11 Brand New Beauty Launches We're Obsessed With This Month
Am I the only one having trouble accepting that it's already November? Don't know about you, but I'm fairly sure it was January 1st, like, a minute ago. As we head towards the end of the year (at warp speed, it seems like) I'm feeling the urge to clear out my beauty kit. Maybe this sudden need to downsize is about getting a head start on spring cleaning/making room for Christmas presents, or maybe it's just down to the fact I no longer have any free cupboard space. (In the wise words of Grandpa Simpson: "A little from column A, a little from column B.") Either way, I'm trying my darnedest to keep the amount of beauty products I bring home to a minimum. Not easy, when your job is to try ALL the things. (I know, it's a hard life.) This means only the stuff that really rocks my socks gets to stay. Which brings me to the 11 beauty newbies I'm really into right now. From my latest body lotion obsession to the jumbo bronzer I'll be using all summer, keep scrolling for the new launches I'm obsessed with this month.
Ready? Let's go.
Cinch Fact Cheat ($40)
Think of this stuff as a hybrid between a lightweight moisturiser and face spray—it's more hydrating than your average mist but only takes seconds to sink in. According to the brand, Face Cheat works as a primer and pore refiner too. I haven't used it underneath foundation just yet, but I do reach for it every afternoon when my skin is in need of a glow-boosting pick-me-up.
Aerin Rose Night Table Cream & Overnight Mask ($130)
I love me a beauty multitasker (see above) and this rose-infused moisturiser-slash-mask is no exception. Use it as a face cream (to be stored, as the name suggests, on your night table), or as an overnight mask for especially plump, nourished skin. It also makes for a dreamy hand cream right before bed.
Sephora Collection Head To Toe Hydrator ($18)
Looking for a new lightweight body lotion to keep limbs supple as the weather heats up? You've found it. This non-sticky hydrator is actually designed for body and face, so it absorbs super-fast and isn't heavily scented. (A win in my books.) Plus, a little goes a long way—you'll be surprised at how many applications you get from one compact 125ml tube.
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 ($200)
I try zillions of new foundations every year in the name of work, and while most are good, it takes something special to blow my hair back (so to speak). This new launch from La Mer has quickly joined the ranks of the only Byrdie editor-approved foundations worth buying for a few reasons. First, the coverage is buildable, so whether you buff it out or layer it up, it never looks streaky or cakey. Second, the finish is somewhere between matte and dewy—like real skin with extra radiance. Lastly, it's made with antioxidants and SPF20 for protection against environmental damage. In short: I can't fault it.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula FlipBalm in Creamy Coconut ($6)
If you're familiar with Eos lip balm (see: the star product in this viral lip balm melting video), you'll love Palmer's latest offering. Housed in similar packaging to Eos—only Palmer's version conveniently "flips" back so you don't need to screw the lid off—it's a handbag must-have. My favourite is the Creamy Coconut variant (it smells like summer), but all three soften lips with cocoa and shea butters and vitamin E.
Davines This Is A Forming Pomade ($38)
Ironically, creating quintessential beachy waves in summer can be difficult. Humidity is no-one's friend—it turns just-styled straight hair limp, and natural curls into a frizzy mess. No matter your hair type, this stuff is great for adding grit and grip without overdosing on salt spray (which can be drying). Work a fingertipful between your palms and scrunch into lengths for instant texture.
Guerlain Terracotta Terra Magnifica Bronzing Powder ($96)
What says "summer is almost here!" like a jumbo bronzer? Nuthin. If you ask us, this limited-edition powder from Guerlain is the perfect gift to self to celebrate the sunny season. Lightly scented with beachy florals and sultry musk, the formula is super-creamy and features subtle flecks of golden shimmer.
Supergoop! SPF50 Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil With Meadowfoam ($54)
Spray-on sunscreens are a relatively new thing in Australia and as self-appointed President of the Lazy Girl Beauty Brigade (LGBB), I am 100% on board. They make protecting your skin from the sun easy, and I for one, am not mad about that. While I'm obsessed with Mecca Cosmetica's Sunbrella ($42) for face and body, I'm also vibing on this oil-based mist from Supergoop! The inclusion of argan and meadowfoam seed oils keeps limbs silky as well as protected, and it disappears in seconds so it won't stain your clothes or suit.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque ($74)
My skin isn't sensitive so I didn't think I'd benefit much from this mask, but as a super-fan of the brand's C E Ferulic Serum, I wanted to give it a go. After a single use I fell in love with the cooling effect it delivers—think the comforting feeling you get from massaging aloe into sun-zapped skin. Made from soothing cucumber, olive and thyme extracts, this green mask helps take the heat out of skin after exercise, a day in the sun or even eating spicy food.
If you have really dry lips, you'll know that not only does vibrant lipstick tend to wear unevenly when applied to a chronically flaky base, it also zaps any remaining moisture from your pout. MAC's new Liptensity range is set to change all that, because these game-changers do neither. To create them, the brand tapped a tetrachromat (someone with the genetic ability to see up to 100 million shades the rest of us can’t—cool right?) to create the most pigmented shades they've ever made. The formula was also developed around a hydrating gel base that wears semi-matte but keeps lips comfy and soft. Not one shade is a dud, so heed my advice and buy them all.
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil ($120)
Made from a cocktail of antioxidant-rich oils including tamanu and chia, plus hyaluronic acid, this new launch from Dermalogica is dewy skin in a bottle. Even if you think you don't like oils, I urge you to give this one a go. It's so super-light you can wear it under makeup (you can even add it to your foundation for extra radiance), but I like it best applied on top of serums or dripped into my moisturiser for a healthy glow.