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Now that we're nearing 2021's swan song, brands are rounding out this year's releases and they've saved the best for last. I'd venture to say the overarching ethos surrounding this month's beauty and wellness drops was renewal. Though we would never suggest that it just boils down to newness on your vanity, we can't deny that the inventive concepts and transformative formulas found in October's new releases helped us continue to emerge from lockdown as our best selves. In the interest of sticking to the best, we've put together this month's standout beauty and wellness releases.
If you don't already have an essence in your skin-care routine, it's time to consider switching things up. This lightweight formula is great for anyone who has combination skin (aka me). The hyaluronic acid and black tea–infused formula sinks into skin on contact, so it hydrates dry patches without revving up my oil production. Bonus: There are also grapevine stem cells in the formula; the ingredient is clinically proven to even out skin tone over time.
Inspired by the bustling city of Mumbai, Byredo's latest fragrance is an olfactory expression of the yin and yang philosophy. The scent is a blend of the warm and enveloping notes of sandalwood and sweet tonka beans as well as the dark, bitter notes of coffee. At first glance, they may seem like scents that sit in opposition, but when they come together in this fragrance, you realize that the notes are actually complementary forces that work to envelop you in a unique and exhilarating sensorial experience.
This candle draws on the story of Chanukah for inspiration. Light the wick, and a musky-heavy scent will instantly transform your space—all thanks to notes of citron, laurel leaf, incense, and olive.
Fluid Eye Paint is a staple in Halsey's makeup line, and now fans get additional shades to choose from. The formula is lightweight, so it doesn't crease or weigh down your lids, while still depositing a super-pigmented hue.
This lip balm is a fan favorite for a reason—it's packed with super-moisturizers, like castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin to infuse moisture into your lips and then seal it all in. Now, the formula comes in an all-new flavor inspired by cookies. Swipe it on, and in addition to all the hydration, you'll get a hint of a cinnamon-spiced butter biscuit flavor on your lips.
We're heading into cooler temps, but that doesn't mean it's time to skimp on SPF. In 14 light- to medium-coverage shades, Tower 28's new multipurpose tinted sunscreen is tailor-made for sensitive skin with ingredients like prickly pear, aloe, and white sage.
We're coming to terms with the fact that the sun is back to setting before 6 (!!!), so HoliFrog's Sunnyside C Glow Serum arrived at the perfect time. With a jelly consistency, the serum combines vitamin C with niacinamide and tranexamic acid to put you on the fast track to a brighter, more even complexion and healthier, hydrated skin.
This has a lot going for it: rosehip seed oil, vitamin E, bakuchiol, and CoQ10. Made to work alongside Allies' Firming Daily Treatment and Repair Eye Cream, it promises to tighten, brighten, and moisturize—a divine trinity.
On top of being one of the most beautiful, best-smelling people ever, Rihanna also has really great hands. Though Fenty Skin has yet to launch a face mask (we're waiting with bated breath and dry skin), it launched the next best thing: a glycerin-rich overnight hand mask.
Youth to the People has added a cleansing balm to its roster, and it's something to behold. In contrast to the typical textures we're used to feeling from our go-tos, Superberry Dream has a whipped finish that dissolves into an oil and then a milk once it gets wet.
Phillip Lim's Aveda collection isn't your typical holiday collab. The box, featuring a print by artist Sophie Parker, was designed to survive into the new year as holiday-neutral decor. Inside you'll find classic Aveda favorites along with some limited-edition accessories, including a paddle brush, comb, hair towel, and trio of satin scrunchies.
Suna is a shampoo that doubles as a scalp scrub. The formula uses rhassoul clay to target buildup and a therapeutic blend of hinoki, black spruce, spearmint, neem, poplar, and fennel to soothe tired scalps and strands.
A multi-step nighttime skin routine sans body care? No bueno. Oui the People 's Cheat Sheet is a body resurfacing serum that works while you sleep. Simply massage it on post-shower and it deploys a blend of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and witch hazel to tackle clogged pores, uneven texture, and roughness so that you can wake up with your smoothest skin yet. No more ashy mornings.
Urban Decay cofounder Wende Zomnir channeled California cool to bring her latest venture, Caliray, to life. The West Coast–inspired brand launched with a waterproof mascara and eyeliner made to stay put, whether you're surfing or sobbing. Bonus points for the line being completely clean.
Photo: Courtesy of Caliray
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