With the change of seasons you may be feeling the need to shake up your beauty and skincare routine.
As the weather cools down, pick up your mood with playful and bright new makeup releases. Nourish and care for skin that’s feeling dry and tight thanks to indoor heating or the change of outdoor climate with gently hydrating options. Or try a serum or eye product packed with antioxidants that helps skin ward of the effects of our lifestyle and environmental impacts.
Of course, picking up a new perfume and applying it each morning is a feel-good way to start the day when out the windows, everything is looking grey!
There’s plenty of newness of offer right now, so dive right in with one of these desirable new additions:
A new iteration of Giorgio Armani’s beloved Si, this blend is bright and uncompromising, a boost of energy, passion and joy in every spritz. We call it a rosy, fruity, floral, blending all the desirable elements of modern perfume into one. Top notes of blackcurrant and bergamot give that bright opening impression but give way to a heart of rose, with both Centifolia and Damascena blooms adding to its character while a base of white musks and vanilla is sensual but soft.
First created with its playful ‘upside down’ packaging almost 20 years ago, the popular hydrating sheen of Dior Addict has been renovated for 2022, as creative and image director for Dior Makeup Peter Philips brings his cosmetic nous to design 35 new hues. The makeup artist has also overseen a reformulation that now contains 90% natural-origin ingredients including jasmine wax and plum oil to provide nourishing comfort and skin-caring omegas for lips as well as brilliant shine. With lipstick refills and cases sold separately, why not switch up the look with one of four dress-up collectable cases.
False lashes can be tricky to apply (our best tips here) and once they’re on, can feel heavy and unnatural. It’s why lash experts Ardell have created a collection called Light as Air Lashes using specially designed fibers that give the volume that false lashes are perfect for, but with less of the weight. The three different styles also come with the essential Duo brand glue to apply them that many professional makeup artists rely on as it holds lashes on all day and night!
L’Oréal Paris has called on its significant research and development capabilities to fine tune a beautiful new night serum to help make your precious beauty sleep even more efficient. Age Perfect Cell Renewal Midnight Serum centers on a L’Oréal patented antioxidant complex derived from bitter orange and Vitamin E to help repair and renew skin and reinforce its all-important protective barrier. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which helps with moisture retention. All of which forms a cocktail of goodies that is designed to increase skin cell turnover and deliver a glowy, healthy complexion that looks well-rested, smoother and more youthful. Despite the name, the silky, lightweight serum can also be used any time of the day as you’ll benefit from the included antioxidants to help manage environmental damage and hydration makes fine lines less prominent. It sinks in swiftly and works well under makeup too.
In 2005, Elizabeth Arden’s cosmeceutical skincare line, Prevage, was the first to be formulated with Idebenone, a powerful antioxidant that rivals the efficacy of other forms like Vitamin C and coenzyme Q10. The brand has called upon the ingredient ever since to fend off free radical damage to skin that is responsible for many of the signs of aging. Now the line’s eye serum has been reformulated to not only make the most of Idebenone but also supercharged with other modern ingredients to benefit the delicate eye area. Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum 2.0 goes deep to cool, smooth and refresh the eye area with a metal tip that massages as you apply to improve circulation.
Weightless texture lip products with a matte finish are one of the wins in formulation innovation over the past couple of years. Revlon’s ColorStay Matte Lite Crayons offer a saturated matte colour that is lightweight and lasts without feeling dry. The fine tip and built-in sharpener makes it easy to outline and fill in lips.
Looking for a hard working hyaluronic acid serum to help skin hold onto moisture? Dermalogica’s new hydrating serum is carefully formulated so the hyaluronic acid can penetrate deep into the skin. It’s also supported by the addition of an algae extract and Polyglutamic Acid from fermented soybeans, both of which assist in long-lasting hydration, essential during winter.
Nécessaire body care products
In further proof the desire for elevated body care products with ‘face-worthy’ ingredients is snowballing, Insta-famous brand Nécessaire has now become more accessible down under. Once only glimpsed from afar in the curated bathrooms of international taste-makers, the US-based brands genderless body products are now available from Mecca. Reminding us that daily necessities shouldn’t just be an afterthought, the line is created with the intention that products like body wash and body lotion should be good for your skin and your wellbeing, and appeal to all regardless of gender. Ingredients like Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, peptides and omegas are plentiful and some products are available with a eucalyptus essential oil scent or fragrance free.
Nature Strong, OPI’s first natural-origin vegan nail lacquer, uses plant-based ingredients like sugarcane, wheat, corn, and comes in a 20% post-consumer recycled material crafted bottle. The collection includes 30 shades that have the same great shiny, long-lasting wear as the brand’s original polishes.
The formula we all need right now, this glossy, hydrating formula skims over lips so they appear smoother and fuller. It has a decent amount of coverage (sheer-medium) and manages to look slightly more low key than your average lipstick in a thoroughly modern way, and feels light and comfortable on your lips. A slight addition of cooling mint quickly fades but the moisturising properties remain.
Love BIG lashes? If you want a beautiful evening-appropriate and can work with a big, fluffy wand, seek out YSL’s new Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara. It has a thick, creamy formula that layers up beautifully for a bold after-dark look with an intensely black finish.