Lust-worthy beauty buys that will make you swoon

Team BD is back with another addition of Tried & Tested – the series where we try the latest products and must-haves in beauty.

This month we've put some of the best lust-worthy products to the test – think those with packaging that makes you swoon, as well as luxe beauty buys with a higher price point.

Read our honest thoughts below, and why you should keep these offerings front of mind. After all, when you see the BD Tried & Tested badge, you know we've given it our stamp of approval.

For hi-res images, and further product information, click the brand name. 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid - Aja

What we think: As an OG Flowerbomb lover, I was so excited to try the new variant which hit shelves last month. Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid pairs a voluptuous, rich ruby orchid flower accord with an intensely sensual and surprisingly opulent red foxy vanilla bean accord. The duo is intoxicating and rich, yet isn't too overpowering to wear during the day. The combination elevates the original scent and keeps me going back for more. In fact, this is the first time both orchid and vanilla accords have been used in a single Viktor & Rolf perfume. The updated Flowerbomb bottle in the deep ruby red cut glass catches the light perfectly, illuminating the divine scent housed within. 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift & Firm Night Cream - Alicia

What we think: This night cream is such a great addition to my skincare regime. It is really hydrating but doesn't leave my skin oily or dewy. It absorbs into the skin quickly and has improved the elasticity of my skin especially around my eyes. The smell of the cream is really nice. It is not overpowering and has just the right amount of fragrance. My skin is generally very sensitive and I have not had any problems with breakouts or redness. I love this product and will continue to use it for years to come.

Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate - Issy R

What we think: This serum is iconic for a reason! Since using the serum my skin has improved dramitically. The texture of my skin has become hydrated and smooth, and the appearance of my skin exudes radiance. Enriched with millions of probiotic fractions, this serum has transformed my skin from feeling and looking dull, to reigniting youthfullness and reducing visible signs of ageing. I have noticed the fine lines around my eyes have reduced, and overall I look more awake and rejuvenated. 

Clémence Organics 2 in 1 Face Exfoliant + Mask - Rachel

What we think: The Clémence Organics 2 in 1 Face Exfoliant + Mask feels like a mini treat to the day spa every time! The mask feels so lovely on the skin and smells divine. The fine organic rosehip seed granules and bentonite clay work beautifully in deep cleansing and drawing out impurities, without feeling too harsh on the skin or stripping its natural oils. Instead, the mask is enriched with biofermented hyaluronic acid and organic botanicals, to leave my skin feeling nourished, hydrated, plump and completely revitalised. The perfect end-of-the-week treat!

ghd platinum+ Straightener – Pastel Blue - Ashley

What we think: The ghd Platinum + Hair Straightener is one hair styling tool that you will proudly leave displayed on your vanity. The iconic luxurious hair straightener has now been released in a limited-edition range of colours and the Pastel Blue is stunning from every angle. First, your ghd arrives in a matching blue sleek heat-resistant zip-up case, which is so perfect for those who travel with their appliances. The features that really set this product apart are the smart technology that monitors heat at 250x per second to maintain 185ºC heat during styling resulting in less damage and a better result. I loved that their wishbone hinge in the limited-edition Pastel Blue is this gorgeous metallic lilac shade, and allowed me to use the tool with ease when creating my tousled curls. A must-have investment for anyone who loves luxury performance tools that are esthetically packaged beautifully.  

Gucci Bloom Eau de Toilette - Nicola

What we think: Soft, supple and oh so sweet! The Gucci Bloom Eau de Toilette is a delicate addition to my perfume collection. Its composition is opulent yet reserved. Think a warm summer's breeze across a garden in full bloom – delicious, welcoming, and feminine. I found this to be the perfect all-day scent for me and one that could become my signature. The freshness and ethereal radiance entirely encapsulate you after one wear. This is the scent for those who like to bask in sumptuously soft florals.

Dermalogica Smart Response Serum - Jess

What we think: The Dermalogica Smart Response Serum is fast becoming one of my favourite products. I am often sceptical of products that make huge promises but this serum definitely lives up to the hype. I have been using this product for a couple of weeks now and have noticed a huge difference in the texture and tone of my skin. My skin can be dry and dull, but this serum has left my skin feeling brighter and more hydrated. It comes in a lovely metallic bottle with a pump that dispenses the perfect amount to fully cover my face and neck. The consistency of the formula is on the thicker side than what I am used to with a serum, but it absorbs very quickly and leaves me with a glowy and dewy complexion.