Beautistas! And regular working mothers and superwomen of this world: it's that time of the year again! Now that your little monsters are back in school and that your late evenings are spent making gluten-free sandwiches for the next day, answering your emails, eat healthily, doing homework and removing a stain from your new crisp white shirt it's time to think about yourself too. How? By editing your make up bag, throwing out those perished mascaras (if they smell funny they probably shouldn't get so up close and personal with your eyeballs) and adjusting accordingly your color palette (no more neons).
Time is money and you don't have time to keep up with all the news in the cosmetic world so relax, breathe, sip on that kale smoothie and keep reading. The good news? we did it all for you. Here are our top September beauty products (and why).
Roberto Cavalli - "Nero Assoluto"
This brand new perfume (available this month) is bold yet elegant and distinguished. Perfect for the evening with its woody and floral notes warmed by the strength of vanilla. The black and gold bottle looks chic and very chichi (If you ask me there's nothing worse in the world than a delectable scent in an unattractive and bland perfume bottle. Ugh. First world problems, they call it).
Lancôme DreamTone Ultimate dark spot corrector beautiful skin tone creator
Available in three shades to suit all skin tones, this magic potion is non-greasy and instantly makes your skin look like a million bucks. Skip the moisturizer and foundation (at least in my case) as this is all you need to have dewy, glowing gorgeous skin. Oh yeah, I forgot. Its purpose is to help correct the appearance of dark spots (are you a former sunbed abuser? tssk tssk), redness and uneven skin tone. A must-have especially if you don't have time for a beauty routine as exhaustive as Bill Gate's tax forms.
Jouer Cosmetics Brow Fix
A m-u-s-t. But for this, you need actual eyebrows, not over-plucked ones (over plucking is so 2000s). Forget the Pamela Anderson penciled brows and think thick, luscious arches, like Cara Delevingne's (add to the list: Jennifer Connelly, Madonna, Charlize Theron, Kim Kardashian, Meghan Fox, etc. Need more convincing?). This transparent gel is just like mascara, but for your brows. Brush upwards and look clean, polished, natural, within seconds. This secret make up trick is not so secret anymore, thanks to Anastasia of Beverly Hills who created this product for its celebrity clients. I like Jouer's brush better.
Annabelle TwistUp in Havana
I've been on the perfect nude lipstick quest ever since I was able to spell "so maj!" Jennifer Lopez made it her trademark and in my book, Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong. Well, besides all the movies she starred in, but I digress. Well, lo and behold, Annabelle recently put on market two (perfect) nude shades. I like the color "Havana". The beauty of the Twistup lipstick is that it's retractable. I also find the lipstick to be very moisturizing and to offer the perfect opacity.
Marcelle Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat
Brilliant newcomer! If you're like me and only wear waterproof mascara to a wedding, on the verge of a breakup or to the beach, you'll find that your waterproof mascara expires faster than an interesting Groupon offer. To have to throw out a $36 Dior mascara which you barely used a couple of times? Quite sad. The solution? A clear gel mascara that instantly waterproofs your regular mascara. Thank you Marcelle! Works wonders.
CDN Vinylux Weekly Top Coat
One of the best top coats out there. Long wear (up to 7 days), no base needed, it creates a shield that prevents your nail polish from denting and chipping. Extremely shiny. Perfect for busy moms who don't have time to change their nail polish regularly. For optimal results, apply daily.
*And ladies, take heed: either sport a meticulous manicure or restrain from it, period.
Marcelle New Age Precision 8 in 1 Power Serum
This powerful serum is full of promises: to transfer your skin in just a week. We've all heard of BB, CC and now DD creams (like a British boy band invasion, when and where will they stop?!) well this serum also has several functions: Instant botox-like action (what's not to like!), Wrinkle filling effect (bring it!), Firms skin and improves elasticity, Visibly reduces even deep wrinkles, Boosts radiance, Reinforces the skin's structure, offers a lifting effect (perfect for someone who suffers from a needle phobia like me) and also promises to improve you skin's texture. All this thanks to five powerful peptides and xylitol. Paraben free, perfume free and hypo-allergenic.