The 2021 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards

What. A. Year. We’ve gone from lockdown to regular life (effectively, form of) and these had been the merchandise that noticed us by way of all of it. From shampoos to serums and mascaras to face masks (the skincare type!) right here’s what Cosmopolitan’s magnificence workforce have been turning to by way of the highs and lows of 2021… Be positive to take a look at the December subject of Cosmopolitan (on sale now!) to see the whole winners line up.

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Best Blusher

BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm

Tower28
CultBeauty

£18.00

These vegan tinted balms may be dappled into your cheeks (and lips, for that matter) for an immediate pick-me-up flush.

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BEST MASCARA

MAC Magic Extension Mascara

If you need lashes so lengthy they mainly tickle your brows, this mascara for you. If you’re not a fan of falsies, it provides the identical impact with out the faff of glue.

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Best liquid eyeliner

Life Liner Quick ‘N Easy Liquid Liner

Huda Beauty
boots.com

£12.80

The nib of this liner makes it one of the best form of liner for cat eye newbies – it’s very quick however versatile and the pigment is super-strong.

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Best eyeliner pencil

The Best Pencil Ultra Opaque

Jones Road
JonesRoadBeauty.com

£20.00

This pencil is extra blendable than a banana in a smoothie maker – the system is hella pigmented and doesn’t tug at your eyes in any respect.

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Best eyeshadow palette

By BEAUTY BAY Wilderness Palette

BeautyBay
BeautyBay

£15.00

From mossy greens to deep, daring blues and wealthy reds in a mixture of creamy mattes and shimmers, this 20-pan palette is a colour-lover’s dream.

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Best blemish concealer

Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer

Lancôme
lookfantastic.com

£18.75

With a built-in primer, this concealer provides one the smoothest finishes round. It’s full-coverage, matte and applies seamlessly.

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Best underneath eye concealer

Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer

Rose Inc
spacenk.com.uk

£23.00

Leave the caking to Mary Berry and make investments on this light-weight buildable concealer which masks darkish circles with out emphasising fantastic traces.

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Best sheer protection basis

True Match Nude Plumping Tinted Serum

L’Oréal Paris
lookfantastic.com

£13.99

Combining the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid with the protection of a sheer basis, this nifty bottle brings uninteresting (learn: hungover) pores and skin again to life.

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Best customized basis

DCYPHER My Custom Foundation 30ml

DCYPHER
DCYPHER.me

£28.00

Ever wished you might design your excellent basis? The genies at DCYPHER have answered with their slick customized formulator.

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Best full protection basis

Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm

KVD Beauty
feelunique.com

£29.00

Thanks to TikTook we not solely know easy methods to clear a swimming pool, however that attaining a full protection but contemporary and hydrated base is not unimaginable.

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Best forehead gel

Brow Glue Instant Brow Styler

NYX skilled make-up
boots.com

£6.50

The maintain on that is the closest factor you will get to utilizing precise glue however with out the permanence (and completely protected!) and with zero flaking.

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Best forehead definer

Too Faced Superfine Brow Detailer

Too Faced
lookfantastic.com

£16.20

It takes quite a bit for us to fall for a brand new forehead pencil, however Too Faced’s waterproof, smudgeproof, vitamin-E-infused system has an ultra-fine tip that completely stole our coronary heart.

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Best bronzer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Bronzer

Anastasia Beverly Hills
lookfantastic.com

£25.60

This creamy bronzer glides on and blends out with ease, however better of all, the various shade vary makes sun-kissed pores and skin a actuality for all pores and skin tones.

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Best glow booster

ICONIC London Radiance Booster

ICONIC London
lookfantastic.com

£24.00

If you’ve at all times questioned what the phrase ‘lit from inside means’, apply this underneath basis and put together to be fairly actually enlightened. No glitter, no shimmer, simply glow.

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Best lip gloss

Lifter Gloss Plumping Hydrating Lip Gloss

maybelline
boots.com

£8.99

We’ve discovered the one, the one lip gloss that may convert you. The non-sticky system not solely provides fullness, but it surely additionally provides that sought-after cupid’s bow carry.

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Best lip balm

Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm

Cannuka
Cannuka.com

£8.00

We loaded up our dry, cracked, peeling lips with this balm and the highly effective Manuka honey and CBD made mild work of repairing the injury.

