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Swears by: Mumsnet recommends May

Spring fashion

Mumsnetters are the best shoppers around, so we've tapped into their wisdom to source the stuff that really works: the comfiest winter boots, the skincare that delivers astounding bang for your buck, the cleaning product that actually does what it says on the tin.

From fashion to books to inflatable seagulls (don't ask), here's what everyone's buying this week and where to find it. It's updated every seven days, so come back often and sign up to our weekly Swears By email. You need never be the last to know again.

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19 May

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+, £9.50

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.” eurochick

Buy now from Amazon

Topshop Jamie Jeans, £40

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.” Teddybear45

Buy now from Topshop

The Body Shop Brazilian Cupuaçu Scrub-in-Oil, £22

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.” Megan2018

Buy now from The Body Shop

Figleaves Underwired Tummy Control D-GG Swimsuit, £32 (was £38)

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

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.” bingohandjob

Buy now from Amazon

12 May

Phase Eight Andrea Jersey Jumpsuit, £110

 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." Ratonastick

Buy now from Phase Eight

Posh Pegs Clothes Pegs (pack of 40), £15.99

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.” fairislecable

Buy now from Amazon

FatFace Simone Dress, from £45

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)

 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.” NowYouListenToMeFella

Buy now from Amazon

Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra, £78

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.” Athrawes

Buy now from Lululemon

5 May

George Bodysculpt Swimsuits, from £10

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.” WellTidy

Buy now from ASDA

Good Housekeeping Cookery Book, £12

 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.” lekkerkroketje

Buy now from Amazon

Weekday Tees, from £6

 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.” HeyMicky

Buy now from ASOS

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Moisturiser, from £12

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.” Rollypoly100

Shop now at Kiehl's

Lakeland Soft-grip Clothes Pegs (pack of 20), £3.99

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.” everythingisginandroses

Buy 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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