PAYDAY has just been and gone, and if you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy, here's the best new beauty products in 2021.
This March, our beauty editor, Tara Ledden has rounded up this month's hottest launches; what she's loving and the products you need to pick up.
Whether an extra dose of hydration for dehydrated skin ahead of Spring, the ultimate cleanser, or super powered oil for your locks, these are the best new beauty products to buy this month, and the hottest launches to snap up now.
Fabulous Beauty Editor, Tara Ledden takes us through her must buys for the month; why she's loving and where to buy them.
Redken Oil for All, £21.50
The cold months haven’t just taken their toll on my skin, but my hair too. Instead of flaky rough patches, its central heating induced dryness, static and tangles from the wind. The fact it’s /way/ overdue a trim doesn’t help either. Oils are normally a complete no-go as I have quite fine hair that gets greasy pretty quickly, but Redken Oil for All, £21.50, has made me rethink my ban. It’s super-lightweight so doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it feel dirty, plus, it cuts down drying time /and/ acts as a heat protector. Call me a convert.
- Redken Oil for All, £21.50, Look Fantastic – buy here
Lumene Arctic Hydra Care Rich Night Balm, £26.90
The Beast from the East volume II might have helped lift my lockdown spirits (mainly because the commute to my at-home desk didn’t include having to battle through it) but it did no favours for my face. My skin was so dehydrated that even my normal SOS routine left my face feeling irritated. My saviour came in the form of Lumene Arctic Hydra Care Rich Night Balm, £26.90. It looks a bit like Sudocrem but melts into a silky cream that comforts my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy film behind. If, like me, you’re someone who normally shies away from anything /rich/ this is a game-changer. Likewise, if you live with someone who loves to turn the heating on during the night.
- Lumene Arctic Hydra Care Rich Night Balm, £26.90, Look Fantastic – buy here
Elemis Pro-Collagen Naked Cleansing Balm, £44
The Elemis cleansing balms are best-sellers for a reason. The buttery formulas make easy work of removing make-up and leave skin seriously soft. However, I don’t love fragrance in my skincare, so when I heard a fragrance-free version was in the works- Elemis Pro-Collagen
Naked Cleansing Balm, £44- I was desperate to get my hands on a tub. After months ofwearing little to no make-up and using the same basic gel cleanser on an evening, the luxe balm was the boost I needed. As it’s unscented it didn’t irritate my eyes one bit, and even removed all trace of a waterproof mascara I was trialling.
- Elemis Pro-Collagen Naked Cleansing Balm, £44, Elemis – buy here
Vieve Sunset Blush, £23
If you spend half as much time on Instagram as me, or have ever watch a make-up tutorial on YouTube, chances are you’re familiar with Jamie Genevieve, the OG make-up artist turned influencer. When her debut make-up collection launched last year, I was obsessed, and the latest launch is just as good. Everything about Vieve Sunset Blush, £23, gives me serious summer vibes. From the beautiful sunset shades to the vacay inspired names (e.g., Piazza, Sorbet and Pesca) not to mention the healthy post-holiday flush that almost rivals a week in The Med, almost.
- Vieve Sunset Blush, £23, Cult Beauty – buy here
Glossier Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Cream, £23
My lips are constantly dry, I’ve tried all the cult balms and salves, but nothing seems to work, is there something I’m doing wrong?
Luckily enough, I feel like I’ve tried just about every dry lip solver out there. A lot of the classics are great for preventing chapped lips, but not so good at repairing them once the damage is done. The petroleum and wax ingredients create a barrier to prevent moisture loss rather than actives to fix the problem. It’s also important to stay away from irritating
ingredients like essential oils, and anything that provides a cooling or plumping sensation.
So, it could be that you’re using the wrong products rather than doing something wrong.
Instead, use balms with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and squalene. Glossier Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Cream, £23, works wonders, as does La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Lips, £7. They’re a bit more expensive than your average lip balm, but it’s so worth it to get rid of sore, chapped lips!
- Glossier Bubblewrap Eye and Lip Cream, £23, Glossier – buy here
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