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These Are the August 2021 Beauty Launches We’re Looking Forward To

Including a skincare brand that's backed by Nobel Prize research (!), a bold new fragrance and a sunscreen you'll actually enjoy wearing.

We’ve got about a month left of summer heat and humidity before we head into transitional weather, so we suggest you soak up the sun and load up on the beauty products that will help you get the most out of it. From one of our favourite sunscreen launches of the year to a new bold fragrance, and must-try brands making their Canadian debut, there’s lots to get excited about. These are the August 2021 beauty launches you need on your radar.

Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair


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Want to indulge your skin in a treatment that’s more nourishing than a serum but more potent than a cream? Enter: Tatcha’s new Indigo Overnight Repair, a serum-in-cream formula that’s designed to calm irritation and balance the microbiome overnight, thanks to its ultra-soothing blend of Japanese Indigo, Mondo Grass and ceramides.

Calvin Klein Defy


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“I wish I could bottle up that first-day-of-vacation feeling, when you wake up and look out at the ocean for the first time,” says Richard Madden. The actor — who is most well-known for his portrayal of Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and his Golden Globe-winning performance in Bodyguard — is the newest addition to the Calvin Klein fragrance family, as the face of Calvin Klein Defy, the brand’s latest men’s scent. The fragrance explores the concept of contrasts, pairing deep, woody notes with fresh citrus and delicate lavender. Madden says he was drawn to the unexpected duality of notes because of the parallels to his own personality, specifically when it comes to balancing confidence and vulnerability. “I can get onstage in front of thousands of people and act, but if I have to stand up in a room of like, six people, I can be very shy and self-conscious,” he says. “I find it can be easier to get on a stage and be someone else, use someone else’s words and wear someone else’s clothes, than to be in a small room and be yourself.”

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Did you know that facial muscles are the only group of muscles in the entire body that are directly attached to skin? These muscles are responsible for creating dynamic facial expressions (like blinking and squinting) and these repetitive micro-movements can actually decrease natural collagen levels and increase irritation. What’s more, the eye area skin is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so it’s one of the first areas to show signs of aging. That’s why Estée Lauder’s new Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate supports skin’s natural nightly repair process and provides antioxidant protection, promoting its natural production of new cells and collagen to improve elasticity over time. Plus, the product’s custom applicator, which is made of stainless steel, is specially engineered to grab onto the perfect amount of product, allowing for precise and easy application around the delicate eye area, while the cryo-steel wand simultaneously cools skin by two degrees Celsius, providing a de-puffing effect.

Noble Panacea launches at Nordstrom Canada


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If you’ve been eyeing the luxury skincare line Noble Panacea, now’s your chance. The skincare brand that’s famously backed by Nobel Prize research (it was founded by Nobel Laureate, Sir Fraser Stoddart!) will be making its debut at Nordstrom Canada this month. Stoddart’s contribution towards “the design and synthesis of molecular machines,” including Organic Super Molecular Vessel technology, is used in all Noble Panacea formulations. How’s that for science-backed formulations?

Kristin Ess Hair has landed at Shoppers Drug Mart

Huge news for haircare fanatics: Kristin Ess Hair, the eponymous brand of products founded by the beloved celebrity stylist who’s behind the lush manes of Lauren Conrad, Lucy Hale, and Jenna Dewan, is making its way north of the border, to Shoppers Drug Mart, this month. The haircare line includes everything from glosses to accessories, conditioners to styling tools, and so much more. Get ready to stock up and have the best hair days of your life.

Biossance Squalane and Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen


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On the hunt for the perfect sheer, non-sticky sunscreen that will get you through the heat and humidity? Look no further than Biossance’s new Squalane and Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen. The easily absorbable, comfortable to wear broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen is super hydrating thanks to the addition of squalane in its formula. Trust us — once you try it, you’ll never complain about having to put on sunscreen again.

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