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What’s Good: New Beauty To Try Right Now

The best new releases in April.

There’s a nip in the air, the clocks have gone back and the warm doona is coming out: It must be Autumn.

My personal favourite time of year for beauty and fashion, this month is filled with fresh feel-good drops with playful colours, glossy formulas and a whole lotta lip. If the cool months have your lips more chapped than a cowboy’s behind, I’ve got you covered. 

From luxurious cleansers to game-changing hair styling tools, each of these new products offers a unique blend of innovation and indulgence—guaranteed to elevate your beauty routine, and still leave you with enough spare change for a cheeky Uber Eats on the weekend. Read on for my April beauty reccs!

— KT x x

Colour Crush Collection

Price: $475.00

If you’re looking to inject a little colour into your hair game, the new ghd Colour Crush Collection might be just what you’re after. It’s the premium hair styling set you know and love, redesigned to elevate your hair game with a playful pop of colour. Each of the signature tools has its own unique neon colourway — I can’t get over the neon lime and electric apricot. 

Soft Pinch Luminous Powder Blush

Rare Beauty
Price: $50.00

Claire Brigett called it, and now Selena has delivered: the viral Rare Beauty liquid blushes has joined forces with their gorgeous pressed highlighters. And the result? Nothing short of angelic cheeks. Formulated to blend seamlessly onto the skin in the colours you know and love, this blush adds a natural-looking luminosity to your complexion. If you have to try anything new this month, make it this.

BB Burst Tinted Gel Cream

Price: $65.00

Oh hey Kosas, where the hell have you been loca? It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen a new release from everyone’s fave clean beauty line, and this BB Gel is a breath of fresh air. A lightweight and breathable formula for a natural-looking complexion. Providing a kiss of coverage while also hydrating the skin, it’s a not-quite tint and not-quite moisturiser. If you love the Rose Inc Luminous Tinted Serum, you’ll adore this. 

Alignment Lip Pencil

Holme Beauty
Price: $34.00

This release feels very special for Hilary Holmes and the Holme Beauty brand (more on this later). Launching the new Alignment lip pencils with ambassador Elly Desmarchelier represents a giant leap into the conscious, accessible beauty space. Not only are they ergonomic and user-friendly, these pencils are superior quality, packed with natural butters and collagen for a full and moisturised pout. Get these now! 

Object Liquid

Muzigae Mansion Object Liquid
Price: $38.00

K-Beauty darling Muzigae Mansion have burst onto the Australian scene with their full range of lip products, including the coveted Object Liquid. With a just-bitten, saturated look, this unique formula is the stuff of dreams (if your dreams contain beauties like Pony and Risabae). Chic and cheerful, the packaging is every bit as stunning as the formula itself. Word of warning: it does have a strong floral scent, but if you love violets, you’ll love it. This has been living rent-free in my handbag all month.


Price: $117.00

FINALLY, coloured press-on nails! My excitement is real. Made by leaders in the at-home nailwear scene Esmio, this new offering from their sister brand Gojelle is a quick, simple solution to those last-minute nail emergencies. With bold, just-painted colours and classy, elevated style like french tips with pearl accents, there’s something for everyone to pick from — and they last up to 2 weeks with the included glue!

Glaze Phase Lip Oil

Price: $15.00

I apologise: this is the first of MANY new lip oils on the release radar, but it won’t cost you a pretty penny. MECCA MAX are the undisputed champions of the ‘beauty bag on a budget’, and this new lip oil has earned its rightful place. A hydrating lip treatment with a glossy finish, it’s affordable and compact enough to have one in your handbag, your car console and your bed stand.

Charlotte's Magic Hydration Revival Cleanser

Charlotte Tillbury
Price: $52.00

Would it be a new month of beauty without an offering from the queen to her loyal subjects? Charlotte’s luxurious new skincare addition promises to replenish and revive the skin with this 3-in-1 priming cleanser for a spa-fresh skin glow. With a unique cream-to-foam-to-milk formula, it’s infused with hydrating hylauronic acid + smoothing peptides for a dreamy, plumping cleanse.

