The Best New Beauty Buys For May

With an array of new beauty launches this month, we’re here to tell you what’s worth your money. From the luxe make-up that’s as ‘gram worthy as it is effective, to salon-standard haircare buys, this is what we’re coveting right now…


Avon ANEW Essentials Vitamin C Radiance Booster Capsules, £12

These small capsules have been designed to be squeezed into your moisturiser two to three times a week for optimum radiance. Expect instant brightening with no irritation – we’re hooked.

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Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’R Lip Balm, £15

We’ve been awaiting Fenty’s foray into the world of skincare for a while, and now we’ve finally got our hands on the first couple of launches, they don’t disappoint. This silky gloss-like balm is packed with shea and mango butters for a soft, plush pout with a healthy, unbeatable sheen. You’ll also find it’s without petroleum jelly – an ingredient some experts claim makes lips drier over time.

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Rodial Vitamin C Glow Tonic, £40

The easy-to-use pump dispenser had us at hello, as did the gently exfoliating formula that provides skin with clarity, radiance and a softer, tauter feel all round. Use twice a week post-cleanse to reap the brightening benefits.

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iT’s Skin Tiger Cica Calming Cleanser, £20

For those with highly sensitive skin, look no further than this low-acidic cleanser from Korean hero iT’s Skin. The cleansing and purifying properties of the Centella Asiatica Extract get rid of every last bit of grime, with a comforting creamy texture that doesn’t strip the skin.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Eye, £27.50

Expanding on their beloved Moisture Surge range, Clinique’s new lightweight, yet hardworking eye cream has fast become our new desk-drawer staple. Tapped all-round the eyes, it provides instant, soothing relief with coconut oil and algae extract. Can be used as a three-minute mask too if you really need a boost.

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Glossier Super Serums, £24 each

Dubbed as ‘supplements for your face,’ Glossier’s cult serums have had a makeover this month. They’re not only bigger in size, but they’re also more potent than before, with an increased % of their key ingredients to ensure they stay effective (but also gentle) for all skin types. Our favourite? Super Bounce, which combines 2% Hyaluronic with nourishing vitamin B5 for a luminous finish.

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt, £17

Christophe Robin’s fragrant shampoos and conditioners first had us hooked, but this gritty exfoliator turned out to be one of the best hair scrubs we’ve ever tried. Loaded with sea salt and algae to gently exfoliate, this is like rehab for dry, flaky scalps. And the clean, uplifting smell it leaves behind is out of this world, too.

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Elemis Frangipani Monoi Hair & Scalp Mask, £33

Not only did this appear to leave our hair feeling thicker and fuller after use, it also deeply conditioned our strands with frangipani and pink clay, smoothing out frizzy flyaways and ragged cuticles instantly. Use once a week for 20 minutes to see optimum results or leave it on dry hair overnight for serious nourishment.

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Neom Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser, £80

If you’re looking for a special present for someone, or just want to treat yourself, look out for Neom’s brand new diffusers. With an 18-carat rose gold edge, they look and feel incredibly luxe, while releasing beautiful scents that boost both mood and energy. Very special indeed.

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Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint, £48

Brand new from Chanel is this sheer base that uses the microfluidic technology found in their skincare to create a barely-there finish. Made up of 75% water, it melts into the skin upon contact creating a subtle, radiant effect that lifts a dull complexion instantly, but still allows the skin’s natural beauty and texture to shine through. A must-have for summer months.

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Gucci 25* Goldie Red Lipstick, £34

Their hotly anticipated lipstick collection has finally arrived, bringing with it an impressive 58 shades to suit all skin tones. We’re obsessed with this 25* Goldie Red hue that’s a creamy and easy-to-wear matte. Super chic, it’s the one you need for that undone French-girl vibe.

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NARS Endless Orgasm Palette, £46

Possibly one of the most covetable palettes we’ve ever come across, this multi-purpose compact has been designed to give colour to your lids, lips and cheeks. It may look like powder, but the shades are super creamy with impressive pigment to boot. Tap on with fingers for the best effect, and wait for a host of compliments to roll in.

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Pat McGrath Labs EYEdols Shadow in Corrupt Copper, £23

We can’t get enough of these feather-soft shadows that come in 17 shades. Corrupt Copper has fast become our go-to for a pretty, day-to-day smokey. The quirky packaging makes for a fun, beauty talking point too.

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Tom Ford Emotionproof Eyeliner in Abyssinian, £32

An elegant alternative to black, this aubergine-red looks even better when smudged along the lash line for a sultry evening eye. Adds instant definition and drama, and never leaves eyes looking tired. Plus, it’s completely smudge-proof – you’ll need a strong make-up remover for this one, hence its apt name ‘Emotionproof.’

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Brazilian Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30, £36

Providing even coverage and strong protection, this non-greasy dry oil feels and looks amazing on limbs with in-built illuminating particles. The coconut scent is a real mood-booster too, transporting you straight to the beach – even if you’re only sunbathing in your garden.

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Coola SPF 30 Body Spray, £22

This SPF has created quite the stir for its applaudable eco-conscious credentials. The formula also contains skin-loving antioxidants without any nasty parabens or GMOs. Plus, it’s completely fool-proof to apply. The nozzle spray bottle means you can continuously mist your skin with ease, creating an invisible high factor shield between your skin and harmful UV rays. We can see why this has caused such a stir.

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