What you need, what you want, and what really works.

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What you need, what you want, and what really works.

Staz Lindes and Zoë Kravitz star in YSL Beauty’s Vernis à Lèvres Water Stain campaign. 602 Vauge de Rouge; 610 Nude Underwater, $52 each, YSL Beauty


Take the plunge into YSL Beauty’s new world of watery brilliance. The Vernis à Lèvres Water Stain is an ultra-fluid formula that drenches lips in a long-lasting, wet look-colour that’s non-sticky and lightweight. Think 18 fresh and seductive shades including 604 Peach Plunge and 616 Bathed in Beige for an irresistibly juicy pout that leaves an even, pigmented stain as it wears off. 

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Everyday Face Moisturiser, 32; Lip Tint Cherry Bomb, $18; Lip Scrub, $22, Frank Body


Globally, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. But Frank Body, a coffee-based skincare brand, proves that the bean is just as popular in the beauty world, with one of its products sold every 40 seconds. Its best-selling Original Coffee Scrub is 100 percent natural and vegan, with its blend of roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, sugar and salt, cold press sweet almond oil and vitamin E. This works to gently exfoliate, brighten, tackle breakouts and blemishes, and nourish skin, while stimulating circulation to effectively de-puff and reduce the appearance of dimply cellulite. Standouts in its range of 25 products include a Coconut Body Balm that works on dry skin, stretch marks, scars and even damaged hair; and a Glow Mask that hydrates and boosts radiance with a blend of shea and cocoa butters, goji berry extract and coffee seed oil.

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There’s a new Sulwhasoo product to add to your skincare rituals: The Essential Lip Mask, $58. Housed in an elegant tin reminiscent of a traditional Korean rouge case, this comes in two options: Moisture, with herbal root waters, Chinese date extract and ceramide; and Recovery, with liquorice root extract and madecassoside. Your lips will be so smooth, you'll have no problems puckering up for a kiss. 

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The village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast; Sole di Positano Acqua, $200 for 50ml, Tom Ford 


Close your eyes and let Tom Ford’s two new fragrances take you to Italy. Sole Di Positano Acqua is a sparkling update that encapsulates the refreshing lightness of the Amalfi coast with green citrus floral notes like bergamot, lemon and petitgrain bigarade (an essential oil from the bitter orange tree). Fleur De Portofino Acqua glistens with crisp Italian essences, like Sicilian lemon, Sorrento mandarin, Calabrese bergamot and juicy tangerine from Portofino, enriched with spicy-sweet and intoxicating florals and a delectable acacia honey accord. Spritz them on and be transported into the warm embrace of a Mediterranean night.

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Dreamskin Care & Perfect, $150 for 30ml; Dior Dreamskin Moist and Perfect Cushion, $105, Dior


It’s all in the name—Dior’s Dreamskin Care & Perfect emulsion promises you the complexion of your dreams. This third-generation elixir now packs a patented complex of ultramicronised mother-of-pearl, colour-correcting pigments and diffusing micro-powders. The result? Skin that has been smoothed and illuminated, so you look like a beauty filter has been applied. This is best used after the 1-Minute Mask—a gel-crème that boosts radiance in 60 seconds. Say goodbye to retouching selfies.

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Rejuvenating Complex, $245, IDS Skincare


IDS Skincare has launched Neulastin, a unique blend of highly active ingredients that act as a “wound healer” to repair and restore skin’s elastin and collagen production on a cellular level. Found in all IDS products, this also boasts a patented delivery system that boosts ingredient absorption for bouncier skin.

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Minimal 10 Watery Essence, $48; Aqualuronic Serum, $48, AHC


First developed for luxury aesthetic clinics in South Korea before becoming the country’s most loved skincare brand, AHC has launched four new ranges: Minimal 10, which contains 10 or less essential natural ingredients to soothe and nourish even the most sensitive skin; The Aesthe, the brand’s signature aesthetics-inspired anti-ageing collection; Aqualuronic, a line of dermatologically-tested deep hydrators; and a quartet of Natural Essential Masks. Sure to jump right to the top of everyone’s cult favourites list is the AHC Minimal 10 Watery Essence, a three-in-one soothing elixir that can be used as a toner, essence or even a face mask.

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Météorites Perles de Satin Terracotta Hestia Island Limited Edition XL Collector, $109; Light Revealing Pearls of Powder, $95, Guerlain


Guerlain’s Météorites caused a sensation with its constellation of colourful luminosity-enhancing little balls when it first exploded onto the beauty scene in 1987, and since then there have been quite a few limited-editiondition versions. For summer 2019, the brand has introduced Météorites Perles de Satin, offering a glow to conjure up images of the Greek isles. Two new shades, fuchsia and orange, have been added to the beige and gold pearls contained in a paisley-decorated case, redolent with the Météorites signature violet scent. For a more sun-kissed look, opt for one of the Terracotta XL Collector bronzer-blush compacts—either the gold-coral Thaila Island or the brown-pink Hestia Island will give you that perfect “I just got back from a vacation” glow. 

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Happy Chopard Bigaradia EDP, $109 for 40ml, Chopard


Paying tribute to the idea of a “perfume tree”, renowned nose Dora Baghriche taps into the fragrant nuance of flowers, leaves, fruits and even twigs to create Happy Chopard Bigaradia. The newest scent from Chopard has a fresh citrus accord that is warmed up with sweet notes of honey, apricot and fig, rounded off with black sesame, patchouli and labdanum for a more leathery, woody and all-round deeper finish. It's almost like sunset in a bottle, going from light and fresh to something a little more dark and decadent.