Mumsnet swears by
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.
Swears By is always based on Mumsnetters' recommendations, if you are after the products we've tested and loved then check out our Reviews section.
Coach Turnlock Hobo Bag, £175 (was £350)
This beautiful leather bag is versatile, practical and, at half price, hard to resist.
“My favourite buy is the Coach Turnlock Hobo bag. I love it: it's classic and will go with everything.” ladyratterley
“It's a classic style that will be noticed.” TweedleDee3TweedleDumBuy now from Coach
Boxclever Family Life Diary, £14.99
Organise the hell out of the New Year.
“I buy one every year. Each week it has columns for every family member plus one for meals, as well as a to-do list. It also has pages for Christmas and summer holiday planning, budgeting and pull-out perforated shopping lists.” BrieAndChillBuy now from Amazon
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, from £16
Calm hormonal breakouts with this zit-zapping gel.
“Clinique do an anti-blemish gel which pretty much instantly stops my horrible period spots. It's not cheap but does last forever – you only need a teeny, tiny bit.” JudystilldreamsofhorsesBuy now from John Lewis
All Saints Conroy Biker, £286 (was £358)
A leather jacket to go with every outfit.
“I'd been lusting after it for ages and thought it was the thing to bring my wardrobe together. And I was right.” PorpoisefullyObtuseBuy now from All Saints
Hotter Donna Heels, £49 (were £89)
Comfortable and stylish heels to see you through the party season.
“I have these from Hotter and they are SO comfy. They have them in several different colours.” ShinyMe
“Hotter Donna shoes = life-changing.” DarkautumnBuy now from Hotter
M&S High-Waisted Super Skinny Jeans, from £12
They're high-waisted, skinny and will look great with your favourite slouchy knit – basically, they're a winter wardrobe winner.
“Try the Holly Willoughby ones in M&S. An amazing fit and only £19. Complete bargain.” agteacht
They're available in six colours and three leg-lengths to boot.Buy now from M&S
Next Black High Neck Top, £15
It's simple, it's warm, and it's only £15.
“I bought a perfect black turtleneck in Next the other day. The neck is exactly the right size and height; it's lovely and slim on the shoulders but gets looser on the way down so it skims my belly. And the material is not too thin and not too thick.” coatsandatsBuy now from Next
Blistex Intensive Lip Moisturiser, £2.69
A good lip balm is a pocket-sized lifesaver at this time of year.
“Blistex Intensive Moisturiser is the best thing since, well, since anything. I suffer from majorly sore and cracked lips on a regular basis.” JustWingingLifeAsUsualBuy now from Boots
Petite Green Twist Shift Dress, £20 (was £45)
If you fancy a change from black, this green number is perfect for festive evenings.
“I picked this up in the Wallis sale at the weekend. It's festive, has room for post-dinner expansion, and is currently on sale – it ticks all the boxes.” SimplyPutBuy now from Wallis
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Highlighter and Primer, £30
It's both a primer and a highlighter, and will work all kinds of magic even without make-up over the top.
“This was instant love. It is really effective.” Sarcelle
“The CT Hollywood Filter has a really nice effect under make-up and even without make-up.” TheseptemberissuesBuy now from FeelUnique
Celtic & Co Sheepskin House Boots, £145
These boots (and their price tag) exude quality – perfect for keeping those toes toasty this winter.
“My House Boots are good as new five years on. They're well worth the investment, and they are machine-washable.” BikeRunSki
“Another vote for Celtic & Co. I have the sheepskin boots and wear them constantly. They're on their fourth winter and going strong despite having been vomited on multiple times by two vomity babies and consequently machine washed quite a few times.” HumpHumpWhale
“My Celtic & Co sheepskin slippers lasted four years.” MissisBooteBuy now from Celtic & Co
Tu Monochrome Chiffon Star Dress, £22
A festive party dress you can pick up with your weekly shop.
“I love it. It's perfect for Christmas nights out as it has stars on, and it's not fitted so I don't have to breathe in all night.” Ellapaella
“I blooming love that dress – I know it would suit me down to the ground. Need to get to Sainsbury’s.” PorpoisefullyObtuseBuy now from Sainsbury's
Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Device, £299 (was £550)This gadget not only removes hair on your face, underarms, bikini line and legs, it also inhibits regrowth.
