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6 new beauty picks worth your time and money

6 new beauty buys worth your time and money
Gilly Ferguson
Gilly Ferguson,-Contributing Editor

Ready, set, summer – our Beauty Editor’s must-haves right now include a fast track to easy exfoliation and the best self-tan out there

Long weekends, weddings, BBQs and spontaneous shindigs – so far, so summer 2023 – and with it comes that undeniable urge to cast off the shackets. Show off our shoulders. Exfoliate our shins. Ditch the sticky serums. Go after that glow. (And slather on the SPF – you can spend £££ on skincare, but it won’t make a real difference if you don’t use an effective sunscreen, daily, but you know that…)

Want in on that new season feeling? Here’s what’s hot in beauty, right now.


With (non-plastic) cellulose beads to sweep away dead skin and softening oils to smooth, Glow Boost is best deployed now, for a deliciously deep, decadent pre-summer skin clean. Part of the bestselling Pro-Collagen range, it’s suitable for even the most congested skin types, and already comes with five-star ratings as standard. Use to exfoliate, prep, plump and re-energise your skin, stat.

Tan-Luxe Super Glow SPF 30 Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, Gradual

Bestseller! And the winning gradual self-tanner is…

I’ve tried thousands of self-tans and this is the best one I’ve ever put on my face. Perfect for both pre-ski/sun prep and a quick-fix glow, Tan-Luxe gives ‘instant holiday face’, no matter your skin tone. 

How? Think skincare with bronzing benefits, minus the whiff of traditional tanners. Super Glow is loaded with hyaluronic acid for thirsty skin – in five parts: moisturiser ✔ primer ✔ self-tanner  ✔ SPF and  ✔ serum ✔.

How to use it The final step in your skincare routine, apply 12 drops daily to the face and décolleté. 

Trending: Gucci’s ‘Old Hollywood Flash’ pro tip

The secret to celebrity skin? Money – and globally adored MUAs on speed dial. Sure. So when one such makeup artist, Thomas De Kluyver, shares his top tip for ‘lit-up skin’? The world listens. 

De Kluyver, global make-up consultant for Gucci Beauty, introduced ‘flashlight makeup’ at the fashion house’s SS23 catwalk show, creating a beautiful halo effect. 

How? ‘Rather than highlighting around the cheekbones, as you naturally would,’ says De Kluyver, ‘it’s almost like a reverse highlight, focusing on the inner eyes and the centre of the face.’

Call it nontouring. Call it flashlight makeup. Me? I call it a GREAT highlighter. For a warm, sunsoaked glow, try (the heavenly) Illuminateur de Beauté Liquid Highlighter, £37. 

3 of the best: sunscreens for 2023

Sun damage is responsible for an estimated 90% of the ageing in our skin, so yes, do wear SPF – even on cloudy days. The final layer in your skincare routine, apply two fingers worth (enough for face, neck, décolleté and hands) and wait 60 seconds for it to fix, pre-makeup. My current SPF bests are…

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