The post-holiday slump of winter weather, steep credit card bills, and the months-long countdown ‘til Spring all add up to January notoriously offering up the most depressing day of the year. However, these January 2022 beauty launches can help you shake off the shadow of a sometimes-intimidating new year with tried-and-true, results-driven ingredients, no-brainer makeup and some self-care treats complete with mood-boosting, romantic florals.
Fresh Floral Recovery Mask
Looking for a way to welcome the first month of the year that doesn’t require ditching carbs or your favourite Pinot? Enter, Fresh’s new overnight recovery mask. The first in the much-loved collection formulated especially for sensitive skin (read: those that experience redness, irritation and tingling) the creamy, cocoon-like formula contains four flowers specifically chosen for their ability to calm, nourish and refresh your complexion. “I’ve always been inspired by the natural power of flowers and wanted to put them on my face since the launch of Rose Face Mask in 2001,” says Fresh founder Lev Glazman. “We selected passionflower, cornflower, peony and cherry blossom for their ability to soothe and help with visible redness.” Vitamin c and squalene round out the mix to help balance, brighten and hydrate holiday-worn faces.
Diptyque Limited Edition Eau Rose Collection
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If you’re ready to light up a fresh scent that doesn’t involve nary a hint of pine or cranberry et al., get excited for Diptyque’s new collaboration with L.A. florist Maurice Harris. The limited edition collection is Harris’s whimsical take on the brand’s classic Eau Rose scent, complete with new accords of chamomile, litchi and, yes, artichoke. Each candle comes in a gorgeously illustrated jar and box (a perfect Valentine’s gift, bien sûr) and can be lit all together to achieve the scent of the whole Eau Rose bouquet. Those who fall in love with the combined scent can also snag it in the limited eau de parfum and toilette.
Hourglass Equilibrium Instant Plumping Eye Mask
Our eyes are often the first thing to give us away when we haven’t exactly been keeping up with our ideal sleep schedule or cutting back on inflammatory foods. Now you can still give off those elusive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed vibes with the help of this new gel eye mask from Hourglass which directly targets puffiness and dark circles. Apply it for 15 minutes once you get out of the shower or while styling your hair, then simply massage or tissue away the excess for an instant pick-me-up before your usual makeup application.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Anniversary Edition
World-renowned French makeup artist Laura Mercier is celebrating 25 years since launching her namesake collection. To mark the occasion, the brand is releasing a jumbo-sized collector’s edition of its loose setting powder, one of its most popular and best-selling products (it’s the number one selling powder in several international markets) and also one of Mercier’s first products, period. Available in three universal tones, the invisible powder is a favourite among makeup fans and pros alike for its finely-milled texture and 16-hour flawless finish. The limited edition features illustrations by popular English artist Kit Agar, who was chosen by Mercier herself and is known for her abstract linear face drawings.
Evio Revitalizing Oil Serum
After clocking customer feedback, Toronto-based brand Evio is relaunching its oil-based serum in a larger size and easier-to-use dropper. The serum is great for all skin types and works as a moisture barrier for your skin (hello, indoor heating) while also nourishing it with nine plant-based oils, including antioxidant-rich hemp seed and rose hip oils. Its non-sticky, non-greasy formula makes it great for smoothing on anytime, but the gentle lavender scent makes it particularly soothing pre-bedtime.
Dior Rouge Dior Balm
Created by Peter Philips, the creative and image director for Dior makeup, the latest must-have lip launch from the brand feels like perfect addition to your lippy stash for the colder months, especially for wearing under the obligatory masks and scarves. Inspired by a romantic floral bouquet, the 95 per cent natural-origin balms provide 24-hour hydration with shea butter, as well as extracts of red peony, fig and pomegranate blossoms, and red hibiscus flowers. The velvety balm imparts a luxe veil of weightless-feeling colour in satin, matte and velvet finishes and 18 shades, including a colourless balm and the iconic 999 red.
Revlon So Fierce! Eyes Wide Open Mascara
Available in both waterproof and standard formulas, Revlon’s new smudge-proof, 24-hour wear mascara thickens and lifts lashes for ultimate-volume without the heavy, waxy texture. The lightweight formula is also infused with hemp seed oil to condition your fringe for long, healthy lashes. The “push-up” brush is uniquely outfitted with six product reservoirs, so you can coat each and every tiny hair with every swipe and skip the pumping (which inevitably just fills the tube with air and dries out your precious formula).
Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum
This new performance-packed serum from Lancôme combines three high-powered ingredients often proffered on their own and seldom seen in combination: plumping hyaluronic acid, brightening vitamin c and niacinamide, and firming ferulic acid. Driven by years of bioengineering research, the formula allows the active ingredients to be applied at an optimal concentration to treat your unique combination of skin goals, including fine lines, density and dark spots. To keep each ingredient at its most active, and be able to combine together effectively, the tube contains a separate vial for each to ensure it is protected from oxidizing in air, light or combining with other impurities.
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