As the autumn winds usher us into the cooler months, along with dry skin, here are our favourite new additions to your beauty routine this October.
Spice up your self-care routine with these product picks
Saje Chai Spicy Diffuser Blend
Add to your wellness routine and treat your senses to Saje’s Chai Spicy Diffuser blend — perfect for fall. The warm scent of comforting spices like cardamom, balsam peru and anise will add the perfect olfactory treat as we begin to draw indoors and cozy up our spaces.
Chai Spicy Diffuser Blend, Saje, $18.
Amp up your skincare ritual to combat thirsty skin
Graydon Skincare Moon Boost Serum
Graydon Skincare’s hypoallergenic, waterless Moon Boost Serum is the perfect addition to your fall and winter skincare routine. The multifunctional serum packs non-comedogenic , nutrient-dense superfood oils and extracts (meaning the formula won’t clog your pores) and is especially good for thirsty skin, fortifying its natural barrier and boosting its glow. The carrot seed oil-derived vitamin A reduces visible signs of aging, while vitamin B5 soothes reactive skin. These are just two of the serum’s seven vitamins helping you treat “cranky, sluggish skin.”
Moon Boost Serum, Graydon Skincare, $89.
SkinCeuticals PHLORETIN CF Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum
You’ve now likely heard of the damaging effects environmental pollutants can wreak on our skin and that vitamin C is one of those potent additions to our daily rituals. In comes SkinCeutical’s PHLORETIN CF Antioxidant Vitamin C serum to neutralize damaging free radicals. The formula is a patented unique combination of 2 per cent phloretin, 10 per cent pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5 per cent ferulic acid for enhanced protection against environmental stressors. It’s also paraben-, fragrance- and dye-free, and great for all skin types. The serum works its magic for a minimum of 72 hours once absorbed, working to minimize the appearance of fine lines and discoloration, evening out overall skin tone.
PHLORETIN CF Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum, SkinCeuticals, $190.
U Beauty The Multimodal Defender Broad Spectrum SPF 30
U Beauty’s Multimodal Defender SPF 30 is finally available in Canada and worth the wait. Combatting past and future photo-damage, while brightening and protecting the skin, this nourishing cream also has a feel-good cooling effect on skin. The broad-spectrum defender features U Beauty’s double patent-pending SIREN Capsule Technology, which reduces hyperpigmentation, dark spots, heat-induced freckles and fine lines — defending your skin again UVA, UVB, IR (infrared) and HEV (blue light) exposure. U Beauty co-founder Tina Craig developed the line of sustainable skincare that is female-led and science-driven, while minimizing the products’ environmental footprint.
The Multimodal Defender Broad Spectrum SPF 30, U Beauty, $168
Play up the drama with these eye products
Cheekbone Beauty SUSTAIN Eyeshadow Pencil
Indigenous-owned made-in-Canada Cheekbone Beauty is finally available in Sephora and leading the lineup is the SUSTAIN Eyeshadow Pencil. The beautiful Green Turquoise is the perfect blend of blend of pale blue and deep green, perfect for fall, but the pencil also comes in three other shades, including the champagne-coloured Honey Calcite. It’s a pigmented, vegan and fragrance-free formula that includes coconut oil to hydrate the sensitive skin above (and around) your eyes. Marked as Clean at Sephora, it’s a product you can not only feel good about wearing, but also feel great about buying.
SUSTAIN Eyeshadow Pencil, Cheekbone Beauty, $24.
bareMinerals Mineralist Treasured Eyeshadow Palette
The limited-edition vegan eyeshadow palette contains 12 festive and jewel-toned long-wear shades, perfect for the upcoming holiday season and for looks that are subtle, bold or anything in-between. The mineral pigments include cold-pressed botanicals that are sustainable sourced, such as sea buckthorn and rosehip oils.
Mineralist Treasured Eyeshadow Palette, bareMinerals, $59.
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Ardell 3D Faux Mink 854
Ardelle’s 3D Faux Mink lashes are a great go-to if you’re creating any Halloween-inspired looks. The multidimension lashes are bold, high-volume and add drama to your look. The individual lashes are soft, fine and delicately curled to provide great window dressing to your peepers, blending seamlessly with your natural set.
3D Faux Mink 854, Ardell, $12.
Add a sun-kissed glow to your cheeks and face
Iconic London Precision Duo Contour Pot in Deep Shadow in Barry Brown
Free of parabens, formaldehydes and other bad stuff, Iconic London is touting its Precision Duo Contour Pot as the new way to contour. It includes a gellyfing system that provides a cream base and a powder cream for ultimate blendable application.
Precision Duo Contour Pot in Deep Shadow in Barry Brown, Iconic London, $38.
HUDA BEAUTY GloWish Cheeky Vegan Blush Powder in Caring Coral
There is no need to let the retreating summer sun leave your skin pale. HUDA BEAUTY’s latest vegan blush powder is the perfect addition to your makeup bag. The velvety powder comes in a powdered formula that was made especially to give all skin tones a natural, fresh-faced flush with a soft-focus glow. The ingredient highlights include damascus rose oil, red bell pepper extract, and plant-derived squalane, to lock in moisture and sooth the skin.
GloWish Cheeky Vegan Blush Powder in Caring Coral, HUDA BEAUTY, $28.
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Plump up your pout with this juicy lip balm set
tarte Bow & Go Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm Set
tarte’s all-star lineup of four full-size vegan treatment, balm, gloss and colour featuring limited-edition shades in wild berry and petal along with existing fan favourites orchid and coconut. The Cushion Comfort Complex plumps while the antioxidant-rich fruits like maracuja and grapeseed oils nourish your pout.
Bow & Go Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm Set, tarte, $45.
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