New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

We tested it for ourselves to see if the workout really works

It sounds too good to be true: a non-invasive facial that results in plumper skin and a sculpted jawline and cheekbones. But that’s exactly what FaceGym promises.

Given that Meghan Markle is a reported fan of anti ageing facial exercises and face yoga, it’s no surprise that they’ve surged in popularity recently.

With this in mind, I visited the Selfridges counter to put one of their workouts to the test.

The treatment: FaceGym’s Signature Electricalworkout

After a gentle cleanser to remove any make-up and impurities from the skin, the treatment begins with a gentle shoulder and neck massage to reduce tension.

Your face is then treated to the Signature workout, a vigorous combination of rhythmic pushes and slaps to stimulate the facial muscles before a brief derma rolling of the skin.

The next part is a pretty weird experience, but it’s where the real work is done. Using the FaceGym Pro device, your facial muscles are stimulated with an electrical current, causing them to contract – cue particularly strong spasms around the eye and lip area.

The end result is a firmer face overall, and while I wasn’t sure how dramatic the results would be after just one treatment, the difference after the first half of my face was finished made my jaw drop. As someone with quite deep lines around the mouth, the one on the left side of my face was noticeably softened.

Depending on your skin concern, your therapist will also apply one of the Training Serums, the base of which is like a protein shake for your face; with a base of olive squalane, coffee bean oil,

The most unexpected thing about the experience is how relaxing it actually is; by the end of the treatment I was half-asleep in the chair, despite having my face slapped and electrically pulsated for the best part of an hour.

Although you’ll need a few sessions if you want longer lasting results, but it’s a great pre-party fix if you want your complexion to look its best.

FaceGym is located on King’s Road and within Selfridges, and treatment pricing starts at £50. To book visit

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Everything I’ve learnt about beauty from this year’s Love Island

Everything I’ve learnt about beauty from this year’s Love Island

Every day’s a school day

Love Island 2018

I am a beauty editor, so you would think that I am all clued up about all things beauty, however this season’s Love Island has reminded me and taught me a few important lessons.

1. Matching your eyebrows to your hair colour is not always the right move

Megan, the beauty who came in just last week and is partnered up with Eyal (or Eyore as I have so fondly named him), is rocking the dark brow, bleached-blonde hair look. And I for one, applaud it. You are normally encouraged to colour match your locks to your brows, but here is a prime example of why some beauty rules are there to be broken. Yes Megan!

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2. Pigmentation is not a joke

We’re all guilty of spending a little too long in the sun and most of us will end up a little burnt (please see point 5), but some of us will end up suffering from pigmentation, taking various forms, including freckles. Laura has been spotted showing off her freckled face, before she’s applied her foundation, and whilst they do look quite sweet they are a tell-tale sign of someone who has spent a lot of time exposed to the sun’s dangerous rays. It’s a very big reminder to us all to look after your skin in the sun and afterwards. This means always using the best SPF moisturiser, during the day – every single day – and treat pigmentation with exfoliation and antioxidants, like a vitamin C serum.

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3. Hairdryers really can dry all hair

In one of the first episodes, Dani (who incidentally is my current favourite; Dani & Jack for the win!) confused the nation when she grabbed one of the Dyson hairdryers, which are available for the Islanders to use in the dressing room, and a teeny tiny little brush and began to blowdry her lashes. Many took to Twitter to express how baffled they were by Danny Dyer’s daughter’s actions. However, this is in fact a bloody good beauty hack. If, like Dani herself, you have recently had a lash extension treatment, then this is exactly how you should look after them. Exposure to water – from the shower or that pool that they never go in – can cause the lashes to go a big ske-whiff, so lash technicians actually encourage you to brush and dry them to make sure they stay fluffy and full.

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4. We should go natural more often

Don’t get me wrong, I love make-up. I love that it hides my dark circles, I’m obsessed with the way that a slick of red lipstick transforms my normally tiny mouth into something more voluptuous and also it’s my bread and butter, so it helps pay my mortgage. But I do think that there are times when going completely bare-faced is the way forward and I actually think that Rosie should go bare more often. Look at how beautiful Rosie looks without make-up and her false eyelashes.

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5. Sun cream is the most important product in your beauty arsenal

People look good with a tan there’s no denying it, but not taking the sun’s power seriously is a big mistake. You would think that our darling Alex, the doctor, would know better, however since he appeared on our screens just over two weeks ago he has been every shade of pink you could imagine: blancmange, beetroot, lobster. Whatever you’re doing this summer or wherever you’re going, be sure to use the best sun cream. Pink ain’t cool kids.


