There’s nothing I enjoy more than being asked for a product recommendation. Whether it’s a glow-seeking colleague asking for tips on the best brightening face masks or a a tired mum friend seeking an eye cream that will actually work on dark circles, I have always loved offering up advice on the best beauty products. But how do I determine what’s worth recommending? Well, I’m lucky in my job as a beauty editor to be sent a huge amount of products to test which means that my beauty stash is in near constant rotation. Some products make their way in and out pretty sharpish while others might stick around for a little while before making their way into my friends and family donation pile. There is no greater seal of approval, however, than when I finish up an entire product. Trust me—as a beauty editor, that is the sign of a truly brilliant product. And this year I finished 44 of them.