The Diamond Jubilee weekend has given me the perfect opportunity to write a blog celebrating all things British!
It’s been quite an education compiling my list of sixty great British beauty products. Did you know that Dove is Britiain’s most valuable beauty brand? It is the only British company that features in the 2012 Brand Finance ‘Top 50 Beauty Brands’. The American company Olay is the world’s most valuable beauty brand.
I had thought that Crabtree & Evelyn sounded particularly British, I was wrong, it is from Switzerland. My friend Jen was adamant that Aveda was British after a conversation that she had had with her hairdresser at Aveda in Derby – it is American.
This product list is in no particular order. Please do let me know your favourite British product in the comment section below! Click on the name of the product to take you to where to buy or to get more information
1) Cowshed – Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser 50ml £32.00
I first tried this moisturiser in the bathroom of Shorditch House, East London. The cleanser and toner that go with it are also favourites of mine.
2) Holistic Silk – Jubliee Lavender Eye Mask £41.00
Severe Holistic Silk eye mask edition. This ‘Jubilee’ limited edition print would make for a lovely gift – even as a gift to oneself! For a cheaper option of the same eye mask in a different print – the original print that I owned – they are priced at £36.00 at Cult Beauty – http://www.cultbeauty.com/holistic
3) Barry M – Blusher £4.59
Available in 8 sheer colours.
4) Ponds – Cold Cream Cleanser 50ml £4.49
The Queen herself is rumoured to be a cold cream cleanser user. I have also had many a gorgeous skinned person telling me that they swear by it, and their mothers before them.
5) Smythson – Be Mine Notebook £35.00
Aside from beauty products, notebooks are my greatest love. Frank Smythson who opened his Bond Street store in 1887, is my stationary King.
6) Superdrug – Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream SPF15 50ml £2.99
Perfect for use as a moisturiser or dab a little over make up to refresh it later in the day.
7) Lush – Dream Cream 240g £10.75
The company from Poole’s best selling product. Contains olive oil and oat milk. Perfect for dry sensitive skin.
8) Baylis & Harding – Beautilicious Pink Cashmere Bath Milk 500ml £2.50
Gorgeous packaging, and very reasonable prices.
9) Simple – Soothing Facial Toner 200ml £2.99
Alcohol free, contains witch hazel and chamomille
10) Space NK – Laughter Eau de Toilette 50ml £45.00
Long standing favourite of mine – the whole ‘Laughter’ range. Uplifting, perfect for day.
11) Topshop – Nail Polish ‘Threadbare’ 8ml £5.00
Creamy nude nail polish.
12) Jo Malone – English Pear & Freesia Body Creme 175ml £48.00
The luxurious Jo Malone body creams are not only moisturising but leave a fabulous fragrance all day.
13) Anya Hindmarch – Face Repair Kit Leather Pouch £95.00
I adore these pouches, and am yet to own one. My friend Leah has one, and I regularly admire it!
14) Sanctuary – Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF15 50ml £14.99
A little of everything – coverage, protection and moisture in one tube.
15) Gielly Green – Argan Rescue 50ml £19.50
Perfect for frizzy, problematic or thick hair. Nourishing and non greasy.
16) ESPA – Pink Hair & Scalp Mud 180ml £31.00
I love to massage this into the hair and scalp and sleep with it over night. Red clay stimulates circulation while apricot kernel oil and watercress soothes. One of ESPA’s best known products.
17) Eve Taylor – Facial Brush £7.99
Cleanses the skin more effectively and increases blood flow. Thoroughly enjoyable to use.
18) Utan – California Sun Self-Tan Mousse 150ml £25.50
Brand new beauty range from lingerie brand Ultimo. I am yet to try this tan, but I have been hearing extremely good reports. I also don’t believe that Michelle Mone, who I know well, would let anything but a perfect product hit the shelves!
19) Oskia – Bedtime Beauty Boost 50ml £74.00
Rich and nourishing, this night cream is currently next to my bed.
20) Dr Darren McKeown – Tri-mineral Micro Dermabrasion Mask 50ml £16.99
Dr Darren is an aesthetic doctor, he uses only ingredients that he believes are truly effective. This mask ‘energises the skin’s metabolism’ increases circulation, and exfoliates.
21) No7 – Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum 30ml £23.00
Huge hype occurred over this product, after the results of a 12 month independent trial, concluded that the Boots product was indeed effective in the battle against aging! I for one haven’t tried it. Do let me know if you have!
22) Liz Earle – Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 50ml £14.25
This ethical, eco friendly beauty brand that was first launched in 1995 has become incredibly popular over the last few years. This nourishing treatment mask is perfect for dry skin that is in need of some attention.
23) Mason Pearson – Pure Bristle Pocket Brush £38.50
I love these British brushes. Expensive but long lasting. There is such a big range, it can be hard to know which brush to choose! This particular brush pictured is pure bristle, and coded SB4, it is perfect for sensitive scalps.
24) Aromatherapy Associates – Fine Line Face Oil 15ml £43.50
High quaility, natural face oil.
