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The 6 most innovative products of 2020: meet the beauty game changers

The MECCA Beauty Election is back, baby! And we are so excited to welcome 21 categories—across makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair and more—each bursting with the best products the industry has to offer right now.

But, one of the most to-watch categories has to be Best Innovator: The Beauty Game Changer, a lineup of ground-breaking products that standout from the crowd for their next-level formulas, intuitive design or ability to make our lives easier. Browse them below and be sure to vote for your favourite here.

Bumble Pret a Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo

The battle of freshening up post-workout before your next social engagement is always tricky when you can’t jump in the shower—especially when it comes to dealing with your hair just-finished-a-HIIT-class hair do. Enter the latest gym bag essential from Bumble and bumble: the Pret a Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo. The liquid formula is quick-drying and helps cleanse and refresh sweaty hair, absorb oils and eliminate any odour from your hair after a sweat sesh. This is no ordinary dry shampoo; it uses white bamboo extract and silica to help absorb oil and refresh sweaty hair plus it contains UV filters to help protect hair from the drying effects of the sun. Pack it in your gym bag and thank us later.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight Toner

Who knew watermelon could give you glowing skin? Glow Recipe did. This juicy toner is inspired by the Korean Aqua Peel Facial, which focuses on the division of exfoliating and hydrating to achieve instantly luminous, pillow-soft skin. Back to the watermelon part, this fruity ingredient is included to intensely hydrate, soothe and improve the appearance of fine lines and dark spots—it’s also amino rich and makes this toner smell like summer. Another innovative ingredient that you don’t often hear about in skincare is cactus water. Cactus water contains electrolytes and amino acids to help skin retain moisture (hello, a plump complexion), plus, the inclusion of this ingredient is what gives the toner its stretchy texture. Also high up on the ingredients list are PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), both of which resurface and de-clog pores; PHAs are great at providing effective retexturing and smoothing results with minimal irritation so it’s perfect for sensitive skin types.

Diptyque Perfumed Bracelet

Sure, fragrances are cool—but have you tried a perfumed bracelet? Diptyque has created the perfect accessory that keeps your favourite scent on hand (or should we say, wrist) wherever you go and looks great with the rest of your bracelet stack. Fitted with a detachable clasp that’s easy to slip on and off, this adjustable bracelet is available in a number of the brand’s well-known scents. Each bracelet holder comes with 30 bracelets, so you can pull out a new one and refresh your scent whenever you fancy.

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

It’s the new kid on the block for Kiehl’s, but since its launch a few months back it’s already garnered a league of fans who’ve experienced its ability to reduce redness and calm and soothe skin. As the name suggests, the key ingredient is cannabis sativa seed oil (derived from cold-pressed hemp seeds) which is especially good for skin that’s prone to breaks, blemishes and visible signs of irritation of discomfort. It’s non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic formula ensures that it won’t cause further breakouts, too.

Angela Caglia Vibrating Rose Quartz Sculpting Roller

There’s rose quartz rollers and then there’s Angelia Caglia’s Vibrating Rose Quartz Sculpting Roller. Intrigued? We don’t blame you. This small but mighty roller emits 6,000 sonic vibrations per minute to help instantly sculpt and contour the features of the face. At the same time this innovative tool works to reduce puffiness, relieve muscle tension and aids in product penetration. Caglia, celebrity facialist to the stars, recommends applying a pea-size amount of serum, waiting one minute and applying the roller in upward and outward directions for five minutes for sculpted glow.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Shiny at 3pm? Listen up! The younger sister of the original All Nighter Setting Spray is a weightless microfine mist that sets and mattifies for up to 16 hours. The main difference between this spray and the original is the inclusion of kaolin clay—which helps to absorb excess oil and control shine. Shake it up before giving yourself a few spritzes of this breathable formula will keep your newly applied makeup looking fresh and shine-free. And a hot tip from the brand? For an extra-mattifying effect and more shine reduction, use it before and after applying makeup. You can even wear it without makeup to keep shine at bay.

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