New in Beauty: The Latest Skincare and Makeup You Should Try in December 2020
Additional reporting by Annie Simpson.
The holiday season is always an exciting month for makeup launches, with limited-edition palettes and beauty kits filled with lots of shimmer and vibrant shades to spoil us silly.
This season is no different, with Gucci Beauty treating us to three glittery limited-edition lipsticks and Charlotte Tilbury curating an all-encompassing holiday eye palette with the most gorgeous jewel-tone eye shadows. Read on to find out more about makeup and skincare launches you should add to cart as you do your Christmas shopping.
1/15 Dior La Crème L’Or de Vie
After nine years, Dior has reformulated the La Crème L’Or de Vie, born from the French beauty giant’s decades-long research in vines and the unique life force of the Yquem vineyards. The new iteration features a super-concentration of the Yquem sap, which offers the most powerful antioxidant protection of all Dior Skincare lines, reverses the effects of cellular oxidation, and prolongs cutaneous longevity.
With continued use, the anti-ageing cream promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve firmness and radiance, and even out the complexion.
Available at all Dior counters and boutiques.
2/15 Hera Age Away Collagenic Serum
Reformulated for its 5th generation release, Hera’s Age Away Collagenic line has been improved with three main ingredients—collagen cube, double hyaluronic acid and truffle-derived yeast extract to help retain collagen and hyaluronic acid within ageing skin.
Already known for its cell science, Hera’s new Collagenic ERP (Essential Returning Pool) technology helps to deliver energy to damaged cells and promote reconstruction, while delivering stabilised collagen cubes to restore skin volume. Beyond simple relief of wrinkles and fine lines on the surface, the serum also helps to nourish, plump and hydrate the skin on a deeper level.
Available at the Hera Ion boutique and online from December 3.
3/15 Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison
Gucci Beauty brings back the limited-edition Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison for the festive season, featuring three new glitter shades—302 Agatha Orange, a brilliant orange; 402 Vantine Fuchsia, a rich pink; and 511 Madge Red, an intense red.
Infused with iridescent and sparkling pearls, the lipsticks offer intense colour, coating the lips with an ultra-fine, multi-dimensional shimmer that will definitely catch the spotlight at any occasion. The Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison is presented in a metallic, purple tube, etched with Art Deco-inspired designs drawn by Alessandro Michele.
Available at Gucci Beauty counters at BHG, Takashimaya, Tangs and Sephora Ion, and online.
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4/15 Burberry Essentials Glow Palette
Glow up for Christmas with Burberry’s new three-in-one face palette featuring six highlight, cheek, and contour shades for a variety of looks.
The creamy and luminous powder formula blends effortlessly onto the skin, with customisable intensity. The palette comes in two shades—01 Fair to Light Medium and 02 Medium to Dark—and can be worn on bare skin for a natural finish or over foundation to create the Burberry Glow you want.
Available at the Burberry Beauty counter at BHG Bugis Junction and online.
5/15 Chantecaille Future Skin Cushion Skincare Foundation
Chantecaille’s very first cushion foundation is a skincare-makeup hybrid that not only blurs imperfections, but also offers anti-ageing and anti-pollution benefits, thanks to the addition of bionymph peptide stem cell extract and a network of botanical sugars. The water-based foundation blends effortlessly into the skin with a lightweight and refreshing finish. There’s an impressive selection of shades—the foundation is launching first with four fair to medium shades, with four more deeper shades coming in February.
You’ll also be supporting the conservation of elephants, as emblazoned on the case of the cushion with your purchase, which helps Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in its orphaned elephant rehabilitation program and anti-poaching efforts in Kenya.
Available at Chantecaille counters at Tangs at Tang Plaza and Takashimaya D.S.
6/15 Drunk Elephant Trunk 4.0
Drunk Elephant's Trunk 4.0 is the ideal gift for beauty junkies. Not only does it include a bumper selection of the brand's most popular products, but it's all contained inside a chic cabin-sized case––just the thing for your next weekend away. Target dry and dull skin with the Protini, B-Hydra, and C-Firma, smooth with the T.L.C. Framboos, B-Hydra, and Virgin Marula Oil, stay protected with Umbra Sheer sunscreen and more.
Available at Sephora.
7/15 Est.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50
Newly improved and reformulated with anti-blue light technology, Est.lab’s SunShield Aqua SPF 50 contains theobroma cocoa seed extract, buddleja davidii extract, golden seaweed extract and sodium PCA to soothe and protect the skin against environmental damage including blue light and broad spectrum UVA and UVB, while stimulating collagen production and replenishing moisture. The lightweight, water-based tinted sunscreen is suitable for all skin types, especially oily and sensitive skin.
As part of its annual tradition of festive giving, the local beauty brand is also partnering with marine conservation business Seastainable, whereby $2 will go towards the funding of the Seastainable x Carbon Ethics Coral Restoration Program with every purchase of the SunShield Aqua SPF 50 until January 31, 2021.
Available at all Estetica outlets and online.
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8/15 Caudalie Beauty Essentials
Another option if you're looking to cut down on packaging this Christmas is Caudalie's Beauty Essentials box set. The gift set's packaging is not only 100 per cent recyclable, but has also been manufactured with 100 per cent recycled and recyclable materials and printed with vegetable ink. Inside contains products to help boost radiance and preserve youth such as the Instant Foaming Cleanser, Beauty Elixir and Glycolic Peel.
Available at Sephora.
