The Best New Beauty Of 2014
Despite countless new beauty products launching every year, there are always a stellar few that stand out from the crowd. As 2014 draws to a close, Vogue's health and beauty director, Nicola Moulton, shares her edit of the very best new arrivals.
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil
I didn’t think they could better the Black Rose Mask but this oil is nothing short of miraculous. Most facial oils I only feel comfortable using at night, but while this still has a visible plumping effect, it’s dry enough to use beneath make-up.
Percy & Reed Wonderbalm
I’ve always wanted one single hair styling product which could do everything: tame frizz, moisturise ends, add shine, create hold. This is it.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
The first facial gadget I’ve not only stuck to but looked forward to using: lovely, gentle action on skin, requires just 30 seconds of use and definitely leaves skin smoother and more receptive to moisturiser.
Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum
My favourite cuticle cream, Dior’s Creme Abricot, in a more modern incarnation: a serum for daily use. A tube of this has not left my (desk) side since it launched, and my nails are a hundred times better as a result.
GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand
We’ve been waiting for curling irons from GHD almost since the day their never-bettered straighteners came out, and finally this year it happened. There are four models to choose from, but the Creative Curl Wand has a foolproof tapered barrel and gives the most modern, beachy waves.
Windle & Moodie Fortifying Treatment Shampoo
I’m a big rooibos tea drinker, so when Windle & Moodie launched their brilliant hair care range this year I was very excited to see this hair-strengthening shampoo with rooibos tea and wheat protein. Use with a generous application of the matching conditioner and you feel like your hair’s had some kind of special salon treatment.
Diptyque L’Art du Soin
A capsule range of skin care every bit as beautiful as you’d expect from the chic French fragrance house. The emphasis is on hand-blending and tailor-making, so for example you can mix the Radiance Boosting Powder with the Infused Facial Water to make a silky lotion. As you’d expect, the delicate scents of the five products all complement each other perfectly, too.
Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste
I’d be the first to say it’s normally hard to get excited about toothpaste, but no word of a lie, Regenerate has changed my opinion about what you can achieve with brushing alone. It’s the first toothpaste to actually be able to claim it can regenerate tooth enamel (hence the name) so in two weeks my teeth were whiter and less sensitive. There’s also a skincare-style Serum which can be used as an occasional intensive treatment, too.
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation
Really raising the bar in what foundations can do. They call it “the most breathable foundation on the market”: it launched in LA in 2008 and this year arrived over here. You can wear it super-sheer or build, build, build for serious coverage, but its real advantage is in its skin-rejuvenating benefits which are akin to any good anti-ageing cream - and the fact it doesn’t clog pores. Many of the beauty industry insiders I respect the most just rave about this product.
I have really enjoyed getting to know this organic Australian skincare brand. The Hand Cream, Lip Balm and Rosehip & Camellia Seed Serum are must-tries.
Josh Wood Blending Wand
Probably my product of the year, and the winner of the "why has no one done this before?" award for sure. A super-sized "Touche Eclat"-style wand which dispenses a drop of hair dye for you to paint onto roots and stray greys between washes. Just genius - has saved my trichological bacon on many an occasion. Available in seven shades.