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Best full-on lip color

Power Move Soft Matte Lipstick

Bite Beauty
FeelDistinctive

£25.00

We hate a lipstick that drags or highlights dry lips – however this vegan one is a velvety dream. It glides, packs a punch and doesn’t budge.

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Best sheer lip color

Bobbi Brown Crushed Shine Jelly Stick

Bobbi Brown
lookfantastic.com

£20.00

A light-weight, hydrating lip color that provides simply the correct quantity of ‘just-bitten’ color – the sort you’ll be able to apply sans mirror.

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Best nail polish

Peacci Nail Polish Petal 10ml

Peacci
salonsdirect.com

£7.20

If you like the shine of a gel polish however don’t love the faff of removing, that is the system for you. Rich, shiny, nude pigments in a single coat.

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Best physique make-up

SUPER FX Body Makeup 100ml

Are your legs lined in unexplained bruises and scratches from bumping into objects? Same. This is the last word clumsiness cover-up for even-toned limbs.

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Best facial SPF

Day-Lite Sunscreen SPF 50+

Day-Lite
carbontheory.com

£16.00

Despite the heavy-weight issue, this silky lotion is so light-weight it actually disappears into the pores and skin.

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Best eye cream

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Eye Gel 25ml

Overdid it on the cocktails on the weekend? This eye cream cools, de-puffs and could have your peepers hydrated very quickly.

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Best face mist

Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Face Mist 100ml

Q+A
feelunique.com

£5.20

Not solely does this hyaluronic acid take in super-fast, however it may be spritzed over make-up for a hydration top-up all through the day.

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Best brightening serum

GIFTED Acai & Sea Buckthorn Vitamin C Glow Oil

Dullness and dehydration by no means stood an opportunity towards this uber-potent Vitamin C-packed serum-oil. Expect smoother, plumper, dewier pores and skin.

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Best retinol serum

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum

Kiehl’s Since 1851
lookfantastic.com

£35.20

One of probably the most potent anti-wrinkle formulation now we have ever come throughout, however with out all of the irritations that include conventional retinols.

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Best hydrating remedy

Melatonin & Glycolic Night Cream 50ml

BAD HABIT
selfridges.com

£21.00

Can an evening cream enable you sleep higher? Undecided. But the glycolic and hyaluronic acids on this easy and hydrate the pores and skin, so we’d name it magnificence sleep in a bottle.

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Best mild moisturiser

Daily Barrier Support Face Moisturiser 50ml

Selfless by Hyram
amazon.co.uk

£21.65

Trust the sovereign of skinfluencers to create the right on a regular basis moisturiser. No grease, simply most hydration and 5% niacinamide to eradicate your month-to-month breakouts.

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Best wealthy moisturiser

Murad Intense Recovery Cream 50ml

Murad
feelunique.com

£68.00

Overdone it with the actives? This soothing, balmy moisturiser is the one product we belief to calm sensitised pores and skin and banish cussed dryness.

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Best pores and skin soother

Queen of Hungary Evening Mist 50ml

Omorovicza
libertylondon.com

£46.75

The cult spray has been elevated for the night-time version, with cannabidiol, melatonin and magnesium salts plus calming lavender extract. The finest closing step to your routine.

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Best spot remedy

Florence by Mills Spot a Spot Stickers

florence by Mills
lookfantastic.com

£11.20

The newest addition to the hydrocolloid hype, these are within the cutest form as a result of why not shield your spot from micro organism with a whale or a butterfly?

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Best Brightening Face Mask

CULTURED BIOME ONE MASK 60ml

Cultured
CultBeauty

£48.00

One of the cleverest merchandise we’ve come throughout all 12 months, this acts like a ‘restart’ button for pores and skin. Gentle acids work to resurface and brighten uninteresting complexions, asap.

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Best Decongesting Face Mask

True Balance SOS Face Mask 60ml

Evolve
FeelDistinctive

£20.00

Vegan, natural and in-cred-ibly type to the pores and skin, this clarifying masks assist declog pores with out stripping the pores and skin – the truth is, it leaves the complexion easy, tender and plump.

