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Beauty spots: the expanded autumn equinox edition

BEAUTY Our beauty and wellness choices for the northern autumn 2021—with a bit of pampering thrown in

 

 

 

Above: Truly’s Cooka Beauty Kit for “down there”.

 

As long as there have been beauty editors, there have been arguments that any change of season is a time of “transition”, and therefore, an excuse to deliver an annual fall edition busting at the seams with the latest goods. Although our practical side prefers sticking to what works (as we do with our wardrobe), the annual fall issue taps into the fact that as dynamic, living beings are bound to be an evolution or a work in progress. Stagnation is not for the living or those who love life.

In our expanded fall beauty edition, we’re taking a look at beauty and wellness essentials (and a timeless indulgence or two) that are all about embracing change, such as adopting sustainable habits and focusing on the things that matter.

 

Truly Beauty Cooka Kit

What it is

Just because summer has come to an end (or just beginning, depending on your hemisphere), doesn’t mean “down there” goes into hibernation. The TikTok sensation beauty trailblazers have assembled a must-have kit for bikini zone comfort.

 

What’s in it

Cooka oil and cooka concentrate to smooth and hydrate. Anti-microbial tea tree oil reduces inflammation, calms and prevents irritation. Primrose oil restores elasticity and inhibits those itchy, ingrown hairs that are a pain in the you-know-what.

 

What it does

Gives the bikini shave you always wanted without a trip to the waxing salon. Paired with Truly’s fan favourite double-ended razor, nether regions have no need to hide. And if you’re already a Truly devotee, you will love their new Unicorn Fruit eau de parfum.

 

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Synergie Skin TriDration B

What it is

An advanced skin hydration mask that plumps and firms from deep within.

 

What’s in it

Betaine and hyaluronic acid hydrate the epidermal skin while saccharide Isomerate stimulates the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid. Formulated with 11 per cent niacinamide to boosts ceramides in the top layers of skin to fortify the barrier, promote hydration and leave skin repaired, restored, and dewy.

 

What it does

The express medi-mask is an emerging trend offering a quick and effective pick-me-up before an evening event, or even a mini-pamper before starting a busy workday. The nurturing and results-driven skin care mask experience is also a great way to help alleviate stress.

 

Graydon Face Glow

What it is

An award-winning hero product you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Part-universal tinted moisturizer, part-primer, and part-highlighter, it’s the multi-faceted go-to for a multitude of skin concerns.

 

What’s in it

Semi-precious smithsonite, mineral-rich mica, brightening raspberry seed oil, spot reducing spirulina, soothing alœ vera and pumpkin seed oil, nurturing sea buckthorn oil, protecting non-nano zinc. All clean, vegan and cruelty-free, of course.

 

What it does

The pearly liquid works as a stand-alone tinted moisturizer, under-make-up primer, and a spot highlighter. Leaves skin with that radiant and dewy glow that everyone craves. Promotes elasticity, brightens, protects and soothes so you can skip the extra serum if you like. Plus natural fruit extracts impart an energizing fragrance for a little morning pick-me-up.

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The Better Skin Company Porefektor

What it is

A pore-perfecting elixir that shrinks pores while clarifying skin tone and redness relief.

 

What’s in it

Multiple fruit acids exfoliate and encourage cell turnover, vitamin-packed dragon fruit seed oil calms inflammation, camellia leaf provides powerful antioxidant protection and a special carotene complex gives life to dull skin while fighting blue-light oxidation.

 

What it does

A daily beauty elixir that rejuvenates the look of skin, imparting a pore-free glow. A bi-phase beauty treat with double the benefits (oil phase + water phase = bi-phase). Kind of like a Bogo in a bottle. Shake the serum to mix your phases and double your benefits!


Evxo Peek-a-Boo Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation

What it is

A certified organic, vegan, and gluten-free foundation with natural ingredients that never clog pores. Available in 12 buildable coverage shades.

 

What’s in it

Formulated to even out skin tone with a soft and natural finish. Skin-loving ingredients like thyme and chamomile improve your skin. Also included is a rare gluten-free vitamin E to provide all-day antioxidant defence.

 

What it does

Leaves a seamless coverage while treating skin with nature-derived extracts that soften, calm and protect.

