The Beauty Edit: The best new makeup and skincare to buy right now

Ellie Goodman

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17 May 2022

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elcome to the Beauty Edit, your one-stop destination for the best new beauty and wellness launches. From cult classics to the latest releases, each month we’ll be bringing you our pick of what’s hot in the beauty world, from skincare, makeup and fragrance to luxury treatments, hair care and salons – and everything in between. So whether you go full glam or prefer to keep things simple, read on for Luxury London’s pick of the best luxury beauty buys this month.

The Kit: Biossance The Sunshine Set

Winter is often touted as the most stressful season for sensitive skin, but as warmer weather approaches it’s vital to keep skin moisturised and protected from harmful UV rays. The Sunshine Set, from California-based biotech skincare brand Biossance, is formulated with ultra-hydrating squalane to rejuvenate and boost radiance. Created in partnership with Reese Witherspoon, the powerful trio – which includes a vegan rose lip balm, Vitamin C rose oil and reef-safe zinc mineral sunscreen – is the perfect way to prep skin for fun in the sun.

The Sunshine Set by Reese Witherspoon, £61, spacenk.com

 
 

The Bronzer: Dior Forever Natural Bronze

Nothing screams summer like a healthy, sun-kissed glow, but if you’re yet to jet off to sunnier climes to catch a few rays yourself, a great bronzer will do the trick. Part of the Dioriviera summer collection, featuring a limited-edition quilted leather case, the Forever Natural Bronze mineral bronzing powder from Dior is formulated with shea butter and silica to help lock in hydration and leave a long-lasting, luminous glow.

Dior Forever Natural Bronze Dioriviera Limited Edition, £42, harveynichols.com

The Eye Serum: Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux

Designed to work alongside its popular Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale toning concentrate, Chanel’s innovative eye serum brightens and refreshes the eyes. Highly concentrated with rejeuvenating vanilla planifolia and solidago, the gentle yet effective formula visibly plumps, tones and freshens, reducing dark circles and leaving eyes redefined and luminous.

Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale Yeux, £210, chanel.com

 
 

The Toner: Seed to Skin The Fermen'Tonic

Founded on the restored 13th century Tuscan estate that houses five-star retreat Borgo Santo Pietro, Seed to Skin combines all-natural ingredients with an advanced molecular delivery system for high-potency products that deliver vital vitamins and minerals where skin needs them most. With hyper-fermented active ingredients including aloe, helichrysum – otherwise known as the everlasting plant – and myrtle and lentisk leaf extracts, the Fermen'Tonic works to refine pores, boost hydration and increase the skin's defense against antioxidants, leaving the complexion soothed, refined and glowing from within. 

Seed to Skin The Fermen'Tonic, £75, seedtoskin.com

The Game-changing Gadget: YSL Rouge Sur Mesure

Many makeup fans will know all too well the trials and tribulations of trying to find the perfect lip shade. Now, with Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Sur Mesure, you can try out up to 4,000 different lipstick shades from the comfort of home, using just your phone and YSL’s innovative device. Think of it as a lipstick printer: just load your colour cartridges, create your perfect shade and try it on virtually in the app before dispensing your creamy velvet-matte colour into the stylish on-the-go compact. Whether you’re going for an everyday blush or vampy red lip, this handy at-home device has you covered.

YSL Rouge Sur Mesure device, £250, and cartridge trios, £60, yslbeauty.co.uk

 
 

The Skin Saviour: Espa Tri-Active Resilience SOS Skin Clearing Serum

Formulated for skin that’s left feeling stressed from pollutants and the effects of a hectic lifestyle, Espa’s SOS skin clearing serum gently soothes and clarifies the skin, visibly improving the appearance of blemishes, leaving skin refreshed and brighter. With a lightweight, hydrating formula this super serum works over time to improve resilience, rebalancing and clarifying to help fortify the skin’s barrier, preventing future flare-ups.