9/15 Two Lips Prebiotic Range
We all know that it’s highly important to keep our skin healthy as it’s our largest organ. But did you know that found all over the skin is a complex community of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that form the microbiome? Each one is as unique as our thumbprint. The microbiome determines how efficiently our skin absorbs products and is also responsible for determining its overall health.
But before you get all confused, fret not because Two Lips has released its latest prebiotic range that is specifically formulated to sit between the pH levels of 4 - 6, which is the optimal pH levels needed for the skin on our face as well as vulva to thrive. The proprietary prebiotic complex found in the range feeds the microbiome the essential ‘food’ it needs to help good bacteria thrive. The range consists of five essential products starting with a cleanser and ending with a sunscreen. Our favourite is the Konjac jelly scrub, Scrubbs, which is made of biodegradable (a major plus point) Konjac jelly beads and non-GMO olive stone powder. We find that a little goes a long way because just a teaspoon of the product helps in removing grime and dirt from the surface of the skin. Most importantly, there will not be micro-tears on the skin’s surface.
Available at all Strip outlets and online.
10/15 Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette - Bejewelled Eyes to Hypnotise
Inspired by the world’s most brilliant gems, this limited-edition eyeshadow palette features 12 sparkling shades to create four gorgeous eye-looks—Happy Glow, a topaz-inspired look; Love Glow, a ruby-inspired look; Dream Glow, an amethyst-inspired look; and seduce glow, a smokey quartz-inspired look.
The eyeshadows are formulated with wet powder technology for intense colour payoff and a creamy, blendable finish that is buildable depending on the look you want to create.
Available at Sephora.
11/15 Dr Dennis Gross Peel. Glow. Be Merry. holiday kit
With 21 treatments of Dr Dennis Gross’ iconic Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, a full-sized bottle of the C +Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, and a kit size of our C+ Collagen Deep Cream moisturiser, this Peel. Glow. Be Merry. holiday kit has everything you need to glow up for the holidays as you countdown to Christmas.
Start with the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel to lift away dead skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, and follow with the C +Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum and the C+ Collagen Deep Cream moisturiser to even out skin tone, hydrate skin, prevent free radical damage and smooth out lines and wrinkles.
Available at Sephora.
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12/15 Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails
As most of us are usually concerned with ensuring that our hair, skin and nails look healthy, it’s also possible to elevate your usual beauty regime by taking supplements should you want to give your skin a little extra boost. Australian vitamin, supplement, and skincare brand Swisse has a beauty range that includes supplements just for your hair, skin and nails. The Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin Nails is available in both tablet and liquid form, so there are two options for you to do the work from within in order to achieve stronger hair and nails. It is high in Biotin, which supports healthy hair and skin, and we also love that the liquid version of the supplement contains Sicilian blood orange extract and Selenium to provide antioxidant support.
In the spirit of giving this December, Swisse has also collaborated on a gifting initiative with local non-profit organisation Food From The Heart, which supports the needy through its food distribution programme. From December 3 to 30, Swisse will donate a bottle of supplements to the non-profit, for any bottle of Swisse supplements purchased at Guardian and Watsons’ physical and online stores.
Available at Guardian and Watsons.
13/15 BSkin Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum
As most people may know, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face—at about 0.5mm thick—which makes it more susceptible to dehydration and external aggressors. In fact, the eye contours are usually the first areas to reveal signs of premature ageing, which is why it should never be neglected in your skincare regime.
BSkin’s new Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum lives up to its name—the gel-serum is powered by a cocktail of active ingredients like adenosine; four different types of peptides; niacinamide; sea daffodil extract; and the brand’s proprietary B2O complex, concocted from bee-based ingredients like honey, royal jelly and more to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and pigmentation, puffiness, and prevent dryness. And because it is so lightweight, it is suitable for sensitive skin as well, penetrating quickly without clogging pores.
Available online at BSkin.
14/15 Miriqa Professional Hair Nutrition Supplement
Whether it is due to genetics, hormones, stress or nutrition, hair loss is a problem that can affect anyone, and it can cause a huge hit in confidence. Topical products like shampoos, treatments and serums offer some form of respite, but perhaps the answer to hair loss is rooted deeper in.
Miriqa Professional Hair Nutrition Supplement is an all-natural oral supplement formulated to improve hair health, developed to mimic the condition of the scalp and hair follicles at its healthiest state. Key ingredients include saw palmetto berries, tocotrienol, tripeptide collagen, biotin, and keratin forte, which replenishes your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to support hair growth, promote blood circulation to hair follicles, and intensify hair strength.
Available online at Miriqa and selected spas and clinics.
15/15 Nudestix Nude Bloom and Smokey Nude Glow Kit
Fans of beauty brand Nudestix enjoy how the products are multi-functional and can be used various ways all over the face. This festive season, Nudestix wants to help you get your glow on with two new limited-edition holiday kits.
Nude Bloom by Pony Park is a collaboration with the famous South Korean beauty guru that includes four beauty products for a glassy glow. The kit features mainly pink shades as well as a light nude lip glace and a fun makeup pouch designed by Park herself.
The Exclusive Smokey Nude Glow Kit by the brand’s co-founder Taylor Frankel is perfect for a smokey and glamorous look that you can wear to dinner parties. The set includes two lip products (one gloss and one matte), a 4-in-1 eye pencil and two multi-use sticks in a cool nude shade and a shimmering gold hue. It also comes with the signature Nudestix tin with a mirror and sharpener.
All the products are 100 per cent vegan, oil-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free—making them perfect gifts for the eco-conscious beauty geek in your life.
Available at Sephora.