November is finally here, and there’s no denying that wintery chill in the air each morning. Pumpkin spice lattes and cosy knitwear might make winter more bearable, but sometimes we need that extra serotonin boost to push through the day. Queue our edit of the ten best beauty buys to perk you up this winter. We’ve selected the makeup and beauty products that go the extra mile—from a clever multi-tasking serum to a moisturising and long-lasting lip lacquer to the ultimate lightweight, perfecting concealer. Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand this winter.
Winter Edit: 10 Best Beauty Buys
This multi-active serum is a game-changer in the retinol market. It features a blend of anti-wrinkle liposome-encapsulated retinol and re-balancing prebiotic oat kernel ferment to protect the skin’s microbiome. This serum is designed to soften the appearance of fine lines and imperfections while hydrating skin for up to 72 hours.
This nourishing cleanser is ideal for weak hair prone to breakage, as it builds resilient strands from within instead of simply coating your hair (which can weigh it down). Split ends and fly-aways will be a thing of the past when you use this conditioning cream, which contains chia seeds and plant-based proteins to form a protective layer over the hair’s cuticles. It also contains hyaluronic acid to help plump and smooth strands and retain moisture. Not only will this shampoo restore dry, brittle hair, but it will also prevent damage.
Winter calls for a clever and nourishing lip formula. Enter Byredo’s liquid lipstick. This range of highly pigmented, flesh-toned lipsticks offers a chic lacquered look that stays put for hours (thanks to its non-bleeding formulation). A nourishing blend of vegan oils and shea butter provides hours of comfort.
04. The Glow-Giving Skin Roller: FaceGym Brightening Active Roller Crystallised Microneedling Tool, £55
If you haven’t tried one of the next-generation dissolving face rollers yet, make sure you do – because they work so well. In contrast to standard skin rollers, which create micro channels for your products to be absorbed, this roller from FaceGym has dissolving micro needles made up of active skincare ingredients that dissolve into your skin. It’s painless, easy to use and perfect to add to your skin routine for brightening and to even out tone.
What we want in a concealer is a high-coverage formula with a lightweight texture that conceals areas without settling into lines and creases. Surratt Beauty’s palette, which comes in six variations, checks all the boxes. It also comes with two shades set a few tones apart to mix and match to different areas of your face, plus a sheer setting powder for added longevity.
Softer and smoother skin is entirely attainable with Mara’s Flower Acid Algae Serum. This powerful yet gentle 3-in-1 resurfacing serum contains 8% vegan lactic acid, a blend of bioactive flower acids, and polyhydroxy acid (PHA) to exfoliate, improve the look of fine lines and pores, and dramatically re-texturize skin overnight. This transformative, maritime-rich formulation contains proprietary algae, microalgae, and aqueous herbs that visibly tighten, strengthen the skin barrier and help it to retain moisture.
EM Cosmetics’ new Soft Spoken Velvet Lip Creme feels lightweight while maintaining gorgeous pigmentation. With its plush, aerated texture, this matte lip crème leaves a soft, velvety finish on the lips. Our current favourite shade is Petal, a true rose colour, ideal for everyday wear and suits most skin tones. Then there’s Manifest, a toasted pumpkin shade that’s ideal for autumn.
Phlur’s Hanami Eau De Parfum is the perfect winter scent. It’s from the same perfumer that brought us Missing Person (AKA the fragrance that went so viral it amassed a 200,000-person waiting list). Hanami is an enticingly woody floral scent that not only lasts longer on the skin than Missing Person, but its notes of bergamot, fig, hazelnut and sandalwood make it a creamy-yet-earthy, cold-weather perfume.
This is the facial moisturiser you’ve been looking for. With a lightweight formula, this multi-peptide moisturiser cocoons skin like a heavier product without leaving any greasy residue. Formulated with a multi-peptide blend, panthenol and encapsulated ethylated vitamin C, it targets fine lines and wrinkles to leave skin looking more youthful. It’s effective for improving the skin’s tone, texture and firmness. Plus, the formula absorbs quickly for instant hydration.
With coconut milk, detoxifying salts, magnesium, and botanical extracts, Agent Nateur’s bath soak elevates your mundane evening bath. Coconut milk soothes dry or itchy skin and aids in deeply cleansing acne-prone skin. In addition to leaving your skin feeling soft and silky, the combination of Dead Sea, Himalayan, and magnesium salts helps relax tension for a better night’s sleep.