It’s that time of year again, when Savoir Flair scours stores and beauty counters, tries every lotion and potion, and rigorously tests must-have makeup to find out which products deserve a place on the Best of Beauty list. From finding the mightiest mascara to the best hair booster, we made it our mission to find the very best beautifiers that you should be buying. And here they are – introducing 2016’s winners from the worlds of hair, skin, body, and makeup, all of which will leave you looking and feeling fabulous from top to toe.
Best Hair Mask
This indulgent, all-natural mask is a must-have for hair that’s in need of some TLC. Infused with the highest quality natural ingredients, including omega-9 rich ungurahua oil, sunflower-seed oil, quinoa protein, lavender, and eucalyptus, its deep-conditioning formula helps repair and prevent damage, infuse locks with moisture, and promote scalp health.
Wash your way to thicker hair with Aveda’s ‘Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner’. Made of 97 percent naturally derived ingredients, the range has been proven to reduce hair loss by 33 percent thanks to an invigorating blend of organic turmeric and ginseng. The shampoo removes build-up and unclogs pores on the scalp, whilst the conditioner (which is best applied and massaged into the scalp) contains proteins to weightlessly thicken hair from within.
Formulated with zero nasties (which strip hair and cause color to fade), these Color Wow products are, well – pretty wow. Deeply cleansing the hair without leaving residue or build-up, they’ll keep your color – whether perfectly platinum or beautifully brunette – looking fresh, shiny, and vibrant.
Tame coarse and thick locks with this oil-infused shampoo and conditioner. Containing precious oil extracts and no parabens nor silicones, they tame even the wildest of manes whilst nourishing and adding softness and shine.
The ultimate frizz fighter, this amazing oil is the secret behind Negin Mirsalehi’s luscious locks – bet that got your attention! Bursting with the beauty benefits of honey, it contains loads of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, flavonoids, and antioxidants to fight breakage, stimulate growth, and nourish hair whilst restoring shine and softness.
The best way to revive and refresh locks in between washes? CoLab’s ‘Dry Shampoo’ wins again. It adds height, volume, bounce, and body to hair while refreshing the roots to plump and perfect, but without any white-powder residue in sight. It also smells fabulous and comes in a range of scents inspired by the fashion capitals of the world.
For the ultimate finishing touch, this magical mist repairs hair whilst adding extreme shine sans oily residue. Giving hair a velvety texture and fighting frizz, it moisturizes the hair strands and adds texture and definition so you can spray your way to stronger and shinier superstar hair.
Give hair that extra va-va-voom with this fabulous foaming mousse from Show Beauty. The packaging looks gorgeous, and what’s inside will do the same for your hair thanks to a patented Polymer Memory Complex, which loads locks with lift, body, and long-lasting hold. It also protects hair against harmful UV rays whilst giving a glossy finish due to the blend of jojoba and argan oils.
Providing a strong hold that will take hair from morning meetings through to evening soirées, Sachajuan’s hairspray doesn’t leave locks feeling sticky or crispy, and creates a soft, shiny finish instead.
Hair fragrances are all the rage right now, but if you’re looking for the perfect scent to perfume your hair with, look no further than Frederic Malle’s offering. Created by Dominique Ropion, it infuses hair with the iconic and intoxicating ‘Carnal Flower’ fragrance – think floral notes of tuberose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang alongside green citrus notes of bergamot as well as heady coconut and musk.
Made with wood and densely packed natural boar bristles, this detangling brush from Christophe Robin allows you to style your hair with dramatically less splitting, damage, and breakage than most regular brushes. Its cushioned rubber pad is gentle on the scalp and helps stimulate growth whilst distributing natural oils to protect your hair fibers, making it the best brush you can buy!
Whether you’re after a high-powered hairdryer or the best curling tongs in the business, Hershesons should be your go-to brand of hair tools. Created by celebrity hairstylist Luke Hersheson, they’ve all been made to give you salon results in as little time as possible.
For superstar skin worthy of an award, Starskin’s magical masks are just the ticket. Whether you want to brighten, tighten, nourish, or hydrate, there’s a mask for everything – and they’re all bursting with the best botanical and natural ingredients to restore lackluster skin back to its natural, radiant glory. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a fabulous face to rival the beauty queens on the red carpet.
Gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins, this cleanser in your one-stop-shop to squeaky clean skin. Using micelles to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from deep within the pores, it even dissolves waterproof makeup and can be used everywhere from your eyes to your lips. Thanks to the addition of argan oil, it won’t dry out skin, leaving it soft and seriously supple instead.
Not only does this cleanser smell amazing (it’s infused with mandarin peel), but it’s also amazing for oily skin – hence the name. Citrus-based botanicals work together with lavender, sea salt, and natural oils to create a gentle foam that carefully cleanses and balances skin without drying it out or causing excess sebum production.
Banish breakouts, beat blackheads, and say “see ya” to spots with this pore-perfecting cleanser from Alpha-H. Containing soothing and hydrating ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber, it also boasts the antibacterial properties of thyme, which help keen spot-forming bacteria at bay. Gentle and foam-free, it’s sure to keep you free of excess oil and breakouts.
Infused with mint, sweet orange, and grapefruit – this super scrub not only smells good, but also does good. Effective on all skin types, it uses round corn beads to slough away dead skin while grape-pulp extracts hydrate and nourish to deeply cleanse and even skin texture.
