Baby did a bad bad thing. In this situation, I am ‘Baby’. It would seem I was so excited and stressed about taking a holiday in October that I totally missed out on posting the best new product launches for that month. There were too many great new finds to skip it completely so I have merged October and November together so you won’t miss a thing.
I was introduced to over 200 new products that went on sale in October and November – a mammoth amount but mostly because of the holiday season as brands create special editions and limited releases for gift giving. You can check out our gift guides for the best of the holiday releases but for now let’s look at the new and noteworthy products to hit shelves over the past couple of months.
Dry is the word of the month over at Schwarzkopf. Their latest release is the new Extra Care Dry Range, a selection of hair products that care for your locks without jumping in the shower. The range consists of Dry Shampoo, Dry Conditioner and Dry Oil Mist. The lightweight formulas are perfect for quick haircare on the go.
Australia $8.99 each from Woolworths, Coles, Priceline stores, independent retailers and pharmacies.
Mythic Oil has been a runaway success for L’Oreal Professionnel so it is exciting to see that they have now expanded this range beyond the popular hair oil. Mythical Oil Souffle d’Or sparking shampoo and conditioner is a hair care collection specifically for fine to very fine hair (yay!!). The oil-infused formula and lightweight texture cleanses, conditions and gives beautiful shine. Plus it is sparkly and I love sparkles!
Australia $26 each from L’Oreal Professionnel salons. Visit their website to find a location near you.
The new Mango Oil is a hair treatment oil that has been formulated to nourish and protect the hair. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the hair and protect it against UV rays, which makes this a favourite for Spring/Summer. That isn’t the only reason this product will be in my beach bag – it is also water resistant so I can go swimming knowing my hair isn’t being sapped of life.
Australia $22.95 from selected pharmacies.
USA $14 from Drugstore.com
Nail apps are a life saver at this time of the year when you want to show off a fabulous new look for each social event you attend. If you want dazzling nail art but you aren’t equipped with the skills to create it you will love the Revlon by Marchesa collaboration. In the debut collection (the first of what will be three in total) 8 limited edition designs of 3-d jewelled appliqués bring to life a Marchesa gown right on your nails. Each package contains 18 strips to fit most nail sizes and can be worn over bare nails or on top of painted nails.
Australia $15.95 from Priceline
USA $9.99 from CVS, Walgreens and selected drugstores.
UK £8.99 from Boots
We have a serious sweet tooth at TPD HQ so of course a collection called Sugar Coat is going to be one of our favourites. The limited release collection of nail lacquer has a formula that applies like a crème and then transforms into a sugarcoated, semi-matte finish. It is also cool to see the vibrant colours perfectly reflect their delicious names. Available in seven shades: Bubble Plum, Sugar Fix, Cherry Drop, Razzleberry, Sour Apple, Cotton Candies and Lick-O-Rich.
Australia $9.95 each from Kmart, Target, Big W, Priceline, Price Attack, Myer, David Jones, Woolworths and pharmacies.
USA $5.99 from selected drugstores
UK £6.99 from Boots
Everyone knows Revitanail for their cult nail strengthener but they actually have a wide range of products that incorporates their award-winning formula. The latest is their Triple Strength nail colour collection has a formula is made up of keratin peptide that actively removes harmful free radicals, bamboo to improve flexibility and strengthen, and calcium to provide protection and promote growth. Available in 5 key shades – Black Plum, Cashmere, Graphite, Marshmallow and Pomegranate.
Australia $14.95 from Myer, Priceline and all good pharmacies nationally.
I am definitely going to have an unreal summer with the ORLY Surreal Collection on my nails. The latest limited edition 6-piece colour collection contains a mix of duo-chromatic shimmers, soft cremes and bold hues. It is a mish-mash of colour craziness. The six shades include: Purple Poodle (fuchsia duo-chrome shimmer), Angel Rain (light blue duo-chrome) Teal Unreal (teal creme), Digital Glitter (metallic duo-chrome glitter), Pink Waterfall (pink creme), and Pixi Powder (light purple and gold shimmer).
Australia $18.95 from selected pharmacies and salons.
UK £10.25 from Graftons Beauty
Face of Australia
One of my favourite Australian cosmetic brands have now introduced their line of textured nail lacquers and I’m in love with the colours they have chosen. The limited edition Carnivale collection contains 4 stand-out matte hues with 4 sparkly glitter shades. You can mix and match the sandy textures for a dazzling manicure. Shades include My Island Home, Bird of Paradise, Summer Lovin’, Mango Slurpee, Midnight Fireworks, Between The Flags, Masquerade and Ferris Wheel.
Australia $5.95 from Fashion Addict, Priceline, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies.
Making waves in the drugstore cosmetic scene is new-to-Australia brand, Colour Theory. The entire range of colour cosmetics have a price point of $10 or less, and their new eyeliners are hoping to give the more expensive drugstore brands a run for their money. The eye pencil collection consists of 6 shades – Black, Midnight, Chocolate, Emerald, Slate, and Charcoal.
Australia $4 from Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian pharmacies.
I have a new lipstick obsession but that is actually a good thing for my lips. The new PureMoist line of lipsticks from mineral makeup powerhouse, Jane Iredale, not only delivers bold, long-lasting lip colour but it also cares for your lips. One of the key ingredients is Moringa Oil which, along with other good-for-you ingredients, keeps your lips looking and feeling soft. Best of all the shade range has 24 hues so there is something for every occasion. My obsession is with Margi (matte true red), the hero shade of the collection.
