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THIS MONTH IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LATEST BEAUTY STAPLES. FROM CLEAN HAIR CARE THAT WON’T WEIGH YOU DOWN TO A GENEROUS SERVE OF FRUITY SKIN CARE WITH A CULT FOLLOWING—HERE’S WHAT’S LANDED ON OUR SHELVES THIS MONTH.

LAURA MERCIER ROUGE ESSENTIEL SILKY CRÈME LIPSTICK

The latest lip launch from Laura is impressive. 24 shades of rich pigments that glide on for long-wearing comfort. The crème formula holds tight for up to six hours without any bleeding, feathering, drying or settling into lines—so you’ve got the go ahead to enjoy a burger at lunch and come back to the office still looking fresh. With so many colours to choose from, we don’t blame you if it takes a while to pick a favourite.

GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON SLEEPING MASK

When it comes to new brands landing at MECCA, this one is by far the juiciest. Glow Recipe combines real (and effective) fruit ingredients and traditional K-Beauty innovation. The brand’s delicious lineup of skin care aims to leave skin dewy, glowy and youthful. Their Watermelon Sleeping Mask was the first product to launch and sold out almost immediately (according to the founders it sold out seven times before they could keep it in stock permanently), and it’s garnered a cult following amongst skin care lovers ever since. This breathable, bouncy sleeping mask smooths skin while you sleep, infused with hyaluronic acid and gentle AHAs plus the hero ingredient, watermelon, which is rich in amino acids and helps to hydrate, soothe and fight the appearance of fine lines. Plus, it smells like summer and we all need a slice of that right now.

MECCA MAX WINK INK MASCARA

MECCA MAX want you to know that you don’t have to spend big for big lashes. The latest mascara from the 100% vegan and cruelty-free lineup of everyday beauty staples is super affordable with some serious volume coming off its grabs-every-lash wand. The flake-free formula creates length and volume in one swipe. For an even bolder eye look try pairing this one with its partner in crime the Wink Ink Liquid Eyeliner—it’s jet black, budge-proof formula will serve you up a precise wing look every time.

LIVING PROOF COLOUR CARE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

This high-tech hair care brand is always one step ahead of the rest, creating hair essentials that not only provide solutions for damage, dirt and frizz but without the inclusion of silicones and resins for a hair that stays cleaner for longer. Their latest launch is all about preserving colour-treated hair, because fading starts from the moment you leave the salon after a fresh set of foils. And, the more damaged your hair is, the faster it fades. Traditionally, colour care products have used heavy silicones to protect your hair colour from washout. The problem with these silicones? They can weigh the hair down, leading you to shampoo more often and therefore experience colour fading quicker. The team at Living Proof created this duo (available for both light and dark hair colour) to shield and enhance hair colour, while protecting hair health over time.

EVE LOM MOISTURE CREAM

This multi-tasking moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and concerns. It’s super creamy but melts into the skin quickly and works to plump the appearance of fine lines that come with a dry or dehydrated complexion, thanks to plenty of hyaluronic acid. It’s infused with peach flower for antioxidant and antipollution benefits too. Add this one to your winter skin regime and beyond, and thank us later.

KORRES H20 ROSE HYDRATING FACE MIST

You can’t go wrong with a good mist—whether it’s in your gym bag for that post-pilates refresh, at your desk when the air conditioner is punishing your complexion or in your bathroom cabinet to spritz between skin care steps for added hydration. Mists do a lot and definitely deserve a spot in your life. This one from Korres smells like roses thanks to rosa damascena, which aids in reducing inflammation and fights off free radicals (these can age your skin quicker). Apply before moisturiser, after your makeup to set it or throughout the day whenever you need a little pep up.

SUSANNE KAUFMANN HYALURON SERUM MOISTURISING

This eponymous brand was originally only available to Susanne’s clients who came for treatment at her spa in Hotel Post Bezau in Austria. It didn’t take long for guests to start asking to purchase it so they could take it home. Today the range is growing quickly and provides skin essentials created using organic ingredients and encourages a holistic view of beauty and wellbeing. This clean and simple serum is created using pure hyaluronic acid that contains multiple molecular weights to target layers deeper in the skin, as well as the surface layers for bouncy skin.

SMASHBOX CRYSTAL DROPS

What do you get when you crush real crystals and put them into a liquid highlighter? Smashbox did it, and the results are otherworldly. These drops create a multi-dimensional luminescent sheen wherever you apply them, the brand even suggest applying them over your favourite lip colour for a light-reflective finish. If you’re in the market for a new highlighter or want to make the switch from a powder to a liquid these drops are a good place to start, they melt into the skin easily and can be easily layered if you really want to turn up the wattage.

Words by Emily Deacon
July 2019

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