Achieve luminous skin and silky hair with our guide to the best beauty products around

It has long been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while we are inclined to agree, we also think it is in the eye of those in the know. The last few years have seen the beauty industry make impressive strides in new and innovative products that do more than simply create an even base or add a pop of colour.

And while I might have started my beauty journey in the era of Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse, I’m the first to admit that I am not always the easiest to impress (largely due to my sensitive skin and damaged barrier, courtesy of the products I am constantly trialling in the name of editorial research). That said, over the last few months, there has been a raft of new beauty products released that have proven more than impressive. Here are the highlights.

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La Bouche Rouge Lipstick
Literally translating to red lips in French, this sumptuous makeup brand produces environmentally responsible, natural formulas in refillable, recyclable, plastic-free cases. Since its debut in 2017, the world’s most discerning fashionistas have fast become obsessed with its lust-worthy offerings. Each of La Bouche Rouge’s serum-infused makeup formulas is free from petrochemicals, toxins, plastic powder, micro-plastics, silicones, beeswax and preservatives — all without compromising on the luxury aesthetic that has made this brand so sought-after. Having just arrived in Faradays as the luxury department store’s first ever beauty brand, we are particularly enamoured with the lipsticks, for their silky, stay-all-day formula. Discover more about the beautiful brand (and enter our exclusive La Bouche Rouge giveaway — valued at more than $3000 — here.

Tronque New Body Butter Formulation
Tronque’s beloved Firming Body Butter has finally returned, with a new formulation that prides itself on a divine new 100% natural fragrance designed in Grasse, France — one that the perfumer shares, is their most natural ever produced. Just as soothing and luxurious as their previous weighty formulas, this body butter is our all-over essential for any time of year.

Sisley Paris Supremÿa At Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Skin Care Lotion
As pioneers of sublime skincare, Sisley Paris’ Supremÿa is a proven, powerful, anti-aging lotion that will become an essential first step in your night-time ritual. Combining the efficacy of a serum with the luxury of a cream, it harnesses Sisley’s Phyto-Complex LC12 to deliver seriously impressive, visible results.

Rose Inc Solar Infusion Soft-Focus Cream Bronzer
Harnessing the beautiful glow garnered from a stint in the sun (without the harmful UV), the latest beauty trend is all about dusty blush and perfectly-placed bronzer. Enter Rose Inc: the gorgeous sustainable brand from the equally gorgeous Rosie Huntington Whitley, whose cream bronzers deliver the long-lasting sunkissed moment our winter skin is craving. Opt for generous application using a fluffy brush to achieve a look that will leave you luminous.

Emma Lewisham Supernatural Sleeping Mask
When Emma Lewisham announces a new addition to her coveted range, those in the beauty realm know that it is guaranteed to be a cult favourite. This ‘beauty sleep in a bottle’ night mask offers a rich dose of hyaluronic acid, ceramides and unparalleled hydration. I’m not one to overexaggerate, but this Supernatural Sleeping Mask is divine, having literally healed my damaged barrier and winter dry patches overnight with ease.

New Dyson Airwrap & Attachments
As the Dyson Airwrap’s most loyal fan, little could part me from the trusty model that I’ve held onto for years. However, the latest re-edition of this haircare investment offers more in the way of much-needed bells and whistles, working through a few tricky design flaws to make my daily blow wave entirely fuss-free. The new curling barrels, for example, have interchangeable airflow directions, removing the need to change them out on every curl. But my favourite part is the new rough dry attachment, which minimises those final flyaways that few products seem to take.

RevitaLash Cosmetics Brow & Lash Masque
Between swiping RevitaLash Advanced on my lashes and RevitaBrow Advanced on my brows, my lashes and brows have never looked so healthy. But the latest addition to my collection promises some of the most coveted conditioning yet. Launched earlier this month, the RevitaLash Cosmetics Lash & Brow Masque is a physician-developed treatment that addresses visible signs of compromised lashes and brows, both immediately and in the long term. This is a nutrient-rich, hero product for those beauty addicts all too familiar with over-styling, daily make-up usage and the damage caused by environmental stressors — an easy addition to work into your Sunday night mask ritual.

Byredo Shimmering Lipstick in Amber In Furs
Byredo is an adored name in the realm of luxury fragrance and is a mainstay in most curated perfume collections. Yet this latest addition to the brand’s beauty offering is another example of why we often ask, ‘what can’t they do?’. The nourishing formula and beautiful casing make for an easy lip balm replacement, and the long-lasting pigment (especially in Ambur In Furs) makes it the ideal everyday lipstick.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Repair Hair Mask
Despite laying down the hot tools in favour of nourishing our tresses, it’s still hard to minimise the drying and damage hair is subjected to on a daily basis. Trust Dr. Barbara Sturm to develop a new nourishing formula that provides intensive, targeted repair and care for dry and damaged hair. Using Cationic Hyaluronic Acid (the same that we put on our faces), this new product is perfect to use on those days when you feel like rocking a slick, glossy supermodel bun.

La Mer The Micro Peel
La Mer rarely adds new products to its already impressive stable, but when it does, we know with certainty that they’re bound to be some of the most luxurious (but still effective) new additions to any beauty routine. The brand’s new Micro Peel lives up to its promise of  ‘​​visible transformation by morning’. Offering polished perfection and a clarified complexion, this formula is soothing and nourishing while getting the hard work done (while you sleep). Availabe at Mecca Commercial Bay.

Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Complexion Touch
As a clean beauty aesthetic reigns supreme, innovative new makeup is at the top of our wishlists. Take Chanel’s Les Beiges Touche De Teint, for instance, a new serum foundation that blends seamlessly onto the face to become a lasting, hydrating base for effervescent skin, all day long.

Costa Brazil Aroma — Jungle
I’m of the firm belief that fragrances should be curated just like a closet or accessories collection — with different scents answering to the needs of the day. Because there are certain times I like to call on Costa Brazil’s Jungle Aroma, a unisex fragrance with just the right hint of masculinity. Inspired by the natural resin produced in the Amazon, this fresh yet spicy fragrance features a blend of ingredients that are known for their stress-reducing properties, transporting you to a calm, canopied rainforest in your mind (if not in reality). 

Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick
While contour may not be cut and carved with the same intensity as it was a few years ago, there still remains a place for a subtle and reliable contour stick in every beauty regime. Westman Atelier’s Face Trace stick is both parts luxurious and utterly wearable, with a creamy formula that blends perfectly into any base and incorporates skincare-like properties of hydration and oil absorption, to help the product stay in place. To top it all off is the signature essence of luxury — a hallmark of Westman Atelier products. Because if you’re going to be investing in your beauty routine, why not add a little touch of opulence? Availabe at Mecca Commercial Bay.


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