"No, I don't think you understand — I'm obsessed"
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In between meetings, events, and countless hours of TikTok scrolling, Vogue Scandinavia’s beauty editor, Esteban G Villanueva, (Vogue’s first and only male beauty editor worldwide) lets us in on the current products he’s obsessed with. Whether they’re new trendy launches or all-time beauty favourites, these offerings have caught his eye and they should catch yours too, making them a must have in your ever-expanding beauty cupboard.
Here's what he's loving this week:
Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Unlocked Limited Edition
I was more of a cream or liquid blush and highlight type person until I came across this new limited edition palette. Being an all-in-one wonder, the colours melt right on top of your foundation for a flattering lighting effect and almost blurred out outcome, preventing one of my biggest fears — looking cakey.
Even though it’s been around for quite some time, I had never given Milk’s Sunshine Skin Tint a try — and boy do I wish I would’ve done it sooner. As someone with oily skin, I feared the blend of grapeseed, avocado, mandarin, jojoba, and olive oils (concocted with a dewy, glowy finish in mind) was gonna be too much for my skin, but turns out it was just what I needed for a flawless finish. On top of that, it has SPF30, so I double it as sun protection and off I go.
Mad Red Lipstick
Byredo’s newest addition to its lipstick family consists of an intense raspberry red with a high saturation formula that provides a seamless matte finish with just one stroke. While I’m not a big lipstick fan myself, I do love a good red and this shade is definitely one of those universally flattering tones — and even if lipstick isn’t your thing, why not double it as blush or even liner?
Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream
As the weather starts to get colder, I wanted to get a heads up on my hydrating routine to avoid the dehydrating effects of colder climates on the skin. That’s why I turned to luxury classic Crème de la Mer by La Mer for its thick, rich, moisturising capabilities. Besides, who doesn’t like a bit of boujie everyday?
While I do my full makeup and skincare routine practically everyday, every once in a while I’m either in a rush or just need to lather some quick fix before heading out the door. Verso’s Daily Glow has been my ultimate favourite product to do so when I’m in a rush. It moisturises while adding a boost of nutrients thanks to a combination of niacinamide, vitamin C, hyaluronic, and retinol 8. Finally, it gives a natural glow thanks to its synthetic fluorphlogopite for a very casual, yet healthy, looking sparkle.
Some people have their parents or loved ones as their emergency contact, I have dry shampoo. It’s easily one of my favourite products when it comes to hair-care and Maria Nila’s Invisidry was a game changer when it came to usage and performance. As someone who sometimes goes a bit overboard, this one literally fades onto my very black hair, leaving no trace, but disappearing the grease and getting me ready for another day.
A constant you’ll find here are my favourite fragrances and scents. When I tell you I’m obsessed with them, it’s an understatement. This week’s top spritzer was Paco Rabanne’s Phantom, a woody aromatic fragrance that combines top notes of lavender, lemon zest, and amalfi lemon; middle tones of lavender, apple, smoke, earth and patchouli; and a base of vanilla, lavender and vetiver. A sweet, warm fragrance ideal for the transitional weather.