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15 May 2022

The best new beauty.

(Follow clock-wise from left, starting from Conviction's liquid skin infusion).

Liquid gold

It took the 2021 lockdown, a passion for jojoba oil and years of her own research for clever Kiwi Gemma Ede to take the plunge and develop Conviction, a trio of “liquid skin infusions” ($86 each). Utilising the best organic jojoba oil slow-infused over 12 weeks with New Zealand permaculture-grown turmeric and kānuka, the serums give skin a level of nutrients and nourishment far superior to many heat-induced, industrially processed oils.

Beauty sleep

Crafted with powerful sources of skin-brightening vitamin C and hydration-boosting plant based ceramides to help combat the physical effects of poor sleep and support skin to wake glowing, Trilogy’s
Vitamin C Ceramide Night Cream
($59) is the ultimate beauty sleep gamechanger. Use as the last step in your night-time skincare routine – simply massage into clean skin and hit the sack.

Believe your eyes

Pretty much every eyeshadow on the market offers promises of longevity - RMS’s latest, Eyelights
Cream Eyeshadow
($42 at Mecca), actually delivers. Available in six lush neutrals, this generous tube of creamy goodness is formulated with organic green tea and natural peptide quinoa extracts to nourish and smooth delicate eye skin, and stays put all day without creasing or fallout. It even comes with a cute silver key to ensure you can squeeze out every last bit before recycling.

Do the dew

Those coveting dewy, glowy skin like Gwyneth Paltrow’s will be on cloud nine with the local (finally) release of GOOP’s new Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser ($56 at Mecca). Made with natural tropical fruit enzymes, a gentle bitter orange peel exfoliant, arctic cloudberry and sugar-based squalane, this innovative cleanser goes on like a (slightly grainy) jelly then washes easily off leaving instantly hydrated, clean skin.

Ultra violet

Tapping into the powers of eight organic plant extracts including superfruit kaki (we’ll spare you
the sciencey bit but basically it’s a great shield against sallow skin), Nutri-Lumière Revive ($208) is the
result of the next phase of Clarins’ formula innovation for its anti-ageing moisturisers: to create the option of a hybrid moisturiser plus a radiance booster that not only helps to visibly improve skin brightness immediately but also over time. Illuminating pearls and the cream’s violet-tinted texture both help with optical correction to assist with luminosity.

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