Fall tends to be all about fashion, fashion and more fashion. We revamp our wardrobes, try the latest trends and grab new sweaters we’ll be living in as the days get shorter and temperatures get colder. Don’t forget to check out the beauty aisle, though. With highly anticipated items from everyone from Christian Louboutin to Alice + Olivia and even Burt’s Bees hitting shelves, you may need to buy a whole new vanity for all your additions. It’s time to give our beauty bags a little overhaul. Here’s a look at the top fall beauty launches you’ll be dying to stock up on.
Just when you thought Christian Louboutin couldn’t possibly top his nail polish collection, he comes out with a line of lipsticks. Hitting stores timed to New York Fashion Week in September, each luxe lipstick ($90) doubles as a necklace charm, the cap has a ring at the top so you can thread a chain through it. Thirty-eight shades are available. To ensure your color goes on smooth, it’s imperative to exfoliate especially as the air gets drier. Enter Sara Happ Midnight Blueberry Lip Scrub ($24). Results are immediate and it’s made with food-grade essential oils including suspended sugar crystals to ensure lips are hydrated when you’re exfoliating them.
If you’re looking for some volume, check out Soap & Glory’s new Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plum XXL ($14), which will work double duty to coat your lips in a sheer wash of color.
When it comes to color this season, it’s hard to top Lancôme’s Audacity In Paris. It’s a $346 value being sold for $68. It’s kind of awesome. The brand’s first multi-palette for eyes has 16 shades in four finishes along with a dual ended brush.
Inspired by the latest mask trends from Korea, Yes to Grapefruit has launched Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Paper Mask ($15.99 per pack, five masks in each pack). They’re the first natural Tencel sheet masks and unlike other at-home single use masks, these aren’t dripping with serum and causing a big mess in the application process.
For targeted skincare, Dermalogica is offering four new sets ($60-82), each of which contain a top-selling Dermalogica moisturizer specifically paired with an appropriate cleanser and all with a new limited edition Facial Cleansing Mitt (great for exfoliating) suitable for every skin condition.
If aging is of particular concern, Elizabeth Arden’s latest innovation, Superstart Skin Renewal Booster ($65), helps skin renew itself. Apply the booster before your serum and/or moisturizer (it’s lightweight and fast-absorbing so you won’t weigh down your skin) and it will boost the effectiveness of your other skincare products and work to repair skin damage.
No one does scents like Tom Ford. Even with dozens upon dozens under his belt, he manages to deliver unique yet approachable scents that truly stand out from the thousands lining department stores. For holiday, he’s launching two: Black Orchid Eau de Toilette and Amber Absolute. Black Orchid EDT is a lighter take on his original Black Orchid. Notes include black truffle, ylang, bergamot, black currant, lotus wood, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla. Amber Absolute is part of the designer’s private blend collection and will be launched in limited edition. The amber, patchouli and sandalwood blend is a perfect cooler weather scent.
Molton Brown’s limited edition Caju & Lime Body Wash & Body Lotion Set ($72) is designed with both men and women in mind. It’s on the pricey side, but the concentrated ingredients go a long way. On the bargain front, Earth Therapeutics Purifying Body Wash ($8) is formulated with organic ingredients and of-the-moment ingredient, charcoal. The natural medicinal bamboo charcoal helps to draw out and cleanse impurities from pores, and the formulation includes organic aloe vera and other nourishing botanicals to condition. Earth Therapeutics has also launched a Purifying Mesh Exfoliator ($6.99) to slaw off dead skin cells, which is especially important if you’re prone to body acne.
In mid-October, Living Proof will unveil a special limited edition hair kit. Called Happy Hair Days, the travel-friendly kit comes with shampoo, conditioner, 5-in-1 styling treatment, dry shampoo and an overnight hair solution ($32; $49 value). For colored hair, there’s no beating Oribe, though. The company has rolled out a new limited edition sets including Beautiful Color Travel Collection ($60), which includes shampoo, conditioner and a treatment color product that will hydrate while protecting hair from damage and boosting shine (after a single use).
Hands and Feet
When it comes to keeping skin young, hands are often overlooked. They are often a dead giveaway for age, and they’re first to get dry come the cooler weather. Neither will be a problem with Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream ($48). Unlike most other hand creams, this one boosts hydration and combats future water loss. Bonus: it feels and smells fantastic.
Ditto for Les Couvent des Minimes. The French brand has been soothing parched hands for a decade and to honor its best-selling Gardener’s Hand Healer, it launched a trio of soothing products to help chapped, cracked skin. In addition to Hand Healer, the trio includes Smooth Moisturizing Lotion ($14) and Ultra Cleansing Foam ($12), both of which are made with botanicals and restorative plants.
For feet, check out Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Holiday Kit ($12.99), a must after flip-flop season.
The most buzzed about new collections include alice + olivia x Nails inc, a four-piece set ($15 each) directly inspired by the brand’s Fall/Holiday 2015 line. Described as having “a sexy 1970s rock n’ roll vibe with a dark bohemian twist,” shades include a creamy latte, a Shiraz, a shimmering gold and plum.
Also worth singling out is Smith & Cult, which is introducing two collections for the holiday season each with three shades ($54). Individual shades can be purchased for $18. Inspired by a “beauty junkie,” they include Shattered Souls, a clear shade with large and small-suspended gold particles, and Kundalini Hustle, an opaque poppy red.