As the workweek winds down there’s a certain buzz in the air in knowing that Friday marks not only the start of a weekend of recharging, but also the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy. Naturally, the thought of battling the bustling aisles and navigating the snaking Saturday queues of shoppers is not our idea of a relaxing weekend. But that doesn’t mean you can’t snap up the latest viral midi dress or skincare dupe.
Enter Friday Favourites - a carefully curated edit of The Mirror fashion and beauty team’s top picks from the high street this week. At the end of every week, we’ll be seeking out the viral sensations, soon to be sell outs, and uncovering the gems that deserve a spot in your shopping bag (and ours), from the likes of River Island, M&S, Boots and more.
Online shopping can often feel overwhelming when time is precious and choices are endless. As such we understand the need to make every *add to basket* moment count. Amidst the chaos of TikTok beauty trends and ever-turning wheel of fast fashion, we're bringing you pieces that aren't just fleeting fads, curating a finely tuned selection of fashion, beauty and home must-haves that you’ll love for seasons to come.
Whether you're seeking a wardrobe refresh, eye-catching accessories, or simply a touch of inspiration, we've got you covered. And in a nod to the evolving conversation around sustainable choices and overconsumption, we won’t be recommending any old rubbish - these are pieces and products we either genuinely rate, have bought ourselves, or simply have a hunch you will love as much as we do.
If you’re a seasoned trendsetter, beauty buff or simply need a helping hand when it comes to finding what’s hot and worth your hard earned cash, consider Friday Favourites your guide to navigating the high street’s never ending scroll of shopping picks.
Here's what we're loving this week:
Marks and Spencer’s newest wardrobe essential sees two of 2023’s biggest trends collide, and shoppers are already selling it out. Denim maxi skirts have been a huge hit with fashion fans this year, so too have the 90s cargo trousers, which the high street favourite has merged to give birth to your next favourite purchase.
Coming in at £32.50, the skirt features patch and side pockets and a split at the back for easy movement. But do you know what we love more than clothes with functional pockets? Elasticated waists - and this skirt boasts both.
TikTok fashion influencers have sent a maxi dress from Boohoo viral after comparing it to Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS brand . The £7 dress has been praised by shoppers for its figure-hugging design that ‘gives you curves’ without the designer price tag.
The budget-friendly wardrobe basic is available in a range of colours, like black, brown, navy and bottle green, as well as a selection of brights like pink, red and mustard to suit a range of personal styles.
Available in sizes 4-16, the basics maxi dress is made from a lightweight jersey fabric that makes it perfect for everyday wear. With a scoop neckline and strappy design, it’s the ultimate outfit foundation on which to curate your own look, whether you team it with your favourite sandals for a relaxed holiday fit, or dress it up with keels and a leather jacket for a more elevated look. Bag one for yourself here.
Known for her neutral colour palette and capsule wardrobe, Rochelle Humes has wowed This Morning viewers once again with her ‘stunning’ outfit this week. On Wednesday’s show, she styled a creamy top and skirt combo - and her vest was surprisingly affordable, coming in under £20.
Rochelle wore the Stradivarius Knit Halter Top which costs £17.99. An effortless capsule wardrobe piece, the sleeveless fitted knit offers a racer back and high neck, making it perfect for the trans-seasonal period as we approach autumn.
It also comes in black or caramel, which we think Rochelle would rock equally as well. They’re all available in sizes XS to XL, but after being spotted on Rochelle, XL is already sold out in the vanilla. You can shop Rochelle’s knitted top for under £18 here.
The M&S Faux Leather Underarm Bag, which comes in black and brown, has a handy top handle and metallic hardware for a sophisticated finish. Frankie said : "You can’t go wrong with a little black bag. Goes with everything!! This one’s a great Prada dupe".
Coming in at £25, the affordable accessory can be worn with an off-duty outfit like Frankie's denim skirt and crop top, or paired with a show-stopping dress at special occasions.
Prada’s Cleo shoulder bag costs an eye-watering £2,400, but Marks and Spencer's similar version will help you get the same look for less than £30. Buy it here while you still can.
Glossier’s first foundation has finally launched - and we couldn't be more excited. The brand's long-awaited product is inspired by its iconic Stretch Concealer, which hit the market in 2016 and is known for delivering a skin-like finish.
Available now, Glossier's new Stretch Fluid Foundation claims to deliver the same light-to-medium coverage and natural look as its sister product - so it's bound to be a hit. There are 32 ‘flexible’ hues across seven shade categories and five undertones.
