31 New December 2018 Beauty Products To Try That Aren't All Holiday-Themed
Right about now, in any given city, festive music is spilling out of every speaker within earshot. Sephora is breaking out the beauty gift sets, and Netflix queues are filled with cheesy holiday rom-coms — but just because it’s December doesn’t mean your life needs to revolve around holiday cheer. Enter these 31 brand new beauty products that have absolutely zero to do with the holidays, from hydrating skincare to the best mani shade for winter.
“Cold winter air lacks humidity, therefore it’ll have a drying effect on the skin,” Dr. Aanand Geria of Geria Dermatology in New Jersey tells The Zoe Report. “The best moisturizing ingredients are the ones that provide supreme hydration without irritation.” Consider Glow Recipe's just-launched Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, the must-have of the month for its ability to soothe dry, flaky skin overnight with 74 percent avocado and a hint of Manuka honey. In the morning, give your face a swipe with one of Indie Lee’s new Gentle Daily Peel Pads — these lightly exfoliate dry skin with the help of BHAs and AHAs (and even include a dose of calming jasmine to reduce inflammation).
This theme carries over into body care, too… because who wants to deal with winter’s dry elbows and chapped hands? Exfoliate with Herbivore Amethyst Body Polish (actually packed with crushed amethyst crystals), then moisturize from neck-to-toe with the unscented Body Lotion from cool new body brand Nécessaire. It’s filled with skincare-level ingredients like peptides and jojoba oil, and sinks into the skin without that dreaded greasy finish.
As for hair, “the vibe is all about shiny hair that looks super glamorous,” Maddison Cave, a hairstylist who works with actress Carey Mulligan, tells The Zoe Report. “We’ve been doing that undone, lived-in wave for so long but it’s time for a little bit of bounce and drama.” In addition to shine-boosting stylers like Prose’s new custom Hair Oil, Cave suggests adding an elegant clip your hair accessory collection, like Lelet’s Torn Round French Barrette.
And as far as makeup, “Statement lips are staying in style for winter,” says Neil Scibelli, a makeup artist known for his work with Elle MacPherson. “Whether you’re looking to add an extra pop to your complexion or if you just want one key item to tie your look together, I think a classic red or even deeper variations of red shades are always fierce for winter” — and Dominique Cosmetics, Kosås, and Kjaer Weiss, all offer new shades of scarlet.
Ahead, discover 31 of the best December beauty products across skincare, makeup, hair care, body care, fragrance, and nail care to banish the winter blues (and OK, fine... to wear to all those holiday parties, too).
Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
One more reason to be obsessed with avocados: Apparently, they're great for your skin, too. K-beauty brand Glow Recipe harnesses the hip food's hydrating power in this overnight mask.
Traditionally, the power of retinol can cause skin to react with redness and irritation. But in Instytutum's just-released formula, the heavy-hitting anti-aging ingredient is paired with algae extract as well as 15 natural oils to keep skin clear and hydrated.
The Brightening Serum
The latest release from Barbara Sturm is just what your winter skin needs. This super-packed serum brightens hyperpigmentation with cress sprouts, protects against pollution with ginseng extract, and hydrates with hyaluronic acid.
Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Water
Besides the fact that this gorgeous packaging needs to be a part of your next #shelfie, Sulwhasoo's new Ginseng Renewing Water uses steamed ginseng to give skin a super-moisturizing, anti-aging boost with every application.
Gentle Daily Peel
Even those with sensitive skin can get in on acid exfoliation with Indie Lee's new daily peel pads. Formulated with BHAs and AHAs, the pads slough away dead skin cells — but thanks to an infusion of jasmine and burdock root, they won't leave skin dry or irritated.
City girls, watch this space: Skin Regimen's soon-to-launch Enzymatic Powder was formulated to fight dull complexions from urban pollution with a natural blend of chlorella (to detoxify) and papaya (to brighten).
Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream
The classic Weleda Skin Food, a moisturizer loved by makeup artists like Katie Jane Hughes to give skin a super dewy finish, was a bit too heavy for oily skin types to handle — so the natural skincare brand just introduced Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream, a lighter take on the iconic moisturizer ideal for those with oil- and acne-prone skin.
Phoenix Weightless Lip Color
Consider this fiery red, with its creamy finish and stay-put color, your new go-to for the season.
Caroline Issa x Kjaer Weis
When two industry titans like editor Caroline Issa and cosmetics entrepreneur Kjaer Weis team up, you know it's going to be good. The result of their collaboration, a shiny red lipstick, isn't just pretty — it's also philanthropic, with proceeds going to Women for Women International.
