In our monthly Let’s Make-Up roundup, we bring you a selection of the tried-and-true, freshest and most vibrant beauty launches worth adding to your basket.
All kinds of creams and potions across makeup, skin care, hair care and more cross our desks, and we take it upon ourselves to review them all so you don’t have to. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good ‘un.
In August, celebrity beauty takes center stage with new drops from Harry Styles’ Pleasing line, the Chapter 4 drop of Ariana Grande’s strap-on beauty and the introduction of S’ABLE Labs by Idris & Sabrina Elba.
There’s also been a surprise influx of vitamin C serums to give you that glowing glow you want through summer and beyond. There’s also a new SPF from the well-known brand Ultra Violette and vegan make-up brushes galore from both Morphe and Trinny London.
For all this and more, check out our edit of the hottest beauty drops you need on your radar.
Morphe Vegan Pro Series brushes
When was the last time you changed your makeup brushes? How about cleaning them? If you don’t remember the answer, you’re probably overdue for an upgrade. Luckily, Morphe is available with new vegan synthetic brushes to take your artistry to the next level.
The brand is loved by professional makeup artists and these pro-designed, pro-grade tools are no different, giving you the precious feel you want and the premium feel – without the premium price tag.
There are 20 new brushes with FSC certified wooden handles that include a Flat Top Primer and Foundation Brush, Dense Edged Foundation Brush and Tapered Concealer Brush among many others.
Buy Now £8.00, Morphe
Trinny London T-Brushes
Trinny London is here to change your makeup application for the better with just three brushes designed for multitasking. A new approach for the brand that usually specializes in easy fingertip application, these new tool additions will help achieve that coveted flawless finish.
Whether you’re on the go, traveling or prefer to minimize your routine, the T-brushes have a compact size that can fit in your make-up bag. They come complete with a mood-lifting yellow FSC-certified sustainable birch handle to brighten up your daily task. The bristles are made from soft fibers that are vegan and cruelty-free and designed to stay firmly attached to the brush – instead of all over your face.
Buy Now £20.00, Trinny London
S’ABLE Labs by Idris & Sabrina Elba
S’ABLE Labs is the brainchild of Idris and Sabrina Elba who have launched their own wellness brand with three skincare products that are vegan, genderless and have an environmentally conscious twist without sacrificing efficacy.
Cutting your routine down to the essentials, it’s the gentle Qasil Cleanser (£28) with the same traditional Somali ingredient known for its restorative properties. There’s also the Black Seed Toner (£35) to boost elasticity and brightness with antioxidant-rich vitamins C, E and ferulic acid and, last but not least, the Baobab Moisturizer (£50) which is formulated with niacinamide and tranexamic acid to lighten pigmentation and retinol- alternative bakuchiol to even out the tone.
Buy Now £28.00, S’ABLE Labs
Ultra Violette SPF50 Tinted Veil
Daily SPF application is not as difficult a task as it once was. Brands like Ultra Violette have revolutionized the space, creating formulas that blend seamlessly into your bathroom cabinet – no thick, stubborn textures or white casts left behind. The latest in the brand’s range is a tinted moisturiser, but in true Ultra Violette style it’s also SPF50. The broad spectrum protection goes hand in hand with the buildable tint which is light and almost serum-like in texture.
Buy Now £38.00, Space NK
Pai Skincare Century Flower
When the heat wave hits, you’ll want a mist on every desk, nightstand, purse or travel wash bag you own to keep skin cool, calm and hydrated throughout. Pai Skincare has got you covered with this latest launch. Century Flower is a soothing facial mist enriched with lotus and hyaluronic acid for ultra-hydrating benefits. You will also find deep sea magnesium and mineral extract in the formulation to regenerate the skin in the lower layers, as well as inulin for its balancing properties. These ingredients work together to support the skin’s barrier with anti-inflammatory effects.
Buy Now £39.00, Pai Skincare
Thayer’s hydrating alcohol-free face toner
US-imported Thayers Natural Remedies has arrived on British soil, bringing its beloved toner formula to soothe and refresh the complexion across the British Isles. The brand has a history spanning over 175 years and counts the likes of Zendaya and Lily Collins among its extensive fan base.
The label takes a natural approach to its formulations, infusing the products with herbal remedies such as witch hazel. Alcohol-free, toners are made with 98 percent natural ingredients and are approved by PETA.
Witch Hazel Extract is the most famous product and pairs the eponymous soothing ingredient with another soothing powerhouse, aloe vera to give you a renewed, refreshed and hydrated complexion. They come in scented or unscented, the former in aromas of rose petals, cucumber and coconut.
Buy now £14.99, Boots
Christophe Robin Color Shield Cleansing Mask with Camu Camu Berries
With 20 years of color room expertise under his belt, Christopher Robin has created this product to revive your natural, bleached, lightened, highlighted or colored locks between salon appointments. The intensive formula is packed with color-locking pigments to seal it in place and promote vibrancy against the likes of pollution and external aggressors. Use on a weekly basis and you will notice the glow of your strands, while it contains antioxidants camu camu berry and sunflower seed extract to protect and protect, macadamia oil to nourish and fruit acids and green tea extracts to leave a healthy shine. .
