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6 April 2023
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Follow the numbers.

From aloe-infused solutions and ’90s-inspired lippies to pore-perfecting makeup and powerful pre-cleansers, here’s what the 03 team are trying this month.

1. Bring back the ’90s

With the popularity of ’90s fashion trends comes a love of the era’s beauty looks, particularly brown-hued lippies. Karen Murrell’s most recent range of lipsticks ($32 each) has been inspired by these looks. The brand-new Confidence Collection features four sophisticated tones, whether you’re after a rich mocha chocolate tone or a pink rose accent, this collection is sure to give you a confidence boost.

2. Soothing solutions

For skin that requires soothing, say “aloe” to The Ordinary’s latest release, the Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution ($25). This innovative formulation was created by the beloved brand for those with acne-prone skin, adopting a holistic approach to address skin concerns like texture and the appearance of post-acne blemishes. Wondering what N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG), one of the product’s primary components, is? Us too – it’s a widely researched, super‑hydrating ingredient that targets uneven skin tone.

3. Powerful precleansing

For skin that requires soothing, say “aloe” to The Ordinary’s latest release, the Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution ($25). This innovative formulation was created by the beloved brand for those with acne-prone skin, adopting a holistic approach to address skin concerns like texture and the appearance of post-acne blemishes. Wondering what N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG), one of the product’s primary components, is? Us too – it’s a widely researched, super‑hydrating ingredient that targets uneven skin tone.

4. Get happy!

New from much-loved supermarket beauty brand Essano is the Happy Skin collection, featuring four cheerfully packaged products created for skin happiness, without the big price tags. Including a jelly cleanser, toning mist, day cream and our fave, the Supercharge Glow Serum (pictured, $40), which comes in a refillable bottle, the mood- and skin-enhancing range features goodies like tropical fruit enzymes, vitamin C, squalane, hyaluronic acid and fermented postbiotics.

5. Matte and more

Fresh to Mecca’s shelves is a new release from fan-favourite NARS, their multipurpose skin-perfecting powder. Beyond just mattifying the skin, the Soft Matte Advanced Perfecting Powder ($70 at Mecca) conceals flaws for 24 hours without leaving a dry, cakey feeling. This instant cult hit contains niacinamide, a skin-friendly ingredient that minimises the appearance of skin texture in just one month, while controlling shine.

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