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What You Need in Your Makeup Bag for May
Health and beauty
May 2024
Reading time 5 Minutes

Super serums for glowing skin this spring, how to have happy healthy hair and the newest hardworking foundations

Our must-have beauty buys for May include haircare heroes, skin-saving serums and lightweight foundations perfect for warmer weather.
 Regenerating Serum, £30 Christophe Robin

Strengthen and protect hair with this clever daily-use serum. Its clean, silicone-free formula containing prickly pear seed oil and tucuma butter replenishes mature, brittle and damaged tresses with nutrient-rich moisture, and shields strands from the harmful effects of heat-styling. Regenerating Serum, £30 Christophe Robin

Impermeable Spray, £45 Oribe

A holiday essential, this anti-humidity finishing spray with UV protection adds texture and fights frizz whatever the weather. Use it on styled hair to block frizz, set your style and add texture, or apply before styling for texture and hold. Impermeable Spray, £45 Oribe

Ouai’s multi-tasking at-home Hair Gloss

Ouai’s multi-tasking at-home Hair Gloss, £30, is the fastest way to get glossy locks whilst protecting against colour fade and helping treat damaged hair. Even better, just one application lasts up to three washes. Easy to use, apply from mid-length to ends and leave for five minutes to work its magic. Voila – healthy, glossy silky locks that last!

Fable & Mane’s Moisturising Volume Spray, £26

The secret to added volume and inspired by the founders’ grandmother’s homemade thickening hair tonic, Fable & Mane’s Moisturising Volume Spray, £26, is a potent fusion of apple, onion, fenugreek and other fortifying Indian herbs. A non-sticky, heat-activated spray, with a warm and spicy floral fragrance, it instantly strengthens and plumps strands for long-lasting body and weightless volume.

Scalp Activation Roller, £25 Scandinavian Biolabs

No not for the face, but for your scalp, this hand-held micro needling tool is designed to stimulate the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth and can be used on wet or dry hair, with or without a product. Scalp Activation Roller, £25 Scandinavian Biolabs

zero waste Conditioner Sheets

The British female-powered company REHAB changed the face of sustainable haircare when they released their never-seen-before Shampoo Sheets last year. Now they’re back with revolutionary zero waste Conditioner Sheets, £24 for 25 sheets. Simply tear the sachet open and remove the Conditioner Sheet, and drop the empty sachet into the shower tray and let it dissolve and wash away. Add water to the Conditioner Sheet, massage well through the lengths of the hair and leave in for up to three minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

WeTwo two-step system, £80 WeKind

Mother of two and married to hair guru Nicky Clarke, Kelly Simpson-Clarke’s new WeTwo range is designed specifically for use during and post pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can mean some women experience thicker, longer hair, thanks to increased oestrogen levels. This causes the hair follicles to produce less sebum, so hair is dryer at the roots and as a result can appear fuller and thicker as it naturally has more lift and body, but it does require more hydration. Carefully formulated, and obstetrician approved, vegan WeKind products are safe for use during pregnancy and nursing, and are designed to add moisture and strengthen hair follicles at a time when the hair is going through significant changes due to hormonal fluctuations. WeTwo two-step system, £80 WeKind

Caffeine HIIT Gel Booster, £26.99 wrkout

Best for Waking Up Sluggish Skin: The ultimate addition to your skincare routine, this innovative serum is specially formulated to provide skin with an instant energy boost, enhancing radiance and vitality. The key ingredient is caffeine, a natural stimulant which helps increase blood circulation, reduce inflammation and puffiness, and improve the overall appearance of your skin. Caffeine HIIT Gel Booster, £26.99 wrkout

Blemish + Age Defense Serum, £99.99 SkinCeuticals

Best for Beating Blemishes: Designed to prevent acne while minimising hyper-pigmentation and reducing the appearance of fine lines, this super-serum is perfect for tackling ageing and congestion together. Blemish + Age Defense Serum, £99.99 SkinCeuticals

Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £23 CeraVe

Best for Barrier Repair: Ideal for normal to dry skin, three essential ceramides protect the skin’s natural barrier, locking in hydration to leave skin calm, hydrated and comfortable. Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £23 CeraVe

Anti-Pigment Dual Serum, £45 Eucerin

Best for Beating Dark Spots: With thiamadol proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyaluronic acid to plump skin, this non-greasy dual serum produces visible results in just two weeks. Anti-Pigment Dual Serum, £45 Eucerin

close-up of model with serum on her cheek Farmacy Beauty
Honey Glow Resurfacing Acid Serum, £56 Farmacy Beauty

Best for Revitalising Dull Skin: This exfoliating night serum helps visibly smooth the skin, shrink pore size and reduce the look of fine lines, providing visible results after just a single use. Formulated with a 17 percent acid blend, hyaluronic acid and buckwheat honey, the serum leaves skin more radiant, smoother and hydrated. Honey Glow Resurfacing Acid Serum, £56 Farmacy Beauty

Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, £50 Kevin Aucoin

This clever, lightweight foundation is infused with light-reflecting particles and high-definition pearlescent pigments that create a warm glow on the skin. Perfect for medium to full coverage without looking heavy or cakey, it comes in 16 great shades. Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, £50 Kevin Aucoin

 Phyto Teint Perfection, £81 Sisley

This hardworking skincare/makeup hybrid formula with Sisley’s ideal skin complex means to more you wear it the less you need as the skincare benefits begin to show their results. Phyto Teint Perfection, £81 Sisley

Vital Skincare Complexion Drops, £62 Westman Atelier’s

This next-gen skin tint in 20 skin-loving shades is brimming with hydrating skin care and serum-strength actives to take skin from dull to fresh-faced in just a few drops. Vital Skincare Complexion Drops, £62 Westman Atelier’s

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