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The Beauty Memo

The Best New Beauty Buys To Try Now

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

From retinol-packed eye products and glow-giving body oils to powerhouse skin peels, our edit of the best new buys will help elevate your new-year beauty arsenal

THE EYE DE-PUFFER Natura Bissé Inhibit Retinol Eye Lift

Sometimes, I just need targeted skincare that delivers on its claims, and Natura Bissé does just that. A multipurpose eye cream treating under-eye dark circles, crêpey lids, pesky fine lines and puffiness (yes, all in one go), it is jam-packed with an anti-aging cocktail of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamins that repair and smooth the delicate eye area. I’ve just started using it and I’ve already noticed a difference to the skin around my eyes. Danielle Fox, senior health & beauty editor


If the thought of using skin peels and acids makes you nervous, Medik8’s gentle daily exfoliant is designed for even the most delicate skin. Formulated with polyhydroxy acids, it’s a perfect match for my reactive complexion, as the larger molecules don’t penetrate the skin as deeply and it is left looking far more glowy and refreshed. I use this tonic (it’s also packed with antioxidants, such as prickly pear and acai extract) over the face, morning and night, to help my skincare work double duty. Danielle Fox

THE HAIR HERO Augustinus Bader The Hair Oil

Augustinus Bader skincare is already a global bestseller, so now he has taken his same gold-standard formulations and applied them to haircare. And it makes sense: skin starts at the scalp, so by applying the same scientific ingredients to bolster the health of our scalp, our hair will follow suit and be stronger, healthier and, in many cases, grow faster. I’ve been seriously impressed with The Hair Oil, which transforms spilt ends and adds a beautiful gloss. Rosie Jameson, senior beauty buyer

THE BASE THAT ACES Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint

This silky serum-come-base from Ilia is wonderfully versatile. I like to buff a fine layer over moisturized skin to give it a soft glow – it’s subtle, warm and ideal for all skin types (it comes in a wide range of shades) and won’t accentuate lines or uneven texture. It also works to protect and shield skin with an SPF40. The formula feels nourishing and gives me that second-skin finish, by cleverly adjusting to my natural color. Clare Sanford, beauty buyer

THE SUPER-LUXE BODY BOOST Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm

I love everything about this Tata Harper body cream: the incredible texture, the soft, fresh scent, and how it leaves my dry skin feeling silky, nourished and grease-free. Perfect for this time of year, it deep-treats dehydrated skin beautifully. Newby Hands, global beauty director

THE NON-STICKY LIP GLOSS Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Gloss

With the slip of an oil and the shimmer of a gloss, the new generation of super-luxe lip gloss from Victoria Beckham Beauty adds shine to any look, and fast. Not only does it come with near-to-no stickiness – I often use it in place of a balm – it also makes the perfect finisher to a tint, and I have been adding a touch to my cheeks and lids for extra dewiness. Lorna Williams, assistant buyer

THE FEEL-GOOD FLUSH Rose Inc Blush in Ophelia

I like to place this deep berry blush from Rose Inc high up and outside the cheekbones, rather than on the apples – this makes everything look more polished and expensive, rather than cutesy. This texture really works using the warmth of my fingers to pat onto my skin, as the color payoff is more natural than obvious. Katie Jennings, assistant buyer

THE SHIMMERING SKIN OIL Costa Brazil Lua Moonlight Body Oil

If you are already a fan of Costa Brazil’s wonderful Firming Body Oil, then you will absolutely love this. Using natural but actively potent oils, it sinks in fast to deep-treat the skin, while the added soft, silvery shimmer leaves bare limbs with a pretty, sheeny glow. Newby Hands