“Really wonderful purchase. I’ve not had to zap under my arms for over a month since the initial treatment. I only do my legs only when needed. Life-changing – buy it.” Dogwalks2
“Yes! As long as you are the right skin and hair colouring. It has been life changing for me.” Musicalstatues
“Dark hair and fair skin means you should buy one. If you start using it now, then by summer you will have very little hair.” MoussemooseBuy now from Amazon
H&M Jersey Dress, £19.99
Thanks to WrongSideOfHistory for last month's winning Swears By recommendation: a jersey dress suitable for the office and an evening out.
“There's a H&M jersey dress that is fabulous – it's thick jersey, doesn't really crease and hangs well. I wore it for a conference and felt great. I bought it in charcoal and deep red, and I wish they did more colours. Most importantly, it has pockets!” WrongSideOfHistory
For telling us about this great product, WrongSideOfHistory will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.
We selected the winning item from November's Swears By thread – you can take a look at all the other recommendations here.Buy now from H&M
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, £34.56
Add a little luxury to your bathroom.
“The Aesop Resurrection hand wash is absolutely amazing. I ask for it for Christmas and birthdays, and a bottle lasts about 3 months.” LadyOfTheCanyon
“My husband went to a posh restaurant and came back insisting that we have Aesop soap in the bathroom.” alizarincrimson
“Aesop is amazing. Their hand wash smells like happiness.” toherdoorBuy now from Amazon
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Bronze, £3.67 (was £4.59)
'Tis the season to sparkle – this affordable eyeshadow will stay put all night long.
“My go-to eyeshadow is this Barry M glitter pot in bronze gold. My blue eyes look positively turquoise when I wear it. It really is miraculous. I hate to sound smug but you are welcome in advance.” NottonightJosepheenBuy now from Superdrug
The Swears By Hall of Fame 2018
2018: the year of the Argos raven, post-poo drops, and a jumpsuit which made Mumsnetters feel like flying squirrels. Now you can get the lowdown on the products they've been recommending over the last 12 months – so sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip through the products that set the boards alight in 2018.Take a look at what made the cut
Uniqlo Heattech Velvet Trousers, £24.90
Not quite trousers, not quite leggings, with added insulation – these are your perfect cold-weather bottoms.
“I’m totally evangelical about these. They’re like jeggings but a lovely soft velvet. They're warm and they don’t bag after a couple of hours (even after a full day of hiking). They also wash easily.” Potplant2Buy now from Uniqlo
Clarks Orinoco Club Chelsea Boots, £69
These classic boots are available in five colours and are perfect for office and casual wear.
“I have the Orinoco Chelsea boots from Clarks and would highly recommend them. They wear very well, they're really comfortable, and they go with tights and a dress or skinny jeans.” GivemestrengthorginBuy now from Clarks
Tu Women's Pyjama Bottoms, £12
'Tis the season for cosy (and practical) nightwear.
“I got some amazingly comfortable pyjama bottoms for £12 from Sainsbury's. They are soft and have pockets too.” WeeSausageBuy now from Sainsbury's
Lumie Bodyclock Light Alarm, £42.74 (was £59.95)
Make dark mornings more bearable with an alarm clock that mimics the sunrise.
“It's lovely – I wake up feeling refreshed and energetic.” MizzMimi
“Yep, another vote for the Lumie – I couldn't live without mine now.” socialistmamma
“I have the Lumie and it’s AMAZING. I used to be a grumpy confused mess when my alarm went off. Now, when the Lumie beeps, I'm OK as I’m almost awake anyway.” museumumShop now at Amazon
My Child Won't Eat by Carlos González, from £3.99
Fussy eater? Don't despair. This book may just have the solution.
“There's a book called My Child Won’t Eat and it's the most useful book I have ever read. To sum it up: don't sweat it, as over-thinking is your enemy here. Offer healthy food and let him take it or leave it, because forcing it on him will be counterproductive. Honestly – give it a read.” Namechangemum100Buy now from Amazon
Seasalt Bamboo Ankle Socks, £6
Keep your feet warm, cosy and colourful this winter.
“Seasalt Bamboo Sailor socks – practically indestructible and soooo comfy.” thenorthernluce
At the moment you can get three pairs for the price of two.Buy now from Seasalt
If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for November 2018 or our round-ups of Mumsnetters' top buys:
Best beauty advent calendars | 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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