7 New Beauty Faves

7 New Beauty Faves

Whilst the weather's cold, the nights are dark and we're still indoors hibernating, it's the perfect time of year to upgrade your self-care routine and try out new skincare, body and beauty products.  Whether it's committing to twice-weekly face masks, body brushing, making the time for indulgent baths, giving cold water showers a go, or treating dry winter skin to rich creams and moisturising oils each evening, these easy-to-keep self-care promises are New Year's resolutions that actually stick...  Here are some of my favourite recent beauty discoveries, either brand new products or just new to me.

Nécessaire Body Products - luxury skincare & makeup review - beauty & fashion blog Emma Louise Layla
Founded in 2018, the clean, vegan, cruelty-free brand Nécessaire creates beautiful body products made with high-quality ingredients, in chic, minimalist packaging made from 85% post-consumer recycled paper.  They're also B Corp, climate neutral and plastic neutral certified, and give back 1% of every sale.

I'm trying out the fragrance-free range, which is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin.  The body wash lathers into a rich foam and nourishes the skin with omega 6 & 9 and vitamin C & E.  The non-comedogenic exfoliator provides both chemical and physical exfoliation with bamboo charcoal, pumice, and glycolic, lactic & salicylic acid for softer, smoother skin.  I apply the body serum, formulated with hyaluronic acid and ceramide NP to minimise dryness and niacinamide to strengthen the skin's barrier, followed by the multi-vitamin body lotion which moisturises the skin without greasiness.  The fast-absorbing hand cream is rich in omegas, peptides and vitamins to nourish the skin, and lastly the deodorant gel is a clean, quick-drying, clear formula including 5% AHA, niacinamide, panthenol and chamomile flower extract to keep underarms fresh.  

Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm - luxury makeup & skincare review - beauty & style blog Emma Louise Layla

Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm

The award-winning glossy balm from Hourglass Cosmetics is a 3-in-1 multi-tasker, thanks to its innovative hybrid formula: the rich colour of a lipstick, high shine of a gloss, and nourishing comfort of a lip balm.  It's a viral sensation - amassing 160m TikTok impressions before it even hit the one year mark - with one sold every minute across the globe.  Believe the hype: it's THE perfect lip product for your handbag, and now available in 16 colours including two new shades: Wish (warm peach) and Reveal (true pink), plus two previously limited edition shades, Crave (warm pink) and Rouse (true chestnut), are now permanent.

Dermalogica Pro-Collagen Banking Serum - luxury skincare review - beauty & style blog Emma Louise Layla

Dermalogica Pro-Collagen Banking Serum

The powerful new collagen serum from Dermalogica helps promote, protect and preserve skin's collagen today, so you have more for tomorrow.  The lightweight formula delivers a blend of collagen, amino acids and antioxidants to fight collagen-degrading free radicals, it supports plumper, more luminous skin and hydrates to reduce the appearance of fine lines.  I've been using it each morning for weeks, and my skin feels and looks firmer.

Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa 59 Perfume Mist & Delicia Drench Body Butter - luxury skincare & fragrance review - beauty & style blog Emma Louise Layla

Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa 59 Perfume Mist Cheirosa 59 Drench Body Butter

I'm a big fan of the new, uplifting scent from Brazilian brand Sol de Janeiro - I've had a couple of their products over the years, but this woody, vanilla fragrance is my favourite.  The body butter is a rich, luxurious cream which replenishes dry skin, leaving it soft and silky smooth.  It's vegan, cruelty-free and easily absorbed, and gives a velvety finish along with the exotic fragrance of creamy vanilla orchid, sugared violet and sensual sandalwood.  I spritz the perfume mist liberally all over, including my hair, for a mood-boosting finish.

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion and Body & Hand Wash - luxury skincare review - beauty & style blog Emma Louise Layla

Fresh Hesperides Body Wash & Body Lotion

I love Fresh - the American skincare brand launched in 1991 championing natural ingredients, and I haven't met a product I didn't like - and I love citrus shower products to wake me up in the morning, so I'm enjoying this zesty duo for a refreshing start to the day.  The best-selling grapefruit products are enriched with shea butter and vitamin C & E, and an energising scent with pink grapefruit, citrus and floral notes.  The pH-balanced foaming shower gel cleanses and hydrates, and the lightweight, creamy body lotion locks in hydration while infusing skin with its invigorating fragrance.

Hourglass Shape & Sculpt Lip Liner - luxury makeup & skincare review - beauty & style blog Emma Louise Layla

Hourglass Shape & Sculpt Lip Liner

These soft, blendable lip liners from Hourglass are perfect for lining your natural shape, or filling your entire lips with matte colour before applying lipstick for a more intense look.  Infused with nourishing jojoba oil for a creamy finish, they glide on easily, leaving your lips feeling soft and smooth, and don't transfer, smudge or fade.  I've been applying then topping up with the glossy balms for a pigmented, shiny and comfortable finish that lasts for hours.

And Begin The Revolution Serum-in-a-Cream - luxury skincare review - beauty & style blog

And Begin The Revolution Serum-in-a-Cream

And Begin is a new brand offering personalised skincare designed by expert dermatologists for midlife skin.  I've been sent the hydrating serum-in-a-cream to use each night, which delivers proven actives dosed at your ideal level for real results.  Packed with tretinoin and azelaic acid to improve fine lines and hyperpigmentation, matrixyl and hyaluronic acid to enhance radiance and luminosity, and soothing niacinamide and ectoin to calm skin, I've only just started using it, but my dry winter skin is loving it so far.

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