From a dry shampoo that actually works to powders that will light up even the most blah complexion, these are the beauty launches we plan to have within reach through November (and many months thereafter!).
It’s the anniversary of MAC’s cult Illustrator Bags and the brand has called in two massive talents to celebrate. There is award winning illustrator Anja Kroencke with her signature black and white line drawings of elegant feminine faces and elaborate wavy hair; and New York City graffiti artist and modern Renaissance woman Indie 184, who has tagged the bags with her vibrant graphic street style.
Chanel No. 5 Bath Line
Chanel-oholics, rejoice! Now you can indulge in the iconic No. 5 as a Foaming Bath ($65), Cleansing Shower Cream ($55) and Bath Soap ($25). And if you hurry, the special limited edition of its Intense Bath Oil ($100) can be yours as well!
Bootie Babe Nail Lacquers, $8
While the colours are nice enough, what I can’t get over are Bootie Babe’s butt-shaped bottles. And the names: Junk In Da Trunk, Hella Hiney and Hanky Spanky, which are just some of its 48 “sexy” shades.
A scented nail polish that’s not laced with sickeningly sweet lollipop or bubblegum notes? Check. Which doesn’t dry out your nails? Check. Which doesn’t look like a kiddy’s plaything? Check. So yes, finally a scented nail lacquer that’s not the exclusive playground of pre-teens. In fact, the 24 super-sexy shades of Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamels would not look out of place on Marie Antoinette’s dressing table, what with their formulation of essential oils, the aroma of French-milled lavender soap and bottles that look like vintage perfume flacons.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $58
Now you no longer have to choose between Hourglass’s different ambient lighting powders. And you can chuck them all into a purse for easy touch ups. This one calls for a yippee!
Lush Holiday Collection 2013
What is winter and Christmas without one of Lush’s awww-inducing bath treats. This year’s favourites: the Melting Snowman ($5.95 for 2.1 oz) that softens and hydrates; and Let the Good Times Roll ($12.95 for 3.5 oz), which smells like sugar cookies and exfoliates skin to a perfect polish.
Dior Rouge Lipstick #999
While all 32 shades of Dior’s Rouge Lipstick are covet-worthy, #999 is the one to pick if you are going to buy only one this season. The number draws from the first lipsticks created by Christian Dior himself – number 9 and 99 – to craft “The Dior Red”, a shade that every woman can wear. Add in marine crista extract to stimulate cellular renewal and hyaluronic acid to plump and moisturize the lips for the perfect lip accessory.
If you like a product that combines form and function as much as I do, there is no passing up on the new Lancôme Rouge Etincelle. Even if it means going without lunch for a week (seriously, it’s that fab!). The luminous true red goes on like butter and has just the right amount of shine for a holiday party, while remaining a true-to-trend matte. And it’s literally a classic: it’s a reissue of a 1955 heritage lipstick with the added gorgeousness of a Swarovski crystal-lined case. Just on the off chance anyone needs reminding that this ones too special to just get tossed into our makeup bags.
Kerastase Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo
You know all those times when washing hair was not an option but neither was being seen out in public with those ratty, greasy strands? Kerastase just solved all those crisis situations with this dry shampoo, which soaks up excess oil, boosts volume and texture and even gives braids and updos a nice, flexible hold.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49
Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a global sensation for good reason. Or actually 3 reasons, since it’s refreshing, toning and moisturising. And now it’s even more special, with L’Wren Scott’s limited edition bottle, which is inspired by Gustav Klimt, mosaics and the female form. Pretty, right?
Have you tried any of these beauty goodies? Going to try? What’s YOUR top beauty pick for November?