With the festive season upon us, now’s the perfect excuse to start updating our vanity with all the latest beauty releases — think of it as a Christmas present to ourselves for making it through this strange and stressful year.
Here’s our selection of all the new beauty products worth getting our hands on this December 2020.
YSL Beuté’s Or Rouge Collection
With the Or Rouge collection, YSL Beauté’s unique approach to beauty continues to disrupt the market, re-defining sustainability as the ultimate frontier in luxury skincare. La Crème Riche together with La Crème Fine, LaCrème Regard, La Lotion, La Crème Démaquillante and La Protection UV are the pillars of the collection, which serves as a manifesto for the contemporary YSL woman. This year, Or Rouge, recently reformulated in 2018, is even more concentrated in precious Moroccan saffron distillate, the unique plant that makes the products remarkably innovative and effective.
Sisley’s Le Phyto Rouge lipsticks
With the change of weather, Sisley’s Le Phyto Rouge lipstick collection will have your lips moisturised and plump for autumn. A collection of 20 luminous shades that should suit most skin tones, the lipsticks protect, moisturise and smooth the lips to leave them looking sublime. Saturated with high-tech pigments, Le Phyto Rouge provides deep and bright colour with every application, and its protective skincare formula will provide users with continual eight-hour hydration, due to the “hydrobooster complex” that’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and konjac glucomannans.
Dior’s Cica Recover Balm
Dior’s new Cica Recover Balm formulated with chamomile for face and body reflects the need to get back to the very essence of skincare: To access daily necessities or, quite simply, to reconnect with oneself. The Cica Recover Balm is designed for skin weakened by everyday life. Ideal for revitalising dry areas on the body, it gently soothes the most fragile zones, such as the face, which can be irritated by wind and cold, rubbing or mask-wearing. Thanks to a pH level that’s close to that of the skin and being fragrance-free to respect a weakened epidermis, the balm provides users with an instant feeling of freshness and helps soothes irritated skin.
Drunk Elephant’s Hair and Body Trunk
Colourful, ultra-chic skincare brand Drunk Elephant has released a Hair and Body Trunk as part of its Holiday Collection. The complete hair and body collection comes in an all-in-one waterproof, shower-friendly caddy with a range of products that will have you covered from head to toe. The set comprises a Cocomino glossing shampoo and cream conditioner, a scalp scrub that uses a stable, supercharged AHA/BHA blend designed to rapidly break down and dissolve dead skin cells, as well as a tangle spray that smooths hair while restoring natural movement, manageability and shine. The set also has a cream body cleaner, body lotion and deodorant cream, as well as hair elastics, a neon acrylic bomb and a silicone body dry brush to help you with your daily routine.
Givenchy’s holiday collection
Get in the mood to party with Givenchy‘s holiday collection, which features an eyeshadow palette, two limited-edition lipsticks and a lip topcoat, as well as a limited edition of Givenchy’s Prisme Libre loose powder. The black to light palette comes in pearly white and two grey shades, which can be applied in different ways to enhance the brows and add a finishing touch to any festive makeup look, and the lipsticks are available in two comfortable and long-lasting colours.
Botanic Pretti5’s beauty line
A newcomer to the Hong Kong beauty scene, Botanic Pretti5 was born from the ambition to create clean products inspired by nature. Made in Japan and formulated with snow mushroom, gold flower root and liquorice root extracts — adaptogens commonly used in Chinese medicine, due to their hydrating capabilities — Botanic Pretti5’s products are free of alcohol, parabens, SLS and artificial fragrance, and satisfy the highest cosmetic standards, striking the perfect balance between natural and scientific, ancient and modern. They currently offer a holistic approach to daily rituals with the Hydro- Power Brightening Cleanser, Antioxidant Hydrating Toning Essence, Advanced Hyaluronic Serum, Intense Water-Glow moisturiser, Miracle Glow Facial Oil and Hydro-Rescue Repairing Night Mask.
NARS’ Air Matte Lip Colour
NARS has got fans of matte shades covered with an innovative new formula that glides seamlessly onto lips for an airy, long wear with a comfortable feel. This limited edition of 10 new shades consists of a weightless blend of silky polymers and micropowders that instantly diffuses colour for a soft-focus finish. The creamy, lightweight and airy matte texture provides all-day comfort and the custom applicator provides easy control to effortlessly build coverage from sheer to full for a variety of lip looks.
Ignae’s skincare range
Rich in growth factors extracted from milk derivatives that stimulate collagen production, along with Camellia Japonica oil and thermal water filled with minerals and trace elements from the Azores’ volcanic Furnas Valley, Ignae also includes high concentrations of peptides from vegetable extracts and stem cell-derived ingredients, forming a complex that’s high in efficacy and performance.
OTO’s CBD-infused products
Award-winning British CBD brand OTO has launched in Hong Kong. Meaning “sound” in Japanese, OTO represents the space between sound and silence — its products are meant to help you find your space in this busy, modern world. When used correctly, CBD is a miraculous ingredient that’s been known to help with stress, anxiety, sleep, pain and even treat skin problems such as redness, dryness, psoriasis and eczema. One of its most-loved products is the 10 percent CBD Sleep Drops, which were developed and launched entirely through the lockdowns. In addition, the brand also provides a 30 percent CBD pillow mist as well as a variety of roll-on oils to help users reap the benefits of CBD easily and enjoyably in their daily lives. All OTO products are plant-based, cruelty-free, vegan and contain neither sugar nor alcohol.