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9 of the Best New Beauty Buys

Whether your skin’s in need of some hydration, protection from the sun or some radiance, we have rounded up some of the best new beauty buys that will solve all your beauty dilemmas.

For the every-day routine

Forget about sunscreens that leave skin with a ghostly white film – Dermalogica’s all-skin-type-friendly Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 ($103) has landed. The game-changing weightless formulation glides onto skin and blends easily onto all skin tones, protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays as well as providing added blue-light protection. “We’re really excited to have a physical sunscreen that will suit the diverse cultural makeup of New Zealand – meaning it will be invisible on all skin colours and is soothing enough for all skin types, and ages from six months,” says head of education for Dermalogica New Zealand, Caroline Parker.

For even skin tone

As much as we love warm and sultry summer days, spending too much time soaking up the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on our complexions. Sisley Phyto-Blanc Le Concentré Pure Bright Activating Serum ($580) is the perfect post-summer skin solution as an innovative combination of pigmentation-fighting ingredients works to restore clarity and radiance to skin. With repeated use, skin is visibly brighter, dark spots are less apparent and skin is well protected from further damage.

For make-up lovers

Creating the perfect base can be all the difference between a foundation that stays put and one that doesn’t. Primer queen Laura Mercier has just launched the Pure Canvas primer collection (from $65 from Mecca) – five new skincare-focused primers that guarantee a flawless base every time. And because no two skin types are the same Mercier has created five unique formulations that talk to various skin needs such as radiance, hydrating and pore perfection.

Four BB cream fans

Imagine if your favourite BB cream was formulated with your unique skin concerns in mind. The clever skincare scientists at Clinique did just that and the end result is Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel ($75). The lightweight, sheer BB-Gel does a whole lot more than simply provide skin with a subtle hint of radiant colour. The formulation has been designed to be combined with Clinque’s Active Cartridge Concentrates. Just pick the cartridge which is best for you – there’s six of them that target everything from fatigue to uneven skin tone and lines and wrinkles – combine with the BB-Gel, and you have a bespoke formulation that combines the best of both worlds.

For serious hydration

A change in seasons can disrupt skin causing it to become unbalanced and in need of a little extra love. Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial ($89 from Mecca) features a blend of moisturising and barrier-replenishing ingredients that work to restore hydration and suppleness. Use the nourishing formulation as an overnight mask to ensure you rise and shine with hydrated, happy skin.

For smooth, healthy hair

Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs an extra burst of hydration as the season changes; summer often leaves our tresses frazzled and parched too. Joico’s new HydraSplash Collection (from $38) restores lustre, hydration and volume to hair just in time for autumn. With a shampoo, conditioner, masque and leave-in treatment that all provide round-the-clock hydration, once dry and brittle locks are transformed into soft and shiny tresses in no time at all.


For your nighttime serum

New Night Reboot Serum ($120) is the star of YSL’s recently launched Pure Shots skincare collection which features skin health-restoring botanical ingredients in their purest forms. The unique exfoliator-in-oil has been designed to help you make the most of your beauty sleep. Moonlight cactus extract enhances the skin’s barrier, protecting skin cells, whilst glycolic acid gently sloughs away dead cells so you rise and shine with smoother, glowing skin.

For the best beauty sleep

It’s been five years in the making, but Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque ($170) is finally here and is set to redefine the meaning of beauty sleep. Packed with nourishing vitamins – B, C, E and F – the soothing lightweight gel-cream formula helps repairs and rejuvenates skin as you get much-needed shut-eye. “‘Sublime Replenishing Night Masque is ideal for nurturing skin when a life well-lived has taken a toll,” explains Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop’s Innovation Director. “Parched skin will relish the immediate and sustained hydration it provides while skin-nourishing vitamins help to even and brighten the appearance of skin dulled or fatigued by life’s excesses.”

For the delicate eye area

The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is often the first place to reveal the signs of ageing. However, it’s not always an easy area to care for when it comes to skincare – dark circles and discolouration that plagues the area is stubborn and calls for innovative skincare science to really see results. La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire ($865) is enriched with a game-changing illuminating molecule called Lumidose. By targetting chromatic disturbances that dull the skin, the clever formulation is able to enhance skin luminosity, while golden caviar extract boosts collagen production strengthening the skin surrounding the eye.

Alicia Keys puts her own social-distancing spin on Flo Rida’s hit ‘My House’

Grammy Award-winning musician Alicia Keys is clearly using her time in isolation well. 

Not only has she been serving up some serious at-home style inspiration – which you can check out here – she’s also reworked Flo Rida’s hit ‘My House’ with a social-distancing theme. 

Keys appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week to perform the cover of Flo Rida’s 2015 hit. 

Keys switched out the lyrics to include lines such as: “Hand sanitising/Social Distancing/To curve flatten/We gotta stay in, in.”

And instead of the hit’s famous chorus Keys reworked “Welcome to my House/Baby take control now/We can’t even slow down/We don’t have to go out,” to, “You can’t come to my house/We ain’t gonna freak out/We’ll get through it somehow/We don’t have to go out.”

Flo Rida took to Instagram to praise Keys. “Completely amazed, thankful & honored @aliciakeys chose to use #Myhouse to be flipped for awareness for us TO STAY HOME,” the rapper wrote.

Watch Alicia Key’s take on “My House” below.