From tech-inspired skincare to supersize eyeshadow palettes, our ‘What’s New’ page has been brimming with cool new brands and product innovations this past month, and I’ve been lucky enough to try a fair few of them. It was impossible for me to pick just one product I loved – so I’m letting you in on all the one – across the categories of skin, hair, and makeup – that I couldn’t get enough of in February.
Skindinavia Post Makeup Recovery Spray
This isn’t your average face mist – it’s much cooler than that. Specifically designed to calm and cool skin that’s been caked in primer, concealer, foundation, powder etc. for 8+ hours, I’ve been using Skindinavia’s Post-Makeup Recovery Spray daily after double cleansing and have noticed calmer skin, without the redness. The witch hazel works to purify pores, fight bacteria, and prep skin for moisture, while the zinc calms any redness or inflammation – in my case, usually the result of over-zealous makeup removal. In short, it gives your skin everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Coconut Lane Palm Power Hair Mask
I love most hair masks, but I want this stuff on tap. Ever since I got balayage, using a hydrating hair treatment every week has been crucial and Coconut Lane’s Palm Power Hair Mask ticks all my boxes. Not too rich, not too light, leaves hair soft and silky, and doesn’t need to be left on for hours to get results. It feels like my hair gets stronger and healthier every time I use this.
Dizziak Hydration Wash
Now that we’ve established that I like hydrating hair products, it’ll come as no surprise that Dizziak’s Hydration Wash is in this line-up. I’m used to counting on my conditioners to serve the moisturising properties in my hair routine, so it was refreshing to see a shampoo that does all the magic – as well as cleansing. This has the consistency of a conditioner and leaves my hair plush and velvety in a way I only usually experience after sleeping with my hair soaked in coconut oil – minus the faff/residue/build-up!
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask
There’s a time and a place for sheet masks (home alone – likely involving sweatpants, candles, and Netflix) but there’s nothing I love more than a product I can slap on anywhere, anytime, to knock out some magic in less than ten minutes. A case in point, Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask, which I recently wore in the middle of the day/office, while writing this article in fact – now that’s what I call multitasking. It makes use of hyaluronic acid to give you the kind of full, glossy pout you see on KUWTK – and speaking of Kardashians, Kim’s a fan.
Dr Botanicals Hemp Natural Super Enzyme Mask
I go through face masks like you would not believe. Seriously. I usually reach for the clay-based, pore-sucking type, but I’ve been liking this gentler, multi-tasking alternative lately. Dr Botanicals Hemp Natural Super Enzyme Mask does contain clay but is much lighter and creamier than the masks I’m used to, so doesn’t dry skin out so much – and whilst it’s detoxing your pores, it’s using enzymes to resurface the outer layers of your skin, too. The hemp is an added bonus (for hydration purposes), as is the fact that it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
BEAUTY BAY EYN Nudes 16 Colour Palette
February marked a momentous occasion in my beauty writing career – I have called off my 9-year long search for the perfect nude eyeshadow palette, because it has officially arrived in the form of the BEAUTY BAY EYN 16 Colour Palette. Slim and compact, it’s got just the right amount of shades to provide variety and inspiration without overwhelming and has options for every potential occasion or look.
Revolution Skincare EGF Serum
While lots of ingredients claim to perform magic on the skin, this particular one intrigued me because the way it works is by tricking skin to behave differently – pretty clever, huh? I wrote all about EGF (epidermal growth factor) here if you’re interested, but for a TL;DR version – it stimulates cells and encourages them to grow, repair, and heal themselves faster and more efficiently. I’ve only been using Revolution Skincare’s EGF Serum for a few weeks so can’t comment on the long-term results yet, but I’d recommend picking this up if you have acne scars, like me.