It’s the same every year. The first few months are a bit dry when it comes to exciting launches, but all of a sudden it’s like the beauty industry wakes up after a winter kip and starts delivering little nuggets of brilliance. We have to get the first few weeks out of the way, dodge the pinkness of Valentines and focus on the other side of Mother’s Day before the good stuff starts happening – but already we’re starting to see little trickles of sunlight. Thankfully there are hot bits landing that are worth knowing about, some launches that you’ll be coveting and collections that will leave you wondering whether you can justify yet another one of those… These are the ten pieces I’m excited to share with you and think you’ll be wanting to add to your shopping list this weekend. You’ve been warned!
Miller Harris Rose Silence Body Wash (£24.00)
I’ve been waiting such a long time for Miller Harris to branch into bath and body care – and thankfully it was worth the wait. I adore their Rose Silence scent (I got through half a bottle within a matter of weeks when I first discovered it,) so I’m thrilled I can now douse myself in it during every morning shower. The packaging is simple, as you’d expect, but within is a beautifully scented wash that will just enhance the effect of the scent and provide a luxurious moment. Yes it’s a lot of money for a body wash, but if we can’t treat ourselves to a little pampering then what’s the point in anything?
DKNY Be Delicious ‘City Girls’ Fragrance (£38.50)
There have been more versions of Be Delicious than I could possibly count, but this time it’s the turn of illustrator Donald Robertson to create something a little different. Available in three variants, this blue ‘Brooklyn Girl’ number is definitely my fave; a little edgier and not as sweet as the others, it’s undoubtedly something you could spritz all over day after day. You’ll either love or hate the rather unusual and artsy designs, but don’t let that put you off what’s inside.
It’s been so long since I really used any Stila cosmetics (I remember they used to be the coolest brand when I first started blogging, but they’ve taken a bit of a hit over the years) but these liquid glitter eyeshadows are AH-MAZIN. They’re incredibly pigmented and packed full of glitter, providing a really sophsiticated and slightly rocky look that’s even more sexy when blended into a smokey eye. Choose from either a black or golden glitter, but both can take you from day to night with ease – I adore them. Part of a limited edition collection, if you like the sound of the result you’re gonna have to act fast and snap them up before they’re gone.
The Ordinary High Silicone/Spreadibility Liquid Primer (£5.50)
One of the brands I was most excited for in 2016, The Ordinary have just launched into Fenwicks and rumour has it they’ll be appearing on many more high streets this year – as well as in the very first Deciem stand alone store. These two primers are seriously cheap but still seriously effective; of the two I prefer the traditional silicone primer which creates an effortless smooth finish on skin, but if you prefer your bases light and airy then the liquid primer is a great alternative. Either way, they’re great primers to have in your reportoire (whether you use one every day or not.)
Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Oil Lipglosses (£16.00)
I think I’ve got a problem. I can’t stop smelling these delicious little tubes of peachy goodness. Just the right side of sweet and addictive, these creamy glosses are enriched with nourishing oils to provide a comfortable yet pigmented finish; available in three shades, these are perfect for transitioning into spring. My fave is the peachy pink colour, as it adds just a hint of femininity to my look without me having to go full throttle with the cerise, but the bright oranges will be just the ticket come summer. As soon as you pop open the cap you breathe in the scent, so you may become a little too obsessed with re-applying than you should be.
Kiehls Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (£43.00)
Formulated with Red Ginseng Root and Manuka Honey, this claims to be able to help strengthen your skin’s barrier and encourage skin renewal – the result of which should be smoother, healthier looking and more resiilent skin. Although I’ve only tried it once to date, it is a pleasure to apply and actually smells a little of honey; it’s relatively lightweight but instantly nourishes, leaving skin feeling plump and hydrated. Sometimes you just need the most basic of moisturiser to do the job, but if you want to skip all the other steps in your regime an enriched and hardworking product like this is always a great idea. I’ll report back in a few weeks when I’ve used it more thoroughly!
Jo Malone 50ml Velvet & Rose Oud Fragrance (£74.00)
Just when I think I’ve found my favourite Jo Malone scent, another one comes along to take its place within my perfume hierarchy. This is a deliciously romantic and rich scent that’s perfect for this time of year – when you want to wear something a little fresher and more floral, but don’t want to leave behind the deeper smokey notes of winter just yet. Although this is a beautiful fragrance, the news is actually that Jo Malone are now offering their ‘Intense’ fragrances in 50ml bottles (which does make them a touch more affordable.) They’re cute in size, practical in nature and kinder on the purse.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash (£3.99)
Micellar waters are nothing new (I got bored of them a long time ago,) but this cleansing gel wash embraces the same technology to gently help rid the skin of dirt and grime. Although it’s never going to offer the same benefits as a thorough cleanse, this is a great little tool to have in your shower for a morning wash – or even to leave by the sink as a second cleanse. It doesn’t strip skin or leave it feeling tight, but just helps to thoroughly remove traces of makeup and grime that have been left behind.
Tropic Skincare Good Skin Day Resurfacing Serum (£42.00)
Sweet as candy, this little bottle contains a lot of goodness to help restore skin’s radiance – either as a day serum that can be worn under makeup, or an overnight treatment. The formula includes lime pearl extract, glycolic acids and willow bark BHA exfoliate for a smoother skin surface, papaya enzymes and AHA fruit complexes to refine and tighten pores, plus a concentrated formula of hyaluronic acid to deliver a boost of skin hydration. Used daily, it will help to slough away the dull surface of skin and leave a radiant and smoother finish behind instead; formulated with tonnes of naturally sourced ingredients, this has definitely left my skin looking and feeling brighter already.
Aveeno After-Shower Mist (£7.50)
I’m all about the spray body lotions nowadays, as they help to moisturise my skin without leaving it feeling clammy. I can’t be dealing with sticky tights or hanging around waiting for creams to fully absorb – this girls got sh*t to be getting on with. This super lightweight version from Aveeno has been specially formulated to be used just after you step out of the shower, helping to lock in moisture and replenish any that’s been lost during your morning scrub. Although it’s actually really just a good marketing story (you can use this any time, you little rebel!) the product is like a very nourishing water spray; it’s transparent in colour and absorbs incredibly quickly, even mixing with those last droplets of water on your skin to leave a smooth and comfortable surface. I like it a lot.
Have you got your eye on any of my ten current faves? Which would you be most excited about trying?