As a Beauty Editor, I really hope you trust my judgement when I tell you which is the best mascara for voluminous lashes, what order your skincare should be in and why I think retinol is the greatest thing to happen to skin (maybe ever). I spend my days testing products and learning about the latest science in beauty. I make it my job to know as much as I can, so that I'm able to properly inform you, my dear readers.
Beauty buyers are very similar, they do the same, but for their customers. So they know a thing or two about what makes a good beauty product, which is why I was very keen to find out what they were hoping to find wrapped up under their Christmas tree this year...
Holly Clark - Branded Beauty Buyer, Next
Urban Apothecary Velvet Peony Luxury Hand & Body Lotion - £24 | Next
“With notes of rose, powdery violet and ylang ylang together with spicy amberwood – this hand and body lotion leaves your skin seriously nourished and smelling ultra luxurious every time you use it. Perfect when you’re washing your hands 1000x a day.”
Lindsey Whiteford - Assistant Buyer Branded Beauty, Next
Bella Freud 1970 Ceramic Candle - £95 | Next
“Who doesn’t love a fancy candle? And since we’ve been spending so much time at home this year, I’ve been upping my allowance for boujee candle spending! This Christmas, I’m adding the Bella Freud 1970 Ceramic Candle to my wishlist – it’s a heady blend of black musk and patchouli that leaves your whole room smelling incredible.”
Francesca Morris - Branded Beauty Buyer, Next
Amy Penny, Assistant Buyer – Branded Beauty, Next
L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream - £79 | Next
“I’m a long time L’Occitane lover and their Immortelle Divine Cream is my all time favourite moisturiser. It contains a 100% natural alternative to retinol that helps to keep blemishes at bay without stripping the skin and the velvety-cream texture nourishes my skin all day long.”
Hannah Taylor - Branded Beauty Buyer, Next
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum - £72 for 60 | Next
“These little beauties are basically good skin in a capsule. They keep the vitamin C ultra-stable, so your skin is getting the most potent delivery of antioxidants. A perfect stocking filler for any skincare enthusiast… like me!”
Kate Sanders - Assistant Buyer – Branded Beauty, Next
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Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.
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