The beauty brands that should be on your radar this year

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2018 looks set to be a big one for beauty. And while there will always be a place on our bathroom shelf for those long-loved beauty classics, there’s always a little space for new discoveries. 

With a host of new brands hitting the shelves at remarkable speed, it can be hard to decide which ones to try first. Read on for a round-up of the beauty newbies that Stylist are already into…

The all-natural: By Sarah London

Sarah Murrel is so proud of her ingredients lists, she prints them on the front of the bottle. She originally created skincare line By Sarah London for her sister who experienced intense skin sensitivity when recovering from cancer. The three-strong line comprises a face oil, body oil and lip balm, all formulated with cold-pressed, Soil Association-approved plant oils. They’re free from fragrance too, so ideal for anyone with sensitivity to scent. 

The must-try: Organic Facial Oil, £38.

Sweet Almond, Apricot, Pumpkin Seed, Argan, Evening Primrose and Vitamin E. The ingredients list for this all-natural face oil speaks for itself. If your skin is easily upset, trust this one. 

The Insta-hero: BYBI

You’ve probably seen this super-sweet brand popping up all over Instagram. The brainchild of Clean Beauty co-founders Elsie and Dominika, BYBI is proof that natural beauty needn’t be dull or ineffective.

The must-try: Detox Dust Purifying Powder Mask, £22

This ‘dry’ face mask comes in powder form, meaning you can mix it with whatever takes your fancy - be it water, oil, or even honey - to create a truly customised face mask. It contains kaolin clay and activated charcoal to absorb toxins and excess oil, as well as papaya and ginseng enzymes to counteract the effects of daily city pollution. 

The fragrance innovator: Art Meets Art

Describing itself as a ‘creative studio’, Art Meets Art collaborates with world-class perfumers to create scents inspired by cult songs. Scent and sound share an ability to transport us to a certain place or time, and something truly powerful happens when the two combine. Expect addictive aromas in chic, dressing-table worthy bottles.

The must-try: Like A Virgin, £70

Ever wanted to know what Like A Virgin smells like? According to Alberto Morillas (the nose behind CK One), it’s a floral musk with a soft, powdery finish and a hint of vanilla. Fittingly innocent, but with a sultry undertone. 

The wellness wonder: Ila Apothecary

Ila Apothecary founder Denise Leicester is no stranger to the natural skincare world - her debut line, ila spa, has been loved by organic beauty aficionados for many years. Every product in this new venture places equal weight on soothing skin and soul, with British-grown botanical extracts designed to both calm the skin and quieten the mind. The collection is expansive, with remedies for face, body and hair as well as aromatherapeutic fragrances.

The must-try: Feminine Happy Body Oil, £40

This mood-balancing blend of essential oils is perfect for when you’ve just had ‘one of those days.’ It’s crafted in the Cotswolds from locally sourced sandalwood, rose and jasmine that’s perfect for turbulent times and anxiety-riddled days. Smooth it on after a hot bath and slip seamlessly into a deep sleep. 

The J-Beauty star: Shiro

If you value simplicity in your skincare routine, turn your attention to Japanese brand Shiro. This understated and elegant line comprises make-up, hair and fragrance lines, but it’s the skincare that’s really worth getting excited about. Each formulation harnesses the power of traditional Japanese ingredients to gently nourish the skin without any ‘extreme’ chemical additions

The must-try: Kombu Skin Serum, £68

The star of this transformative skin serum is Kombu: a large brown algae rich in calcium and Vitamin B2. True to tradition, the seaweed is immersed in water to activate it, before being squeezed by hand to extract the nurtients. This lightweight improves water retention for the kind of plumping effect you can really see. Once you’re hooked, try the lotion and cleansing milk too.