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Time to shop: the new buys we love this month

Whether you're spending time in or out, there's always time to shop.

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Fontaine Cheng
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Not that anyone needs an excuse to shop, but with social distancing regulations updating on the regular, it’s never been more important to know exactly what you want and where to get it. And since we’re all friends here, we thought it’d be good to pull some shopping ideas together. Nice, ain’t we? So here it is, from fashion, lifestyle and beauty, to food, drink and more, the new buys of the month that we really love, and that you can consider adding to your shopping cart.

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Time to shop: the new buys we love this month

Say hello to speed. The new iPhone 12, which is equipped with 5G technology, offers a faster downloading speed that makes watching high-quality videos so much smoother. Coupled with the fastest A14 bionic chip on smartphones, the speed is up to 50 percent higher than that of rivals. In terms of imagery, the new wide-angle camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture can capture 27 percent more light and claims to be the highest quality video recording ever on smartphones. It's also the world's first camera to shoot videos in Dolby Vision.

For those that pay attention to appearance, the mobile phone has five aluminium cases to choose from: blue, green, black, white and Product Red. Meanwhile, the large Super Retina XDR display offers an edge-to-edge OLED display, with the new MagSafe accessories to create a different style.

The iPhone 12 (6.1-inch) starts at $6,799 and is already available for pre-order.

With the temperature in Hong Kong cooling down significantly, picnics in the park seem much more manageable now – and actually enjoyable too. Of course, we don't want paper plates and cutlery flying around in the breeze, so Fortnum & Mason's collection of picnic accessories are just the ticket. The canvas backpack for four people is fully lined and compact, which is perfect for hikes and faraway picnic spots too. It holds four sets of plates; knife, fork and spoons; plastic tumblers, and cotton-linen napkins. It also contains a drawstring bag, salt and pepper grinder, as well as a cheese board with a knife and corkscrew, neatly packed in one.

$2,818

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Earlier this month, cult fragrance brand Byredo announced the launch of its first-ever makeup line and while the new collection includes items such as eyeshadows (not yet available in Hong Kong), eyeliners, and lipsticks, the products that really stand out are the multi-tasking colour sticks. Available in 16 different shades that range from delicate pinks, brightening golds, eye-catching blues and more, Byredo's colour sticks do most of the work for you and can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. The sticks are super easy to use, while its lightweight texture and non-drying formula feel great on the skin too.

$290

Hong Kong-based activewear brand, Good Days, is a sustainable and ethical clothing label that launched this month with its first conscious collection using recycled fabrics from post-consumer plastic waste. The fabrics from the full 30-piece clothing line are all created using waste items such as plastic bottles and discarded fishing nets, diverting pollutants away from oceans and landfills, and converting them into high-performance activewear. Whether you run, hike, do yoga, pilates or HIIT, this is the activewear of the future. 

From $300 to $480

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Wear sunscreen. Well, only if you want to keep your skin looking more youthful than leather. And thanks to cult beauty brand Everyday Humans, you can wear a new vegan, cruelty-free mineral sunscreen called Rosé S’il Vous Plait that promises zero white cast (as in, no more embarrassing white marks on the face). Containing aloe water, rose extract and vitamin E, this sunscreen is unlike its oily and sticky counterparts, and is suitable for oily, acne-prone, and even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it comes in eco-friendly packaging!

$205/43ml

We all know that spam, or luncheon meat, among other things, is one of the best ways to jazz up your bowl of instant noodles. But with so many of us looking for more plant-based meat alternatives, it seems only natural to have another option. This month, OmniFoods finally launched their luncheon retail packs for shoppers to get their hands on the healthier Spam substitute which contains a blend of pea, soy, rice protein, and shiitake mushroom.

$48/240g (6pcs per pack)

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As part of their Earthkeepers Edition for Fall/Winter 2020, Timberland’s newest collection features a waterproof fishtail parka with DryVent technology that promises to protect come rain or wind, which is especially good since the forecast claims it will, at least for the foreseeable weather future. The jacket is made using the brand’s exclusive TimberDry waterproof lining and a ReBOTL fabric shell made entirely of recycled plastic, along with zippers and trims that are also made of recycled materials.

$3,699

The latest addition to Nespresso’s Master Origins range is the limited edition Aged Sumatra coffee capsules. The coffee is the result of a unique Indonesian process of wet-hulling, or giling basah, which is used mostly in the islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi. Thereafter, the beans are aged evenly over three years to result in a cup of coffee that is woody, spicy, and complex with cocoa and sweet caramel notes.

$67/sleeve of 10 capsules

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Hong Kong-based footwear brand, Lane Eight, celebrated their second birthday this month and launched a new limited edition colour: earth red. The bold trainers not only look great, but they’re also comfortable to run, walk, and workout in. Plus, the latest Trainer AD 1 is a sustainable shoe. Featuring a foam midsole made with algae harvested from toxic algae blooms, and a recycled plastic upper with vegan suede reinforcements, each pair uses 11 recycled single-use plastic bottles.

$750 

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