August (and dare we say the meteorological summer) may be over, but the seasonal refresh September ushers in as the nights start to cool also brings needed winds of change. Whether this means a seasonal refresh to your skincare routine, makeup counter or hair, it’s a great time to reset, take stock and assess what’s working for you and what’s not. Looking to spice things up? Here are our top beauty picks for the month of September.
Rev up your skincare for autumn
If you’re already a fan of REN’s Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream, you’ll want to give the clean line’s Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream a try. The hydrating, vegan cream works while you sleep to help reduce the appearance of dark spots, and to boost your skin’s natural radiance (we wish all things could be this easy!). Its ingredient superstars include an algae complex, which targets and reduces pigmentation, and phytoglycogen to create a smoother, glowing complexion. The product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in zero-waste, recyclable packaging. Simply massage it into clean skin every night and voila!
REN Clean Skincare Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream, Sephora, $72.
The science-backed, medi-spa brand is adding this Phyto Corrective Essence Mist to its hyaluronic acid lineup. The hygienic, touchless mist format makes it easy to apply throughout the day (even over makeup), as needed, to hydrate and reduce signs of redness due to dry skin. The mist contains a phyto-botanical blend of boldus leaf, cucumber, thyme, olive leaf, and rosemary extracts that soothe and calm the skin. The formula is paraben-, alcohol-, gluten-, and silicone-free.
Phyto Mist, Skinceuticals, $88.
Promoting “facial grade skincare for the body,” NÉCESSAIRE is quickly becoming a fan favourite in the clean beauty industry (it even meets EU regulation levels for the designation). Case in point: its multivitamin body wash. However, its Body Serum is also the daily hyaluronic acid treatment the rest of your body may crave, too. The fast-absorbing formula is focused on rehydration, with its five various molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin at different levels, to help restore the protective moisture barrier, and to help relieve dry, itchy skin – especially as we head into the colder (read: drying) months. The formula is hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic, and great for those with eczema, as recognized with the Seal of Acceptance By The National Eczema Association. You can use it alone or pair it with a topical moisturizer.
The Body Serum, NÉCESSAIRE, $45.
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Give your hair a boost
When it comes to “good hair days,” a lot comes down to what tools of the trade you turn to. The DAFNI Muse is a styling brush aimed to help you achieve a variety of looks and is simple and easy to use for those with short-to-medium length hair. Whether you’re aiming to achieve wavy, curly or sleek styles (or simply do away with frizz), the hot brush will maintain an even 365°F temperature (considered optimal for hairstyling) and help protect it from unnecessary damage.
DAFNI X Conair Muse Smoothing & Styling Hot Brush, Amazon, $188.
Get the latest fall 2022 looks with these makeup buys
Glam up your eyes with PAT McGRATH LABS’s latest out-of-this-world shadow palette. The cruelty-free set comes in 10 starlit shadows with decadent, warm and seductive tones, in a variety of finishes from alluring astrals and velvety mattes to moonlit metallics. The formulas are free of parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil and other nasties, and are also cruelty-free.
Set your gaze ablaze with these warm, autumnal tones with HUDA BEAUTY’s Lovefest Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette. Fragrance- and cruelty-free, the highly-pigmented suede and sunset hues are perfect to build your fall go-to look.
HUDA BEAUTY Lovefest Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Sephora, $38.
NUDESTIX is often a fan-favourite for serving up compact, multitasking and low-key face makeup solutions. Their latest is a tinted stick formula to help you sculpt your look and bring attention to the features your momma gave you — in the best way possible. The formula is without phthalates, parabens, sulphates SLS and SLES (plus more), and transfers in a lightweight, cream-to-powder giving you an ultra-soft matte finish to create natural-looking, subtle contours and dimensions to your face.
NUDESTIX Tinted Blur Contour Sculpting Stick, Sephora, $35.
Urban Decay’s latest glossy liquid lipstick will shift back focus on your pout with a long-wearing, high-shine finish and liquid formula in a variety of sultry and intense shades. Just shake to activate, and the colour will stay on — even as everything else may come off. It is transfer-proof, smudge-proof and food- and water-resistant.
Urban Decay Vice Lip Bond Glossy Liquid Lipstick, Sephora, $33.
Nail the latest fall 2022 manicure trends
If you follow nail trends, you’ll know Selena Gomez-inspired green manicures are having a moment right now. But this NAILS INC. kit goes beyond the cedar hues to include other options that manage both to be in the moment and remain effortlessly classic. The vegan, cruelty-free polish holds shine and is long-wearing, and at $30 offers great value for four shades you’re actually likely to use this fall. The polish is also free of other commonly dirty ingredients, such as formaldehyde, and formaldehyde-releasing agents. Get an even coat with the polish’s wide-hugging brush in any of the following colours: Underwood Road (beige), Armoury Way (chocolate brown), Discovery Walk (soft taupe) and Hide Place (khaki).
NAILS INC. Caught in Camo Nail Polish Quad Set, Sephora, $30.
As with the prior option, this set includes four polishes in four colours – these being Lady Bay Beach (cream nude), Turks and Caicos Beach (tan nude), Hawaii Beach (rich brown), Copacabana Beach (dark brown), as well as cute body-positive nail stickers. The formulas are infused with AHAs to help your nails stay hydrated and strong, and the nude colours are fun to combine or apply separately – whatever your creative flow dictates.
NAILS INC. Everybody in Love Nail Polish Set With Stickers, Sephora, $32.