Buy Now £37.00 Christophe Robin
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Super-C Serum
If your skin is looking dull and dull, Elemis may have just the ability to revive your skin and leave it glowing and bright. Dynamic Resurfacing Super-C Serum consists of a potent combination of actives that includes the label’s patented Tri-Enzyme Technology as well as Vitamin C for fast results that you will notice in just a few applications. The subtle exfoliation with the balancing properties of red clover extract will also work to even out the skin’s texture, tackling pigmentation and age spots.
Buy Now £95.00, ELEMIS
BVLGARI ALLEGRA Collection: BIACIMI and SPETTACOLORE
BVLGARI has not one, but two fragrances that have launched as part of the ALLEGRA collection. Transporting you to Italy, both fragrances will immerse you in the lifestyle of the Bel Paese, from the Mediterranean to a Roman sunset. Spettacolore takes its inspiration from the Festa della Luce (Festival of Lights) and as such is a light, slightly amber colored aroma with notes of citrus. Baciami, on the other hand, is the word for kiss in Italian and is designed to capture the scent of overwhelming love with a combination of flowers, vanilla and amber.
The beautiful purple or red bottle that will stand out on any dressing table.
Allegra Baciami Eau de Parfum (£200)
Allegra Spettacolore Eau de Parfum (£140)
Buy Now £140.00, Harrods
CeraVe Blemish Control Range
Pharmacy favorite CeraVe is known for its stripped-down skincare products that are kind to the skin and the bank balance. The brand has expanded its range of acne-busting products with both a cleanser and a targeted gel moisturizer added to the range.
Blemish Control Cleanser (£10) is free from drying alcohol and has a gel-to-foam texture that clears blackheads and blemishes as you go. CeraVe Blemish Control Gel Moisturizer with 2% Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide (£8.80) has the two named ingredients paired with ceramides to tackle those breakouts without drying out the skin.
Dr. Alexis Granite, dermatologist at CeraVe, explains that “All products, especially acne-targeted products, have the potential to be used too often – which can lead to dryness and irritation. However, this range is formulated with emollients, such as ceramides and anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce the risk of irritation. Plus, MVE technology means the ingredients are released slowly over time, so hydration is maintained throughout the day.”
Buy Now £8.00, Boots
Trilogy Vitamin C Ceramide night cream
While you’re getting your eight hours of restorative sleep, lather on this night cream from Trilogy and maximize the antioxidant goodness of its star ingredient. The brand has put vitamin C front and center with radiance-promoting kakadu plum. This ingredient is further enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, as well as the brand’s signature rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil and cocoa seed butter for moisturizing and rich nourishment. Continuous use will give you a brighter tone, less tired skin and a more even complexion.
Buy Now £29.96, Cosmetify
Pleasantly warm holiday
Harry Styles is back with a very hot new drop from his Pleasing wellness collection. The range draws inspiration from the Italian coast, where the packaging alone gives the feeling of summer. The drop consists of The Everybody Oil – a Roman chamomile and evening primrose oil-enriched body oil for a fresh beach glow, The Pleasing Spritz containing a balancing and hydrating combination of niacinamide, algae and hyaluronic acid, and 12 new technicolor nail colors to liven up summer craze — and the pedi game, including Beach Ball (an ocean blue), Nonna’s Sorbet (yellow), Harry’s Chair (seaweed green), and Wet Bottoms (clear).
Buy Now £21.00 Happy
rem beauty chapter 4
It’s the last straw Arianators have been waiting for – rem beauty has finally launched Sweetener Concealer to the delight of the singer’s avid fan base. Ariana Grande has gone all out with this product which comes in a seriously impressive 60 shades and with the skin-friendly bonus of raspberry stem cells, hyaluronic acid and ashwagandha infused into the formula. While providing a shade with its creamy texture, it also protects against blue light and has moisturizing benefits.
The concealer has been unveiled alongside the Dreamcloud Blender to encourage a streak-free application, the Lunar Magic Blurring Primer to prepare a smooth canvas so your make-up stays firmly in place and the Satin Sheets Blotting Paper which will be very welcome in the summer heat to absorb oil and shine.
Buy now, belt beauty
Farmacy Beauty 10% Niacinamide Night Mask
Niacinamide may not have the same acclaim as other ingredients like retinol and vitamin C, but take it from us, it’s one you’ll want in your beauty arsenal. The ingredient gets the attention it deserves in the new launch from Farmacy Beauty. The mask is designed to be used overnight to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier while you doze off. The hydrating and balancing formula gets to work to improve skin texture, minimize the appearance of pores and bring moisture levels up a notch to give your skin a morning boost. The ingredient selection is clinically led and consists of recycled natural ingredients selected for their effectiveness.
Buy Now £40.00, Cult Beauty