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 2017’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 Oil
The ultimate frizz fighter, this amazing oil is the secret behind Negin Mirsalehi’s luscious locks – bet that got your attention! And it’s still by far the best hair oil we’ve yet to try. 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.
Its name may be a bit of a mouthful, but this rather delicious, all-natural mask is a must-have for hair that’s in need of some TLC. Infused with the highest quality natural ingredients, it packs a serious protein punch as it’s loaded with free-range eggs and fresh avocado to deeply nourish and strengthen. There’s also shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar, bay leaf to stimulate your roots, cinnamon to boost circulation, and fresh watercress to sooth. Lush.
Wash your way to thicker hair with Aveda’s ‘Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner’, the duo which wins our award for a second year running. Made of 97 percent naturally-derived ingredients, the products have 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 should be massaged into the scalp) contains proteins to weightlessly thicken hair from within.
Free from harsh sulfates, which are the number one cause of color fade, these clever color-loving products from Kérastase deeply cleanse hair whilst removing residue and neutralizing water particles to protect your hot hue. They’ll keep your color – whether perfectly platinum or beautifully brunette – looking fresh, shiny, and vibrant.
Tame coarse, thick locks and fight frizz with this super smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Formulated with ‘Ouai Smart Tecnhology’, they contain a cocktail of nourishing ingredients including keratin, ama oil, tamarind seed, and amino acids – and no parabens or sulfates – to tame even the wildest of manes whilst nourishing and adding softness and shine.
CoLab comes up top again with its incredible ‘Dry Shampoo’. The best way to revive and refresh locks in between washes, it adds volume, bounce, and body to hair while refreshing the roots to plump and perfect — 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.
Give hair that extra va-va-voom with the best volume booster in the business – Rossano Ferretti’s ‘Grandioso’ spray. With just a spritz, locks will be given a new lease of life without being weighed down or left feeling hard and crunchy. In fact, this super spray is loaded with nourishing ingredients including sesame seed oil, sap extract, and sweet almond protein to boost hair’s health as well as its volume. Not to mention that it also protects hair against the harmful effects of blow-drying and styling thanks to the addition of creatine and hydrolyzed vegetal proteins.
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.
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. That’s why it’s our winner for a second year running.
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.
It’s official: the Dyson hair dryer has changed our lives (and our hair), and we’re obsessed. Rightly so, seeing as Dyson spent a casual $66 million developing the tool. The technology hiding inside the chic, sleek exterior is seriously impressive. Its digital V9 motor spins six times faster than your regular dryer, yet it’s so quiet you’ll forget it’s even on and it barely weighs a thing. Oh, it also measures the air temperature 20 times a second to protect against heat damage. Like we said – obsessed.
Whether you’re after super hair straighteners or the best curling tongs in the business, Hershesons (still our number one!) 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 without wreaking havoc on your hair, thanks to top quality materials and coatings.
The man behind the superstar smiles of Hollywood’s elite, Dr. Apa has only gone and created the best lip balm ever. A creamy formula made with vitamin-rich sweet almond oil, shea butter, peppermint oil, and jojoba oil, it locks in moisture and smooths and softens for seriously luscious lips.
Containing rare and potent molecules of the vanilla planifolia plant, known for its extreme regenerating capacities, this luxurious eye cream uses top technology to treat the delicate eye area. Working to boost the production of enzymes, which decrease as we age, it prolongs the life expectancy of our cells and encourages reproduction. Plus, it lifts, firms, sculpts, and brightens to diminish dark circles and puffiness, leaving you looking revitalized and refreshed. It also doubles up as an eye mask for days when your peepers need an extra pick-me-up!
2017 was definitely the year of the sheet mask, and when it comes to our top perfecting pick, Starskin’s magical masks win hands down. 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).
And when it comes to 2018, we’re predicting big things for the humble mushroom. This fungi-full cleanser is packed to the brim with a skin-soothing mega-mushroom blend and antioxidant-rich berry ferment to help support and soothe skin whilst gently cleansing. Suitable for the most sensitive, stressed, and driest of skins, it also contains ginger, turmeric, holy basil, and licorice extract to look after skin from the inside out.
This oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and colorant-free cleanser works wonders at reducing excess oils whilst still being gentle enough for sensitive skins. Balancing sebum levels to leave your complexion clean and clear, it won’t leave you feeling dry and tight but instead radiant and hydrated thanks to the addition of desert plant and lemon extract.
