Our beauty team have shortlisted their IT list from the realms of innovative skincare, luxurious makeup and party-ready hair products.
Evoking the codes of haute-joaillerie, La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Collection has been relaunched with the addition of ground-breaking new technology and exquisite new packaging. Elevating La Prairie’s savoir-faire in its rarest form, the pinnacle of the haute-rejuvenation ritual is the cream housed in an amethyst coloured jar and designed to create a platinum moment as it delicately glides the skin. Still very much a rich and luxuriously silky formulation, this masterpiece of a cream addresses the signs of ageing through a series of rejuvenating processes and is enriched with two key active ingredients. La Prairie’s hero patented cellular complex works to regenerate dead cells reviving them with nutrients and combating the stresses of daily life while a newly released multi-peptide works to activate collagen and strengthen the skin barrier improving moisture.
Adding a touch of sparkle for the festive season, Guerlain’s Golden Bee collection is all that shimmers in a capsule of magical colours and glittering textures for the holidays. Very much a motif of the House, the bee was originally the emblem of the iconic Eau de Cologne Impériale in 1853 and has since become synonymous with Guerlain’s creations. A particular highlight from the collection is the decadent Golden Bee palette. Limited-edition, this gorgeous palette contains 10 shades of matte and iridescent colours allowing you to experiment with colour and depth over party season. Applied with the double-tipped applicator, this array of colours come in a more matte finish for daily wear and a satin finish for sophisticated evening looks.
Exclusively at Harrods, Sensai’s collaboration with renowned Japanese calligrapher Suitou Nakatsuka comes in this gorgeous limited-edition set. Known for her modern take on the artful way of writing (best known as ‘shodo’) Suitou has a reputation synonymous with the beauty and power of strong women. Dedicated as a celebration of these women, the collection echoes her work and this set comprises of the brand’s cult Ultimate The Cream, Ultimate The Lotion and Ultimate The Emulsion. Designed to be used as a daily routine, these miracle workers all contain Sensai’s signature sakura eternal complex and Koishimaru silk designed to leave skin looking smoother, firmer and more nourished.
A nightly retreat comes in the form of Mauli’s Sleep Dharma Pillow Mist, one of many hero products in the range founded by Bittu and Anita Kaushal, this sleep wonder takes it name from ‘Dharma’ the law of the cosmos and the art of living well. A relaxing blend of bergamot, chamomile, lavender and vetiver make for a good night’s kip and the stylish bottle and recycled black tube it comes housed in are undeniably chic in any bedroom setting.
An overnight wonder worker, Révive’s Moisturizing Renewal Cream is a nightly retexturizing moisturiser designed to exfoliate and renew the skin. Applied daily after cleanser, toner and serum, this hydrator is enriched with glycolic acid and Révive’s Nobel prize-winning epidermal growth factor designed to soothe and nourish the skin. The result is a visibly smoother complexion, which over time sees blemishes and uneven skin tone diminished. Skin appears fuller, plumper and the appearance of fine lines is reduced by the morning after use.
Dr Barbara Sturm
Targeted specifically to men’s skin, Dr Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream Men is a highly potent formula designed to combat the effects of stress, shaving and the environment. Used daily, this lightweight moisturiser is enriched with anti-oxidants including macadamia oil, squalane and purslane all known to minimise the effects of ageing and create a barrier for the skin. Keeping skin hydrated for 24 hours, redness and razor burn are also reduced with the addition of skullcap and active ingredients of Siberian ginseng and algae extract. Housed in Dr Sturm’s signature minimalist packaging, this highly effective formulation leaves the complexion looking healthy and renewed.
The answer to silky, shiny hair, Chāmpo’s Weightless Hair Oil is designed to beautify dry, dull tresses through its naturally derived formulation. Best used with the British haircare brand’s signature Vata, Pitta and Kapha shampoo & conditioner duos, this daily-use oil is applied to dry hair to improve the overall appearance of dull tresses and is created with Chāmpo’s Dosha (the equivalent of a star sign for your hair) philosophy. Created with a natural blend of plant and essential oils, this silicone-free complex targets unruly frizz and nourishes the mid-length and ends concealing split ends. As well as being both vegan and cruelty free, this haircare hero also has no negative impact on the environment.
Dressed in golden geometry for the festive season, Valmont’s iconic Prime Renewing Pack comes in limited edition packaging adding a touch of sparkle to the much-loved classic. Coveted for its almost instantly visible results, this skin-saviour applied for five-minutes at any time of the day or as part of a daily routine is enriched with triple DNA and Liposomed RNA leaving skin hydrated and accelerating the cell renewal process. Rich in texture and luxuriously creamy, this clever formulation is the perfect balance between an on-the-go mask and moisturiser.