Sali Hughes' Top 50 Beauty Products

(81 Posts)
Hassled Sat 09-Mar-13 15:50:59

I can't believe I'm starting a S&B thread, given my lack of either, but I thought it was interesting - here. Sudacrem features, and I'm delighted to see Elnett (my grandmother swore by it!). Has anyone used a Revlon Lip Butter?

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 09-Mar-13 15:56:19

The Revlon Lip Butters are fantastic - I have a magenta one and a surprisingly lovely coral coloured one, they are really moisturising, quite long-lasting and fade evenly rather than leaving a ring around the edges of your lips.

Glad to see Sudocrem there, it's fantastic stuff!

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 09-Mar-13 15:56:56

I do think Real Techniques make-up brushes and L'oreal Superliner deserved a mention though...

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 09-Mar-13 15:57:53

I put the Guardian magazine in my bag and went straight off to Boots this morning while DD was at ballet blush. I wasn't quite convinced by the Revlon lip butter so didn't get it (and Revlon were on a multi-buy deal and I only fancied one thing) but would be keen to hear people's feedback, and they didn't have the lemon lanolin lip stuff in stock.

Did get Neutrogena body lotion for DS though, and will get some of the mascaras from HOF next week.

Hassled Sat 09-Mar-13 15:58:23

Oh thanks - will definitely invest in some. I feel a need to move on from the usual pink Vaseline approach grin.

bluebump Sat 09-Mar-13 16:04:41

I like the lip butters, and Sudocrem, Liz Earle, L'Occitaine, Benetint and my Clarisonic blush can you tell i'm a fan of her column? grin Actually quite a few I discovered pre column...

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 09-Mar-13 16:20:07

I really hate gallery-style articles like this where you have to click through millions of screens! Is the list all one page anywhere?

ALittleOfWhatYouFancy Sat 09-Mar-13 16:21:52

I fancy trying the Revlon lip butter - can anyone suggest a good colour for a warm autumn? Thanks

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 09-Mar-13 16:28:50

Go out and buy the paper newspaper today Holla - I'd say it's definitely 230 pence easier than the website version.

BagWoman Sat 09-Mar-13 17:19:14

Am a bit confused with Revlon Lip Butters- their website shows lots of colours but in Boots they only seem to have about 6 shades- and none seems right for me. I need a caramel/slightly pink shade- Anyone???

Neutrogena Body lotion- yes, great and very good value if you get on offer which is quite often.

Most of the other recommendations are hit & miss IMO.

Some are very expensive, and others are for Sali Hughes colouring- she is dark and wears bright lippy.

I don't agree with her on L'Occitaine shea butter handcream- I think it's really sticky.

valiumredhead Sat 09-Mar-13 17:29:49

Anyone tried the Keromask concealer?

mewkins Sat 09-Mar-13 18:13:14

Totally agree re. Rimmel eyeliner- it is brilliant and doesn't budge all day.

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 09-Mar-13 18:34:21

ALittleOfWhatYouFancy - You might like Macaroon, it's a very "my lips but better" shade that has pink/caramel tones and a lovely finish.

auldspinster Sat 09-Mar-13 19:05:59

Revlon lip butters are fab, would second the macaroon recommendation. There's a better range in the US (although they are introducing new shades soon) I've got a lovely deep red called Red Velvet that I got from ebay.

anotheryearolder Sat 09-Mar-13 19:15:35

I love Revlon lip butters,nothing else comes close .Super moisturising but without the horrible greasiness of lip balms .
I have Sweet Tart (hot pink) Peach Parfait( warm peachy) and Berry Smoothie ( nice neutral my lips but better pink).
They dont bleed and your hair doesnt stick to them like gloss .
Am a tad obsessed grin

legoqueen Sat 09-Mar-13 19:47:16

Excited to see that biodegradable crealine h2o will be available in the uk from April...anyone know where?

legoqueen Sat 09-Mar-13 19:47:45

Bioderma..blasted predictive text!

Mewsical Sat 09-Mar-13 20:35:37

bag - check this out. Macaroon for me left too much gold glitter on my lips, I'm searching for pink truffle though can only remember seeing it in Superdrug Marble Arch.

AlisonMoyet Sat 09-Mar-13 20:37:10

She often recommends shit IMO. And stuff that only she with her early 60s look would wear.

Mewsical Sat 09-Mar-13 20:37:18

And Thanks hassled for pointing me in the direction of the article.

AlisonMoyet Sat 09-Mar-13 20:37:50

The reckon things are ok. I had sweet tart I wouldn't rush and buy another.

