It’s been a slow start in the world of beauty launches for 2014. In fact it is so slow I just thought I would have a lazy start to the year and take a month to share my favourites. Most of the industry really kicks up the new launches from February, but some brands wanted to sneak in early and make an impact in January.
We saw 40+ fabulous new products launch in January across all beauty categories. Read on to find out which goodies in hair, nails, makeup and more took our fancy.
Dry, brittle hair be gone! The new Dry Remedy range is designed to drench hair with much-needed moisture. The system uses a shampoo, conditioner, masque and daily oil to build strength as well as hydrate hair to make it soft, shiny and smooth. The wet hair products have an aroma of organic lavender, bergamot and ginger lily that rings true to Aveda’s affiliation with nature.
The oil is 99.9% naturally derived (with no silicones) and is made from certified organic buriti oil from Brazil.
Australia – Aveda
USA – Nordstrom
Ceramic technology is the secret weapon in VS Sassoon’s newest hairdryer, Total Protection Ceramic Intense Salon Professional AC Dryer. It features high-density ceramic intense technology and a high velocity AC motor, that together deliver professional drying speeds and even heat distribution to guarantee soft, shiny undamaged hair. Completed with a slim concentrator for more control, extra-large diffuser, and a round thermal styling brush.
Australia $62.95 from department stores and electrical appliance outlets nationally.
Maybelline New York
There are 5 hot new hues in the Color Show nail polish collection and this time it’s all about the sparkly, darling. Color Show Brocades is a limited-edition nail polish collection that features metallic glitter shades with a golden, holographic base. The polishes mimic the rich look and texture of real brocades.
Shades include: Foil Flash, Knitted Gold, Beaming Blue, Sapphire Stitch, and Rosy Rosettes.
Australia $5.95 from pharmacies, department stores and variety stores.
USA $3.99 at drugstores
UK £3.99 at Superdrug
Spring 2014 has sprung with Dior’s Trianon Collection. Vivid pigments of bright pastels bounce of translucent, luminous skin creating looks as delicate as a freshly cut flower. The full collection comprises of skin perfecting bases, colourful combinations for eyes, punchy lips, bright cheeks and powdery nails. There is something for everyone …. or everything for someone!
Australia – David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies
2014 will be the year of the CC Cream. We had the early rumblings of it in the western world last year but this year we will see nearly every beauty brand release their version. First off the rank this year is the 123 Perfect collection from Bourjois, which includes CC Cream and CC Eye Cream. Unlike other CC products that require you to pick one colour and therefore one problem to target, 123 Perfect CC has been formulated with 3 pigments – apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white tea for dark spots and pigmentation.
USA – ASOS
UK – ASOS
I love a colour coordinated makeup collection so the Love Birds limited edition sets released for Valentine’s Day were an absolute winner in my opinion. Packaged in a gorgeous cosmetic case directly inspired by Napoleon’s favourite work by Australian painter Felicia Aroney, the set contains a matching lip gloss and nail lacquer in 5 shades – Dove (white pearl), Flamingo (hot pink crème), Gold Finch (nude with a hint of shimmer), Skylark (chocolate crème) and White Swan (pale lavender with a kiss of pink).
Australia $49 from David Jones and Napoleon Perdis concept stores.
USA $36 from Nordstrom
The blur is coming. This month Garnier have partnered with Priceline in Australia to launch their long-awaited Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector. Just like you would expect from a top performing primer, Perfect Blur visibly blurs the signs of ageing by filling and smoothing skin. It uses light reflecting pigments to visually diminish wrinkles, pores and irregularities.
Australia $16.95 from Priceline
UK £12.99 from Boots
I’m a fan of strong, professional skin treatments but the aftermath can require a little more TLC than my usual skincare products may offer. Medik8 obviously understand that as they are one of the leaders in professional skin therapies, so it makes sense they would come up with their latest product, Ultimate Recovery. In basic terms it’s a facial cream for intensive support of skin regeneration, ideal for use after treatments such as laser, ipl, peels, microdermabrasion and other non-surgical or surgical cosmetic enhancements.
USA (price unknown) from dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and skin clinics. Find a stockist.
UK £35 from professional salons, doctor’s offices and professional skin clinics. Find a stockist.
The most popular sunscreens from SunSense were upgraded to SPF 50+ this month. The higher grade means an increase in protection from both UVA and UVB rays. The SPF50+ range now consists of Ultra, Sport, Sensitive, Kids and their collection of face sunscreens.
Australia – Priceline and pharmacies
L’Occitane en Provence
The limited edition Verbena collection brings the joy of a green citrus fragrance to a whole range of products. The explosive scent is available as an Eau de Toilette, Fresh roll-on, Fresh mist, Fresh shower gel, bath salts and Fresh body lotion with SPF25. Furthermore, the collection includes some special variations – Mint Verbena and Citrus Verbena – in a select few sku’s.
Australia – L’Occitane
UK – L’Occitane
What products would you like to see reviewed or swatched? Have you spotted any of the above new beauty finds in stores? Let me know by commenting below!
Aveda, Bourjois, Napoleon Perdis, SunSense