Mecca Max has created the perfect solution for time-poor women. Housing eyeshadows, blush, powders and versatile balms in one compact, the 5 Minute Pocket Palette, $31, can be used on your morning commute or in the cab to the club.
As Easy As 123
From the fleeting trend of the laborious K-beauty 10-step regime, women are now in search of an easy anti-aging routine that works. Medik8 founder, Elliot Isaacs, talks about his simple CSA philosophy – Vitamin C and suncreen by day, vitamin A by night. “This is the ultimate equation for younger, health-looking skin. It’s really that simple. There’s no need to complicate things because this straightforward strategy is clinically proven to deliver results you can see as well as feel,” he says. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and prevents pigmentation, while sunscreen protects us from external aging – after all, 80% of skin ageing is caused by sun damage. While you sleep, Vitamin A works to speed up cellular renewal for visibly rejuvenated skin with improved tone, texture and brightness.
Ultraceuticals Ultra C23 Firming Concentrate, $159; Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten + Firm Vitamin C Serum, $124; Clinique Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters with Pure Vitamin C 10% and Vitamin A, $130; Medik8 R-RETINOATE Youth Activating Cream, $295; Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, 60 capsules, $162; La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid, $31.99; Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF30, $72
Ditch the cotton pads – oil-based cleansers glide smoothly to prevent pulling and best of all, can remove waterproof mascara like a breeze. Light and uber lux, Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $76, emulsifies into a milky lather leaving no residue, ready for the second cleanse. Syrene has created Aquagel Oil to Foam Clenaser, $79.99; a new transformative formula that activates the oil into a gentle foam. Hailing from Hungary, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, $115, is powered by mineral-rich mud to draw impurities from congested pores for a detoxifying cleanse. Bringing forward a new skincare system is Hawke’s Bay’s Corbin Rd. Recognizing the effect of ‘Pollu-Ageing,’ the Restorative Cleansing Balm, $49.94, is used in conjunction with their Viteve Silk Exfoliating Cloth, $21.95, to remove the balm, buff the skin and improve circulation.
When it comes hydrating the deeper levels of the skin, we require superior moisturisers that are backed by science. To refresh sensitive skin, Rejuvaphyl Daily Hydration, $75.90, includes Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that stimulates collagen to restore its natural moisture balance. For a ceramide-rich formula, Skinbetter Science Hydration Boosting Cream, $115.92, utilizes skin-identical complexes to improve skin barrier function. Aspect Gold SMC, $93, is an incredibly rich yet fast-absorbing formula packed with antioxidants and stem cell extracts alongside barrier-protecting and nourishing ingredients to calm, soothe, condition and combat skin ageing.
Flat and full coverage have been fully pushed aside to let the new generation of light and natural formulas come through. Introducing an innovative cream-to-water formula, YSL provides an ultra-glowing dewy All-in-one Glow Foundation, $92 to join their illuminating Touché Eclat range. For the party girls, Estée Lauder has launched the Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup SPF 10, $72 – a 24-hour water and transfer resistant formula that’s lifeproof yet light, fresh and shine-free. Boasting an antioxidant, anti-pollutant and anti-blue light formula is Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation, $30, to help counteract environmental stressors on a daily basis. For a mineral option designed for sensitive skin, Avène Day Protector Tinted BB Cream SPF30, $48.99, uses brightening pearls to colour-correct while protecting against UV, pollution and free-radicals.
Show it Off
Wax, buff, glisten and sparkle! Take your bronzed look to the next level by adding a dose of iridescent shimmer. Following your ground work, shake and spray James Read H20 Illuminating Tan Mist, $66, for an instant glow activated by light-reflecting 24k gold particles that lasts for up to 5 days. For a one-off option, try The Bodyshop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $48.75, perfect for dry skin; or the water-resistant andultraglistening Bondi Sands GLO Shimmer One Day Tan, $22.99.