AlisonMoyet Sat 09-Mar-13 20:37:59


MerryMingeWhingesAgain Sat 09-Mar-13 20:39:52

I've had quite a few, the Smashbox primer, LE cleanse and polish, L'occitane.

Actually she is probably just a QVCaholic like I used to be grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 09-Mar-13 20:40:38

She's not mentioned aldi creams at all.

SpeccyBat Sat 09-Mar-13 23:34:10

<a tad thick>

So many face creams/serums though? Does she use 'em all at once??

I want some sort of serum - was thinking of the Clarins one, then up popped that other one, Estee Lauder I think?

Revlon lip butter sounds like a good buy.

But I want to get one of the super-super Derma flannels that I read about on here last week.

Confused. Help.

domesticslattern Sat 09-Mar-13 23:45:42

I bought the lanolips stuff. Nuffink special tbh. I ordered it in a tint (rhubarb) and it's much like other lip balms tbh, like Kiehls and the rest. Does the job but not some wonder product imho.

BanoffeeSplitz Sun 10-Mar-13 00:30:43

I like the look of the Elizabeth Arden smoky eye pencil & I'm intrigued by the Clinique bottom lash mascara - I wear so little that I reckon this would do for my top lashes as well - if it really is smudgeproof.

I did wonder if perhaps she bought some much gentler body wash and used a lot less of it (she buys Palmolive shower cream by the dozen) perhaps she wouldn't have such dreadfully dehydrated skin. The reviews for the shower cream and the Neutrogena Deep Moisture Body Lotion are almost next to each other on the page - make the bloody connection woman!

I go to the gym or swim most days so I shower a lot - I still barely get through a bottle of shower gel in a year confused what's she doing with it all?

I really really want a Clarisonic now but they are a silly price! Has anyone got one and found it good for acne prone, congested skin?

squoosh Sun 10-Mar-13 01:26:42

You don't get through one bottle of shower gel in a year??????

Re. the Clairsonic, No 7 do a resonable dupe for approx £20.

AlisonMoyet Sun 10-Mar-13 07:28:26

The Clinique bottom lash mascara is AMAZING although will just use brush in other mascara when it finishes

AlisonMoyet Sun 10-Mar-13 07:32:36

I have an Arden pencil on graphite. The only eye pencil I've bought three times. Apart from mac PowerPoint in Prussian.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 10-Mar-13 08:02:34

I've found the palmers cocoa butter lip balm to be the best, it's whatever suits your skin. Others might hate it.

Doublebase do a shower gel, pricey but I bet the skins like satin when you dry it.

lurkingaround Sun 10-Mar-13 10:36:50

So, Sali Hughes. Is this just her opinion or based on surveys/sales/anything? Or is it because she landed on the beauty desk one day?
Agree, far to much shower gel!!! Washing herself down the drain!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 10-Mar-13 10:44:41

Newby Hands was beauty editor for Harpers & Queen, she never put me wrong. She looks great for her age too.

I think she's on twitter now.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Sun 10-Mar-13 10:53:51

I love the Laura mercier tinted moisturiser, and the smash box primer has transformed my make up.

I'm intrigued by the revlon lip butter. my lips are too dry to wear normal lipstick, does it really work?

armagh Sun 10-Mar-13 11:19:03

Agree with Fluffy- Newby Hands is a great beauty journo

BagWoman Sun 10-Mar-13 16:11:58

Thanks for the link to the lip butter- looked in a large Boots today they had pink truffle but certainly not all the shades- maybe around 8 of them?

The thing is with all these articles- how much of the stuff has she been plied with on the basis she will give it a mention?

I know writers who go to press functions and come away with armfuls of stuff they are supposed to be unbiased in their reviews- but you never know, do you?

I am sure she will be given boxes of whatever she endorses- it's worth a fortune to the companies given the readership she has.

AlisonMoyet Sun 10-Mar-13 16:36:42

I think it's based on advertising spend ;)

squoosh Sun 10-Mar-13 16:57:23

I don't always rate the same products she does but I'm pretty sure her reviews are unbiased. Can't say for the same about the glossies which are unable to give a critical review of something for fear of pissing off the advertisers.

thank you squoosh, I will check it outsmile oh, and anyone who is acne prone, avoid the smashbox primer- broke me out something shocking.

thank you squoosh, I will check it outsmile oh, and anyone who is acne prone, avoid the smashbox primer- broke me out something shocking.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 11-Mar-13 10:51:59

I've had got some really good stuff based on her reviews. The revlon lip butters are one. I have very dry lips and can't wear lipsticks. They are a revelation.

Boots in store has a very limited range, but their website has a good selection. I use the pink truffle as a neutral lipstick. Shipping to store is free if you buy over £20.

