With so many exceptional beauty products launching each week, here we separate the good from the great, the better from the best
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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:
Luxury essentials, a detox shampoo that doesn’t leave you stripped and a perfume inspired by a seaside hotel. Discover below a unique mixture of products set to make your rainy days a bit brighter.
The Body Shop
Vitamin C Concealer
Via The Body Shop
Vegan and made with up to 95 per cent natural ingredients, The Body Shop’s latest concealer is a powerhouse that combines the benefits of vitamin C into a lightweight, blendable formula that conceals any redness or imperfections. Ideal for people on the drier side of the skin spectrum, it has a buildable formula that brightens without creasing or leaving a flaky texture behind.
The Essential Kit
Via Agustinus Bader
Essential kits are amazing ways to get to know a brand. At the same time, they condense your must-haves for weekend getaways, travel or general life on the go. Augustinus Bader’s new Essential Kit ensures one of the most important steps of our skincare, moisture, is properly taken care of. Combining The Body Cream, The Rich Cream and The Cream, these products provide the basics for morning, night and body hydration, all in plane-approved sizes.
The Essential Oil
Via Caia Cosmetics
Part of their latest serum launch, Caia Cosmetic’s new The Essential Oil is a multi-use face oil that hydrates while boosting radiance from within. With a quick-dry, velvet-like texture, it combines the replenishing, skin-strengthening and soothing properties from linoleic acid (found in sunflower seed oil) with the skin-repairing and stretch mark-minimising qualities of the macadamia seed oil for a multi-target formula.
Scalp Purifying Micellar Shampoo
Using micelles — compounds that are highly effective at removing dirt and oil from the skin and key in making micellar water — Kristin Ess brings to market a haircare product that fulfils the needs of a deep detoxing shampoo without the drawbacks. With a formula that deeply cleanses, yet doesn’t strip off natural oils and moisture, the shampoo allows for a proper cleansing without any stringy, stretchy feeling of the hair after wash.
François Demachy, Dior’s perfumer and creator of the Eden-Roc fragrance, described the scent as the moment he arrived by the sea at the iconic Eden-Roc hotel on the French Riviera. “The salt, the sun, the light-coloured rock, the lush plant life... Its trail is an olfactory image of this cape in an exceptional locale.” Inspired by the Mediterranean in all its splendour, with the smell of the sea, flowers, citrus fruit and pine trees in the south of France, the scent is ideal for the first notes of summer.
La Collection Privé is only available physically in the Nordics at selected Dior counters. NK and Åhléns City for Sweden, Illum and Magazine K in Denmark and the Dior Boutique in Norway.
The Signature Dry Shampoo
Created with the one and only Swedish Upsalite, Björn Axén’s The Dry Shampoo combines both cleaning and holding techniques for a spray that revives the hair, adds volume and maintains a style. Used sparsely, it can become a lifesaver for those who want the oil-minimising benefits of Upsalite while gaining the volume of root concoctions and the hold of finishing sprays.
Also read: Skincare science: Sweden’s homegrown ingredient upsalite is poised to shake up the beauty world
Via Banger Head
Anti-frizz in a bottle, Evo’s Easy Tiger soothing balm is both a smoothing cream and a heat protectant that gives for the perfect blow-out every time it’s used. Working by taming rouge flyaways and moisturising every strand of hair, its final result is a smooth mane with a deep, lustrous shine. Especially ideal for those who battle with moisture during summer, this will be their new best friend alongside their blow dryer and trusty round brush.