Mumsnet Swears By

Woman shopping in the snow

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 cosiest winter boots, 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.

28 December

M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £22

M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £22

Anti-wrinkle, brightening night cream

It has basically given me a new face in three days. I can't recommend it enough. I don't sleep well (understatement) and usually look like I've been dug up. This stuff makes me look dewy and fresh and bright – it's amazing.Mumbod

Buy now from Marks and Spencer

Hush Black Jacket, £75

Hush Black Jacket, £75

Chic update on a classic blazer

I've worn it almost every day! Nice soft fabric, and it goes with jeans or smarter stuff equally well.Fabellin

Buy now from Hush

Seasalt Sailor Top, from £19.98

Seasalt Sailor Top, from £19.98

The ultimate breton tee

The Seasalt ones are my faves. Really lovely organic cotton, good shape, fab colours and usually a choice of full length or 3/4 length sleeves.SingingGoldfinch

Buy now from Seasalt Cornwall

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, £7.80

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, £7.80

A serum that reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens skin tone and combats signs of ageing

This is so good it's scary. I used it last night for the first time and, my word, I can see a difference today already! In all seriousness: clearer brighter skin. I've never seen a difference like this before. I'm bloody gobsmacked.lastimeround

Buy now from Deciem

Hush Ivy dress, £55

Hush Ivy dress, £55

A relaxed fit, with pockets – and three warm colours to choose from

The Ivy dress in green is lovely. It's good quality jersey and covers a multitude of sins.MerricatsHouse

Buy now from Hush

Korean Italy Exfoliating Washcloth, £7.49

Korean Italy Exfoliating Washcloth, £7.49

A fuss-free skincare solution

I have used them for around a month and the difference they have made to my skin is astonishing.KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth

Buy now on Amazon

Sweaty Betty Liberty Luxe Pants, now £95

Sweaty Betty Liberty Luxe Pants, now £95

Ditch the skinnies for relaxed joggers

I love them so much. The perfect alternative to jeans when you want something a bit more comfortable. I wore them yesterday with a linen T-shirt, khaki jacket and white Stan Smith-style trainers.mrsmildred

Buy now from Sweaty Betty

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant, £25

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting Exfoliant, £25

A quickly-absorbed liquid that removes dead skin cells and tackles blackheads

I've been using this stuff for a month now and practically all those little black dots on my face have gone.Chickenvindaloo

Buy now from Paula's Choice

Seasalt Seafolly Jacket, £120

Seasalt Seafolly Jacket, £120

Nautical chic to see you through the year

I really love it and I get lots of compliments when I wear it. I find it quite light to wear.CinderellasBroom

The quality is terrific and it's great for the transitional seasons.dinasourandtea

Buy now from Seasalt Cornwall

F&F Premium Mid-Rise Jeggings, £12.50

F&F Premium Mid-Rise Jeggings, £12.50

Smarter than leggings but comfier than jeans

Tesco jeggings all the way. I've been wearing mine for about four months now and they haven't lost stretch or colour. I can't imagine why I'd go back to jeans!LadyOfTheCanyon

Buy now from F&F

21 December

River Island Faux Leather Skinny Fit Trousers, £40

River Island Faux Leather Skinny Fit Trousers, £40

Mid-rise faux leather trousers that can be dressed up or down

“I love them. They really do look like leather and are very comfy. I actually had to go down a size to get a nice fit. They are not sweaty at all – I even wore them out for Christmas shopping the other day. Really like the way they can be dressed down or up just like a nice pair of black skinny jeans.” expatmigrant

Buy now from River Island

PapayaGold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm, £5.75

PapayaGold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm, £5.75

A multipurpose balm that soothes, moisturises and aids skins healing

“This is fantastic, it’s in the lip balm section of Boots but can be used anywhere. I swear by it. You only need a tiny bit – warm it up between your fingers. It’s really soothing and protecting.” retainertrainer

Buy now from Amazon

Boden Corinne Denim Dress, £56, was £70

Boden Corinne Denim Dress, £56, was £70

A flattering, A-line denim dress with practical pockets

“I got a black denim dress from Boden this season. It is much better quality than their stuff of recent years, and looks really expensive.” Ohyesiam

Buy now from Boden

JML Regis Stone 24cm Non-Stick Aluminium Frying Pan, £24.99

JML Regis Stone 24cm Non-Stick Aluminium Frying Pan, £24.99

A durable pan with a stone coating that is non-stick and conducts heat amazingly quickly

