It could be just me, but 2017 sounds like the future. It may be the way ‘7’ is drawn, but just writing the number has an air of mystery to it. No matter what lies ahead, there is no better time to discover something new than when beginning a new year. Here is an assortment of six skincare, fragrance, and even a cosmetic product to try. All are on my wishlist, needless to say.
CCC Cream by CLE Cosmetics. Moving beyond the swoon-worthy packaging—a minimalist’s fantasy, I daresay—is said to bring life to a problematic complexion by blurring imperfections. Five shades are available, and it features not only SPF 45+ but also niacinamide—to even skin tone and calm inflammation—and a host of support botanicals like chrysanthemum, camellia, and blueberry. Find it at Cult Beauty.
Super Seed Facial Oil by Votary. I tried to buy the entire collection, but my financial conscious got the best of me when I saw the customs and duty charges. Votary—sold exclusively by Anthropologie, Liberty, Badezimmer, and Votary itself—is a luxury brand focusing on natural plant oils and actives. Their Super Seed collection, crafted from 21 seed oils, does away with the notion of traditional essential oils and harnesses seeds from grape, pumpkin, cranberry, chia, strawberry, pomegranate, broccoli, and other plants to calm inflammation, soothe irritation, and nourish the skin. They have even launched a nutritional supplement (which I only just realized and now need). Find it on the Votary website.
EradiKate Daily Cleanser by Kate Somerville. A launch I knew was coming months ago, yet surprised me when I noticed it in an email recently as having launched, this cleanser is a nice departure from the traditional ‘acne’ cleansers. Rather than drying the skin or subjecting it to a constant army of acids, this makes use of sulfur to exfoliate the skin, oat extract to balance sebum production, and a bundle of honey extract to calm inflammation, frankincense to reduce scarring, and rice bran to hydrate. I love the concept, and am very excited to give it a try. Find it at Sephora.
Black Leather by Clean. I would never purchase a fragrance in an ugly packaging, so Black Leather is clearly on my list of fragrances to try. With notes of bergamot, black peppercorn, black orchid, juniper, and amber this is sure to be a delight for fans of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. Oh, and this black and white packaging? I appreciate it. Find it at Sephora.
Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser by GlamGlow. I hesitated on Cyber Monday when this was available for a limited time, and lived in regret ever since. Fortunately it is back in time for the new year, and oh is this one interesting. A solid balm that melts when spread onto the skin, Volcasmic is formulated to create a matte-yet-natural finish on skin through the use of volcanic minerals and a base of cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. I am a tad bit worried about the inclusion of cyclopentasiloxane, which you can read more about on EWG, but I will have to do a bit more research prior making a final call. The TEAOXI Complex in Volcasmic consists of cherry tomato leaf, prickly pear, and vitamin B5 for antioxidants and moisture barrier support. Find it at Sephora.
ZIIP Nano Current Device by ZIIP Beauty. Devices have interested me a great deal in 2016, and I imagine that will continue through the new year as they become more refined and more widely available. Inspired by microcurrent procedures performed at the clinic, ZIIP uses a combination of electrical currents to firm, tighten, brighten, decrease puffiness, reduce under-eye darkness, and prevent acne. So … essentially every skincare concern known to humankind. You can bet any amount of money I will be eyeing this for a while. Find it at Violet Grey or Cult Beauty.
And because I can never restrict myself, here are a few rapid-fire releases on my list.
Pestle & Mortar Double Cleansing System, Oskia Renaissance Mask, Hannes Dóttir Elixir of Minerals, Sunday Riley C.E.O (unreleased), Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series, Allies of Skin, January Labs, Milk Makeup, RMS Beauty highlighters, MAKE Beauty.