The incredible first drop of our STYLE Beauty Awards Edit, in collaboration with the Sunday Times Style, is now live! A curated selection of award-nominated brands, we’ve lined up the latest and the best products, including some brand new names to LiB. Need some inspiration when creating your edit? The beauty experts at LiB have picked out their favourites…
DEAN, E-COMMERCE AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
DR. ANDREW WEIL FOR ORIGINS™ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
I’m all about skin hydration, and I’m a huge fan of layering light products to achieve this. This lotion really hits the mark as it’s both hydrating and soothing, keeping my skin plump, and also taking down any redness I may have from acids or retinol use. I’ve used this product personally for a while and would recommend it to anyone.
Redken Colour Extend Magnetic Conditioner
As someone who colours my hair regularly, a conditioner that helps extend the life of my colour is extremely important. This range from Redken really hits the mark with a beautiful formula that leaves my colour damaged hair feeling silky soft. I also love that it’s vegan and smells like a dream.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
As an avid SPF wearer, I consider cleansing the most important part of my PM skincare routine. I am a fan of the double cleanse method and use this balm to break down the SPF and grime from the day. This cult formula is like no other; easily getting through the water resistant SPF I wear, emulsifying beautifully and leaving my skin soft, hydrated and not at all stripped. This is a cult product for a reason.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant
This OG formula can be used in so many ways, and I opt to use this as a lip balm. The handy size makes it the perfect size to fit into my bag and a tiny amount goes a very long way, keeping my lips hydrated and chap free. I’ll also use this on any minor cuts or grazes. A beautiful product that has been around so long for a reason, I love it.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Blush Fiji
I have become a HUGE fan of e.l.f Cosmetics and have been really impressed by all of the products that I have tried from them. While I don’t tend to wear a lot of face makeup, I am a big fan of a little bit of colour on the cheeks. This soft gorgeous formula feels great on my skin and blends really easily. The colour is also far more subtle than it appears and I find it wakes up my complexion in an instant.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glow Prebiotic Booster
You had me at GLOW. I’ve become fascinated with prebiotic skincare and the benefits it can have for the skin and this one from Superdrug seems pretty promising. Giving the skin an instant glow while also helping to calm the skin (pretty unique), this vegan serum absorbs easily, leaving the skin feeling glowy, soft and hydrated…
MARIA, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Dr Sam’s Flawless Cleanser
Choosing the right cleanser can be tricky when you have skin concerns, and that’s what drew me to this special formulation. It not only banishes traces of makeup, oil and dirt, but it respects the skin’s natural barrier with an acid mantle-friendly pH of 5.0. The best part? It supports the use of active ingredients that might be contained in your leave-in products post-cleanse.
Biossance Marine Algae Eye Cream
This delectable eye cream melts into the skin, diminishing any fine line and wrinkles. Powered by squalane made from 100% plant-based renewable sugarcane, this formula is super rich and delivers long lasting hydration that sensitive skin under your eyes really need morning and night!
Sculpted by Aimee Beauty Blocks Medium
A four-in-one face palette created by renowned Irish makeup artist Aimee Connolly that will act as your new makeup bag hero! The mirrored palette in medium comes with a set of finely pressed powders that act as bronzers, highlighters, eyeshadows… you name it, this statement palette really delivers.
Christian Louboutin Loubirouge Eau de Parfum
A spicy scent displayed in a bottle inspired by the designer’s cult red-soled shoes, this perfume really is a delight for the senses – an evocative mix of cardamom, iris and vanilla, all enveloped by a wave of oriental spice. Crafted by perfume expert Marie Salamagne, this collective cabaret of smells will linger on the skin for hours.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss – New Romantic
There really is nothing like a good gloss. This ultra-hydrating gloss gifts the lips with a juicy sheen tinted with a rosey-tan. The non-sticky blend glides on like a dream, and its versatility means you can wear it alone, or as a topper for your favourite lipstick.
Emolyne Metamorphosis Gel Lacquer
A fresh set of nails always make me feel better, but as salons are closed, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gel effect polishes. These quick-drying, flawless varnishes make for the perfect mani from home! Highly pigmented with an ultra-glossy finish, take your pick from cruelty-free, vegan-friendly nudes and reds.
Doné, Marketing Partnerships & Campaign Manager
NARS Climax Extreme Mascara
I am all about a big fluffy lash and so this is an obvious choice for me. This new launch from NARS is a more dramatic version of the cult favourite original and delivers and even deeper black finish. It comes in their signature matte rubberised minimalistic packaging, with a fibre bristle tip that is both thicker and bigger than the original. Means you will get those big full lashes with only a few swipes.
Molton Brown London Vetiver & Grapefruit Eau de Parfum
The hunt for my ‘perfect’ fragrance is never ending. I am an absolute fanatic and thus perfume samples are my favourite thing. It means I get to try many different scents, experiment with layering and test them out properly before committing to the spend on a full-size. This masterpiece from Molton Brown is right up my alley. With notes of Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Cedar and Patchouli it is a unisex, woody and spicy fragrance and it lasts all day.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment
Hair treatments have become even more important to me during lockdown when visiting a salon is not possible. This one from Philip Kingsly is absolutely phenomenal and is evidenced in the fact that one is sold every minute! It is a pre-shampoo treatment that both strengthens and repairs hair while adding moisture and ‘bounce’. It works on fine, medium and coarse hair and with mine being more on the fine side ‘bounce’ is exactly what it needs.
Weleda Rosemary Invigorating Bath Milk
This vegan-friendly bath milk will have you feeling rejuvenated and invigorated in no time. It contains a warming blend of leaf oils and sun-soaked rosemary which help to ease any feelings of tiredness and promote better circulation. I simply add a cap or two to my bath – either as a refreshing start to my day or at the end of my day to revitalise tired muscles.
Boutique by Sainsbury’s Boutique Nail Polish Knitwear Greige
I have truly rediscovered my natural nails over the last few months of not being able to have them professionally done. That being said, I am always on the lookout for ultra long lasting formulas and this one lasts up to seven days. With a dry-time of only 60 seconds and a formula that contains ingredients like zinc, vitamin A and keratin to strengthen the nails, this nude-grey shade is perfect for both fingers and toes.
Sculpted By Aimee Beauty Blocks Light
Getting that ‘naturally’ glowing complexion that everyone is talking about definitely starts with having healthy, well cared for skin – however don’t be fooled into thinking that is all it takes. Sweeping a bit of blush, bronzer and highlighter over your cheeks will push it just a little further and leave you looking even more radiant. This palette is the perfect four-in-one that contains finely pressed powder bronzer, blush and both a powder and cream highlighter. For those times you want a bit more pop – use the cream highlighter as a base and apply the powder highlighter on top.