Tri-Active Resilience SOS Skin Clearing serum, £69, espaskincare.com

 
 

The Rejuvenating Routine: Julisis Platinum Treatment I

Combining the alchemic properties of medicinal healing herbs with liquid gold and silver, Platinum Treatment I by clean skincare brand Julisis stimulates the lymphatic system and accelerates oxygen flow, flushing out micro debris for youthful, firm and glowing skin. Containing a blend of floral essences, including wild pansy, lady’s mantle, crimson red peony and Roman chamomile, using this nighttime roll-on treatment is like hitting refresh on your skin.

Julisis Platinum Treatment I, approx £800, julisis.co

The New Brand on the Block: Dr Kinsella

Created by aesthetics expert Dr Martin Kinsella, this clinically-backed brand harnesses the naturally powerful properties of CBD blends to refresh, rehydrate and rejuvenate skin. The cruelty-free, vegan skincare line, which includes a glow oil, face cream and eye serum, is formulated with cutting-edge active ingredients suitable for all skin types, with products designed to be used together as part of a comprehensive routine that enriches and nourishes skin, leaving you glowing from the inside out.

Dr Kinsella CBD Skin, from £69.99, drkinsella.com

 
 

The Exfoliating Essence: Alpha-H Generation Glow

Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, Generation Glow utilises a blend of Australian botanicals to support the skin’s microbiome and fortify its barrier function. Designed to smooth, even and brighten all complexions, this gentle yet powerful daily AHA exfoliator boosts and supports long-term hydration, soothing skin and increasing its luminosity.

Alpha-H Generation Glow Daily Resurfacing Essence, £54.95, alpha-h.com

The Facial Mist: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

In partnership with Japanese-Canadian multidisciplinary botanical artist Raku Inoue, Jurlique’s limited edition Five Roses balancing mist delivers an instant burst of soothing hydration, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. Scented with a blend of five rose essences, organically grown on Jurlique’s biodynamic farm, this invigorating mist protects skin from the harmful effects of daily aggressors for a naturally balanced, dewy finish.

Limited Edition Five Roses Balancing Mist, £36, jurlique.com

 
 

The Set: Dr Barbara Sturm Nighttime Set

Dr Barbara Sturm’s Nighttime set combines cult favourites from the luxury skincare line to boost nightly renewal processes for that iconic Sturm glow. Featuring the brand’s best selling cleanser, super anti-aging serum, eye cream and good night supplements, this eight-step routine works like an at-home spa treatment, enhancing natural overnight rejuvenation to leave skin fresher, brighter and smoother.

Nighttime set, £700, drsturm.com

The Skincare Innovation: Wonderskin Liquid Gym Face Sculpting Serum

Dubbed a facial workout in a tube, Liquid Gym by Wonderskin promises to visibly contour, sculpt and tighten skin in just two weeks. This first-of-its-kind bio-active serum features a built-in applicator that massages deep into the skin, triggering microcirculation and flushing away lymphatic congestion for a fresh-faced, de-puffed glow. Purified seaweed extract metabolises fat cells as herbal gotu kola builds collagen, leaving the face looking firmer, slimmer and defined.

Liquid Gym Face Sculpting Serum, £30, wonderskin.com

 
 

The Fragrance: BDK Ambre Safrano

Heady and intense, Ambre Safrano is the latest concoction from luxury French fragrance house BDK Parfums. Placing amber at the heart of its olfactory narrative, the scent explores the many facets of the emblematic raw material. A blend of saffron, suede, and black leather evoke a velvety gourmand softness, while Madagascan vanilla and black pepper extract combine with the sensuality of sandalwood and French oak, transporting the wearer to the searing heat of the Middle East.

BDK Parfums Ambre Safrano Eau de Parfum, £195, harrods.com

The Lip Colour: Rouge Dior

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Dior Beauty’s signature lip colour, Rouge Dior, has been delicately adorned with an ornate floral pattern influenced by the flower motifs of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s haute couture collections. This limited edition bullet is enriched with extracts of red peony and pomegranate flower and comes in three velvety shades: a contemporary reinvention of Christian Dior’s greige, an intense rosewood that instantly highlights lips, and the French house’s iconic carmine red.

