Swears by: Mumsnet recommends May
Mumsnetters are the best shoppers around, so we've tapped into their wisdom to source the stuff that really works: the comfiest summer sandals, the skincare that delivers astounding bang for your buck, the cleaning product that actually does what it says on the tin.
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Adidas Stan Smiths, from £44.99
Can't get on with Converse? These classic white trainers are comfy, cool, and a firm favourite among Mumsnetters.
“Stan Smiths are my holy grail – I can walk all day in mine.” crophopper
“I have very wide, square feet. Stan Smiths are fab, and come in a wide choice of colours.” HostessTrolleyBuy now from Office
Hush Marseille Shorts, £40
Sophisticated shorts for people who don't really do shorts – and they've got pockets.
“The Hush Marseille shorts are £££, but very well-cut and a lightweight fabric. I have three pairs." SolitudeAtAltitude
“Another vote for Hush Marseille – great length, good fabric." OxanaVorontsovaBuy now from Hush
Neutrogena Light Therapy Targeted Spot Treatment, £13.89 (was £29.99)
Zap spots with this high-tech pen to kill bacteria and reduce redness.
“I have the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy 'pen' and it's brilliant. You hold it over the spot for two minutes (it's on a timer) three times a day and it really sorts those spots out. I use it for the horrible redness that stays for ages afterwards and it helps to lessen that, too." FairySunbathBuy now from Amazon
Mountain Warehouse summer dresses, from £19.99
Turns out we've been looking for the perfect summer dress in all the wrong places.
“This is probably hideously unfashionable but I've bought quite a few dresses from Mountain Warehouse the past few summers. I just really like the way they fit and the fact they have pockets!” WineCheeseSleepBuy now from Mountain Warehouse
Skinny Tan Wonder Serum Bundle, £29.99
A hydrating serum for face and body that develops into an even golden tan.
“Try Skinny Tan. It's fab.” Leah2005
“Another vote for Skinny Tan.” bodgersmash
“Skinny Tan! I bought the wonder serum and it's amazing. You also need the mitt to apply it.” Crazyladee
The bundle includes a mitt, Pre-Tan Primer, Instant Tanner, and a 7-Day Tanner.Buy now from Skinny Tan
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+, £9.50
The perfect day-to-day facial sunscreen which will smooth on under make-up just like your favourite primer.
“Bioré Watery Essence. It’s wonderful. It dries matte and I’ve had zero spots when using it every day for near-on two years now. You still need to make sure you double-cleanse at night to fully remove it, though.” LesserBohemian
“Bioré Watery Essence is amazing. I put it on after moisturiser, but before make-up, and it's not greasy at all. My skin actually has a better texture on the days I wear it.” MistyMinge2
“Another vote for Bioré Watery Essence. Suncream normally brings me out in spots on my face and feels horribly greasy, but this does neither. It's brilliant stuff.” eurochickBuy now from Amazon
Topshop Jamie Jeans, £40
A flattering and affordable pair of jeans to add to your arsenal.
“I’ve tried hundreds of other brands and styles, but these are the ones. They wash well, keep their shape through two or three wears, and the colour doesn’t fade. Plus, they’re only £40 so I have tonnes of them!” MustardScreams
“Topshop Jamies are better than jeans three times the price.” Teddybear45Buy now from Topshop
The Body Shop Brazilian Cupuaçu Scrub-in-Oil, £22
Buff your skin to perfection with this luxurious scrub.
“I adore this one. It is my go-to product when I want to feel nice. It does lovely things to my skin.” Megan2018Buy now from The Body Shop
Figleaves Underwired Tummy Control D-GG Swimsuit, £32 (was £38)
A fabulous and fashionable option for swimsuit season.
“I'm 5'5, size 10-12 with an hourglass figure and what I call a kangaroo pouch from having two kids. My husband couldn't stop drooling when I wore this (which has never happened before when I've put on swimwear) so I can safely say it did a good job.” Strugglingtodomybest
There's also an underwired version available for that bit of added support.Buy now from Figleaves
BaByliss Big Hair Styling Brush, £45
Achieve a sleek, yet bouncy, barnet with this rotating styling brush.
