Our fall issue at Composure was so chock full of beauty that I absolutely loved, it was hard to narrow down the list to these finalists. Maybe I was influenced by my trip to Morocco and all the gorgeous Islamic architecture, but blue has definitely been on my mind. So here, some of my favorites from Composure Issue 13.
Bobbi Brown Paris Palette
Seriously, do I have to elaborate? Such a gorgeous watercolor of style in three iconic fashion cities, from New York to London, but Paris definitely has to be my favorite. The neutral eyeshadows are perfect for everyday, and the blush flatters most skin tones. The compact itself is hefty, and the gold trim is so pretty, it’s now on display on my vanity, along with my other treasures.
Clarins Booster Repair
The Repair Booster has been a lifesaver for my skin as we transition from summer to fall. I prefer to finish a skin care product before moving on to the next one, but my summer moisturizer is no longer cutting it as the weather takes an unusual cool turn and the air gets drier. Enter the Clarins Booster Repair. I just add three drops to my moisturizer and it’s like new — like a more heavy duty moisturizer that I would normally use in cooler weather.
Glossybox’s September Box
I haven’t jumped on the beauty box bandwagon yet, since I generally only use sample-sized products when I’m traveling, but Glossybox has such gorgeous limited edition seasonal boxes, like this one with a stunning illustration by Anthony Soares, that I just may have to sign up. I’m a big upcycler so pretty boxes and packaging always get repurposed somehow. And since Glossybox generally includes five to six full- and deluxe sized luxury and niche brand products, it may well be worth the $21 a month.
Karuna Melting Boosts
Why didn’t anyone think of this before? These little dots that you apply on problem areas under your full-face sheet mask melt and infuse your skin with trouble-targeting ingredients like tea tree leaf oil, AHAs, and sodium hyaluronate. It’s perfect because I don’t necessarily want to use an acne-fighting sheet mask on my entire face, since it’s only my chin that breaks out. So I can use a hydrating or brightening mask and then stick a Spot+ Melting Boost under it to target my hormonal acne.
The Estée Edit Cocobalm in Currant
Don’t be fooled by the dark, lush color. This oil-meets-balm imparts a sheer, just bitten look that even I, the nude lip addict, can pull off. It makes me feel glamorous just applying it, even when I’m chained to my desk all day, sans makeup and with my Coke-bottle glasses.
Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette
My new favorite eyeshadow palette. The lightest color is not shimmery (which is good since I can’t do shimmery — it competes with my oily T-zone) and yet it’s not matte either. It’s just a great, velvety base color with a lot of pigment that goes on quite well. The chic magnetic gold case doesn’t hurt, either.
No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara
Yes, I love my Touch In Sol Stretchex Mascara, but this one by the drugstore brand No7 is a great alternative. It lifts, it separates, it doesn’t clump, and at $9.99 at Target, it’s a steal.
Shiseido Ultimune Eye
I loved Shiseido’s Ultimune, a pre-serum you apply after toning to prep skin and “direct” all your following treatments for maximum efficacy. So when I heard there was a version for the eye area, I had to try it. The skin around my eyes have been getting much drier, even drier than my cheeks, so I need all the help I can get. I started including my orbital region when I pat on my serums — I know some treatments are not recommended for the eye area, but I kind of feel like my eyes are getting short shrift. I pat on five serums with all sorts of anti-aging ingredients, so why should the skin around my eyes miss out? Ultimune Eye gives me that extra boost I need.
Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster
Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is pretty much a miracle ingredient. It’s a stable ingredient that improves skin tone by preventing melanin from reaching skin’s surface, reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin’s elasticity, reduces redness, reduces transepidermal water loss, increases ceramide synthesis, and is an anti-inflammatory, which may help with acne. And those results were found with just a 5% topical application of niacinamide. Yeah, this niacinamide booster, which you can mix with serums or moisturizers, or on its own (which I do) is pretty much going to be a staple in my skin care routine.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
I love Sulwhasoo. I just do. It’s expensive, I know, but dang, the line is good. I can’t live without my Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion, and the Perfecting Cushion Brightening is even better because it’s more of a velvet finish. To me, it’s so worth the money. And the First Care Activating Serum, another pre-serum you use after toning and before your other serums to boost their efficacy, is just so good. My only complaint: I wish Sephora carried it. But until they do, I’ll just have to trek to my local Neiman Marcus and get a free facial the next time I have to restock my Activating Serum.
Have you tried any of these products? If so, I’d love to know what you thought.