10 Best (Innovative) Beauty Products You’ll Want This Minute
Our list of ‘must-have beauty products’ is ever evolving. Can you blame us, really? K-beauty just won’t leave the trending charts. Plus, there’s a host of innovative beauty products vying for a spot on our night table. These picks promise to take the mundane out of your beauty routine and do wonders for you.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
We get it. Wearing make-up is fun; taking it off at 2am is a chore. But what if it could just melt off your face? Rub the Estée Lauder balm over dry skin and it transforms into an oil that eases the make-up off your face. Splash water again and you’ll find it turns into a gentle, milky cleanser. It’s infused with safflower oil, and a subtle lavender-chamomile scent. Just what you need to wind down!
Ouai Anti Frizz Hair Sheets
If you’ve dealt with stubborn frizz, you know it has the power to spring up on you when you least expect it. Celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin’s Ouai gives us frizz tamers in the form of portable hemp paper sheets. They’re loaded with coconut oil and shea butter, which leave your hair neat and glossy.
Benefit They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender
The design of the kit allows you to sweep – and blend! – two colours in a single swipe. It features perfectly paired powder eyeshadow duos, and a custom made ShadowBlender which traces the contours of your eyes ever so neatly. It’s like carrying your make-up pro in your bag.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez can testify on the merits of LED powered light therapy. Neutrogena’s version lets you in on the trend at a fraction of the cost. The battery-powered mask features red LED lights that reduce inflammation on acne prone skin. PS: It’s known to work better on odd breakouts rather than hormonal acne.
Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick
You don’t need to ruin a lipstick or two to get on board the ombre train. Dior made that one step easier. Their dual-textured lipsticks feature a metallic core couched in a matte shade. The medley works surprisingly well. If the colours are too bold for you, start with one of the nudes from the eight shade range.
Dr Jart+ Firm Lover Rubber Mask
Korean beauty brands have legions of fans in beauty junkies and editors alike. Dr Jart+ is one of them. Evenly apply the contents of the ampule on your face, and cover with the rubber mask sheet to seal the goodness in. The rubber sheet presses the essential serums into your skin and doesn’t allow any vital essences to escape via evaporation. Tackle dryness, lack of elasticity, dullness, and enlarged pores and excess oil with this Instagram-friendly mask.
Byredo Kabuki Perfume
A new way to wear perfume? Sign us up! Byredo draws inspiration from the traditional brushes used by Japanese actors to apply make-up for the stage. Their perfume brush lets you paint your pulse points with a micro-fine powder, infused with the fragrance. We love the idea of painting with Gypsy Water, Blanche or Bal d’Afrique.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
A dry sheet mask that also hydrates your skin? Charlotte Tilbury proves it can be done. It is a dry textile mask with ingredients imprinted on it and because it is dry, it doesn’t harbour bacteria — so you can wear this up to 3 times! It aims to reduce wrinkles, smooth, brighten, lift and hydrate your skin. Magic mask, indeed.
Dr Sheth’s Indoor Protection Mist
If you spend every waking minute in front of one screen or another, you’ll want to invest in this. Screen light makes pigmentation worse, specifically in skin of colour. The mist packs butterfly bush extracts for safeguarding against the rays, wheat and oat sugars and hyaluronic acid for hydration, and niacinamide and green tea for brightening, and calendula for calming the skin. Phew!
Philip B Weightless Conditioning Water
Your rinse-out and leave-in conditioners have a serious new rival in Philip B’s mist. Apply it on-the-go, on dry hair even! It restores bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. And did we mention it calms frizz?