By Jess Beech
Our M&S beauty edit features a selection of our favourite beauty buys that are offered at Marks & Spencer.
The store is of course already our go-to for the best bras and best shapewear around, as well as stylish dresses to hide a tummy and some of the best winter coats on the high street. But did you know that they also offer some of the best buys on the market?
Our editor's M&S beauty edit is a pick of the best beauty products that the store has to offer, including a bestselling hair mask, a luxury body oil and a miracle neck cream with rave reviews.
Our M&S Beauty edit
From skin saviours to hair heroes and everything in between, our M&S beauty edit includes everything you might need to keep your skin, hair and body in their best condition.
1. Prai Ageless Throat & Decolletage Crème
Often forgotten or neglected when it comes to moisturising, your neck can be one of the first places to show signs of ageing. Whilst no cream will perform miracles, the reviews for this are rave, which is why it's top of our M&S beauty edit. Best applied in upward strokes from cleavage to chin both morning and night, it uses Sepilift DPHP technology to lift and tighten as well as hyaluronic acid to plump. It won’t magic away crepey, sagging skin overnight, but does make a real difference with continued use.
2. Living Proof Instant De-Frizzer
My hair is naturally coarse and curly, meaning frizz very much comes with the territory. Very little will encourage shine in-between washes other than 10 minutes running the straighteners through my hair – that was until this entered my beauty arsenal. Sprayed onto dry hair before brushing through or smoothing with your fingers, it’s a sure-fire way to pin down baby hairs along the hairline and smooth general fluff along the lengths and ends.
3. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
Whilst my usual response to reformulations of my much-loved products is ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, I’m willing to make an exception for this. For those of you not already acquainted with Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, it’s a pre-shampoo conditioner that works to restore elasticity and moisture to the hair, making it less likely to snap and snag. This leaves my hair silky and shiny - and even comes in a choice of lovely scents.
4. Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
Working a little like a more much cheaper and far less time-consuming version of the frizz-banishing Brazilian blow-dry, this spray doesn’t add keratin to the hair but instead cloaks each strand with a waterproof formula. The result is smooth, glossy hair that’s less likely to frizz and fluff at the first sign of humidity. It needs heat to activate it, so won’t work if you’re a wash-and-go type, but if like me, you’re constantly battling naturally curly hair, it means less straightening in-between washes. Use every third shampoo for best results – any more will cause build-up.
5. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
I’ve tried plenty of lip balms over the years, but it’s trusty Burt’s Bees I always come running back to. Relying on beeswax and coconut oil to rehydrate lips, instead of petroleum found in most best-selling balms, I don’t need to use it every day to see results. Profits support the British Beekeepers Association Adopt a Beehive scheme, brilliant for anyone trying to make more ethical beauty choices.
6. Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
Brilliant for holidays or any time you need to pack light, this multi-tasker is the answer to all your beauty woes. Slather the luxe oil all over skin to lock in moisture, add a couple of drops to your normal facial moisturiser to ramp up the hydration or smooth onto split ends to seal. For an extra treat, spritz onto hair, wrap your head in a warm towel and leave for up to 20 minutes before shampooing off.
7. Pixi Endless Shade Stick in Pearllustre
It doesn’t matter how long I’ve got to get ready for a night out, I’m always running late – meaning a complicated eye look is never high on my agenda. These sweep, smudge and go sticks are brilliant, requiring minimal blending for a simple slick of shimmer across your lids. This champagne shade is subtle enough for everyday wear, but it’s a smoky eye you favour, give their glitter-packed Bronzebabe shade a try. Fuss-free make-up at its best.
8. Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask
If you thought all face masks were created equal, think again. Rich in vitamin C, this mask is ultra-cooling on the skin – leaving your complexion looking plump and fresh as soon as you peel it away. It’s a bit of a faff to apply as you need to mix two sachets together, but the results really are worth the two minutes it takes. It does have a tendency to drip until it’s set into place too, giving you a welcome excuse for a quick lie-down whilst it works it’s magic. Instead of using every week, I save mine to perk up tired skin before a big event.
9. Pestle & Mortar Erase Makeup Removing Balm
One of the newest brands to hit the M&S shelves, Pestle & Mortar is all about stripped-back skincare, keeping it simple with a few must-have products. Don’t let the price tag put you off this tub of goodness, you only need the tiniest amount to melt away make-up and daily grime. The light scent is just enough to make this feel like a treat, but not enough to over-power, making a welcome ritual in my evening routine. Rinse away with a damp muslin cloth or flannel to benefit from light exfoliation - your skin will thank you for it.
Our M&S beauty edit features nine of our favourite Marks & Spencer beauty products, but there are many more standout beauty bits you'll find on the store's shelves and on their website. Happy shopping!
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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