2018’s Top Beauty Products

These are the beauty products we have on repeat purchase because they work. Put them on your Christmas list…

Nighttime Rituals

Votary Intense Night Oil with rosehip and gentle retinoid. Retinoids unclog pores, reduce fine lines and speed up skin cell production, and this provides an effective treatment wrapped up in a soothing, rich oil. A little bit goes a long way. Massage into your face to send you off to a blissful night’s sleep. £135 Votary

2018’s cult new brand, Drunk Elephant’s TLC Framboos glycol night serum really does deliver radiance,  £76 at Cult Beauty

The hands-down winner in this category goes to Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. You only need a few drops to transport you into sensory nirvana. £175 at Liberty

Get It Off

Worth the hype, this is a fabulous everyday cleanser. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, £15 for 177ml at Glossier

We especially love the travel size version of the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser £7.50 for 50ml at Caudalie

Refresh and hydrate with these best-on-the-market face masks. Plus they force you to do nothing for 20 minutes while the miracle works. £38 for a pack of 8 at Cult Beauty.

Lick and Polish 

Multi-purpose colour for both cheek and lips comes in this Olio e Osso tinte balm. £27 at Naturismo

If you just have one lipstick, make it this one. Bobbi Brown’s Matt Art Stick in Sunset Orange suits everyone. £22.50 at Bobbi Brown

Shimmer your way into the evening with one of Rihanna’s metallic lipsticks. Fenty Beauty £32 at Harvey Nichols

Final Touch

Whether you are going for the full make-up look or au natural, Hourglass Ambient Light Powder Palette will complete the look. The lightest powder for cheeks and eyes, £56 at John Lewis

A mascara that gives you both length and volume, the Terry Lash-Expert Twist Brush, £25 at Space NK

For the easiest cat’s eye, apply a lick of the Endless Silky Eye Pen – a softer pencil you won’t find. £12 at Pixi Beauty

And relax…

If we even needed convincing, new research shows that people who have baths are much healthier than those who take a shower. Settle in with the Anatolia Bath pillow, £28 at Balineum

Team with Westlab Himalayan bath salts for ultimate detox. 1kg £4.99 at Holland and Barrett

And moisturise with this rich and silky – and deliciously scented – Neroli and Petitgrain Body Cream from new organic skincare company, Austin Austin, £16.

— Annie Reid
5th December 2018