I Test Beauty Products for a Living, But These Are the Ones I Actually Finish

As a beauty editor, one of my favourite parts of my job is that I get to test new beauty products for a living. I'm lucky to often get a sneak peek of products before they launch to test them out for review, and I've tested hundreds of products during my career as a beauty journalist. This means I've come across some brilliant products that I swear by, and others which are a bit meh.

With so many beauty brands out there and many more launching every week, there is a lot of excess in the beauty industry, and I'll always advocate for people to shop sensibly and ask themselves if they really need this in their beauty routine. It can be tempting to hop from product to product and buy the new "must-have" serum or sell-out makeup product. But I know full well how annoying it can be parting with your hard-earned money for a hyped-up beauty product that ends up being a bit of a dud. Just because a product is trending ok TikTok doesn't mean it's good.


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I receive a lot of products to test for my role, but the truth is not all of them get a permanent spot in my bathroom or dressing table. New launches are filed away for testing, but if I don't love it, I'll soon return to my tried-and-tested favourites.

The ones that do make it into my favourite lineup, however, are so good that I'll use them up completely. Every ounce is squeezed out of the tube or scooped out of a tub. These are the ones I love so much that I'll happily part with my own cash and recommend them on Who What Wear UK. Once finished, I usually pop the empty packaging into a box to refer back to and draw upon these great products when I'm writing beauty content.

Ahead, I'm digging out said box of beauty empties to share the products I really think are worth it and can't live without.

The Best Beauty Empties

Next Up, I'm a Beauty Editor With Expensive Taste, But I Still Buy These Cheap Products

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.