We have a bit of a thing for beauty products over at ES Best.
Each month, all types of lotions and potions across makeup, skincare, haircare and more cross our desks and we take it upon ourselves to review each and every one so that you don’t have to. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
In our Let’s Make-Up round-up, we bring you a selection of the tried and tested, freshest, and buzziest beauty launches that are worth adding to your basket. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good ‘un.
June is finally here and boy, do we have the routine switch-ups that you need to prepare your skincare, hair and scent for the summer season. From the launch of new brands - Peace Out Skin, Khali Min, SLMD Skincare and Plant DPT, to some of our firm favourite expanding their offerings into previous unchartered territory (hello Cologne de Parfum from Boy Smells!), let’s just say its a very exciting time to swap out your empties.
For your effective but natural deodorising needs, Caudalie has you covered, while if your hair is in need of TLC - Aesop, Champo and Maria Nila all have drops to give your locks the love they deserve.
For plenty more besides, see our edit of the beauty goodies you need on your radar.
Boy Smells Cologne de Parfum
The LA-born label made a splash on UK soil with its candles that have become the ultimate shelfie essential. The gender neutral perfume house has now made a play for the world of fine fragrances with five new scents combining both masculine and feminine notes to be worn by anyone and everyone. The inclusive range feels like a super modern approach, from the refined design, to the scents themselves with something to suit all olfactory preferences - even the names!
There’s Suede Pony with suede and leather notes, Rose Load with a spicy pink peppercorn and seductive rose, Violet Ends with violet and unexpected smokiness, Tantrum – a green aroma and Flor de la Virgen that merges feminine jasmine florals with suede.
Aesop Tame Hair Serum and Sculpt Hair Polish
The chic apothecary label behind your favourite hand wash has got two new drops to tame your barnet. As we head into summer, these new launches couldn’t be more timely with a Tame Hair Serum to tackle heat-induced frizz and Sculpt Hair Polish to maintain shape and structure.
The serum is a lightweight formula with a delightfully citrus and floral aroma that will put fly aways back where they belong without a sticky or crispy feeling. The polish is here to bring life and volume into your locks leaving behind a welcomed shine.
Caudalie Vinofresh Natural Stick Deodorant
Luxury French label Caudalie has a couple of new launches that you need on your radar. First and foremost, the brand is now offering a natural deodorant with eucalyptus and prebiotic grape water that work to leave your underarms healthier, odour-free and hydrated. Effective while being kind to skin, the formula is vegan and free from aluminium, bicarbonate of soda, alcohol, silicone and fragrance. What’s more, it won’t leave a white cast or irritate skin. To find out more about the next launches, tune in next month.
Peace Out Skincare
From the US to the UK comes Peace Out Skincare with the sole aim of keeping acne and blemishes at bay. The range includes the Blemish Balm, Acne Serum and Acne Dots with a powerful cocktail of ingredients like the spot-busting salicylic acid and niacinamide to give you the clear complexion of your dreams. Enrico Frezza – the brand’s founder – crafted the products after suffering personally with acne as a teenager and so you can be sure that whether you have one or two odd blackheads or cystic acne, you can feel confident and have the tools you need to combat them.
Bioderma Biphase Lipo alcoolique
Tis the year of hand sanitiser but forget formulas that leave your hands desert dry and flaking. Bioderma is revolutionising the game with new technology that combines an effective alcohol-based hand sani with hand cream to instantly counteract the usual ghastly side effects. Shake before use and spray right on to eliminate bacteria and nourish your digits at the same time.
ChÄmpo Pitta growth serum
Strengthen the condition of your hair with Champo’s innovative new serum designed to thicken and breathe new life into your locks. The brand (pronounced shar-pour) uses active botanicals and Ayurvedic principles to create its haircare products and the Pitta growth serum is no different. The 98 per cent naturally derived formula combines a Creatine-enriched amino acid preservative, Caffeine and Ayurvedic Haritaki fruit and is free from silicone and parabens.
Jo Loves Diffuser Fig Trees
There’s nothing like the unexpected waft of delicious fig as you sit at your WFH desk. Expert perfumer Jo Malone is making that a regular occurrence with this new launch. After the huge success of Jo Loves’ limited-edition Christmas Trees reed diffuser, the brand has extended its home fragrance offering and this time, Fig Trees is the scent of choice. The aroma takes inspiration from holidaying in Italy combining the sweet ripe fragrance with cassis and amber that has real transportive effects.
