25 Brilliant New Products We're Obsessing Over This Month
As we creep ever closer towards winter, we're looking for any chance to add a little sunshine back into our lives. (Both figuratively and literally—anyone else suddenly checking their AL balance?) Enter, the brightest beauty launches to happen this season. Whether you're in the market for a premium nail art kit or a sunny new scent (we've found two!), the buys that follow are top notch.
From peel-off nail polish to an at-home LED device that promises to tackle fine lines, keep scrolling for our May beauty picks.
Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat ($13)
Wearing glittery nail polish is usually a no-go for me for one reason only—I find the process of removal maddening. (Wasting approximately 483 cotton pads trying to soak off every.last.speck is not my idea of a good time.) Enter, this base coat. Layering it underneath enables you to safely peel off the offending glitter in one go. It's simple, it's clever and it's weirdly satisfying.
Not Soap, Radio The Mini All Together Bath-Shower Gel Set ($34)
Got commitment issues? This septet of mini body washes means you'll never have to use the same thing twice. A great idea for frequent travellers (even if the only miles you're racking up are to your BF's house), they're the perfect size to tote anywhere.
The Body Shop Drops Of Light Brightening Serum ($50)
Labelled as a "pure healthy brightening serum", this daily treatment is lovely and lightweight—perfect for oily and combination skin types. It's made with vitamin-C rich red algae, which has been shown to help reduce the number and intensity of dark spots.
Aveda Beautifying Radiance Polish ($59)
Oil-based scrubs are great for lazy girls (they smooth and moisturise at the same time), but they really come into their own during winter. This one smells like an expensive spa (one with bergamot and lavender essential oils burning), and makes at-home pampering feel even more luxe.
Burberry Bright Glow Foundation ($86)
A silky foundation that delivers buildable coverage, a hefty dose of moisture (thanks to hyaluronic acid), and significant sun protection (it’s SPF 30). Perfect for pepping up dull skin, it contains white peony, a brightening ingredient that helps promote a natural glow over time.
Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask ($75)
A buttery treatment designed to tighten and increase skin's radiance both instantly and over time, its packed with good stuff like olive squalane, jojoba oil and collagen-boosting amino acids. Massage in with the cooling metal applicator ($36) for best results—the micro-circulation encourages glow.
CND Creative Play ($17)
With ten distinctive finishes (including four different types of glitter; holographic, metallic, micro and multi-colour) and a selection of eighty colours, you're bound to find a polish to suit you. Made by the same people who do Shellac and Vinylux, the wear time is impressive. That said, there are so many great shades you probably won't stick to one for long.
Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Mask ($78)
We're a long way off from Thanksgiving (also, we're Australian, so there's that) but pumpkin-spiked skincare seems to be having a moment. This cinnamon-scented mask contains a combo of chemical exfoliants—pumpkin, and mandelic and lactic acids—that work together to clear pores and polish skin.
It's been a while since we've felt down with nail art, but this premium kit from Dior was all it took to hook us again. (We were so enamored we uploaded a how-to to Snapchat.) To DIY, paint on the base coat, then dip the dotting tool in your accent shade and apply. Try a strip of dots along the free edge for a new take on a French manicure.
Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Pre & Post Workout ($20)
A power soak that helps to soothe sore muscles post-workout. (Not familiar with the pain-relieving properties of Epsom salts? Read this.) The formula has a neutral pH which means it leaves skin feeling surprisingly silky—even if you overstay the recommended 15-minutes in the tub.
Giorgio Armani Armani Prima Day-Long Skin Perfector For Trouble Zones ($128)
Layer this moisturiser-meets-primer underneath your makeup and you won't have to touch up after lunch. The milky-gel formula is lipophilic (absorbs sebum) and hydrophobic (repels sweat), making it your mattifying BFF.
Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio in Sunset ($99)
A bronzer, blush and highlighter in one, this sleek palette has everything you need for flawless cheeks. The cream-to-powder formulas are really workable so you've got the option to wear them sheer or build up the coverage.
This product is available May 24.
LightStim For Wrinkles ($289)
If you've ever had Omnilux as part of a facial, you'll know all about the skin-enhancing powers of LED light. This at-home device utilises the same properties to visibly increase luminosity by way of heightened collagen and elastin production. There is one potential downside—it takes roughly 30-minutes to treat your whole face—but depending on your stance on DIY pampering (we're firming "for"), that could end up being a benefit.
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation ($54)
Fans of Face & Body will love this new formula. It has a similar satin finish but the coverage is a little less sheer. It's soft on skin, covers minor blemishes sans concealer, and contains SPF 30. Plus, a little goes a long way—a single bottle will last you absolutely ages.
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