It’s my job to test thousands of beauty products, but these are the ones I always go back to

My absolute faves
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  • I am one lucky girl, because it is my daily task to test new makeup, skincare and hair products to review here on the Marie Claire website. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

    There are some products that I get particularly excited about testing. For example, I cannot wait to get my hands on a good moisturiser that quenches my dry skin, so that I can consider it for our best moisturiser for dry skin article. I also can’t get enough of new fragrances that land on my desk, because who isn’t trying to find the best perfume you’ve ever smelt?

    However, despite having shelves and shelves filled with the most exciting and whizzy new products, there are some products that I will never turn my back on. The ones that I go back to time after time, because they never let me down and continue to impress me after all these years.

    Here are my favourite products that will forever be my go-tos…

    Vichy Minéral 89 Serum, £16.50 Feelunique

    vichy hyaluronic serum

    I have dry skin, no matter the season, and nothing quenches my skin’s thirst like this serum. I use it as the first step in my skincare and follow with another active serum (something like a vitamin C serum). I also love the price. Anything under £20 gets my vote.

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    Glossier Lash Slick, £14

    glossier mascara

    All hail Lash Slick. Ever since this beauty came int0 my life last year it has changed my life. It’s a tubing mascara, so might not be to everyone’s taste, but I love the way it lengthens my lashes as well as coating each individual lash in pigment.

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    Clarins Instant Concealer, £19.12 John Lewis

    clarins concealer

    I have written in the past about my love for this concealer. It’s a long-standing relationship that I have nurtured for years. It never lets me down, it always covers my dark under-eye circles and it brightens my face allowing me to take on the day.

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    Lime Crime Bushy Brow Gel, £18 Cult Beauty

    lime crime brow gel

    It’s not so much the formula that I find so brilliant in this brow gel (don’t get me wrong, it’s excellent and lasts all day), but it’s the brush that I’m obsessed with. It’s so much longer than others that I’ve tried and always gives me that bushy, Olsen-twins, dramatic, pushed up brow that I desire.

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    Sanoflore Aciana Botanica Divine Bare Skin Make-up Remover, £17 Feelunique

    sanoflore cleanser

    I used to be terrified of oil-based cleansers, but quickly saw the error of my ways and am now obsessed. I will try new ones out, however you’ll always find this one in my bathroom cabinet. It starts off as a thick gel that when you work into your skin becomes an oily balm (removing all scraps of tough make-up), then when you add water to it, it becomes a milk that I remove with a flannel to further clean the day off.

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    Mac 217S Blending Brush, £21 

    mac blending brush

    I very rarely wear eyeshadow, but when I do I won’t apply with anything by this Mac blending brush. It’s the perfect amount of bushiness to distribute exactly the right amount onto your lids. A couple of swipes and you’re ready to go.

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    Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops in Medium, £19.95 Cult Beauty

    isle of paradise drops

    This product always gets me compliments. I mix three or four drops in with my daily moisturiser and allow it to develop throughout the day and without fail someone will tell me that I am looking either glowy or super healthy. The bottle lasts ages and comes in again at under twenty quid.

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    Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, £35.50 Cult Beauty

    peter thomas roth eye patches

    Sometimes, I like to pop these on as soon as I jump out of bed as they de-puff my tired eyes and I actually prefer to massage the excess serum in than use a thick eye cream.

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    Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion With A Hint Of Color, £19.50 Cult Beauty

    ameliorate tan

    I’m not an all-over-the-body tanner (it’s mainly down to laziness), but come spring time I can’t stand it when my pale legs are on show. My answer to this is Ameliorate’s Transforming Body Lotion that gently exfoliates and smoothes my skin, whilst also giving it just a touch of colour. It washes off at the end of the day, so you don’t have to worry about weird tan lines.

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