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So there we have it, the five things I’ve learnt from sitting on my sofa for an hour, in front of my TV at 9pm every night. Except Saturdays.

I’ll be sure to update this list if I find myself being schooled again.


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Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about this super hydrator

Hyaluronic acid: Everything you need to know about this super hydrator

The #1 hydrating ingredient

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that you see plastered all over product packaging and hear dermatologists wax lyrical about. And with very good reason – there’s pretty much nothing else out there that can help boost moisture levels more than hyaluronic acid. Also don’t be put off by the word acid – it’s a common misconception that acids for skin are going to strip and cause irritation, when actually they are key to good to a top notch complexion.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of your body’s connective tissue that maintains skin’s strength and elasticity. 50% of it is found in our skin. Everyone sings its praises because, hyaluronic acid can retain over a 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s super-hydrating and helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.

As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease. Mostly found in the best anti-ageing beauty products for mature skin, hyaluronic acid is quickly becoming a preventative treatment and skin staple for younger people looking to stave off the effects of ageing for as long as possible. Continuous use of hyaluronic acid ensures you retain moisture and elasticity in your skin, which will help if you’re worried about fine lines or dull skin. Hyaluronic acid can also be injected directly, in what’s known as dermal fillers, into the skin to help fill and plump. (N.B This is very different to Botox.)

Hyaluronic acid serum

One of the best face serum you should use is the hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid serums are hero products because of their higher concentration of HA. Each one tends to be a clear sticky liquid that absorbs super fast and creates a beautiful base for make-up. Because they are so lightweight as well, all skin types will benefit from introducing one into their routines and you can use one in conjunction with another targeted serum.

Here’s our roundup of the best products containing hyaluronic acid…

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There’s a new place to get your ears and nose pierced on the high street

There’s a new place to get your ears and nose pierced on the high street

And it’s a bloody bargain

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When it was announced earlier this year that Claire’s Accessories had filed for bankruptcy, we wept at the thought of losing the place where we had bought our first necklaces with the pocket money we had so diligently saved up. But then another thought crossed our mind: where would people go to get their ears pierced now?

Everyone gets their ears pierced at Claire’s; it’s like an unwritten rule. Where would little girls go now when their mums finally let them take the plunge? Scary tattoo parlours? Unlikely. Thank goodness then for Superdrug, the high street stalwart that has just launched its own in-store piercing. Superdrug’s Commercial Director, Simon Comins, said of the launch “We love being able to offer our customers in-store beauty services at affordable prices and the new ear and nose piercing service is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”

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Superdrug already has brow and lash treatments at over 300 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and 68 Orly Nail Bars, as well as waxing and spray tanning at selected stores. These beauty services offer customers a more affordable option to traditional salons.

Piercing is already in 50 stores nationwide, with the plan is to open up more throughout 2018. Prices start from £10 for a single piercing, up to £34 for a double piercing – dependent on jewellery – and £15 for a nose piercing.

There’s no need to book an appointment, just show up and wait your turn. I am the proud owner of two more holes and I’d completely forgotten how easy and pain-free it actually is.

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MUST READ: Glossier just launched two new shades of a well loved product

MUST READ: Glossier just launched two new shades of a well loved product

Two new beauties for the collection. Gotta catch ’em all.

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Hello my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic. (Hi, Katie.)

I try desperately to fight it, but I keep getting pulled back in. The trouble is Glossier keep feeding my addiction. I go through periods of thinking that I’ve finally beat it and then they drop six eye shadows and a new mascara. And I’m back to square one.

And now, a mere five weeks since I applied my first coat of Lash Slick, they’ve brought out two new shades of Cloud Paint. And of course I want them both.

Dawn and Storm, the two new shades that launch today, take the Cloud Paint collection up to six.

Dawn is a ‘sunny coral, like you spent a restful weekend on a yacht.’ Coral was exacty what was missing – this colour looks stunning on darker skin tones. It will make your cheeks pop.

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Storm is a ‘warm rose shade that leaves a flushed-from-the-cold look on cheeks.’ You know that look when you’ve been on a long hike in Autumn, and you come in from the cold, catch yourself in the mirror and think ‘Damn, I am looking really bloody healthy right now.’ Yeah, this is that in a tube.

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I want both, of course I do, because if my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic.

Are you?

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Charlotte Tilbury was just awarded the highest of accolades

Charlotte Tilbury was just awarded the highest of accolades

The stamp of approval from Queenie

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Charlotte Tilbury has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the United Kingdom. The famed make-up artist and founder of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty will receive an MBE for her services to the beauty and cosmetics industry as part of the Queen‘s Birthday Honours List 2018.

