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This Week’s New Makeup Releases & More Beauty Headlines

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Here are new makeup, skin care, and hair care product releases in December 2022.
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You’ve made it to the end of 2022, a year full of exciting beauty launches and many (arguably, maybe too many) celebrity collaborations. With December 2022 here, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing down because of the holidays. In fact, it’s beginning to look a lot like the beauty industry ended the year with a bang.

In just the first days alone, beauty fans were surprised with fun collaborations, such as an Avatar-inspired makeup set by NYX, a stunning jeweled-toned Essie polishes thanks to a partnership with Suite by Jennifer, and hair accessories brand Lele Sadoughi came out with adorable nail decals to make those manis sparkle. Skin care-wise, the obvious complexion concern everyone wanted to talk about is dryness. Kiehl’s and Fenty have got you covered in that department with nourishing products to keep dryness at bay and The Ordinary debuted a special mailing list for its most loyal customers. On the celebrity front, everyone’s faves like Ariana Grande and Harry Styles also gifted fans with new fragrance and nail polish releases.

The month — and year — ended strong with some exciting newness from Glow Recipe, Sunday Riley, and Sol de Janiero. Ami Colé also gifted everyone with some thrilling expansion news. So get hyped and read on to find out about new skin care, hair, and makeup releases you should keep on your radar.

Ulta Beauty Debuted Nick Stenson’s Hair Care Brand

Nick Stenson, Ulta Beauty’s senior vice president of store and services operations and celebrity stylist, launched an eponymous hair care brand. The collection contains 12 products, all featuring nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamins A, C, and E, jojoba oil, and plant-based collagen to hydrate and strengthen strands.

Pleasing Went Camp

With its newest collection, the Super Magic Family Time, Pleasing went bold and colorful. You get four new polishes — Syrupberry, Pea in the Punch, Pinechrome, and Bottoms Up — in bright, rainbow-inspired colors.

Ariana Grande Expanded Her Fragrance Portfolio

Ariana Grande knows how to do a fragrance. To add to her fragrance line, the r.e.m. Beauty founder launched MOD: her first-ever fragrance duo. Fans can enjoy two fragrances — MOD Vanilla and MOD Blush — in cool futuristic designs.

Maybelline New York Dropped Some Newness

If you’ve been wanting to try out some of Maybelline’s latest launches at your local drugstore, you’re in luck. It just launched some of its newest makeup, such as the Super Stay Up to 24HR Hybrid Power Foundation and Lash Sensation Sky High Tinted Primer, at mass retailers.

L’Oréal Paris Combatted Dry Strands

L’Oréal Paris’ newest hair drop, the Elvive Hyaluron Plump collection, uses hyaluronic acid to keep hair hydrated, shiny, soft, and voluminous. For December, the beauty brand released all the goodies to mass retailers so you have more options on where you can stock up on it.

Essie Teamed Up With Suite by Jennifer


Essie collabed with Suite by Jennifer for a limited-edition collection of luxe shades that are perfect for the holiday party season. You’ll find six deep jewel-toned nail polish shades, from a shimmery metallic jade green to a deep oxblood red.

The Outset Dropped An Oil

The Outset debuted the answer to all your dry skin prayers. The new Ultralight Moisture-Boosting Oil includes 14 botanical oils and super hydrating squalane to soothe skin, boost moisture, and keep your complexion looking radiant.

NYX Professional Makeup Got Everyone Excited For Avatar

NYX Professional Makeup

NYX celebrated the highly-anticipated (seriously, everyone had to wait 13 years for this) sequel to the fantastical Avatar with a truly out-of-this-world collection. You’ll find lipsticks, lip glosses, and shadows in intense shades and pretty glitter shimmers. Also keep an eye out for fun interactive social media challenges that will support The Nature Conservancy, which helps protect endangered species.

Fenty Skin Launched A New Lip Mask

Chapped lips are the bane of winter skin’s existence, but Fenty just solved that pesky problem. Filled with coconut and castor oil, vitamin E, and Barbados cherry extract, Fenty’s newest lip mask replenishes moisture and locks it in.

Benefit Cosmetics Gifted Holiday Letters

Benefit kicked off its EmpowHERment Post, a fun initiative that lets you send free holiday cards filled with fun stickers to your loved ones who empower you. For each card sent, Benefit will donate $5 to Planned Parenthood.

Kiehl's Dropped A New Favorite Face Cream


The new Kiehl’s Ultra-Barrier Facial Cream provides instant relief from itchiness and dryness. It's made with colloidal oatmeal and reparative humectant beta-glucan to boost moisture, reduce the appearance of redness, and strengthen the skin barrier. It’s perfect for eczema, post-procedure wounds, wind burns, and sensitive skin.

Issey Miyake’s L'Eau d'Issey Turned 30

A fragrance having a lasting impact for 30 years is a true feat, but it’s no surprise with Issey Miyake’s classic scent: L'eau D'Issey. Made with notes of lotus, freesia, and musk, the fresh scent is reminiscent of the smell of water on skin. To celebrate its 30th birthday, the brand collaborated with artists Elisa Valenzuela and Luiz Zerbini to create pieces to pay tribute to the iconic perfume.

A Celeb-Fave Pilates Studio Teased “Skincore” Products

Forma Pilates, the celebrity go-to pilates studio (who frequently trains the likes of Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Ariana Grande), has created a capsule collection of skin care with Mimi Luzon. The connection? Their Skincore products are positioned as “pilates for the skin.” Though no date is set yet, it’s sure to drop any day.

