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September is a time for new beginnings with the start of the new school year and the symbolic reset that this brings. It’s also the time for an overhaul of our beauty regimes - switching up light formulas to thicker textures ready for the colder weather and summer hues to more autumnal shades.
In our Let’s Make-Up round-up, we bring you a selection of the tried and tested, freshest, and buzziest beauty launches that are worth adding to your basket. All types of lotions and potions across makeup, skincare, haircare and more cross our desks and we take it upon ourselves to review each and every one so that you don’t have to. If we include it below, then you know it’s a good ‘un.
For the beginning of the autumn, there’s much to be excited about. Bring a pop of colour into your makeup regime with the help of Beauty Bay who has teamed up with the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department and delved into their archives to create eye-popping palettes. Lottie London has also harked back in time with a Y2K revival with My Little Pony. If you’re not quite ready to take the bold shadow plunge, By Terry has you covered with its Bonjour Paris palette with nine shades that have universal appeal.
On the skincare front, Keys Soulcare is back with two new sure-to-be cult products, while Caudalie is stepping up its game once again with a blemish-busting range that will be a godsend to acne-prone skin. Paula’s Choice has a clinical-strength formula to tackle pigmentation and 001 Skincare has created an innovative dispenser to make your serums more efficacious.
Elsewhere, there’s a new kid on the block - above & beyond - has a lip balm designed for lifetime use and Aurelia has an attractive new look and a new range. Christian Louboutin has also entered the refillable landscape with a lipstick - and naturally, it comes in that signature Louboutin red.
For plenty more besides, see our edit of the beauty goodies you need on your radar.
Bobbi Brown Breast Cancer Campaign
Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Bobbi Brown has launched a limited-edition lip duo comprising the Crushed Oil-INfused Gloss in two hues of pink. You’ll find the Love Letter and New Romantic shades with the beloved non-sticky yet super shiny formula. The brand is donating the entirety of the RRP (minus VAT) to the Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign for every set sold from September 2 to June 30. There’s also a saving of £8.50 versus buying the shades individually.
Kankan Near Perfect Sets
Refillable soap brand Kankan is always looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet, from working with local suppliers and small runs to tackle oversupply, to finding homes for the items that are not quite perfect - and it’s the latter that has caught our eye this month. The label is offering its signature reusable bottles with very slight imperfections at a fraction of the cost, saving you money and the items from landing in the bin. Set one contains the bottle and one refill in the form of an aluminium can, while the second has got you covered for multiple rooms around your house.
Susanne Kaufmann Blue Light Defence & Moisturising Mist
One to pop on your desk for a hit of freshness throughout the day, Susanne Kaufmann’s latest launch - the Blue Light Defence & Moisturising Mist - protects against the harmful glare of our devices. The product works to shield our skin from blue light and infrared radiation that can affect collagen production and cause premature skin ageing. It is formulated with butterfly bush flower extract, ecotin, Q10 and silk protein to smooth and soothe skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Beauty Bay x Disney Colour
Online beauty retailer Beauty Bay has teamed up with Disney for a 12-piece collection that takes inspiration from the iconic films that we all know and love. It is made up of mini eyeshadow palettes, shadow sticks, lip and cheek tints and more with the colours lifted from the legendary artists at the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department and movies such as Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Dumbo and Pinocchio.
Crabtree & Evelyn Greece Collection
Dreaming of a getaway to the sun? No need to jump on a plane - Crabtree & Evelyn will take you there with its latest collection. The beauty and lifestyle label’s latest collection takes inspiration from Greece in which robes, slippers, towels, silk sea sponges and more that have been crafted in collaboration with local Greek artisans. They are also donating five per cent of the profits across the collection and all the proceeds of the Ceramic Dish in Ochre to Pnoi Agapis in support of cancer patients and their families.
Lottie London x My Little Pony
Bring colour back into your life and makeup routine with a nostalgic collaboration that harks back to Y2K. Lottie London is taking us back to our childhood with an eye-shadow palette inspired by My Little Pony. It contains a mix of warm-toned shades, matte and a whole lot of shimmer with two covetable shade selections. Only Dany on Days ending with ‘Y’ (£5.95) has a combination of blue, pink, green and red hues, while Friendship is my Jam Palette (£5.95) sets purples, gold and orange shades alongside each other.
Omorovicza Queen Collection
Luxury skincare label Omorovicza has two new products added to its range of age-defying heroes. Each combines thousands of years of Hungarian beauty secrets with science-led innovation to bring you your best skin yet. The Queen Cream (£155) is packed with nutrient-rich oils and a specialised urban shielding microalgae that protects against environmental aggressors while dishing out some serious moisture. It’s both a moisturiser and a primer with blurring effects. The Queen Cleanser (£69) does what is says on the tin but does so with a blend of precious oils and purifying moringa seed peptide to remove dirt and impurities while retaining skin’s natural oils.
001Skincare Micro Alpha Glow System™ HF Dermal Microniser
Put your science cap on because your skincare is about to get seriously hi-tech once you introduce the Microniser into your regime. Founder Ada Ooi has created this device to transform your serums into micrometre particles in order for them to be more easily absorbed into the skin and enhance their efficacy. It’s also portable and rechargeable via USB.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Discoloration Repair Serum
As part of the brand’s game-changing Clinical range, the Discoloration Repair Serum is here with a potent, clinical-strength formula that will be a godsend to those struggling with pigmentation and patches caused by hormonal changes, ageing or external aggressors. The serum combines tranexamic acid to fade discolouration, niacinamide to even out texture and tone and bakuchiol, a natural form of retinol.