25) Illamasqua – Liquid Metal for Eyes in ‘Surge’ £17.50
Very cool product range, first launched in 2008. This cream eye shadow’s name says it all!
26) Famous Dave’s – Self Tan Wipes £9.99 for 5
Very useful for travel. I need two tan wipes to do my whole body. It takes a little perfecting – if like me you are used to a mousse or lotion.
27) Marks & Spencer – Formula Skin Care Age Repair Treatment Oil 15ml £9.50
For the quality that you get, I think that Marks & Spencer’s skincare products are extremely well priced. This oil smoothes lines and nourishes the skin. I used their ‘Phytoceramide’ version of this oil, which appears to be no longer available and I was very impressed by it.
28) Eylure – Individual Lashes £4.50
Great for when you want a few extra lashes, but you feel that a full strip would be too much.
29) Pixi – Magic Tink Tint £12.00
This tinted gel crayon delivers a customised colour by reacting with the lips’ PH level. It is also moisturising and gorgeously packaged. Contains jojoba oil and vitamin E. I believe that this product was originally intended to be limited edition, of which there is no longer a mention.
30) Daniel Sandler – Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer 33g £28.00
A light dewy foundation, that covers imperfections, whilst enhancing the skin. A colour matched glide on concealer is within the foundation’s lid – not remotely drying – so perfect for even under the eyes.
31) E45 – Silky Radiance Body Lotion 250ml £3.99
E45 also had a 60th celebration this year. It was first produced by Boots in 1952. This newly launched body lotion is suitable for sensitive skin, and has an extremely subtle shimmer and fresh smell.
32) Penhaligon’s – Elixir Classic Candle £32.00
A gloriously rich smell. The candle’s are pure luxury, and some such as the Elixir, are very suitable gifts for men who like candle’s too! William Penhaligon first opened a barber’s shop on Jermyn Street, Piccadilly in 1870.
33) Leighton Denny – Remove & Rectify Cuticle Remover 12ml £11.00
When I was having a manicure at The Celtic Manor Spa in Wales, I came across this great Leighton Denny product that naturally dissolves dry cuticle skin. A perfect product for doing your own nails at home, as cuticles can be tricky.
34) Rodial – Brazillian Tan Face 40ml £35.00
A new tanning product in the Rodial range. I tried a sample that I was given by my friend Suzie who stocks the Rodial products in her salon Aura in Ascot. I applied it in the evening, and by morning my face was an even, natural looking brown.
35) Stella McCartney – Summer Rose Eau de Toilette 100ml £39.00
A limited edition, beautifully bottled version, of her classic perfume ‘Stella by Stella McCartney’
36) Aromatherapy Associates – De Stress Mind Bath and Shower Oil 55ml £37.00
De-stressing my mind is more important to me than de-stressing my body. This is an amazing oil to have a bath with just before going to sleep. Contains 100% natural oils.
37) Quintessentially English – Moonbeam Milk Bath £4.25
This completely natural milk bath, is suitable for the most sensitive skins – from babies to adults.
38) True Grace – Seashore £21.00
I once bought an opened shop sample of True Grace’s ‘Seashore’ candle because it was the only one that they had left and I loved the smell so much.
39) Neal’s Yard Rosehip Oil 50ml £16.35
I love to use this product across my chest before going to sleep. The chest can be overlooked, and this oil is full of essential fatty acids which keeps skin smooth and supple.
40) Eve Taylor Bamboo & Sota Exfoliating Scrub 100ml £10.69
A gorgeous grainy exfoliator, a scrub that rids you of dull skin!
41) Spitalfields Candle Company – Lemon Verbena 200g £25.00
Lemon Verbena is uplifting, and reportedly a female aphrodisiac! This fabulous British candle company present their candles beautifully. Candles come in two sizes 60g and 200g
42) This Works – Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil £38.00
This award laden product re-hydrates extremely dry legs. Key ingredients – Rose Oil, Aloe Vera, Evening Primrose Oil
43) Soap and Glory – Flake Away 300ml £7.00
This is my favourite body exfoliator – I particularly like it for use on the legs. It is a hard working scrub.
44) Rimmel – Hide the Blemish Concealer £4.49
As basic concealers go, this product is a must have. If it came in blank packaging, I would have given this concealer a higher price tag.
45) The Body Shop – Banana Conditioner 250ml £4.00
Hugely popular and get discontinued for some time. This reminds me of being a teenager. Leaves hair soft, manageable and smelling faintly of bananas!
46) Champney’s Collagen Firming Face Mask 50ml £12.50
Firms and hydrates. The collagen boosting peptide stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process.
47) Elemis – Frangipani Monoi Oil 100ml £29.70
This very popular delicious smelling oil can be used on hair and nails, as well as all over the body. It solidifies at room temperature, so sometimes it takes a little warming before use.
48) Shavata – Brow Perfector Compact £19.50
Shavata, the UK’s eyebrow expert, has a great range of brow products. This ‘Brow Perfector Compact’ is great for customising a shade, filling in gaps and defining the eyebrows.
