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The best selling beauty products that you need in your life

The stats don’t lie…

Words by Lexxi Davis

We’re always searching for the latest best selling beauty products around the world, because if so many people are buying one thing – it means it’s got to be an amazing beauty buy, right?

One that’s actually worth all the hype (and the price tag).

So, we’ve searched high and low for the ultimate popular products that are new on the beauty block, so you can refill your make-up bag with the essentials, that are both beauty editor, and reader, approved…

Sisley’s Black Rose Cream


Best selling beauty productsShop now: Sisley Black Rose Infusion Cream for £128 from Selfridges

The story began in 2011 when Sisley launched the Black Rose Cream Mask, which achieved cult status in record time (it’s France’s No. 1 bestselling mask, with one million units sold worldwide in the past 5 years). Celeb super-fans include Emily Ratajkowski and Jourdan Dunn and you know something’s great when it creeps onto the A-listers’ must-have lists…

From the success of the BRCM, we know the new Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream will be the next big seller for the cult beauty brand, already low in stock on Selfridges. Yes, it will set you back £128, but it’s totally worth it for plumped, youthful and glowing skin.


Topshop’s Glow Pot


Best Selling Beauty Products 

Shop now: Glow Pot in Fascinate for £10 from Topshop

Each year, Topshop sells enough Glow Pot product to reach a height FOUR times taller than The Shard, when stacked. Pretty impressive for a highlighter.

The latest shade to join the Glow Pot family is ‘Fascinate’ – a soft pink pearlescent colour that blends into cheekbones for ultimate illumination. The cult cream highlighter is just a tenner, so a great purse-friendly buy for your best selling beauty bag.

Avene’s Thermal Spring Water


Best Selling Beauty Products 

Shop now: Avene Thermal Water Spray £10 for 300ml from Boots

This is the product that sells 3 bottles per minute in France. And with Sisley’s Black Rose Cream, we know the French are on to something with these best selling beauty products…

This magical spritz soothes and cools irritated skin and can be used for so many different things. It sets summer make-up for a dewy glow, you can use it as a toner, after hair removal (the best relief after an eyebrow threading sesh), for cooling after exercise – the list is actually endless.

And from just £3 for the mini travel size, it’s an absolute must-have.

Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara


Best Selling Beauty Products Mascara 

Shop now: Benefit They’re Real Mascara for £20.50 from

This is the number 1 selling mascara in the UK. Available in Jet Black, Beyond Brown and Beyond Blue, the lash loving formula curls, volumizes, lifts and separates – the perfect mascara dream. It’s won tons of awards for being the best and it’s a great price too.

Best selling beauty products mac lipstick 

Shop now: MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy for £16.50 from House of Fraser

Where would we be without our fave MAC lippie? The trusty shade you stick to,because you know it suits literally EVERYONE. But Ruby Woo has been knocked off the top spot (can you believe?) It’s now the ‘Velvet Teddy’ matte shade that is officially the best selling MAC lipstick.

This is the lipstick with hundreds of hues. And is the iconic product that made MAC famous



This is the secret to making your fake tan flawless

Goodbye patchy knees and streaky arms!

Which fake tan tips actually work? How do you avoid those streaks and patches? And what can we do if we have a Ross Gellar style disaster and need to get it all of asap?
When it comes to getting a glow from the bottle, it’s not always an easy feet. Buying the best fake tan just isn’t enough – you need to prepare your skin, use the right tools and consider what you’re going to wear afterwards.
Needless to say, getting started can feel like a job in itself which is why we’ve put together the best fake tan tips to ensure that you’ve got a gorgeous natural glow without a streaky shin in sight.
And if you’ve avoiding hitting the bottle thus far because you’re worried about which shades to choose, we’ve got tanning pro James Harknett on board to help us out.
‘Gradual build up tans are a great way to start as they contain far less tanning agent than a mousse or lotion. A red-based tan is ideal for fair skin tones who don’t tan well and, if your skin freckles in the sun, a red base will complement you,’ he advises.
‘Olive skin tones and those who tan well on holiday should choose a green base. Brunettes with dark features will benefits from an olive base colour.’
So now you know how dark to go, get ready to become a pro at faking it fabulously.

Fake Tan Tip 1: Exfoliate

It may sound obvious but trying to regularly keep your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the fake tan bottle. If you really want to avoid a patchy fake tan, you need to gently scrub skin before beforehand to lift all the dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath.
Tanning pro James Harknett says: ‘Wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are prime areas prone to colour grabbing and will easily turn too dark so you should always apply less tan to these areas. And make sure you exfoliate them first to keep the colour even.’
Once you’re over your tan, you can also exfoliate to get your natural skin tone back.

Fake Tan Tip 2: Moisturise

Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your self tan. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet as these areas can get dry and need extra moisture.
Moisturise every day when you step out the shower because patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow and it’ll make it easier when you come to the bottle bronzing.

Fake Tan Tip 3: Use latex gloves

Orange-tinted palms and grubby-looking fingernails are the tell-tale sign that you’ve been cheating that golden glow. The best way to avoid it is to get into the habit of applying fake tan wearing latex gloves. Yes, it may feel a little strange at first, but after a few applications it will become second nature.

Fake Tan Tip 4: Invest in a back brush

Unless you have a dedicated other half to ensure your back is bronzed, tanning your back solo seems like an impossible mission. Investing in a back spatula or roller will help you to reach those nooks and crannies that are easily missed and difficult to reach, meaning a much more even and realistic tan.

Fake Tan Tip 5: Dab Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line

The last thing you want to do when fake tanning your face is end up with an uneven colour and a horrible tide mark by your hairline and eyebrows. Dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line will help you tan the face with caution, as dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy marks appearing in these areas. James Harknett says: ‘Many ‘tans in cans’ contain alcohol to help the spray dry faster on the skin so moisturise your face thoroughly first to prevent it dehydrating. Be careful not to hold the can too close; around 20cm from the face is sufficient, and spray downwards.‘If you find self-tan sits in your pores, place a cold damp flannel over the face for a few minutes to help shrink them.’

Fake Tan Tip 6: Buff

When the professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build up of tan to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. These are generally cheap to buy and easy to use so get buffing after applying your lotion or spray.

Fake Tan Tip 7: Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards

In an ideal world we would have time to aimlessly wander around post-fake tan, but in reality it’’s a quick slap of lotion before we rush out of the door. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. So be sure to throw on a jersey LBD and keep legs bare to optimise your tan potential.

Fake Tan Tip 8: Polish and reapply

Now your tan has developed and you’’re happy with the results, the work doesn’t stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you can feel the flawless fake tan starting to fade, then simply top up.
So there you have it – you’ll be a glow pro in no time.

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