Josh Wood Colour Glaze
Colour expert Josh Wood is encouraging us all to get experimental with our locks. Pastel hair shades are trending and you can tap into the trend commitment-free with this semi-permanent shade that washes out after six shampoos. It is also a deep conditioning treatment so won’t damage your strands. There are three lively shades to choose from – Pink Quartz, Blue Reef and Peach Blush.
Verso Daily Glow
If the name alone isn’t enough to draw you in, the combination of ingredients certainly will. Stockholm-born beauty label uses science-led formulas to transform you skin. Daily Glow includes anti-ageing Retinol 8, ceramide-rich Niacinamide, glowy Vitamin C and a hydrating Hyaluronic Acid to give your complexion an immediate revival. It will blur your imperfections, even your complexion and give a sheer finish in line with the latest skinamlism trend.
KVD Blush ModCon Liquid-Gel Blush
If you’ve not been brave enough in the past to tackle a liquid blush, KVD Beauty is simplifying the process with powerhouse ingredients that are not only kind to your skin but ensures the longevity of the colour. The formula is, of course, vegan but it’s also shimmer-free yet still glossy to help you create the K-Beauty favourite: the glass skin look. It’s easily blendable and won’t budge the makeup underneath. The product is also packed with hydrating benefits so can be used on dry skin. It comes in four shades; Dewality, Glowlita, Glasscade and Luminary.
Maria Nila Revive Collection
Sustainable haircare label Maria Nila has a new three-step process to remove dirt and impurities from your hair without disrupting its natural balance. Begin with the shampoo, then the masque – a deep treatment that reduces frizz and hydrated your locks and finish with the conditioner. The products are made up of micellar molecules to strip away residue styling products and grease, botanical proteins to bind moisture to the hair and linseed extract to keep colour fresh and lively. As with all the brand’s products, it is entirely vegan and cruelty free but the packaging is also made from recycled plastic ocean waste.
The founders of Khali Min travelled to Egypt to harness the best of their traditional beauty practices for its new product range. Born in London but blending premium Egyptian oils and botanicals from around the world, the products are designed to repair your hair and strengthen each strand. At the moment, the two-strong line-up includes the Rescue Oil and Clean Cream. The lightweight oil is made with nut, flower, and seed oils as well as Nicaraguan Hibiscus, Egyptian Jojoba and Moringa oils to deeply nourish and leave locks silky smooth. It has a very light citrus and herbal scent and can be easily incorporated into your routine. The cream works to hydrate and detangle, reinforcing your locks with rosehip oil, aloe and broccoli seed oil.
SLMD Skincare Range
You’ve no doubt seen Dr Pimple Popper’s oddly satisfying spot squeezing videos on the ‘Gram but now the dermatologist behind the camera – Sandra Lee MD – has unveiled a product line in the hopes to democratise dermatology. Using her knowledge and expertise, the range includes eight products to tackle blemishes, dry skin and minimise signs of ageing. Highlights include the Salicylic Acid Cleanser, Blemish-Prone Skin System – a 30-day treatment and the Glycolic Body Scrub that is well-timed for summer.
Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener
Hype hound every Fenty Beauty launch. New in is Bright Fix Eye Brightener, which does in fact live up to the praise. The area around your eyes is 10 times thinner than the rest of your face so you need a product that is both gentle and nourishing, and it doesn’t hurt to also give the illusion of an eight hour sleep. The Eye Brightener nails all requirements. It’s crease and sweat resistant, conditions with jojoba oil and reduces the appearance of dark circles.
New to the skincare block, PLANT DPT harnesses the power of nature with a range designed for sensitive skin. It uses active plant extracts to counteract the harmful aggressors that we face on a daily basis with calming, soothing and balancing formulations. The line-up includes the Kakadu & Cacay Vitamin Booster Brightening Serum with vitamin C, retinol, squalene and antioxidants, Oryza & Tsubaki Day Repair Cleansing Gel – a cleanser to melt away dirt from the day without stripping and the Arctic Moss & Wild Ferm City Hydration Day Cream to form a shield against free radicals. £1 from every product sold is donated to Cool Earth – a charity raising awareness to rebuild and half deforestation.