From high-tech and innovative to downright indulgent, these are the products our beauty editor is using and loving right now…
Dolce&Gabbana Velvet Mughetto
The latest addition to Dolce&Gabbana’s luxe Velvet Collection, Velvet Mughetto, is a delicate and smooth blend featuring floral lily of the valley at its heart. The scent opens with sparkling citrus top notes of Italian bergamot essence. While cassis adds a dark fruity facet and pink pepper brings a spicy, rosy note. Rounding off the olfactory blend, are sensual base notes of warm and resinous sandalwood and cashmeran wood.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W
Beauty aficionados rejoice! Cult prestige beauty brand Biologique Recherche, which boasts an army of fans including local royalty Georgia Fowler and Lorde, has finally arrived in New Zealand. Dubbed “French holy water”, the prestige skincare brand is best known for its Lotion P50W, the “life-changing” chemical exfoliant adored by influencers and celebrity facialists alike. Exclusive to the Sofitel SPA at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, indulge in a luxurious, bespoke Biologique Recherche professional treatment. A word of warning though: you’ll be back for more - just one treatment is enough to convince you of its complexion perfecting prowess.
goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
Who knew exfoliation could be oh-so-indulgent while still delivering results? Available for the first time in New Zealand (through Mecca), cult beauty brand goop, is true to its all-natural origins and cruelty-free. With this Glow Exfoliator, enjoy a physical and chemical exfoliation when you dip into this air-whipped dual-action microdermabrasion treatment. Designed to polish skin, smooth uneven texture, and reveal a healthy-looking, glowing complexion, the formula is densely packed with a blend of four powerful micro-exfoliating minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica). Rounding out this mix, glycolic acid has been included to help sweep away dry, dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores for skin that is visibly softer, smoother, and more radiant. Hello glowing skin.
Clarins Total Eye Lift
Softens wrinkles? Check. Combats puffiness? Check. Erases dark circles? Check. Sign us up! This eye lift in a bottle works to counteract the 10,000 movements our eyes make every day that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. The formula features unique botanicals to deliver an effective, targeted treatment for the eye contour area.
Me Today Vitamin Glow C Serum
After SPF, the next must-have for your summer beauty arsenal? Vitamin C! Famous for delivering that lit-from-within glow, vitamin C is also a skincare superstar in summer for its ability to provide essential antioxidant support and improve signs of sun damage like pigmentation. Fun fact: combining vitamin C serum and broad-spectrum sunscreen will increase protection against sun damage more than just sunscreen alone. The Me Today Vitamin Glow C Serum is enriched with 6% highly stable vitamin C, as well as brightening botanicals strawberry and kiwi seed.
Swisse Skincare Rosewater Hydrating Mist Toner
Whether you're looking to hydrate parched skin, soothe irritation or instantly refresh on a hot day, Swisse’s Rosewater Hydrating Mist Toner is a summer staple. While skin-soothing rose hip and cooling aloe vera work to calm skin, the real kicker is Glycerin – a multi-tasking powerhouse that hydrates and softens in one spritz.
Emma Lewisham Illuminating Cleansing Oil
Rounding out her line of luxuriously natural, high performance skincare, fans of cult local brand Emma Lewisham will be joyous to learn there’s a new addition. The first step in any skincare regime, an oil cleanser gently cleanses and removes makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This iteration bathes the skin in 23 concentrated actives, which work to detoxify, hydrate and brighten your complexion.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo
Founded on the belief that we should be treating our hair the same way we treat our skin, Briogeo is a line of naturally based, performance-driven haircare. The stand-out in our opinion is the hair scrub, featuring Binchotan charcoal and plant-based exfoliators to draw out and lift away build-up, impurities, dead skin, and excess oil that may clog scalp and hair follicles. Whether you’ve got a dry scalp (thanks to summer humidity) or a chronic dry shampoo user, this scalp exfoliant soothes and refreshes for long-term hair health. It also smells amazing.
Maybelline Lifter Gloss & Color Strike
A welcome and well-timed delivery arrived just after a very important office chat about lip glosses (serious business). Answering our prayers for a non-sticky gloss, Maybelline Lifter Gloss is silky-smooth and features an ultra large wand for super easy one swipe application. We're all converted. Also new from Maybelline, are the Color Strike eye shadow pens, which deliver up to 12 hours of high-impact colour. Our pick of the bunch is the shade #50 Hustle Metallic for a sulty, bronze smoky eye.
Sávar Luxury Face Wash
Trust me, add our latest discovery to your skincare regime stat: the Sávar Luxury Face Wash. Like all the products in the range, it's made from ultra-premium, natural New Zealand ingredients. But what had us converted was the heavenly scent guaranteed to elevate your cleansing routine. The soap free formula gently removes makeup and impurities, minimises breakouts and leaves your skin feeling cleansed, soft and revitalised.
8+ Minute Goat Milk Rejuvenating Mask
Sheet masks like you’ve never seen before leveraging the latest technology, micro plant fibres and 3D design sheets. Harnessing the natural exfoliating and hydrating properties of goat's milk, as well as complex vitamins and probiotic lactic acid, this rejuvenating mask improves skin brightness and elasticity. Meanwhile, cherry blossom helps to repair the skin’s natural barriers.
Glam Xpress Adhesive Eyeliner & Lash Kit
With up to 30 uses in one kit, Glam Xpress Adhesive Eyeliner & Lash Kit will more than see you through party season. Get the false lash look without the drama of smudging, flaking and glue. Simply apply the precise felt tip eyeliner along your top lash line, then press strip lashes on top for instant application.