For many, the concept of change is not exciting, and can often be something nerve-wracking. After all, the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” exists for a reason. But when you’re too comfortable in your routine, you don’t evolve — and you won’t know how much you’re capable of.
If you applied the previous paragraph to a grander context — say, life as a whole — that’s wonderful. Crazy, but true: it applies to your skincare and beauty routine, too. You might already have a gorgeous complexion from using your existing regimen. However, if you push yourself to try something new (like a chemical peel), you might see transformative results you never would have gotten with your basic moisturizer. Likewise, a new eyeshadow palette might be just the thing you need to see yourself in a sexy new light.
October is the perfect time to break out of your standard routine. Let the shift in weather allow you to shift your way of thinking about beauty and skincare — and, sure, just life in general — and try something new. In need of suggestions? We got you: keep reading to discover our editors’ new favorite launches that are guiding them through this transitional period.
Who: Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director
What: La Mer® Regenerating Serum ($365)
Why: As I approach my third trimester of pregnancy and sleep becomes trickier, I need to rely on skincare products to help me look refreshed. La Mer Crème de la Mer® (the original face cream) has been a staple in my prenatal routine to combat dry skin, and I now plan to supplement that with this heavenly new serum. The Regenerating Serum pumps out like a light lotion and melts into a silky dew. It absorbs within seconds, leaving any skin it has touched petal soft. The formula contains what La Mer has dubbed “The Metabolic FermentTM,” a cocktail of ingredients that inspire collagen renewal and smooth the appearance of fine lines (like my weary-looking crow’s feet). Another power ingredient, lime tea concentrate, offers a layer of antioxidants.
What: RMS Beauty® “Un” Cover-UpTM Cream Foundation ($52)
Why: Rose Marie Swift’s latest addition to her “Un” Cover-Up franchise is an instant hit in my book. (I’ve been a longtime fan of the concealer.) This non-toxic, buttery formula is housed in a chic glass jar. Scoop a bit of it out, warm it up in your hands, and smooth it over the face. I find it stretches and hugs skin, offering a creamy finish that still allows the authentic look of your skin to peek through. What makes this foundation so exceptional, though, is really the ingredients roster. It seemingly has every beneficial, trendy ingredient from coconut oil to turmeric to ashwagandha and marigold. Expect it to help make your skin healthier just by wearing it.
Who: Joslyn Winkfield, Senior Visuals Editor
What: Baby Tress® Edge Styler ($15)
Why: Even in childhood, smooth, slick edges were a must for me and most of the African-American friends I grew up with. Junior high school brought on the curly, gelled down swoops that accompanied our buns, braids, and sleek ponytails. Even now, I battle with my extremely tightly-curled edges that even the strongest gel can’t tame. Something about the brush/comb combo and pointed tip of this Baby Tress styler gets my baby hairs in formation, and I’m so glad I’ve upgraded from old toothbrushes to polish off my hairstyles.
What: Flight ModeTM Cloud Mister ($69)
Why: I’ve been constantly traveling for shoots all summer, with less time in between flights for proper skin recovery. This mister has recently become such a lifesaver for hydrating my skin on the go. It’s small, compact and chargeable by USB. All that’s needed is a little water and poof! I can replace lost moisture in my skin with a quick humidifying session — right in my seat on the plane.
Who: Emily Orofino, Senior Beauty Editor
What: Urban Decay® Naked Honey ($49)
Why: I have been a fan of Urban Decay since middle school, and I fully believe that the brand’s Naked shadow palette franchise offers some of the best eye makeup in the industry. That said, aside from the original Naked palette, Honey is possibly the best collection of colors that Urban Decay has to offer. All of the warm, bronzy colors are incredibly wearable on a wide range of skin tones. I am particularly fond of some of the dazzling metallics, namely Queen, an olive-leaning taupe, and Amber, a gleaming, well, amber. Plus, there’s just something about the sultry shades in this palette that makes them pair well with a cozy sweater.
What: Juara® Miracle Tea Recovery Creme ($75)
Why: I am fussy about facial creams, especially if the formula is touted as rich. Though my skin can get dry, I never, ever want my skin to feel greasy, sticky, or filmy, even if my goal is to drown my complexion in hydration. Happily, this Juara product is none of those things, despite its indulgent, creamy texture. It’s infused with brightening antioxidant vitamin C and bio-retinol, which mimics vitamin A and its skin-smoothing powers without causing irritation or redness. Plus, it layers beautifully over other formulas — no pilling or clumping here!
[Editor's note: Retinol shouldn't be used by women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.]
Who: Thia Laurain, Social Media Editor
What: Pietro SimoneTM Renewing Peel ($94)
Why: I had the absolute pleasure of being treated to one of Pietro Simone’s signature facials last month, where I got to experience his entire skincare line — in the hands of the master himself, no less. The brand’s signature blend of locally-sourced ingredients had me impressed from the first cleanse. However, it was the Renewing Peel that truly wowed me with its disappearing act — and by that I mean it made the enlarged pores around my nose actually disappear. Trust: the instant glow and smooth, poreless complexion post-peel will have you saying “Ciao, bella!” to your reflection in every mirror you pass.
What: Algenist® Genius Liquid Collagen Body MylkTM ($60)
Why: I’m a big fan of the brand’s vegan, collagen-infused skincare, so I was thrilled when I heard they were finally making the foray into body products. Let it be said: this body “mylk” does not disappoint. Packed with the brand’s signature sea-based ingredients, this lightweight lotion sinks into the skin faster than you can say ‘alguronic acid,’ leaving behind only supple, hydrated skin and a lightly-sweet, neutral fragrance.