Ignited Eyeshadow Palette
Choose to add holiday shimmer to your look — or not — with NARS' just released Ignited Eyeshadow Palette, which features 12 new shadows that span matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes; all of which are pigment-rich and crease-resistant.
Divine Goddess Luminizing Highlighter Palette
You're likely already a fan of Buxom's cult-favorite Divine Goddess Luminizer cream... so *of course* you need the brand's new Divine Goddess Palette, a trio of powder highlighters that promise the same shimmering finish in a fresh new formula.
Cocoa Liquid Eyeshadow
CAI Para Mi
The just-launched beauty brand CAI Para Mi was specifically designed with Latina women in mind. Each product, including this chocolate-inspired shadow, features olive, yellow, or brown undertones to flatter all Latina complexions.
Berries & Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick in Creamy Pink
The latest launch from beauty influencer Christen Dominique includes a creamy pink liquid lipstick, which manages to finish matte without drying out your lips.
Custom Hair Oil
Hair care line Prose recently introduced a new product: The Hair Oil, which is custom-formulated from 30 oils based on your hair's specific needs, and can be used on wet hair to add moisture or dry hair to add shine.
CRYBABY Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum
Seasonal frizz is no match for IGK's new Crybaby Serum, which fights fly-aways and static with coconut oil and prickly pear.
Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème
Retire your sea salt spray in favor of R+Co's Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème. It adds beachy texture while absorbing oil, thanks to an infusion of moroccan lava clay.
100% Pure Moroccan Rhassoul Clay
Fortifyd Naturals' new clarifying scalp treatment is such a big hit that the brand (which is known for caring for kinky and coily hair) is now limiting the sale of the product to one per customer... so you're going to want to get your hands on it immediately.
Torn Round French Barette
Equal parts elegant and eclectic, Lelet's gold barrette was inspired by the edges of "a torn piece of paper" to give your updo some conversation-worthy flair.
The Body Lotion
Nécessaire (started by Into The Gloss cofounder Nick Axelrod and Estée Lauder exec Randi Christiansen) is making waves in the body care industry with its line of genderless, clean, and irritant-free products. The Body Lotion is a must for all-over hydration.
Amethyst Exfoliating Body Polish
Whether or not you believe in the stress-reducing powers of the amethyst crystal, one thing's for sure: It makes an amazing exfoliator.
Body Star Perfecting Cream
Truly Organic's plant-based lotion is key for locking in moisture. Its main ingredients, cactus flower and prickly pear, are designed to thrive in dry environments.
Mind and Body Wash
This brand new body wash from Bathing Culture features organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging to keep your shower eco-friendly.
The Nue Co
"Functional Fragrance is the first anti-stress supplement delivered in the form of a fragrance," The Nue Co said in a press release. "It triggers neural pathways connected to feelings of calm and reassurance to lower your cortisol levels." The unisex scent includes notes of cardamom, myrrh, and palo santo for a scent that does *so* much more than just smell good.
Translucence Eau du Parfum Rollerball
"Because of the way it has to deliver to the skin, this scent changes pretty quickly," Ess tells The Zoe Report. "Right when you put it on it smells very clean, and then you give it about one or two minutes and you really start to smell the warmth and the wood and mineral."
Baisers de Jasmin
In Fiore teamed up with French makeup artist Violette to create a solid perfume that captured the spirit of French style in fragrance form. With a mysterious and feminine blend of jasmine sambac and white amber, Baisers de Jasmin nails that "je ne sais quoi."
Kayali Vanilla 28
Normally know for cosmetics, Huda Beauty has branched out into fragrance with Kayali Vanilla 28, a sweet blend of vanilla and spicy patchouli.
Diorific Vernis Glitter Topcoat Nail Polish
Admittedly, this top coat is perfect for holiday parties and New Year's Eve... but why not add sparkly stars to your everyday look, too?
Bitter Buddhist Nail Lacquer
Smith & Cult
A faded green shade of polish is the ultimate festive-but-not-too-festive color for December.
Zodiac Sign Polish
Love by Luna
Love by Luna's zodiac-themed polishes make great gifts... for others *or* for yourself (no judgement).
Glow With The Flow
Frost your nails with this icy blue shade from Essie's winter 2018 collection. Inspired by the Northern Lights, it's got just the right amount of shimmer.
Get Off Callus Softener Intensive Treatment
After being shoved into boots all season long, your feet deserve some attention during your next at-home spa day. Reach for this callus treatment from Deborah Lippmann pre-polish, for a pedicure that feels as good as it looks.