Mumsnet Swears By: January 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.

25 January

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, £5.90

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, £5.90

A potent antioxidant that restores and renews skin, improving texture and tone

“I've just started with the Alpha Lipoic Acid and it is unbelievable. Immediate difference overnight. I can't tell you how much better my skin is looking.” LuckingFovely

Buy now from Cult Beauty

TU Fluffy Hoody with Pom Poms, £14

TU Fluffy Hoody with Pom Poms, £14

A fleecy, long-line hoody with a fur-lined hood and pom pom drawstrings – perfect for lounging

“It's so soft and fluffy and really comfortable. I have just bought a second one.” sparkysalmon

Buy now from Sainsburys

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Longlasting Tint, £12.95

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Longlasting Tint, £12.95

A peel-off lash tint – leave it on overnight for fuller-looking brows

“There's a cool Maybelline product that you paint on and let dry before peeling off. It tints the skin as well as the hair so you can get a shape you like. It looks alarming on but looks really good once you peel it off. Also, mine lasts about three days.” GingerRogers84

Buy now from Amazon

Jigsaw Silk Satin Batwing Top, £68 (was £85)

Jigsaw Silk Satin Batwing Top, £68 (was £85)

A sleek, flattering top that can be worn for work or play

“I've recommended this silk batwing top loads. It's such an easy shape to wear but looks luxe thanks to the material.” CountFosco

Buy now from Jigsaw

W7 Porefection Pore Minimizer Primer, £6.99

W7 Porefection Pore Minimizer Primer, £6.99

A primer that can be worn alone or under make up to reduce the appearance of pores

“W7 Porefection Pore Minimiser Primer is a perfect dupe for Benefit's Porefessional Primer. At £4, compared to £24, what's not to like?” TracyBeakerSoYeah

Buy now from Amazon

Wenger Alexa 16" Laptop Backpack with Tablet Pocket, £74.99

Wenger Alexa 16" Laptop Backpack with Tablet Pocket, £74.99

A backpack with comfy padded straps, big enough to hold laptops up to 16"

“I have this and I think it's the perfect work bag, big enough for a laptop, strong straps and quite stylish too!” chickenqueen

Buy now from John Lewis

18 January

Joules Langham Ankle Boot, £140

Joules Langham Ankle Boot, £140

Suede Chelsea boots with a small Cuban heel and zip detail

“I love them – they're really comfortable, smart, and a number of people have commented on how nice they are.” PepperOnMyPaprikash

Buy now from Joules

Hush Cassie Modal Dress, £49

Hush Cassie Modal Dress, £49

The perfect everyday dress – it even has pockets

“I have this Hush dress. I love it. It's really comfortable, easy to wear, has pockets, and you can dress it up or down.” RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime

Buy now from Hush

Essie Gel Couture Nail Varnish, £9.99

Essie Gel Couture Nail Varnish, £9.99

The perfect polish for a DIY gel manicure

“I have recently discovered Essie Gel Couture nail polish which is INCREDIBLE. If you use it with their Gel Setter top coat, you can't actually distinguish between that and salon gel nails.” Somebodythinkofthechildren

Buy now from Amazon

Lily Flame Warm Welcome Candle, £10.30

Lily Flame Warm Welcome Candle, £10.30

A scented candle with a lovely fragrance, made in the UK

“Lily Flame candles are nice. The Warm Welcome one smells delicious, like freshly baked cookies straight from the oven.” RubbishMantra

Buy now from Amazon

Warm-lined Slip-on Trainers, £24.99

Warm-lined Slip-on Trainers, £24.99

Slip-on trainers with a faux fur lining and a chunky sole

“I bought the furry H&M trainers on Friday and they’ve barely been off my feet! Very comfy and cosy though not my usual style.” Ulysses

Buy now from H&M

11 January

Eve Lom Rescue Mask, £31.50 (was £35)

Eve Lom Rescue Mask, £31.50 (was £35)

An award-winning mask for dull, congested, or sensitive skin

“After using it twice in a week my very, very sensitive skin has been restored. It's the only purchase that I was astounded by in 2017.” DameDoom

Buy now from Feelunique

Mint Velvet Ink Star Embroidered Tee, £45 (was £89)

Mint Velvet Ink Star Embroidered Tee, £45 (was £89)

The perfect going out top – just add jeans and heels

“I’ve just bought this. It is really nice fabric and reduced, too.”  GlubGlubGlub

Buy now from Mint Velvet

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, £9.50

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, £9.50

A honey-based lip balm that soothes, repairs and protects lips

“Nuxe Reve de Miel was my lip balm discovery of 2017. Everyone seemed to know about this but I didn't – amazing lip balm and worth every penny." BagelGoesWalking

Buy now from John Lewis

L'Oréal Steam Pod, £136 (was £185)

L'Oréal Steam Pod, £136 (was £185)

A hair tool that uses steam for extra shine and no heat damage

“My L'Oreal Steampod has literally transformed my hair in a way GHDs never could. No more frizz or crispy ends, my hair just feels like… hair!” JanetStWalker

Buy now from Lookfantastic

Hush Jersey Crossover Skirt, £49

Hush Jersey Crossover Skirt, £49

A comfy, flattering jersey tube skirt – available in black and burgundy

“I've just bought this tube skirt, and it's lovely. You can fiddle about with the length." RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie

Buy now from Hush

Benefit They're Real! Red-On! Lip Colour, £16.50

Benefit They're Real! Red-On! Lip Colour, £16.50

A long-wearing, matte finish universal red lip colour

“It’s a beautiful colour, long lasting and, for those of us who like to wear red lippy during the day, it’s matte and velvety rather than being overly glossy. Perfection.” Skarossinkplunger

Buy now from Feelunique

4 January

Babyliss Big Hair Rotating Hot Air Styling Brush, £41.99 (was £45)

Babyliss Big Hair Rotating Hot Air Styling Brush, £41.99 (was £45)

An easy-to-use brush for smooth, voluminous hair

“Babyliss big hair is AMAZING. I love it. I look like I’ve had a salon blow dry – achieved at home on a Wednesday morning with two small children under my feet.” Longhairmightcare

Buy now from Amazon

Superga Leopard Print Trainers, £38.50 (were £55)

Superga Leopard Print Trainers, £38.50 (were £55)

Update your day-to-day look with leopard print trainers

“These are absolutely gorgeous on! Superga are Kate Middleton’s shoes of choice; they are so comfy and they're on sale – bargain.” bitofabelly

Buy now from Superga

Glossier Boy Brow, £14

Glossier Boy Brow, £14

A brow mascara that thickens, fills in and grooms brows

“The Glossier one is great. My brows aren't as luxuriant as they once were but the Boy Brow makes them look thicker but in a very natural way.” Housewife2010

“I've been using Glossier Boy Brow for the last few weeks and I love it – it's really easy to apply and gives a great natural look.” Bingojob

Buy now from Glossier

F&F Padded Hooded Shower Resistant Parka, £49

F&F Padded Hooded Shower Resistant Parka, £49

A lightly padded parka with faux fur trim – available in khaki and navy

“This parka is really lovely on and looks much more expensive than it is.” sammy891

Buy now from Tesco

Dior Nail Glow Top Coat, £20

Dior Nail Glow Top Coat, £20

Swipe on for an instant French manicure

“It makes your nails look really healthy and groomed and doesn't chip. I used to get my nails shellaced but it cost a fortune and wrecked my nails – I'm on to my fourth bottle of Nail Glow now.” DameDoom

Buy now from Debenhams

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

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