Have you checked out the beauty department at M&S recently? I mean, I know it’s had a revamp in recent years but I didn’t realise quite how epic it is. It’s like SpaceNK. But better, because you can have a proper look at everything without the pressure. (I find SpaceNK a little intimidating sometimes – makes me feel a bit Julia Roberts in that Pretty Woman scene where the staff won’t serve her – you know?)
Not that the Marks and Spencer Beauty Hall is devoid of service. If you want excellent skincare advice, try hanging out near the REN counter looking confused. I was approached by a Beauty Assistant who was incredibly knowledgeable – she knew ingredients, she knew different brands and comparable products. Impressive.
Marks and Spencer now stock cult skincare and cosmetics brands like Stila, REN, Pixi, Alpha H and Emma Hardie. It has some bougie haircare lines, like Philip Kingsley, Living Proof and Bumble & Bumble. Plus the best of the high street with Bourjois and Barry M.
Here’s the hot list, the 5 reasons why you should check out the M&S Beauty Hall…
1. Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33.50.
The hero product from Alpha H is Liquid Gold, a glycolic acid liquid exfoliator. Apply with a cotton pad after cleansing and leave overnight, for smoother, brighter skin.
2. Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter, £28.
Something a bit different from Stila, a highlighter that’s neither a powder nor a cream. It has a unique squishy, putty type texture.
Award-winning peel off mud mask. Oh, and it’s silver. The Instagram face mask.
4. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £17.
A pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, originally created by hairdresser Philip Kingsley for his client Audrey Hepburn.
Let’s not forget the excellent own-brand makeup range, Autograph. I can personally vouch for the Autograph Ultimate Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, £9.50, and Guardian beauty columnist Sali Hughes is effusive about the Autograph Fibre Sculpting Brow Gel, £9.50.
Til next time,