The best new beauty launches in NZ that I can’t stop talking about
If what’s come across my desk recently is anything to go by, 2019 is poised to be big in beauty. We thought last year couldn’t be topped in terms of exciting and innovative launches but January hasn’t even finished (yet!) and it’s already an impressive line-up.
Read on to discover bolder and better makeup, smarter than ever skincare and new and improved formulations. Apologies in advance if you’re still playing catch-up from Christmas because these new releases are seriously tempting…
Glamglow Starpotion Liquid Clarifying Oil, $86 – available now
If you’re a Glamglow fan you’ll want to get your hands on this charcoal oil as it does not disappoint. I have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated and can be breakout-prone at times so I’m always hesitant to try new skincare, but my skin usually responds really well to charcoal so thought I’d give it a whirl! I’ve been applying a couple of drops in the morning after cleansing and just before makeup. Much to my surprise, I didn’t react at all and love it so far! I definitely noticed a difference in texture – my skin is brighter, more refined and has a noticeable ‘glow’ to it. The formula features powerful pollution-protecting antioxidants, two types of charcoal, turmeric, vitamin C, salicylic acid and oleic acid-rich oils | Shop now
Foreo UFO Smart Mask, $453 – available now
Foreo – you may have heard of it – is finally available in New Zealand! Famous for its Luna range of sonic cleansers, they’ve recently added a smart mask to the fold, which I was lucky enough to try. Like its name suggests this revolutionary sonic mask is truly out of this world. It claims to “deliver the results of a 20-minute treatment in just 90 seconds”, so needless to say I was eager to put it to the test. The UFO Smart Mask features LED light therapy and advanced Hyper-Infusion Technology combined with UFO-Activated Masks. Sounds high-tech right?! Well it is.
How it works: You connect the mask to your smartphone and download the Foreo beauty app, which has your personalised skin profile built in, expert beauty tips and the ability to track your mask usage. Then, you pop on a circular mask to the device. I used ‘Make My Day’, which contains skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and calming red algae. Then you’re off - glide the mask across your skin in circular motions for 90 seconds while essences are penetrated deep into the skin. There’s also a warming and cooling mode, which both offer different benefits. This gadget does carry a pretty steep price tag (the masks are sold separately) but I can’t deny the result had me converted. My skin felt silky smooth and complexion was plumper than ever. If it helps, Foreo does offer a 10-year warranty so when you apply *beauty addict cost per wear metrics* and divide that up over 10 years, you’re really only paying $43 a year for a facial at home! Shop now
Maybelline New York Lemonade Craze Palette, $29.99 – available February
Despite the name this fun palette is surprisingly wearable. While there’s room to play and experiment with pops of hot pink and coral, most of the shades are versatile and can be worn any occasion. I used the matte shades as a base then did a sweep of a glittery shade like Strawberry Lemonade over the top. The best part about this palette though? It’s citrus-scented! How cool is that!?
Hourglass Vanish Liquid Seamless Foundation, $83 – available February 26th
Following in the footsteps of Hourglass's iconic Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, this new addition to the range definitely had big shoes to fill! After testing over the past month, I can confirm it most definitely filled the shoes – in fact it’s potentially even a tight squeeze – I’m now torn between the two! The liquid formula promises 24-hour wear, and as a hard-core beauty aficionado who always removes my makeup at night, I of course cannot confirm this. However, it lasted right up until then and feels surprisingly lightweight! I usually opt for lighter, dewy coverage but if you’re a fuller coverage kind of gal this is a must-try. It’s definitely on the expensive side at $83 but it’s a highly concentrated formula and Hourglass guarantees instant full coverage with just ½ a pump of product – in other words: a lot goes a looong way. Available in 32 inclusive shades for every skin tone.
