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.
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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.