“I've used it every day for six months and it still looks brand new. Better than my cast iron crepe pan for pancakes. Nothing sticks to it, even if you cook without oil. Wipes clean too. 110% can recommend.” RockinHippy

Buy now from Argos

Clarks Orinoco Club Boots, £69

Clarks Orinoco Club Boots, £69

Bestselling Chelsea boots with stud detail, a heel tab and a slight heel

“I like Clarks Orinoco Club. They are just right and so comfortable. I have the black and brown. Bought a few years ago but will probably repurchase another black pair this winter as I've worn mine so much!” BagelGoesWalking

Buy now from Clarks

14 December

Mantaray Maddox Knee Hugh Boots, £55

Mantaray Maddox Knee Hugh Boots, £55

Knee high suedette boots with a cosy borg lining and elasticated backs

“I think I have found the best boots ever! They are cheap as chips, really satisfyingly knee-length, and all fleecy inside with really good grip. I'm seriously considering buying another spare pair.” MedicinalGin

Buy now from Debenhams

Hush Marina Skirt, £65

An effortlessly chic midi skirt – just add boots and a jumper

“I bought the Marina skirt and I'm so glad I did – got so many compliments when I wore it to work this week with boots and a jumper.”  DelaneyHasAUseForM

Hush Marina Skirt, £65 Buy now from Hush

MUM's Diary 2018, £17

MUM's Diary 2018, £17

A diary that is big enough to keep track of the whole family, but small enough to fit in your handbag

“I have a Mum's Office one which I've been really happy with. It doesn't look like a typical 'Mum' diary from the outside but does have lots of useful organiser pages and also columns per person for each week which I find useful." 2gorgeousboys

Buy now from Amazon

Fat Face Farah Fairisle Christmas Jumper, £45

Fat Face Farah Fairisle Christmas Jumper, £45

A festive Fairisle knit available in four Christmassy colours

“I second Fat Face Fairisle Jumpers, they are really lovely and warm as well!” sammy891

Buy now from Fat Face

Hourglass Ambient Light Powder Palette, £59

Hourglass Ambient Light Powder Palette, £59

A powder, highlighter and bronzer trio for a subtle, naturally radiant complexion

“Highly recommend the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder Palette. You get an all-over powder, highlighter and bronzer in one palette. Literally used mine every day since I bought it.” mrslebon

“The Ambient Light Palette will always work miracles no matter the time of year/state of your skin.” WhooooAmI24601

Buy now on SpaceNK

7 December

Ugg Abree Mini Leather Boots, £185

Ugg Abree Mini Leather Boots, £185

Waterproof leather Uggs with their trademark sheepskin lining and a side zip for a slim fit

“I recommend Ugg Abree boots. They have a side zip, so are more fitted than other styles and my feet are so cosy. They're also water-resistant. I almost feel guilty wearing them – how can an outdoor shoe feel so indoor?” Dudsville

Buy now from Ugg

Sharish Blue Magic Gin, £32.50

Sharish Blue Magic Gin, £32.50

A magical colour-changing gin – just add tonic and wait for the transformation

“I love Sharmish Blue Magic gin. Its botanicals make it turn from blue to pink when tonic is added, so it has wow factor as a present, as well as tasting really good.” DownInFraggleRock

Buy now from Amazon

Hobbs Roxie Dress, £75 (was £129)

Hobbs Roxie Dress, £75 (was £129)

A classic LBD with lacy sleeves – perfect for Christmas party season

“I just bought this dress from Hobbs for my Christmas party – lovely and fitted to show off my figure but still smart.” inthewoodshed

Buy now from Hobbs

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater, £20

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater, £20

A lightweight, sheer blush in a universally flattering shade

“I'd really recommend the Stilla watercolour blush in Rosewater. It's really easy to apply (with fingers) and lasts brilliantly. It's also a lovely, very natural colour that would suit most people.” DarthMaiden

“Another vote for that Stila blusher. It's AMAZING.” Misscheery

Buy now from FeelUnique

Origins Night & Day Delights Skincare Gift Set, £33.15

Origins Night & Day Delights Skincare Gift Set, £33.15

A real treat for the skin – contains a day cream, night cream, exfoliator and mask

“I got this Origins set the other day. It is really, really lovely and I have noticed a discernible difference. It smells great and is nice and rich, but not greasy. My skin feels so much softer. The set is a real bargain too – the night cream is usually about that price on its own.” Raaaaaah

Buy now from John Lewis

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