Lip & Cheek GLoss Balm

Bangn Body
Price: $28.00

Velvety. Buttery. Melty. No, we’re not talking about that delicious cupcake I devoured last night; it’s actually the consistency of your new fave lip product. Nourishing and nurturing, this multitasking balm adds a touch of color and shine to both lips and cheeks. In delectable shades and scents like Vanilla Chai and Raspberry Drop, it’s a hard choice to make…

Hair Gloss

Price: $62.00

A conditioner? Not quite. A hair mask? Kinda. Amazing? You bet! The latest offering from haircare powerhouse OUAI is a clear gloss that bathes the hair in hydration and shine. Made with hyaluronic acid and rice water, it has loads of benefits like protecting colour, reducing frizz and strengthening strands—all in just 5 minutes.

Black Opium EDP Over Red

Price: $212.00

Forget everything you know about Black Opium and smell this if you want to feel seductive and sultry all night long. Not for the faint-hearted (or those who hate being asked what perfume they’re wearing) this captivating fragrance that combines floral and oriental notes for a bold and saucy scent. With its blend of black coffee, vanilla, and white flowers, this fragrance is both intense and addictive — a total winner for date night.


MCo Beauty
Price: $26.00

Stila, who? A very familiar formula has entered the chat, but we’re not mad about it…This four-in-one wonder corrects, hydrates, primes and neutralises the face to make for the most incredible foundation base. There’s a reason this type of product was much-loved back in BeautyTube days, and we’re welcoming its revival. Thanks MCo Beauty!

Curl Enhancing Cream

People Haircare
Price: $16.00

I love adding a sneaky beauty buy to cart when doing the groceries, and we must admit, People Haircare’s new curl range looks so cute next to the milk and bananas. With stand-loving jojoba oil and ocean bamboo, this yummy hydrating cream tames frizz and defines curls for confident coils all day long. Who knows? You might even earn some flybuys with it!

Halo Healthy Glow 4-in-1 Perfecting Pen Concealer

Price: $50.00

These days, we all seem to be short on time and space, so Smashbox’s newest release is a sight for sore eyes (literally). Concealing, perfecting, contouring and highlighting, it literally does it all. Easy to hold and seamless to use, the coverage is a medium consistency and blends well on the skin for an undetectable finish. The click-pen mechanism is a fun addition, and the shade range is also incredible for a precise match to your complexion.

Cleansing Oil

Price: $18.00

A good cleansing oil is like an elusive creature of the night for some reason, so when this new offering from Sukin crossed my desk, my eyes lit up. The powerful yet delicate trio of Sunflower, Macadamia and Avocado Oil make for a gentle yet effective way to remove makeup, SPF and any grime the day has left behind. Terrific as a first cleanse option and won’t leave your skin feeling like olive oil dressing.

Pro+ Advanced Brightening Serum

Price: $82.00

Last month I had the honour of hearing from Amperna’s founder Kiri Yanchenko on her journey to skincare health, and all I can say is the dedication and passion that’s gone into this formula is immeasurable. A gentle joy on the skin, it’s packed with great ingredients like Vitamin C and B3, as well as some of New Zealand’s finest Native Red Seaweed and Black Fern. Sometimes you just need something to do what it says on the tin, and this is just that.

Seamless Wispies Extensions Kit

Price: $49.99

As much as I love the look (and convenience) of an eyelash extension, I do not love my bank balance going down by $100 every three weeks. Enter: Ardell Seamless Wispies Extensions Kit, the at-home solution that will set you back half the price, and last six times as long. With multiple lengths and variations to choose from, I can attest it’s not as hard as it looks, and pushing through the application is worth it for the results.

Blossoms Fragrance Collection

Jo Malone London
Price: $180.00

The Jo Malone range has had a glow-up! The colourful new Blossoms collection is a celebration of springtime blooms, featuring a range of fresh and floral scents inspired by the beauty of nature. My pick of the range is the Yellow Hibiscus scent, which smells like a walk along a tropical, sun-soak beach. Juicy and fresh, this range will take the edge off the encroaching winter chills.

