From skincare-infused foundation to a long-lasting luxury lipliner, here are our favourite new beauty products we can’t keep secret.
Orginally published April 2021 in Best Health
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Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow
Like most people, I haven’t worn a full face of foundation for over a year, but I’ve gone deep into a newer category that’s often called a “glow booster.” These are basically super light, skincare-infused, transparent foundations that have just enough coverage to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and age spots to give you that your-skin-but-better look. This new launch is one of my favourites—I spread a dime-sized drop over my haggard visage and suddenly I look like a dewy, luminous baby. It comes in 30 shades.”
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Essie nail enamel in You Know the Espadrille
I’ve practically become a nail professional over the last year (once I stopped staring sadly at the “CLOSED” sign at my local nail bar, that is). After a lifetime of gravitating towards neons, reds and pastels, this spring I’m all about seventies orange, so I can’t wait to get my…er…hands, on this shade, one of the six limited-edition colours in Essie’s desert-themed spring collection.
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Strivectin Hyaluronic Omega Moisture Lip Mask
Take your lip moisturizing game to the next level with this leave-on formula that strengthens the skin barrier on your lips. Wrap your kisser in replenishing omega-rich fatty acids derived from raspberry seed oil and jojoba oil while Moroccan Pomegranate Flower Extract—which is super charged with ellagic acid, anthocyanins and terpenoids—helps give you a fuller-looking pout.
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Garnier Green Labs Brightening Gel Wash Pinea C
Ok, this is a bit of a cheat because Garnier’s new collection of face washes technically came out right at the end of February, but I didn’t want to miss featuring this affordable fragrance-free vegan range. The new collection includes a hyaluronic-acid infused milky wash for dry skin, a 3-in-1 clay formula that’s a mask, exfoliator and a cleanser for oilier skin and this brightening wash powered by pineapple and Vitamin C.”
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Oribe Imperial Blowout Styling Crème
Yes, Virginia, some people are still blow-drying their hair! This new cream from cult haircare line Orbie uses plant collagen extract, caffeine, biotin and niacinamide to help give aging hair a shot of glossy life, protecting it from heat styling and extending the staying power of your blow dry along the way.
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MAC Cosmetics Glow Play Lip Balm
If lipstick feels like a bit much for your glamorous life visiting the grocery store and staring at your colleagues on Zoom, these new tinted balms from MAC are here to give you a kiss of colour and a lot of hydration. A nourishing blend of shea butter and mango and jojoba-seed oils soothes while six easy-to-wear (but limited edition!) shades makes you look not quite as dead as you feel inside.
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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Sensitive
Sensitive-skin types will love this new hypoallergenic and fragrance-free version of Embryolisse’s famous Lait-Crème Concentré. It’s specially formulated for reactive skin and can be used as a cleansing milk, makeup base, after-shave cream or a moisturizer and it’s safe for kids and babies, too.
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Gucci Beauty Crayon Contour des Lèvres
Lipstick and lip liner feathering into the (many!) fine lines around my lips is the bane of my beauty existence, so when I find a liner that goes on smoothly and stays put, I’m a fan for life. A handy mask-friendly makeup hack is using a creamy, long-lasting formula like these new pencils from Gucci to line and fill your lips instead of wearing any lipstick at all (you can put some some clear balm over top if you want more moisture). Comes in six classic shades.
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Vichy Liftactiv Specialist SPF 30
While OF COURSE you’ve been wearing sunscreen all year round like we’ve been telling you to do forever, it’s definitely sunshine season out there. Since all we can do right now is, as my friend’s four-year-old says: “Go for another f–king walk,” this lightweight, comfortable cream is perfect for people who can’t even with all the skincare steps and who are looking for a daily moisturizer that’s also a good sunscreen. This one-and-done formula packs active ingredients like Vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid into a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.