Our Beauty Editor gives you her top picks for the latest beauty releases…
(1) Sensual Seduction
As the nights get cooler, we’re attracted to deeper, stronger fragrances that have the power to arouse and magnetise. Black coffee and blue absinthe amalgamate in a rich and creamy bed of intoxicating jasmine, orange blossom and vanilla in the latest edition of YSL Black Opium Intense, 50ml, $197.
The new iteration of Gucci Guilty Pour Femme EDP, 50ml, $150 (available from late March), celebrates fearless liberation of self-expression. Mandora, pink pepper, lilac and patchouli soar in this glamorous oriental floral blend, suited to the ethereal star. For a contemporary and unexpected olfactory experience, Miu Miu Twist, EDP, 50ml, $155 (available from late March), brings a new accord to life – invented by Daniela Andrier, Pink Amber gives way to woody notes of sharp burnt sugar cane. It’s mesmerizingly intelligent, demure and evokes a sparkling energy that’s curious and youthful.
(2) Reveal the Glow
It’s time to rewind the effects of the sun. Reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone and texture with the AHA-BHA inclusive Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Serum, $175 – an it-product for skin luminosity. Lightweight yet deeply nurturing, Bees Brilliance Skin Brightening Moisturising Cream, $41.99, is packed with manuka honey, sakura extract and kiwifruit seed oil to replenish and smoothen skin. While the skin is adjusting to changing temperatures, reach for a rich and nourishing cream like Speick Thermal Sensitiv Day Cream, $32 from ManCave.co.nz, to regulate sensitive skin. In the updated Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème SPF15, $168, prickly pear cactus stem cell and moringa extracts improve skin density and elasticity.
(3) Skin Soothers
Dry and fragile skin that is easily aggravated needs to be protected by cleansers with hydrating and soothing properties. Linden Leaves Eye Makeup Remover, 60ml, $24.99, is a certified natural formula using antioxidant-rich white tea and anti-inflammatory eyebright; suitable for sensitive eyes. Sukin harnesses the power of rosehip, quandong and camellia oil in their Nourishing Cream Cleanser, $14.50.
(4) Natural Nourishment
Following the global success of Skin Food, Weleda have created two companions to join the legendary multi-purpose formula that harnesses the power of pansy, calendula and chamomile. The Skin Food Body Butter, $29.90, includes organic shea, cocoa butter, lavender and sweet orange to create a velvet-soft whipped texture that’s feather-light and fast-absorbing. The lip balm, $12.90, uses beeswax and lanolin to nourish the lips while providing a kissable gloss finish.
(5) Up for the Challenge
We’re all aware of how our skin can impact self-confidence. If you’re suffering from dehydration, acne, hyper-pigmentation or premature ageing, Environ is running their 8 week Skin Reborn Challenge 2019 on 1st April to 15th June with the Electro-sonic DF Mobile Device, $991, up for grabs. This is a revolutionary at-home tool which uses iontophoresis and sonophoresis to target frown lines, smile lines and fine wrinkles, upper lip lines, hyper-pigmented marks from sun damage, double chin and also minor scars. Sign up before the 23rd April to complete the 8 weeks. More details at www.psb.net.nz
(6) Plump & Dew
Dior has extended two iconic backstage pro lip families – Lip Maximiser and Lipglow, $59 each – with 7 new translucent shades in 2 finishes for both lines. Infusing maximum shine, shimmer and doubling the pigment-levels to their world-renowned lip-care products, these gorgeous new releases make for the most covetable handbag necessity.
(7) Bare & Babin’
2019’s headline makeup trend is all about emulating natural beauty. To no surprise, high-end makeup brands have met the public’s demands with lightweight formulas that provides the necessary coverage with a skin-like finish. Guerlain L’Essential Fluid Foundation, $102, uses 97% natural origin ingredients and mineral pigments mixed with red algae and tara gum extract to help the skin stay hydrated, balanced and protected against pollutants. The silky formula simply glides on the skin to give a super soft, luminous and delicate finish. Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation, $102, also has skin-care properties such as pansy extract to maintain moisture levels around the clock. In a similar fashion to the L’Essential, the new Glow edition provides exceptional radiance with a refined poreless texture that never looks overloaded. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation, $83, also delivers that radiant satin finish but in a water, transfer and sweat -proof formula that provides heavier coverage.
When it comes to anti-aging, we all know that Vitamin A is key for rejuvenation. With new-age innovations in skin technology, the results delivered are becoming increasingly remarkable with little to no irritation. New Zealand brand Rayna brings forth their Stem Cell and Lipid Active Oil, $165, that harnesses the power of naturally-derived Granactive retinol with growth factors to stimulate tissue regeneration. Skinbetter combines lactic acid with retinoid and antioxidants in the award-winning AlphaRet Overnight Cream, $159.39, to boost the desquamation process and renew skin cells. For a stronger vitamin A offering, Medik8 r-Retinoate Intense Youth Activating Cream, $455, groundbreakingly combines both retinyl retinoate and crystal-stabilised retinaldehyde for the ultimate high-performing anti-ager that can be used to revitalise all skin types, even sensitive.
(8) Diamond Effect
Return to the Hollywood trend circa 2000, for gloss is back and it’s time to shine. Blended with antioxidant-rich acerola cherry extract, coconut and moringa oils, Kiehl’s Love Oil for Lips, $39, hydrates lips while giving a youthful and brightly tinted glow. For killer nude shades, Smashbox Gloss Angeles Lip Gloss, $30, applies smoothly, plumps lips and provides just the right amount of pigment. To dazzle with dimension, TooFaced Pretty Rich High-shine Sparkle Lip Gloss, $33, packs a punch of light-reflecting glitter.
(9) Hi Shine
Add a dose of pigment to your glossy look with a saturating, super-shine formula. Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl, $92, envelops the lips in a smooth film with maximum impact. Available 4th March. Also using an emollient-rich infusion is Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip, $50; with 14 day and night shades to turn heads. For a smoothing, contouring and plumping formula, Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Sheer Lipstick, $60, has a gel-texture that’s comfort-driven with decent colour impact and a luminous finish.
(10) Selfie Ready
After trialling a plethora of skincare on the market, international bloggers Lauren Gores Ireland and Marianna Hewitt, created their own brand called Summer Fridays to produce skin treatments that worked instantly for the camera. Overtime Mask, $76, is a clarifying mask with brightening pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish congested and dull skin.