Rouge Dior Mother’s Day Limited Edition Lipstick, £34.50, dior.com

 
 

The At-Home Facial Peel: QMS Medicosmetics Skin Perfecting Exfoliant Enzyme Powder

Suitable for all skin types and made for sensitive skin, this exfoliating enzyme powder by QMS Medicosmetics provides intensive peeling for skin renewal and a visibly refined complexion. A specially formulated active complex of enzymes ensures skin is cleansed deeply yet gently to support skin renewal and protect from moisture loss. Papaya extract aids in removing dead skin cells without causing irritation, leaving the face smooth and boosting cell regeneration.

QMS Medicosmetics Skin Perfecting Exfoliant Enzyme Powder, £58, qmsmedicosmetics.com

The Essentials: The Doctor’s Beauty Kit by Net-A-Porter

Featuring cult products from some of the biggest and best names in skincare, Net-A-Porter’s limited edition beauty kit has been carefully curated by experts to include the skincare essentials that no beauty arsenal should be without. From Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops, and MZ Skin’s Hydra-Bright Golden Eye treatment mask, to Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta exfoliating body treatment and Royal Fern’s Phytoactive anti-aging cream, the Doctor’s Beauty Kit has everything you need to achieve flawless skin. With a chic and handy travel case, think of it as your one-stop-shop for comprehensive skincare.

The Doctor’s Beauty Kit, £65, net-a-porter.com

 
 

The Superstar Ingredient: Cellular Goods Rejuvenating Cannabinoid Face Serum

Once the reserve of rebellious teens and ageing hippies, cannabis is the latest skincare super-ingredient to take over your beauty cabinet in the form of (hemp-derived, psychoactive-free) CBD-infused facial oils, eye creams, cleansers and masks. Taking the trend a step further, Cellular Goods has developed a high purity, lab-made cannabigerol (CBG) formula, packed with anti-bacterial, anti-redness and anti-inflammatory benefits, for its new cannabinoid face serum. Formulated to keep skin smooth, plump and toned for longer, the anti-aging serum protects against UV damage, promotes collagen synthesis and aids in wrinkle-prevention for smoothed, rejuvenated skin.

Cellular Goods Cannabinoid Face Serum, £99, cellular-goods.com

The Vegan Must-Have: Le Labo Face Scrub

Subtly fragranced with basil and hints of verbena, Le Labo’s plant-based face scrub blends volcanic ash, seaweed and ginger extracts to gently cleanse and exfoliate. Massage onto a clean, wet face just once or twice a week for skin that is left supple, smooth and radiant.

Face Scrub, £32, lelabofragrances.com

 
 

The Gadget: Oliviere Wilson LED Glow Mask

Oliviere Wilson’s high performance advanced light therapy LED Glow mask delivers a vast array of skincare benefits, improving hydration, plumpness, radiance and glow while diminishing wrinkles, pigmentation and inflammation. Designed to suit all skin types and tones, the lightweight, portable mask uses state of the art LED technology to improve blood flow and skin firmness, while softening fine lines and scarring, all from the comfort of your own home.

Oliviere Wilson LED Glow Mask, £350, olivierewilson.com

The Hair Holy Grail: Hershesons Almost Everything Cream

Since father and son team Daniel and Luke Hersheson opened their first salon in 1992, Hershesons has become one of London’s top spots for sexy, bouncy blow-outs and trend-setting cuts – just ask its star-studded clientele, which includes the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung and Kiera Knightley. It’s no surprise, then, that the salon chain’s first foray into styling products would be such a success. Formulated to suit all hair types, the “no BS” Almost Everything Cream promises to tame strays, define curls, add texture, boost shine, smooth frizz, prime for styling and condition – really, almost everything – and boy, does it deliver. Smooth a pearl-sized amount through freshly washed or dry tresses for a guaranteed great hair day.

