We’re halfway through 2021, and boy – are we in need of some seriously indulgent self-care rituals and retail therapy.
Thankfully, this month welcomes an array of exciting new beauty launches, most of them focusing on taking good care of our skin, as we continue to battle maskne and stressed out skin. Think a luxurious time-reversing neck cream, a multitasking cleanser, reinvented formulas, and lightweight moisturisers that will help us feel more fresh with the hormonal weather changes as of late. Jo Malone London also whisks us away to a British garden party with a jammy new fragrance line, and SK-II unveils a new limited edition bottle design of their most popular product to usher in the Tokyo Olympics taking place next month.
Ready to build up your beauty wishlist? Let’s get into it:
DECORTÉ AQ Concentrate Neck Cream
We’re so busy trying to fix our skin barrier and treat our spots, that we often neglect the parts of the body that show the first signs of ageing such as the neck and décolleté. Enter DECORTÉ’s AQ Concentrate Neck Cream, a smooth and full-bodied cream that helps to relax the neck muscle (the platysma) using Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. It also contains Terminalia Bellerica Fruit Extract, Absolute Sterol, and Callicarpa Japonica Fruit Extract to deeply nourish, condition, and tighten the skin, lifting and strengthening the skin to create a more elegant silhouette.
Tip: Immerse the gold-plated Concentrate Neck Massager included into iced or lukewarm water, and massage your neck and décolleté to help improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage for a more lifted, tightened appearance.
Available at Isetan KLCC, Parkson Pavilion, Sogo The Mall Mid Valley Southkey, and online.
Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream
Now that you’ve got your Fenty face beat, it’s time to look into body care. Fenty Skin’s newest body cream drop promises to deeply replenish and condition your skin, leaving it smooth and glowing with a clean, tropical scent. Formulated with seven highly nourishing oils: Kalahari melon, sorrel, baobab, sunflower, rice bran, coconut, and jojoba, as well as glycerin and a combination of shea and mango butters, this unctuous cream is decadently rich, yet imparts a lightweight feel that won’t feel sticky on the skin.
Available now at Sephora stores, in-app, and online.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie reinvents its best-selling Vinoperfect anti-dark spot line with a cleaner, even more effective formula. Formulated with 98% naturally-derived ingredients, the serum now features a new biomimetic emulsifier that helps increase the absorption of skin-brightening Viniferine. It’s suitable for all skin types and skin tones, including sensitive skin.
Jo Malone London The Marmalade Collection
Inspired by British nostalgia, garden parties, and marmalade dreams, this new limited edition fragrance collection celebrates the fun of the fête with four deliciously jammy, summer-inspired colognes. Whether you prefer the zesty freshness of Orange Peel and Tangy Rhubarb, or the delicate sweetness of Rose Blush or Elderflower Cordial, each of the new scents can be perfectly paired with the brand’s Blackberry & Bay for a complex, fruity presence. Even the exclusive bottle designs were inspired by the shape and detailing found on vintage marmalade jars.
Available at Jo Malone stores and online.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
Fresh levels up its popular Rose moisturiser with a new formula that not only offers improved skin hydration, but also attracts and retain moisture better while strengthening the skin’s barrier. It’s now enhanced with handpicked Bulgarian damask rose extract combined with high and low moledcular weight hyaluronic acids, which work together to help restore the skin’s barrier while protecting the skin from water loss. It also features a silkier, lightweight texture that sinks into the skin, giving you an indulgent experience to really remind you to stop and smell the roses.
Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer
Want glowing skin without looking like a greasy frying pan? Then it’s time to whip out the new Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy moisturiser, inspired by the “cold plunge” step of the detoxifying Scandinavian sauna routine. Lightweight and cool to the touch, this moisturiser tackles even the oiliest skin types with salicylic acid (BHA) and lipohydroxyacid (LHA) to slough away dead skin cells for clearer pores. Antioxidant-rich alpine willowherb extract keeps the skin nourished, while a proprietary Green Fusion Complex™ featuring green tea, eucalyptus, algae, and Irish moss extract refine the look of pores.
Available at Sephora stores, in-app, and online.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Tokyo Olympics Edition
In celebration of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics which is set to commence in July this year (following its postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic), SK-II has released new limited edition bottles of its cult favourite Facial Treatment Essence. It now comes in a simple white base, emblazoned with “TOKYO” across the front, sporting rounded caps in the five Olympics colour options: black, blue, green, red, and yellow.
THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil Gel
Is it a cleaning gel? An oil, or a scrub? How about all three? This new 3-in-1 cleanser by THREE comes in a cream puff-like texture, but melts onto the skin like an oil to dissolve makeup and sebum, while clearing out pores. White clay works to absorb excess oil for a deep cleansing treatment, while argan nutshell powder acts as a scrub to smooth out the skin’s texture. If you’re someone who doesn’t usually have time for a pamper session, this works nicely as a deep cleansing treatment 2-3 times a week. Just remember to be gentle with the scrubbing.
Available at Pavilion, The Gardens, Bangsar Village II, SOGO South Key Johor Bahru, as well as online.
Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum
Avoid looking ashen during those FaceTime and Zoom calls (with the camera on) by giving yourself a soft and natural flush of colour courtesy of Natasha Denona. A super lightweight and oil-free liquid blush-serum hybrid, this silken formula blends easily and evenly onto the skin to create a tinted glow. You can even use it on the eyes to create a romantic, all-over monochromatic look.
Available on Sephora online and in-app.
Looking to restore your hair health and achieve a lustrous, healthy mane? Rahua brings in its pioneering products, the Classic Shampoo and Conditioner to make our basic haircare routine just that more luxurious. Both products feature the hero ingredient Symbtiotic Rahua, an Omega-9 rich oil that has helped Amazonian women grow strong and shiny hair, while maintaining a healthy scalp. They are also beautifully perfumed with Palo Santo oil, Rahua’s signature scent, as well as a “holy wood” that has been prized by Amazonian shamans for its spiritual purifying properties.
Available at Ken’s Apothecary and online.
Selfless by Hyram Retinol & Rainbow Algae Repair Serum
Hardcore Hyram fans rejoice! The sassy skincare specialist and YouTuber that skintellectuals all know and love is finally coming out with his own skincare line – Selfless by Hyram. Powered by The Inkey List, Hyram’s own skincare philosophy centres around effective, gentle, and non-irritating skincare using high performing earth-conscious ingredients. While the full collection will slowly be rolled out throughout the month, we’re already eyeing the first launch – which is the Retinol & Rainbow Algae Repair Serum. This gentle, slow-release Retinol serum is enhanced with skin brightening Rainbow Algae and Tranexamic Acid to help even out the skin tone while improving its texture. The addition of squalane and microalgae create a unique, lightweight texture that sits comfortably on all skin types.
L’erbolario Tea Leaves
The Oolong tea that we know and love is getting an Italian beauty treatment in the new Tea Leaves line by L’erbolario. Revered for its antioxidant properties as well as high amounts of minerals and polyphenols, the collection includes a shower gel, face & hand cleansing gel, body and hand cream, a fragrance, and even a multipurpose filter to perfume your wardrobes, drawers, or the inside of your car.
Available at L’erbolario stores and online.
Images courtesy of the respective brands.