Avoila Nourishing Oil
Avoila Nourishing Face Oil

What it is

A certified organic, youth-restoring elixir fortified with potent and exotic botanicals to revitalize even the driest or most sensitive skin.

 

What’s in it

The combination of pure Kenyan avocado oil and curated plant extracts provides significant hydration and anti-inflammatory benefits, eliminating the need for additional creams or serums. The spa-quality, non-greasy serum is easily absorbed and imparts an immediate glow.

 

What it does

Protects against free radical damage, diminishes redness and irritation, smooths and brightens texture. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while preventing future wrinkles from forming. Extra points for the exotic and sexy bottle.

Footnanny Lucire Footnanny Olive Oil Power Kit

What it is

A pampering foot care kit featuring a decadent olive oil infused foot cream, foot massage ball, callous buffer and cozy white socks.

 

What’s in it

The nutrient-rich cream is packed with moisture-binding oils and butter. Shea butter, alœ leaf, vitamins A, E, C and F, cocoa seed, chamomile and essential oils.

 

What it does

Buffs and smooths rough, dry, cracked, or just achy feet in three easy steps. Leave the cream and socks on overnight and callouses are history by morning. The fragrance-free formula is perfect for women and men, or those who prefer a natural scent rather than overbearing aromas.

Sophi by PIggy Paint SOPHi Bare Minimum Collection

What it is

A collection of dreamy neutral nail lacquers with maximum performance. SOPHi by Piggy Paint allows health-conscious women to have a worry-free manicure in high-fashion, trending shades.

 

What’s in it

The advanced water-based formula is virtually odourless, cruelty-free, and vegan. Free of all harsh chemical and non-toxic, plus, it does not cause nails to yellow or become brittle.

 

What it does

SOPHi nail polish is non-flammable and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or ethyl acetate. When applied with SOPHi’s four-step system, the water-based formula easily competes with standard nail polish durability.

Trilogy Everything Balm Trilogy Everything Balm

What it is

An award-winning multi-tasking beauty balm that goes anywhere you need extra attention.

 

What’s in it

Wild harvested, certified organic rosehip seed oil, papaya, echinacea, pawpaw, almond oil and marula oil are among the host of healing extracts. Ethically and organically sourced in New Zealand from pure and potent plant oils.

 

What it does

Everyone needs a cure-it-all balm. Helps to heal irritated and parched skin, chapped lips, rugged patches on feet and elbows, soothe over-stressed skin, nourish cuticles. The list goes on. A rescue ointment for whenever things get a little rough.


WildKat Orchid Stem Cell and Magnolia Berry Adaptagen Eye Gel

What it is

A renegade eye gel that can fool anyone into believing you had a proper night’s rest. No one else needs to know otherwise.

 

What’s in it

Sustainably gardened orchid stem cells from Japan saturate the delicate under-eye skin with anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. Magnolia berry from China bestows that extra bounce and hydration while staving off external stressors that can attack at any time.

 

What it does

Gives eyes a wide-awake, fresh from eight hours of Zs look. Pat gently around eyes, no rubbing required. Packing is a recyclable glass jar and post-consumer recycled paper box. Caring is recycling.

 

Function of Beauty
Function of Beauty

What it is

An innovative approach to custom hair, body and skin care. Founded by three very smart professionals determined to do things differently, Function of Beauty is a revolutionary concept in the world of cookie-cutter cosmetics.

 

What’s in it

That is entirely up to you! Committed to clean and sustainably sourced ingredients, each product begins with a standard base that is customized to the buyer’s needs and preference (including colour and fragrance) after taking a short quiz. In addition, Function of Beauty is passionate about inclusion and diversity across all channels. They are active participants and champions of increasing representation and presence of BIPOC influences, vendors and entrepreneurs. Among the campaigns are Girlstart and the Equal Justice Initiative.

 

What it does

Whatever you want it to do! Smooth frizz, nourish dry ends, combat redness or uneven skin tone, moisturize dry skin, you name it. You create the formula. They deliver the goods.

 

Aseir Custom Aseir Custom Auxano Lash & Brow Serum

What it is

A concentrated, double-duty treatment for thicker, more voluptuous brows and lashes.

