RISE & SHINE
First launched in 2012 with the renowned Caviar Extract, the new La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, $1,070 for 50ml has been reimagined with two of the luxury house’s most potent and advanced caviar ingredients. First, Caviar Premier, which encapsulates the beads’ naturally rich, gravity-defying properties, and Caviar Absolue, a highly concentrated form of caviar oils and proteins for visually regained volume. Housed in separate chambers that fuse into a silky, golden emulsion upon pumping, this sensorial elixir melts into skin to lift and resculpt contours, and restores volume while reducing fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Fresh and gleaming on the outside, strong and energised on the inside, the Dior Prestige Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum, $490 for 50ml, promises beautiful skin in a bottle. Packed with the regenerative powers of the resilient Rose de Granville, this formula with 22 micronutrients from the flower has been further fortified with precious rose sap—where the bloom gets all its essential nutrients from—all housed in 10,000 micro pearls. These infuse skin with the nourishing richness of an oil and the corrective power of a serum to deeply repair signs of ageing, and recharge the functions and foundation of tauter, plumper and healthier skin.
MAKE A SWEEPING STATEMENT
Victoria Beckham Beauty’s Smoky Eye Brick in Tweed Satin Matte Eyeshadow is a truly posh and polished palette that veils the lids in a foursome of dimensional neutrals. Fusing skincare ingredients with make-up, the satin-matte eyeshadows contain a hyaluronic acid complex that helps minimise fine lines and smoothen peepers.
GIVE IT A SHOT
The Moroccan Moonlight Cactus—a resilient desert plant that blooms for just six hours every year and is able to withstand the harshest of environments—stars in YSL’s Pure Shots Night Reboot Serum, $139 for 30ml. This exfoliator-in-oil serum aims to reset and create skin that’s brighter, more resistant to urban ageing factors and protected against oxidative stress, as shown by in vitro tests.
Promising a new level of radiant skin, Lancôme’s Refining Enzymatic Dual Essence, $140 for 150ml, harnesses the peeling via enzymatic properties of French beech bud extract—also known as the ‘forever young’ tree—and replenishing grapeseed oil. This bi-phase essence comes with a patented whisk to help you blend the formula into fresh micro-bubbles that nourish and form a protective barrier over the skin. Together, they address the factors that make up skin clarity: toning, skin resilience, hydration and a smoother skin surface to ensure optimal light reflection.
GET LOST IN WONDER
An exhibition at the British Museum on what the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon would have looked like served as inspiration for these two new striking fragrances by Jo Malone. Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne ($215 for 100ml) and Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense ($280 for 100ml) explore the olfactive romance between a king and his queen. Inviting us into a rich, verdant world created by master perfumers Sophie Labbe and Alexis Dadier, Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne calls to mind an aqueous fig: ripe, handpicked figs for breakfast and lotus flower adornments. Cypress & Grapevine is a fougere fragrance with a fresh, aromatic top of sensual amber, lavender and cypress, with the warmth of the grapevine and moss—the romantic, masculine heart of the pair. The result: a sensorial duo that is at once mysterious and other-worldly, especially in a time where wanderlust seems impossible.
HAIR SPA AT HOME
De-stress and get instant relief from dandruff-prone scalp with Oribe’s Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment, $68 for 50ml. Containing skincare ingredients such as BHA to gently slough off loose flakes, cooling essential oils and Oribe’s Signature Complex, hair is better protected against oxidative stress, UV and other damaging effects of the heat and humidity.
GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Repair by night, protect by day is Estee Lauder’s better-than-ever Advanced Night Repair, $175 for 50ml. Inspired by epigenetics, its breakthrough Chronolux Power Signal Technology helps to speed up the skin’s natural repair and renewal process, creating fresh new skin cells by 43 per cent and increasing the natural production of collagen. One dropper’s worth offers 72 hours of plump, hydrated skin with eight hours of antioxidant protection, claims Estee Lauder. The result? Healthy skin that feels firmer with pores diminished and lines that appear reduced 25 per cent faster.
As months of mask-wearing calls for make-up that’s breathable, weightless and long-wearing, Shu Uemura’s Unlimited Glow Foundation, $72 for 35ml, has been the discovery of the season. Formulated with diverse Asian skin tones in mind, it contains skincare-inspired ingredients such as organic rice extract and Japanese white peony, which offers skin a vitamin D-like for a complexion that’s revitalised, energised and truly lit-from-within.
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