The Beauty Memo

The Best New Beauty Buys To Try Now

The new-season products worth investing in – tried and tested by NET-A-PORTER’s beauty team


The hybrid hydrator: FaceGym Skin Changer

Packing a pretty skincare punch, this exfoliator-toner hybrid combines the peeling properties of an acid with the hydrators of an essence. What I really love about FaceGym Skin Changer is that it resets my skin, brightens and clarifies while hydrating, too. Saturate a cotton pad and apply gently to the face and neck – day and night – for luminous results. Danielle Fox, beauty editor

The cream that gives back: La Mer Blue Heart Crème de la Mer

With the famous fermented sea algae-based miracle broth at its heart, La Mer creates a unique, limited-edition pot of its coveted Crème de la Mer every year – in support of ocean conservation projects and World Oceans Day. From funding research to global beach cleans, it’s an ongoing commitment for the brand, and something that makes this stand-out cream (I don’t think anything works better for dry skin) just a little more special. Newby Hands, global beauty director

The on-the-go skin protector: Royal Fern Radiance Protection Mist

Because we are all increasingly exposed to the damaging effects of blue light and the accelerated aging effects of pollution, this skin mist is exactly what you need to have in your purse right now. Containing hyaluronic acid and a blend of potent antioxidants, it was developed by Royal Fern founder Dr. Timm Goeluke and can be used as part of your morning routine to top up your skin’s hydration – protecting your skin from pollution and blue light throughout the day. Great for traveling or just to mist on whenever skin feels dehydrated or looks dull. NH

The face refresher: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip & Cheek Glow in Colour Of Passion

The beauty of this Charlotte Tilbury lip and cheek glow is that it is lightweight in texture but rich in color – the pay-off being that it’s a more relaxed way of wearing a bolder color, particularly this deep berry shade. This buttery cream glides onto the skin really well – I use my fingers to pat and blend onto my cheeks (where they gather up to their fullest when you smile), plus a final swipe across my lips. Amy Robinson, buyer

The sun protector: Soleil Toujours Mineral Ally Daily Face Defense SPF50

We all know to make SPF a non-negotiable and that a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must – year-round, rain or shine, home or away. What I love about this Soleil Toujours sunscreen is that it feels weightless and ‘breathable’ (because it’s silicone-free). It melts seamlessly into my skin, all while blocking pollution, infrared and the blue light emitted from phones and screens; what’s more, it’s water-resistant for 40 minutes. Katie Jennings, assistant buyer

The summer scent: Diptyque Limited Edition Eau de Toilette – Do Son

As the season changes, so should your perfume. I find summer the perfect time to experiment with a fragrance that is far more exotic, fresh and seductive – and particularly good on hot summer skin. An aromatic rush of jasmine, amber, tuberose and orange blossom transports you to the sensual warmth of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, which was the inspiration for this Diptyque scent, leaving the most head-turning of trails. Maria Snowdon, junior buyer

The lipstick to love: Rose Inc Satin Lip Color

Satin lips are a perennial style staple and come into their own alongside a backdrop of healthy, glowing skin. It’s also the quickest way to infuse life into the face. Some velvet satin lipsticks can feel drying on the lips (we suggest always moisturizing before applying), but I find Rose Inc’s Satin Lip Color (which comes in various shades, and with handy refills) is comfortable, creamy, glides on smoothly and stays put for hours. The velvety satin finish makes lips look plump rather than parched – just remember to always line your lips before applying to avoid feathering. DF