The 50 Best beauty products

Autumn has arrived so it’s time to ramp up your skin and haircare regime for a year-round glow. Beth Dadswell gives the lowdown on the season’s grooming high fliers

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Vaishaly Cleansing Balm, £69 for 150ml

A luxurious balm with sweet almond and olive oil that gently removes make-up without stripping away moisture. Arnica and calendula make it good for sensitive skins too.

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, £93 for 60ml

Apply a thin layer and leave on for 10 minutes, before gently wiping away. Wait a further 10 minutes before applying make-up and your skin will look luminous and fresh.

Perricone MD Chia Serum, £59.50 for 30ml

This serum combines Omega 3-rich chia oil and fat-soluble vitamins. Use after cleansing but before moisturising to guard against dry, flaky patches of winter skin.

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50, £37.60 for 50ml

A smart SPF that can be used on its own or mixed with your moisturiser. Reapply every few hours to guard against sun-induced lines and age spots.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Fluid, £195 for 30ml

The Fluid is a lighter version of Guerlain’s moisturiser. Far from cheap, this is a luxury option if you are concerned about fine lines and dull skin.

Chanel Le Weekend de Chanel Renew, £72 for 50ml

A resurfacing product meant for once-a-weekend use (although we won’t tell if you do it on a Wednesday). With fragrant rose water and a gentle glycolic acid.

Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum, £110 for 30ml

Facialist Su-Man launches her first skincare line this month, and this is one of the stand-out products. One drop leaves your skin feeling like velvet.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £39.50 for 105g

Packed with British-grown natural oils, this luxurious cleanser can also be used as a treatment mask if left on for 10 minutes.

Darphin Hydraskin Light Gel Crème, £34 for 50ml

Darphin is unrivalled in the mid-price skincare market. This lightweight moisturiser contains kiwi and butterfly lavender to soothe and protect.

Natura Bisse Diamond White Brilliant Cream, £138 for 50ml

Age spots are hard to erase but this can be effective. Contains SPF50 and pomegranate extract to lighten skin tone.



Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Recharge Frizz Remedy, £4.49 for 250ml

Spray this inexpensive Frizz Remedy on to damp hair before drying, and it will protect your precious locks from heat damage. It smells rather nice as well.

Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, £22 for 100ml

For fuss-free, glossy hair simply spritz a light halo of this pleasantly scented product all around your head, and your locks will glisten.

Show Pure Treatment Oil, £50 for 60ml

A real multifaceted product: use as a hair treatment on dry hair for 10 minutes once a week, apply to damp hair before blow-drying, or use to smooth frizz after styling.

Philip Kingsley One More Day, £13.50 for 200ml

Thick hair often looks better a day after washing. This brilliant dry shampoo will refresh between washes and makes styling much easier too.

Wella SP Luxe Oil, £13.95 for 75ml

If you dislike hairspray or mousse, but want to keep your hair looking smooth and shiny, this is great, and the small can is good for holidays. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly.

Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo, £20.50 for 250ml

This gentle and nourishing range is packed with coconut oil, while quinoa proteins help to counteract the effects of colouring and styling.

Argan + Deep Repair Conditioner, £5.99 for 300ml

Leave this on the ends of your hair once a week for an intensive treatment, or use sparingly after washing to make tresses feel soft again.

Kerastase Spray a Porter Tousled Effect Spray £23 for 150ml

A lightweight spray that will help to achieve tousled, just-back-from-Ibiza beach hair. It will also revive curls and shine the day after washing.

Korres Almond and Linseed Shampoo, £10 for 250ml

Enriched with almond, marjoram and mountain tea extract, this smells good enough to eat, and adds moisture to dull, winter hair.

Paul Mitchell Color Protect Daily Conditioner, £12.25 for 300ml

Coloured and highlighted hair needs extra TLC. This provides UVA & UVB protection, and helps to prevent colour fading.



Armani Prive Myrrhe Imperiale, £190 for 100ml

Eau De Parfum(EdP) Myrrh, pink peppercorn and saffron give an incense-like, lingering warmth – perfect for chilly autumn days.

Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Leather Purse Spray, £79 for 20ml

Eau de Toilette (EdT) A beautiful, refillable, calfskin purse spray for your handbag, in a cabin-friendly size.

Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur or, £80 for 100ml EdT

Remixed and updated, this blend of mandarin, bergamot, geranium and sandalwood has a warm chypre heart.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, £39 for 30ml

This hotly anticipated, autumn scent is a mix of juicy apple, sweet jasmine and delicate rose, blended with a sensual, suede base note.

