From skin to hair, if a product finds its way into our Let’s Make-Up round-up, then you know it’s a goody.
This is March’s selection that includes a sumptuous new scent from Hermès as well as the best skincare-tanning hybrid which is launching from Tan Luxe later this month.
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Vegan
By now, any beauty buff worth their salt knows about stem cell scientist, Augustinus Bader and his miracle-working products. For those who don’t, this new vegan upgrade to the brand’s cult moisturiser, The Rich Cream, is as good an introduction as you could ever wish for. Originally released in 2018, the brand has reimagined its transformative ingredient list so that it can be classed as vegan, while still packing a punch. In clinical trials, the brand’s upgraded formula improved skin hydration by a whopping 145 per cent. An investment for sure, but worth every single penny.
Tan-Luxe Super Gloss
Given that life may well be returning to its former self in the not-too distant future, we need to be thinking of how we can fake our glows like we really, really mean it. After all, one entire year spent in the confines of our own homes has done nothing for our complexions. It’s time to bring in the big dogs; enter, the new Super Gloss bronzing drops from Tan-Luxe. Not only do they impart a deliciously sun-kissed faux glow, but the serum also has SPF 30 and a hydrating combination of both hyaluronic and squalene. It is wonderful and very much worth joining the waiting list for.
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal
Hands up if you’ve been dabbling in the retinol realm during lockdown. For those who have been flirting with it, but have found their skin has reacted badly, then Omorovicza’s new Midnight Renewal is for you. Its key ingredient is Retinal, a strain of Vitamin A that is supposedly 11 times more effective than classic retinol, and offers the same smoothing that the more well-known powerhouse ingredient does, but specifically for sensitive skin. Don’t just take it from me: in the brand’s own clinical trials, it found that 93 per cent of people agreed that their skin felt smoother and 90 per cent agreed it felt more nourished.
Supergoop! Unseen Suncreen
America’s finest beauty export, cult sunscreen brand Supergoop! has finally landed on British shores, courtesy of the gods at Cult Beauty. Its formulations blend beautifully into skin leaving no nasty white streaks and manage to make the dewiest base for make-up. Who knew SPF could be this good?! Believe the hype, because it’s so real.
St. Tropez x Ashley Graham Ultimate Glow Kit
I am a certified bronzing buff. I know my way around a good self-tanner the way I know the back of my hand. And this latest offering from St. Tropez is a veritable pack-leader. With a whipped mousse-like texture, the tan applies evenly and in the most sumptuous golden shade. It also comes with a bevy of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and vitamin E to condition skin. The included mitt is also worth mentioning; velvety soft, and spreads the tan evenly and perfectly.
Spectrum x Katie-Jane Hughes Brushes Set
Now there are make-up brushes and there are make-up brushes and this set falls into the latter camp. Make-up artist Katie-Jane Hughes’ vegan and cruelty-free 25-brush collection with Spectrum is as good as they come, with everything from face and eye brushes to sculpting and highlighting brushes as well as a handy pot to keep them in and towel to dry them in (remember to clean them!) A match made in make-up heaven.
Aesop x RÆBURN Adventurer Roll Up
Cult Aussie beauty brand Aesop has joined forces with sartorial sustainable pioneer Christopher Raeburn on a delightful collaboration, which comprises a Raeburn-designed sleeve, which is made from post-consumer recycled cotton, and three of Aesop’s go-to hand products: Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash and Mist (both smell like slices of heaven) and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, which is perfect for moisturising post-sanitise. As we venture back into the real world, our handbags are crying out for a handy (pardon the pun) set such as this.
Living Proof Curl Shampoo and Conditioner
Calling all curly girls! Go-to haircare brand Living Proof has just debuted its first range specifically made for curly hair and it’s the best my coils have ever tried. While the 7-part line encompasses a range of curl-perfecting lotions and potions, it’s the shampoo and conditioner that I think are the wunderkinds. Used together in tandem, they leave curly hair feeling squeaky clean, but also moisturised and curls defined! It’s a hard combination to get right, but Living Proof just has.
Hermès, purveyor of some of the most delicious scents in the game (Twilly d’Hermès and Un Jardin En Mediterranee, I’m looking at you), has debuted its latest scent, H24, and it is summer escapism bottled. With top notes of clary sage combined with narcissus and rosewood, the fragrance is utterly moreish. H24 is also the brand’s first major men’s fragrance launch since Terre d’Hermès in 2006. I don’t prescribe to the idea of gent’s scents – I think most are unisex and subjective to your own tastes – and this is no exception. I’ve worn H24 consistently since receiving it and think it’s sublime. It’s a yes from me.
Modern Botany Multi-Purpose Oil
Sometimes, all you need is a one-size-fits-all hard-working product that pulls its weight. Irish brand Modern Botany’s Multi-Purpose Oil offers precisely that. Featuring a heady ingredient list like the anti-inflammatory, omega-3 fatty acid-rich flaxseed oil and lignans, I keep the oil never out of arms reach. I use it on my cuticles, hands, face or hair whenever they’re in need of a bit of love. It’s brilliant and smells even better too.
Frank Body Clean Deodorant
If you, like me, have been on the hunt for a good and efficacious clean deodorant, then consider your hunt now over. Frank Body, the cult millennial brand known for its body scrubs, has debuted its first personal care range and its cucumber and green tea-scented clean deodorant is by far the star. In the words of the brand, BO really is the pits so don’t sweat the small stuff.