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Our Editors' Top Beauty Buys For October

Oct 21 2013 - 8:18am

Now that the pumpkin spice latte is back on the menu, it's time to snuggle up to beauty buys that make you feel just as cozy. We've found brand-new skin, hair, and body treatments that hydrate and nourish and will leave you feeling soft and supple. Plus, we have some new makeup buys that will make the perfect complement to your everyday staples. This month we're dishing all treats . . . no tricks in sight.

So, you think you're pretty advanced using CC creams for your face? Think again. Armani [1] Beauty has introduced the first CC lipstick (that stands for Color & Care) with its new Rouge Ecstasy [2] lipstick ($34). The whole 36-shade range comes in sleek magnetic tubes that close with a satisfying click, and they feel more like lip balm than the super highly pigmented lipstick that they are. Try Tokyo for a major pop!

— Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, fashion and beauty director

Parched strands get a pick-me-up with Wella Professionals Oil Reflections [3] ($40). Avocado and macadamia seed oils nourish and tame without making hair limp, but it's the scent (an enveloping mix of patchouli, ylang-ylang, and vanilla) that will put an extra kick in your step. 

— Jaime Richards, editor

Who isn't a little sleep deprived these days? Well, now you can trick your skin into thinking it got a full night's sleep with the Amore Pacific All Day Balancing Care Serum [4] ($200). The unique Balancycle Complex actually works at the cellular level to get your skin cells back in tune with your natural biorhythm, which means more balanced sebum production, improved moisture, and a well-rested complexion. Just waking up, you'll see the difference.

— Kaitlyn Dreyling, associate editor

If someone says I can get Scarlett Johansson [5]'s seductive gaze, I'm sold. Dolce & Gabbana [6]'s Passion Eyes collection [7] was inspired by the starlet, featuring a wide range of eye-enhancing products, including a first for the brand: blue mascara ($32). 

— Kirbie Johnson, beauty reporter

The Fall season means it's time for a new Fall room fragrance, which is why I scooped up Antica Farmacista's Manhattan Reed Diffuser [8] ($25-$92). Inspired by my favorite cocktail, this fragrance has notes of zesty Satsuma and bergamot citrus. Mix that in with black pepper, cognac, and cherry, and you've got the ideal spicy scent to infuse any space for Fall. Cheers!

— Maria Del Russo, editorial assistant

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Eye Contour Perfecting Corrector [9] ($60) is the thickest eye cream I have tried yet, which is a good thing. The soft silicone applicator makes it easy to apply, and it has caffeine for an instant brightening effect. Since this cream is heavily concentrated, you only need a bit to last all day long. 

— Jessica Cruel, assistant editor

The Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation [10] ($199) just launched this month, and this pulsating foot tool is a no-brainer. Clarisonic [11] reworked its popular technology to work at a higher frequency for tired, rough soles. The kit comes with an aluminum disc to smooth away dry, rough patches, a buffing brush, an exfoliating treatment, a buffing treatment, and a hydrating balm. Now you can work magic on your feet with the press of a button.

— KD

Here's a beauty editor confession: no matter how many tutorials I get from the pros, I still need training wheels for eyeliner. Enter Laura Geller Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner [12] ($20) with slanted tip. The felt applicator is angled, so it's really easy to get a steady line. It's also thick enough that you can get the line (or flick) you want in one swipe. 

— JC

We love it when a beauty product can give us that warm, fuzzy feeling, which is why I plan to pick up L'Occitane Shea Butter Subtle Violet Body Cream [13] ($22, available Oct. 9) once it's released. Like all of L'Occitane's shea butter, the silky smooth cream comes from Burkina Faso in West Africa, where the women source it themselves. To promote sustainable beauty, L'Occitane is releasing these limited-edition body creams in tins inspired by the beaded necklaces of Burkina Faso. So while we're quenching our parched skin this Fall, we can feel good about where our shea butter comes from.

— MD

Running around to fashion shows sounds really glamorous (OK, it is), but the ensuing makeup melting is decidedly not. Stashing Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder [14] ($32) was one of my best moves of NYFW — it kept my face matte without adding any ghostly pallor. It was me, just less shiny!

— MLG

Finally, the highly anticipated scent from Tory Burch [15] is here! The Eau de Parfum Spray [16] ($110) is a cheerful blend of grapefruit, bergamot, peony, tuberose [17], and sandalwood that's just as addictive as her classic accessories. Plus, the eye-catching bottle will look gorgeous on any vanity.

