The new year has started with a hiss and a roar when it comes to exciting new beauty arrivals. Whether your – ‘new year, new me’ approach extends to a new skincare routine or you’re looking to overhaul your makeup with some fresh and pretty new picks, there are plenty of items to choose from.
Experts say ‘easy beauty’ is the biggest trend in makeup this year, so don’t feel the need to labour over your application, while in the skincare world, probiotic moisturisers and serums have leapt back into the spotlight in order to treat your skin – and it’s natural microbiome – with the gentle loving kindness it deserves. Expect these type of releases to be front and center this year, with MECCA even promoting itself as a ‘Microbiome Destination.’
“There’s absolutely a movement towards skin kindness says MECCA’s Creative Director Marita Burke. “This trend is all about encouraging a routine that supports the skin’s barrier, promotes a balanced microbiome and self-care. This type of approach to beauty is, in my opinion, a product of the pandemic, thanks to environmental and other external stressors, masks and the dreaded mask-ne! as well as various lockdowns we’ve all endured. “
“I expect there will be an increasing relevance of the microbiome in relation to skincare and the use of this technology in clinically effective products through probiotics and superfoods, which restore and protect the skin’s natural balance. We’re so excited to be welcome two new brands in this space in early 2022”
Designed to arrive for the Northern Hemisphere spring time, the new ‘Spring Look’ makeup collection from Dior is nonetheless perfect for wearing right now, with shades that make it easy to create a soft wash of colour. Along with these ultra-pigmented eyeshadow palettes with glittery, metallic and satiny finishes there are limited-edition blush balm sticks, nail polishes and Rouge Dior Lipstick shades, each selected by Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, Peter Philips.
Snowberry has two lightweight, easy to use skincare releases are intended to help balance, brighten and nourish all skin types, but they are especially useful for those that have easily-irritated, oily or break-out prone skin. For more about these products hear from the brand’s chief scientist, Dr Travis Badenhorst, about the nourishing native actives included in these new releases.
Jo Malone London is celebrating the romance and joy of roses by re-releasing three scents based on the blooms in script-adorned limited edition packaging. Classic ‘fresh picked’ Red Roses Cologne, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, joins Rose Blush Cologne, a lighter, more playful scent, dusky and sexy Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne and the sensuous and alluring Rose & Magnolia Cologne. Each also comes in home fragrance candles and diffusers.
This tiny targeted treatment tackles the hyperpigmentation (discolouration) left behind after a pimple, something that can be just as infuriating as the breakout itself. Active ingredients in the targeted treatment help smooth skin and fade the dark patches caused by a breakout.
Products that treat skin with kindness, and work to maintain a healthy, diverse microbiome [the good bacteria that live on your skin and keep it healthy and happy] will be a key focus this year. As such, MECCA is welcoming a number of related arrivals – the first of which is NYC-based skincare brand TULA. Founded by practicing gastroenterologist, Dr. Roshini Raj who had seen firsthand the beneficial effects that probiotics have on both the inside and outside of the body, TULA is a clean, clinically proven skincare brand built on the power of probiotic extracts and superfoods. The range includes a gentle cleanser, moisturiser, Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner , eye treatment and more.
Mavala Prebiotic Hand Cream
As that increased understanding on how the skin’s microbiome comes into play in facial skincare, so too the knowledge is extended to body products. Given our hands endure a lot, what with constant washing or use of sanitiser, and even handling household products without protective gloves, skin flora can be disrupted leading to skin drying out, becoming rough and showing signs of ageing. This new hand cream is intended to help maintain the balance and the microbiological activity of the skin with included natural prebiotics, a combination of yogurt and inulin, that preserve the balanced diversity of the microbiota.
Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer
Another focus for the new year is the multi-talented abilities of peptides to improve hydration, boost elasticity, improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen the moisture barrier. This new all-rounder includes 8 amino acids to help boost resiliency, 8 powerful peptides to help build strength, 3 ceramides to help bind moisture and vegan collagen to help bring hydration.
The plush, wet-look shine of these beauties is bang on trend as is the juicy and bold colour hues. Gliding on smoothly they feel balmy to wear and contain hyaluronic acid, nourishing vitamin E, soothing cold-pressed mango oil and antioxidant pomegranate extracts to make sure your lips are left in even better condition after wearing.
These single-use, logo-emblazoned eye patches are designed to refresh the eye area in 10 minutes flat, bringing it an instant glow and plumping out fine lines with hyaluronic acid.
You get two pairs of eye patches plus a mini Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum. Smooth the serum from your temples toward the inner corners of your eyes, tapping lightly before placing patches under your eyes with the widest part directed toward the middle of your face. Leave on for 10 minutes before discarding.
With a finish designed to mimic fresh, healthy and radiant skin, Charlotte Tilbury’s glowy new Beautiful Skin foundation offers a medium coverage, easily blendable base that comes in 30 shades. The foundation lasts well over a number of hours and contains additional skincare ingredients including hydrating hyaluronic acid, brightening rose complex, and Bix’Activ, a natural extract that helps to decrease sebaceous gland activity, minimising oiliness and visible pores.