MBEs, which stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire, are awarded to those who the honours committee deem to have achieved something special. These nominations are then approved by the Prime Minister’s office. So you know, it’s kind of a big deal.

It’s no shock to be honest, Tilbury has been working at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades. She has worked on over 400 editorial and advertising campaigns, won countless industry awards – including Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards – and of course, she launched her hugely successful eponymous cosmetics line. *Side note – the Marie Claire beauty team believe she should be awarded an MBE for her eye shadow quads alone.*

Her brand, which launched in 2013, has gone from strength to strength and continues to create bestselling products across the globe. It’s one of the fastest growing beauty brands, whilst still remaining independent.

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‘I feel incredibly honoured and very proud to receive an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List,’ Tilbury says. ‘To be recognised for my services to the beauty industry as both a makeup artist and entrepreneur is an amazing personal accolade which means so much to me. I have been fortunate enough to work at the forefront of the beauty industry for over two decades which has allowed me to share my vision with the world, changing the way women, from 18-80, perceive themselves through the use of makeup. I have always been passionate about empowering women and helping them to feel confident and the most beautiful versions of themselves through the power of beauty, it inspired my philosophy ‘Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world! There are so many people I want to express my thanks and gratitude towards. From my wonderful industry peers who have supported me throughout my 25+ year career and who I have built such close relationships with, to my incredible team of limitless thinkers who helped me to create and continue to push the boundaries with my award-winning brand and of course my amazing family, who I couldn’t have done any of this without. I always say it takes a team to build a dream, and this is a dream come true for me.’

Congratulations from all the team at Marie Claire.

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The best lip stains for colour that won’t budge

The best lip stains for colour that won’t budge

Long-lasting colour is a no-brainer

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Sometimes in life, the best lipstick and the best lip gloss just don’t cut it. There are some occasions when you need long-lasting colour that won’t budge no matter what you throw at it – drinking, eating, even snogging. The best lip stains are the answer to all this.

I’m getting married in September and I am so bored of trawling through pictures of other people’s weddings on my Pinterest feed and the never ending galleries on and failing to find brave women who’ve gone for a bright lip. I suppose the fear lies in the lipstick ending up around the groom’s chin or accidentally getting a bit on a bright white sleeve. But still, I want to wear a red lip on my big day. I’ve read up on And I’ve realised that the best way for me to achieve this, without the supposed disasters, is to find myself the best lip stains the world has to offer.

You would be forgiven for thinking that lip stains and lip tints are the same thing, but friends you would be wrong. Let us enlighten you – a lip tint gives more of a wash of colour, whereas a lip stain looks and acts very much like your favourite lipstick, it packs a punch of colour, you just don’t have to top it up as often.

However, just like with the best lip tints, you should also prep your lips before applying your stain.

Pre-application tips:

Like all lip colours it’s important to have a good base. Central heating and windy weather conditions can leave our lips feeling dry and looking rough. Combat this by using a lip scrub such as Frank Body Lip Scrub, £9 Space NK or the Laura Gellar Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, £13 Fabled.

Well here they are guys, I’ve done the research. I’ve trialed tonnes and these are by far the best lip stains on the market. So what are you waiting for…


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Derma rolling: what is it and does it hurt?

Derma rolling: what is it and does it hurt?

The go-to beauty treatment for fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring

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The quest for younger looking skin is never-ending. We’ll try it all – invest in all the anti-aging products the world has to offer, try and drink three litres of water a day (why is so easy to drink wine, but bloody tricky to drink the recommended amount of water?!) and we’ll even take the best skin supplements if we think it’ll get rid of our crow’s feet. What’s everyone doing now? Derma rolling. But what exactly is it?

What is derma rolling?

Derma rolling, or micro-needling, is a treatment whereby a device is rolled across the skin. It looks a little bit like a really small paint roller. This roller is covered in teeny tiny little needles that when rolled over the face and neck puncture the skin. These punctures do two things: 1) trick the skin into regeneration mode – because it thinks the skin has been injure. And 2) create little channels into your skin’s layers meaning that products are able to penetrate further down to where they’re needed, improving their efficacy.

What are the benefits of derma rolling?

‘It’s an extremely effective treatment for the reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, pore size and the collagen stimulation also improves skin texture, as well as improving the appearance of acne scars,’ says Kate Kerr, a celebrated facialist who offers a range of micro-needling treatments in her clinic at the Mondrian London Hotel. There’s also minimal downtime, making it an extremely attractive alternative to traditional anti-aging treatments like chemical peels.

