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We always want to know what the beauty industry’s insiders keep in their make-up bags, so who better to ask than SL’s Health & Beauty Editor, Tor Cardona? From high street heroes to investment skincare, here’s what she couldn’t be without...

What do you use on your skin in the morning?

Currently, I’m starting my morning routine with Fresh’s Soy Cleanser, £12.50 – it’s a favourite that I’ve only just discovered, and is particularly good after I’ve been working out as the gel consistency really wakes up skin. Next up is Dr Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum, £230, which is hands down the best hyaluronic acid serum I’ve ever used (which is saying a lot) – it’s a beauty insider’s secret, although admittedly it’s pricey – followed by a layer of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, £70 (if you haven’t tried this, do). If my eyes are looking puffy I’ll rub an ice cube directly under them followed by a couple of drops of Bliss’ Triple Oxygen Eye Gel, £42.

And the evening?

I religiously take my make-up off as soon as I get home due to the damaging effects of pollution, and use Bioderma’s Micellar Water – the pink bottle may be the better-known version but Hydrabio, the blue bottle, works better with my sensitive, prone-to-redness complexion. Another recent find is Sönd’s Gentle Daily Cleanser, £22, it’s packed with chamomile and marigold and is extremely soothing. I always double cleanse, starting with a micellar water, and use my Foreo device twice a week for a deeper clean.

I usually use a face oil at night but find them too heavy now the weather’s getting warmer; the heavenly-scented Vanderohe Face Serum, £88, is a happy medium and makes skin glow. And for eyes I’m loving La Roche Posay’s Redermic for Eyes, £25.50, a clever retinol-based option for those with sensitive skin.

How do you keep blonde hair looking fresh?

Bleach London’s Silver Shampoo, £6.50, is my go-to – I use it at least twice a week and mix it in with my regular shampoo in a travel-sized bottle for the gym, it helps remove any chlorine and brassiness after swimming. I also recently stumbled across John Freida’s Beach Blonde Kelp Help Mask, £5.99, which saved my dry tresses on holiday – safe to say it’s staying put in my shower through the summer months. And I couldn’t be without Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Oil, £39.50 – a little goes a long way for super shiny hair.

Any must-have body products?

I’m desperately trying (really…) to cut back on the number of chemicals I expose my body to on a daily basis, and Soaper Duper’s shower and body products make this simple. The shower gels (which boast minimal ingredients) cost just £6.50, feel incredibly luxe and are available in Tesco. St Tropez’s new Gradual Tan Plus Sculpt & Glow Body Lotion, £18, is my warm-weather go-to; it’s one of the best gradual tanners I’ve ever tried for a natural glow. I’m very pale and most look too orange and streaky, so if you’re the same, try this.


And what about make-up?

My make-up bag is surprisingly streamlined, but recent finds include Lipstick Queen’s clever shade-shifting Mornin’ Sunshine, £22 (it looks yellow but adapts to your skin’s pH, my shade is a summery watermelon-coral hue); Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara, £19 (I receive so many compliments about my lashes because of this); and the iconic Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder bronzer, £48, which is the perfect matte bronzer although, due to the price, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase once this one’s finished. For brows, my current favourite it Bardou’s Brow Booster, £25 for the perfect amount of brow definition; and I’ll be enhancing my tan this summer with the bronzed hues from Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Palette, £39.

Do you take supplements?

Yes – Pukka’s Holy Basil, £16.96, is a must to keep stress levels in check (it really does work) and I also take OptiBac’s new Max Probiotics, £35.99 for 30 capsules. A month before a holiday, I take Imedeen’s Tan Tablets, £40, which come highly recommended if you burn easily and have fair skin.

Best thing you’ve discovered this year?

I know I’m late to the party but I’m addicted to my Beautyblender, £16 – it took a while to get the hang of applying foundation with it but I get so many compliments on my skin and have a feeling it’s all down to this.

Finally – top nail colour recommendation?

If you haven’t tried Smith & Cult’s nail colours yet, I suggest you do. If the packaging wasn’t lovely enough, the formula is really durable and actually lasts longer than a gel manicure for me! I love Kundalini Hustle, £19, a stunning tomato red hue.


Shop our Beauty Editor's picks below...

Soy Face Cleanser, £12.50 | Fresh
Victoria Beckham Saffron Sun Bronzer, £48 | Estée Lauder
Better Than Sex Mascara, £19 | Too Faced
Sculpt & Glow Body Lotion, £18 | St. Tropez
Nail Polish In Kundalini Hustle, £19 | Smith & Cult
Booster Brow, £25 | Bardou
Bleach Silver Shampoo, £6.50 | Bleach
Kiss Mix Lippy, £18 | Eve Lom
Elixir Ultime Hair Oil, £27.65 | Kérastase
Mornin' Sunshine, £22 | Lipstick Queen
Kelp Help Deep Conditioning Masque, £4.45 | John Frieda
Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Gel, £42 | Bliss
Zesty Lemon Body Wash, £6.50 | Soaper Duper
Charlotte's Magic Cream, £70 | Charlotte Tilbury
Gentle Daily Cleanser, £22 | Sönd
Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water, £10.50 | Bioderma
Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow, £39 | Too Faced
Redermic Eyes, £25.50 | La Roche Posay
Hyaluronic Serum, £230 | Dr. Barbara Sturm
Probiotic Supplement, £35.99 | OptiBac Probiotics
Nourishing Face Serum, £88 | Vanderohe No.1


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