From the world’s most decadent makeup compact to haute couture nails and face masks that will light up even the most blah complexions, these are the beauty launches we need within reach through December (and many months thereafter!).
This rich anti-ageing cream draws on the principles of Ayurveda to penetrate all seven layers of skin and firm up the underlying muscles, help control collagen depletion, increase skin elasticity and smooth fine lines. At its core is pure Gold bhasma, which is prepared according to traditional Ayurvedic methods and infused in a mix of organic oils, herbs, fresh cow’s milk, ghee and floral infusions.
Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain, $40
Just the mere thought of a new Benefit cult-classic-in-the-making is enough to make my heart do a little gallop and Lollitint so fits the bill. This creamy, candy pink goes on sheer for just the perfect pop of colour! Though I would be using it just for my cheeks as these ones never do work quite as well on the lips.
Balmain Nail Polish, $65
When Balmain launches nail polish, you take note. This limited edition set includes classic scarlet, black and nude polishes alongside a matt top coat, all packaged in an elegant gift box. Free of potentially harmful toluene, formaldehyde and camphor, the polishes have a gloss finish; layer on the top coat if you prefer a chic, velvety effect instead.
Marc Jacobs Honey Solid Perfume Necklace, $55
I know, I know… solid perfume necklaces can get a little too cutesy but that’s so not the case with Marc Jacobs Honey. This one looks as good as it smells, what with the golden butterfly pendant, black stripes and oversized golden orb creating the perfect balance between elegant and quirky. The perfume itself opens with a medley of sun-drenched floral facets, with melting honey, golden vanilla and smooth woods in the dry down. Joy!
Maybelline Color Show Brocades, $3.99
The perfect accompaniment to any party dress, these sparkly nail polishes come in a huge range of festive hues and have a super-cool texture. Plus, the metallic glitters are blended with an innovative holographic base and the easy-flow brush makes for easy application.
This limited edition Swarovski-bedecked dazzler has been created in collaboration with Lulu Frost and takes inspiration from vintage Art Deco compacts. Its bejewelled and gilded case brings to mind sensuous ’20s-era screen sirens partying away in decadent style, surrounded by all that’s glam and gorgeous… don’t even attempt to resist!
Clayspray Clay Masque, $59.95
Not only are Clayspray masks super-easy to apply – open, spray and you are done! – they are also developed by a female archaeologist, who knows a thing or two about the properties of clay. This particular clay is sourced from a 100-million-year-old mine in the Iberian Peninsula of Spain and while most masks contain 20% clay, Clayspray has a whopping 65% of the potent stuff. The masks are available in 5 different formulas (from pore refining to brightening) as well as 2 mineral mists to prep and soothe the skin pre- and post-application. Added bonus: the unique spray delivery system stops the product from drying out (read: waste of money).
Frédéric Fekkai PrX Reparatives Mending Elixir, $25
The holiday season brings parties and celebrations. Parties and celebrations bring highlighting, straightening and blowdrying. Highlighting, straightening and blowdrying bring dullness, frizz and Brillo-textured ends. Enter mane man Frédéric Fekkai’s uber-potent hair fix: Fekkai PrX Reparatives Mending Elixir, a velvety serum with cuticle-smoothing argan oil and a luscious sandalwood-vanilla fragrance that practically re-virginised my hair!
MAC Masterclass Makeup Brushes, $25 upwards
MAC is once again turning the entire way we approach makeup on its head with 3 unique brushes that work parallel to the face, instead of being pointed at it. The cutting edge design features an ergonomic handle with a rubbery grip for maximum control, while a tilted head allows for an unobstructed view. All in all, it quite resembles a toothbrush, except in place of coarse bristles are silky-soft Cosmefibres that act and feel like natural hairs. Variations include Linear 1 ($25) for lining lashes and lips and filling in brows, Oval 3 ($32) for applying eye shadow and concealer and Oval 6 ($42) for dusting on foundation and blush. Yes, that’s just 3 brushes but they will be more than enough for all your makeup needs… trust me!
Soft, finely milled and with excellent staying power (mine wore well for more than 8 hours), Laura Mercier’s Pearl Fantasy is a good bet when you are looking for a shimmering purple-grey eye shadow. Application tip: the formula is a bit sheer so use a damp brush to amplify the colour.