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The Beauty Edit

CF Beauty Editor's Favourite New Beauty Products This May

With a host of new beauty launches passing across her desk each month, Citizen Femme’s beauty editor Becki Murray knows what it takes for a makeup, skincare, or fragrance product to stand out from the crowd.

This month, her pick of May’s best beauty launches will revitalise your skincare routine and bring new inspiration to your makeup bag – ready for your summer travels and beyond. From Fenty’s new glow-boosting foundation that’s got all skin tones covered to Chantecaille’s beautifully-scented skin-smoothing body cream, these are this month’s beauty launches that are actually worth trying.


We all want that sunny golden-hour glow at this time of year, but what sets this Fenty Beauty from Rihanna foundation apart is that it’s also super long-wearing (unlike many glow-boosting formulas). The medium-coverage formula contains Kakadu plum extract and Cyperus papyrus leaf-cell extract, for boosted antioxidant protection to make your skin naturally more lit-from-within.


For anyone who has never tried Glossier’s iconic lip balm before, this new flavour gives you even more reason not to delay a moment longer. We predict it will be the lip nourisher of choice this summer with the original rich – yet not sticky – Lanolin formula now enriched with a moreish strawberry flavour and subtle blush tint. 


If you already love Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops, this is the summer moisturiser for you – aka a real cheat sheet to getting glowing skin quickly. Providing an instant hydration hit due to three weights of hyaluronic acid, plus a subtle sun-reflecting pearlescence, it’s also filled with proven radiance-boosting ingredients such as polygonum bistorta root extract, to give even sensitive skin a helping hand.


Make this face mist your summer holiday essential. Not only does it provide an instant hydration boost for dry, dehydrated skin, but it’s also packed with lots of antioxidants to help protect your skin from environmental stressors. That means it’s exactly what you need – all the way from the plane to your sun lounger, and beyond. 


If you're always stressed that you’ll leave a makeup essential behind, Jones Road’s travel-friendly clever kit, packed with the brand’s best-selling products, is our top pick to help for your next holiday. Highlights include a brow pencil, lip and cheek sticks and a mini miracle balm, and the travel-friendly tools make ‘no makeup’ makeup effortless to create on-the-go. 


This unassuming-looking SPF actually packs a real punch. Not only does it offer high sunscreen protection but it’s also designed to work under makeup, with the inclusion of stabilised hyaluronic acid. That means it has a glossy transparent finish on the skin (not a white cast) and won’t cause your concealer or foundation to become patchy.


There’s nothing worse in beauty land than spending an hour or so curling your hair only to feel it unravelling before you even leave the house. That’s the issue leading hairstylist Luke Hershesons has tried to fix with this clever curling wand that offers a wide range of temperatures – 80 to 210 degrees Celsius – to deliver the perfect about of wave-setting heat to all hair types. 


Every skincare routine needs a high working moisturiser and this one contains one of the industry’s top trending ingredients: ceramides. The brilliant moisturising ingredient (which naturally makes up your skin’s barrier) helps lock moisture into your skin, without being oily or heavy. That makes it great for dry, rough, irritated complexions, as it plumps, smooths and replenishes.


Pre-summer prep just got a little more indulgent with this rich body cream. It not only hydrates and smooths away dry, rough skin due to hero ingredient retinol – ready for the (hopefully) warmer weather to come, but it also smells amazing. That’s due to its use of Chantecaille’s soft floral Rose de Mai aroma that’s designed to linger beautifully throughout the day. 


A perfect little fix for tired eyes. This doctor-formulated cream focuses on soothing the delicate eye area with anti-inflammatory green tea leaf extract, combined with avocado and apricot kernel oil for lightweight but long-lasting cooling hydration. The result is an instant depuff and refresh for your peepers.


Have a big event coming up? Consider this your at-home facial reset to help your skin look smoother and more radiant on the day. It contains a blend of potent acids to slough off dead skin cells, while hyaluronic acid and buckwheat honey soothe and hydrate, so you don’t struggle with irritation. 


Powered by two of the most proven peptides for smoothing your skin – aka barrier-strengthening copper peptides and ‘Botox-like’ Argireline – this silky serum is just the ticket for annoying fine lines and uneven texture. It also contains gold standard antioxidant ferulic acid and vegan collagen to ensure your skin stays plump and is less prone to sensitivities.

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