New year, new me, new beauty haul — or at least that’s how I plan on being for the most part of 2022. While we’re only two weeks into January, there’s already a stack of new launches I’m predicting will define how and what I’m putting on my face and body for the next 12 months. From exfoliating deodorant to fermented skin-clearing powders, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling all the big beauty launches I’m infatuated with; or the ones I know will still be here come Christmas. If you’re also looking to do some vanity maintenance or maybe just want to window shop, here’s my top recommendations for your perusal. Enjoy!
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation, $65. SHOP NOW
Arguably one of the most hyped complexion launches of 2022 is Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Foundation. I love almost everything the iconic British makeup artist puts out into the world, and am expecting this to be no different. The medium-coverage formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid and rose extract to prevent creasing, while the comprehensive shade range ensures a perfect match for all complexions. If you need a new everyday foundation that will give you a skin-but-better finish, this is my recommendation.
Dior Stick Glow in Rose Glow, $65. SHOP NOW
Blink and you’ll miss this limited edition blush stick from Dior. Like the iconic Lip Glow (truly one of my ride or die beauty products), it has a sheeny, natural finish that takes on a custom pink hue when it comes into contact with the skin. It’s extremely light and natural-looking, so can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyes. If you live for no-fuss, multipurpose products, be sure to secure one before they sell out.
Kate Somerville Eradikate Blemish Mark Fading Gel, $85. SHOP Now
2021 was a year of huge change for my complexion. I went through some hormonal shifts that led to lots of congestion, and a lovely bout of fungal acne from wearing a surgical mask in humid temperatures — fun. While it’s relatively clear now, I am still struggling with hyperpigmentation from spots. Enter this gel serum from Kate Somerville. Formulated with a triple-punch complexion cocktail of niacinamide, salicylic acid and a form of lactic acid, it works to resurface and retexturise marked, discoloured skin. I plan to use it as a spot treatment a few nights a week.
Chanel No.1 de chanel lip and cheek balm, $75. SHOP NOW
It’s only January, and already Chanel have made me swoon over the the launch of No.1 De CHANEL: a line of makeup, skincare and fragrance that utilise sustainable packaging and naturally-derived ingredients. My pick of the edit is the Lip and Cheek Balm, a creamy tint that melts into the skin, leaving behind a rosy flush. This balm in particular contains red camellia oil, so not only does it look radiant, but it nourishes and smooths the complexion. I’ll be pairing with with a light skin tint, full brows and a tiny lick of mascara for the final summer months.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Nighttime Oil, $780. SHOP NOW
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t coveting this supremely decadent oil from La Prairie. A first for the Swiss skincare brand, it contains caviar-derived retinol to encourage cellular turnover, revealing brighter more luminous skin. I really think that gentle retinol products will gain traction this year — or formulas that pair the ingredient with nourishing lipids, butters and oils to offset any dryness or irritation. While I get this is expensive, it’s a potent product and one that epitomises the best of luxury skincare.
rationale Radiance ampoules, $390. SHOP NOW
Admittedly these ampoules launched in late 2021, but I am beyond impressed with just how well they work. The technology behind the formula is extremely intricate, but in layman’s terms it tricks the skin into thinking it’s been ‘resting’, triggering intense repair and regeneration. They also contains caviar lime, saccharide isomerate and wild rosella to gently exfoliate and increase hydration, leaving the complexion plump, soft and unbelievably glowy. I’ve trialed them a handful of times, and can attest to the fact they deliver post-facial skin overnight. The ampoules however are not infinite, so if you want them, get in before the limited supply is exhausted.
The Beauty Chef clarify inner beauty support, $65. shop now
I’m yet to meet a Beauty Chef product I don’t like, so naturally the just-launched Clarify has swiftly become a part of my morning routine. It’s rich in bio-fermented extracts, plus zinc, burdock and echinacea to support healthy, unblemished skin. While it’s still early in the piece, I’ve seen amazing results from the brand’s iconic Glow formula, so am optimistic that will shift my ongoing breakouts.
Kosas 10-second eye gel watercolour eyeshadow, $22. shop now
I LOVE Kosas, but will admit the initial liquid shadows were a little bit drippy and hard to use (especially for a novice such as myself). But the new iteration is perfect! A sheer gel, you can literally pat it over the entire lid using your fingers with amazing results. They’re not glittery, but do have a pretty sparkle that’s understated and cool. If you’ve tried Glossier’s Lid Star, you’ll get what I mean. I’m obsessed.
Necessaire The Deodorant Gel, $22. shop now
I love the idea of ‘clean’ deodorant but honestly I hate every single one I’ve tried — they’re either gluey or too thin, leaving me with both body odour and stains on my clothes. But Necessaire — with its chic packaging and very good products — is the exception. This new gel is light and breezy, plus contains a mix of alpha-hydroxy acids and niacinamide to nix bumps, marks and ingrowns. Naturally I’m reaching for eucalyptus because I like all of my body care to smell clean and herbaceous.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Caramel. SHOP NOW
I don’t normally go for saccharine, dessert-y products but this caramel sleeping lip mask from Laneige is too cute to not mention. It’s the same iconic formula the world loves, but it smells like an eclair. YUM.