Finding beauty: November’s gems

From body-drenching creams to the latest contouring kits, this month my new beauty finds are upping the ante when it comes to adding the finishing touch to your regime.

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When the temperature drops, skin needs extra TLC. Enter stage left, Crabtree & Evelyn‘s latest Goatmilk range. The brand is known for its indulgent body-care lines, but this new collection has been formulated to add a touch of luxuriousness to bath-time (while still being kind to sensitive skins, too).

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Launched just last month, the Goatmilk Body Collection – with real, free-range goat’s milk which has been shown to be super nourishing and soothing is perfect for seeing you through those crisp autumn days ahead. Slather on this Comforting Body Cream, £26, after bathing and it will nourish with its oat kernel, soothing bisabalol, softening allantoin and skin-conditioning vitamin E.

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Velvety in texture, it will deeply moisturising skin, keeping it smooth and protected. It sinks in like a dream and skin feels lovely and soft for hours after.
From: crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

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Next up is this little gem. Remember the buzz around the benefits of argan oil when it first come to the mainstream? Well, there’s a new kid in town (and remember you read it here first). Touted as the new argan oil for 2016,  is Cacay Oil. Sourced from Colombia, it is the latest multipurpose oil to be all things to all women (and men). New to the UK beauty market, Cacay Naturals‘ little bottle of ‘wonderful’ has traditionally been used to prevent the onslaught of ageing but also doubles up as a treatment for cuticles and damaged hair, can prevent ingrown hairs after shaving and helps keep skin in tip-top condition. Basically, it’s one of those little beauty aids you never knew you needed, until you start using it.

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Harvested from the highly nutritious nut of the Cacay fruit, this edible, protein-rich oil, has been used for centuries by indigenous Amazonian people to treat skin irritations and to help with wound healing.

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With 50% more vitamin E than Argan oil and three times more vitamin C than rose hip oil, this is like a ‘super-charge’ in a bottle for the skin. I’ve been adding a drop to my moisturiser in the morning and it goes on smoothly, giving skin a lovely radiant effect, and, importantly, leaving no oily residue. Rub it also into fingernails and cuticles and it seems to have a miraculous healing effect to ‘raggedy’ skin, even after a day or so. My skin stopped flaking and nails looked glossy and healthy. Get a bottle now! £32.75, from: amazon.co.uk

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If, like me, you are slightly bewildered by the mysteries of the concept of contouring (is it not just layers of blusher??), then grab one of these Step by Step Contour Kits by Fab Brows, £20.

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Aimed at both experts and beginners, it contains three blendable powders to suit all skin tones and an angled brush. Best of all is the step-by-step guide to help you through the highlighting and contouring process – meaning you’ll end up with cheekbones that even Kim K will be proud of!

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The soft powders glide on the skin effortlessly and blend together to make the most of your cheekbones and jawlines. Add definition with the darker shades, add colour with the medium and highlight with the lightest – who new it could be so easy? From: fabbrows.com

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Finally, Transformulas Hydration Gold, £41.95, is the perfect finishing touch to add a gleam to skin this autumn. The hydrating cream doubles up as a glimmering highlighter and/or primer and so can be used under or on top of makeup.

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As well as containing 23 carat pure gold, it also has hyaluronic acid for anti-ageing benefits. After using it, my complexion feels supple and hydrated, with a soft radiance.

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I’ve been adding a few dabs after makeup, along cheekbones, to add a soft luminance to skin. It disappears without smudging makeup and blends in nicely over the top. The 24 carat gold powder gives a lovely finishing-touch to a nude face – perfect for an iridescence and luminosity when you want to go bare. From: transformulas.com

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