The Best New Beauty Buys For August

From an affordable and sustainable new haircare line, to inky black mascaras and lightweight cleansers perfect for summer, this month’s new beauty buys are as good as ever. Here’s what’s on our wish-list…

MAKE-UP ESSENTIALS:

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation, £40

For a polished effect that’s long-lasting, Chanel’s new fluid foundation hides everything (think red patches, uneven tone and spots), yet feels completely weightless. The glossy sheen it lends skin is unbeatable, thanks to hydrating glycerine, while its clever film-forming complex resists heat, humidity and excess sebum so it doesn’t slide down your face come 3pm. Available in 30 shades.

Available at Chanel.com

BECCA Zero No Pigment Virtual Foundation, £29

BECCA Cosmetics have launched its new innovative ‘Zero Collection,’ and it doesn’t disappoint. This pigment-free base is designed for those who want glass-like skin, but without heavy coverage or colour. It uses ‘Clear Light Blur’ technology to softly diffuse light around the face, while blurring out any imperfections and smoothing creases. Ideal for those seeking the no-make-up make-up look, or anyone after a brightening finish. Added glycerine and hyaluronic acid means it doubles as a hydrator, too, so skin never feels dry or tight. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk 

Clinique Even Better All Over Concealer & Eraser

Clinique are known for their silky bases, which is why we’re so excited about their latest concealer. With a creamy-yet-lightweight pigment, the texture is malleable and covers every skincare woe – including acne, dark circles and scarring. The luminous dry down is unbeatable too, thanks to vitamin C, caffeine and hyaluronic acid, which keep skin plump and smooth. We also love the huge, jumbo brush, which makes application easier than ever. Available in 30 shades. 

Available from 28th August

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Face & Eye Palette in Rose Cashmere, £98

This beautiful, weighty palette is the epitome of luxury. Yes, it’s an investment, but a worthy one given how long it lasts. With highly pigmented shades, there's a highlighter, eyeshadow and cheek enhancer, all of which allow you to play with different looks, while building up intensity with ease. The ultra-sheer textures will brighten your skin with a candlelit glow, while the darker tones help define and contour. A beautiful gift to yourself, or others. 

Available at Harrods.com

Emolyne Lip Definers, £13

Chalky lip liners are a thing of the past, and these silky definers from Emolyne are here to prove it. Recently launched, the range is founded by Ugandan-Dane, Emolyne Ramlov, with each suits-all shade named after a city, country or landmark from the African continent. The formulas glide on seamlessly with high-impact pigment that lasts. Wear them solo or as a base to enhance staying power. The best bit? The lipsticks and liners are available in the same 30 shades, so you know you’ll find the perfect match.

Available at Emolyne.com

HAIRCARE RANGE TO KNOW:

Azure by Planet Friendly Beauty, £9.99

New to Boots, this conscious and sustainable haircare range is a must-try. Formulated with 90% naturally-sourced ingredients, the products are gentle, with the line offering something for everyone – from boosted volume, to frizz control. A standout is the Volumising Shampoo, which adds visible bulk and density from the first use. What’s more, the packaging is made from sugarcane and is completely recyclable, so you’ll have no throwaway guilt when you move onto your next bottle. 

Available at Boots.com

MUST-HAVE MASCARAS:

Pat McGrath Labs Dark Star Mascara, £26

If you want full-on drama and high impact, this is the mascara for you. The second to launch in Pat McGrath’s cult line, just a few sweeps give thick, curled lashes – even if yours are notoriously stubby or short. As for the brush, the hourglass-shape moulds to lashes perfectly, building intensity with a high-tech, gel formula. We love the heavy, gilded tube too, which makes it feel even more special. 

Available at Selfridges.com

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, £29

Created especially for those who love the look of fanned-out extensions, Hourglass’ brand-new mascara is an SL favourite. It doesn’t take long to build both length and definition, while the thin wand allows you to reach every single lash (even the ones in the corners) for seamless coverage. The formula glides through with zero clumping, while lightweight fibres lock the colour in place for hours. It even gives the look of tight-lining on the upper lash line, for an impressive eye-opening effect. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

SUMMER’S FRESH FRAGRANCE:

Jo Malone Waterlily Cologne, £104

Fresh, uplifting and clean, Jo Malone’s latest cologne is laced with jasmine sambac and neroli for a completely unique scent. It’s floral, but the dry down settles into a creamy, powder that’s almost musky, so both you and your partner can get away with wearing it. Sweet but never sickly. 

Available at Net-A-Porter.com

CLEVER CLEANSERS:

Freya + Bailey Glo’Up! Dream Face Cleanser, £12.50

A creamy formula, this new cleanser has been created for anyone who suffers with oiliness or frequent breakouts. Thanks to fatty acids and vitamins, it works fast to neutralise the effects of stress, free radicals and pollution, while locking in moisture for supple, fresh-looking skin. While it won’t get rid of spots on its own, you’ll certainly see a decrease in flare-ups, and less inflammation, too.

