Makeup & nails
20 Notable Beauty Products That Launched in December
Read on for plumper, glowier skin, buzzy celeb-backed collabs and a must-try new retinol.
by : Patricia Karounos- Jan 4th, 2022
A winter-ready serum
Yes, Biossance’s newest must-have product has “Copper” in its name, but don’t expect to find a metallic, penny-like hue inside the bottle. Instead, the Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum reveals an icy blue tint and works to quickly plump skin, boost hydrogen and deliver an intense dose of hydration. The result? A complexion so dewy and soft, your skin will forget that it’s actually below 0 degrees outside.
For a DIY blowout
Still trying to master the art of a perfect, bouncy blowout? Redken now has not one but two new products to help. Big Blowout is a heat-protecting jelly that controls frizz, increases volume and imparts a natural gloss to your hair. If you’re short on time (or hit that snooze button one too many times), spritz a bit of Quick Blowout for a flash-drying formula that aims to cut down on blow dry time while adding shine and offering heat protection.
A new take on retinol
Here’s something you didn’t know you needed: retinol in a fuss-free, easy-to-apply form. Peace Out Skincare’s Retinol Face Stick is just that. The serum-balm contains three percent of a potent encapsulated retinol blend to smooth skin and target fine lines, as well as ingredients like vitamin C and papaya enzymes that brighten. Because it’s a waterless formula, the brand recommends applying the product as the last step in your routine to seal everything in.
A cult-fave in the making
If you’ve already tried Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum, you know exactly why people love it. Now, the fruit-forward brand is taking the five same molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid (each of which reach different layers of the skin) and applying it to its Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream. Find it alongside three different kinds of brightening plums, skin-balancing ice willowherb and polyglutamic acid, a peptide that locks in moisture and helps make hyaluronic acid more effective. Even better? The whipped-gel cream comes in the brand’s first-ever refillable glass jar—just pick up and pop in a replacement pod (made from 50 percent post-consumer recycled materials) whenever you need to restock.
To transform your cleansing regimen
We all know how important it is to thoroughly cleanse our faces everyday, but it can sometimes feel like a hassle. Indigenous-owned brand Wildcraft Skincare’s newest launches are here to change that. The Wash Cream Cleanser is made with Mediterranean purple clay, palmarosa and willow bark extract to cleanse skin and prevent and heal breakouts for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin. Then, try using the biodegradable and antibacterial Silk Sea Sponge with the cleanser or on its own, massaging it across your face to strengthen and gently exfoliate your skin.
A TikTok-endorsed concealer
You’ve seen it in viral videos on TikTok, but now you can get NYX’s Bare With Me Concealer Serum for yourself. Available in 13 shades, the ultra-effective hybrid product promises 24 hours of hydration with seamless coverage that doesn’t look cakey. Apply and blend one pump of the vegan formula onto your face for that moisturized feel, and dab a bit extra onto dark circles or blemishes to make them disappear. Thank you, yet again, TikTok.
For celeb-worthy hair
There are few people with better hair than Jonathan Van Ness—which makes the latest drop from the Queer Eye star’s brand an absolute must. The JVN Complete Nourishing Hair Oil Shine Drops accomplish the impossible: combat frizz, hydrate, protect and leave a silky, covetable shine without making your hair look greasy. Scented with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, honey and white florals, it’s basically magic in a bottle.
A romantic and regal collab
Attention, dear readers, the town is abuzz with news of this impressive collab. If you don’t speak Lady Whistledown: beloved brand Pat McGrath Labs has launched a new makeup collection inspired by Netflix’s hit Bridgerton ahead of the Shondaland romance series’ second season. The limited-edition range includes an eyeshadow palette, highlighter and blush set (rosy cheeks are a must for any costume drama!). Given the popularity of the show, we wish you luck in getting your hands on any of these products.
For some much-needed R&R
Set the mood for your self-care nights with Canadian lifestyle brand 4 Letter Series. For Drop 2, the Toronto-based group teamed up with renowned artist Madeleine Gross to design four candles, each named with a four-letter word that buyers are meant to claim and interpret in their own way. Warm contains sunny notes of saffron, almond and heliotrope; intimate Beau imparts oud and tobacco leaf; comforting High is scented with cedarwood, eucalyptus and vanilla; and Pure’s blend of frankincense, cedarwood and honey is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Price: $68 (each)
A Mediterranean-inspired moisturizer
Hands up if you’d rather be in Greece right now? (Who wouldn’t?) Well, the next best thing is dipping into a jar of Korres’ new Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream. The Greek brand uses antioxidant-rich Santorini white grapes harvested from the base of a volcano to formulate this lightweight gel to hydrate, minimize pores and balance skin. Use it on oily or combination skin to moisturize and tamp down on shine.