Caudalie Vinopure Collection
Caudalie has been hitting it out of the park with its recent launches and Vinopure is no exception. This range is targeted specifically for those with acne-prone skin as a gentle alternative to the harsh stripping products out there. The entirety of the collection has been formulated using natural origin ingredients with powerhouse blemish fighting favourites like salicylic acid, niacinamide, antioxidant polyphenols and antibacterial essential oils. The hero product is the Blemish Control Salicylic Serum but use in conjunction with the cleanser, toner and Moisturising Mattifying Fluid to improve skin’s quality. They are all housed in eco-conscious packaging.
above & beyond launch
If it feels like a new beauty brand is launching every minute, well, that’s because it is. But when sorting the wheat from the chaff, it’s always important to look for sustainability credentials and above & beyond has that in spades. The label specialises in lip balms that are designed for lifetime use, refillable, natural, and plastic-free. Even the refills are compostable and don’t contain microplastics. The balms come in Comforting Coconut, Sweet Vanilla, Tropical Mango and Mixed Berry.
Chanel L’Eau de Mousse
Micellar water is a staple for an easy makeup removal routine and Chanel is on hand to bring an extra element of luxury to this basic. This new water-to-foam cleanser is free from soap, sulphates and nasties. While a pump of the product reveals a water texture, it almost immediately transforms into a creamy foam that offers a hydrating hit and remove dirt and makeup from the skin without even needing to scrub. The formula is so gentle that even those with sensitive skin need not worry about irritation. This is achieved through a combination of plant-derived cleansing agents and amino acid derivatives that removes pollution, UV filters and dead skin cells. The French luxury house has also launched Le Lift Fluide as well as a lip variant to smooth out skin texture and treat skin to anti-ageing benefits.
Keys Soulcare The Promise Serum & The Radiant Eye Cream
There are two new skincare additions to Alicia Keys’ evolving skin and body line. The Promise Serum (£28) is designed to have brightening and balancing effects with a combination of niacinamide, Zinc PCA and Snow Mushroom. It acts as a boost of radiance, evens out skin tone and minimises the appearance of pores. The Radiant Eye Cream (£25) as the name suggests is for the delicate periorbital area to improve the look of fine lines, give a dose of moisture and help you fake that elusive eight hour sleep. It’s formulated with sunflower seed oil and has a luxe gold foil and pearlescent finish.
From £25 | Harrods *Available from September 13
Rahua Hydration Hair Mask
Haircare label Rahua harnesses the power of the Amazon rainforest to treat your hair to its nourishing oils. The latest addition is a hydrating, conditioning hair mask that can be used before or after shampoo to transform coarse and porous tresses to the luscious locks of your dreams in just 10 to 15 minutes. Powered by plants, the formula combines the brand’s signature Rahua oil that has been hand-harvested by the Indigenous People of the Quechua-Shuar tribes, Shea butter and potent Sachi Inchi, Morete Oil and protein bonding sugars. It is ideal for curly, thick and damaged hair.
Neom Perfect Night’s Sleep Overnight Facial Cream
Beloved for its essential oil-based products, including the diffusers, candles and aromatherapy oils, Neom is back once again to pamper and encourage sweet dreams. The new facial cream is pegged as a “midnight facialist in a pot” to give you that well-rested eight-hour appearance even if that’s not the case one bit. It has a super soft texture and is formulated with actives like cica, ceramides and hyaluronic acid that work to protect and soothe skin. Like all the range, the cream contains calming essential oils like lavender, chamomile and patchouli that transform tired skin.
MAC Tempting Fate Colour Collection
When it comes to injecting colour into your makeup routine, MAC should always be one of your first ports of call and the Tempting Fate collection is the latest limited-edition range that deserves your attention. Designed to transform your makeup collection from summer to autumn, the collection is made up of the Strobe Face Glaze, a lipstick, a eight-shade palette, eye kohl, blending brush and the Prep + Prime in delicate warm and cold tones that have been given a luxe upgrade with floral and gold packaging.
BY TERRY. The V.I.P Expert Palette BONJOUR PARIS
A new limited-edition eyeshadow palette has launched over at By Terry. The French luxury label has designed BONJOUR PARIS palette to contain suitably autumnal shades that can be worn alone or layered up with ease. There are nine hues, all of which have a creamy texture that glides right onto the lids. The palette combines satin and metallic shades to transform your look from day to night, whether you opt for the soft pink or light gold with a hint of luminous copper.
Perricone MD High Potency Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Eye Serum
As soon as you apply the soothing gel-serum texture of this new eye serum from Perricone MD, you will feel the hydrating benefits - but that’s just the start. The innovative formulation contains Dr Perricone’s proprietary polymine growth factor that gives a lifting effect to the area around your eyes, penetrating deeper in the skin, firming and reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles as it goes. The product also contains niacinamide and DMAE with restorative properties and to protect skin from external aggressors.
Aurelia Balancing Range
Aurelia, or as you may have known it Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, has had a revamp, from its name right down to the packaging. The label has launched the Balancing Range to restore skin from the outside in. The collection is made up of the Balance & Purify Citrus Cleanser (£26), Balancing Ultra Light Moisturiser (£30), and the brand’s first spot treatment, the Probiotic Blemish Hero (£18) - all of which have lightweight formulas and contain a mix of probiotics with hard-working ingredients like marula oil, salicylic acid, witch hazel, and glycerin.
Christian Louboutin Refillable Lipstick SOOOOO…Glow
Louboutin has entered the realm of refillable products with a bang. The brand is offering 15 bold hues in refill form as well as three cases in unmissable shades of pink, yellow and the signature red hue. The lipsticks range between pink, reds, burgundy, purple, peach, beige and coral colours with a pigmented formulations that are buildable and sheer. There’s also the ability to customise your case with playful charm adornments.