Brave new terms, strange new products, edgy techniques and all you need to get gorgeous today.
Don’t look alarmed! Charcoal is gritty and sooty on your body, but oxygen-treated charcoal is said to be a fantastic filter, it’s even prescribed for poisoned patients. It pulls out dirt, impurities and toxins, and can hold several times its own weight, making it a new star ingredient in shampoo, toothpaste, soaps and face masks.
As seen in: L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Charcoal Foam
Box (and bag) subscriptions
The stuff of Indian beauty bloggers’ dreams. Subscribe to get home-delivered monthly packages of sample-sized beauty goodies. Great if you want to try before you splurge and if you get bored halfway through a lipstick or lotion. Available for beauty goods, accessories, and even for men.
As packed by: MyEnvyBox.com, Fabbag.com, Msmbox.com, Sugarbox.in
Korea’s answer to foundation that doesn’t cake, blends well, packs coverage and sunscreen and is still thin and lightweight. The compact holds a sponge soaked in the product. You dip your powder puff and pat it on. Cushion blushes and lipsticks are on their way too.
As made by: Laneige, Lancôme, Mirenesse
The shortcut to a clean scalp between washes. Comb your locks. Spray or powder the shampoo directly and evenly to the roots. Wait 10 minutes for it to absorb the oil. Bend head forward and brush it all out!
As made by: Batiste, BBlunt and L’Oréal Professionnel
Send your threading lady on vacation. Big, strong, filled-in brows are in. See them on Jacqueline Fernandez in Brothers, or on Cara Delevingne (who made them famous) in Paper Towns.
Intense pulsed light
The stuff of salons (and Star Trek) comes home. IPL devices use a frequency of light (different from lasers), to permanently reduce body hair. Best on fair skin and dark hair. Cheer for the IPL!
As seen in: Remington’s i-LIGHT Pro, Gillette’s Venus Naked Skin
For your face, not for your bartan! Made from the root of the East Asian konjac (CON-yak) plant, these sponges have a bouncy texture, need less product to create lather, and are fine enough for a daily face scrub. Many come with added cleansing clay or charcoal. Soak in warm water to soften and discard after a month.
As made by: The Konjac Sponge Company
It’s creamier, longer lasting, easier to apply, more pigmented and makes matte lips a breeze. What’s not to love about 2014’s biggest lip obsession? Rekha would be proud.
As made by: NYX, Sephora, Rimmel, Shiseido, Laura Geller and Too Faced
It seems like the West has just discovered coconut oil. Celebs are guzzling coconut water, extra-virgin cold-pressed oil is turning up in creams, cleansers and body scrubs. Celebrate the big nut!
Adding to the West’s oil obsession (dry oils for face, body, hair; cleansing oils, oil serums and masks) is the ayurvedic oral hygiene practice of oil-pulling. Roughly: swill oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, let it pull toxins from teeth and gums, spit it all out, brush. Users have reported headaches, nausea among side effects. Consult your dentist.
Your wrinkle fighter. The coenzyme Q10 is said to reduce the effects of UV damage, which means fewer wrinkles, more collagen (to plump skin) and there is less cell damage.
Find it in: Creams from Sebamed and Nivea.
More tech in your beauty routine. Radiowaves are said to help with hair removal, slimming and a host of other beauty concerns.
As seen in: Iluminage Touch, Talika Light X-Slim
No time to mix up a face pack? The Koreans sympathised! They invented one-time-use sheets soaked in skincare treatments, with holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth. Much less mess! And such fun to Instagram!
As made by: SK-II, Guerlain, The Face Shop, MaskerAide, 3W Clinic
Those who struggled with contouring and highlighting can now breathe easy. Strobing uses just face highlighters and illuminating products on parts of your face that would catch the light of a… strobe (cheekbones, browbones, centre of nose, chin). The look is lighter, soft, radiant and is less likely to go wrong.
YouTube beauty gurus have been squealing over how this has cut their hair-brushing time in half. The short, flexible bristles clear wet or dry tangles fast, without tugging, pain and hairloss. The writer is a fan too.
What Hollywood celebs do (in addition to so much else) to survive the red carpet. Botox freezes the muscles so there is no sagging or sweating at awards season.
Brazilian candle therapy for hair that involves passing a lit candle through twisted locks of hair. The twisting makes damaged ends stick out, so they’re easier to burn away, and the heat makes the hair more receptive to conditioning. Models love it, apparently.
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Backlit magnifying mirrors are no longer just for hotel rooms. People are using them to get ready every morning, lest a high-definition camera shows stubble, an un-tweezed chin hair or a foundation streak.
As made by: Tweezerman
Germany’s new beauty brand has had bloggers raving about their brush quality, on-trend colours and low price. (left)
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From HT Brunch, September 6
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