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Today, in an annual (if somewhat delayed) tradition, I'm going to share my top beauty launches of the year so far, and we have a pretty good spread across makeup, skincare and haircare. Let's jump in...
The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 30 (Matira) | £43 | full review | had my name all over it, so of course I could resist picking it up earlier this year! This is effectively a tinted sunscreen, making it a great everyday summer base. It's lightweight, it's long-wearing and it gives my skin a lovely, fresh glow. Whilst it nicely harmonises my skin's tone, it still looks incredibly natural. Also, in terms of complexion products, I really enjoyed the Kosas Revealer Super Creamy Brightening Concealer (Shade 5) | £26 | full review. This is a creamy-textured, medium-coverage concealer that blends like a dream and really brightens up my eye area. It isn't at all heavy but covers my dark circles nicely and doesn't crease or fade throughout my average day.
My favourite makeup launch of the year at this stage won't be a surprise for regular readers: it's the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer in Hunnie Glaze | £28 | full review. This is pretty much the perfect cream bronzer, as far as I'm concerned! It's warming but not orange and the formula is fantastic; it has a beautiful glow to it, but it's not thin and greasy. It's easy to work with, hard to go overboard with applying and really blends gorgeously to mesh with the skin.
I'm also so glad I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Copper Charge | £40 | full review | as she's put out a lot of new products this year and I really wasn't sure if was going to be one of the good ones! Luckily it was and I really love this warm-toned quad for a quick-but-glam eye look. It's so intuitive to use and the formulas are so easy to work with whilst giving a gorgeous finish. I just love these smooth metallics!
My final makeup pick is the Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara* | £29 | full review. Whilst it didn't quite give me the false lash glam of their Caution Volume formula, I love having a fibre mascara like this in my arsenal. It's one of the longest-wearing mascaras I've ever tried, giving my lashes amazing fluttery length that doesn't smudge or fade on my watery eyes.
Moving onto skincare, I have two collections to talk about that really impressed me and I've chosen a favourite from each to represent them. The first is a new brand launch from the team behind super-premium skincare brand Allies of Skin: the more affordable PSA Skin. Everything I've tried from this brand has been absolutely fantastic, and I still have a couple of things I'm yet to open but can't wait to try. It's a small range; I own all but one of the products, but the quality of the formulas has been incredible and it's quickly rocketed into being one of my favourite brands (a full review of them and Allies will be up during the coming months). My standout product has to be the PSA Heroine Mandelic and Licorice Superfood Glow Toner | £28 | full review coming soon. Mandelic acid has been a great discovery for me this year. Sometimes the usual glycolic and salicylic acids can be a bit much for my skin on an everyday basis, especially as someone who uses other actives like retinol and Vitamin C in my skincare routine. Mandelic acid is very gentle and this toner gives me smoother, more radiant and more evenly-toned skin with zero tingling, irritation, redness or even sensation. It's one of the few acid toners I can honestly use every day. I'm so excited about this brand and can't wait to see what they do next.
My second standout was a new collection from a brand I already love: Delikate by Kate Somerville. Kate is, of course, a legendary LA facialist and she developed this line for sensitised skin, with clients who'd just had intense acid peels or other treatments done to their skin in mind, to help with barrier repair. Whenever my skin is irritated or sensitised or reacting to something; I switch to this serum, cleanser and moisturiser and it helps so much! The Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream* | £69 | full review | has become my go-to night cream and I've actually almost finished my first pot and have another waiting to be opened. This is a luxurious-feeling, skin softening barrier repair cream packed with ceramides to contribute to overall skin health and prevent transepidermal water loss. It's a beautiful cream and I've barely used anything else overnight since I got it.
To round-off this post, I have a couple of body and hair care products. The first is the Summer Fridays. Lip Butter Balm | £19.50. A lip balm honestly isn't a product type I find it easy to get that excited about, so you know this is a good one! You only need the tiniest dot of this shea butter-based product (I use it before bed) to wake up with incredibly soft and smooth lips. It really is gorgeous! The other is the Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Hair Mask | £30 | full review. This is the perfect balance that I look for in a hair mask (plus, it smells divine!): lightweight, non-greasy and not at all heavy in the hair, but it still really softens and smooths things out for me. I would definitely repurchase this over other hair masks I've tried this year because I've seen such a noticeable difference in the look and feel of my hair since using it.
Have you tried any of these products? What have been your standouts of the year so far?