Welcome to Byrdie UK's Brit Month, a monthlong celebration of all things eccentrically and wonderfully British. From the little-known, homegrown beauty brands we're championing to the beauty trends that we Brits will be all over in 2017, this is the place to dive into all things quintessentially and brilliantly British.
The grass is always greener, or so the saying goes. Which is why we're obsessed with French women's hair, amazed by Korean skincare and take our fitness cue from whatever L.A. natives are doing. Of course, we're proud to be British, and we know we have some great beauty brands on this fair isle, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded of how good we've got it. Which is why I called on the international editors at Byrdie, our sister site Who What Wear and platform Obsessee to find out what British beauty products they buy on the regular. Needless to say, you won't be surprised that one particular brand features twice, plus there is a £6 nude lipstick that will make you stop next time you’re passing a Boots.
Keep scrolling to find out which British products are beauty highlights for our international editors.
"Elemis has long been a brand I turn to for my skin because it just works. This highly concentrated oil (seriously, a little goes a long way) is meant to feed your face with antioxidant and omega-rich ingredients. The blend of broccoli, flaxseed and daikon radish boosts stressed, dull skin and makes it stronger and more supple with each application. Oh, and by the way, it smells incredible, like a mix of herbs and whatever they rub on you at a fancy spa. The oil is super silky, absorbs quickly and has absolutely upped the health of my skin. Officially, my complexion has never looked better."
"I am low-key obsessed with all things Charlotte Tilbury, with this foundation in particular and the Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask (£18). Even the worst skin day is no match for these two products, which says a lot of their individual radiance-boosting properties."
"Butter London's nail polishes are my all-time favorite. I can always trust the shades to be chic, the polish to apply effortlessly and the formula to last on my nails without a topcoat, chip-free, for days longer than most other brands."
"After meeting with Jules Miller, founder of The Nue Co., I was instantly hooked on the supplements, not only because of the chic packaging but the care in which she took to craft natural, effective powders made from the finest ingredients.
"My powder of choice is this powder, an anti-inflammatory blend I like to mix into my tea or a warm mug of almond milk. On days when I'm feeling especially puffy, I gulp this down and feel better within an hour or so. It's pretty incredible, and I love that it's totally plant-based so I can feel safe in the process."
"I have bright platinum hair right now, but a few years ago, I was introduced to Bleach London when I told some fellow beauty editors that I wanted to dye my hair icy blue. (I ended up using this shade, Blullini.) This was before pastel hair was huge in the states, but of course, Bleach was doing it years earlier. To me, the brand perfectly reflects the eclectic, vibrant spirit British beauty and women have. London girls aren't afraid to experiment, and it's so refreshing."
"I adore this product. It's the only cream I've found that makes dry skin immediately disappear. Especially in the winter, it's a godsend."
"I have a bevy of nude lipsticks that are on constant rotation, but this drugstore gem has made the cut every single time. I picked it up years ago when I was living in London (aka the height of my Kate Moss obsession), and it was one of the first nude lipsticks I ever tried. It singlehandedly converted me to #teamnude for life.
"The formula is rich and creamy, and gives a full coat of pigment in one swipe. I like that the actual lipstick part feels sturdy, like I can press it firmly into my lips without fear of it breaking (which has definitely happened before with other lipsticks). The colour is a pale, pale nude with mostly cool undertones and maybe just the very tiniest hint of peach. It's definitely a full-on nude-nude and looks amazing with thick black liner or a smudged smoky eye. The finished result has a slight sheen, lasts all night, and I swear the colour changes a bit to suit my skin tone after a few minutes."