Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the beauty products out there? If so, I feel you! In the years since I've been a magazine beauty editor and then a beauty blogger, things have become crazy—brands are launching more products than ever before, and more often!
In an effort to cut through all the noise, I thought it would be useful to start a new monthly series where I share the true must-haves from the new beauty launches each month. In other words, I’ll be sharing the key products that are interesting, innovative and worth spending your money on. Stuff that I would purchase myself (if I didn't have this weird job!).
Sound good? Here are my top picks for November 2015.
The Best New Beauty Products of November 2015
Armani Eye Tint in 17 Hollywood
If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you know I love my waterproof cream shadows, such as Giorgio Armani's amazing Eye Tints. Now the brand has come out with three more in their Luxe is More holiday collection, and all are in the shimmery neutral-champagne family. So they will look good on everyone, and with anything. If I had to pick, I'd say 17 Hollywood is my fave. It's close to my skin tone and has lovely subtle gold undertones that reflect the light, without looking heavy. Armani is just the MASTER of eyeshadow.
Chantecaille Cheek Gelée in Happy
Often, I'll try gel blushes and they literally do not even show up on my skin. Either that, or they're too staining, and I end up looking like a clown before I've had a chance to properly blend. Chantecaille Cheek Gelée is different. It's a hybrid gel-cream, and is the best of both worlds: easy to apply and just slightly staining, so that the colour does last. The shade it comes in, Happy, is a soft petal pink with a teensy tiny dose of shimmer. It looks—and feels—very fresh!
Dior Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in 750 Fabuleuse
Sometimes classic is the best! The most beautiful red you can buy right now, both in packaging and in performance, is 750 Fabuleuse from Dior's stunning holiday collection. My magpie self loves anything shiny and gold, so the case itself had me at hello. But I'm also never disappointed with how Dior lipsticks perform. This one is a semi-matte red with cool undertones, and it has a lot of pigment while still feeling lightweight on the lips. The perfect chic thing to pull out of your clutch at holiday parties!
Chanel Le Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir
Chanel's holiday collection is just out, and it was inspired by Vamp, their legendary black-red nail polish from the '90s. You can now buy its 2015 incarnation, Rouge Noir, but since I've never been skilled at applying dark nail polishes, my pick is the Lamé Rouge Noir Top Coat. It has flakes of gold in a clear base, just barely tinted with the same Rouge Noir hue. It looks gorgeous over any colour of polish, and is a quick way to add a little holiday sparkle!
NARS x Steven Klein Killer Shine Lipstick in Besame Mucho
The lipstick I'm actually the most excited about right now is Besame Mucho from the new NARS x Steven Klein collab. Oh my God, it's a good colour—a warm, peachy-caramel nude that is insanely modern and flattering. It is opaque enough to cover up most of your natural lip tone, and the shiny finish just seems to wake up your face. I'm in love!
Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Love Touche Éclat
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Glacial Mist
I'm a huge fan of CND's Vinylux line, which lasts longer without chipping compared to regular polishes. Their holiday collection is out now, and I've fallen head over heels for Glacier Mist. It's a light blue with silver glitter, which is a winning combo because it is as forgiving to apply as a pale pink—and then the glitter adds a little somethin' somethin'. I'll definitely be wearing this through the holiday season.
Guerlain Maxi Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in M72 Fleur de Givre
There’s a new, modern lip texture trend that is all about looking softly stained and subtly perfected. This Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick from Guerlain's holiday collection is a great way to get it. The shade M72 Fleur de Givre is a lovely medium pink, not too bright nor too soft, and unlike most liquid lipsticks, it doesn't dry you out. Plus I love this white packaging the brand is doing right now!
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Mauvember
If you've hesitated on the purple lips trend, thinking you couldn't pull it off, you can. You just need Mauvember, the new, limited-edition Bite Beauty lipstick that raises funds for the Movember Foundation to support men's health. The colour is a muted purple—more of an orchid-mauve—and it looks so pretty on! It reminds me a lot of Benefit's Lollitint, just in a rich, creamy, lipstick format.
RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Luminizer
Big news, RMS Beauty has come out with a 5-free nail polish line! The shades are all based on their existing makeup colours, the must-have one being Luminizer—inspired by the cult favourite Living Luminizer highlighter, of course! I am so impressed with the performance, longevity and most of all, the way this colour beautifully catches the light. It's quick to apply, goes with any outfit and has become a new go-to shade for me!
Formula X The Strengthening Prescription
If you haven't tried Sephora's Formula X range yet, you really should! The quality is impressive, and I find myself wearing their Sheer Strength polishes more than anything (since my nails are forever in need of extra TLC). Now they've come out with these little kits targeting specific nail concerns. There are three: Brightening, Hydrating and Strengthening. I'm using the latter, and you get a mini Sheer Strength colour, plus base coat, top coat and cuticle serum. All you need!
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