 

What’s in it

Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17is, the key ingredient that encourages the growth of new eyebrows and eyelashes. Vitis vinifera cell culture extract is a potent antioxidant that reduces inflammation and creates a happy environment for brow and lash growth. Panthenol, or vitamin B5, is a conditioner that provides nourishment to eyebrows and lashes, which are 90 per cent keratinized proteins.

 

What it does

Corrects years of eyebrow abuse, false eyelashes, mascara, and threading. Healthy and fuller lashes and brows can be yours again with daily application.

 

The Good Faith Skin Health skin care and supplements collection

The Good Faith

What it is

This one-stop shopping beauty skin care concept, created by founders, entrepreneur Katie Baeyens and beauty industry veteran–product formulation expert Michelle Fry, is based on the premise that complete self-care from the inside out should be built upon an integrated but simplified system. The skin care and supplements are designed to work together to achieve long-term skin health. The packaging reflects the philosophy—stylish but practical, earthy but elegant and labelled in a straightforward way.

 

What’s in it 

Vitamin E, vitamin C, plant-derived squalene, fruit acids and caffeine. The supplements contain a curated blend of probiotics and naturopathic plant extracts.

 

What it does

Take an intuitive, inclusive and individualized approach to skin care. Beyond the user’s appearance, the founders note that Good Faith was developed for ‘real people with real skin, define our own beauty and embrace our natural selves’ and to ‘empower individuality and engage a deeper confidence among the users along with healthier skin.’

 

Evio Velvet Colour Stick

What it is

A boundary-busting brand of beauty with a vision of a more equitable future for all. Kind, conscious and affordable, proceeds from each purchase go directly to a charity of choice. Uncompromisingly clean and inclusive. The beauty is in giving back.

 

What’s in it

The hero ingredient here is hemp seed oil. Rich in antioxidants, hemp seed oil contains natural fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9 to nurture and protect while adding a luminous pop of colour.

 

What it does

This soft, buildable colour balm leaves a dewy finish. Create a radiant monochromatic look with one stick or mix, match and get creative.

 

Waphyto Waphyto Regena Facial Milk

What it is

A silky, easily absorbed face lotion for all skin types and conditions. Housed in a sexy matte terracotta-coloured pump bottle.

 

What’s in it

Pure squalane and six other nourishing plant-based oils in a feather-light emulsion. Enriched with Japanese botanicals and twelve essential oils for an uplifting sensation.

 

What it does

Leaves skin plump, radiant and healthy. Ideal day or night, it treats global concerns of age prevention and skin maintenance.


 

Foreo Lucire Foreo Issa 3 Sonic Toothbrush

What it is

The Swedish beauty-tech powerhouse that brought the world the wildly popular Luna skin care collection now introduces the world’s first silicone sonic toothbrush, the Issa 3 Sonic Toothbrush, a four-in-one oral care solution that is hygienic and effective at preventing bacteria build-up. It’s more gentle than other electric toothbrushes that can easily damage gums and enamel.

 

What’s in it

The Issa 3’s Hybrid Wave brush head is made of silicone and PBT bristles. The entire instrument is 100 per cent waterproof and free of BPA and phthalates for health and safety. The silicone is also bacteria-resistant, making it 10,000 times more hygienic than nylon-bristled brushes.

 

What it does

The proprietary brush uses Sonic Pulse technology, operating at 11,000 T-sonic pulsations per minute with 16 intensity settings (compare this to c. 300 strokes per minute when you brush with a manual toothbrush) to ensure an invigorating tooth clean and gentle gum massage, as well as a tongue and cheek cleaner on the back. The Issa 3 also offers another sustainable solution to oral care, as it is USB-rechargeable and the hybrid brush head lasts twice as long as other electric toothbrush heads on the market.

 

The Route Day DrinkThe Route the Day Drink

What it is

A skin cocktail to start the day off right. A multi-functional tonic with refreshing and dermal quenching properties to keep skin and senses alert throughout the day.

 

What’s in it

Refreshes with cucumber water, zinc, copper and magnesium, hydrates with hyaluronic acids and natural botanicals, and defends against free radical aggressors with powerhouse vitamin C and other antioxidants.

 

What it does

Spritz your skin throughout the day for a boost when midday water loss is heightened. Mist to defend your skin against assault from environmental pollutants. A bottomless cocktail with beneficial side effects.

