In our monthly Let’s Make-Up roundup, we’ve got you covered with a selection of the tried and true, newest and hottest beauty product launches worth adding to your shopping cart.
All types of lotions and potions through makeup, skincare, haircare and more pass through our offices and we take it upon ourselves to review them all so you don’t have to. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good thing.
Hydration is the order of the day in October, as our parched complexions feel the effects of climate change. Luckily, Kate Somerville is on hand with a new innovation in the space, while Trinny London combines two of our favorite ingredients – peptides and hyaluronic acid – to create a plumping powerhouse.
Elsewhere, cult fragrance house Byredo is adding a spicy new aroma to its range and Australian waterless brand Conserving Beauty shows us how to put more sustainable practices into your skincare routine.
For all that and more, check out our edit of the hottest beauty drops you need on your radar.
FOREO Luna 4
When FOREO launched the first LUNA in 2013, it had its work cut out. The brand needed to educate the consumer to replace their traditional (and free) manual method of facial cleansing with this hi-tech alternative. While your fingers can do a great job in your morning and evening routine, there’s nothing about the facial cleansing device that has silicone touch points and deep cleansing modes that not only are more thorough, but stimulate circulation and encourage collagen production at the same time.
The LUNA 4 – as the name suggests – is the latest iteration of the gadget that still has all the features you know and love from its predecessors, but with an added NIR LED light, heater and micro-current. There are a variety of gentle or deep cleansing modes and different massage patterns that you can control through the accompanying app. When you’re on the go, you’ll appreciate the new travel lock.
Buy Now £239.00, FOREO
WHERE ARE YOU NOW
American skincare brand TULA has launched in the UK with a bang. The brand was founded by gastroenterologist Dr Roshini Raj and places probiotic extracts and superfoods at the heart of its products to restore skin from the outside in.
The science-backed collection is designed to nourish the skin where the purifying facial cleanser is one of the most popular in the US market, a testament to its impressive dirt-removing but not stripping properties.
The range also includes the Day & Night Moisturizing Cream – a lightweight, non-greasy hydrating hero as well as the Refreshing & Brightening Eye Balm which can be slipped into your bag and applied to the eyes when needed for an immediate soothing effect. The latter includes rose water and rosehip oil in the formula to combat fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration and has a shiny finish.
Buy Now £10.00, Space NK
Byredo Closed Eye
The new addition to the Byredo collection is Eyes Closed. “Distance and separation have been a recurring theme for the past few years and I wanted to capture a fragrance that transcends this fragmentation,” says perfume house founder Ben Gorham.
The aroma is designed to be a highly sensory experience that opens with the candied spices of cinnamon and cardamom with the unique cocktail of patchouli and papyrus with iris butter, ginger and carrot.
Buy now £182.00, available 6th October
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask
To give you the radiant complexion you deserve, apply this creamy mask from the Japanese brand Tatcha. In 15-20 minutes of treatment, it uses a combination of AHA fruit acids along with antioxidant vitamin C and Japanese beauty berry to leave skin looking bright, glowing and luminous. The formula acts quickly and also has a moisturizing effect.
Buy now £65.00, Space NK
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Brightening Liquid Peel
When you’re prone to breakouts, you’ve probably tried every product on the market in search of a skin savior – and this Dermalogica launch might be just what you’ve been looking for.
This is not a targeted spot treatment, but a peel rich in AHAs (lactic, mandelic and azelaic) and salicylic acid BHAs which act as gentle exfoliators to promote a clearer, brighter complexion.
In just one week on a trial, 95% saw clearer looking skin, while 85% said they experienced fewer breakouts after just one month of use.
Buy Now £27.00, Dermalogica
keep the beauty
From Oz to British shores, eco-friendly label Conserving Beauty does things a little differently than the norm. Throughout the collection, there is no added water to ensure potency. With staples like wipes and sheet masks, there’s also less waste because the products are dissolvable after use. Take care of yourself on Sunday but make it sustainable.
Buy Now £11.00, Cult Beauty
Kate Somerville HydraKate
If you’ve noticed an increase in breakouts or your complexion looks duller than usual, it could be due to a lack of hydration. Give your skin a hydrating boost with this latest innovation from Kate Somerville.
The HydraKate collection is comprised of a refill water cream and serum designed to give skin the H2O boost it needs – boosting hydration by 81% in just 20 minutes with lasting effects All day long.
The formula features the brand’s AquaPort hydration technology which is inspired by the dermatologist’s in-clinic treatment and boosts aquaporin in the skin for immediate plumping results. There’s also a peptide complex of rosemary to encourage natural recovery, marigold flower for elasticity, hydration hero hyaluronic acid and blue light protecting seaweed extract.
Buy Now £65.00, Kate Somerville
Trinny London Plump Up Peptide+ HA Serum
In this supercharged serum, you have two of the hottest ingredients in beauty combined in one skincare step. From Trinny London, this formula contains both anti-aging peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid which together promote a plumping effect – the clue is in the name after all.
Buy Now £65.00, Trinny London
BaByliss Wave Secret Air
BaByliss is on a mission to create effortless beach waves just that, effortlessly. Instead of being a contortionist with your hair straighteners, the Wave Secret Air can help you create the desired style in minutes. Simply place your locks – no matter how thick – in the large ceramic barrel and you’ll achieve long-lasting curls and a healthy shine at the same time.
Buy now £150.00, lookfantastic
EVE LOM Glow Repair Retinol Serum
To streamline your multi-step routine, Eve Lom’s one-stop serum contains the winning combination of AHAs, retinol, prebiotic oat kernel, and patented biomimetic mesh to turn the clock back. While protecting the skin barrier from additional aggressors, it brightens, smoothes and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
Buy now £145.00, lookfantastic
Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops
It’s a viral Tiktok sensation that deserves all its praise and comes from innovative Korean skincare label Dr Jart+ which is finally available on UK soil. The green-beige cream has color-correcting properties as soon as it is applied to the skin, but that’s where the fun begins. It also leaves a dewy finish and sets the foundation for your makeup to follow like a clean, clear canvas. As icing on the cake, there is also SPF35.
Buy now £35.00, lookfantastic
Glossier Generation G
Glossier has more than a few standouts in its collection, including the beloved Generation G matte lippy that has long been a handbag staple. The subtly tinted formula is available in three additional shades; Fuzz – a rosy taupe, Malt – a rich brown and Punch – a rosy red.
Just like the rest of the collection, these are buildable by nature. A single swipe will leave you with a very light touch of color which has been designed to replicate the post-blot effect which is extremely popular among professional makeup artists. The pigment also adapts to your natural lip color, giving it a personalized quality, while Blue Agave Leaf Extract and Safflower Seed Oil provide nourishment.
Shop Now £14.00, Shinier
Verso Skincare Super Elixir
Skincare experts have long considered retinol an anti-aging ingredient, but for many, incorporating it into your skincare routine isn’t as easy as it sounds. The component may be harsh and drying, causing irritation in people with sensitive skin. Enter the new innovation from Verso.
The brand’s Super Elixir is a face oil that has a brightening effect and fills in fine lines. It is designed to strengthen the skin’s natural defenses against external aggressions with the patented Verso NEAR 1 at the heart. This complex combines vitamin A and niacinamide where the latter makes the active ingredient more stable and therefore less reactive. Follow with sun protection.
Buy Now £155.00, Ass Beauty