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November offered a wonderful time to self-reflect and express gratitude for all our blessings. At BrownStyle Magazine, we discovered how Vanessa Simmons uses affirmations and prayer in her wellness routine, we explored the power of silence, and we found the secrets to combatting seasonal blues.
Last month, our editors also had the exciting opportunity to try several beauty products to see if they had what it takes to live on our HOT LIST. From a hydrating vanilla lotion to hair oils that actually work, find out the products that landed on our editors’ desks and ultimately received our seal of approval. We also invited our writers and contributors to share the products they are currently loving!
Keep scrolling as we reveal our HOT LIST for November 2023.
Emerald Elitou, Creative Director
“When I saw people raving about the Shea Better Moisture Body Lotion on social media, I was intrigued to try the scent in Vanilla Cashmere. Let me tell you, it’s worth the hype! The formula is very hydrating and smells delicious. I like using it to lock in the moisture I achieve with my current body oil. Additionally, I love this scent mixed with Phlur’s Vanilla Skin Hair and Body Mist because it adds depth to the already sweet and inviting scent.”
“One of my favorite things to do at the end of the day is to hop in the shower with a body wash that will leave me and the bathroom smelling like a warm bakery. The new Vanilla Body Wash from Kylie Skin was relaxing with its woodsy vanilla scent, which encapsulates the feeling of coziness. The body wash gently cleanses, hydrates, and leaves my skin silky-smooth.”
“With the weather being colder than usual, I like to do a weekly blowout because nothing is worse than walking around in freezing temperatures with a head full of wet hair. After I’ve dried my hair with leave-in conditioner, I like to seal in the moisture with PURA D’OR Organic Jamaican Black Castor Oil because it reduces frizz, strengthens, shines, and smooths my hair.”
Sisi Elitou, Editorial Assistant
“HUDA BEAUTY’s Rose Quartz Eye Shadow Palette has become one of my favorite palettes for my makeup looks. The palette consists of quartz-inspired shimmers, glitters, pink, and nude hues that are perfect for both daily use and special occasions. The colors are bright, bold, and live up to the hype. Just looking at the palette gives me a rush of excitement whenever it’s time to do my makeup.”
“As someone who loves the healing benefits of pimple patches, I was excited to try the recently launched patches from e.l.f. Cosmetics. They didn’t disappoint. When I woke up in the morning, I was elated to find that the zit I covered with the patch was noticeably less apparent.”
“I have thick and curly hair that’s often in need of a moisture boost. The Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Push Shampoo provides just what my hair needs to look its best on wash day. The formula had great lather and instantly left my curls feeling soft and moisturized. I highly suggest pairing it with the brand’s conditioner to help detangle hair before styling.”
Devika Bhandari, Beauty & Fashion Writer
“The FOREPLAY Mascara Primer— one of the brand’s newest launches— has quickly become a must-have for me, even more than the iconic Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For simple no makeup looks, the primer replaces my mascara. On days when I’m looking for a heavier beauty look, I use this in combination with mascara. It leaves me with a falsies look without the discomfort of fake lashes.”
“I reach for CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream after every shower, especially in the drying Fall/Winter months. I find that its smooth, creamy, and super nourishing formula is perfect following a long day of outdoor activities.”
“The Daily UV Defense Sunscreen from innisfree is a staple in my skincare routine. The sunscreen is affordable, moisturizing, and leaves no white cast. It’s become the final step in my morning skincare routine before I apply makeup because it also acts as a great base. Plus, it’s easy to reapply as needed.”
Nerissa Peralta, Social Media Contributor
“I have always struggled to find a foundation that both matched my complexion and didn’t look too heavy on my skin. Once I found the Blk/Opl True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation, I instantly fell in love. It’s been my go-to concealer ever since! It is so smooth and lightweight, which makes it perfect for everyday use.”
“I have dry skin, so I always look to add extra moisture into my skincare routine. Clinique Moisture Surge is a super light gel cream that I apply to my face before my daily moisturizer. It is an oil-free gel cream, so it doesn’t clog my pores like past products have. It leaves my skin with a hydrated and glowing look that I love!”
“The Candy Eau de Parfum from Prada is my favorite fragrance to spray before I walk out of the door. The scent contains a light floral aroma and sweet notes of caramel, which I fell in love with at first whiff. This sophisticated fragrance is perfect for anyone who wants to exude elegance and grace as soon as they walk into the room.”
Erika Pisano, Beauty & Wellness Writer
“Neutrogena Hydro Boost has always been a favorite of mine, but especially now during the cold weather. As an acne-prone gal, I have to prioritize hydrating my skin, but I also have to be careful with thick moisturizers. As a last step in my morning and skincare routine, I’ve been enjoying the hydration that comes from the gel moisturizer that keeps my breakouts at bay. I highly recommend this moisturizer no matter what skin type you have.”
“When the cold winter weather hits New Jersey, my skin tends to dry out instantly. The L’Occitane Softening Trio has been my skin’s savior. I’ve always been a fan of the brand’s Almond Hand Cream— trust me, its thick yet soft consistency is amazing— so I decided to try out the trio. WOW! I don’t know how I’ve never tried the other products in the line. The Shower Oil is like luxury in the shower and the milk concentrate allows your skin to flourish in hydration while smelling amazing.”
“This time of year, my hair typically begins to frizz. To maintain healthy and hydrated locks, I’ve been loving this Morrocanoil Treatment Oil. Not only does it smell great, but the formulation seeps into hair without weighing it down. I’ve been using half a pump after styling in the morning and following my shower in the evening and my hair has never looked (or smelled) better.”