Seeking out the best beauty products and treatments is always the ultimate aim but it’s not easy in such a crowded market. Also, there’s a large degree of subjectivity involved – what works well for one person might not be so good for someone else. However, I think year-end favourites’ lists are especially good for recommendations and I hope you find my personal list useful.
Best Hand Cream – Alpha-H Protection Plus Hand Cream
Before this Alpha-H Hand Cream was launched I had to ship in a hand cream from the US as nothing available here had a high enough SPF. The ‘dry touch’ formula means you don’t leave grease marks on anything after applying it and, most importantly, it will significantly slow down the rate the thin, delicate skin on the back of your hands ages. My full review is HERE. A worthy mention also goes to UltraSun SPF 30 Anti-Pigmentation Hand Cream.
Best New Serum – NeoStrata Retinol NAG Complex
This serum contains 0.5% retinol (enough to bring about changes in the skin) but has been formulated so that it doesn’t irritate when used correctly. It’s probably the most advanced retinol product you can buy over the counter. I’ve written about my experience with it HERE. Other serums launched in 2016 that I love and continue to use regularly are No.7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum and Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster.
Best New Makeup Range – It Cosmetics
It was a long time coming but It Cosmetics finally landed on UK shores care of QVC. The products launched here so far haven’t disappointed and particular favourites for me include the concealer and highlighter. Hopefully this year will see the arrival of their CC+ Face Cream and Colour Correcting Eye Cream which are so good I’m currently getting them sent over from the US.
Best New Skincare Range – The Ordinary
A lot has already been written about this brand and with good reason. The combination of effective ingredients and a really low price point is definitely something to shout about. One criticism has been that the names of the products can be confusing but there’s plenty information available on which products to use and the order to apply them. Also, I think educating oneself about skincare ingredients is a good thing. Personally, I prefer the reassurance of more expensively priced clinical brands but for those on a budget The Ordinary is a great option.
Best Aesthetic Treatment – Ultherapy at the Karidis Clinic
I haven’t written up my final post on this treatment yet but the upshot is that I’m absolutely delighted with the results and can highly recommend the Karidis Clinic. Though individual outcomes can vary, I can see a very definite lift and tightening along my jawline and around my eyes (particularly on my lids) which is amazing for a treatment that takes less than an hour and has no downtime. I’ve written more detailed posts on what Ultherapy is and what it’s like to have done – Part 1 and Part 2.
Best For Botox And Fillers – Dr Benji Dhillon
Though I’ve had Botox a few times over the years I’ve now reached the stage where the combination of Botox and fillers can (at the very least) make me look less tired. However, finding a good cosmetic doctor is key and I had a bad start of being treated by someone who wasn’t very good. Not wanting to make the same mistake twice I decided to go to Dr Dhillon at PHI, which is widely regarded as the best clinic in the UK. This was a smart move as Dr Dhillon is a master at artfully administering injectables to give natural but enhancing results. I couldn’t be happier with ‘the work’ he’s done on me and would recommend him without hesitation.
Best New Lipstick – Shiseido Rouge Rouge in Sweet Desire
This range of lipsticks has been designed so everyone can find their perfect red but my favourite is the least red one out of them all. Sweet Desire is a neutral tea rose with a hint of mauve which is easy to wear and enormously flattering. The texture is creamy, in between a satin and a matt and super hydrating and comfortable. Here’s my full review and swatches of Sweet Desire and Ruby Copper, a more traditional red.
Best New Lip Gloss – Smith and Cult The Tainted
I love the packaging and I love the product inside. These glosses fall on the subtle side but they enhance lips in just the right way making them fuller, smoother with a nice hint of colour. They’re not sticky and leave a slight tint on the lips once the gloss has worn off. They’re also packed with skincare ingredients. I have Sweet Sigh and Linger Suite and I couldn’t choose a favourtie between them. Here’s my full review and swatches.
Best New Fragrance – Moonlight Patchouli by Van Cleef & Arpels
This really stands out as being a very special fragrance indeed. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something other than the ubiquitous fruity florals. It has a bit of edge to it while still being beautiful and sensual. I’ve reviewed it in more detail HERE. The other perfume that I really liked this year is quite different. Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom has all the elements of a posh and delicious cream tea in scent form.
Best New Haircare – Oribe Glaze for Beautiful Colour & Imperial Blowout Styling Créme
These products are excellent when used individually but are even better when combined. They turn hair that can look decidedly ‘meh’ into silky smooth and glossy expensive looking locks. They cost more than most other haircare I’ve tried but this is matched by the increase in quality and results. My full review of these products along with the cult Dry Texturising Spray is HERE.
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