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Foundation, $30 – available February
In total contrast to Hourglass’ new foundation, this one is all about that natural second-skin look. Revlon's PhotoReady Candid Foundation is a skincare-inspired formula that features blue light and pollution protection, and we know how important that is when it comes to wrinkles! It has a creamy texture with medium but buildable coverage. While there are other foundations out there that also deliver that second-skin finish, it was the feeling of it that sealed the deal for me. It literally goes on like a moisturiser - if you blindfolded me, told me it was moisturiser and I lathered it on, I wouldn't second guess it! You can definitely feel it's a foundation with a difference. I can't fault this product - seriously, it even smells amazing - and I would 100% confidently recommend this to those in the market for a new foundation! There’s also a PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer with the same benefits, as well as caffeine for a pick-me-up around the eyes. Available in 16 shades
Nude By Nature Liquid Highlighters, $26.95 – available now
I recently switched to natural lipstick for one week with Nude By Nature’s natural lip collection and loved it so I was keen to try their newest addition – Beach Glow Liquid Highlighters. Anyone who knows me knows I’m OBSESSED with highlighters. These completely dispel the notion that natural doesn’t stack up to traditional formulas. They’re ultra-pigmented with the most beautiful luminous, light-reflecting finish. Available in three iridescent shades | Find out more
ghd glide, $240 – launches February 1st
Just when you thought ghd couldn’t get any better, they’ve done is again with the launch of ghd glide – their first ever hot brush (available for a limited time only). We were lucky to have one to trial amongst the beautyheaven team and the results were as superior as you’d expect from the leaders in heat styling. For those fond of a sleep-in, this one’s for you. I always delay getting out of bed to absolute latest I can, which means my hair often gets forgotten about amongst the rush of everything else. Like its straighteners, the brush fully heats up in seconds and I managed to fully tame my flyaways in a matter of minutes! I’m lucky to have very low maintenance hair that is naturally quite straight so I can’t comment on how effective it would be for hair that’s quite thick or unruly. However, I’d say you could definitely at least get a second day out of your blow wave by running it through the next morning!
M.A.C Hyper Real Glow, $90 - available February 4th
Another highlighter I’m loving is this late 2018 launch from M.A.C, which I just received the shade extension of (launching early Feb). This launch is worth the hype with three dreamy hues that are ultra-reflective and flawlessly smooth. To really amp up my glow, I’ve been using this with a liquid highlighter to create a radiant gleam. If you want to contour like a pro, you need this 3-in-1 palette in your beauty arsenal.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim, $69 – available now
This one came out end of November but I didn’t get around to trying it out until now but there is a shade extension coming up in March! I don’t know why I waited so long now but as the name suggests it is couture in every day. In terms of packaging this is the sexiest lipstick I’ve ever seen! In signature YSL style, breaking all the boundaries, it’s shaped like a cigarette. But the shape isn’t just for looks, the slim square bullet design helps create a neat and clean lip. The formula was non-drying despite the matte finish and while I did need to re-apply towards the end of the day it didn’t bleed or crack at all, which matte lipsticks often do! Shop now
Too Faced Glow Job Glitter Face Mask, $72 – available now
This is the ultimate #MaskMonday selfie mask! I have truly never seen a mask so Instagrammable and it really does dazzle when on. It’s intended to be used pre-makeup to prep and prime the skin. I never have time to do a mask before makeup so I used this in the evening. It features apple fruit extract to exfoliate and tighten pores, microalgae oils to brighten and a whole heap of glitter. While it made for a great selfie I probably wouldn’t use this again as I prefer more active masks and conscious that my super-sensitive skin might not take well to frequent glitter masks | Shop now
Trilogy Multi-Shield Moisturiser SPF15, $58.99 – available now
While I prefer moisturisers with a higher SPF, I love Trilogy and my New Year’s resolution to up my blue light protection pushed me to give it a whirl. The key natural ingredient is from freshwater algae, which shields skin from both natural and artificial blue light damage. It features UVA and UVB filters for a multi-layer of defence but I also applied SPF makeup on top too for extra assurance. I loved the non-greasy, lightweight texture, which absorbs quickly for makeup application and provides lasting hydration | Find out more
Other launches on my radar:
Dermalogica Intense Moisture with BioReplenish Complex, $91 - available February 1st: Ideal for those with dry skin it rehydrates and supports the skin’s natural barrier lipids for real transformation and long-term results.
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum, $150 - available now: This new oil and fragrance-free serum is filled to the brim with the good stuff including a 20 percent concentration of vitamin C (and two different types) and 10 percent AHAs to deliver instant and long-term results | Shop now
Manicare Sonic Mini, $59.99 - available now: If you ever wash your face and feel like half of your make-up is left behind, the sonic energy in this cute device will gently flush out debris from every pore. The super-soft brush head also help to buff away old skin cells, and can be replaced when it starts to look worn | Shop now
Elie Saab Girl Of Now Forever, from $115 - available Februrary 4th: In 2017 Elie Saab launched the Girl Of Now fragrance, which is a staple on my desk at work! Now Girl Of Now Forever is joining the line with an equally beautiful bottle and scent just as addictive. It features Ormond Flower with a tangy lemon and raspberry zest.