The Beauty-full Week: Top five winter product drops

October 2015 beauty products

A serious perk of covering beauty is how many new products you learn about first. The industry is so innovative and a growing focus on tech and digital has only enhanced it, as my top five product drops this winter proves….

Scent Stories
I was lucky enough to attend Pitti Fragranze in Florence this year and got a sneak peek at the newest collection from MiN New York. Dropping in November, Volume 2 consists of five fragrances that work like chapters, designed to be worn alone or layered together for a bespoke whiff. Plush is by far the hottest ticket – in my humble opinion – and it smells like a warm caress in the middle of winter when all hell’s broken loose and nothing brings comfort like a cashmere sweater.

Keep Hydrated
This is skincare for the hyper-educated. Or at least that’s what the NIOD by-line says, and the new Hydration Vaccine certainly is a smart cookie. Developed to work with the skin rather than against it, that much-coveted, dewy, plump glow need no longer be a pipe dream thanks to a formula designed to offer protection against the loss of skin’s natural moisturizing factors. Containing a blue algae molecular film, Himalayan composite flower and sonic-jet diffused Burmese mango butter, it stops water leaving the skin rather that trying to add it back in.

Double Up
I’ve been obsessed with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation since my late teens – when the need for extra thick coverage was high on my agenda. Now that it exists in a handy compact form makes it even better – primarily because I can be as messy as I want without ruining my clothes, carpet and mirror with flecks of foundation. It genuinely doesn’t matter how careful I am, half of it always ends up somewhere other than my face.

On The Go
Rahua, Dry Shampoo makes me smile. It’s handy, it’s natural and it’s good for the environment thanks to an innovative non-aerosol dispenser that allows you to puff the product onto your hair for volume, dirt absorption and a light, fresh finish. Containing cassava – an edible root from the Amazon rainforest – it has to be noted that this little beauty won’t leave behind that grey residue we all love to hate. Premature ageing be gone.

Candle in the Wind
I’m a sucker for a beautiful candle. You can blame my mum for that – she had hundreds of the things scattered all over the house when I was growing up, although strangely very few were ever lit. This delectable offering from Diptyque – La Proveresse – is clad in a melted clay jar and emits a gentle aroma of fig tree, cypress and cedarwood. Each one is unique and it’s named after a footpath leading to a house owned by Yves Coueslant near Grasse. That’s one of the founders of Diptyque by the way.

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