Better Skin in a Bottle
If upping your skin care game is on your to-do list this year, look no further. This serum contains a combination of fermented black tea, lychee seed extract and blackberry leaf extract that stops more than half your future wrinkles from forming. And it contains peptides to smooth existing fine lines. It feels silky, sinks in fast and the apothecary bottle is pretty enough to display in your bathroom.
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum, $75 at Sephora
Lip Gloss Revival
You heard it here first: Lip gloss is back. And this one is the best of the new generation. Instead of the sticky, heavy formulas that were popular last decade, this gloss is shiny yet subtle with just a hint of color, and the formula is incredibly moisturizing and even contains skin-protecting antioxidants. Good luck choosing between the 10 pretty shades.
Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss, $20 at Ulta
As the weather gets colder and drier, it's important to upgrade your body wash. A soapy formula will strip skin and lead to cracking, itching and irritation — and all the lotion in the world won't make a difference. On the other hand, this body wash contains so much hydrating Moroccan Argan oil you can skip lotion altogether. It's unbelievably creamy, and it smells luxurious — like an expensive perfume.
Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash, $6.99 at drugstores
The best thing about a gel manicure? It really lasts. The worst thing about a gel manicure? The trip to the salon. The removal. The price. The list goes on. That's why this gel manicure polish, which you can DIY at home without a UV lamp and buy for less than your venti Starbucks latte, is the perfect compromise. There are 24 gorgeous colors, removal is a cinch and while it won't last quite as long as a salon gel, one editor's manicure stayed chip-free for 10 days.
Wet n Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish, $4.99 at drugstores
This face mask outshines all other face masks — literally. It's a peel-off mask that dries to a futuristically shiny silver color. And the ingredients are equally sci-fi sounding: like Vizitight to firm skin with algae and polymers and Lunarlift to tighten with soy and red algae. After 20 minutes, skin looks taut, lifted and glowing. If Judy Jetson used a face mask, this would be it.
GlamGlow GravityMud, $69 at Sephora
Makeup brushes are generally beautiful and wildly expensive or get-the-job-done and cheap. Revlon set out to change that. Its new collection of 13 brushes was designed in collaboration with BMW, and it shows. The faceted handle is sleek and feels good in your hand, the brushes are precisely weighted for the best application and the fibers are a mix of natural and synthetic. The prettiest, fluffiest of them all is the powder brush, and at only $17.99 the price is right — even though it's the most expensive brush in the collection.
Revlon Powder Brush, $17.99 at drugstores
Better Than Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo can give a blowout new life, but some formulas leave behind residue that makes your hair feel even grimier than it did before you doused it in powder. This dry cleanser contains pure volcanic ash, which absorbs oil and dirt but then brushes away completely. And the scent is fresh and clean — like you've actually washed your hair.
Unwash Dry Cleanser, $28 at Unwash
If your skin care routine takes so long you need to block it off in your Outlook calendar, a micellar water is the ideal way to cut back on a few steps. Micellars are oil-water hybrids that remove makeup and clean skin while also acting as toner — prepping skin for serum. And there's no need to rinse it off. Simply pour some on a cotton round, swipe and you're ready for the next 10 steps in your regimen.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, $6.99 at Amazon
January is the month for new beauty products. Drugstores do a major overhaul of the beauty aisles and Sephora stocks up on the latest and greatest to hydrate parched winter skin and rejuvenate fried hair.
If, like most women, your New Year’s resolutions have something to do with looking and feeling your best, these beauty products will help get you there. There’s a serum that fights future wrinkles while zapping the ones you already have, a gel nail polish you can apply at home for an impressively long-lasting manicure and a lip gloss so hydrating it makes balm obsolete.
If these launches are a sign of things to come, 2016 is going to be a very exciting year in the beauty world.