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6 February 2023
03 magazine beauty february 2023

From cult capsules and tropical shampoos to fragrance enhancers and innovative balms, here’s what the 03 team are trying right now.

Follow the numbers.

1. Capsule collection

The latest adaptation of Elizabeth Arden’s cult classic (first launched in 1990!), the new Advanced Light Ceramide Capsules ($95) have an ultra-lightweight texture ideally suited for combination and oily skins. Powered by skin strengthening phytoceramides and pore-perfecting cyclopeptides, the serum glides on and absorbs quickly to strengthen the skin barrier, refine pores and rebalance.

2. Green and blue

With a deliciously tropical scent and signature blue bottles, new New Zealand market entrant My Soda promises to add good vibes to your morning shower, while also being good to both your hair and the environment. With packaging made from recycled and recyclable plastic and a formula free of nasties, the range currently consists of two sets of shampoo and conditioner ($10 per bottle), in Hydrate or Smooth.

3. Pump it up

Those seeking an affordable yet effective body moisturiser, look no further than Essano’s Intensive Restore Body Lotion ($15), with multi-depth hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, ceramides and gluten-free natural rice complex. Offering 24-hour hydration and over 98 percent natural, the pump top is 100 percent recyclable - the first of its kind in Australasia.

4. Perfume playtime

Expand perfume’s possibilities with I Don’t Know What ($298 at Mecca), an innovative fragrance enhancer from quirky New York scent company D.S. & Durga. “IDKW is a wonderful tool for anyone who wants to play around with perfume,” says co-founder David Seth Moltz. “It’s like a building with only structure – no interior. You can fill in the interior with an oil, a scent you like, even an old scent that has lost its way. We’re releasing a special edition label that’s fun and reflective of the fragrance’s transparent throw. Spray it over anything.”

5. Facial fitness

With 11 global studio locations in London, Manchester, New York and LA, the first exciting addition to the Mecca brand lineup for 2023 is FaceGym, the world-first and only “gym studio for the face”. Based on the notion of training the 40+ forgotten muscles in the face to deliver both instant and long-term sculpting, lifting, toning and brightening results, FaceGym fuses high-performance skincare with expert tool innovations and one-of-a-kind facial workout moves. Pictured: Liftwear Lift and Brighten Vitamin C + Bioferment Gel-Cream, $94.

6. Balmy skin

Part of the sought-after new Hyper Real skincare collection from MAC, Skincanvas Balm ($90) is a fresh take on moisturiser that also makes for a perfect makeup base. Utilising something they call ‘Pro-4 Power Infusion Matrix’ with+ Japanese peony extract, skin-refining niacinamide, hydrating hyaluronic acid and restorative ceramides plus nourishing mango and avocado butters, massage directly onto skin using circular motions or use the 001 Serum + Moisturiser Brush ($98) to apply.

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