The one-stop beauty shop

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger, Tesco goes and proves us all wrong yet again.

I’ve lost count of the amount of time and money I’ve spent in Tesco over the years and, I’m ashamed to say, it’s usually never where food is concerned.

When the company’s clothing lines debuted online a little while ago I wondered whether beauty products would follow suit and, lo and behold, this autumn they have. And they’re good people, really good.

To coincide with the opening of its one-stop beauty shops in Dudley, Horwich and Newport, Tesco officially launched an exclusive range of beauty products online in October. As well as making its fast-growing Barbara Daly brand available to online customers, Tesco has also launched its first ever F+F make up range…and that’s not where it ends, as this autumn marks the company’s first foray into the world of luxury beauty with the introduction of some big name premium brands. Now, the likes of Crabtree & Evelyn, St. Tropez, Fake Bake, Steamcream, Diego Dalla Palma, Natio, Le Couvent Des Minimes, Tisserand and The Vintage Cosmetics Company, to name just a few, are all but one click away.

If you haven’t already tried any of these products somewhere along the line then I would definitely suggest you add one (or all) of these to your shopping basket next time you’re browsing the virtual food aisles…

All for Eve hand cream

Crabtree & Evelyn 60 second fix for hands

Le Couvent Des Minimes Rose hydrating cream


Tisserand organic lavender de-stress bath soak

Having given all of these a thorough road-test (it’s a hard life) I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to try a new product or buy something a little bit different for someone this Christmas.

Personally, it’s the Steamcream that tops my list – a light, multi-purpose cream that removes make up, cleanses and moisturises all in one sweep. Plus, there are a variety of quirky looking tins to choose from – bonus.

Tisserand is one of those brands that’s been knocking around for a while but which you either know about or you don’t. I didn’t until I got sent a hand cream a few months ago and from then on I was officially converted. This de-stress bath soak does is exactly what is says on the tin and can be accompanied by a matching body cream for the ultimate indulgence.

The Le Couvent Des Minimes rose-scented moisturiser is a light, fresh-scented day cream which absorbs easily into the skin and makes a great base for make up. My only wish is that it had some sunscreen included in it, but that’s a minor detail and wouldn’t stop me from buying it again once it’s run out.

If there’s one thing I obsess over after moisturising my face it’s making sure my hands are kept hydrated too – especially with the onset of the colder weather. Hence my enthusiasm for the All for Eve and Crabtree & Evelyn goodies above. Both are good quality, well-packaged creams that do just the job I need them to. While Crabtree has the edge where scent is concerned, All for Eve is a winner for the simple fact that 100% of the profits generated from the sale of this range go to funding The Eve Appeal.

This is just a teeny tiny snippet of the goodies now available to Tesco’s online customers though, so don’t hesitate to have a proper look through the rest if you get the chance. Just be prepared to spend!