High- end skincare that’s worth it
If you are going to spend a lot of money on a beauty product, you need to choose wisely
Prada recently released paperclips that cost £ 140 (¤ 160), proving that the concepts “affordable” and “expensive” really are relative to your income. I cannot afford a single Prada paperclip and, if I could, I wouldn’t buy one. I am, in fact, powerfully tempted to presume anyone who would is a bit of a gom and start stocking my bunker for the end times. While we can all spend our hard- earned money however we please ( paperclips or no), absolutely no one wants to feel that they have wasted it. High- end beauty and skincare products are an investment and a misguided risk can leave you angry – or saving – for quite a while. Choose wisely.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (¤ 90 for 50mls): ANR, as it is lovingly known, is a skincare institution in itself. I apply it under moisturiser for its hydrating and restorative benefits, and haven’t ( yet) encountered anyone who doesn’t like it.
Alpha H Vitamin Profiling Collection (¤ 59.95 from M& S Beauty): Essentially a bespoke prescription service for your skin at home, this medley of vitamin serums allows you to treat skin concerns as they arise each day. This is fantastic value for money and very high quality.
Kiehl’s Buttersticks (¤ 22.50): These contain excellent pigment without being so opaque as to require maintenance or any fuss at all, while keeping lips exceptionally soft and comfortable.
Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals Cocoa Moisture Mask (¤ 72): A little goes a long way here. This mask is incredibly rich and moisturising on the skin without congesting it. Just be prepared to massage it firmly until it turns a chocolate colour.
Om Skincare Miracle Serum (¤ 98 from Space NK Apothecary): A lesser- known brand that I keep waiting for people to notice, and the peptide and botanical- rich serum is perfect for all ages and skin types.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Oil (¤ 133 from Harvey Nichols): A truly dry oil, this can be added to skincare, foundation, or simply worn alone or over serum and moisturiser. It is incredibly versatile – apply it at night and you will feel the difference by morning.
La Mer Moisturizing Matte Lotion
(¤ 220): La Mer is the definition of investment skincare, but you cannot go wrong with its moisturisers, packed with the brand’s miracle broth. This new iteration is ideal for oilier skin.
Chanel Hydra Beauty
Micro Crème (¤ 84): The ultimate moisturiser for summer, or all year round for dehydrated skins. The hydration level must be felt to be believed and make- up looks sublime on top.