“Babyliss Big Hair has totally changed how swishy and shiny my hair looks, and it's so easy to use. If I style my shoulder length hair with this, the smooth look easily lasts two days.” bingohandjobBuy now from Amazon
Phase Eight Andrea Jersey Jumpsuit, £110
This jumpsuit is made from comfy jersey material, has cap sleeves, and grazes the ankle – plus the flattering wrap style creates a killer waist.
“My experience of jumpsuits is that they are alchemy. I am a solid size 16 (long body, short legs, belly, but banging knockers) and five foot three. I tried on a jumpsuit in Phase Eight, and my ma and I stared into the mirror in total wonder. I looked taller, thinner, elegant, sexy – you name it! Every time I have worn it I have had compliments and double takes. I have bought several more and, quite frankly, I fully intend to be buried in one of them." RatonastickBuy now from Phase Eight
Posh Pegs Clothes Pegs (pack of 40), £15.99
The unique shape of these pegs means there are no metal bits to rust
when if they're left out in the rain.
“I have had these for a few years now and they work really well. Due to their shape, I can hold six in my hand at a time.” fairislecableBuy now from Amazon
FatFace Simone Dress, from £45
Whether you fancy a staple neutral colour or opt for a brighter pattern, these dresses will keep you cool all summer.
“Until recently I hadn't worn a dress for over 20 years, but following weight loss I found this style of dress which I love. It comes in lots of different fabrics. I've been wearing them over the winter with tights.” hotchocdrinker
“I'm an apple shape and I’ve just got the khaki Simone dress from FatFace which is very flattering.” ThistlyPerf
Also available in a slightly longer length.Buy now from FatFace
Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk, £14.99 (was £16.05)
Achieve a golden glow with minimal fuss (and without that biscuity smell).
“I discovered this last week and I love it! I've tried everything – cheap and expensive. It doesn't have that fake tan stink.” Mummabear12345567889
“Also recommend the Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Lotion. Looks really natural and there's no horrible smell.” NowYouListenToMeFellaBuy now from Amazon
Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra, £78
Who says a sports bra has to be uncomfortable?
“This is the most comfortable sports bra I have ever had, I am a 32E. It's soft but shaped, has no hard edges, and keeps them firmly in place while I run. I wore mine for three days in a row when I was tramping in the mountains and it was still super comfy. Expensive but worth every penny.” AthrawesBuy now from Lululemon
George Bodysculpt Swimsuits, from £10
Feel confident and oh-so-fashionable by the pool this swimsuit season.
“George at ASDA do a range of tummy-slimming ones which are fab – they hold you in but you can still breathe. I definitely rate them.” Acunningruse
“I would second the ASDA ones. I am more of a 12/14, and they are flattering, really good quality, and such a good price. I usually size down for ASDA, I think.” WellTidyBuy now from ASDA
Good Housekeeping Cookery Book, £12
Triple-tested recipes that really work.
“Everyone in my family on both mine and my husband's sides, for three generations, has been given this as a leaving home present. We've not made anything that didn't work from it.” lekkerkroketjeBuy now from Amazon
Weekday Tees, from £6
A purse-friendly end to your search for the perfect plain T-shirt.
“Weekday tees are amazing. They wash brilliantly and hold their shape. They have a website but they're also available through ASOS.” HeyMickyBuy now from ASOS
Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Moisturiser, from £12
Smooth this cream over your skin and you'll be left feeling (and smelling) great.
“This is a lovely body lotion – the best I've used. It really changes the look and feel of your skin, but it is expensive. I still think it is worth it, it's non-greasy and feels like a long drink for your skin.” Rollypoly100Shop now at Kiehl's
Lakeland Soft-grip Clothes Pegs (pack of 20), £3.99
Maybe it's time to get some clothes pegs which won't need replacing in a
week's month's time.
“I have had some of these for years and have never had a broken one. They have several types, but the ones with flowers on are the strongest.” JumpingFrogs
“Another vote for Lakeland.” everythingisginandrosesBuy now from Lakeland
If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for April or our round-ups of Mumsnetters' top buys:
Best menstrual cups | Best leggings and jeggings | Best cleaning products | Best trainers | Best dresses | Best maternity dresses | Best trousers | Best jeans | Best raincoats | Best beauty boxes | Best beauty dupes | Best bed sheets
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