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Best make-up remover

Micellar Hyaluronic Aloe Water 400ml

Garnier
lookfantastic.com

£4.15

Ok, micellar water may not be probably the most thrilling product on our shelfie, but it surely IS the most-reached-for… and this non-drying, hydrating system is by far finest we’ve come throughout.

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Best cleanser for dry pores and skin

Blue Dew Fruit Enzyme Oil To Milk Cleanser 100ml

The Glowcery
theglowceryshop.com

£27.00

Formulated with antioxidant-rich, cold-pressed sesame seed and avocado oils to battle free radicals and dissolve any remnant of sunscreen and make-up.

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Best face wash for greasy pores and skin

Dirty Faace Cleansing Wash 100ml

Faace
lookfantastic.com

£23.00

This creamy cleaning gel is ideal for these of us that need a one-stop-shop – it blitzes every part from make-up to filth and SPF to air pollution.

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Best face oil

Marrakech Light Illuminating Magic Oil

Slightly goes a good distance with this mild mix of 9 oils, it’s filled with antioxidants so as to add glow and lock in moisture. Oh, and it’s cruelty-free and vegan.

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Best exfoliating acid remedy

Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment 30ml

ole henriksen
boots.com

£46.00

Yes, this remedy is on the potent aspect however as you part it into your routine, you’ll discover an enormous distinction to your pores and skin’s texture. PLUS, it smells like lemon meringue. Delish.

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Best face tan

utan Coconut Tanning Water 50% Darker

utan
superdrug.com

£17.99

One of our all-time fave tanning mists (due to its non-streaky, transfer-proof, light-weight system) is now accessible in a surprising deeper shade.

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Best pores and skin innovation

Charlotte Tilbury Cryo Recovery Face Mask

Charlotte Tilbury
CultBeauty

£49.00

This cooling masks helps chill out the facial muscle tissues, constrict the blood vessels and create a direct lifting, tightening impact. MUA Charlotte Tilbury swears it’s the key to red-carpet pores and skin.

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Best lash and forehead serum

What The Brow! Eyebrow Serum

BAEBROW
amazon.co.uk

£27.99

If your lashes and brows are in Struggletown, this mix of oils encourages progress over time. Apply each evening to see a distinction in just a few months.

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Best exfoliating physique lotion

Smoothing AHA Body Lotion

Frank Body
frankbody.com

£14.95

This intelligent physique lotion buffs away useless pores and skin to go away your legs silky easy – even when they’re stuffed in denims, due to the terrible climate.

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finest mild physique cream

BODY CREAM .01

Messiah and Eve
messiahandeve.co.uk

£25.00

How one thing may be so light-weight but so moisturising is a thriller to us. It sinks straight in and it smells like clear, freshly showered pores and skin draped in a brand new towel.

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Best wealthy physique cream

Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream

fenty pores and skin
boots.com

£28.00

We wish to assume that making use of this wealthy physique cream will give us a RiRi-worthy glow – or at the very least will get us a bit nearer…

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Best physique oil

Keys Soulcare Sacred Body Oil

KEYS Soulcare
CultBeauty

£25.00

Hands down one of the best physique oil now we have ever used due to its thirst-quenching mix of marula and jojoba oils. Bonus factors for its means to immediately sink into pores and skin.

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Best solar cream

Hello Sunday The Essential One SPF 30

Hello Sunday
BeautyBay

£16.00

Top this lotion up as a lot as you want in your hols, it stays tremendous light-weight, non-ashy and quick drying. Plus, it smells like a mojito – successful.

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Best physique scrub

Sugared Koffie™ Almond Milk Scrub

drunk elephant
boots.com

£19.20

Not a fan of the slick that physique scrubs typically go away behind? This moisturises pores and skin because it buffs away dryness, however received’t go away a speck of gloopy oil residue behind.

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Best deodorant

NUXE 24H Fresh-Feel Deodorant Balm 50g

NUXE
lookfantastic.com

£14.90

Who knew deodorant may very well be so rattling stylish? This fast-absorbing, powdery balm retains pores and skin dry for twenty-four hours and smells like spa.

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Best hand cream

Youth Hand Cream

L’Occitane
uk.loccitane.com

£24.00

This powerhouse hand cream actually does all of it, with elements designed to assist fade darkish spots, enhance elasticity, agency pores and skin, strengthen nails and reduces traces.

