The Best New Beauty for August

August is a busy month for the beauty world with a plethora of innovative products launching. To make navigating the beauty counter easier, we’ve rounded up our favourite best new beauty for August. 

1. La Prairie‘s luxurious complexion collection gets two new additions this month: Skin Caviar Loose Powder ($315 pictured below) and Skin Caviar Powder Foundation ($315). Both formulations are infused with the house’s famous skin-nurturing Caviar Extract, which means that both are much more than just make-up: they work like skincare too, so over time skin is more hydrated and fine lines and wrinkles are less visible.

2. We’ll be honest: it was love at first sight with Prada Candy Night (80ml EDP, $215). The stunning bottle aside, the scent is mesmerising too. It stays true to the Candy collection’s signature gourmand heart but delves into a slightly more seductive territory with captivating notes of patchouli, musk and tonka bean. 

3. If you’re tired of seeing everyone you follow on Instagram frolicking on the sunny Italian coastline, don’t fret: a spritz of Tom Ford’s latest signature scent will transport you somewhere sun-dappled. Costa Azzurra Acqua (50ml EDP, $215) is the latest addition to Mr Ford’s Neroli Portofino collection and is a fresher version of his original 2014 Costa Azzurra fragrance. It’s almost like a tropical mid-winter getaway in a bottle with its uplifting green notes and sparkling citrusy facets.

4. When you’re burning the candle at both ends – be it frequent long-haul flying, taxing work hours or just life throwing something unexpected your way – it can show on your skin. Thanks to EstĂ©e Lauder we’ve now got a trusty go-to that we can turn to when life takes its toll on our complexion. New Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate ($145) has been created to be called upon when your skin needs it the most. If harnesses advanced Chronolux S.O.S. technology that soothes stressed skin and restores radiance and health to your complexion quickly.


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5. While there are plenty of skincare products out there that promise that luminous skin that everyone is after, nothing helps your complexion glow quite like including a great acid in your beauty routine. Murad’s very clever new Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel ($145 from and Caci nationwide) promises to accelerate the cell renewal process by 33 per cent in just seven days. And while it can be hard to settle on which acid to include in your routine, you don’t need to worry about that dilemma with Murad’s new release as the bi-phase peel includes an innovative blend of glycolic, lactic, malic, salicylic and tranexamic acids. Apoptogenic holy basil that helps counteract irritation. 

6. LancĂ´me‘s iconic skincare offering, Advanced GĂ©nifique (30ml, $137) turns 10 this year and get’s an innovative makeover to help celebrate the occasion. While the formula stays true to the lightweight, luxurious texture that GĂ©nifique fans already know and love, the new formulation draws on game-changing research that has been done on the skin’s microbiome. To keep skin healthy, glowing and your microbiome balanced the new formula has been packed with prebiotics and probiotics. Pick up the September issue of MiNDFOOD, on sale 5 August, to read our exclusive interview with the scientist who brought the new formulation to life. 

7. Spring is just around the corner and YSL Vernis A Lervres Water Stain ($69) arrives just in time to freshen up pouts. The unique formula combines the best of lip gloss and lipstick to create a lip colour that delivers serious colour payoff while feeling incredibly comfortable. In other words, it’s glossy without being sticky and long-wearing without being drying, making it a handbag essential. 

8. The opening of New Zealand’s very first Sephora has meant that we can now get our hands on a whole array of brands that are new to the country. We’re not going to lie, our Sephora shopping lists are on the long side; however, there was a certain concealer that has a cult-like following that made top of the list. Tarte‘s Shape Tape has been praised by make-up artists and beauty buffs around the globe and since getting our hands on one it has been easy to understand why. The formulation flawlessly covers imperfections and dark circles while staying put right around the clock and nourishing skin with mango see and shea butter.

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How to Know When to Throw Out Beauty Product

Using expired make-up comes with a whole host of problems – which you can read about right here. That’s why spring cleaning your make-up bag and your skincare supply is essential if you want healthy, luminous skin. Not sure when to throw out beauty product or how long can safely keep using your favourite red lippy for? Follow our simple guide below to know when to throw out beauty product and keep your beauty supplies safe and effective.


As cosmetics that are applied to the eye area are exposed to bacteria repeatedly, they tend to have a shorter lifespan. Experts recommend replacing mascara three to six months after purchasing. Sharpening eye pencils can help minimise bacteria build up and should be replaced every year or two; liquid eyeliners, on the other hand, collect bacteria quicker and should be replaced every six to 12 months. Eye creams have a shelf life of around six months. Never use saliva to dilute products that have dried up and always stop using eye products if you have an eye infection.


Preservatives are added to traditional beauty products to eliminate bacteria. Cosmetics and skincare that are plant-based, preservative-free or contain natural-based preservatives have a shorter shelf life, which is usually around six months.


Face masks usually expire quicker than other skincare products due to high levels of active ingredients that become unstable when exposed to air and light. To avoid skin irritation, replace every two to three months.


Perfume, nail polish, shampoo and body washes are more likely to stand the test of time often lasting up to three years without going off or posing any significant risk to your health.


Liquid formulations including foundations, concealers, eyeshadows are generally safe to use for six to 12 months but if consistency or colour changes before this period is up, bin them.

When stored correctly, high-quality make-up brushes will last for several years: store brushes in a brush roll or upright in a pencil cup.


The shelf life of skincare varies depending on active ingredients. Always check serums, moisturises and night creams for expiry dates and the Period-After Opening symbol – the small open-jar symbol that some cosmetics and skincare bear. If in doubt, replace anything that’s older that one year.

A sunscreen that’s passed it’s expiry date won’t only irritate your skin, it won’t provide protection from harmful rays. Sunscreen is required to have an expiry date on it by law in Australia/New Zealand which is generally two to three years. Never use sunscreen that has stored in direct du