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5 May 2023
03 magazine beauty may 2023
Follow the numbers.

From green-tinted lip glosses and power-packed serums to hair perfumes and a two-in-one hot tool, here’s what the 03 team are trying this month.

1. The naughty noughties are back

Twenty-three years on from its initial cult release, M·A·C Cosmetics have dropped an updated take on the (somewhat surprisingly) sought-after lip gloss shade Squirt. The translucent, high-shine, lime-green-tinted number (which goes on sort of golden) returns as Squirt Plumping Gloss Stick in Like Squirt ($39), with a buzzy new 2023-friendly formula that utilises ginger root oil and capsicum extract to bring the heat while menthol crystals cool – serving up a subtle tingly sensation that provides instant plumping and visible volume, while coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil nourish, condition and impart glassy shine.

2. No needles needed

Lightweight in application but formulated with a heavy-hitting copper peptide blend that promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines, enhance the production of new collagen and improve skin texture, firmness and tone, the advanced new Needle-Free Filler Concentrated Serum from Essano stands as a 100 percent natural replacement for injectables – and at $35 it won’t break the bank either.

3. Bright by night

Gentle on skin but still big on benefits, Mecca Cosmetica’s latest, Restoring Retinol Serum ($77), contains a complex of 0.25% retinol (both micronised vitamin A and microencapsulated retinol) for maximum efficacy with reduced irritation. Used regularly in your night-time routine (and don’t forget to also use a high protection broad spectrum SPF by day with any retinol product), this power-packed serum will work to support cell turnover and improve skin’s elasticity. Start by using it on alternate evenings before building to nightly use.

4. Start at the top

We love a layered approach to fragrance, so were delighted to see a Perfumed Hair Mist Natural Spray ($82) included as part of the release of new Versace scent collection, Dylan Purple. Lending hair a delicate yet long-lasting hit of the bright and elegant fragrance with notes of freesia, pear, bergamot and cedarwood, the perfumed spray will also add shine. Use as the final step of your styling routine by holding the bottle 20cm from hair and spritzing evenly.

5. Hair for it

Having finally got our hands on ghd’s major new release, the Duet Style ($645), consider us addicted. If, like us, you basically lose the will to live, and certainly the will to separately straighten your hair after already putting in the armwork drying it, this slick 2-in-1 device will be your new BFF, doing double duty and without doing damage. Getting a little science-y for a moment – the Duet uses ghd’s innovative Air-fusion technology in synergy with four smart low temperature plates inside a bespoke styling chamber to focus the ultraconcentrated airflow, ensuring even drying and highly efficient styling. Once hair is dry – and already pretty darn smooth and sleek might we add – you hit it with the Shine Shot styler mode for the final finishing touches that will have you, and – warning! – possibly others, unable to stop stroking your lush, silky locks.

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