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Best physique wash

Plus Body Wash in Waves (16 washes)

PLUS
cleanwith.plus

£12.00

Can physique wash be cool? When every part together with the compostable outer packaging is sustainable, sure. Gently scented sheets that clear your physique and dissolve down the drain.

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Best bathtub oil

this works Sleep Plus Bath Oil

this works
lookfantastic.com

£15.00

Made with a mixture of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile, simply a few drops within the tub has been confirmed to advertise higher REM sleep and cut back bedtime nervousness.

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Best co-wash product

Function of Beauty Custom Co-Wash

Function of Beauty
functionofbeauty.com

£39.00

Gently cleanse and moisturise strands while defending the hair’s pure oils. The finest bit? You can customise the system to fit your wants.

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Best strengthening shampoo & conditioner

Give Me Strength Shampoo & Conditioner, £20 every

Percy & Reed
lookfantastic.com

This highly effective duo makes use of wheat proteins and amino acids to present strands a bit of additional spine. Expect breakage to be decreased by 54% after one use.

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Best hydrating shampoo & conditioner

Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, £5.50 every

Monday Haircare
asos.com

The scentless facet of this duo is simple to get previous when the nourishing system leaves your hair feeling softer than cashmere.

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Best color protected shampoo & conditioner

Metal Detox Shampoo & Mask, £25 every

L’Oréal Professionnel
lookfantastic.com

This shampoo and masks work to cease pesky metals within the water from messing up your color, so there’s no have to rely the times until your subsequent appointment.

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Best scalp remedy

CBD Scalp Calming Hydrating Mask

Dry, itchy scalps are the worst, however fortunately this soothing CBD masks can calm even probably the most agitated scalp – all with out leaving roots greasy.

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Best shampoo bar

Object Moisturising Shampoo Bar

Object
wolfandbadger.com

£14.00

Packed with all one of the best pure elements, from nourishing jojoba oils to soothing coconut milk. One bar holds the equal of as much as three bottles of liquid shampoo.

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Best mild hair masks

Hair Gain Nourishing Miracle Treatment Mask

Hair Gain
CultBeauty

£14.50

Once you’ve bought over wanting like The Grinch with this masks’s brilliant inexperienced hue, the unimaginable system will strengthen and nourish from root to tip.

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Best wealthy hair masks

OUAI Thick Hair Treatment Masque

OUAI
lookfantastic.com

£25.60

Frazzled, wired locks? Same. But this masque is the last word deluxe smoothing conditioner for thick and curly textures.

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Best dry shampoo

Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

Living Proof
lookfantastic.com

£23.00

We thought we’d met our endlessly dry shampoo with Living Proof’s OG system – till we met this. It brings the identical oil-mopping, scalp cleaning advantages, however feels much less gritty.

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Best hair oil

Absolut Repair 10 in 1 Leave in Oil

L’Oréal Professionnel
lookfantastic.com

£25.50

Unlike the gloopy, heavy formulation of hair oils previous, this one not solely nourishes and smooths hair, however protects and detangles, too. An A* all-rounder.

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Best texture foam

Zhoosh Foam

Hershesons
hershesons.com

£12.00

Designed by hairdressers, this dry foam immediately absorbs into locks (leaving zero stick) it provides physique, improve curls, shapes and even smooths strands.

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Best quantity booster

Color Wow Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer

Color WOW
lookfantastic.com

£23.00

This is JLo hair in a bottle. Formulated in collaboration along with her stylist Chris Appleton, this foam provides sky-high oomph to the roots with no trace of stickiness.

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Best curl gel

Cantu Grapeseed Strengthening Gel

Cantu
superdrug.com

£8.99

An A-star twist-out is just about assured with this gel. Slightly goes a good distance once you’re LOC-ing or cocktailing.

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Best curl cream

Kerastase Curl Manifesto Gelée Curl Contour

Kerastase
lookfantastic.com

£24.05

This gel-cream provides mild maintain while additionally being uber moisturising. The vibe is tender, romantic curls and we’re into it.