Bursting with Mother Nature’s best beautifying ingredients – including pomegranate, date essence, green tea, and rose water – this multifunctional toner will totally transform your skin by reducing pores, tackling oiliness, smoothing the surface, and restoring your gorgeous glow with just the sweep of a cotton pad.
Containing precious ingredients like energizing black-diamond truffle extract, marine algae, magnolia extract, and Japanese apricot fruit come together to create this luxurious eye cream. It lifts, firms, sculpts, and brightens the eye area to diminish dark circles and puffiness, leaving you looking revitalized and refreshed. It also helps the skin increase collagen production by a whopping 215 percent in just 72 hours!
The perfect on-the-go moisturizer, this beautifying balm from Chanel is a multipurpose miracle product that hydrates, reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, and gives skin back its gorgeous glow. The rich formula contains highly concentrated moisturizing ingredients, including shea and moringa butters, as well as a combination of soft-focus powders and pearlescent particles to blur imperfections and make your face look flawless. What’s even better is you can apply it throughout the day to touch up dry areas or add a flash of radiance when you need a boost.
Nuxe’s ‘Nuxuriance Ultra’ range is the first of its kind. Formulated using millions of new-generation botanical cells from saffron and bougainvillea flowers, these products are bursting with flower power to boost cell regeneration – which slows down as we age – to noticeably restore firmness and density. The range has everything you could possibly want, from an eye and lip contour to a night cream and a roll-on mask, and their subtle scent (fruity-floral meets musky-woody) will leave your skin smelling and feeling sublime.
Bursting with superfoods (nine to be exact), this year’s ‘Superfood Facial Oil’ launch from Elemis packs a serious skin-perfecting punch. Combining the health benefits of broccoli, poppy seed, cucumber, macadamia, rice bran, daikon radish, rosehip seed, flax seed, and meadowfoam-seed oil, it quite literally feeds your skin with goodness. Gorgeously silky with a subtly beautiful scent, this facial oil works to deliver antioxidants and minerals deep into the skin to nourish, detox, and improve texture.
This serum is a serious skincare superhero and a firm Savoir Flair favorite. Using an exclusive concentrate of the highest-quality honey and micro-drops to preserve the active ingredients in their purest and most effective forms, it plumps and refines the skin to improve tonicity, firmness, and skin texture.
This spot treatment from Kiehl’s is pretty spot on, to say the least. It uses powerful and high-performance ingredients, including sulfur and vitamin B3, to stop spots in their tracks and reduce blemishes and breakouts in as little as 24 hours!
Spray your way to superstar skin with Clinique’s ‘Moisture Surge Face Spray’. The next best thing to giving your face a big glass of water, it quickly replenishes thirsty, dehydrated skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth. With soothing sucrose, vitamin E, chamomile, and aloe water, it instantly provides an energizing boost, and is the perfect product to put in your bag for on-the-go radiance.
Working overnight to ensure you stay a true Sleeping Beauty, this rich and luxurious night cream replenishes skin’s moisture levels whilst taking action against aging. You’re guaranteed to wake up with brighter, younger, and softer-looking skin.
Combining the freshness and cooling effect of a gel texture with the skin benefits and performance of micellar water, this soap-free makeup remover from Sephora will cleanse you of even the most long-lasting of makeup formulas while hydrating skin.
Wipe away the day with these fabulous face wipes from Johnson’s. Removing dirt, makeup, and excess oils, they’re formulated with minerals and vitamins to help tone and moisturize all types of skins. From fragrance-free to oil-balancing and sensitive-skin soothing, there’s a perfect wipe for everyone. A beauty bag must-have.
Giving your mouth a soothing, nourishing cuddle, these lip lovers from Wojooh are the best way to get a sensational smile. A creamy formula made with beeswax, vitamins A and E, and a blend of shea, mango, and karate butters, this lip balm also boasts a SPF to protect your pout from the sun’s rays. Available in six subtle shades, they give you just a hint of color and are flavored – just be careful not to lick them off!
Smashbox smashed it with this recent launch, bringing us the first ever oil primer of its kind. Made with 50 percent primer and 50 percent oil, it brings 15 of the best beautifying oils – argan, chamomile, lavender, and jojoba included – straight to the bottle. Giving skin a gorgeous glow (it’s perfect to apply over makeup throughout the day to restore radiance), the primer erases fine lines and wrinkles to create the perfect canvas for your makeup.
This foundation does so much good for your skin that you could go without any other products. With 18 shades to choose from, each frosted bottle is brimming with La Mer’s ‘Miracle Broth’ that harnesses the power of sea kelp and essential minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. Deeply hydrating and softening, it offers long-lasting, natural-looking coverage whilst protecting skin from harmful UV rays and pollution to leave you looking fresh, radiant, and glowing.
Giving you a gorgeous glow while subtly concealing imperfections, this tinted moisturizer from Bobbi Brown uses sodium hyaluronate, petrolatum, and jojoba to leave skin looking healthy and radiant. Delivering sheer coverage that gets rid of redness and unevenness, it goes on super smooth and improves the look of your skin’s tone. Plus, this hydrating formula has the added bonus of a SPF15.