As a beauty editor, I come in contact with hundreds of products each week in every single category of beauty. (This is not an exaggeration.) From fragrance to lipsticks to body washes to foundation to nipple butter (yep, really), my desk, car, bathroom vanity, and every crevice in between are stuffed to the gills with all things new and exciting in beauty. And yet, so too is my shopping cart.
You see, one would think that after writing and reading about beauty every day, I'd have overstimulation syndrome and want absolutely nothing to do with the stuff after hours. But that actually couldn't be further from the truth! Yes, I have formed a jaded and ever-skeptical eye when it comes to sleuthing and vetting products, but considering there are so many amazing brands and formulas out there—all of which debut on a rapid-fire basis—I'm constantly adding things to my need-to-try-or-buy list. Many things do come across my desk, but if they don't, or if there's something I love (or miss!) so much I know I'll need a restock, I pull out my wallet with a beauty-thirsty vengeance.
Each week, we'll be sharing the special products that caught our eye and gained the most swipes from our credit cards. Ahead, the best beauty products to buy right now from all of our favorite retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, and more. Keep scrolling and happy shopping!
Even though I've been sucking down water like my life depends on it, my lips have been insatiably chapped the past few weeks thanks to the slight drop in temperatures and super-dry conditions in L.A., which is why I have to have this non-scrub gel exfoliant from the lip maestros at Fresh. Simply apply a few drops to dry lips, massage, and you're left with a smooth, pillowy pout that's ready for your favorite balm or lip product. I hate lip scrubs, so this is the perfect alternative.
Dermaplaning is the industry's best-kept secret for a smooth, immediately sculpted complexion. This one is created by celebrity esthetician Kerry Benjamin and is my all-time favorite. That said, it's time for me to trade in my old one for a new model, and I've got my eyes on this set that comes with her holy-grail hyaluronic acid serum (which is also infused with brightening niacinamide and exfoliating lactic acid).
BeautyStat is the most talked-about brand right now within the skincare industry, yet it's still flying under the radar. Its vitamin C elixir sold out mere minutes after it was released on Violet Grey's website a few months ago, but for winter, I have my eye on its newest exclusive with Violet Grey—a featherweight moisturizer that's enriched with bio-fermented skin nutrients and a hefty dose of high-quality hyaluronic acid.
By now you've probably heard of micro-needling or expensive microinfusion treatments you spend big bucks for at the derm's office. Well, this little package of magic essentially does the same thing and comes in at less than $55. It's a pain-free device containing 25 teeny-tiny needles that gently stamp into the skin to boost a lackluster or compromised complexion with tons of glow goodies like bioavailable vitamin C, Japanese pearl powder, organic Bulgarian rose water, and French olive oil from the monastery at Île Saint-Honorat.
I'm obsessed with Beboe Therapies' super-luxe face serum (it's spiked with the most beautiful ingredients plus full-spectrum CBD), so I'm literally aching to get my hands on this rich cream. The serum makes my makeup and skin look practically poreless, so I can only imagine what will happen when I add the cream into the mix.
Ring the alarm because everyone's favorite French skincare brand (its face cream is an icon) just launched a new formula: a creamy, dreamy facial cleansing milk that is the answer to every winter skin woe.
Glossier just launched a brand-new product, and if that isn't reason enough to buy, this oil-serum hybrid basically achieves what Glossier is known for (clear, bright, ridiculously dewy skin) in one fell swoop. I need to try it ASAP, especially since it's noncomedogenic and thus one of the few oil-packed elixirs that won't clog my acne-prone skin.
I'm a mascara fiend and a true connoisseur for achieving the longest, most fluttery lashes humanly possible. Thrive's formula has already become legendary, and I still have yet to try it. It's at the top of my wish list because the before-and-afters are legitimately insane (in the best way possible).
FYI: Benefit Cosmetics just relaunched one of its most cult-loved brow products, its amazing brow palette, Brow Zings. It has new formulas and shades and is guaranteed to fly off the shelves. So I'm picking up my a Light-Medium palette stat.
Huda Beauty is known for its seriously gorgeous (and universally flattering) shadow palettes, and the brand just debuted a trio of the prettiest nude options ever. Seriously, they're so, so beautiful, and I need all three variations—Nude Light, Nude Medium, and Nude Rich.
This is one of my all-time favorite cream-blush formulas, and Westman Atelier recently added a few new hues to the mix. I've favored Poppet for ages, but I think Minette might be my new standby for the holiday season.
I tried and fell in love with Kosas's Lip Fuel when it first launched but stuck to the clear formula. I love it, but I really want it in Rush, a bright peppy pink that boosts your lips with the prettiest hint of natural-looking color.
I know gold falsies might sound insane, but I swear they're the secret for taking a holiday makeup look from predictable to amazing. Plus, they're Louboutin, and it simply doesn't get chicer. These will—without a doubt—sell out right away, so I'm buying my set this weekend.
Every makeup artist I talk to obsesses over everything from Surratt. Therefore, I need every single product from Surratt. Not only is the packaging almost painfully pretty, but the formulas are also good enough for celebs' walks down the red carpet. As I said, I have everything on my wish list, but I'm dipping my toe in with this majestic-looking highlighter.
Hair, Nails, and Body
I recently bleached my hair, and I need to get back into the shower-filter game. it might not be the most exciting of products, but I used to use this one from T3 religiously, and when I moved, it sadly got left behind. It made such a difference in the maintenance of my color and the softness of my hair, so I'm rebuying.
I just featured this amazing duo in a story, but I have yet to try it. The cleanser-plus–scalp sweeper pairing is ingenious, and since I'm anticipating more flakes and scalp grossness with the onset of winter, I'm currently adding this to my Sephora cart.
R+Co is one of my all-time favorite haircare brands, so when it releases a new product (especially one that promises glass-finish hair), I'm practically salivating. Oh, and it's already selling out, so get your bottle fast!
Dior just launched its new 2020 Collection, and it's stunning. That said, it's these adorable nail polishes that caught my eye first. I'm always a proponent of glitter, but go all out come holiday season. So yes, this is my top pick right now, but there's also a beautiful red, pink, and purple—pick your poison.
Okay, okay. I realize a candle isn't exactly a beauty product, per se, but this one from Boy Smells is cute AF, and the best thing I've smelled in maybe ages. I plan on buying it for myself and everyone else I love for the holidays.
I'm almost always self-tanned. Thus, it's fair to say I've tried almost every single product on the market. Strangely, however, I hadn't tapped too far into Vita Liberata's cult-loved offerings aside from the beloved Body Blur. I recently used this invisible foaming formula and was so impressed. It goes on clear (so just take your time and be thorough), but it left me with the most believable, even, and flattering color I plan on wearing all winter long. I'm buying more bottles pronto so that I'll always be fully stocked. I've tried the Medium/Dark but also want to experiment with Super Dark. (Word of advice: Always use a mitt!)
Meet Ouai's just-released Body Crèm. It smells delicious (like citrus, warm spices, rose, violet, and white musk) and is an immediate antidote to dry fall and winter skin thanks to its expert melding of cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and squalane.