My Best Friend Asked Me Which Mascara to Buy This Month—This Is What I Said
I've worked in beauty for almost a decade. This means that a) I've probably had more blowdries than you've had hot dinners, and b) I've tried a heck of a lot of products. Still, when it comes to trying the newest stuff on shelf, I am never sated. I guess you could call me an optimist—I'm convinced the serum that'll make me look like Miranda Kerr is always just around the corner. (Ditto, the shampoo that'll magic my hair into spun silk.) Never content to settle for "good enough" I am genuinely excited to trial fresh launches every single month.
(Good thing too, since it's why they pay me.)
As we creep into spring, I've been busy playing with everything from the latest batch of self-tanners (you'll find my current favourite below), to sleeping hair masks, and top-notch drugstore mascaras. This is the stuff I rate enough to recommend to my pals, so I've compiled it here for you too, dear reader. If you're on the hunt for any sort of beauty purchase, I hope you'll find what you're looking in the round-up below. The only thing I couldn't deliver on this month is a serum that'll transform you into Miranda. I'll keep you posted...
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Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive ($109)
A short-term treatment for temporary skin freak-outs like dryness and redness, this healing serum is packed with probiotics and ferulic acid. It's self-activated and only comes in one size to ensure you get 100% potency out of every drop. Use it for a month and you'll see a difference.
The Body Shop Spa Of The World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil ($33)
A vegan body oil that promises to nourish and firm, it's scented with makrut lime, an ingredient rated by Thai women for its uplifting, energising scent. Perfect for use in the morning, the zingy fragrance will pep you up faster than an espresso shot.
Clarins Double Serum ($135)
This cult serum has had a makeover—and it's better than ever. Supercharged with turmeric (an anti-ageing powerhouse) the new formula also hydrates and boosts glow. The bottle has been upgraded too, so you can now customise the amount you dispense depending on your skin's needs.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig ($30)
Ever since Kylie Jenner made it a thing, liquid lipstick has become a mainstay in my beauty kit (hey, no judging). Kat Von D's latest creation is the perfect matte lippie—long-wearing, pigmented, but not chalky. This pinky-beige never transfers onto my glass, either.
Sephora Collection Sleeping Hair Mask Shea ($7)
I'm all for any beauty treatments you can use while you're snoozing, and this hair sleeping mask is no exception. Just smooth it through your hair before bed, pop the cap on (leave your vanity at the door), and shampoo out in the morning. The shea butter formula will strengthen brittle strands, and soften the look of split ends.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler ($755)
I'm a long-standing fan of this luxe skincare brand, and the newest launch is really something special. The self-loading pump dispenses exactly the amount needed to apply across the face and neck, and the result over time is a fuller, plumper complexion. The secret ingredient is caviar, or more specifically the nutrients found within it. The price tag is hefty, but it works.
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict Mascara ($21)
Max Factor clearly get that I don't have hours to spend doing my makeup on the reg, so this product combines the effect of an eyelash curler and mascara in one. The spoon-shaped brush pushes lashes up, while the inky-black formula thickens and defines.
Sephora Collection Luminizer To Go in Miss Sparkling ($19)
This pint-sized highlighting stick is seriously good. One swipe across the high points of your face will leave skin glowing. The champagne colour is universally flattering, and the powdery finish means it will withstand even the balmiest summer parties.
Shiseido Waso Soft+Cushy Polisher ($49)
Shiseido's latest offering is too good. The anticipated Waso range has everything from jelly lotion to honey cleansers, but the Soft+Cushy Polisher is by far my favourite. The fluffy exfoliator buffs away impurities and dead skin cells while leaving skin as soft as a baby cherub (thanks to the addition of soy extract).
Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Eyeliner Duo in Cobalt Ink/Thunderstorm ($42)
Bobbi Brown is known for its faultless gel liner, and now you can get two shades in one handy little pot. These are made for humid summer nights where normal liners would otherwise wear off. The navy shade looks incredible with salty hair and a swish of bronzer.
Lipstick Queen Altered Universe in Time Warp ($32)
You might have seen the green lipstick that took over the web a few months back? That was Lipstick Queen. The newest launch is this gloss that coats lips with a reflective, holographic pigment that looks like it's straight out of a Kate Perry film clip. It contains crushed pearl pigments, and can be worn alone or layered with lipstick.
This product will be available October 3.
Korres Black Pine Antiwrinkle, Firming and Lifting Serum ($89)
Korres is a Greek brand that does incredible skincare. This anti-ageing serum is formulated with 95 percent natural ingredients like black pine extract—an antioxidant that is proven to lift and firm the skin. I press it in at night time after cleansing.
Sisley Paris Instant Éclat Instant Glow Primer ($105)
When it comes to glow-boosting primers, I can never have enough. This Sisley base leaves skin luminous and healthy, and makeup just glides straight over the top like melted butter. It contains pink and gold pearl particles, meaning warm and cool-toned skins will find it flattering.
This product will be available October 8.
Bioderma Photoderm AR Tinted BB Cream ($37)
Lightweight and easy to apply, I think of this product as more of a tinted sunscreen than a BB cream. It does offer a hint of coverage, but if you're looking for something that truly masks imperfections you'll want to layer concealer on top. That said, the texture is excellent for a 50+ cream, and it doesn't leave a white cast in the slightest.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil ($77)
The serum-oil hybrid has an interesting texture, and "watery oil" really is the best way I can describe it. Rich in the brand's exclusive French Black Bee honey, and royal jelly, it helps to support the skin in repairing damage caused by UV rays and environmental factors. Expect a softer, silkier, more radiant complexion.
Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Tri-Blo ($22)
We all know and love Fudge's cult purple shampoo (and if not, I've written about it here), but my newest obsession is this purple toning spray. I mist it through my ends before blow drying, and they come up a cleaner, brighter blonde (just don't spray when wearing a white tee).
Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF 30 ($74)
Now that spring is well and truly underway, I'm testing out a bunch of new SPF products. This physical sunscreen is light, non-greasy, and doesn't leave a ghostly shadow (unlike many other physical sunscreens I've tried). Use it on top of your regular moisturiser, and give it five minutes to absorb before applying makeup.
Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner ($16)
Fact: Winged liner is not easy—I don't care what anyone says. I don't have a steady hand (at all), but the shape of this really helps. You can flip it on one side for a thin, buildable line (my go-to), or those with more confidence can rotate for a thicker line straight-up.
This product is launching October 6.
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask ($99)
Anyone who regularly reads Byrdie will know that the whole team goes wild for Tatcha. The Japanese-born brand is loved by everyone (including Kim Kardashian), and frankly, its latest launch is life-changing. This mask hydrates, plumps, and brightens skin in a super-noticeable way. It's so good, I wish I could use it every day.
This product will be available October 6.
Hair Recipe Strawberry and Mint Cleanse Shampoo ($15)
Hair Recipe is a new brand in the Australian market you can now get from Priceline. The whole premise behind the range is about super foods, and I can't really work out why no one has included them in haircare earlier? This cleansing shampoo is made for salty, oily hair that needs a really deep clean (also, it smells like a smoothie).