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With fresh and innovative new beauty brands landing on The Handbook beauty desk every single day, the choice of products is fast becoming overwhelming, even for us. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and filtered out the products which really are worth parting with your hard-earned cash. From members club skincare to radiance balms, these are the products that have made our beauty editor squeal with excitement this month.

Ciaté London X Iris Apfel Collection, from £18

This epic collaboration with world-renowned fashion legend Iris Apfel, is MEGA. Which other 101-year-old woman do you know (we can stop there!) that launches a beauty collection? Iconic, imaginative, timeless, and unforgettable, Iris is known for her humorous, no-nonsense attitude to life and her creative wisdom. A true trailblazer of a generation, Iris flamboyantly and unapologetically lights the way to self-expressionism, always encouraging others to follow suit and acknowledge their own beauty. And what better way to celebrate life and beauty than in Iris’s signature rainbow of colours. From nail wraps to collectable make-up bags, you can be sure this collection will uplift your mood.

Soho Skin, from £15

Celebrity favourite private member’s club Soho House has made the very savvy move into skincare, which will sit alongside the existing and well-loved Cowshed spa and product range. This core collection of hard-working genderless skin essentials is designed to streamline your routine and get transformative results. Taking direction from Soho House members who shared their skincare needs, leading cosmetic scientists created products to restore energy and regenerate and protect the skin. All bottled up in unsurprisingly slick packaging, but the best bit is you don’t need to fork out ££££ on membership to get your hands on the products.

Oskia’s NEW Super R Retinoid Sleep Serum Capsules, £75

Making easy work of your bedtime routine. These dinky capsules (not to be taken orally) are formulated with Oskia’s advanced Super-Nutrient Retinoid Complex, a blend of vitamins C, E and D3 that improve skin’s radiance and tone while you catch your shut-eye. Grease-free and satisfyingly silky on the skin, you’ll wake with a noticeably firmer and brighter complexion come morning. Frequent travellers will adore the singular dose packaging.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes, £78

If you can dare look beyond the extraordinary price tag, these mood-lighting face palettes have cleverly captured the effects of the most flattering light forms (from morning light to candlelight) with these buttery textured formulas. Featuring colour-correcting particles that diffuse light across your lids and cheeks, they create a stunning finish that doesn’t sit in lines or creases. Emblazoned with stunning elephant, butterfly, and tiger motifs, these palettes deserve a frame not just space in your makeup bag.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum, £19

It seems that this cult skincare brand is really milking the success of its existing range by constantly launching new products. But by golly, they know what they’re doing. This serum is yet another hardworking skincare addition that does what it says and won’t break the bank. Created specifically to tackle post-acne scarring and post-inflammatory pigmentation with a slow-releasing gentle retinol formula with a wow factor.

This Works Deep Sleep Overnight range, from £14

Get suitably set for the clocks changing and maximise the extended dark hours with this new range of skin and body care products boasting their existing 100% natural Deep Sleep scent – a heady mix (in a good way) of calming lavender, camomile, and vetiver, which have been proven in MRI brain imaging studies to help encourage relaxation of mind and body. The range is so well-considered that the products are also blended with Copper PCA, which gives them a calming blue colour. All that’s missing is a child silencer!!

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £34

This iconic radiance-enhancing balm has been providing an enviable glow and hiding tired, dull skin for decades. Since it launched in 1980, it soon became known in the industry as ‘Cinderella in a tube’ and it’s still as popular as ever. But to keep up with the times, it’s undergone a makeover, still with all the powerful ingredients but also even more natural and hardworking additions to energise, tighten and revive the skin. Use alone as a daily treatment for make-up-free days, as a primer for make-up application, or as a treatment mask 2-3 times a week.

Forest Essentials Silk Velvet Body Cream, £29

With the brand’s philosophy being, “if you cannot eat it, do not put it on your skin” it really doesn’t come more natural than this. Pioneers in luxurious Ayurvedic beauty, every product is made using ancient Ayurvedic recipes, Ayurvedic ingredients and traditional manufacturing practices. Formulated with the purest, freshest, and most seasonal ingredients which are meticulously sourced from across India. This aptly named body cream absorbs almost immediately and leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and smelling luxe. This truly is clean beauty at its finest. (Go and discover the brand further when it opens its doors in London’s Covent Garden later this month – the first Indian beauty brand to open a retail store in the UK.)

Prada Paradoxe Eau de Parfum, from £59 for 30ml

Inspired by Prada’s iconic triangle logo, this highly anticipated new scent houses a fresh bouquet of bergamot, neroli and jasmine, all seasoned with a powdery amber that develops throughout the day. With Emma Watson and her pixie cut as the leading lady of this campaign, Emma perfectly epitomises the scent with her strong, powerful femininity yet cute and adorable appearance. Floral fans will fall in love with this after just one spritz.


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