Banana Bright+ Instant Glow Moisturiser

Price: $70.00

The big sister of the famed Banana Bright Eye Cream, I can confirm this is every bit as good all over the face. Not too heavy, not too light, it’s the Goldilocks of AM/PM creams, and doubles as a juicy primer. Prepare for a luminous complexion powered by gold-complexed vitamin C and banana pigments that will keep your face feeling bouncy all day long.

Lazy Days Dry Shampoo

KYK Hair
Price: $19.95

It’s been an age since we’ve seen a new dry shampoo enter the chat, and this one delivers. Slotting perfectly into the existing KYK hair range, this is the ideal solution for refreshing hair between washes. A soft powder-like consistency that doesn’t leave a white cast (hello brunettes), it also has a delectable fruity aroma of blackberry and blossom. Like a perfume for your hair—bonus!

Scalp Mask

Price: $32.00

Scalp care isn’t the ‘sexiest’ element of the self-care routine, but this little beauty might just change your mind. Hydrating, calming and of course, cleansing, this pre-wash mask nourishes the scalp while relieving all the irritation of your tight buns, sunburn flakes and chemical product buildup. Minty and cooling, this is a real treat on a warm Sunday afternoon, or when you need an energy boost!

The Porefessional Hydro Pop Pore Essence

Benefit Cosmetics
Price: $110.00

Benefit have bestowed not one, but THREE new products upon us this month, but this one is my fave. Long have I said that essences are the most underrated skincare item, and the Hydro Pop offering focuses on boosts hydration and reduces the look of pores (hey there niacinamide). Delivered in a gel-like serum, it’s a bit thicker than a regular essence, but preps the skin beautifully to receive the rest of your skincare routine.

Butter Balm in 'Birthday Cake'

Summer Fridays Lip
Price: $40.00

It may not be my birthday until next month, but you can best believe I gifted myself the newest flavour of the iconic Butter Balm. It’s everything you know and love from the elite lip product, but somehow better because it smells like a vanilla sponge and has tiny, glittery reflects in it. If Glossier’s Birthday Cake balmdotcom is your jam, get yourself a helping of Summer Friday’s new offering.

Royal Revival Indian Sandalwood Hydration Serum

Price: $95.00

Did you know that the Indian Sandalwood was declared a Royal Tree in 1792? Heartwood’s new launch will become the crown jewel in your skincare regime thanks to its lightweight texture and subtle, luxurious scent. A micro-cloud of moisture prevents trans-epidermal water loss to leave you with hydrated, radiant skin after use. If it’s good enough for the royals, we’ll take it.

C Bright: Power Vitamin C Serum

Dr Naomi
Price: $139.00

The Dr. Naomi line-up becomes more brilliant with every launch, and this new iteration packs a power punch. Featuring a whopping 10% of highly stable and active pure vitamin C, you can expect a visibly brighter, more even skin tone after use, as well as the softening of fine lines. Housed in their signature pink pill packaging, it’s a chic and commanding addition to your vanity.

Power Plush Longwear Foundation

Kylie Cosmetics
Price: $54.00

Not one to be left behind, Miss Kylie is jumping on the skincare-infused cosmetics train—and going straight to first-class, mind you. One for the oily complexion girlies, this satin matte medium buildable foundation features Niacinamide, Rose Flower Extract and Vitamin E, making for a long-lasting yet comfortable ride. And a round of applause for the 40 shade strong colour range; a very valiant effort!

Juliette EDP

Juliette Has a Gun
Price: $215.00

The newest addition to the Juliette Has a Gun lineup is taking us straight into winter, with a twist. Warm and spicy at its heart with notes of Dark Cherry and Pink Pepper, this romantic illusion is bolstered by bewitching Jasmine and sweet Tonka bean extract. For those who like their signature scent with a bit of mystery attached, get down to your local Sephora and smell this, pronto.


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