Swears By: Mumsnet Recommends February 2018

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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 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.

22 February

Kipling Alvar Cross-body Bag, from £41.60

Kipling Alvar Cross-body Bag, from £41.60

A versatile, lightweight cross-body bag

“I was given the Kipling Alvar as a present almost a year ago and have used it daily since then. It’s the best handbag I’ve ever owned. It still looks brand new. It wipes clean, isn’t heavy before you put anything in it and is just brilliant. I love it. It’s like a Tardis – my DH was agog at everything I pulled out of it when I went to get my umbrella out.” GeekyWombat

Buy now from Amazon

TU Premium Leather Jacket, £99

TU Premium Leather Jacket, £99

A spring update on a wardrobe staple

“They wear really well and are a great bargain.” wickedfairy

“It's true to size and I love it – I've been wearing it today. The leather does need wearing in a bit but it looks a lot more expensive than it is. For £25 more than a pleather offering from somewhere else, it’s well worth it.” 40andfeelingit

Buy now from Sainsburys

The Ordinary Buffet, £13

The Ordinary Buffet, £13

A hardworking serum that tackles multiple signs of ageing at once

“The Ordinary Buffet serum, with their Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10% on top, has turned my skin around in about 10 days of use (although it looked better after one day of using them).” MissPatty

“Second the Buffet serum. Made my skin look amazing in under two weeks. It's dead cheap too.” Hersetta427

Buy now from ASOS

Next Suede Mules, £20

Next Suede Mules, £20

Suede slippers with cosy faux fur lining

“Next suede mules are so comfy and hard-wearing” badgerread

“I'll second the Next ones: so cosy – and I hate wearing slippers” MissMarple11

Buy now from Next

Dunelm Ivory Slumber Rug, from £45

Dunelm Ivory Slumber Rug, from £45

A luxuriously deep pile, shaggy rug

“We just got a Slumber rug in Ivory from Dunelm and I absolutely love it. It's so soft DH often just lies on it when he's watching tellie, but he's a bit odd. Although it's one colour, the pile goes in all directions and shows the light differently so it doesn't look 'uniform' IYSWIM.” MaggieFS

Buy now from Dunelm

15 February

NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, £38

NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, £38

A lip-plumping serum that doubles as a spot zapper

“I've accidentally found the cure for giant hormonal chin spots. I dabbed a bit on my burgeoning boulder and it completely died off within 24 hours. I've done the same thing three more times and it has always worked. It doesn't dry the skin as it is actually a serum. It is fantastic as a lip plumper too.” Bejazzled

Buy now from Feelunique

Gap Bikini Knickers, £7

Gap Bikini Knickers, £7

Comfortable, non-VPL knickers, available in breathable cotton

“I swear by Gap (teeny bikini style). They are the only pants I've found that don't crawl up my bum. They're cotton and have gentle elastic so very little VPL. Available in black/grey/white and a range of patterns.” minipies

Buy now from Gap

Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder, £4.19

Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder, £4.19

A volume-boosting, texturising root powder that turns clear when applied to your hair

“It's small enough to pop in your bag and it's bloody amazing! Plenty of lift and height. I've been using it now for five years. Best hair product I ever bought” fireflame

Buy now from Boots

Hush Washed Yellow Love Sweat Top, £40.10 with code

Hush Washed Yellow Love Sweat Top, £40.10 with code

A relaxed fit, 100% cotton sweatshirt – style with boyfriend jeans for a cool casual look

“I absolutely love this yellow washed sweat top. It's really lovely. I love it with my black Amie joggers and it goes with all my skinny jeans” neveradullmoment99

Get 10% off and free delivery & returns with code: MNETPREVIEW

Buy now from Hush

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl, £19

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl, £19

A kohl eyeliner pencil that applies as smoothly as liquid eyeliner

“Charlotte Tilbury kohl pencils are absolutely amazing….could not recommend them more. They go on like a pencil but look like liquid. I used to use Chanel until I found these.” LentilBaby

Buy now from John Lewis

8 February

Topshop Jamie Jeans, £40

Topshop Jamie Jeans, £40

The ultimate high-waisted, ankle-grazing jeans – available in more than 10 colours

“I've just bought some Topshop Jamie jeans – the ankle grazer style is perfect for my 5'3 short-arse legs. Fabulous rise on them and everything is snugly contained” NotExactlyHappyToHelp