— KD

Even though Fall has just begun, my skin is already feeling dry. Oxygen facials have been a celeb-loved treatment for years, and you can mimic the brightening results with the Bliss Triple Oxygen Ex-glow-sion Moisturizer [18] ($64). The formula contains microalgae, vitamin E, vitamin C, and triple oxygen to give you a spa-like treatment overnight. 

— JC

If there's one Breast Cancer Awareness product you purchase this year, make it Bobbi Brown's French Pink Set [19] ($45). Not only does the rosy shade lend a flattering glow, but from now until the end of March, the brand will donate $10 from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Talk about a beautiful way to show your support. 

— JR

If you've ever wished for a flawless hair day that came out of a bottle, you're in luck! Living Proof Perfect Hair Day [20] ($26) is just that. Combining the technology found in the brand's popular No Frizz and Full lines, this grooming treatment gives you body, while maintaining sleek, polished hair. Run it through damp hair, blow-dry, and sit back in awe.

— KD

We love being ahead of the game; that's why Butter London [21]'s just-released Leccy Overcoat [22] ($15) is a must. It debuted on the ICB by Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 runway [23], and it adds a touch of holographic flecks that anyone can rock. Try it over your favorite metallic polish or even nude nails for a hint of flash. 

— KJ

Everyone can benefit from more defined cheekbones, and while the Becca The One Perfecting Brush [24] ($49) is touted to replace 10 different brushes, my favorite use is for contouring. The flat rectangular top fits right into the groove under cheeks, taking the confusion out of contouring. Plus the goat hair bristles are nonporous, so the brush won't soak up all your makeup before you can get it on your face.

— JC

I have a confession: I am a beauty editor with problem skin who has tried nearly everything. And while I had heard about the benefits of tea tree oil, I was afraid to try it. But when I saw that The Body Shop [25] had come out with its Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub [26] ($11, originally $14), I took the plunge. The tea tree oil zaps blemishes while tiny granules work to unclog pores. Now I wake up each morning with noticeably clearer skin, which makes me feel like I may have finally taken steps to get my blemish woes under control.

— MD

Going from beautiful, sun-kissed blond to brassy is a given for me — usually. I've always resisted purple conditioners because I found they usually left behind a blue tint (and made me look gray!), but Evo's Fabuloso Colour Intensifying Conditioner [27] ($40) maintains my baby-blond shade without the fear of prematurely aging myself. Plus, it's insanely hydrating. 

— KJ

Imagine if you could get a facial while you slept that made your skin look brighter, tighter, and more hydrated that only cost $12? La Prairie's innovative overnight treatment does just that, and all with its signature delicious scent and elegant packaging (you use the brush to sweep on the treatment). And while $300 might seem like a lot to spend, with 25 uses in the tub, the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask (available in October) is totally worth it. 

— MLG

As someone who updates her manicure daily, I deal with the driest cuticles in North America (or so it seems). Cuticle oils can be messy, but Julep's Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum [28] ($28) is in pen form, so it accurately coats every crevice of your nail bed without the added grease. Plus, it dries quickly, too, making it ideal for any on-the-go situations. 

— KJ

Ponytails in a variety of shapes and sizes were spotted all over the Fall 2013 runways [29]. To make yours on-trend for the season, be sure to enhance the base. Either wrap and pin your own hair around it or incorporate a chic-meets-edgy accessory on top, like this Jennifer Behr Lambskin Ponytail Wrap [30] ($55).

— JR

I loved Josie Maran's Argan Oil when it first came out, but it quickly started feeling a little heavy on my skin. With her new 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light [31] ($48) formula, she's gotten it just right for my combination complexion. It's my go-to moisturizer for day, drying down super quickly to sit below my makeup. 

— MLG

Fall makeup doesn't have to be subdued, as Mary Kay obviously knows. The beauty brand just launched a colorful collection of products dubbed Mary Kay at Play [32]. The lineup includes a range of lip glosses, shadow trios, and eye and lip crayons ($10 each) in bright yet wearable shades. 

— JR

Fall means that it's time to actually make your shiny hair dreams come true! Kerestase Gloss Appeal [33] ($36) is the perfect finishing touch for ladies who want their hair to radiate all year long. Not only does it add gloss, cut frizz, and combat humidity, but it also has zero greasy residue, making it clutch for ladies with thin hair.

— MD


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