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Every day, hundreds of new beauty products hit the shelves claiming wonderful, miraculous results; some are successful, others fall of the radar after a few months of dismal sales. Every manufacturers dream is for one of their products to hit the best sellers list, and stay there. How does any cosmetic make the cut when we are becoming more reluctant to part with our hard earned cash? We have all gotten a bit wise when it comes to ‘miracle creams’, and let’s be honest, we’d be fairly skint if we bought all products that magazines advertised!

The difference with timeless products is that they stay with us for years, and then decades, or even centuries; Chanel no 5 has been around since before my granny and it still incredibly dominates the fragrance world today! And we all know that longevity is a manufacturer’s best selling point – have you ever steered clear of a brand or shop just because it was ‘new’ and no one had really heard of it? Precisely!

Here are some of the products that I believe we will still be talking about in another 100 years...

1. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: I couldn’t think of a better product to start off with than the best selling beauty product of all time! This complexion highlighter is the brainchild of makeup guru Terry de Gunzburg, a French born and London based artist (I can’t help but notice the impressive child-naming skills of the parents!) This product comes in the packaging of a gold encased pen, producing a light reflecting liquid that not only banishes darkness and fatigue, it also adds instant radiance to the cheeks, under eye and brow line. It comes in 8 shades, and for us pale islanders look at shades 1 and 1.5! It comes in at £25 and is available from all YSL stockists such as Debenhams and Frasers. A must have for your make up bag!

2. Urban Decay Naked Palette: Following the best selling product is the world’s best selling palette of all time! The Naked franchise entered the world on the 29th of June 2010, with its predecessor Naked 2 in 2012 and most recently Naked 3 in late 2013. All palettes include 12 colours, with the most recent two palettes focusing more on rose tones, particularly Naked 3; however don’t be fooled by the ’12 shades of beige’ initial impression – these colours pack a punch and can create every kind of look from day wear, to wedding, to glamorous evening make up. It comes in at £37 (an incredible price for 12 colours) and can be purchased from any Urban Decay stockist.

3. Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum: I was always curious whether the hype of this serum was based on fact, or whether its clever advertising campaign was to thank. It was hailed as a miracle cream and sold out in days when it initially hit the shelves, with many women queuing for hours before open time! But is it really a miracle cream? Of course it isn’t – I have since discovered there is no such thing – but science speaks for itself, and there is no denying the active ingredients in this serum work towards repairing skin and boosting collagen levels, making it ideal for skin that is maturing or needs some damage control. It can be used as a standalone moisturiser or in combination with your current moisturiser. The cost at £17 is a bargain compared to competing brands, whose serums can often be a three figure sum. You can source this locally at Boots in Stornoway.

4. Solar oil: This CND product by the creators of the shellac manicure is the go-to product for manicurists the world round; and it proves its popularity year after year as a consistent winner at the Instyle Awards. It has a blend of synergistic oils such as jojoba, rice bran & almond oil as well as vitamin E, all combining to penetrate and protect the nails and surrounding skin, as well as being an essential aftercare product to take home post nail enhancements or shellacs application. A 15ml bottle can be purchased at online stockists such as Amazon for £8; shellac salons should also provide you with a small bottle after your manicure to last you at home.

5. Estee Lauder Double Wear: If you have been following my columns over the years you will have learnt one major thing about me: I LOVE this product. There has been many a morning where my complexion has had a ‘Shaun of the Dead’ zombie like resemblance, but thanks to this saviour I don’t have people chasing me with pitch forks! It is the UK’s number 1 best selling foundation and with good reason – the coverage and staying power of this liquid gem is unbeatable in my opinion against other foundations. It has a natural matte finish and is easily blended into the skin. Shades come in Cool, Neutral and Warm tones – look towards the cool and neutral shades if your heritage is islander! This product costs £28 and can be bought from any Estee Lauder stockists.

6. BABOR HY-OL cleansing system: this preservative free, deep, bi-phase cleansing system was the starting point of the incredible success of the BABOR brand and remains a highlight of the BABOR range to this day. It was also the starting point and basis of my salon Hebrides Harmony – I loved everything BABOR stood for: natural, plant based products that really helped to treat the skin without harsh perfumes and chemicals.

This product is unique in the cosmetics market as it steers clear of the traditional cleanse and tone process: it uses an oil based cleanser to penetrate and lift off make up and water soluble impurities, followed by the Phytoactive cleanser to treat the skins condition, be it dry, oily, mature or sensitive. It leaves the skin with a rosy, fresh appearance without drying the skin out, unlike other cleansers I have used in the past. It is no wonder other brands have taken out their own versions of oil cleansers, however HY OL is patented and you are likely to never try another product like it. BABOR products can be sourced from BABOR stockists such as myself, however I only order in products on request. The HY OL cleansers cost £35 altogether.

7. Argan Moroccan Oil: This oil is becoming increasingly popular in the beauty world due to its many benefits to not only hair, but skin and nails as well. Its high concentration of vitamin E helps to tame hair that is unmanageable and brittle. And because Argan oil contains 80% of unsaturated fatty acids it helps to protect and moisturise skin as well as hair! It is said it can also help with skin conditions such as dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles. This has made my list because I have a feeling we will be seeing this oil popping up in more and more products for quite a few years to come! It costs roughly £15 and can be sourced locally at Tangles hair salon.

8. Dermalogica Mutivitamin Power Firm: It was of no surprise to me when this eye cream was voted best eye care product in 2012! I’m hearing of more and more people who are finding it difficult to banish dark circles and brighten the eyes – but you needn’t should look further than this infusion of vitamins, green tea and seaweed - it is a staple product for any budding facialista’s bathroom cabinet! The silky silicone consistency of the product glides on to the skin making it quite the luxury product, and although it is part of the age smart range it can be used at the onset of fine lines. This product can also be sourced locally at Body and Sole and is priced at £30.

9. Avon skin so soft Spray: or to you and me – the midgie repellent! This best selling spray is a heaven sent product for the summer months in Scotland – the ingredient citronella (a lemon scent) is the hero that helps to repel insects and flies. It is a 2-in-1 product as it also hydrates and freshens up the skin. A must have if you live within a 200 mile radius of Stornoway! This can be sourced through an Avon representative or can be easily bought online for £5 (Amazon).

10. Body shop Coconut Body Butter: This best selling body butter is ideal for smothering all over the skin after your bath or shower, particularly on areas that are prone to dryness such as the hands, elbows and knees. If your skin appears dull, dry and cracked you should consider investing in a product like this as there are few on the market that give such good results - and it doesn’t hurt that it smells like the tropics either! It can be purchased online at the Body Shop for £13.

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