Alpha-H Liquid Gold – Luxury Travel Size
"When liquid exfoliants began a huge twenty-first century comeback, Alpha-H's 8-year-old Liquid Gold was at the forefront of the revival and, thanks to the internet, developed a huge cult following without a great deal of editorial coverage or any advertising. The rise of the beauty blogger was key to its success."
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – Full Size
"Effaclar Duo is the moisturiser I've found to have the most consistent results for people with spots, containing four active ingredients in a combination designed to treat inflammation, discolouration and the formation of acne marks. It's quickly absorbed and the matte finish will be appreciated by anyone feeling self-conscious about their face's oily shine."
Lanolips 101 Ointment – Full Size
"I think Lanolips is the perfect lip balm. Lanolips isn't shiny but matte. It doesn't mess with your lipstick and send it seeping over the lipline. It's extremely moisturising - I've been known to slather it under my eyes on long-haul flights. It creates a breathable barrier and can hold up to 400 times its own weight in moisture. An ideal general-purpose emollient, wherever you need one."
REN Glycolactic Radience Renewal Mask – Full Size
"REN's bestselling, much loved mask was among the first peels that you could previously only score from a facialist or dermatologist to be made available ove the counter. The AHAs act like a road gang for the face, resurfacing by loosening the bonds that keep dead skin cells in place and promoting growth beneath, leaving a bright, radiant even skin surface for light to bounce off, giving a healthy, youthful glow."
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Eye Gels – Travel Size
"Skyn's eye gels are by no means the first of their kind, but in my view, they're the best. Infused with all manner of natural plant extracts, antioxidants and oils, dark circles are left plumped and brightened, skin firmed, un-puffed and de-creped. Perfect for a pre-razz pep-up, or a quick cheer-up when run down."
Vichy Aquilia Thermal Serum – Full Size
"Vichy Aqualia is the serum that permanently lives in my travel vanity case because it always works; it's the serum I consistently reach the end of. One could reasonably accuse me of having banged on about Vichy Aqualia to the point of tedium, but there are countless readers who tell me frequently that their now better-hydrated skin thanks me for it."
Aveda Shampure – Full Size
"And then there was Aveda. I had never before seen anything like it. Unlike the highly chemical products I was used to, these adopted the same principles as my favourite skincare, using plant and flower oils and essences to treat, nourish, even tint, the hair. Shampure's smell is absolutely glorious - fresh, herbal and yet yet wholly unfamiliar."
John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum – Full Size
"Despite a then-hefty £5.99 price tag, when it first launched, Frizz Ease was a sensation. By labelling it as a serum and presenting the stuff in a dropper bottle, both unheard of amid shelves of mousses and sprays, Frizz-Ease presented itself as serious, scientific and unique."
St Tropez – Full Size
"St Tropez, the first salon-quality tanning system available for home use, brought self-bronzing out of 1970s Coppertone hell by providing an even, convincing and more naturally fading tan. Fake tanning is now a huge industry, with very many brands riding on the coat tails of St Tropez's groundbreaking success."
Benefit Benetint – Travel Size
"Sometimes one quirky, interesting product can create enough mystique and ecstatic word of mouth, that it alone has the power to launch an empire - and never has that been more pleasingly demonstrated than with Benefit's Benetint. When brushed onto skin and rubbed in with fingertips, this adds a pretty. effortless rose flush straight out of a Pre-Raphaelite watercolour."
Bourjois Little Round Pots – Full Size
"There are few products more cheering than a little fat pot of Bourjois blush or eyeshadow, nor as instantly recognisable. The Fard Pastel powders - now known as Pastel Joues - are baked and so colour payoff is not as dramatic as with a modern, pressed pigment powder, but the finish is soft and blendable, and the colours are gentle, pretty washes that are hard to get wrong."
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
"While other paraffin-based products like Vaseline become thin and slide gradually off the skin or into the eyes, Eight Hour Cream remains thick, holds its gel-like structure well and tends to stay firmly (and stickily) on the job. Millions of women use 8-Hour neat to add a flattering sheen to cheekbones and lips, softening the skin and adding a very subtle pinky-peach tint."
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick – Full Size
"To choose a favourite lipstick is impossible. You might as well ask me to name my favourite child. But ask me for the most iconic, and the answer comes easily. Ruby Woo is an ultra-bold phone-box red - a true red shade for strong women who love proper lipstick, not for those who can't take the heat."
Nars Orgasm Blusher – Travel Size
"I can think of few other colour cosmetics - least of all, complexion products - that genuinely look pretty on every skin tone, from white to olive to brown to black. The clue is in the name. This is a blusher designed to mimic the flush of colour to the cheeks at sexual climax - Nars Orgasm makes almost everyone look better."
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask – Travel Size
"This is the mask used by supermodels after six straight weeks of sleeplessness, over-made-up, skin-terrorising service. It's the mask reserved by make-up artists for only the best magazine covers and gold-band clientele. Rich, luxurious, gentle and soothing, a ten-minute session with Black Rose Cream Mask is like your most well-off girlfriend taking you for a four-hour lunch and three bottles from the lower half of the wine list."