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New year, new beauty goals: Latest news in makeup and skincare this January

By Camille Santiago Published Jan 14, 2023 5:35 pm Updated Jan 23, 2023 7:02 pm

The new year is the perfect opportunity to pick some of the newest beauty products that will have you feeling confident.

This month alone, there are already product launches, store openings, and yes even sales. For instance, Italian beauty brand KIKO Milano just opened in the Philippines, COSRX is holding a sale on Payday weekend, and NuSkin came out with a smart facial cleansing brush.

Excited yet? We'd love to tell you more about these products, so just keep scrolling.

COSRX products to go on sale at up to 50% off

Any beauty junkie or entry-level skincare lover have heard about K-Beauty brand CosRX. (Remember the Pimple Patches?) Well, this affordable brand is now available in the Philippines and they are having a sale on Shopee this January 15 at up to 50% off!

If you're just starting building your regimen, you may want to try their Snail Mucin line. It includes the Snail Eye Patch, which helps reduce the appearance of dark circles; the Snail 96 Essence (P525 instead of P1,050), a light facial lotion that helps fade dark spots; the Snail 92 Cream (P299 instead of P600), a moisturizer that leaves skin plump and nourished.

Want to add acids to your regimen? Start with the serums, each designed to treat a different concern. There's the Niacinamide 15 Serum, Vitamin C 23 Serum, and the Hyaluronic Acid 3 Serum.

For more experienced retinol users, CosRX also has a line that uses pure retinol instead of derivatives. Try the Retinol 0.1 Cream and the Retinol 0.5 Oil (P625 instead of P1,400) together to improve the appearance of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles, brighten skin, increase skin elasticity, smoothen skin texture, and prevent acne scarring.

iWhite Korea launches Acne+ line

iWhite Korea Acne+ line is not only for those with acne-prone skin, but those who need to address their blackhead and pore problems. 

The iWhite Korea Acne+ Facial Wash (P219), for instance, clears impurities and dirt with ingredients like Tea Tree Extract and Salicylic Acid. The Acne+ Toner Essence (P225), meanwhile, is a two-in-one product that balances the skin’s pH while giving your skin the hydration it needs. If you’re familiar with Centella Asiatica (Real CICA) extract, an anti-inflammatory ingredient, this product contains that, as well as Tea Tree Leaf water.

And lastly, the Acne+ Aqua Moisturizer (P225). This water-based moisturizer is packed with, again, Centella Asiatica extract, aloe vera, and cabbage leaf extract to help smoothen and nourish the skin.

KIKO Milano opens three stores in the Philippines


Italian cosmetics brand KIKO Milano has opened stores in SM Mall Of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Grand Central. Expect to see a wide range of beauty products in different shades and textures to fit any personality and needs. Among the must-haves are the High Shine gloss, Luxurious Lashes Maxi Volume Brush Mascara, Weightless Perfection Wet and Dry Powder, and Skin Trainer Cream.

Shiseido promotes luxury skincare through its Future Solution LX

When we talk about luxury beauty, there's always the concern on whether or not the products are worth the splurge or not. But if it's a brand like Shisiedo, then trust that it is definitely worth your penny.

Shiseido's high-end anti-aging line, Future Solution FX, uses powerful Japanese ingredients such as the rare Enmei herb and Green Treasured Silk from ancient Japan. Those, along with a combination of innovative technology and years of experience. The line consists of products that not only feel luxurious but provide promising results as well.

Their products include the Extra Rich Cleansing Foam (P5,998), a rich creamy cleansing foam; Concentrated Balancing Softener (P8,500), a softening lotion that has Oshima Sakura Leaf and Uji Green Tea Extracts; Intensive Firming Contour Serum (P13,998), an anti-aging serum with instant firming benefits; Super Radiance Serum (P13,300), a serum that improves the appearance of skin; Total Regenerating Cream (P14,998), rich daytime moisturizer; Total Regenerating Cream (P14,998), an anti-wrinkle night cream; Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream (P8,400), a cream treatment for the lips and eyes; and the Universal Defense (P5,500), a creamy sunscreen.

There's also the Legendary Enmei Ultimate Line featuring the Luminance Serum (P24,500), a rejuvenating serum; and the Renewing Cream (P27,000).

Neutrogena improves its best-selling Hydro Boost Water Gel

No need to use several other products or facials, because the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel just got better. The crowd-favorite gel moisturizer is now improved with hyaluronic acid, amino acid, and electrolytes. Meaning not only does your skin get hydrated, but it restores skin and gives it the boost it needs “to look more plump, glowing, and healthy.” The best part of it all, it doesn’t feel heavy and sticky to the skin, as reviewed by its newest ambassador Laureen Uy! 

“I love that it is lightweight and it’s not as thick as other moisturizing creams. My skin feels so hydrated with just one product, and it doesn’t have the sticky-feel even if it’s humid. You feel the results the whole day,” she said.

NuSkin releases a new ageLOC LumiSpa iO device

You may have seen facial cleansing brushes, but have you heard of smart facial cleansing brushes? Yes, this new NuSkin ageLOC LumiSpa iO device can be connected to your smartphone using the Nu Skin Vera app.

Unlike its predecessor, the ageLOC LumiSpa iO gadget includes five cleanser options and can create and save customized facial treatments that target key areas including the face, neck, décolleté, and around the eyes. It still uses the soft silicone treatment head and uses the same micropulse oscillation technology, which is a unique counter-rotating action that helps in drawing out dirt, oil, grime, makeup, and more.

Want more? The app also lets you track usage, earn badges and awards, and receive product recommendations that would best fit your skincare goals.

blk Cosmetics launches UNIVERSAL 3.0

Staying true to their "uncomplicated beauty" philosophy, blk Cosmetics just launched their third UNIVERSAL collection fit for "absolutely anyone and everyone."

This 5-piece collection includes the best-selling Skin Tint Sun Shield SPF 30 (P499), now available in 9 shades; multi-use Color Stick (P449); Sheer Sunscreen Primer Stick (P549), Brow Lock Sculpting Wax (P349), and Do Everything Superbalm (P379), a multi-purpose, hydrating balm infused with carica papaya extract and vitamin E.

Oxecure's Acne Clear Oil Control Moisturizer now comes in sachet

Let's admit it, trying different kinds of products can be quite overwhelming. What if it doesn't work for you, right? Well, Oxecure heard you. Now, there's a sachet variant of the Acne Clear Oil Control Moisturizer (P119/10ml) so you can try it first (or bring it with you for when you travel)!

In case you didn't know, the Oxecure Acne Clear Oil Control Moisturizer contains Encapsulated Pure Skin Botanicals (a combination of Willow Bark, Bakuchiol and Magnolia extracts), Niacinamide, and Salicylic Acid, as well as 8 Dimensions of Hyaluronic Acid and Tea Leaf Extract. It helps to control excess oil and minimize the appearance of pimples while keeping skin hydrated.