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10 October 2022
beauty october2022

All our monthly beauty favourites from sun-protecting serums to hydrating essences and captivating scents.

(Follow from left to right, starting with Charlotte Tilbury's the Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer).

Magic wand

Run, don’t walk to get your hands on the latest product from iconic beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury, the Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer ($53 at Mecca). In a plethora of tones, this golden tube has a whopping 10 per cent active skincare ingredients in a medium, buildable coverage formula, plus it’s sweatproof, waterproof and promises 16-hour wear. Apply alone or after foundation on areas that need extra coverage, or choose a ‘Deep’ shade to use for contouring.

Saving face

The latest iteration in the popular Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face family is the already sought-after SPF50+ Brightening Sun Serum ($53), containing 3% niacinamide to smooth wrinkles, boost hydration and radiance, plus pigment-reducing antioxidant licorice root extract, while also giving great broad spectrum sun protection. Use the dropper application to apply a generous amount into your hands or directly onto the face then smooth over skin.

Splash out

For a splash of powerful anti-ageing skincare, Clarins’ three new Treatment Essences (including Super Restorative Treatment Essence, $115, pictured) have a unique watery lotion texture that melts into the skin and helps to improve the performance of leave-on products. Containing a combination of red ginseng, red jania and hyaluronic acid to help rebalance the skin and provide it with intense hydration, use as you would a toner after cleansing, dabbing on gently with fingers or a cotton pad.

Glow up

New from Carla Oates’ cult brand The Beauty Chef, and containing a long list of goodies from iodine, magnesium and vitamins C and D to antioxidantrich herbs, prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics, is the GLOW AGELESS Powder ($79), a biofermented wholefood powder specifically formulated for women aged 50+. Add the berry-flavoured powder to water, smoothies, yoghurt or your favourite drink to support collagen production, energy and thyroid hormone production, nourish the gut and bolster bone health.

Scent storytelling

From rising stars of the local fragrance industry The Virtue comes a captivating duo of new perfumes with a backstory as unique and compelling as their scents. Mary Mary I (classically old world – think powder, lace, rose absolute, sweet tea and a hint of incense) and II (mineral, fresh, green and herbaceous with accents of bergamot citrus) are each inspired by the enigmatic story of Mary Katherine Lyons, who arrived in New Plymouth from Dublin in 1882 and worked as an oyster girl by day and ‘fallen woman’ by night before mysteriously disappearing in the winter of 1894. The exquisite new fragrances (from $69 for 10ml) are designed to be worn either individually or together.

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