Fabulous Beauty Awards 2018: the shortlist – these are the cult products that every woman should have in her make-up bag

Back in April, our beauty editor Lauren Ezekiel invited 100 readers to test over 1,000 products and in the countdown until the vote closes, we're releasing each shortlist so that you can take a sneak peak for yourself.


You can vote for your favourites in the Fabulous Beauty Awards 2018 and give yourself a chance to win some amazing prizes including a five-night full-board stay at Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai for two people including spa treatments, a year's worth of Opi manicures, all the products on our shortlist worth over £4,00 and so much more.

Voting closes on the June 25 so get in there, fast!

Still, there's no time like the present, so why not shop the shortlist now?

Up first are the products that every woman should have in her bathroom cabinet, those go-to saviours that work mini miracles wonders and serve your beauty needs in seconds.

Here are the Fabulous top ten cult beauty buys:

Beauty Blender Original

This insta-famous, egg-shaped beauty sponge facilitates a smooth, flawless application for your base of choice. Used damp or dry, the curved shape helps to prevent those pesky streaks and stripes that plague most of us. Five more minutes in bed every morning? Yes please.

  • £17 from Debenhams – buy here

YSL Touche Éclat Highlighting Wand 

If you’ve never tried Touche Éclat, you’re missing out. This highlighting wand has been brightening our dull complexions for over twenty-five years. That natural, lit-from-within glow? It’s all thanks to those light-reflecting particles – they diminish the appearance of dark circles and make the most of your brow and cheek bones.

  • £25.50 from Boots – buy here

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Original 

Packed with complexion-boosting vitamins and minerals, cucumber, green tea and chamomile extracts, MAC Fix+ provides a fine mist of juicy hydration that will keep you make-up in place all day.

  • £19 from Look Fantastic – buy here

Tangle Teezer The Original

Using innovative two-tiered teeth technology, the original Tangle Teezer has been de-tangling our tresses with minimal fuss, breakage and damage for over a decade now. What did we do before this beauty staple?

  • £11 from Topshop – buy here

Nuxe Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 


A must-have beauty all-rounder, Nuxe’s dry oil feels ultra silky – but never greasy – and is laced with a subtle shimmer. Use a few drops on flyaway hair, just-shaved pins and dry elbows or pat it on to your cheekbones for a sun-kissed glow. This formula is packed with a number of nourishing ingredients and has the most intoxicating aroma.

  • £29 from Marks and Spencer – buy here

Elizabeth Arden Eight hour Cream Skin Protectant 

Going strong since the 1930s, this iconic cream will sooth a multitude of beauty woes from sunburn to dry skin and chapped lips, but it also helps to keep eyebrows in place, cuticles soft and eyelids shiny. No wonder make-up artists and skincare experts the world over love it so much. 

  • £28 at Debenhams – buy here

Carmex Lip Pot Original

This humble pot of lip balm has achieved cult classic status due to its reliable, medicated and effective formula. Infused with cocoa butter, it gives dry, chapped lips a hit of hydration in one swipe.

  • £2.69 from Boots – buy here

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water

French pharmacy staple Bioderma has become increasingly popular since its UK launch in 2013. After being the go-to make-up remover for celebrity make-up artists, the affordable solution has become available in high street stores. Suitable for all skin types and respectful of the skin’s natural barrier, it removes your foundation gently while hydrates skin cells – throw away your drying face wipes, now!

  • £10.79 from Boots – buy here

GHD Gold Styler 

For superior smooth locks, this straightener is on a whole other level. With its range of innovative features, including new generation heat sensors, temperature control and contoured plates, it’s the gold standard of heated tools. 

  • £139 from House of Fraser – buy here

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic 

saviour for second-day-hair, no woman in her right mind should be without a can of this savvy stuff. A quick blast of the roots leaves hair non-greasy, voluminous and smelling so fresh people will think you stepped out the shower and had a professional blow-dry. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

    • £2.99 for 100ml from Boots – buy here

    What could I win if I vote?

    • A five-night full-board stay at Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai for two people including spa treatments
    • All the products on our shortlist, worth over £4,000
    • An overnight break for two at Titanic Spa, Yorkshire
    • A year's supply of Kiehl's since 1851 skincare
    • A year's worth of Opi manicures

    But hurry, the competition closes on 25th June – click here to vote.


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