Banish breakouts, beat blackheads, and say “see ya” to spots with this pore-perfecting cleanser from Clinique. Working to gently exfoliate clogged pores to keep spot-forming bacteria at bay, it also contains mildly medicated ingredients to prevent future breakouts whilst reducing redness and calming your complexion.
This magic mud-to-foam cleanser transforms into a rich, creamy lather that cleanses deep down inside skin to leave you squeaky clean and clear. Effective on all skin types, it sloughs away dead skin whilst dissolving makeup, daily grime, and dead skin cells. Brazilian superfruits provide a potent dose of antioxidants, omega-rich flaxseed and quinoa support skin health and strength, green tea leaf protects against free radicals, and ground ginkgo biloba leaf support’s the natural renewal process. So much more than your regular exfoliator.
The perfect way to prep your skin before your skin care and to better absorb the benefits of your moisturizer, this toner from Aesop makes for one top toner. The alcohol-free formula uses botanical actives, including witch hazel, green tea, parsley seed extracts, lavender, and blue chamomile to balance skin, refine pores, remove any last trace of dirt and grime, and provide anti-irritant and antioxidant protection.
Inspired by the holistic and natural Japanese food tradition of Washoku, this mighty moisturizer is a game-changer. Not only does it moisturize skin for a whopping 24 hours, it also reduces the appearance of pores, prevents dryness, and blurs the appearance of imperfections. How? Well, it uses key ingredients of loquat, honey, tofu, and white jelly mushroom, as well as whole carrot cells – abundant in water and nutrients – to super-charge your skin from within.
We’ve been fans of Elizabeth Arden’s anti-aging products for years, but 2017 saw the brand go bigger and better than ever before with the launch of the new ‘Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum’. Delivering triple anti-aging power to enhance skin’s repair function, ceramides, fatty acids, lipids, and tsubaki oil work together to boost brightness, deeply moisturize, smooth, plump, improve elasticity, and support skin’s natural collagen. In just two weeks, 97 percent of women showed a significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles! Each capsule contains a concentrated dose to help you turn back time.
Perhaps the prettiest face oil we ever did see – Diptyque’s oily offering is pure perfection. Not only does it smell sublime (it’s the next best thing to covering your face in fresh rose petals), but it uses white iris extract to give skin a big radiance boost and sweet almond oil to nourish. Just a few drops and you’ll be looking brighter than ever as that gorgeous youthful glow is restored.
Just when we thought the Clarins ‘Double Serum’ couldn’t get any better, it did – as 2017 saw the launch of the 8th generation edition. Its pioneering double formula combines the best water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients to fight aging and stimulate the skin’s five vital functions, combining the richness of an oil with the smoothness of a gel to feel like a second skin. It also contains 18 potent plant extracts and turmeric extract to provide targeted action to meet all your skincare needs.
This spot treatment from Murad is, well, pretty spot on! It uses powerful and high-performance ingredients such as salicylic acid to stop spots in their tracks and to reduce blemishes and breakouts. It also has the added bonus of making you look younger as it contains retinol, glycolic acid, and kombucha extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to accelerate natural cell turnover to improve skin tone and texture.
Spray your way to superstar skin with Caudalie’s ‘Beauty Elixir’. This year was its 20th anniversary, and it sure does have a lot to celebrate. A powerful plant-based product, it smooths away fine lines, tightens pores, boosts radiance, and provides a refreshing pick-me-up whenever your skin needs it most. Spray before your moisturizer or once you’ve done your makeup (it help sets it and look better for longer) to see some big beauty benefits.
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. Inspired by the activity of circadian genes to completely reinitialize the skin’s function, it contains brown seaweed, powerful collagen peptides, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to regenerate cells, smoothe lines, and boost firmness. You’re guaranteed to wake up with brighter, younger, and softer-looking skin.
There’s a reason you’re likely to spot this in the kit of any top makeup artist, and that’s because it’s gentle, it’s affordable, and it works. Made of micelle particles that are suspended in soft water, it draws impurities from the skin whilst maintaining its natural moisture balance.
Wipe away the day with these fabulous face wipes from Sephora Collection. Removing dirt, makeup, and excess oils, they’re infused with active ingredients to tone and moisturize all types of skins. From the mattifying and blemish-busting ‘Green Tea Wipes’ to the brightening and hydrating ‘Rose Wipes’ and the soothing and softening ‘Coconut Wipes, there’s a perfect wipe for everyone. A beauty bag must-have.