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Every week Stylist’s award-winning beauty team get their hands on the most exciting new make-up, skincare and fragrance launches. After much diligent testing, here’s what they’re obsessed with right now
Light it up
“While it might be the beauty equivalent of (not-so-groundbreaking) florals for spring, the allure of luminous skin in the summer time will never dull down – and Charlotte Tilbury’s silk-satin Glowgasm Face Palette knocks radiance up a whole notch. Layer the two highlighters along your cheekbones for dimension, pop the rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush and finish with the warm bronzer to contour. Easy, yet very effective.” £60, FeelUnique
Hanna Ibraheem, beauty writer
“I’m a serial body moisturiser. Nothing, not even a cold, dank public swimming pool changing room, will stop me going top-to-toe after I shower. Which is why Sanctuary Spa’s Wet Skin Radiance Jelly has been such a happy surprise. Apply it when wet, before you’ve even got out of the shower, and that’s it – just towel dry as normal. Hydrated skin, yes. Delightful summery watermelon scent, winning. More time to do my make-up, no excuses.” £10, Boots
Becci Vallis, acting beauty director
“I’ve got a strict formula when it comes to styling my hair after washing: apply tiny amounts of conditioner and gel to soaking wet strands, squeeze with a towel, then cross my fingers it turns out OK. Bouclème’s Super Hold Styler houses the nurturing power of a leave-in conditioner with the strength and flexibility of a non-sticky gel, and a little goes a long way. Mixed with water, it revives day-two curls beautifully.” Launching end of May, £18, Bouclème
Ava Welsing-Kitcher, junior beauty writer
“I don’t have a signature scent: instead, I go through phases. But there’s always an exception to that rule, and that exception comes in the form of Yves Saint Laurent’s Caban EDP. It’s not new, but I’ve only recently discovered it. Sexy and cosy, with notes of rose, pink pepper and tonka, it’s somehow familiar but different to anything I’ve ever smelt before. It also brings in a lot of compliments, which is never a bad thing.” £210, Harrods
Lucy Partington, beauty editor
Totally made up
“Rihanna’s groundbreaking Fenty Beauty has paved the way for more inclusive beauty brands, and we’re here for it. Our latest favourite is Uoma, an empowering range created by former beauty executive Sharon Chuter. Highlights include the Say What?! Foundation (£29.50), which comes in six formulas catering to the needs of different skin tones, and the Black Magic Colour Palette in Allure (£43). Who can resist those beautiful colours?” From £16, Selfridges
Stylist beauty team
London-based natural beauty brand UpCircle transforms used coffee grounds into sublime, sustainable skincare. This scrub is our pick of the range
An exfoliator made from old coffee grounds sounds like something you’d whip up as a 12-year-old at a sleepover (together with an egg-white hair treatment and a sticky face mask of watery porridge oats). But UpCircle’s Coffee Face Scrub Floral Blend (£12.99) is vastly more luxurious than that. Repurposed coffee grounds, salvaged from London cafes, are blended with shea butter and fragrant essential oils – including chamomile, geranium, patchouli, rosehip, orange peel, rosemary and bergamot – to create a scrub that’s as delightful to use as it is good for the planet. The scent: a posh spa crossed with an artisan cafe. The packaging: stylish, minimalist, recyclable. The credentials: sensitive skin-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free. The results: smooth, nourished, gleaming skin. Thank us later.
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