Available at Freya+Bailey.com

Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel, £50

Adding to their eponymous line, Augustinus Bader have dropped this cream cleansing gel and it’s already received rave reviews. Powered by their signature ingredient (TFC8 – natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules found in the skin) it works gently to condition, clean and prepare the skin for the rest of your routine. It quickly transforms from a gel into a cleansing milk to dissolve all surface grime and dirt with zero fuss. The addition of aloe vera leaf juice also locks out any environmental aggressors, so skin gets an extra layer of protection. Your complexion will look visibly refreshed and smooth from the first use – trust us.

Available at  CultBeauty.co.uk

SUITS-ALL TANNING:

Bare by Vogue Tanning Mists, £13.50

When it comes to self-tanning, our motto is 'the easier the better', which explains why we’re loving these new mists by Vogue Williams. Available in light, medium and dark, the pump makes it easy to ramp up your tan without worrying about overdoing it. Simply spray over your face for a light, gradual glow that builds up over a few hours. The addition of oatmeal and chamomile means skin gets a hydrating boost, too, while antioxidants combat redness caused by pollution or UV. 

Available at BareByVogue.com

SAVVY SKINCARE:

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, £82

Fans of the original product will be thrilled to hear it’s had a new, impressive upgrade. With new claims and ‘Chronolux Power Signal’ technology, just a few pumps will boost cell turnover fast, helping to increase the natural production of collagen. In fact, it’s so hard-working that over 90% of women said their skin looked more rested, while 88% said their complexion was more plumped and youthful. What’s more, the apothecary inspired bottle has been reimagined with recyclable glass.

Available at Boots.com

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Base, £34

Fans of the original Bobbi Brown Face Base will be thrilled to hear the beloved formula is now available as an eye cream. Laced with caffeine, it works to visibly brighten dark circles, while hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin to keep puffiness and any signs of a late night at bay. The best bit? Its silky texture adheres fast without any oiliness left on the skin, so it works well as a long-lasting primer for eye make-up, too.

Available at BobbiBrown.co.uk

Garnier Organic Restoring Hemp Sleeping Oil, £7.95

If you love the benefits of an oil, you’ll like Garnier’s latest launch. Full of vitamin E and organic hemp seed oil, it leaves skin feeling instantly moisturised and radiant come morning. Designed to nourish tired skin and get rid of dry, tight patches, it never feels sticky or heavy. A little goes a long way, so expect this to last you a long time.

Available at Superdrug.com

Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptide-Infused Serum, £45

From the brand loved by dermatologists and skincare experts alike comes this new, plant-based vitamin A – ideal for those who find typical retinol too aggressive. Formulated with 1.25% of pure bakuchiol (the vitamin A alternative), it gradually stimulates and boosts collagen for a smoother, refined surface. The addition of cica (an anti-inflammatory) and peptides help to calm any inflammation, while also blocking the formation of pigment, too. We expect this one to fly off the shelves.

Available at Medik8.com

Millionaire Beauty Matrix DNA Lifting Serum, £35 (was £44)

An anti-ageing powerhouse, this innovative serum is proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 60%. The key ingredient, Matrix DNA, is made up of active ingredients that improve skin’s elasticity, firmness and texture – not to mention the luminous boost it gives. It also uses hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and glycerine to keep skin plump and hydrated. Suitable for all skin tones, you’ll notice a visible improvement within a month. An under-the-radar brand we’re expecting to see big things from this year.  

Available at MillionaireBeauty.co.uk 

BODYCARE HERO:

Nuxe Organic Replenishing Nourishing Body Oil, £31

Hydrating body oils don’t get much better than this. Luxurious and thick in texture, it glides over the skin with a moisture-rich formula. Cold-pressed hazelnut oil (which is rich in fatty acids) and organic botanical oils keep dryness and irritation at bay, while ensuring limbs stay supple and velvety-soft. Despite its unguent consistency, it sinks in fast, with zero greasy residue left behind. The orange blossom scent adds an uplifting feel, too.

Available at  LookFantastic.com 

NEW GADGET TO KNOW:

Dyson Corrale Straightener, £399

At £399, there's no doubt this is an investment buy, but this cordless (yes, cordless) straightener is without doubt one of the best launches of 2020. Admittedly, it works best on those with thicker, coarser strands, but it also smoothes every hair type for a silky, blow-dry finish. What's more, it causes less damage, too, thanks to flexible manganese copper alloy plates that are designed to capture larger sections of hair in one go with no snagging whatsoever. It's also engineered with an in-built sensor system that regulates the temperature of the plates, so you can get optimum results while knowing the heat will never go too high. A must-have for those who are serious about styling their hair.

Available at Dyson.co.uk

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