Moisturisers, masks, serums, make-up…these are the newest beauty products that should be on your shelves (and on yourselves).
CBVIT Active Hemp Shampoo
CBD has well and truly infiltrated the beauty biz, popping up in all manner of products. CBVIT is using it - 10mg of CBD, along with hemp oil and almond oil - in their shampoo to give some love to your scalp as well as your hair. Not only does it leave your hair silkier and shinier, the fatty acids in the CBD nourish your scalp and help stimulate hair growth. And it's vegan, organic, cruelty-free and sulfate-free.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
When a spot pops up out of nowhere, you want it gone and gone fast. That's where these magic little patches from South Korean brand COSRX come in real handy. You stick one of the clear hydrocolloid patches over the spot overnight and it gets to work breaking down the bacteria inside to heal them, whilst preventing any extra dirt from getting in there and without drying out your skin.
Lani Juice Cleanse
If you've struggled to get a deep cleanse that doesn't result in your skin feeling dried out afterwards, give this Juice Cleanse from vegan and cruelty-free brand Lani a go. The blend of hazelnut, safflower and sunflower oils lifts away impurities, reduces inflammation and balances oiliness (yes don't be afraid to use oils if you have oily skin) and most importantly, leaves your skin hydrated and not stripped. And it smells juicy too, which is always a nice bonus. You even get a double sided 100% organic bamboo face cloth to use with the cleanser when you order it
Provocan CBD SPF 30 Sun Cream
We should all be wearing SPF daily, not just when it's sunny (which is admittedly few and far between in London). This SPF 30 from Provacan combines UV protection with 50mg of CBD to support the skin. Instead of chemicals that turn into free radicals, which are difficult for the skin to break down, this formula contains natural ingredients to limit this, with the CBD providing extra nourishment and support for the skin post-sun exposure.
Biovène Barcelona Shampoo-In-A-Bar
If you're looking to be more sustainable with your beauty products, then swapping shampoo & conditioner bottles for solid bars is one of the simplest ways you can start. Biovène Barcelona has a range of bars for different hair concerns. The pink Nourish Restore one, with its blend of shea butter and lavender & grapefruit essential oils, is gentle but still deep cleans the hair, leaving your locks soft, shiny and strong, and with no packaging waste.
Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub
The 100ml version of this cult scrub, containing the super exfoliating ruby crystals, antioxidant red tea extract, seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid, is one of Goldfaden MD's best sellers because it delivers the kind of results you'd get from a clinic whilst being gentle enough to use daily. Now it's been supersized into a 200ml version, so you don't have to worry about running out of scrub - sometimes bigger really is better.
LBB Cleansing Cloths
Make-up wipes may be terrible for the environment but it's hard to deny just how handy they are, especially when you're constantly on the go. New luxury and travel-friendly brand LBB has the solution with these premium cleansing cloths. They're infused with salicyclic acid and red algae to remove dirt and hydrate the skin; they are vegan and biodegradable; and they're big enough that you can use them to take off your make-up and give your whole body a refresh - perfect on a plane!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
This micellar water from Bioderma was the very first one on the market 25 years ago and in honour of the big anniversary, it's been given a makeover with limited edition 500ml bottles. It's got the same winning formula making it both super effective at removing make-up whilst maintaining the balance of the skin, and with a big bottle, you've got no excuse to reach for make-up wipes ever again.
Leighton Denny Into The Gloss
This plumping top coat takes your at-home mani to a new level by giving your polish a gel-like finish. Not only does it add gloss and shine to your tips, it protects the colour against chips and wear making it last way longer. Definitely one if you like the gel effect but hate the time it takes to get them done.
Beautaniq Butter Lip & Cheek Balm
We love a multitasking product - one less product we have to cart around town is good with us - and this lip & cheek balm from Beautaniq is a winner. It's vegan and cruelty-free with natural plant-based oils providing the hydration. You can sweep it on both your lips and cheeks, and it's easy to build up the colour if you want a more intense finish. Ideal for a quick make-up refresh when you're on the go.
