What’s new in beauty? Whether it’s a product launch, salon opening or ground-breaking treatment to try, we keep you up to date on all the latest beauty news in Hong Kong.
Portugal-based luxury skincare brand Ignae has been unveiled in Asia, and is available through Hong Kong entrepreneur Canny Leung’s Maxi House online shop. Ignae’s anti-ageing formula combines ingredients such as Azorean colostrum and camellia oil to leave the skin looking younger. One EL team member recently tried the brand’s Eye Complex and Night Complex, and commented: “My skin is definitely smoother and I think some of those pesky fine lines around my eyes are smoothing out. The product absorbed easily, without leaving any greasy feeling.” The Eye Complex combines high-performance peptides designed to reduce dark circles around the eyes and diminish wrinkles while the Night Complex stimulates collagen production and softens skin for a youthful glow.
Lips are stealing the spotlight this season!
• Spring is all about shiny lips, so apply what you know about shiny skin and make sure you’re prepping your lips to be the best canvas possible. Try Lush’s Unicorn Lip Scrub (HK$110), a magical blend of plum and organic jojoba oils. Order online via hk.lush.com.
• This month sees two new products on the market for extra-shiny, kissable lips. Slick your pretty spring pout with a new Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine or Dior Addict Stellar Gloss, now available at beauty counters across the city. The new Halo Shine range has a starry centre full of long-wear pearlescent pigments.
A naked revolution at Lush
Have you joined the naked revolution? We’re talking about naked packaging, specifically shampoo bars. Over the last five years shampoo bars have saved around 30 million plastic bottles from landfill. It’s an important statistic for those of us here in Hong Kong facing a rubbish crisis. We love Lush’s solid shampoo bars because they smell beautiful, make your hair feel great and they last for 80 washes. That’s about three bottles of shampoo – really economical! Now, Lush has a new Shampoo Bar suitable for vegans. Hurrah! Grab one at Lush for HK$118
Plant-based Probiotic Skincare
Hong Kong has a new skincare brand on the block. Welcome, AO+ Skincare. This is a breakthrough and patented probiotic skincare brand from the U.S. Fusing the very best of science and nature, AO+ Skincare provides skin with essential health and beauty benefits derived from live good bacteria and only plant-based ingredients. The brand promises to deliver a healthy, more confident complexion by bringing balance to the skin’s microbiome. Pioneering this new approach to skincare, all AO+ products are 100% natural, preservative free, and fragrance free.
Fenty Beauty launches its first pencil eyeliner
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has launched the new Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner. This creamy long-wear eye pencil is water-resistant and comes in 20 shades. There’s a pencil for every look, ranging from glitter to metallic and back to matte. What does Rihanna say? “Smoky, natural, bold – whatever! This pencil makes it so easy to change up my whole look, and I love how it just glides on. It’s so creamy and pigmented.” Pick one up from February at Sephora, Harvey Nichols, Beauty Bazaar and Beauty Avenue.
Give your tired skin a boost
If you have damaged and tired skin that needs a boost, we have good news. Dior has launched its first micro-nutritive caviar-creme gelée that will boost skin with 22 micro-nutrients. The creation of Dior Prestige Le Micro-Caviar de Rose was inspired by nutritional supplements, and it can be applied daily as a booster for your moisturiser or as an intensive pre-serum treatment to recharge tired skin.
Clarin’s Double Serum
This month, Clarins has released a special serum for Chinese New Year, Gold Double Serum. It’s a nice gift option if you’re looking to purchase a CNY gift for a friend or colleague. This limited-edition serum is packed with more than 21 precious plant extracts (including turmeric) that stimulates five skin functions: hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration and protection. Clarin’s Golden Double Serum Limited Edition is HK$900 for 50ml.
What a gem!
Are emeralds about to make a comeback? The Dulux colour of 2020 is Tranquil Dawn, a cool green that might just make it onto our fingers! Hong Kong-based jewellery brand Niya K offers high-quality pieces with an emphasis on affordability. It specialises in bespoke pieces, and carries ready-to-wear jewellery for men, women and children from just HK$500. The latest collection employs rubies, emeralds and sapphires and is proving popular. The Niya K team can complete a bespoke piece from start to finish in just a few weeks. They’re at 905, Podium Plaza, 5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. 9105 1516 | niya-k.com
Be sun safe
Protecting yourself from the sun while you snorkel in tropical waters is important, but so is the ecosystem you’re enjoying. Sadly, compounds in chemical sunscreens contribute to ocean pollution, causing irreparable damage to coral reefs. That’s why Banyan Tree Essentials has developed a new coral reef-safe mineral sunscreen. Grab a tube of Banyan Tree Coconut & Seaweed Mineral Sunscreen before your next beach holiday. essentials.banyantree.com
DIY wedding band
“Crafting your own rings imbues sentiment far greater than you could imagine.” Wise words from the team at Obellery, a contemporary jewellery studio in PMQ that hosts wedding ring-making workshops. In these workshops, you’ll work alongside trained jewellers within their professional studios to ideate and craft your own wedding bands. Beautiful! obellery.com
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