Must-try new body care arrivals for a summer glow up

If your skincare regimen rarely extends below the neck, now is the time to reconsider showing your body a little TLC.  When the sun peeks out and we all want to throw off the layers, you may find your body needs a little care and attention to bring it back to it’s soft and smooth best.

The good news is, there are a number of new arrivals make the approach easier, with dedicated products and active ingredients that would once have been the domain of our face only. Most solutions are quick and easy and can be undertaken at home, some of them even doing double duty while you’re taking a shower and while skin is damp afterwards. The key is to make it part of a routine rather than a one-off so your skin has time to renew and you’re not just looking for a last minute quick fix.

Emma Lewisham Illuminating Face and Body Oil

Emma Lewisham has long loved using natural, plant-based oils to nourish and protect facial skin, and now the brand has added a unique, distinctly summer-focused twist with new Illuminating Face and Body Oil. It has incredibly nourishing ingredients including an innovative oil-soluble hyaluronic acid (HA) formulation for plumping hydration that the brand says is ‘scientifically shown in vitro to deliver antioxidant protection over eight hours’. Leaving our skin in great condition is a win but the glowy golden tint of the oil is what completely won us over. The soft shimmer is akin to a touch of fake tan (although it washes away instantly) with a tiny bit of reflect that catches the light and makes limbs look smooth and radiant. You can see it on the gorgeous model above in an image created for the new arrival. You can also use it when you are forgoing makeup for a touch of glowing tint on your face. Mark our words, it’ll be a hot ticket item this summer and given it’s a limited edition, so run, don’t walk!

Tronque Soft Focus Scar Concentrate and Everyday Revelation Exfoliating Serum

Brand new to market, Tronque is an Auckland-based high-end skincare brand for your body, loaded with lots of the actives we love for our face, but now benefitting the rest of us too! The scar concentrate is intended to soften and minimise the texture and look of scars both old and new. It has four forms of stable, deeply penetrating Vitamin C along with a ton of other plant-based ingredients designed to increase cell turnover and encourage collagen production. If you have body texture issues or keratosis pilaris, you’ll love the exfoliating serum with seven natural AHAs and BHA provide a gentle chemical exfoliation to smooth and unclog pores as well as nourishing ingredients like olive squalane and hyaluronic acid

Frank Body In Shower Moisturiser

Applying body lotion not high on your to-do list? We admit it can be admin-heavy but as skirt/shorts and sandal weather is upon us, it becomes a higher priority for some! Why not try this solution? Australian skincare brand Frank Body brings us an in-shower lotion that you apply while you’re under the stream of water. It has deeply hydrating shea butter and skin-protecting vitamin E that help lock in moisture and you’re all done before you even step out of the shower. 

Bare Hands The Natural Pedicure Kit

Described as ‘the minimalists approach to footcare’ it’s a stretch to say dealing with dry and callused feet would ever be considered chic, but this is about as close as it gets with its minimalist approach and packaging! New in at online skincare boutique INÈS, the kit includes a glass file – the surface of which provides a gentle abrasion – and a verbena balm stick that melts into a nourishing and occlusive oil intended for use after the file to  soften and protect skin. 

Biossance Squalane + Caffeine Toning Body Cream

This deeply hydrating body cream is just the thing to nourish and smooth skin all over the body. Squalane, a sugar-cane-derived oil that is the hero of this brand, leads the way, leaving skin feeling silky smooth while energising caffeine aims to tone skin and restore elasticity while niacinamide nourishes skin’s protective barrier.

Image top, courtesy Emma Lewisham.

MAC releases makeup collection with Blackpink’s Lisa

K-pop fan or not, you’ll likely be familiar with South Korean superstars Blackpink. The all-female group’s music has topped the charts around the world, helped along by collaborations with the likes of Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez.

Along with the music of course, luxury brand alignments are par for the course for the groups members. With 66.3m followers on Instagram, Thai-born Lalisa Manobal, also known simply as Lisa, or Blackpink’s Lisa, has significant clout.

So along with work for the likes of Adidas and Bulgari it was no surprise when she was named a global ambassador for MAC Cosmetics in October 2020.

Now the brand has finally launched is first collection with the star.

The tightly curated collection includes metallic purple-accented liquid lipsticks, an eye shadow palette, black liquid eye liner and highlighter.

“I’m so excited to reveal to you one of my biggest projects so far as Global Ambassador of MAC Cosmetics: my very own full-face makeup collection,” the star said in statement announcing the release.

“I curated the collection myself and designed every piece after things I absolutely love. Every shade, product, name and even the packaging design represents something very special to me.”

Indeed the collection and it’s packaging design involves playful elements unique to Lisa, including eyeshadow names inspired by “my beloved cats and favourite ice cream flavour, with names such as Leo, Louis, Lily, Milk Tea Ice Cream and Candy Rapper.” The Extra Dimension Skinfinish comes in her favourite gold shade, embossed with an edelweiss blossom, her favourite flower.


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“I am so proud of what we’ve created together,” she says of the collection. “I love that MAC gave me the creative freedom to bring my own makeup lineup to life.”

The collection goes on sale at MAC stores and online in Australia on November 12, and in MAC stores and online in New Zealand on December 6.