Mumsnet Swears By: October 2017

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Mumsnet has the best personal shoppers around – you! So we've tapped into the wisdom of the crowd to source the stuff that really works: the cigarette pants that are 'just right', the skincare that delivers astounding bang for buck, the cunning discoveries that the rest of the world hasn't yet cottoned on to.

From fashion to books to inflatable seagulls (don’t ask), here's where to find the things everyone's buying this week. 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!

Swears by 26 October

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix, £19.95

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix, £19.95

A serum that primes and mattifies the skin for a flawless complexion

“I love Nip+Fab's Viper Venom. It makes my skin feel amazing and it looks so glowing and fresh.” ExcitedMamaToBe

Buy now from Nip+Fab

Dune Pontoon Stacked Heel Ankle Boots, £79.20 (were £99)

Dune Pontoon Stacked Heel Ankle Boots, £79.20 (were £99)

Versatile ankle boots with an almond-shaped toe and Cuban heel – available in six colours

“I bought the Dune Pontoon boots in dark taupe and wear them with skinny jeans or rolled-up mom jeans, skirts, and dresses. They go with everything. They come in black too and they're on sale at the moment.” Fiddlefigs

Buy now from John Lewis

Topshop MOTO Sidney black jeans, £40

Topshop MOTO Sidney black jeans, £40

Mid-rise black skinny jeans made from super-stretch denim

“Topshop has a new style of jeans called Sidney. I have a couple of pairs now and I'm really pleased with them. I used to wear the Leigh skinnies all the time, but these ones are thicker for the colder weather. Another bonus is that they seem to hold in my tummy more – never a bad thing.” Fabellini

Buy now from Topshop

Nigel Slater's Christmas Chronicles, £11.99 (was £26)

Nigel Slater's Christmas Chronicles, £11.99 (was £26)

A guide to winter with recipes, decorations and fables taking you from Bonfire Night to New Year

“I'm reading Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles at the mo – it's def a dip in and out book with recipes and lots of mumbling. It’s just lovely.” Taffeta

Buy now from Amazon

M&S 100 Denier Velvet Touch opaque tights, £9.50

M&S 100 Denier Velvet Touch opaque tights, £9.50

Opaque black tights made from super-soft microfibre

“These tights are the dog's ********. I have one pair still going strong on their fourth winter. I stock up whenever there's a deal. M&S gets tights and underwear very right, in my experience.” blodynmawr

Buy now from M&S

Swears by 19 October

Mint Velvet leggings, from £15

Mint Velvet leggings, from £15

Modal cotton with a flattering high waist – available in seven different colours

“Mint Velvet leggings are the best I've ever had: thick and high-waisted – no pulling up needed! I live in them over the winter with tunics and jersey dresses. So comfy!” Bluebell1981

Buy now from Mint Velvet

The Oridnary Caffeine Solution, £5.80

The Oridnary Caffeine Solution, £5.80

A serum that reduces the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness

“I'm seriously impressed after a week. Not spendy, very high-tech. A few weeks ago I had that double eyebag thing going on – I'm down to just one bag now and not nearly as dark! I've used every eye cream out there and so far I'd say it's more effective than anything else I've ever used.” Brokenbutbreathing

Buy now from The Ordinary

F&F Long-line Sweatshirt, £12

F&F Long-line Sweatshirt, £12

Cosy up in this jersey sweatshirt

“I recently bought a really nice, long sweatshirt from Tesco – it's lovely and soft!” Synecdoche

Buy now from Tesco

Sally Hansen Nail Repair, £9.27

Sally Hansen Nail Repair, £9.27

A strengthening treatment with jasmine, rose and vitamin E to moisturise and protect nails

“I bought Sally Hansen Nail Rehab last week and my normally woeful nails look amazing – my husband noticed yesterday and asked if I'd had them done! It's a pale pink colour and makes your nails look shiny and perfect.” JaneEyre70

Buy now from Amazon

Swears by 12 October 2017

Matalan check pencil skirt, £12

Matalan check pencil skirt, £12

A classic silhouette in a comfortable stretch material

“It's genuinely the most flattering skirt I think I've ever had. I wore it today and I've never had so many compliments!” Wilburissomepig

Buy now from Matalan

Boohoo Mia long-sleeve midi dress, £12

Boohoo Mia long-sleeve midi dress, £12

A versatile, flattering dress – style it for any occasion

“I've got two of these. They're super comfortable, a pretty style, can be dressed up or down, and don't need ironing. I'm wearing one today, I've had it for at least two years and it still looks new.” verite

Buy now from Boohoo

Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant, £23

Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant, £23

A gentle exfoliator that smooths, unclogs and evens skin tone without irritating sensitive skin

“Paula’s Choice Calm range is formulated for rosacea and it's life-changing.” LilyMcLellan

Buy now from lookfantastic

Hush Amie Joggers, £49.50

Hush Amie Joggers, £49.50

Luxe joggers that are smart enough to wear out for lunch

“I bought a couple of pairs of these and let's just say I'm Mrs Happy Pants. In fact, I've ordered more! They are incredibly flattering, and it feels like your legs are encased in some seriously luxurious fabric.” RubbishMantra

Free delivery and returns with code AUTUMN17

Buy now from Hush

Swears by 5 October 2017

Hush Parka, £150

Hush Parka, £150

A versatile coat with detachable lining – available in classic khaki or black

“It's a really nice coat and, like all the Hush stuff I've ordered, it feels comfy and luxe. It's bringing me great, great joy!” RubbishMantra

Free delivery and returns with code AUTUMN17

Buy now from Hush

F&F Mid-Rise Skinny Coated trousers, £16

F&F Mid-Rise Skinny Coated trousers, £16

Find the balance between skinny jeans and leather leggings in an autumnal plum shade

“I got a great pair of trousers in Tesco for £16! Plum, skinny and very cool. I wore them to a gig and got lots of comments.” user1483390742

Buy now from Tesco

Wunderbrow brow gel, £19.95

Wunderbrow brow gel, £19.95

A natural-looking, long-lasting and transfer-proof brow tamer

“My eyebrows are crap: short, fair, a bit patchy. I spent years using pencil, which was fine, but Wunderbrow lasts three days, survives a hot shower, and means I wake up looking awake. I can't recommend it enough.” AnneLovesGilbert

Buy now from Amazon

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino crew-neck sweater, £24.90

Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino crew-neck sweater, £24.90

A lightweight jumper in a classic shape – available in 11 colours

“Uniqlo is brilliant. The merino knitwear is excellent and usually in classic colours. I have coats, skirts and a bag from there, too. A class act. Love it.” RoseWhiteTips

Buy now from Uniqlo

If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for Septmeber 2017.