This is a rather strange time of the year. On one hand, we are still not completely over the sheer decadence followed by the I-shall-curb-my-spending feeling that inevitably rolls around after the new year.
On the other hand, it’s springtime! The time for renewal and fresh awakening, which translates on a more material plane into new beauty launches and brand new temptations. And this year is particularly full of temptations, given the super-innovative beauty products that have been rolling our way since the past few weeks.
So, let’s decide on a middle path: Let’s talk only about the new beauty products that are super-innovative, that seem to redefine their very genre, and that will do your skin, hair and wallet proud. In short, just the products I am stocking up on myself.
So here you go: The nine new breakout products that are changing the beauty game in 2018!
Exfoliating the skin under your eyes? Skin that’s already the thinnest and most fragile anywhere on our body? Seriously? Why am I even going there, especially since I am pretty much paranoid about my eyes?
But in the interests of research, I simply had to go there. Because, if this under-eye exfoliator worked, it would be a game changer. And work, it does. In epic fashion.
The Renée Rouleau Overnight Eye Serum is a super-gentle AHA peel, which dissolves dead cells to keep fine lines, dryness and milia in check. Plus, it makes your eye cream work better. I’ve been using it twice a week for the past month and can already see a difference. That’s what I call a pathbreaker! $49
Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo
By now, we all know how important it is to exfoliate our scalps in the quest for thick, smooth, healthy, glow-y hair. But who wants to add another step to already time consuming routines? Aveda’s Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo combines scalp-care and shampooing in one neat sweep, cleansing out pore debris and other gunk with wintergreen-derived salicylic acid *insert heart emoji*. $33
Charles Worthington Colourplex Toning Blue Shampoo
You know how bleached blondes revere their purple toning shampoo to banish brassy yellow tones? Now us brunettes also have our own Holy Grail: a blue toning shampoo that keeps chocolate-hued hair safe, smooth and shiny. It guards brunette hair against oxidisation, hence preventing the red and or orange tones that crop up and spoil the fun. $14
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks
At first glance, these gold foiled eye masks simply seem to be Instagram bait. But explore a little further and you will find that the gold is not just decorative. In the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks, it retains heat when applied under the eyes, helping the aloe leaf extract, hyaluronic acid and lavender oil-infused serum to absorb more efficiently. The result? A perfect pick-me-up for tired peepers, dark circles and puffiness. $25 for pack of 6
Nars Liquid Blush in Hot Tin Roof
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Sometimes, genius lies in simplicity. And skin guru Caroline Hirons is no stranger to either, as evidenced by the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, which combines a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream in a single jar. This makes it so easy to actually double cleanse, especially when you are travelling! $24
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
This is clearly a good time for eyes, with brands pouring all their research into brightening, de-puffing and de-creasing them more efficiently and effectively. Drunk Elephant’s has popped in five forms of vitamin C and eight peptides to repair stubborn damage, strengthen and brighten the eye area… taking care of my pet peeve that all eye formulations seem to be just about tackling puffiness and fine lines, while what I really need is someone to take away my dark circles and uneven skin tone. So, thank you Drunk Elephant! $64
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask
Lancôme’s Youth Activating Second Skin sheet mask (that’s a a mouthful!) has been my firm favorite ever since it first met my skin. Which has always been a puzzle, since I am definitely entrenched in the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair camp, vis-a-vis the Génifique one where serums are concerned. Go figure!
Anyway, back to Génifique… the new Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask goes one step further by adding a hefty does of probiotic extracts to the mix, to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and keep it smooth, supple, and healthy. These new versions contain the same amount of bifidus extract – Lancôme’s star ingredient – as is present in a full 30ml bottle of Advanced Genifique serum. Perfect for hitting the reset button on dull, lacklustre skin in 10 minutes flat! $55 for pack of 4
Which new beauty products have you all tingly with excitement right now?