What: Dr. Haushcka® Eye Revive Set of 10 ($35)
Why: While I love the soothing, de-puffing qualities of hydrogel eye patches — especially for plane travel — I do not love the excess waste that these individually-wrapped gels leave behind. So when I discovered these new herbal ampoules from Dr. Haushcka, I was thrilled. They come in recyclable plastic containers (in Europe, they’re even sold in tiny glass bottles!), you use an organic cotton round (soaked in the soothing solution) as your eye “patch,” and the rest of the packaging is recyclable, too. They’re minimal waste, maximum impact — and at 10 ampoules per pack, I expect one box to easily last me through the end of the holiday travel season.
Who: Madisen Theobald, Social Media Editor
What: HairPeace ProTM
Why: I have mentioned before in previous SpotlyteTM articles that I am a proud hair extension aficionado. I was so excited to meet with the women (Kelly, New York City singer/songwriter and Dalina, celebrity hairstylist) behind HairPeace ProTM, because they created a line that I have never seen before: an extension/wig hybrid. I was skeptical at first because I’ve never put on an actual wig, but after one of the founders easily clipped the “peace” in the crown of my head, I instantly fell in love. If we are being honest, my hair resembled a Hollywood star. This innovative product comes in one “peace” and has a 10 clip placement to provide maximum hold and equal distribution. It only took about two minutes to snap the hybrid in. Truthfully, I have been waiting far too long for an easy, hybrid hairpiece like this and now that I have it, I don’t think I will ever go back to regular old clip-ins, tapes, beads, halos… okay, you get it.
What: Lord Jones® High CBD Formulated Bath Salts ($65)
Why: I have no shame in saying I’m a CBD-newbie. Testing Lord Jones CBD Formulated Bath Salts in one of my evening baths was my first time using or trying anything CBD-related. I thought I should start small (topical), then maybe work my way into some more “hard stuff” (tinctures) soon. I have never had a more soothing bath time (and, no, I didn’t have a glass of wine, so you know I was experiencing relaxation at its max). Just one scoop has approximately 20 mg of CBD. You can take about 12 baths with just one jar! The product contains a mix of chunky pink Himalayan salt, magnesium-rich Epsom salts, calendula petals (they smell divine), and more that support deep body relaxation.
Who: Sophie Wirt, Beauty Editor
What: Marc Jacobs® EnamoredTM Dazzling Gloss in AtomicTM ($28)
Why: This ultra dazzling gloss makes me feel like the holidays came early. The formula itself is similar to many of the brand’s signature glosses — mega-shiny, never sticky, subtly minty — but look closely and you’ll notice that this one features a galaxy of shimmer, both decoratively on the cap, and within the formula itself. A single swipe leaves my lips with a finish that’s somewhere between holographic and glittery — though the intensity is subdued enough for daytime.
What: OUAI® Body Cleanser ($28)
Why: When it comes to the products I use on my body, there are two qualifications that must be met. First, the product has to leave my skin with an ethereal glow. Second — and perhaps more importantly — it has to leave my skin smelling heavenly. This new body cleanser from OUAI checks both boxes. The formula is infused with jojoba and rosehip oils, both of which promote glowiness sans grease. And the scent — the brand’s beloved Dean StreetTM — imparts a subtly fruity freshness that plays well with whichever fragrance I choose to spritz on that day.
Who: Cat Matta, Copy Editor & Fact-Checker
Why: Always on the search for ways to shorten my morning routine, I’ve recently become a convert to using dry shampoo, as opposed to washing my hair daily. Yet, this has led to another constant search — products that can easily and effectively remove the buildup that accumulates from said non-daily wet washing. This scrub blew me away, and I cannot stop raving about it to anyone who will listen. It feels heavy and rough on your fingers at first, but just a quarter-sized amount of the creamy formula quickly creates a luxurious lather, while grains of sea salt help attack and dissolve any debris. It also has a hint of menthol, that you can feel more than you can than smell; it tingles slightly, helping to rouse me on even the drowsiest of mornings. My hair literally squeeks clean when I rinse it out, leaving me with a truly blank hair slate to begin my week.
What: Seed Phytonutrients® Scalp & Roots Oat Mask ($28)
Why: If you thought for one moment I was joking about sleuthing for products to wash away residue, this should help hammer home my dedication to the matter. Sometimes my inner hippy comes a calling, and I put my red meat-eating, carnivorous ways aside to celebrate nature. This 99 percent natural, vegan mask is free of parabens, gluten, and critter-cruelty. And it couldn’t smell more earthy than if I rolled around burying my face in the forest floor, thanks to rosemary, basil, sage, and patchouli. It also only takes about a quarter-sized amount of the grainy cream to massage into your scalp, but this product doesn’t lather — rather it hugs your scalp and roots for a few minutes, and rinses cleanly away. Best of all, the fact that the brand commissions independent organic farmers to grow its seeds truly does make it feel like your helping to spread the love.
What: Klorane® Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray ($32)
Why: What good are wonderful haircare products if you have nothing to put them on? I’ve struggled with thinning hair for the past decade, and although I’ve found a few ways to combat it, excessive shedding continues to be one of my top beauty concerns. Luckily, my favorite dry shampoo brand came out with a leave-in spray packed with plant-based keratin, B vitamins, quinine, and caffeine to help toughen up struggling strands from root to tip. Even upon first use, my hair felt more resilient and looked slightly more voluminous. The brand promises its patented formula helps stimulate growth, leading to noticeably livelier hair after the first month of use; it’s so far looking like it will deliver on that promise, and I’ve packed this one securely in my hair loss arsenal.
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