CareerGirl01 Mon 11-Mar-13 10:55:01

I like Sali Hughes column but as someone who has worked alongside beauty editors and occasionally been asked to test stuff for features I would be wary. Personally I don't see how anyone can recommend so many products; how can you use them all and know what exactly is making your skin glow etc?

GetOrf Mon 11-Mar-13 11:05:54

I do like her webcasts and I would agree with a lot of those (especially the By Terry concealer and the revlon lipsticks).

She is far better than that ghastly woman with bad hair from the Times.

MonaLotte Mon 11-Mar-13 15:11:48

I've just ordered Macaroon Lip Butter and the new Wild Watermelon one. They are buy one get one half price in boots at the moment. Hope they are good. Getting fed up of Clinique Black Honey another Sali Hughes recommendation blush

armagh Tue 12-Mar-13 07:43:17

Get Orf which Times? Sunday times or The Times(daily).

armagh Tue 12-Mar-13 17:50:21

Get Orf who is 'that ghastly woman from the T imes with the awful hair' ?

BanoffeeSplitz Tue 12-Mar-13 18:51:28

Well I have ordered a mini version of the Clinique bottom lash mascara, doubled with a mini mascara (looks like it was overstock from a magazine freebie but they are usually a good size for me), and a Smoky Eye pencil for £5.95 with free delivery from FragranceMadsmile. Worth a punt at that price I reckon.

MonaLotte Wed 13-Mar-13 12:47:50

The lip butters arrived and the watermelon one is lovely but not sure about the macaroon it is very sparkly, maybe better for evening?

PuffPants Wed 13-Mar-13 12:54:35

I don't rate Salli Hughes at all. I watched an online clip of her applying make-up once and was shocked at how bad her finished look was.

anneriordan Wed 13-Mar-13 18:12:37

I rate her - she values simple, effective stuff and techniques. So far my only quibble was with Black Honey. I am pale with fat (can't be arsed with "full") dark lips and tried this in an airport duty free, looked like a hyaena suprised mid-wildebeest. Fatale is one thing, fatal is another. I've definitely not tried everything as some of the prices just can't be justified (can a Tom Ford eyeshadow really be sooooooo much better than maybelline or even EL cream? they're only eyelids ffs) but the Clarins facial oil is lovely and it's just fun for the soul to rub oil into your face. Anyone tried the Poppy King lipstick? It's very tempting.

BinksToEnlightenment Wed 13-Mar-13 18:58:14

I rate her opinion. She's never recommended anything that I thought was a big pile of crap. She also is good for recommending things with a range of different prices.

I'm in agreement with several things in her top 50.

I was in the market for a blusher and I'm now going to be getting the Nars blusher on her recommendation.

MorrisZapp Wed 13-Mar-13 19:00:03

Awesome post anneriordan smile

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 13-Mar-13 19:11:10

I'm from NZ and I used to have Poppy King lipsticks when I was back home. About 10 years ago now. It was lovely lovely stuff. Very intense and dramatic colours. It definitely had a cult following down under.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 13-Mar-13 19:13:07

It might be an entirely different brand ofc! As I have never heard of it here before. But then I'm not in fashionable London.

armagh Wed 13-Mar-13 20:21:16

Is poppy not in boots ? Think she did a range if lipsticks for boots.

Pinot Thu 14-Mar-13 10:48:00

Poppy King is on QVC now. And SpaceNK.

VitaCitral lip balm is the mutts. Got in France, darlings.

anneriordan Thu 14-Mar-13 18:49:30

Thank you oltt, armagh and pinot , will have a look. And the clinique lib balm, the real one in the opaque green tube, is wonderful. I had a tester yesterday and it lasted 8 hours! pay day soon...

valiumredhead Fri 15-Mar-13 11:30:05

* PINOT* there you are! <waves> smile

JumpHerWho Fri 15-Mar-13 12:24:50

I prefer Lisa Eldridge, she seems more realistic. I'm sure I read that Sali is genuinely not bought by advertisers though, and I think Lisa is. All Sali's fans on the FB 'get the look' page wear v dramatic makeup with red lippie, which I can't do.

Aren't the Revlon lippies just total rip-offs of the Clinique butter shine ones?

They all copy each other, I got an email from NARS about a new lip crayon thing - that's a Clinique rip-off too.

cornypony Fri 15-Mar-13 12:34:11

I might get the Nars blusher. I have benetint- I don't rate it at all.

