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Editors' Picks: New launches from Dr. Barbara Sturm, Pleasing, The Inkey List and more... Team
03 May 2024

From Dr. Barbara Sturm's face cream to The Inkey List's tinted lip balms, and more, here are the top beauty launch picks of the week from team.

Big Lip HA Moisture Balm in Peppermint Honey and Vanilla Fig, Pleasing

Fans of Harry Styles and Pleasing will be happy - the brand has introduced two new flavours of its much-loved Big Lip HA Moisture Balm. Following the success of its inaugural flavour, Pepper, which launched in August 2023, the new additions include Peppermint Honey and Vanilla Fig, priced at £20 each.

The two new balms are described as the "perfect everyday moisturising treatment", promising to make lips feel softer, smoother, fuller, and plumper, all packed with natural oils, fruit, and flower extracts to nourish and offer ultimate hydration. While Vanilla Fig holds notes of pear, caramel, wild vanilla orchid, fig, and more, Peppermint Honey boasts notes of Italian bergamot and lemon, peppermint, orange, black tea, and honey.

Sophie Smith, News Editor & Senior Writer.

Emma Lewisham

Emma Lewisham Supernatural Vitale Face Elixir

My beauty picks this week have not been sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, but I have chosen two products from the Land of the Long White Cloud (see also Antipodes below) simply because they are excellent.

Emma Lewisham's natural skincare range is a delight to use and efficacious. I was lucky enough to meet the New Zealand beauty entrepreneur myself and she promised me her range would kick some stubborn pigmentation I had into touch. And it did. So I greeted the news of her latest innovation, a serum containing a muscle relaxant, with great excitement.

The Supernatural Vitale Face Elixir contains a specialised pairing of collagen-stimulating peptides, which are encapsulated and protected by phytocompounds and 24 carat gold. These work to harness the skin’s own reparative system to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. With long term use, the underlying structure of the skin is reinforced for a smoother and firmer complexion.

Frankly, if the before and afters are to be believed (and I believe them because I also believe Lewisham is some sort of skin magician), continued use of this product is better than face filler. I've just gotten my hands on this and my face (in particular my jawline) cannot wait to see the benefits.

Priced at £85 (refills £75), it is available at Space NK, Harrods and at

Lauretta Roberts, Co-founder, CEO and Editor in Chief.

Glow Cream, Dr. Barbara Sturm

Ever since I started my Dr. Barbara Sturm journey a few weeks ago, I’ve become hooked on molecular skincare. I'm yet to try the fan-favourite Glow Drops, but if it's anything like the Glow Cream, it's up there on my wish list.

The Sturm team uncovered that "How do I get glowing skin?" is one of the most Googled skincare questions. Well, the public asked and Dr. Barbara Sturm answered. Get ready to elevate your glow with this science-backed, pearl pigment-infused moisturiser that imparts an immediate and long-lasting effervescence to lacklustre skin. Who doesn't want glowy, dewy skin?

Chloé Burney, Senior News & Features Writer.

The Inkey List

Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm Tints, The Inkey List

Following the success of its Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm, The Inkey List has made a rather exciting addition to the product - colour! It has launched three new Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm Tints, marking the first time the brand has entered colour cosmetics since its launch more than five years ago.

Described as a non-sticky alternative to lip gloss, the Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm Tints promise to hydrate, repair, and plump lips, leaving them naturally fuller with a hint of colour. Formulated with the same plumping power as the original balm, the new tints are available in three sheer shades — berry, pink and mocha — and are clinically proven to plump lips by up to 40% in four weeks. If they're anything like the original, I expect these will do very well. Who doesn't love a sheer lip tint? I certainly do! The Tripeptide Plumping Lip Balm Tints (£11) are now available online at The Inkey List.

Sophie Smith, News Editor & Senior Writer.


Antipodes Supernatural SPF50 Ceramide Silk Sunscreen

Daily use of SPF is non-negotiable, we all know this, and yet so many people skip this all-important step in their skincare routines. The reasons for this are many and varied but I'm willing to bet that, apart from the additional cost and hassle of another product, make-up wearers find that the dreaded white cast or the slightly greasy finish some SPFs can leave on the skin are less than ideal as a make-up base. Equally, some skincare consumers want a natural product rather than a chemical one, and there aren't many of those around.

Therefore, the arrival of Antipodes' Supernatural SPF Ceramide Silk Sunscreen caught my eye not only because it contains ceramides (anything containing an -ide is a winner in my book), but also because it claims to be the perfect base for make-up.

On top of that, this SPF – which hails from New Zealand (as does my Emma Lewisham pick above) – has approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia. And it takes a lot to get past them. While this product doubles as a makeup base, the TGA approval means Supernatural SPF50+ has been categorised as a ‘primary sunscreen’ for ultra- high protection (and not a ‘secondary sunscreen’: a product with a primary purpose other than sun protection, such as a moisturiser). This is serious stuff.

The ceramides work to replenish the skin’s protective barrier, which helps to defend against pollution and other irritants. Sun exposure weakens the skin barrier, so choosing an SPF with ceramides is a wise choice. This product contains Ceramide III, which has been shown in in-vivo trials to increase hydration levels in the skin by up to 30%. Meanwhile, zinc oxide mineral sunscreen sits on the skin without penetrating it, so it is non-irritating and more easily tolerated than chemical sunscreens by those with sensitive or blemish-prone skin. That's me sold.

Available at for £34.

Lauretta Roberts, Co-founder, CEO and Editor in Chief.

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