Best Beauty Products that we’ve tried in 2023 (and really liked)

April 11, 2023

This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.

We think it’s marvellous that we can recommend products we’ve tried and loved; not only to our close friends but also here, on A&G magazine, to women of our age who we may not know personally but who might benefit from our hints and tips. So, in the spirit of sharing tried and tested recommendations, here are some of the best beauty products that will give your face an instant (non surgical!) lift…

Give your complexion an instant boost

Skin Lift Glow-plexion is a 4-in-1 hydrating primer from Studio 10 that aims to give mature skin an instant complexion boost. A blend of deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid and ingredients brighten, lift and tone, minimise pores and even out a tired complexion. Just apply to moisturised skin (or mix with moisturiser for even more subtle diffusion), or use to spot-highlight brow bones, cheekbones etc. More info

Studio 10 is an iconic British brand with award-winning skin correcting, age perfecting quick-fix and problem solving products that both Annabel and I have been using for several years now. It is a brand that is firmly pro-age – something its founder, Grace Fodor, is rather good at being very vocal about.

So many great products but I’d like to give a particular mention to a worthwhile buy – their double ended vegan make up brush. There’s a flat ended brush for applying your foundation evenly and a finger shaped one to get in those nooks and crannies. Buy now

Wonderglow from Charlotte Tilbury is “a miracle fix” that’s a cross between an anti-age elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser which gives your skin an instant ‘spotlight’ effect. This does not highlight wrinkles as one would expect, but cleverly makes the skin look dewy and bright. More Info

Here is how my friend Bumble uses it:

1. Totally on it’s own for a quick fix (gently rubbing it in all over her face with her fingers)
2. Under her foundation or concealer as an alternative to ‘primer’ (again using her fingers)
3. On top of makeup – applying with a brush to her cheekbones (above any blusher), brow bone and along the bridge of her nose.

It just makes my skin look more ‘glowing’, but not ‘shiny’… giving me an instant pick-me-up. I personally don’t wear foundation, but using a good brush, lightly apply a moisturising concealer around my nose and cheeks to even-out and hide any redness.”

Be Quiet – the new soothing milky toner

If you have sensitive or stressed skin Be Quiet from Temple Spa might be what you’re looking for.

This is another brand that has excellent values and creates exceptional skincare products. They use naturally derived ingredients and botanicals from responsible and sustainable sources and 95% of their products are made in the UK.

Their new soothing milky toner has been specifically designed and clinically tested to calm, soothe and hydrate. More info

#1 Best seller – ageless throat & decolletage creme

Who remembers to put cream on their neck as well as their face? It’s a good habit to get in to as I mention in my article Whatever Happened To Our Swanlike necks.

I’m already a committed user of Prai throat and decolletage products. They are formulated with unique Sepilift ™ technology and hyaluronic acid to “dramatically lift and tighten sagging skin, diminish fine lines, and blitz crepiness – with visible results in just 7 days.” Good news is that you can try all three throat improving products with 41% off here

Balance Me

Balance Me has two products you may find helpful if you need an extra something for stressed skin. First, the brand new Niacinamide Complexion Booster – as they say “perfect for boosting the bits you like and blurring the bits you don’t!”. For all skin types, it’s for treating hormonal skin that is showing signs of dehydration, blemishes and breakouts. More info

Next, their award winning Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum – a trailblazing trio of all-natural, multiple weights of hyaluronic acids are proven to be more effective than any singular molecule to offer inside-out hydration. For all skin types, particularly dehydrated, dry, sensitive and mature skin. Buy now

Annabel has also had good experiences using Balance Me products – you can see her reviews here.

Long lasting lipstick

And, finally, a quick but heartfelt mention for Look Fabulous Forever Stay All Day Lasting Colour lipsticks. There is a handy guide to which colours will suit you best Am currently wearing Soft Coral and have received lots of compliments about it – it genuinely is one of the best lipsticks I have ever used. The colour stays for hours and hours. Great, if like me, you never remember to touch up your face during the day! LLF products come with a 30 day guarantee so if anything isn’t right for you can return it free for another colour, product or a refund. More info

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the best beauty products we’ve tried recently. More Lifestyle Essentials can be found here

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