Rather than do a full blown review of all things beauty, I’m picking out my top five products that really stood out in 2009. It’s torture to limit myself to five, but at least this way you’ll know that nobody’s in it for the sake of it and these really are the very, very best beauty items you can buy.

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliners

I still have yet to find eyeliners at such a great price (£4.99) that are as effective and durable as these. I still use mine almost every single day as of last January – and not much stays the course that long in my box of tricks!

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

A little dose of magic for the skin. This serum pumps moisture back into dry skin in double quick time and within a couple of days I’d noticed a difference. My skin looked and felt soft, moisturised and well, just better.

Jonathan Ward Fragranced Candles

Jonathan Ward is a candle artisan. Cleverly constructed scents that infuse your home with delicious and enticing aromas are too delicious for words. This is a young company that hasn’t yet given way to overt commercialisation and therefore quality, integrity and a personal touch is very much evident.

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation

Easily the best foundation that I’ve tried in years, that knocks spots off pricier competitors. It’s a doddle to blend, stays put and more importantly gives the complexion that illusive ‘flawless’ effect.

Oribe Haircare

Simply put, Oribe is the best hair care range I’ve ever, ever used. It leaves hair feeling and looking silky, glossy and pampered.

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