The best new beauty launches to add to your radar for December 2021

This summer’s beauty releases mirror the party mood we’ve long been counting down to. Festive and fun, bookmark these beautifying holiday launches for a special someone, or better yet, yourself.

Murad Daily Clarifying Peel

It had us at one-step. Super easy to use—literally just dot onto a cotton pad and swipe, no need to rinse—and this derm-approved solution works to clear pores and refine texture. Alcohol-free with a gentle retinoid, it’s an effective formula for sensitive complexions looking to improve smoothness, without stripping the skin. What’s more, imperfection-clearing BHA helps remove pore-clogging debris, while glycolic acid promotes exfoliation.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

Disruptive skincare brand The Ordinary is renowned for its super affordable and potent products, but navigating the range’s science-y names can be overwhelming. But, hang in there – it’s worth it. This new water-free solution is formulated to effectively decongest and exfoliate the skin. A fully solubilised (not suspended) salicylic acid, in an emollient, squalane-based vehicle, makes it a sensitive skin-friendly option for those looking to reduce pore size and textural irregularities, while improving overall skin clarity.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette of Pearls

Meet the perfect holiday-ready eyeshadow quad for show-stopping party season lids. Crafted specially for the festive season, the limited-edition, four-step palette features colour-coded eye shadows with a pearlescent, duo-chrome finish. Housed in pearlescent packaging with shimmering mother-of-pearl and gold accents, if you’re looking for one eye palette to do it all, this is it.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge

Defying convention since its launch, the latest iteration of Givenchy L’Interdit is equally rule-breaking. The new Eau de Parfum Rouge arouses and burns with incandescent sensuality, inviting the wearer to give into its temptation. Crafted by Master Perfumers Dominique Ropion, Anne Flipo and Fanny Bal, it features the signature floral bouquet of L’Interdit with a blood orange twist. The tangy explosive notes fused with the freshness of ginger make for a sensual, utterly seductive and spicy accord, sure to turn heads this party season.

Morphe Mickey & Friends Truth Be Bold Artistry Palette

Nothing sets beauty lover's hearts aflutter more than a limited-edition collab - better yet, when Disney is involved. A cult makeup brand and nostalgia unite with this feel-good Mickey & Friends x Morphe palette. Featuring 35 unapologetically bold shades in super-fierce finishes, it's just the boundary-breaking colour injection we need this festive season.

Emma Lewisham Holiday Illuminating Face and Body Oil

With beach season firmly on the horizon, the pins are out, which calls for some skin TLC below the neck. Brand-new from powerhouse New Zealand skincare brand Emma Lewisham comes the brands first product for beyond the face. A limited-edition holiday release, like the rest of the line-up, the Illuminating Face and Body Oil equally luxurious and scientifically-backed. The formula harnesses a proprietary complex of organic and innovative botanical ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin’s surface for the most radiant sun-kissed glow.

Chloe Zara Hair Créme

A local luxury for your mane. The newest product to join the already star-studded Chloe Zara line up is a Hair Créme designed to be used as a lightweight pre-styling solution to improve body, volume and texture. Boasting its signature scent and packaging equally aesthetically pleasing as the existing cult products, it’s the perfect considered treat for your tresses this summer.

CeraVe launches in NZ!

If you’re a skincare enthusiast or follow any beauty influencers, chances are you’ve come across CeraVe. From Gen-Z TikTokers to beauty editors, the cult American pharmacy brand has long been one of the most coveted skincare brands in New Zealand - and it's FINALLY here. As of this week, the fragrance free, non-irritating, non-comedogenic skincare range is coming to a chemist near you. We recommend starting with the hero products: the Moisturising Lotion, Moisturising Cream and Hydrating Cleanse.

Byredo Mumbai Noise

The latest unisex fragrance from Byredo is a juxtaposition of smoky incense and burning woods, interspersed with streetside coffee carts and cacophonous soundscapes. Be transported to the vivid streets of Mumbai with this rich, woody fragrance, featuring davana and sandalwood alongside bitter coffee and sweet tonka beans.

Trilogy AHA Resurfacing Serum

Buff away dulling dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter and clearer complexion with the latest from homegrown beauty fave Trilogy. The power behind this silky serum is a combination of plant derived AHA’s that effortlessly exfoliate. The hero ingredient, Lime Pearl™, is a naturally derived AHA proven to work in just 30 minutes. Combined with prickly pear, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid and sandalwood oil to nourish, hydrate and protect, it promises to be a skin saviour during the harsh summer months.

Moroccanoil’s first fragrance

Fans asked, they listened. It’s been the most requested product to date: a fragrance iteration of the signature Moroccanoil scent. The brand's first-ever fragrance mist, Brumes de Maroc, is instantly recognisable. Devotees of the award-winning oil can now smell like the exotic blend of spicy amber and sweet floral from top-to-toe. It’s a head turner! 

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Unlocked

When it comes to glow, Hourglass is in the know. The brand’s best-selling edit of highlighters is a firm favourite in many makeup bags. The latest limited-edition iteration features two bestselling and three brand-new shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, the ground-breaking finishing powder that recreates the most flattering light sources.

Glam by Manicare HYDRO LASH

Your lashes are taking a dip this summer too. These innovative water-activated falsies are the easy breezy addition our party prep routine needs. The new HYDRO LASH kit features a thin, flexible and lightweight lash band for all-day comfort. Simply dip the band in water and gently apply it onto the lash line for quick, mess-free application. With four stunning mink-effect styles to pick from, all which can be reused up to three times, there’s a lash look for all your sun-soaked soirées.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo

Whether it’s to sop up summer hair sweat or extend time between washes, a dry shampoo is the ultimate holiday hair hack. Now, one of beauty’s biggest miracle inventions just got even better. Not only does it replicate the feeling of freshly washed locks, it coats the hair in Sol de Janeiro’s cult, deliciously scented Cheirosa '62 fragrance, disguising yet another tell-tale sign of hair overdue for a wash. Thank us later.

Eve Wellness Summer Essentials

Beauty from the inside out, meet the latest bundle to join Eve’s line of ‘Better Together' duos. Providing summer wellness support (and a much-needed party season pick-me-up), the pack helps take care of you so you can fully embrace summer. At a time where we tend to eat and drink a little more than normal, Queen V is a probiotic designed for women to help keep you regular, supporting digestion and bloating. Meanwhile, Morning Person is your best friend after a few too many vino’s. The blend of bioavailable B Vitamins, Panax ginseng and Rhodiola Rosea support natural energy production, liver detoxing, and mental clarity and focus. This caffeine-free energy boost will leave you feeling fresh for summer activities