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Best leave-in conditioner

GISOU Honey Infused leave-in conditioner

GISOU
selfridges.com

£26.00

If you need healthier-looking hair, don’t sleep on this. It revives broken ends and is formulated with Gisou’s signature honey, made within the household’s bee backyard.

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Best color refresher

Color Fanatic Top Coat + Tone, £28.60

pureology
pureology.com

These genius at-home toners neutralise brassiness and extend skilled hair color for as much as eight washes. There’s a purple for blondes and blue for brunettes.

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Best Heat Protector

Oribe Très Set Structure Spray

Oribe
Net-A-Porter

£47.00

When we’re going full Hollywood glam with our waves, that is the spray we’re utilizing for maintain and texture. Boujee? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

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Best hair straighteners

Unplugged On The Go Cordless Styler

ghd
Net-A-Porter

£299.00

With sufficient cost to present our hair a as soon as over on the go, these are mild and slot in our purse – Mother Nature 0, ghd 1.

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Best hair waver

Beauty Works Jumbo Waver

Beauty Works
lookfantastic.com

£59.50

We’ve by no means met a Beauty Works hair device we didn’t love, and this jumbo waver isn’t any exception. Oversized mermaid waves? Yes please.

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Best sizzling brush

BaByliss Cordless Hot Brush

Babyliss
asos.com

£180.00

Expect baggage of quantity, bounce, and smoothness with this genius sizzling styling brush. Oh, and did we point out it’s cordless? Obsessed.

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Best citrus scent

Chloé Eau de Parfum Naturelle for Her 50ml

There is nothing fairly like a spritz of this citrus juice, paired with a clear white shirt and a few comfortable denims. It’s crisp, with notes of Citron and Black Currant, however the sharpness is dialled down with a contact of contemporary rose and heat cedar.

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Best contemporary scent

Flor de la Virgen Cologne de Parfum 65ml

Like clear cotton towels, summer time pores and skin and the odor of the countryside on a sizzling day, this perfume is the last word clear, comforting scent. Soft jasmine florals are combined with a musky contact of suede and completed with zingy punch of contemporary pomelo.

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Best candy scent

Kayali Invite Only Amber Eau de Parfum 50ml

Think candy, however with no hint of artificial, sickly notes. This perfume is wealthy with heat honey and a contact of bitter chocolate, all of which is grounded with heady patchouli and creamy sandalwood.

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Best woody scent

AERIN Cedar Violet Eau de Parfum 50ml

AERIN
esteelauder.co.uk

£99.00

Nobody does fragrance fairly like Aerin, so in fact their newest creation has captured our hearts (and noses). Inspired by sun-dappled woods, this heat scent ties contemporary inexperienced notes of violet leaf with sweeter notes of cedarwood on a base of sensual, creamy amber and Australian sandalwood.

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Best floral scent

DIOR Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 50ml

christian dior
boots.com

£73.00

This perfume has been reincarnated many instances over time, however that is *arms down* one of the best one but… It’s creamy velvety coronary heart, is filled with notes of contemporary lily of the valley, peony and powdery iris. Whilst the bottom is delectably creamy with touches of vanilla and musk.

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Best Makeup Brushes

The Eye Brush Set & Brush Bag

By Joy Adenuga
byjoyadenuga.com

£50.00

The newest addition to Joy’s cult brush vary are the softest we’ve ever used to mix an eye fixed look. 100% vegan (obvs) and made with high-grade artificial hair – what’s to not love?

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Best hair innovation

Flyaway Attachment for the Supersonic Dryer

Dyson
dyson.co.uk

£30.00

Dyson have channelled their sci-fi tech into this genius smoothing attachment that can be utilized to tame static, flyaways and frizz when clipped onto the notorious Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer.

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Best LED face masks

SENSSE Professional LED Light Therapy Face Mask

sensse
boots.com

£130.00

Yes, you could appear like Voldermort whereas rocking this masks, but it surely solely takes 5 minutes just a few instances every week to note an enchancment to pores and skin tone and texture.

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Best tanning gadget

Isle Of Paradise Pro Glow Spray Tan Mister

isle of paradise
boots.com

£9.85

Forget sticky limbs and streaky sheets, Isle of Paradise’s genius new mister provides you the power to get a pro-worthy spray tan at dwelling.

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