With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, do you really need more other motivation to update your beauty shelves with the latest products?
It can be hard to keep up with all the new formulas, tubes, lotions and potions that hit the shelves each month. Which is why we’ve sorted through all the newness and highlighted the latest launches in the skincare, haircare, fragrance and makeup departments—from an anti-pollution scalp treatment to an intoxicating range of perfumes and a liquid lipstick you can use as a gloss for your lids.
The glow plan
This four-step masterplan guarantees a megawatt glow all day, every day
Caolion Blackhead 02 Sparkling Soap, Rs 1,800
If you want that radiant glaze, you’ve got to start by prepping the base—a squeaky clean, smooth face. Use Caolion’s Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap that has charcoal, sparkling water and coconut oil to deeply cleanse out pores and get your skin ready to take in what comes next.
Neemli Naturals Hyaluronic & Vitamin C Serum, Rs 2,250
What’s next? A hydrating, brightening serum that leaves your skin nourished with a subtle, healthy, natural shine. Try a vegan one—the Hyaluronic & Vitamin C Serum from Neemli Naturals.
Givenchy Teint Couture Radiant Drop, Rs 4,450
For the ultimate dewy skin that radiates, mix a few drops of Givenchy’s Teint Couture Radiant Drop into your foundation. The light, pearly potion blends in seamlessly and leaves behind a delicate overall luminosity.
The Body Shop Pink Sparkler, Rs 2,195
Hey, if you’re going to glow, why only limit it to your face? Spritz the Sparkler from The Body Shop—a shimmering, sweet scent with gold dust—on your body and toned limbs as a final touch.
Yves Rocher Anti-Pollution Rinsing Vinegar, Rs 790
We love a generous drizzle of vinegar over our salad, but we love it more when we drench our dull strands in it. Yves Rocher’s Rinsing Vinegar with its acidic pH helps protect from pollution, adds shine and tightens hair scales—think of it as the third and last step to your shampoo conditioning ritual. Massage the treatment onto strands before rinsing it off after two minutes.
Etude House Play Color Eyes, #BeachParty, Rs 1,600; Etude House Mirrorholic Liquid Eyes, Rs 900
From the K-beauty world of glossy skin and poreless perfection, Etude House specialises in extra playful makeup. Look out for everything from cloud and air masks and a chocolate lip scrub to an eyelash serum and eyeshadow palettes with over 20 quads of fun colours to play with. Available on Nykaa.com.
Trend to try: Rosy lids
Maybelline Total Temptation Waterproof Mascara, Rs 525; Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick, Maharajah, Rs 2,600
The season of love calls for a touch of rose— on your eyes as a glossy, feminine switch for a smoky smear. We fell hard for the juicy pink hues on the creases at Armani Privé. Use your favourite lip gloss to attain the look, topped with oodles of mascara for definition.
Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty
Flower Beauty Hydrasilk Ultimate Lip Butter, Rs 650 each; Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush, Peach Primrose, Rs 700
The rom-com queen is bringing her passion project, started in 2012—Flower Beauty—to India on Nykaa.com. Dressed in black, white and rose gold, Barrymore’s cruelty-free cosmetics line has everything from poppy lippies and glittery eyeshadows to holographic highlighters, to match the bright and happy mood her movies put us in. Followed by a happily-ever-after? You never know!
A journey in scent
Widian Delma and Liwa EDP (50ml), Rs 18,400 each
As Mumbai’s niche scent space Scentido welcomes to its family a new addition, Widian, we speak to founder Ali Aljaberi about its authentic Middle Eastern roots
“‘Widian’ means ‘valley’ in Arabic. From the beginning we wanted to create a perfume brand that represents the authentic oriental taste but in a modern way; a bridge between civilisations, East and West, with a message of love and peace. It is the portrayal of the contemporary and modern Arabian spirit, with a strong link to tradition.”
“We have reintroduced ingredients from the Middle East and the rest of Asia in all our perfumes, such as oud, amber, musk and oriental flowers like Taif roses, in unexpected ways, because our mission is to change the perception that these ingredients are heavy and not suitable for everyone.”
“The bottle design was inspired by Abu Dhabi’s most famous monument, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was also inspired by the Taj Mahal! The architecture represents ultimate luxury in a very simple way, and showcases the magic in the small details.”
The Velvet collection, which combines smoky oud with fresh florals—blends that give the signature three-letter ingredient a refreshing twist.
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