Nigella used to do the Sunday times beauty column- She
Recommended Laura merrier tinted moisturiser years ago and I've used it ever since.

anotheryearolder Fri 15-Mar-13 22:38:00

Jump I found the Clinique stuff really greasy and not particularily nice colours.
The Revlon lip butters are way better - lovely colours and gorgeously moisturising .( and cheaper !!)

BinksToEnlightenment Sat 16-Mar-13 12:40:54

I tried her tip to pop an evening primrose oil capsule to use as a nighttime mousturiser.

I'm really impressed. My skin is lovely this morning.

cornypony Sat 16-Mar-13 12:46:07

I keep meaning to get some evening primrose oil capsule...must write that down!

BinksToEnlightenment Sat 16-Mar-13 13:21:03

Highly recommended!

kiwigirl42 Sat 16-Mar-13 15:49:05

you can buy the Bioderma cleanser on ebay. In fact, I buy most of my cosmetics from ebay, once I've checked out swatches etc on google. Far cheaper

BanoffeeSplitz Sat 16-Mar-13 20:09:55

Oooh - ta for reminding me about the evening primrose oil, I have a tub that I got from Holland & Barrett in the 1p sale before I remembered I don't bother taking it any more.

And for the link to Lisa Eldridge - I knew I'd seen someone showing how to use Clinique Black Honey as blusher, but couldn't remember who.

I now have a Smoky Eye pencil which I love - it's the first time I've had one of those smudgy end pencils that actually works.

And mini versions of Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara & Black Honey. Mascara seems pretty good, though I will have to try & remember to actually use it.
Black Honey is OK - does everything it promised but has an really greasy feel and old-fashioned lipstick smell. Though I am comparing it to Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour coloured lip balm in Plum which I love & is a much nicer (feeling & smelling) version of the same thing. If I hadn't tried that, I'd have been pretty happy with the Black Honey.

BanoffeeSplitz Sat 16-Mar-13 20:12:40

Any opinions on the pricier stuff like Sonicare toothbrushes & Corioliss straighteners?

Anyone going to admit to having tried Suqqu foundation grin?

bluebump Sat 16-Mar-13 21:51:12

I have a Sonicare toothbrush and it is heaps better than my old Oral B one. Boots often have them half price, I waited for an offer before I got mine, it's the basic one and was £30 I think.

MrsRadicchio Sat 16-Mar-13 21:57:59

Just bought pink truffle revlon lip butter today, tried it at home but colour is not me. Anyone interested in it? Pm me if so!

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 12:25:13

On the back of this thread I tried to order some Keromask concealor but their sample kits were out of stock. I emailed and they replied almost immediately saying they won't be in for another few weeks but they would send my a colour matching card and then I could choose a sample from there. It only took 2 days for it to arrive and they also included lots of application advice. VERY impressed with their fab customer service. Will let you know how I get on with the concealor smile

Valium - Could you please let me know how they are? I also tried to get a sample kit.

Can I ask why you are looking at it? I have vitiligo (I think!) and as we are approaching summer it is going to get more obvious and I am desperate to be able to cover it up when needed.

In fact I may e mail them too.

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 12:53:25

I will do smile

I need a heavy duty concealor for rosacea, my skin is good and clear I just have really sensitive skin and the slightest change in temperature or warm food gives my rosy cheeks which I loathe <sigh>

There are 28 colours so one is bound to be a good match! Also they have setting powders which seem to be essential.

The sample kits will be in again in approx 4 weeks or so.

My cousin has vitiligo too on her arms and hands, would be fab to be able to conceal it.

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 12:53:48

I would email them, they are super helpful smile

BinksToEnlightenment Thu 21-Mar-13 14:28:01

I use Dermacolor, which is another type of camouflage concealer. It's absolutely bloody amazing and lasts forever. I got a pot in 2010 which is barely a quarter gone. I use it for under eye bags, spot covering, mix it with moisturiser to make my own tinted moisturiser and even to cover scars, which is what I actually got it for. It makes any blemish invisible.

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 14:57:09

Oooooo I have just googled - looks interesting! Their tester palette is £20 though <gulp> I wonder how it compares to Keromask?

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 14:57:34

I have used Dermablend before and hated it, it was like dried up chalk.

i got a reply back already. They are wonderful smile

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 15:48:27

They are indeed, I just hope the sample kits hurry up!

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 16:24:08

Oh wow, just had another email thanking me for the feedback on here and a discount as a thank you. They are brilliant, they should give other companies lessons in good service! Can't wait to try them out now.

HollyBollyBooBoo Fri 22-Mar-13 11:28:51

Just bought a Sonicare toothbrush, half price at Boots plus another 10% off online. To be fair I did need a new electric toothbrush so feel justified in spending the £55!

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