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On Mondays like today, we could do with some cheering up. And while wine is still cancelled thanks to #DryJan and booking a holiday isn't quite possible on the cents left in our bank accounts, life seems like much less of a drag when there are beauty and wellness launches to look forward to.
Trivial as it might seem, we're always shocked by the power of a new lipstick or facemask when it comes to raising ones spirt and in 2020, the industry is acknowledging that fact, designing products that not only make us 'look better', but feel great too.
Here's what's put the spring back in our steps and a glow back onto our faces during the bleakest time of the year.
Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense, Jo Malone
As longterm fans of Jo Malone's cologne collections, we're hyped about the newest addition to the family, a combination of Madagascar’s two prized ingredients. Androgenously sensual, the scent opens with a dash of cardamom and the freshness of grapefruit tea, ushering in the earthy depths of native vetiver. Precious Vanilla Bourbon warms and envelops, hand-picked from the orchid-sown jungle.
Tinted Glow Booster, NARS
Rumoured to be as impressive as Charlotte Tilbury's hallowed Flawless Filter (if not better), this limited edition glow-giver adds a soft-focus effect to skin while extending the wear of makeup for up to 16 hours. It's got skincare benefits too, a Jojoba Hydraglow Complex providing immediate and long term hydration that’s locked in with a dewy finish.
Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Mist, St Tropez
With us Europeans boasting some of the highest rates of Vitamin D deficiency in the world, this tan contains beetroot-extract and naturally occurring sugars to stimulate the natural production of the good-skin vitamin, guaranteeing a golden glow as well as hydrated, supple skin.
Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice, Elemis
Like a green juice for your skin, this lightweight gel contains antioxidant-rich biotransformed cica, plus organic cucumber and aloe vera help to calm and soothe the skin, while kiwi and green mandarin fruit waters leave the skin looking bright and refreshed.
Cheek Heat Blusher, Maybelline
Coming in 6 suits-all shades, this water-based gel lends cheeks a glossy, warm glow that looks beautiful all-year-round. Use a brush to buff it on in gentle motions and you’ll soon see it blend out into a wearable, transparent wash.
Milky Boost Skin Perfecting Milk, Clarins
This, we feel, is going to be a big base hitter for spring/summer. The smart tint complexion milk contains micro-pearls that break as you apply and adapts to your skin tone, with a finish that's light, dewy and glowy. Bonus points for the 100% recyclable bottle too.
Biolumin-C Eye Serum, Dermalogica
This supercharged Vitamin C eye serum claims to outsmart visible premature skin ageing – caused by daily eye movements and environmental stresses – via a lightweight serum that delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm. Best results are expected after 8 weeks of use.
Easy Eye Palette, Charlotte Tilbury
The best things really do come in small packages. While we love Queen Tilbury's other eyeshadow offerings, consider this a distillation of her best and most-loved shades. Much more portable and travel-friendly, the concise palette has all you'd need for a flawless, gold-touched smoky eye.