USA $25 from Nordstrom
UK £17 from Feel Unique
Khroma Beauty was the first makeup collection to be launched by the Kardashian sisters and unfortunately it never made it to Australian shores. Now that the line has been rebranded, as Kardashian Beauty, and re-evaluated we are lucky to have the girls take it global. The line is really simple – it has the feel of luxury without the price tag. It makes the girls’ trademarks looks to each product. Kourtney’s neutrals and lashes, Kim’s smokey eyes and nude lips or Khloé’s shimmery eyes and blush – the line has everything you need to create it, just as they do every day.
USA – Available from ULTA
UK – Available from Feel Unique
Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is the latest formula from the brit cosmetic powerhouse. The creamy texture applies like a dream and the matte finish is great for these warmer months when you don’t want to look like a shiny mess. Available in eight shades: Fair Ivory, Ivory, True Ivory, Soft Beige, Classic Beige, Sand, True Nude, and Natural Beige.
Australia $14.95 from Priceline, Kmart, Target, Big W, Coles supermarkets & selected pharmacies.
USA $10.87 from ASOS
I touched on the NARS and Guy Bourdin collaboration in this gift guide but what I didn’t mention was that this collection also has a range of stunning limited-edition solo pieces. Taking inspiration from iconic Guy Bourdin art, the vibrant palette of colours comes to life in the form of 5 eyeshadows, 4 nail lacquers, 5 lipsticks and a blush. The hardest part for me has been trying to not wear it all at once!
Australia – Available from Mecca Cosmetica
Summer makeup on the run is made a lot easier with the Max Factor Wild Shadow Pens. The gel formula makes the eyeshadow smooth to apply and easy to blend. You can use them for a thick eyeliner or as a shadow, or you can mix them up and create a colourful smoky eye. There are eight bright shades to choose from.
Australia $12.95 from Myer, Target, Kmart, Big W, Priceline, selected pharmacy outlets and online at Heat Group
UK £5.99 from Boots
The limited edition White Magic colour collection is a divine palette of pretty hues, but it is the Illuminating Eye Colour that has really captured my heart. The multi-dimensional, luminous pearl finish eyeshadows have a soft, bouncy texture for excellent colour pay-off and a smooth, even application. They are luxurious in look and feel. Available in 3 brightening shades: Crystal Fantasy, Opal Fantasy and Pearl Fantasy.
Australia $35 from David Jones
It took 7 years but Canadian-born skincare brand, RACINNE, are planning to change the face of skincare with their new Ultimate Hydra Perfection Series. There is a lot of science-y stuff behind the brand but what it boils down to is RACINNE say they have created a powerful antioxidant formula from highly refined and mature grape plant extracts. These offer natural UV and free radical protection…while natural antioxidants repair skin damaged by the harsh environment. The range includes everything you would need for a full regime – cleanser, scrub, serum, eye cream and a choice of face creams.
Australia – Available online from RACINNE
USA – Available from Dermstore
UK – Available from RACINNE
I love trying new facial wipes so of course the new Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Cleansing Wipes were going to make my list. These wipes contain a combination of Apple extract and Vitamin B3 to give your skin a gentle cleanse that is safe for daily use. My inner lazy beauty editor is cheering. Each pack contains
Australia $8.99 from supermarkets and pharmacies
UK £4.29 from Boots
I’m have been addicted to the SPF50+ Body Lotion by Ultraceuticals since taking it to Bali with me. The lotion gives my skin powerful protection from the deadly sun but it does it without many of the nasties we have come to expect from sunscreen. It’s free from benzophenone, parabens, propylene, glycol, SLS/SLES, mineral oil, synthetic dyes or fragrances.
Australia $49 from Ultraceuticals, selected beauty salons and David Jones.
USA & UK – Available for international shipping from the Ultraceuticals website
You can’t get through summer wearing boots and runners, you have to take them out of hiding at some point. Shedding my winter feet was much easier thanks to the new Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. It is an electronic file that rotates to buff the dead skin off your feet. It feels a little funny at first but you quickly get used to the sensation. The roller itself is replaceable so when it becomes dull you can buy a replacement roller (sold as a pack of 2), which is much better than the regular foot files that you must throw away when no longer useful.
Australia $49.99 from Priceline and select pharmacies.
UK £39.99 from Boots
L’Occitane en Provence
I have been obsessing for some time over the new additions to the La Collection de Grasse line of fragrances but it is the new Fleur d’Or & Acacia scent that won me over when it was released as a limited edition hand cream. L’Occitane have long been famous for their scented hand creams but this one is on another level. It is like bathing your hands in real perfume, not just a scented version. The hand cream performs its softening, caring duties thanks to shea butter but it is the fragrance that keeps me coming back for more.
Australia $12 from L’Occitane
USA $12 from L’Occitane
UK £8 from L’Occitane
The Be Delicious franchise is one of my favourites in perfume land, but it was hard for me to imagine how they could possibly improve it. The Be Delicious Skin Hydrating Eau de Toilette is exactly how they did it. They took the irresistibly addictive original Be Delicious fragrance and combined it with a blend of skin caring ingredients that moisturise, smooth and brighten the skin. I think I will go through an entire bottle in just one month, I am addicted!
Australia $85 at David Jones
USA $60 at Sephora
UK £39 at Debenhams
If you like fragrances with a sensual, feminine edge you will love Instinct by Avon. The fragrance was created in collaboration with Megan Fox, and that girl knows how to bring sexy back. The notes are a unique mix of fresh/green that are highlighted with a touch of sandalwood. It is a light scent that is alluring as well as uplifting.
Australia $59.99 from Avon sales representatives, phone 1800 646 000
USA $25 from Avon
UK £15 from Avon
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!