9 Products Our Beauty Editor Used Up This Month (They’re That Good)

Jacqueline Kilikita
·8-min read

As Refinery29's beauty editor, I'm very lucky to try hundreds of beauty buys, from skincare to makeup, hair and everything in between. But I have to admit that I'm selective. Out of all the products that land on my desk, only a handful are so good that I end up using them right down to the last drop – and of course I love to shout about them.

Click ahead to shop the very best products from my beauty routine in March, and why I think they are total game-changers.

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This isn't new but in my honest opinion as a makeup obsessive, no liquid <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/eyeliner-ideas" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eyeliner" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">eyeliner</a> pen compares. The tip is soft but sturdy so you can draw the most seamless flick in seconds. The best part is that the pigment doesn't budge. It stays jet black for hours, unlike some others which can turn to a disappointing shade of grey. <br><br><strong>Glossier</strong> Pro Tip, $, available at <a href="https://www.glossier.com/products/pro-tip" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Glossier" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Glossier</a>
This isn't new but in my honest opinion as a makeup obsessive, no liquid eyeliner pen compares. The tip is soft but sturdy so you can draw the most seamless flick in seconds. The best part is that the pigment doesn't budge. It stays jet black for hours, unlike some others which can turn to a disappointing shade of grey.

Glossier Pro Tip, $, available at Glossier
If you're looking to introduce <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/salicylic-acid" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:salicylic acid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">salicylic acid</a> (otherwise known as a BHA aka beta hydroxy acid) into your skincare routine for the first time, start with this. It's a really gentle, non-sticky exfoliating serum which keeps breakouts at bay and tackles <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/pore-vacuum-for-blackheads" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:blackheads" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">blackheads</a>. I used this every other evening and alternated with a stronger acid (more in the next slide) on days when my spot-prone skin needed more of a boost. <br><br><strong>La Roche-Posay</strong> Effaclar Duo+ Ultra Concentrated Serum, $, available at <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/La-Roche-Posay-Effaclar-Duo-Ultra-Concentrated-Serum-30ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FeelUnique" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FeelUnique</a>
If you're looking to introduce salicylic acid (otherwise known as a BHA aka beta hydroxy acid) into your skincare routine for the first time, start with this. It's a really gentle, non-sticky exfoliating serum which keeps breakouts at bay and tackles blackheads. I used this every other evening and alternated with a stronger acid (more in the next slide) on days when my spot-prone skin needed more of a boost.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Ultra Concentrated Serum, $, available at FeelUnique
No one knows skincare acids like Alpha-H. The star ingredients in this exfoliating toner are <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/salicylic-acid" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:salicylic acid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">salicylic acid</a> and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/tea-tree-acne-spots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:tea tree" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">tea tree</a>, which gives the product a slightly medicinal smell. Salicylic acid is kind to skin but exfoliates deep inside pores to prevent spots and blackheads, while tea tree is antibacterial. Used every other night, it helped keep my hormonal whiteheads under control and worked wonders to smooth out my skin texture, all without stinging like similar <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/best-liquid-exfoliator" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:exfoliating toners" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">exfoliating toners</a> I've tried. For me, applying products like these with a cotton pad can be a waste and I always end up with cotton fibres on my skin. Instead, I patted it on with my fingertips (you can follow with moisturiser) and I'm certain this yielded better results! <br><br><strong>Alpha-H</strong> Clear Skin Tonic, $, available at <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/alpha-h-clear-skin-tonic-.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cult Beauty</a>
No one knows skincare acids like Alpha-H. The star ingredients in this exfoliating toner are salicylic acid and tea tree, which gives the product a slightly medicinal smell. Salicylic acid is kind to skin but exfoliates deep inside pores to prevent spots and blackheads, while tea tree is antibacterial. Used every other night, it helped keep my hormonal whiteheads under control and worked wonders to smooth out my skin texture, all without stinging like similar exfoliating toners I've tried. For me, applying products like these with a cotton pad can be a waste and I always end up with cotton fibres on my skin. Instead, I patted it on with my fingertips (you can follow with moisturiser) and I'm certain this yielded better results!