49) Cowshed – Udderly Gorgeous Stretch Mark Oil 100ml £18.00
100% Natural. Packed with Vitamin E, minerals and fatty acids.
50) Ren – Moroccan Rose Otto Body Oil 100ml £34.00
Lightly fragranced, nourishing, and non greasy. A gorgeous body oil that leaves the skin super soft.
51) Ila – Cleansing Milk For Natural Beauty 200ml £45.00
Ila is a luxurious skincare range that is 100% natural, chemical free and made in the English Cotswolds. My friend Suzie gave me the Ila ‘Travel Bag’ for my birthday. One of the products in it, is this beautiful smelling cleansing milk that contains Damascena Rose and Argan Oil.
52) Nails Inc – in shade ‘Jermyn Street’ £11.00
Jermyn Street – a soft shade of taupe – is apparently Nails Inc’s most in-demand nail polish colour! I love the names of the polishes – London streets and places.
53) Eve Lom Cleanser 100ml £55.00
Eve Lom’s signature product. The original hot cloth cleanser. Removes make up, exfoliates, and throughly cleanses the skin. Eve was born in Czechoslovakia but opened her first salon in London in 1984.
54) Neom Sensuous Candle 380g £39.50
Extremely powerful and beautifully fragranced candles. When I walk into a shop I can always tell if Neom candles are stocked because I can smell them!
55) Daniel Sandler Base Brush £20.50
I love this foundation brush from Daniel Sandler – I have owned it for years and it is still in perfect condition.
56) Jemma Kidd – Stain Flush & Gloss Lip & Cheek Duo 2.7g £22.oo
For a natural flushed look apply straight to moisturised skin and lips, or apply over make up. Jemma says this product is perfect for creating a fresh faced English rose look.
57) Dove Summer Glow 250ml £5.69
One of the best daily tanners, I use medium to dark, even though my skin is probably more light to medium.
I have just seen that the product is actually for ‘normal’ to dark skin, not ‘medium’- strange wording! It gives an even subtle colour and smells very nice too.
58) Silkskin Pillowcase £39.00 (special price of £31.20 on the link)
It’s better to sleep on silk! Billed as an anti-aging pillowcase, whether it is or it isn’t, sleeping on silk is extremely enjoyable. My friend bought be this for my birthday, after my last one had been so over-loved that it fell to pieces!
59) Soap and Glory – Thick & Fast Mascara 10ml £10.00
This false lash effect mascara recently came free with Elle Magazine – my friends who are using it like it as much as I do!
60) Elemis Quiet Mind Room Mist 50ml £15.00
My night-time hero product. I adore the smell, and spritz it on my pillows nightly.
Some very random favourite places of mine in the UK –
The Horse and Groom Pub in Windsor – A seriously old pub next to Windsor Castle. I love having food here on a Sunday, it is tiny and intimate. The first license was granted in 1719 although it is likely the pub was there for a long time before that.
Babington House – Part of the Soho House group, opened in Somerset in 1998. My favourite place to stay and relax in the UK. Quirky, individual rooms, many with spiral staircases and swinging chairs. Home of the ‘Cowshed’ product line – the spa at Babington is an old cow shed – which explains the chosen name! You can borrow wellington boots, a bike, DVDs. I love spending time here come rain or shine! It isn’t the cheapest place to stay so always check the offers page on their website http://www.babingtonhouse.co.uk
The Spa at Pennyhill Park- My friend Steve Squillante bought me a fabulous gift of a spa day for me and a friend at Pennyhill Park a few years ago. My friend Lucy and I grew up close to Pennyhill Park but had never actually been there. We were astounded by how fabulous it was. The treatments are expensive, but pretty much unbeatable – after your treatment you can go to their relaxation room and sleep on a waterbed. Indoor and outdoor pools. Herbal saunas, and heated thermal rooms at different temperatures.
Avoca, Belfast – Avoca has become my favourite place to go to in Ireland. Their food is delicious, and their shop I could wander around all day long. The Belfast Avoca is on Arthur Street – and there is a food hall in there, as well as a cafe. I love buying their ginger cake and taking it home – also their soups. My friend Kelly was working in Belfast recently and she text me about Avoca to tell me how much she loved it, not knowing that I would even have known of it. I highly recommend their recipe books, although all I do with mine is read it, and not cook from it! http://www.avoca.ie
Spitalfields Market – Located on Brushfield Street in East London. Possibly my favourite place to go on a Sunday. When I was shopping for my house, I got everything there from a custom made mirror, my walnut bed, leather bean bag, pictures, coasters and photo frames. It has been given a face lift since then – there are restaurants and shops inside it now- and it isn’t just open on Sundays. But if you are a visitor in London, Sunday would still be the day I would say to go, it is a five minute walk from Liverpool Street Station. It’s a little of everything – jewellery, cosmetics, home-ware, vintage and modern day fashion, gorgeous food stands.