Beauty director's picks

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Taken from her weekly It's Genius column in the magazine, discover Stylist beauty director Joanna McGarry's beauty buy recommendations, from the hair care products that will ensure you've always got glossy locks to the best new make-up items and her skincare saviours. Simply click any item below to view the gallery.

Own one of the products featured in our gallery? Rate it out of five once you've clicked it below to open the gallery.

  • Pureology Cuticle Polisher


    Jo Says: "Good things happen when beauty products collide. This new styling cream is essentially a nourishing hand cream but for over-worked, coloured hair. It smells fragrant, feels silky and adds shine. One for the handbag"

  • Volume Maker, Shu Uemura Art of Hair


    Jo says: "I am cursed with fine hair that falls flat 30 minutes after blow-drying but one click of this pen releases a finely milled volumising powder which, when swirled into the roots, absorbs oil and gives hair some oomph. Life-changing."

  • Kerstin Florian Face Serum SPF 25


    Jo says: "I'm obsessive about sun protection, but loathe Polyfilla-like consistencies. This serum with SPF 25 nails it. Plus, it contains skin-soothing vitamin E and chamomile to boot."

  • Space NK In Peace


    Jo says: "For each bottle of this light floral fragrance sold, 10% of profit goes directly to Women For Women, a charity helping female suvivors of war rebuild their lives. With each spritz I'm reminded that I am doing good."

  • Giorgio Armani Luminessence Lotion


    Jo says: "I’d do anything for five glorious extra minutes in bed. This toner-cum-primer saves time by turning two steps into one and helps my foundation stay put for longer. Worth every penny."

  • Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash


    Jo says: "There’s nothing more decadent right now than Tom Ford’s chunky bottle of Neroli Portofino Splash. The idea is to literally ‘splash’ your body with scent. It’s as close as most of us will get to starring in our own Tom Ford fragrance ad."

  • Rock Off Glycolic Callus Peel


    Jo says: "This roll-on exfoliant softens hard heels and obliterates dry skin, which means coaxing your feet out of their winter fug is a lot easier. Suddenly those peep-toes don’t seem so scary"

  • Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Illicit

    £28, Tom Ford (available from April)

    Jo says: "How does a perfectionist approach cream eyeshadow? He makes it impressively long-wearing and packed with intense, zinging colour. Tom Ford sets the standard, again."

  • Best Of Kit by Kevyn Aucoin


    Jo says: "The late, legendary make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin’s range has finally hit the UK. Invest in this eye kit, which has the best lash curlers and nude eye-shadow I’ve ever used."

  • Perfect Look Skin Miracle

    £28, Available 21 March,

    Jo says: "With this nourishing skin-finishing cream, non-foundation days are not only possible but mean warm-toned, not dull, skin."

  • John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist


    Some days my hair refuses to let a brush through it. But thankfully this spray is the modern formula for happy hair, softening ends and adding shine.

  • Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go Nail Polish Mitts

    £14 for six, £14,

    Jo says: "Each fingertip-shaped mitt is soaked with enough lavender-scented remover to eradicate nail polish from all 10 fingers – no fuss, no mess."

  • Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes

    £42 for six,

    Jo says: "Frozen water with hyaluronic acid plumps lines and reduces circles."

  • Clarins Instant Light Blush


    Jo says: "Cleverly packaged, this looks like a nail polish but is in fact a blush in Vitamin Pink. The liquid formula glides onto cheeks thanks to the sculpted wand, creating a sheer, healthy flush"

  • Pantene Pro V Fine Hair 2 Minute Intensive Nourishing Treatment


    Jo says: "Faster than a hair mask, this feather-weight cream boost volume, adding bounce and softening ends in two minutes."

  • Paul & Joe Blusher Stick


    Jo says: "Paul & Joe’s 10th birthday collection is dedicated to designer Sophie Albou’s love of cats. Use this double duty blusher stick on cheeks and lips – the zingy tangerine shade will be your spring/summer 2012 staple."

  • Kevin Murphy Color.Bug


    Smooth this pot of hot pink pressed powder over hair for a pop of intense wash-off colour.

  • Sepai v1.2 Cosmetic Candle


    Jo says: "After 10 minutes of burning, its wax can be used as a nourishing moisturiser or massage oil. Very clever."

  • Jemma Kid Ultimate Colour Corrector in 01 Citrus


    Jo says: "As someone who is prone to the odd spot of pinky blotchiness in winter, this little pot of green balm has become a saviour, flattening any redness without leaving a clogged, chalky finish."

  • Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner


    Jo says: "The star product of the new range from the award-winning hair duo, this floral-scented spray cheats hair into behaving like just-washed, shiny tresses. A modern life-saver."

  • Kleenex Facial Cloths

    £1.99 for 30,

    Jo says: "Muslin cloth meets facial wipes with these clever disposal towelettes that can be used with any cleanser."

  • Topshop Lip Marker


    They sold out within weeks last year, and now, finally, Topshop’s bold, long-wearing lip markers join its core collection. Hot Shot is the zingiest pink-red I’ve ever seen.

  • Givenchy L’Ombre Noire


    As compacts go, it’s hard to beat Givenchy right now. Their latest is a multifunctional, wet or dry black matte shadow, which doubles as an intense liner and mascara too.

  • Chanel Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser


    Jo say: "Hot cloth cleansing gets the Chanel treatment with this clever gel-to-oil formula, which melts make-up away and leaves skin gleaming. A worthy indulgence."

  • Bésame Cream Rouge in Crimson


    Jo says: "Silky fuschia for just-pinched cheeks, encased in the prettiest floral tin. It's how every blush should be."

  • Wei Pomegranate Buffing Beads


    Jo says: "Even though they feel invigorating most exfoliators scratch the skin’s surface. Not these – add the sachet of this fine powder to your face wash for a light skin spruce-up."

  • Guerlain Délice de Peu à Perfumer,

    £60, exclusively at Harrods

    Jo says: "Masquerading as divine body cream in a Fifties-style pot, this clever formula extends and intensifies the floral, powder and musk notes in your scent.

  • Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment


    Jo says: "Haircare can be baffling. Banish doubt with this one-size-fits-all, spray-on serum which tackles 10 separate hair woes – from frizz to fading colour and heat damage – with aplomb."

  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector


    Jo says: "I’m obsessed with this mattifying, lightweight cream. It diffuses light away from enlarged pores and helps reduce sebum production long-term."

  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules


    Jo says: "Celebrating 21 years, these clever capsules by Elizabeth Arden lock in moisture and leave skin with a light, healthy glow."

  • Sedu Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Dryer


    Jo says: "The Sedu hairdryer is unbeatable: compact and light, it uses infra-red to dry the hair from the inside-out, saving you lots of precious time.

  • Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle


    Jo says: "French women have long mastered the secret of elegant nails. Capture your own understated sophistication by reaching for Essie’s new pretty pastel."

  • BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolour in Rose Gold


    Jo says: "One swipe of this luminous powder across the eyelids gives the impression of highly skilled blending. Plus, it's in this season's key metallic shade. A holiday essential."

  • Mai Couture Blush Papier


    Jo says: "It’s impossible not to feel like a Victorian duchess when pressing these lightly powdered paper sheets onto the cheeks to create a softfocus glow. A complete delight."

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo 400ml


    Jo says: "I’m sure I’m not alone when I say dry shampoo has become a daily essential, but going through a can every week is ludicrous. Batiste clearly agree and so has solved the problem with a can that’s double the size but not the cost. Now that’s what I call good beauty sense."

  • Crème de la Mer The Radiant Serum


    Jo says: " Granted, it's not cheap but it's only taken this clever little serum six weeks to visibly improve my skintone and tighten my pores. Consider it sn investment piece."

  • Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator


    Jo says: "This luminous cream reflects light from shadows, while the cool ceramic tip instantly soothes. The ultimate post-party saviour."

  • Givenchy Mister Radiant Made-To-Measure Glow


    Jo says: "Smooth onto bare skin to release tiny microbeads, which burst to deliver a healthy glow on all skintones. It’s the bronzer to end all bronzers."

  • Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in Shalimar


    Jo says: "Thanks to this lid-free, beautifully designed treasure, you can apply lipstick with one hand – just push the button!"

  • Neal’s Yard Remedies Create Your Own Bath Oil


    Jo says:"A softening, scent-free oil – just add drops of essential oil (vanilla smells divine) to create your own bespoke scent."

  • Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Moisture Mist


    Jo says: "A delight in every way, this feminine floral spray is the perfect mid-afternoon refreshment and will add style points to any desk."

  • Oskia Rose de Mai Skin Smoothing Massage Candle


    Jo says: "This candle doubles up as a brilliant massage aid. Pour the warm wax onto your skin and smooth your stresses away."

  • Lancôme Rénergie Yeux Multiple Lift


    Jo says: " This clever cream-oil concealer lifting under-eye cream duo has saved me from dark circles on several bedraggled mornings."