“Another vote for Jamie jeans. I’m a complete convert: perfect length, perfect waistline, comfortable, a little stretch on them but pretty structured.” FreeButtonBee

Buy now from Topshop

Thinsulate Bobble Hat, £12.99

Thinsulate Bobble Hat, £12.99

A fleece-lined, thermal bobble hat – available in seven colours

“I swear by my Heat Holders Thinsulate lined bobble hat – it's the best ever!” TheVanguardSix

Buy now from Amazon

Hush Nana Jumper, from £75

Hush Nana Jumper, from £75

A relaxed fit, beautifully soft textured knit

“Oh my god, I love my Nana jumper. It is the best thing I bought all year. As you were." ilovecherries

Buy now from Hush

Swears By Splurge: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device, £425 (was £575)

Swears By Splurge: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device, £425 (was £575)

A hair removal tool that promises to give up to eight weeks of smooth skin and reduce regrowth by up to 92%

“I got it for my 'tache but have used it on my cheeks, side burns, legs, arms and underarms. I rarely need it now as the hairs are so thin and barely visible if they do return. It’s the best beauty product I’ve ever purchased and my biggest secret. The best thing is you use it less and less so it should last years and years.” HateSummer

Buy now from Amazon

E-Cloth Mop, £15.99 (was £18.29)

E-Cloth Mop, £15.99 (was £18.29)

Perfect for cleaning all hard floors with a removable, machine-washable head

“I've just got one and it's fab. I can't believe I'm saying this about a mop, but it is. The best thing about it is that you can take the cloth bit off and chuck it in the washing machine. Oh and you don't need a bucket of water.” PrivateParkin

Buy now from Amazon

Boden Pyjama Bottoms, £30

Boden Pyjama Bottoms, £30

Supersoft cotton pyjama bottoms with pockets and an elasticated waist

“Boden PJ bottoms are indestructible. They last forever, don’t go bobbly and don’t shrink at all. I have three pairs which I’ve had for years and they all still look really good after more 60 degree washes than I can count.” endthefarts

Buy now from Boden

1 February

Elvis & Kresse Reporter Bag, £160

Elvis & Kresse Reporter Bag, £160

A unisex bag made from recycled British fire-hose and lined with reclaimed parachute silk

“The firehouse material is like a thick, solid but flexible leather. It feels very nice. I went for the yellow which I adore. I can see this bag being with me for years.” 100YearsOfVote

“I love, love, love their products. All reclaimed material with 50% of profits going back to charity. And like 100YearsofVote said, the quality is just outstanding.” Harryet88

Buy now from Elvis & Kresse

Waitrose Pure Cleansing & Exfoliating Powder, £3

Waitrose Pure Cleansing & Exfoliating Powder, £3

A fine exfoliating powder that is suitable for sensitive skin

“I bought the Waitrose Pure one and it's great. My face feels smooth, blackheads are fewer and it doesn't dry my skin or cause any tightness.” Thishatisnotmine

“I bought the Waitrose one at the weekend and it's a) only £3 and b) lovely!” Sillybillypoopoomummy

Buy now from Waitrose

Tu Jeggings, £12.50

Tu Jeggings, £12.50

Classic rise stretch jeggings – available in five colours

“I wear Sainsbury's jeggings. I saw people on MN recommending them and didn't believe them. I've now got 6 pairs.” Fluffycloudland77

“Another vote for Sainsbury's Jeggings. They really are brilliant and super comfortable. I've got black and indigo. They're really cheap too.” Commuterface

Buy now from Sainsbury's

Vintage-style Halterneck Swimsuit, £14.99

Vintage-style Halterneck  Swimsuit, £14.99

A retro swimsuit with bust support and ruching in a boy-short style

“Honestly it's a lovely swimsuit, mine is over a year old and still going strong -and that's with me swimming five days a week. I get lots of compliments and it's got a double layer on the stomach so really sucks you in” PorklessPie

Buy now from Amazon

Joules Gosling Padded Jacket, £159

Joules Gosling Padded Jacket, £159

A slimline padded jacket with a removable faux fur collar

“I have this and it's amazing. Really warm and waterproof – almost too warm. You can remove the fur too.” Totallyliterally

Buy now from Joules

If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for January 2018.

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