At-home derma rolling vs in-clinic derma rolling

You can now buy your own derma rollers or derma stamps to use at home to give yourself a micro-needling treatment. The main difference between at-home and in-clinic in the needle length. ‘Although the mode of treatment for skincare and professional needling techniques is similar, the course of action provides a deeply different result. Micro-needling performed in clinic utilises a much longer needle and although this also creates a micro-channel for effective product penetration, the goal is to initiate trauma. This trauma, deep within the skin, kick starts the wound-healing cascade, leading to stimulation of the fibroblast and enhanced production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. This is compared to at home treatments where the main benefit is to increase product penetration,’ explains Kerr.

At-home derma roller needles tend not to be longer than 1.5mm, whereas those in clinic can go up to 8mm.

Does derma rolling hurt?

This is completely dependent on the length of the needles on the derma roller. At-home derma roller needles are short so don’t pierce the skin deep enough to hurt. However, anything over 1.5mm can be painful so facialists will tend to pop a numbing cream on your face an hour before your treatments. You might also draw blood with the longer needles, but nothing to be frightened off.

At-home micro-needling devices

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There aren’t a huge range of at-home micro-needling devices, but places like SwissClinic and BeautyBio have them. Beauty Bio’s GloPRO tool, £190, is particularly good because of its detachable heads for different parts of the body – face, eye, lip and body.

Buy Now: BeautBio GloPRO Tool, £199 for the tool and face head Harrods

How often should you derma roll?

‘Twice a week at home,’ Kerr recommends. ‘And a course of 3 to 6 treatments, 4 to 6 weeks apart, in clinic once a year. As the resulting heightened fibroblast action has been shown to last 12-18 months.’

Which skincare product should you use before and after treatments?

Hydration is key both before and after. ‘Apply a layer of hyaluronic acid serum to a small area and use no added pressure. I like Medik8 Hydr8 B5, £40,’ Kerr says. ‘Post treatment, you need to use hydrating products too, no vitamin c or retinols.’

Where can I book in for a derma rolling treatment?

Well obviously with Kate Kerr at her clinic – Dermapen Micro-needling treatment, from £250 for 90 minutes.

Alternatively, you could try Skin Design London’s Radiance Roller treatment, which uses a derma roller under 1.5mm so there’s no need for the numbing cream. You’ll look a little rosy afterwards on the tube, but you’ll wake up to beautiful skin. It costs £60 and you can get it done at either John Bell & Croyden or Fortnum & Mason.

We urge to introduce this super duper treatment into your routine.

Either through regular appointments or with an at-home device.


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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has launched a beauty website and we’re obsessed

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has launched a beauty website and we’re obsessed

Cannot. Contain. Excitement.


Yesterday Rose Inc officially launched, and rather than a beauty collection, the supermodel has actually created an online beauty portal. The site will act as an editorial destination (with Rosie herself playing editor), including interviews with leading industry experts and figures in the public eye divulging their tips and tricks, as well as an online shop. Rosie penned this in her welcome letter: ‘This outlet is my way of sharing everything that I’ve gleaned over the years. Timeless makeup tricks that instantly make you feel like your best self. Products and regimens that can get you glowing, and stat. Ways to turn a bad hair day into a great ponytail day, or what to do when dinner with friends calls for the perfect glam look. And, of course, a glimpse into some of my friends’ makeup bags. Babes, it’s all here.’


It seems like celebrities are launching make-up ranges left, right and centre. First there was Gwen Stefani, then Jenifer Lopez announced she was getting in on the action. It’s no surprise really; so many big names have had hugely successful make-up brands. Just look at Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, Victoria Beckham’s range with Estee Lauder (she’s also just announced that she is working on her own skincare as well) and the more obvious one: Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner. There’s mega bucks to be made by putting your name to a colour cosmetics line.

Which is clearly why Rosie Huntington-Whiteley put her name to Marks & Spencer’s make-up line years ago: Rosie for Autograph. Well guess what? The supermodel has taken it one step further. She took to her Instagram account to announce something new called Rose Inc.

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A post shared by Rosie HW (@rosiehw) on May 22, 2018 at 9:56am PDT

The model links to the Rose Inc’s own Instagram account in the caption, which when you click through has the tagline ‘Beauty from the Insider out’ and hashtags ‘coming soon’. It looks like Huntington Whiteley is launching a brand new beauty line. We cannot wait; if this means we get to look like anything like Rosie in these clips, sign us up now. In fact, guess what?! You can sign up now. Pop onto the Rose Inc website to join the mailing list to be one of the first to find out more about the brand.

We don’t exactly know when it’ll launch yet, but we’ll update as and when we hear more.

It’s all coming up rosy for Rosie.

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