Alpha-H Clear Skin Tonic, $, available at Cult Beauty
I can't get over how amazing this CBD body scrub smells, like lavender, sweet oranges and herbs. It revolutionised my shower time. A daily slather helped keep my body breakouts away thanks to the physical exfoliating beads and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/lactic-acid-skincare" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lactic acid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lactic acid</a>, which also works well on <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2013/10/184948/keratosis-pilaris-treatment" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:keratosis pilaris" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">keratosis pilaris</a> (KP) or bumpy arm texture. I just wish the tube were bigger.<br><br><strong>This Works</strong> Stress Check CBD Body Polish, $, available at <a href="https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/product/new-355373-44/this-works-stress-check-cbd-body-polish-100ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sainsbury's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sainsbury's</a>
I can't get over how amazing this CBD body scrub smells, like lavender, sweet oranges and herbs. It revolutionised my shower time. A daily slather helped keep my body breakouts away thanks to the physical exfoliating beads and lactic acid, which also works well on keratosis pilaris (KP) or bumpy arm texture. I just wish the tube were bigger.

This Works Stress Check CBD Body Polish, $, available at Sainsbury's
If you're a fan of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/cerave-skincare-review#slide-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser</a>, you'll love this. The silky, creamy formula melts away face oil and grime without making skin feel tight or dry afterwards. It's the ultimate gentle <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/best-skincare-tips-dermatologist" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:morning cleanser" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">morning cleanser</a> and I really liked the subtle frangipane scent. <br><br><strong>Caudalie</strong> Vinoclean Cleansing Almond Milk, $, available at <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/Caudalie-Vinoclean-Cleansing-Almond-Milk-200ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FeelUnique" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FeelUnique</a>
If you're a fan of CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser, you'll love this. The silky, creamy formula melts away face oil and grime without making skin feel tight or dry afterwards. It's the ultimate gentle morning cleanser and I really liked the subtle frangipane scent.

Caudalie Vinoclean Cleansing Almond Milk, $, available at FeelUnique
<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/best-anti-frizz-hair-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anti-frizz products" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anti-frizz products</a> can be hit and miss, often weighing hair down and making it feel greasy, but not this. It helped smooth down my <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/how-to-get-rid-of-frizzy-hair-best-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:frizzy roots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">frizzy roots</a> and broken hairs and made my lengths smell so good. Top tip: use a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/hair-mask-conditioner" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hair mask in place of conditioner" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">hair mask in place of conditioner</a>. I always do so after I've dyed my hair as it tends to need a bit more moisture and protection. <br><br><strong>Pantene</strong> Hair Biology Mask De-frizz & Illuminate, $, available at <a href="https://www.boots.com/pantene-hair-biology-mask-de-frizz-and-illuminate-160ml-10265431" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boots</a>
Anti-frizz products can be hit and miss, often weighing hair down and making it feel greasy, but not this. It helped smooth down my frizzy roots and broken hairs and made my lengths smell so good. Top tip: use a hair mask in place of conditioner. I always do so after I've dyed my hair as it tends to need a bit more moisture and protection.

Pantene Hair Biology Mask De-frizz & Illuminate, $, available at Boots
I recently wrote a love letter to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/gucci-foundation-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gucci Beauty's foundation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gucci Beauty's foundation</a> but their <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/gucci-beauty-mascara" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:mascara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">mascara</a> is just as excellent. The thin, malleable, plastic brush makes it easy to separate lashes so that they look naturally fluttery and the formula can be built up to add drama. The packaging is so chic that I can't bear to throw it away, but it's come to the end of its lifespan. <br><br><strong>Gucci Beauty</strong> Mascara L'Obscur, $, available at <a href="https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/gucci-mascara-lobscur_R00190811/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selfridges" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selfridges</a>
I recently wrote a love letter to Gucci Beauty's foundation but their mascara is just as excellent. The thin, malleable, plastic brush makes it easy to separate lashes so that they look naturally fluttery and the formula can be built up to add drama. The packaging is so chic that I can't bear to throw it away, but it's come to the end of its lifespan.

Gucci Beauty Mascara L'Obscur, $, available at Selfridges
Lately, I'm into anything that makes my mundane shower experience <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/tips-turn-your-bathroom-into-a-sanctuary" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:feel more like a spa" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">feel more like a spa</a> and this gel-to-foam shower gel does exactly that. The lather is indulgently creamy and moisturises skin as it cleanses. It smells like a sunny holiday, too.<br><br><strong>Rituals</strong> The Ritual of Jing Foaming Shower Gel, $, available at <a href="https://www.boots.com/rituals-of-jing-foaming-shower-gel-200ml--10277678" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boots</a>
Lately, I'm into anything that makes my mundane shower experience feel more like a spa and this gel-to-foam shower gel does exactly that. The lather is indulgently creamy and moisturises skin as it cleanses. It smells like a sunny holiday, too.

