Here are the must-have beauty items of the week… from £42 Urban Decay Naked palette to Vo5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil

We share a selection of this month's must-have beauty buys which won't break the bank.

Genius foundation

No matter how hard I tried, I could never find a foundation versatile enough to see my skin through all the seasons – until I discovered IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and my world changed forever thanks to its buildable coverage.

Now the brand has introduced a matte version, Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF40, £30.

This multitasking wonder contains skin-loving charcoal, Moroccan lava clay and tea-tree extract to purify pores and get rid of excess sebum, plus an anti-ageing serum. Genius.

  • Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF40, £30 from It Cosmetics — buy now

Juicy peepers

Can you remember the day you bought your first Urban Decay Naked palette?

I was a teenager and had saved up for months. Ten years and many spin-offs later, the creamy, buttery formula is still the best in the game, so I’m mega-excited for the latest launch.

Naked Cherry, £42, includes 12 pink, bronze and berry hues – some matte, some metallic – that will flatter every skin tone and eye colour.

This might be the best one yet!

  • Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette, 42 from Urban Decay — buy now

Back to basics

It’s the time of year I dread, when the cold weather leaves my face dry, red and sore.

Thankfully, No7 Laboratories Cica-Rescue Skin Paste, £18, has come to my aid, and it’s a godsend for anyone with sensitive skin.

Just spread it on your face before bed, leave for five minutes, then massage into your skin.

Thanks to the soothing bisabolol, hydrating ophiopogon japonicus and restorative tiger grass, I woke up to calmer, healthier-looking skin after just one use.

  • No7 Laboratories Cica-Rescue Skin Paste, £18 from Boots — buy now

Hair defender

If you never tried Vo5 hot oil before it was discontinued two years ago, now’s your chance to jump on the bandwagon – it’s back by popular demand, and is better than ever.

This hair-nourishing treat was launched in 1976, and while it took a bit of effort (you have to warm the little vial up in hot water first), it soon became a cult fave, transforming dry, dull locks into a soft and shiny barnet.

Now Vo5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil, £4.99 for four, has hydrating coconut added to the original formula, so you can kick all your spenny hair masks to the kerb.

  • Vo5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil, £4.99 for four from Asda — buy now

Ask Beauty Editor Lauren

’Tis the season of sore lips, but it may be more than the change in weather causing this issue – it could also be down to the amount of water you’re drinking.


Yep, your body’s hydration levels play a huge part in keeping your skin moisturised from within, so you might want to up your H2O intake.

Many of us rely on petroleum-jelly-based products to soothe, smooth and protect our pouts, however you may want to reach for something that will not only act as a barrier from the elements, but also target the problem from within.


I’m a fan of The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Lip Care, £5.50, a long-lasting, non-sticky balm that contains vitamin E, coconut, olive oil and SPF15 to both hydrate lips and protect them from harsh, wintry conditions.


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