Almost Everything cream, £38, hershesons.com

 
 

The Lipstick: Tom Ford Lip Colour Satin Matte

Packed with nourishing soja seed extract, rosehip seed oil and Brazilian murumuru butter, Tom Ford Lip Colour Satin Matte delivers high-impact colour in a single stroke. With three new shades (Adored, Afternoon Delight and Naked Rose) added to the already extensive palette available, the cult lip colour visibly plumps, providing myriad ways to express your most glamorous self or turn up the volume on your day-to-day look. Lightweight and long-wearing, the vibrant, velvet, full-coverage colour helps to moisturise and smooth lips for an amped-up voluptuous look.

Lip Colour Satin Matte, £44, selfridges.com

The Hair Masque: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

This super-conditioning, pre-shampoo hair mask delivers intense hydration and elasticity to all hair textures, helping to recover softness and movement, boosting hair’s stretch and strength. Formulated from olive oil, castor oil, glycerin and hydrolyzed elastin (a protein that boosts hair’s stretch without weighing it down), the elasticizer instantly bestows long-term moisture, bounce and shine, while greatly improving manageability and preventing frizz and breakage.

Elasticizer hair masque, £37, philipkingsley.co.uk

 
 

The Cleanser: Bamford Balancing and Brightening Cleansers

Forget layers of primers, serums or colour correctors, the foundation of any great makeup routine is an even better skincare regimen: supple, radiant skin achieved through dedicated and considered care. Now, Bamford’s Balancing and Brightening duo is here to help you take your cleansing up a notch. Designed to be used together, the Brightening cleansing gel and Balancing cleansing wash are packed with botanicals and Vitamin C to purify skin while boosting radiance. Pigmented with chlorophyll and subtly fragranced with geranium essential oil, the vegan formulas are responsibly packaged in tubes made of 50 per cent recycled material and are 100 per cent recyclable. Kind to skin and to Mother Earth.

Balancing and Brightening cleansers, £32 each, bamford.com

The Combo: Kloris CBD Face & Eye Creams

Formulated to suit all skin types, with 1 per cent premium CBD, Kloris’s nourishing face and eye creams brilliantly soothe and calm skin while brightening, moisturising and evening skin tone. Chaga mushroom extract boosts collagen synthesis, strengthening the skin’s basement membrane and reducing signs of stress and ageing, while hyaluronic acid hydrates by bonding with water molecules on the skin, slowing the rate of evaporation.

Face Cream, £54; Eye Cream, £42; kloriscbd.com

 
 

The Supplement: Augustinus Bader The SKIN Supplements

Expanding on its extensive offering of world-renowned luxury skincare, Augustinus Bader provides a 360-degree approach to skin health with its new oral supplement, The SKIN with ERC8. A highly concentrated combination of premium-quality probiotics, prebiotics and nutrients, the SKIN supports the internal pillars of a healthy, energised complexion: cell nutrition, cell energy, gut health, collagen synthesis, and optimised skin function. Just dissolve into your morning smoothie, juice or yoghurt for visible improvement to radiance, tone and texture as well as increased hydration, diminished lines and wrinkles, and greater overall skin health.

The Skin supplements, £96, augustinusbader.com

The Fragrance: Byredo 1996

Inspired by the famed Inez & Vinoodh photograph Kristen 1996, Byredo’s limited edition 1996 eau de parfum represents the duality of the photographic pair’s work and life together, as well as in cosmopolitan living and cross-cultural encounters. With a blend of black pepper, leather, patchouli and violet, 1996 carefully balances heady, warming scents with sweet, romantic florals for a complex and distinctive bouquet that’s unlikely to be forgotten.

1996 eau de parfum, from £135, byredo.com

 
 

The Tools: Otis Batterbee Makeup Brushes

Famous for its cruelty-free, vegan makeup bags in eye-catching prints, Otis Batterbee has released a line of fully recyclable makeup brushes and beauty tools inspired by the 1980s Art Deco candy colours of Miami’s South Beach boulevards. Designed to last, the luxuriously soft brushes have an ultra-smooth feel and have been carefully crafted with sustainable hardwood birch and nylon fibres for optimal density and function. A great addition to any beauty lover’s arsenal.

Makeup brushes, from £35, libertylondon.com

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