 

Terra & Co Terra & Co Brilliant Black Toothbrush, Bamboo Charcoal Toothpaste

What it is

Terra & Co. is a sustainable dental care line and certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) developed by sisters Amra and Azra Hajdarević. The centrepiece is the Brilliant Black Toothpaste, which is a clinically tested, plant-based product with activated charcoal and organic coconut oil to whiten teeth naturally and cleanse teeth, mouth, and gums. It is free of harsh chemicals and plastic waste. The business was initially inspired by a warning label one of the sisters noticed on the package of a commercial brand of toothpaste.

 

What’s in it

The water-based formula includes diatomaceous earth, xylitol, sodium bicarbonate, cocos nucifera (coconut oil), citric acid, mentha arvensis leaf oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, xanthan gum, and charcoal powder. Bonus: the bio-based toothpaste packaging, meanwhile, is a byproduct of the sugar industry and can be recycled and made into new tubes (simply cut off the end after use, rinse with water and discard into your designated recycling bin.

 

What it does

The enamel-safe activated charcoal in the toothpaste is derived from coconut shells, waste from the food industry. The negative ionic charges of charcoal bind to bacteria, plaque, and tartar to remove stains and promote healthy pH levels in the mouth. Beyond providing a safe path to good oral health, some of the proceeds benefit other women entrepreneurs, as well as low-income and homeless women.

 

Fracas Luxury Hair MistRobert Piguet Fracas eau de parfum vaporisateur

What it is

Fracas, noted for lingering on a woman’s skin and mingling with her unique chemistry for a customized effect, is the coveted jewel in the crown of Piguet’s glittering collection. Its origins date to 1948, when legendary perfumer Germaine Cellier sought to create a scent that would make its wearer feel like a bombshell with a scent unique to her personality. Although Robert Piguet today has classic and modern collections you can check out on the website, Fracas stands the test of time.

 

What’s in it

Notes of bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, musk and sandalwood.

 

What it does

The sandalwood and musk essences are said to enhance the brilliance and complexity of the overall fragrance. In addition to the classic fragrance, Robert Piquet is offering Le Coffret Opulence, a set with an aromatic hair conditioning companion fragrance. This complex formula of top-grade polymers and silicones translates the classic fragrance through a modern and technically advanced recipe into a serum that produces a sheer, nourishing veil that leaves the hair glistening and alluringly scented.

 

Elevé Cosmetics Lash After Party

What it is

The perfect mascara that will instantly lengthen and plump lashes. Won’t run, smudge or leave the dreaded raccoon eye.

 

What’s in it

The ultra-clean ingredients, including high-quality oils and organic plant extracts, condition and nourish lashes to optimal health.

 

What it does

Intense pigment and buildable volume glides on like silk, leaving you with lavishly long, defined lashes that won’t flake or clump.

 

TwentyTwenty Easy on the Eyes Hygiene Facial Spray

What it is

A natural, safe and soothing spray uses hypochlorous acid to clean lashes, lids and skin while helping to calm and reduce inflammation.

 

What’s in it

Hypochlorous acid: a gentle acid that naturally occurs in the body and boasts powerful disinfecting and sanitizing properties to help fight bacteria, including strains that cause acne; has long been used by ophthalmologists to help promote a cleaner eye area.

 

What it does

Gently rids lashes and lids of mascara, makeup, and debris. Leaves skin hydrated and squeaky clean without dryness.

 

AnaK Encapsulated Retinol Serum

What it is

A next-generation treatment that erases the signs of skin ageing and imperfections on a cellular level. Prevents acne and builds collagen while it tightens, brightens and preps skin for enhanced product performance.

 

What’s in it

Cylasphere Retinol Agar microspheres that enable the encapsulation of retinol. An advanced bio drug delivery system with increased biocompatibility. Non-cytotoxic, non-irritating and hypoallergenic. Cariciline SB is a natural source of vitamin A. It improves hydration by 90 per cent within an hour of application. It also includes proprietary free radical scavengers and anti-irritants to deepen product penetration and efficacy.

 

What it does

Builds collagen and exfoliates the outer dermis for fresher, more youthful skin to emerge. Leaves skin bright, radiant and pore-less. •

 

This story also appears in Lucire Rouge.

 

 

 

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