Give yourself a luscious pout with YSL Volupte Plump-in-Colour, $66; a peppermint oil inclusive formula that packs in pigment and shine. For a super nourishing formula, Hourglass has released the No. 28 Tinted Lip Treatment Oil, $78, to condition and soften the lips while providing a soft flush of colour. Need more impact? Bareminerals Gen nude Radiant Lipstick, $31, is a super-buttery demi-shine lipstick-balm that exudes sophistication.
Liquid, jelly, holographic and powders – there’s a formula to suit every woman’s skin- tone, -texture and desired finish; without breaking the bank.
Nude by Nature Beach Glow Liquid Highlighter, $26.95, Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Rose Gold, $19.99; Revlon Photoready Galaxy Dream Holographic Highlighting Palette, $30; DB Liquid Gold Jelly Highlighter, $18.99; Laura Geller Baked Gelato Illuminator with Brush in Gilded Honey, $49.95
60’s big volume has swung back to turn heads. Goldwell Kerasilk Forming Shape Spray, $39.50, creates soft and silky hairstyles with weightless movement. Add grit and grip to the roots with Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical, $11.99, and backcomb in sections to create lift. Generously douse the hair in L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Stylers Techni.Art 60’s Babe Savage Panache, $35, wherever you want lift and texture.
Every skin type needs a unique formula to create the optimal canvas on which to apply makeup. Instantly hydrate and refresh tired skin with the whip-light YSL Top Secrets Moisturizing Prep Lotion, $90. A mineral option safe for sensitive skin is Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, $ 101, which quenches thirsty skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines.
Spots Be Gone!
Formulated with lipid nanoparticles, Dermaviduals Suusmoon Lotion N, $167.20, effectively restores the balance of dry, dehydrated and acneic skin by feeding it large amounts of linoleic acid. For targeted treatment, opt for the Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Spot Treatment, $42, which contains Salicylic and Mandelic acids that dramatically reduce the appearance of blemishes. Volo Anti-Blemish Spray, $34.99, is a plant-based anti-bacterial spritz, best used for bacne.
Times of Tension
Coming back into an overwhelming workload post-holidays can ramp up stress levels. Add a few drops of aromatherapeutic essential oil blends to your diffuser like the Absolute Essential Stress Less, $29.95, or Arbonne Rescue & Renew Focus, $51, to create a sense of tranquility and melt away tension. For an on-the-go vial, This Works Stress Check Breathe In, $35, makes for a popular handbag companion. BetterYou Magnesium oil Goodnight Spray, $29.95, provides effective transdermal absorption of magnesium with added chamomile, bergamot and clary sage to soothe and relax the body to ensure a deep sleep.
To target skin concerns such as firmness, luminosity, dryness and uneven skin tone, it may be wise to try skin-healing from the inside out. 11 times best-selling author and nutritional biochemist, Dr. Libby Weaver, recently released an antioxidant-rich bioavailable formulation, Bio Blends Skin Nutrition, $59.95, to improve blood circulation and support collagen and elastin synthesis. Re.skin re.form serum and re.vive supplement, $169, is a two-step system that harnesses the power of sustainably sourced New Zealand marine collagen to increase cell renewal. Inspired by the dramatic results of Japanese miracle collagen, Founder Anna Lahey created Vida Glow. Derived from Deep Sea Red Snapper scales, the Marine Collagen Powder, $65, consists of low molecule weight hydrolysed collagen, free from heavy metals, toxins, pollution and additives. Bioavailable with an absorption rate above 90%, you’ll be seeing results in hair growth, nail strength, skin plumpness and muscle toning.
Soothe & Repair
Prevent cracking and roughness by giving your hard workers some TLC. Protect and condition with these uber-intensive non-slip solutions fit for severely damaged working hands. Don’t forget to apply before bedtime to restore dry skin overnight.
Antipodes Delight Hand and Body Cream, $46.90; Matakana Botanicals Gardeners Hand, Cream, $18; Environ Hand & Nail Cream, $32.85; NS Working Hands, $15.99
Repair dry, chapped and irritated skin with all-natural wonder balms to treat a variety of minor hurts. Cosmedix Rescue+, $115; Skin Juice Green Juice All Over Skin Balm, $64.95; Trilogy everything balm, $27.99; Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm, $32.