to Moschino, this season lashes came fully loaded. Our utensil of choice? YSL’s lusciously inky, which, thanks to an hourglass shaped brush, leaves no lash unturned.
The Shock Mascara, £23, YSL
Gleaming, hyper-real skin, and the multi-purpose glossers that deliver it, are hot right now. Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Aura Gloss in Honey will sort you out. "It's a good all-rounder and can be used across eyes, lips and cheeks," VB told us at the launch. She isn't wrong.
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Aura Gloss in Honey, £30, from Estee Lauder
Re: the aforementioned allergic reaction, my skin is on a strict repair regime. So I reluctantly (the brand is a firm favourite of mine) gave Rodin's Geranium And Orange Blossom Olio Lusso to a friend to try. She reported a plump, smooth and well-conditioned face.
Geranium And Orange Blossom Olio Lusso, £145, from Rodin
Back in 1989, I was a Jack And The Beanstalk superfan. Being ace, my parents located five magnetised beans that hopped around my tiny palm. Years later, I find the near-identical Winky Lux Pill Lipsticks, equally thrilling - though these have miniature lipsticks, not magnets, inside.
Winky Lux Pill Lipsticks, £13 each, from Winky Lux
After recently being bitten by a rogue insect I turned out to be very allergic to, I've never required concealer in such large quantities. Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer has been the one. Lightweightj and light-reflecting, it conceals a treat, but works particularly well to minimise dark circles, too.
Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer, £11.99, from Revlon
Byredo Bal D'Afrique EDP, £142, is inspired by late 20th-century Paris and its infatuation with African culture. Its delicious blend of neroli, African marigold, vetiver and jasmine is very addictive, so my credit card and I mourn the bottom of every bottle.
Byredo Bal D'Afrique EDP, £142 from Byredo
My brows are pleasingly full, but disappointingly light in colour - particularly when summer sun bleaches them into insignificance. The easy-to-use MAC Eye Brow Crayon in Fling, £14.50, is the ideal product for blondes. I have at least three on the go.
Eye Brow Crayon in Fling, £14.50 from MAC Cosmetics.
Forget loaded eye fringe and fashion-forward clumps, I personally want my lashes to look like mine - just better. And that's what the Clinique High Impact Mascara does. It fans, it stretches, it coats each and every hair, but you hardly know it's there.
Clinique High Impact Mascara, £17.50 from Clinique
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Queen of Hearts rocks. The brush is great, the colour fab and, while it's cheap, it somehow manages to be glossier and longer-lasting than its more expensive counterparts - despite me never wearing gloves when washing up.
ColorStay Gel Envy in Queen of Hearts, £7.99, from Revlon
When it launched, industry friends raved about NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%, so I had to try it. Targeting textural damage, uneven tone, large pores and a lack of radiance, you'll spot the difference in a week or less.
Copper Amino Isolate Serum, £38, from NIOD
I used to steal my boyfriend's Creed Aventus, £200, so when they launched a female counterpart, he jumped for joy, and I fell harder still. More fruity and floral, spicy and sparkling, it has unparalleled power to put a smile on my face.
I rarely struggle to sleep - but then I've been guzzling valerian tea and dousing my bed In This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, for as long as I can remember. An anxiety-melting blend of lavender and camomile lands on every inch of my sheets and maximises my slumber.
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £18, In This Works
I wax lyrical about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar range to any spot-prone person who will listen, and the DUO SPF 30, takes the biscuit. Its unclogging formula exterminates whiteheads, blackheads and whatever other heads may rear themselves - all while lessening scarring.
DUO SPF 30, £16.50 from La Roche-Posay
I just spent two weeks being a beach bum in Bali, and while salt-slicked waves are what the ocean supposedly bestows, it lent me nothing more than an audibly crunchy, wiry mess. A spray (or 10) of Sachajuan Ocean Mist Professional Haircare, £18, however, coaxes wayward waves of the best kind.
Sachajuan Ocean Mist Professional Haircare, £18, from Sachajuan
This unassuming little squidge has revolutionised my routine. The price tag is steep for a sponge, but your kitchen sink scourer won't give the flawless finish that Beauty Blender's Original make-up sponde does. Any texture, any technique (blending, contouring, highlighting). Go on...
Original Make-Up Sponge, £16, Beauty Blender
My search for the ultimate liquid eyeliner started and ended with the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper. This dual-ended stick enables an Egyptian tightline and feline flicks of the richest black, and it doesn't require the precision of a surgeon, either.
Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, £45, Tom Ford
Whenever I walk past someone while I'm wearing my signature scent, Le Labo Rose 31, I receive a compliment. Each bottle is freshly poured, then labelled with your name. Obsessed with anything personalised, like me? Trust me, you'll be sold.
Rose 31, £120 from Le Labo
My parched body forever left me dusting away dry, flaky skin - until I met Vichy Laboratories Ideal Body Dry Oil. The lightweight formula leaves me head-to-toe hydrated, from the second I step out of the shower to the minute I step back in. Plus, you can dress immediately.
Ideal Body Dry Oil, £20, from Vichy Laboratories
When the second Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water launched, I was hooked. I spend 10 seconds with a saturated cotton pad over each eye, then swipe away the excess. No panda eyes, no redness and no mascara on my pillowcase.
OK, you've probably guess, I've got a thing for rose - and that includes lip balm, too. Of all the balms I've road-tested, the only one I've ever finished (four times, in fact) is By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care. Rosie HW is also a fan - she told me herself.
Bronzer has been in my lexicon ever since I first discovered make-up. Delilah's Sunset Matt Bronzer offers the perfect shade of sun-kissed. Finely milled, so it sits lightly on cheekbones, it offers that well-rested glow you thought money couldn't buy.
Sunset Matt Bronzer, £34 from Delilah
Photo credit: Jason Lloyd-Evans
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