Clinique Took The Day Off

Clinique dropped a new version of its classic Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It’s made with Kishu Bincho-tan, a Japanese charcoal that draws out impurities and unclogs pores. It also has nourishing safflower seed oil and vitamin E.

Oribe Brushed It Out

Now you grab your hair care and styling essentials all in one place. Oribe launched its newest collection of brushes and combs, each made with exquisite marble-like designs and you’ll find something for every hair texture and need.

Simihaze Played With Crystals

Simihaze launched the perfect accessory for all your party makeup looks this season (and really, beyond). In this new pack, you get three sets of crystal-like adornments to place around your eyes for a gorgeous shimmery effect.

Lele Sadoughi Nailed It

Lele Sadoughi brought the sparkle to everyone’s nails. The accessories brand launched bejeweled nail stickers inspired by its fall and holiday collections.

The Ordinary Debuted The O.Lab

The Ordinary rewarded its most loyal fans by granting them access to the six new 2023 launches from its in-house product incubator, The O.Lab. When you sign up for the O.Lab mailing list, you will get a chance to learn about — and purchase — new products before they officially launch to the public. The first drop, The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser, is available now. Once sold out, you’ll have to wait until March 9, 2023 to shop the new cleanser at Ulta. Sign up now so you don’t miss out.

Le Labo Made Shampooing A Sensorial Experience

Le Labo

Le Labo launched new perfuming shampoos and conditioners in Santal 33, Rose 31, Thé Noir 29, and Bergamote 22. No matter which scent you go for, each shampoo contains nourishing ingredients such as aloe and vitamin B5 to keep hair soft and shiny while each conditioner contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, and aloe to hydrate and soothe strands.

OUAI Fought Flakes

OUAI’s newest launch, the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, is brand’s first product that contains salicylic acid to reduce the flaking, itching, and irritation associated with dandruff. It also contains conditioning agents and gentle surfactants to soothe the scalp and keep your hair soft. Plus, it has a lovely scent comprised of ginger, basil, and spearmint.

JVN Pumped Up The Volume

JVN launched the Volume Boosting Enhancer to give your hair body and thickness all day long. The lightweight foam is made with a volumizing polymer, marshmallow root extract, and biotin to provide volume, hydration, and long-lasting hold.

CoverGirl Celebrated An Anniversary


CoverGirl’s Lash Blast mascara is turning 15. To celebrate, the brand announced that limited-edition packaging adorned with gold sparkle will launch in the new year. Here’s to 15 and many more.

Keys Soulcare Launched A New Serum

This fragrance-free serum uses a combination of skin-plumping peptides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing niacinamide to reduce the appearance of fine lines and firm up your complexion.

NYX Got Into 2023 Early

NYX dropped its 2023 makeup launches a little early — and no one is complaining. You’ll find a new blurring foundation, new shades of the Brow Glue and the Smooth Whip Matte Lip Cream, and the return of the Vivid Matte Liquid Liner. The brand also announced its newest Metaverse activation.

Benefit Cosmetics Expanded Its Brow Collection

Benefit launched a new brow product that you’re bound to become obsessed with. The Fluff Up Brow Wax is a clear flexible wax that gives you that feathered eyebrow look without flaking or crunching. Plus, it’s waterproof and has 12-hour long wear.

Gisou Elevated Its OG Hair Wash

If it ain’t broke, just slightly update it. Gisou took its original hair wash and added some tweaks for a new and improved way to cleanse your hair. It’s made with argan oil and a special bioactive complex that has vitamin A, D, E, and F and amino acids to strengthen, hydrate, and nourish your strands.

Sunday Riley Wanted Everyone To Be Nice

Sunday Riley launched a serum — and a movement — to be nice to your skin inside and out. Made with niacinamide, trans-reservatol, and antioxidant-rich, this serum regulates excess oil production, brightens, and supports the skin barrier.

Mario Badusco Brightened Up

Mario Badescu launched its first vitamin C cream on Ulta. This new lightweight cream uses 10% vitamin C to brighten a dull complexion and give you the glowing skin of your dreams.

Supergoop! Dropped A Next-Level SPF

Sunscreen is one of the most important tools for preventing premature signs of aging and preventing skin cancer. Supergoop!’s latest release combines sun protection with the anti-aging benefits of bakuchiol.

JLo Body Added Two New Products

Skin care is body care and JLo Body launched two new products to keep the skin below your chin looking clear and healthy. The Tighten + Tea Ultimate Body Serum is made with AHAs and niacinamide to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal a more radiant and bright complexion, while the Smooth + Seduce Hydrating Body Cream is formulated with caffeine to firm and hydrate.

Curology Joined Target

Target’s beauty section got even better with the addition of Curology. Find the go-to personalized skin care brand, whose products aim to treat acne and dark spots, now and throughout January 2023.

Glow Recipe Focused On The Skin Barrier

Looking to restore your skin barrier? Try Glow Recipe’s new launch. The skin care brand released a new cleanser made with ceramides and post- and prebiotics to soothe redness, provide hydration, and keep your skin’s microbiome well-balanced and healthy.

Sol de Janiero Oiled It Up

Sol de Janeiro launched the ultimate indulgence for your body. Made with Guaraná caffeine, micro algae extract, and Brazilian olive oil, its latest offering helps stimulate circulation, reduce puffiness, and nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals.

Ami Colé Launched At Sephora

This is not a drill: you can now shop Ami Colé at Sephora. Find the iconic Lip Oil Treatment, the Skin Melt Loose Powder, and more from the beloved melanin-focused beauty brand at one of the world’s biggest shopping meccas.

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