Including spring-ready skincare, a makeup collection from Dries Van Noten and a sexy new YSL scent.
It’s that funny time of year when we’re previewing Fall/Winter beauty trends while still dreaming about the looks we’ll (hopefully) soon serve up for spring. Enter the March 2022 beauty launches. What better way to rev up our imaginations than with an entirely new beauty collection from a dynamic avant-garde designer, or a meditation session in the new must-have sauna blanket? When practicality calls, prepping your skin by targeting end-of-season breakouts, parched lips and an uneven skintone will have you looking fresh-as-a-daisy and ready to take on the world one moderately-temped day at a time.
Dries Van Noten Beauty
Enigmatic Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is bringing his unique POV to your beauty routine. Inspired by his “impossible combinations” of colour and print, the collection of makeup and fragrance is sure the make the hearts of his fans sing. Described by Dries as “playing creative ping-pong,” in reference to his collaboration with various makeup artists and perfumers, the first drop features 10 refillable eaux de parfums, including scents such as Neon Garden — inspired by Dries’s own garden and featuring an unexpectedly offbeat combo of mint, orris, lavender and carrot seed — and Voodoo Chile, containing notes of rosemary, patchouli and balsam. There are also 30 lipsticks, available in four eye-catching, refillable cases, scented soaps and hand creams, as well as other inspired accessories, including beautiful leather pouches, a comb and eyeshadow brush, which are all packaged to-go in the boutique in patterned drawstring pouches.
Heat Healer Sauna Blanket
This buzzy best-selling infrared sauna blanket is now shipping to Canada and is also available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. The blanket, which launched in Australia in 2019, uses a carbon nano-fiber heating element and nearly 100 tourmaline and jade stones to evenly distribute a relaxing heat sensation heat throughout your body. Said to be a game-changer for better sleep, post-workout recovery, increased energy, anti-aging and immune system support, the luxe blanket has been racking up celeb fans, including wellness-lovers Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker.
YSL Black Opium Illicit Green Eau de Parfum
When Black Opium first launched in 2014 with its signature floral-coffee twist on the famous original, it was an instant hit. Addictive in its clash of strong notes such as white flowers, black coffee and gourmand vanilla, the juice is now being reinvented once more. The new YSL Black Opium Illicit Green parfum is predictably still quite bold, but is a fresh take with notes of sparkling green mandarin, crisp fig leaf and an accord of creamy fig fruit.
Noble Panacea The Exceptional Chronobiology Sleep Mask
We’ve all been told that getting a solid night of sleep is the secret to keeping everything from our mind to our weight in check. Now, Noble Panacea, founded by British-American scientist Sir Fraser Stoddart (who won the Noble Prize in 2016 for his lifetime contributions to organic chemistry), is taking a deeper dive into how we can optimize our skin’s nightly DNA repair and recovery in sync with our circadian rhythms. The brand’s new overnight mask contains a series of potent and sophisticated actives, such as exfoliating polyhydroxy acid, retinol, peptides and two weights of hyaluronic acid (to reach different levels of skin), each of which are programmed to release in sequence so that it works with your skin’s overnight phases of detox, repair and regeneration. The treatments, packaged in a reusable plastic-free box made with renewable starch, come complete with an applicator and a Xiuyan white jade gua sha — the perfect bedtime routine for reaching the ultimate dream state.
Dior La Mousse Off/On
Designed for all skin types, including those that are very sensitive, this new foaming cleanser from Dior contains over 90 per cent naturally-derived ingredients, including detoxifying water lily extract, which is sourced from the house’s new Latour-Marliac garden. Inspired by having to gently and effectively remove makeup backstage during fashion week, the creamy foam also targets impurities from pollution, while maintaining the skin’s pH and moisture barrier.
Avène Cleanance Comedomed
Everyone knows that the best time to target a breakout is as soon as you feel that painful pressure brewing below your skin’s surface. Avène’s new drying emulsion was made for getting ahead of a pesky spot (or many) and limiting its havoc to just one day. The spot treatment was developed with the brand’s trademark thermal mineral spring water sourced from the south of France, along with Comedoclastin, an active ingredient which limits the development of microcomedones, and retinaldehyde, a vitamin A derivative widely used by derms for treating acne-prone skin. Simply dab it on where needed and wait for the magic to happen.
Buxom Power-full Lip Scrub and Balm
Just in time to makeover those dry and flaky lips for spring, Buxom has released their newest luscious lip scrub and balm duo. The mess-free sweet guava lip scrub gently exfoliates with sugar while also leaving behind nourished lips thanks to tomato seed oil and vitamins c and e. For an extra-pillowy pout, the First Crush tinted lip balm contains peptides for a gentle plumping action and imparts an effortlessly flattering hue that’s customized to your lip’s natural pH level.
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer
It’s official: Makeup is back. We’ve kept our routines to a minimum for the past couple of years in favour of focusing on more mask-friendly skincare, but this season’s looks are all about playing in our cosmetics bags again. You may have forgotten that primers even exist, but the new Hourglass formula will remind you why you fell in love with them in the first place. A refreshing gel that’s as light as a feather, the formula contains innovative micro-spherical powders which absorb oil to control shine, smooth skin texture and blur fine lines and imperfections, all while extending the wear of your fearless new looks.