Rituals The Ritual of Jing Foaming Shower Gel, $, available at Boots
This foaming cleanser only just launched at Cult Beauty but I was lucky to get my hands on a tube in January and it's already gone. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/fulvic-acid-skincare-benefits" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fulvic acid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fulvic acid</a> (in the form of tiny pieces of peat suspended in the gel) is the mainstay ingredient, soothing skin instantly and brightening over time. I used this as an evening cleanser (I always <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/how-to-get-clear-healthy-skin#slide-6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:double cleanse" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">double cleanse</a>) as it quickly cuts through heavy makeup and makes skin feel so clean. I'm convinced it has reduced my breakouts, too.<br><br><strong>The Inkey List</strong> Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser, $, available at <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/the-inkey-list-fulvic-acid-brightening-cleanser.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cult Beauty</a>
This foaming cleanser only just launched at Cult Beauty but I was lucky to get my hands on a tube in January and it's already gone. Fulvic acid (in the form of tiny pieces of peat suspended in the gel) is the mainstay ingredient, soothing skin instantly and brightening over time. I used this as an evening cleanser (I always double cleanse) as it quickly cuts through heavy makeup and makes skin feel so clean. I'm convinced it has reduced my breakouts, too.

The Inkey List Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser, $, available at Cult Beauty
I can’t get over how well this stuff works – and in just a few seconds! Used in place of conditioner, the clever formula takes dry, damaged, split hair and makes it soft, shiny and manageable. While the label says it’s best for longer lengths, it worked brilliantly on my mid-length hair. I’ll be stocking up, for sure.<br><br><strong>L'Oreal Paris</strong> Wonder Water Dream Lengths 8 Second Hair Treatment, $, available at <a href="https://www.boots.com/wonder-water-by-loreal-elvive-dream-lengths-hair-treatment-200ml%C2%A0-10291276" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boots</a>
I can’t get over how well this stuff works – and in just a few seconds! Used in place of conditioner, the clever formula takes dry, damaged, split hair and makes it soft, shiny and manageable. While the label says it’s best for longer lengths, it worked brilliantly on my mid-length hair. I’ll be stocking up, for sure.

L'Oreal Paris Wonder Water Dream Lengths 8 Second Hair Treatment, $, available at Boots
This brow setter gel has lasted me such a long time when others tend to dry out quickly. The flat comb makes it easy to brush even the unruliest brow hairs into place. It dries completely clear without any dreaded white coating or flakes, which some brow gels leave behind on darker hair.<br><br><strong>Benefit Cosmetics</strong> 24-HR Brow Setter, $, available at <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/benefit-24-hr-brow-setter.html?variant_id=12880" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cult Beauty</a>
This brow setter gel has lasted me such a long time when others tend to dry out quickly. The flat comb makes it easy to brush even the unruliest brow hairs into place. It dries completely clear without any dreaded white coating or flakes, which some brow gels leave behind on darker hair.

Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter, $, available at Cult Beauty
I couldn’t love this foundation any more than I do. It’s featherlight but somehow blankets hyperpigmentation, redness and spots in a way that looks natural and radiant. It’s one of the very few foundations which don’t break me out and it stays put for hours without obviously collecting in dry patches or creases. While I’m no longer getting any product out of the pump, I’ve got to cut open the tube to make the most of what’s left.<br><br><strong>Kevyn Aucoin</strong> Stripped Nude Skin Tint, $, available at <a href="https://www.beautybay.com/p/kevyn-aucoin/stripped-nude-skin-tint/medium-st-06/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Beauty Bay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Beauty Bay</a>
I couldn’t love this foundation any more than I do. It’s featherlight but somehow blankets hyperpigmentation, redness and spots in a way that looks natural and radiant. It’s one of the very few foundations which don’t break me out and it stays put for hours without obviously collecting in dry patches or creases. While I’m no longer getting any product out of the pump, I’ve got to cut open the tube to make the most of what’s left.

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Skin Tint, $, available at Beauty Bay
Body breakouts can be just as exhausting and upsetting to deal with as facial acne. This affordable body gel really helps, though. Star ingredients include salicylic acid (which exfoliates deep inside pores to prevent spots), niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3, which reduces oil) and tea tree, an antibacterial ingredient which dermatologists rate for quelling acne-causing microbes. It feels a little sticky at first but it absorbs quickly and has improved the spots and red scars on my chest and back.<br><br><strong>The Solution</strong> Salicylic Acid Clear Skin Body Gel, $, available at <a href="https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Body-Moisturisers/Body-Lotions/The-Solution-Salicylic-Acid-Clear-Skin-Body-Gel-200ml/p/798219" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Superdrug" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Superdrug</a>
Body breakouts can be just as exhausting and upsetting to deal with as facial acne. This affordable body gel really helps, though. Star ingredients include salicylic acid (which exfoliates deep inside pores to prevent spots), niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3, which reduces oil) and tea tree, an antibacterial ingredient which dermatologists rate for quelling acne-causing microbes. It feels a little sticky at first but it absorbs quickly and has improved the spots and red scars on my chest and back.