A multi-use must-have
When Canadian beauty brand 19/99 launched in 2020, they did so with just two multi-purpose products that could be used by everyone—the founders’ way of encouraging people to rethink beauty and creating less waste. Now, the brand is expanding its offerings slightly by introducing three new shades to their Precision Colour Pencil. Now available in peachy-coral Fiore, berry-plum burgundy Bor and indigo blue Notte, use these super pigmented creamy-matte pencils as a lipstick, liner, buffed out on your eyelids or however else you want to have fun with them.
A non-stripping face wash
More hyaluronic acid is never a bad thing. Why not add it to your cleanser? Accessible, ingredient-driven brand The Inkey List’s creamy new Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser removes makeup, SPF and grime, while its one percent hyaluronic acid complex hydrates your skin—even after you’ve washed the foamy lather off.
A K-pop singer-backed line
Blackpink in your…makeup bag? That’s right, Lisa from the Korean girl group has teamed up with M.A.C Cosmetics for an 11-piece collection that will let you channel the superstar’s looks. Choose from six rosy hues of the brand’s velvety Powder Kiss liquid lip colour, a 24-hour liner in two colours, a stunning peach liquid-powder highlighter, a coral blush and an eyeshadow palette with 12 shimmery and saturated shades.
You (probably) use retinol on your face, but what about the rest of your body? Meet Versed’s Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion. Get the same smoothing, fine-line reducing results you get from your fave retinol serum all over, plus firmer and more nourished skin thanks to the addition of rich cocoa butter and hydrating squalene. Talk about a head-to-toe glow.
The ultimate skin plumper
Your skin will love Youth to the People’s Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum no matter how thirsty it is (and seeing as how it’s the middle of winter, it’s probably pretty thirsty). Formulated with 4D Hyaluronic Acid that quickly plump and hydrate, moisture-binding organic cactus and rambutan peel that help skin retain moisture for longer and a bio-peptide blend that encourage collagen production, your skin will look bouncier, firmer and dewier in no time.
For winter-proof lips
Don’t let cold weather destroy your lips. Men’s brand Jack Black’s new antioxidant-rich NightMode Lip Treatment uses manuka honey, chamomile butter and hyaluronic acid to soothe, repair and hydrate chapped lists overnight. Stock up and give them as gifts, because we’re sure you know many people who could benefit from one of these.
A luxe hand-saver
A good hand cream can be hard to come by. Enter Goop’s Goopgenes Nourishing Hand Cream. Ultra thick and rich, the cream is formulated with shea, bacuri and cupuaçu butters to nourish (like, seriously nourish), while jojoba seed extract also smooths skin. If your hands could feel happy, they wouldn’t need anything more than this.
A new take on an old fave
Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream has long been a drugstore favourite thanks to its accessible price point and effective formula—and it just got even better. Its reformulated version now contains 30 percent fewer ingredients so it can focus on powerful skincare superstars like nourishing niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and skin-firming peptides. Long-lasting hydration is just a jar away.
A makeup look for binge-watching
Bonjour, mes amis. Not only have we been gifted the second season of Emily in Paris, we also have a range of Lancôme makeup inspired by the hit Netflix series. The limited-edition collection includes an eyeshadow palette (in a chic heart-shaped case, of course), mascara, three Parisian-worthy shades of the brand’s L’Absolu Rouge lipstick and Emily in Paris-inspired packaging on staple products like the Advanced Génifique serum and Idôle fragrance. It’s perfect for wandering the cobblestoned streets of France, or (re-)watching the show on your couch.
A go-to exfoliator
For K-beauty brand Peach and Lily, it wasn’t enough to stop at 10 percent lactic acid in their new exfoliator. Instead, the Power Cocktail Lactic Acid Repair Serum is additionally formulated with 12 active extracts—including panax ginseng and red algae—to lift, firm, refine and smooth skin. And there’s no fragrance in it, so (mildly) sensitive skin types need not be wary.
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