The gel-cream formula is 89% skincare-based, containing plant-derived squalane, rosehip, and plankton extract. This nourishing blend of ingredients aims to hydrate the complexion and leave it looking balanced. Best of all? The £34 foundation promises to "never cake" on skin, offering up to 12 hours of wear. You can purchase Glossier's Stretch Fluid Foundation for £34 here.
If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok recently, chances are you’ve come across the latest chic cardigan trend, and there’s one in particular from Mango which we have our eyes firmly set on - and it seems thousands of other fashion fans do too.
This stunning £49.99 Mango cardi is giving us definite Chanel vibes, boasting a cream or black textured knitted fabric with chic gold buttons and two front pockets, making it the perfect piece for dressing up any casual outfit.
As the cardi is all over TikTok, we have a feeling it’ll sell out pretty quickly, especially as we edge closer to autumn - so it’s well worth picking it up here whilst it’s still available in most sizes. There’s also a similar knitted cardigan with gold buttons, but in black for the same price.
If you're going for that 'old money' Sofia Richie aesthetic this autumn, you can pick up the stunning £49.99 cardigan from Mango here.
For years, we have been obsessed with mascaras from Benefit - whether it’s the OG Bad Gal Mascara, Roller Lash Curling Mascara, They’re Real Lengthening Mascara and out of this world, BADgal BANG!. So you can only imagine our joy when we heard they were launching a new one, aptly named ‘Fan Fest’.
Yes the latest launch to take pride of place in our makeup collection, and on our very own peepers is the Fan Fest volumising mascara - priced at £25.50. With the perfect brush to help fan from side-to-side, it’s never been easier to amplify volume and multiply the look of lashes in seconds.
Our fashion and beauty editor, Sarah Bradbury tried it out and said: “Over 2,600 people have already given this mascara a go, including ourselves, and we have to say, our outer-corner lashes have never looked thicker, longer or with better lift! Just take a look for yourself - and would you believe that’s just one coat too? Before applying the mascara in a sweeping motion, we curled our lashes - for an extra bit of drama.
“The brush applied the perfect amount of mascara too - no clumping, dry ends or excess, making its way onto our eyelid either. Because of the brush design, it really made sure our lashes were pushed upwards, to really make them look wide-awake.”
Read the full review here or go straight ahead and click ‘add to basket’ here.
Cast your mind back to 2017. During this year, millions of us were introduced to the crazy cult of Bum Bum Cream. This Brazilian invention by Sol de Janeiro had celebrities and beauty editors in a chokehold as they promised you the hope of obtaining a supermodel's booty.
Fast forward to today, the company has since expanded and launched more beauty heroes alongside its rich, buttery lotion. One of these items is their viral body mist , which exploded onto the TikTok scene last year and sold out within days.
But at £19, is it worth the investment? MyLondon’s Alexandra Bullard gave it a whirl and said: “Immediately I felt like I was lounging on a Greek island soaking up the sun with a vanilla ice cream cone. The salted caramel scent mixed with the pistachio is irresistible. It's not overly sugarly or sweet, and it sits delightfully on my clothes. without feeling sticky. It's like summer captured inside a tiny bottle, literally.
“Although it’s a fragrance mist rather than eau de parfum, I can still smell it hours after the initial spritz. As someone who loves to overly indulge myself when spraying perfume this is perfect as I don't feel guilty.”
Dunelm has become the latest of many stores to stock ranges directed solely towards university students, with some of the items on offer having some great prices. And with A Level results day been and gone, the new batch of first year students will be looking to get everything they need for the big move away from home.
One of the items shoppers have loved is the Luna Stoneware Table Lamp, priced at £8. Available in five colours to suit a range of decor themes,the contemporary table lamp has a faux linen fabric shade with a satin ribbed glazed stonewash finish base for a stylish and functional piece that adds a bit of personality to your halls.
With autumn fast approaching, many of us are on the hunt for wardrobe staples that will help us transition into the new season effortlessly. It looks like we needn't look further, as New Look shoppers have found a stylish £25.99 cardigan they say is 'perfect' for the colder months.
The much-loved high street store is a go-to for many fashion fans who are looking to stock up on pieces that are both affordable and chic. The latest item shoppers are rushing to snap up is New Look's Chunky Knit Cardigan, which is ideal for layering over your summer outfits when the temperature drops.
Priced at £25.99, the 'cosy' piece is available in five different colours - including pale-blue, black, off-white, tan and mid-pink. It can be purchased in UK sizes from small to extra-large.
The chunky knit features a regular fit and an open front that allows you to style it a number of ways. It can be paired with a simple tee and denim shorts for chilly summer days, or with your favourite crop top and jeans on a night out. You can purchase New Look's Chunky Cardigan for £25.99, here.2023-08-25T17:02:36Z dg43tfdfdgfd