Philip Kingsley Rose & Lychee Elasticizer
Philip Kinglsley's Elasticizer has become a cult hair product and with good reason - because it bloody works, adding bounce, softness and shine, and just generally making your hair behave. This limited edition Rose & Lychee version is designed to be extra calming and relaxing, so you can unwind and de-stress whilst the mask works its magic. Self care baby!
Egg-Zyme Whipped Foam
Eggs may not sound like the most obvious ingredient to go into a face wash but this cleanser from Korean brand Too Cool For School is onto a winner thanks to the lysozyme, a powerful antibacterial enzyme found in egg white extract. The lysozyme particles are great at exfoliating dead skin and de-clogging pores, and it's cushiony foam texture makes it a treat to work onto the face - that's thanks to the very fun sounding 'bubble puzzle technology', which is basically a blend of fine and bouncy bubbles. Egg-cellent.
Rita Hazan Shine Balm
She's known for her range of colour-specific products but now Rita Hazan is building a styling collection, starting with this Shine Balm. And it certainly brings the shine - not only does it add much needed hydration to dry hair it makes your locks super smooth. It's best worked into damp hair that's going to be blow dried and straightened although you can also use it on dry hair to bring any extra frizz under control. You will have to rub the balm a few times when you open a fresh pot to get it to melt into an oil and a little goes a long way too!
The Master Chopstick Styler
If you long for beachy waves but can't get your hair to hold them, it's time for a change of equipment. The Master Chopstick Styler has a supersized rectangular barrel, which creates zig-zag waves that stay in place rather than rounded curls that drop out, and it's infused with jojoba oil to prevent you hair drying out too much. Heat the styler to your desired temperature, wrap your hair around the wand, hold and voila, you've got waves for days.
WNt London Shampoo & Conditioner
If you've spent the time (and money) having a Brazilian blowdry then you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, and the right shampoo and conditioner can help you do that. WNt has been specifically formulated to ensure that intensive salon treatments last longer. The products are sulfate-free and actually nourish the hair (those chemicals dry it right out) whilst keeping that all-important frizz-free finish you've paid top dollar for.
To achieve the perfect arches, you need the perfect tweezers and they don't come much better than Rubis, just ask pretty much any make up artist. The Swiss tweezers are crafted with the same care and precision as Swiss watches - so you know they're serious - meaning you can grasp even the tiniest brow hairs. And as the tweezers are rustproof and acid-proof, they'll be in your make up bag for a very long time.
Spotlight Teeth Whitening Strips
If you want whiter teeth but don't have the time (or the money) to head to the dentists, then let the dentists come to you. Spotlight was created by dentists Dr Lisa and Vanessa Creaven to replicate pro treatments at home - meaning you're free to watch TV whilst you do it. The one hour express strips, which contain hydrogen peroxide to break down teeth stains, couldn't be easier to use; you just apply, leave on for an hour, take them off, brush your teeth and repeat daily to get that shiny white smile.
Perricone MD No Makeup Lipstick
If you're aiming for the natural look, there really ins't a better range than the Perricone MD No Makeup collection - it gives you the colours and finishes you want as well as that Perricone MD skincare magic. The Original Pink No Makeup Lipstick gives you a rosy colour and hydrates at the same time (and it's anti-ageing too), and now you can get the same nourishing formulation in a range of bolder colours, including Berry, Wine, Red and Cognac. Time to pucker up.
Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Wash
We all know about the power of acids, and whilst getting a concentrated hit from a dropper bottle is great, having an acid in your cleanser is even better. And for congested skin - a common problem in London thanks to going from sweaty tube to dirty air and slapping on makeup in between - salicylic is the acid you need. This cleansing wash has both salicylic acid and niacin in to really help clear away excess oil, combat congestion and keep your skin looking nice and clear.
MALAKO Skin to Soul Hand and Body Wash
Despite the fact that we wash our hands multiple times daily, hand wash isn't something we normally pay a huge amount of attention. Well not anymore. The Skin to Soul Body and Hand Wash from MALĀKO, which is inspired by traditional Thai healing, not only cleans but actually nourishes and evens out your skin thanks to frankincense oil, pomegranate extract and camelina oil - so no more dry hands. You can use it in the shower too, and it smells so nice that you'll want to slather it all over yourself.