The Solution Salicylic Acid Clear Skin Body Gel, $, available at Superdrug
This is actually a summer shampoo (hence the ‘soleil’) but similar to the way it moisturises sun-zapped hair strands, I’ve found it totally transforms hair which has been exposed to central heating and freezing cold weather. It has made my thick, dried-out hair feel like silk and cut straightening time in half. I love that it smells like holidays, too.<br><br><strong>Kérastase</strong> Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://www.lookfantastic.com/kerastase-soleil-bain-apres-soleil-shampoo-250ml/12049183.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LookFantastic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LookFantastic</a>
This is actually a summer shampoo (hence the ‘soleil’) but similar to the way it moisturises sun-zapped hair strands, I’ve found it totally transforms hair which has been exposed to central heating and freezing cold weather. It has made my thick, dried-out hair feel like silk and cut straightening time in half. I love that it smells like holidays, too.

Kérastase Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo, $, available at LookFantastic
This foam smells so much like a mango and passionfruit smoothie, I was almost tempted to drink it. Please don’t do that, though. Instead, take the most refreshing bath ever. A little goes a long way to create bubbles and thanks to the moisturising ingredients, it makes skin feel soft, not scaly. If you don’t have a bath you can also use it as a shower cream.<br><br><strong>The Body Shop</strong> Mango Bath Blend, $, available at <a href="https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/body/bath-bombs-bubbles/mango-bath-blend/p/p003571" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Body Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Body Shop</a>
This foam smells so much like a mango and passionfruit smoothie, I was almost tempted to drink it. Please don’t do that, though. Instead, take the most refreshing bath ever. A little goes a long way to create bubbles and thanks to the moisturising ingredients, it makes skin feel soft, not scaly. If you don’t have a bath you can also use it as a shower cream.

The Body Shop Mango Bath Blend, $, available at The Body Shop
This is the only nail polish remover that doesn’t make my nails and cuticles flaky, and it’s all thanks to ingredients collagen and glycerin. The soaked sponge dissolves polish in a quick twist, making removal so much less of a chore, and it can be used on feet, too. I have a spare tucked away in a drawer at all times – it’s that good. Screw the lid on properly and it should last you months.<br><br><strong>Nails Inc.</strong> Nail Polish Remover Pot For Hands & Feet, $, available at <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/NAILSINC-Nail-Polish-Remover-Pot-For-Hands-and-Feet-60ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FeelUnique" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FeelUnique</a>
This is the only nail polish remover that doesn’t make my nails and cuticles flaky, and it’s all thanks to ingredients collagen and glycerin. The soaked sponge dissolves polish in a quick twist, making removal so much less of a chore, and it can be used on feet, too. I have a spare tucked away in a drawer at all times – it’s that good. Screw the lid on properly and it should last you months.

Nails Inc. Nail Polish Remover Pot For Hands & Feet, $, available at FeelUnique
A really gritty body scrub is my shower must-have and the exfoliating particles in this Soap & Glory newbie are invigorating. On contact with water, the product creates a creamy lather, so it doubles up as body wash. I really enjoyed the energising smell – like a retro sweet shop filled with rhubarb and custards.<br><br><strong>Soap & Glory</strong> Scrub For Joy Body Polish, $, available at <a href="https://www.boots.com/soap-and-glory-uplifting-body-scrub-300ml-10278833" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boots</a>
A really gritty body scrub is my shower must-have and the exfoliating particles in this Soap & Glory newbie are invigorating. On contact with water, the product creates a creamy lather, so it doubles up as body wash. I really enjoyed the energising smell – like a retro sweet shop filled with rhubarb and custards.

Soap & Glory Scrub For Joy Body Polish, $, available at Boots
This is the best lip scrub I've tried. The sugar micro-crystals are gritty enough to lift away all flaky skin, while shea butter, beeswax and almond oil make lips feel so nourished and soft afterwards that following with lip balm is optional. <br><br><strong>Skin Labo</strong> Lip Scrub, $, available at <a href="https://skinlabo.uk/products/lip-scrub" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Skin Labo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Skin Labo</a>
This is the best lip scrub I've tried. The sugar micro-crystals are gritty enough to lift away all flaky skin, while shea butter, beeswax and almond oil make lips feel so nourished and soft afterwards that following with lip balm is optional.

Skin Labo Lip Scrub, $, available at Skin Labo

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