Floris Soulle Ambar, £55 for 50ml EdT

Treat yourself to a rich, Oriental scent that blends lentisque, jasmine, vanilla and musk. The gilded packaging is rather exotic as well.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse, £44 for 30ml EdP

A sparkly new fragrance with top notes of jasmine and mandarin that dries down to a powdery mix of honeysuckle, patchouli, amber and musk.

Tom Ford Private Blend Fleur de Chine, £140 for 50ml EdP

Grown-up and grandiose, yet oddly comforting. The stylish bottle contains an elegant blend of Asian blooms such as Hua Lan and star magnolia.

Byredo 1996 Inez & Vinoodh, £105 for 50ml EdP

Inspired by a picture taken by the photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, this unisex scent is an unusual mix of juniper berry, orris, black amber and leather.

Jo Loves A Shot of Muguet & Cedar

Exclusively from 42 Elizabeth Street, London SW1, 020 7259 1430, £45 for 30ml

Jo Loves’ scents are all inspired by floristry, and this is a blend of lily of the valley, fig leaf, cedar and incense.

Ormonde Jayne Montabaco Intensivo, £175

Reformulated from the original 25 per cent concentrate into a deluxe 40 per cent version, notes of suede, wood and tobacco leaf are blended with magnolia, jasmine and rose.



Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, £20 for 100ml

Soothing sesame oil and Japanese mulberry give this hand cream a lovely scent, and work as a barrier to protect your hands from the elements.

Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Deodorant, £30 for 100ml

A deodorant scented with floral Iris Nobile? Extravagant? Maybe, but it will feel like a real treat in the morning.

Marni Body Creme, £60 for 200ml

Marni’s debut perfume has a Moorish blend of rose, spices and raw woods. If you’re partial to it, smother yourself in a layer of this rich body cream to intensify the experience.

Body Shop Honeymania Cream Body Scrub, £12.50 for 200ml

Packed with wildflower nectar, this exfoliator removes dead cells, leaving skin rejuvenated and honey-scented.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, £24 for 200ml

This pot should last all winter and is perfect for preventing cracked heels, dry hands and parched legs. Absorbs easily with no sticky residue.

Aesop Agility Gift Kit, (from Nov), £40

The utilitarian black metal box contains a geranium-leaf body cleanser, rosehip-seed lip balm and aromatique hand balm. Perfect for product junkies and design aficionados.

Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash, £13 for 200ml

The cold weather is a great excuse to soak in the bath, and this rose-oil infused wash both cleanses and moisturises skin.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Scented Body Cream, £48 for 150ml

With zesty citrus top notes and warm, woody base notes of vanilla and tonka bean.

This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, £39.50 for 120ml

This highly concentrated oil with its blend of 16 plant oils should be used sparingly, but will give party skin a lovely sheen.

Crème de la Mer The Face & Body Gradual Tan, £65 for 200ml

The best way to tan is from a bottle (especially in winter). Apply this luxurious lotion in layers to build up colour.



Suqqu Eyebrow Liquid Pen, £20

A revelation if you have been over-zealous with the tweezers. You can fill in gaps by drawing fine lines that look like hairs, and extend the shape of your brows as well.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense/Plushest Punch, £17

A great way to add some instant colour. Chubby Sticks look like giant crayons and are just as easy to use. Creates a rosy glow, and is even easy to apply without a mirror.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, 0870 034 2566, £42

This dual-ended, liquid liner combines a fine calligraphy tip at one end with a less precise brush at the other, so you can achieve a feline flick or smoky eye, depending on your mood.

Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Ultra, £24

Ultra is a classic, creamy shade of red with brown undertones that flatters most complexions. And the gorgeous gold casing will make you feel glam, even on the greyest of mornings.

Givenchy Teint Couture Compact Foundation

01932 233824, £37

This new formulation by Givenchy contains a base colour plus a pale pink strip at the bottom that can be used to add colour to your cheeks and give your skin a gentle glow.

Revlon Photoready BB cream SPF30, £9.99

The perfect multi-functional product for your make-up bag. This hydrates like a moisturiser, covers like a foundation, and protects like a sunblock.

Yves Saint Laurent City Drive Classy Palette, £42

Limited-edition palette from YSL with four wearable eye shadows in shades of grey and chocolate brown – each with varying levels of shimmer.

Models Own Velvet Goth Box Set, £20 for 5 x 14ml

Nail varnishes in shades of blood red, midnight blue, deep sea green, violet, and blackest black, all infused with sparkle.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Highlighting Powder


Contains microscopic particles that absorb oil, diffuse daylight and, used sparingly, give an illusion of luminosity.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation, £32 for 30ml

With muru muru-seed butter and milk-thistle extract to moisturise and plump skin.

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