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October brought a myriad of beauty revelations that our editorial team simply couldn’t keep to themselves. At BrownStyle Magazine, we zeroed in on skincare secrets for year-round radiance, embraced autumn through captivating fragrances, and sought out solutions for acne-prone skin, all with one goal: to bring you the best in beauty and self-care.
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 eye-catching mascaras to hydrating oils, find out the products that landed on our editors’ desks and received our seal of approval. We also invited our media friends to share the products they are currently loving!
Keep scrolling as we reveal our HOT LIST for October 2023.
Emerald Elitou, Creative Director
“I never miss an opportunity to incorporate fragrance into my daily routine. I was immediately intrigued when I learned that PHLUR was launching a new hair and body mist. When I flick my hair, I want to draw attention to myself, and this fragrance is potent enough to do just that. The scent is warm and gourmand, making it ideal for the Autumn season.”
“My lashes are fairly straight. With that being said, most mascaras pass the length test but don’t do much when it comes to lifting my lashes. Patrick Ta’s Major Volume Mascara is different thanks to its unique double-cut brush that catches and releases each lash to apply the formula from root to tip. It’s my new go-to for lengthening my lashes, even on my no-makeup days.”
“One of my pet peeves is dry itchy skin, which is common during the Fall season. To keep my skin glowing, I’ve been using Kopari’s Golden Aura Body Oil. The formula contains skin-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and 24k gold to leave skin feeling soft and silky in minutes. I love that it is fast absorbing because it allows me to quickly go about my day or night without worries that the oil will ruin my clothing.”
Sisi Elitou, Jr. Editorial Assistant
“Completing my skincare routine is one of my favorite forms of self-care. The Superfood Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser from Youth To The People is the most recent addition to my skincare routine. Unlike some other cleansers, this one does not dry out my skin. It works to remove my makeup gently while reducing the amount of time I spend removing it. It’s a game-changer.”
“I was immediately intrigued when I discovered that I could smell like a Barbie! The recently released fragrance is a sweet and delicate blend of fruity and floral notes like Strawberry Nectar, Red Cherry, Rose, Gardenia, and Peony. In my opinion, it is exactly how you’d imagine the iconic character would smell. It’s a girly girl’s dream!”
“Patrick Ta’s Volume Plumping Lip Gloss is helping me usher in my ‘clean girl’ makeup era. The gloss is sheer and can be used in conjunction with any lip liner to add additional color. It adds volume to my lips while complementing my natural glam. It’s also hydrating, so I don’t have to worry about applying lip balm beforehand.”
Erika Pisano, Beauty & Wellness Writer
“I used to struggle with applying falsies until I discovered the Kiss Falscara DIY Lash Kit. It has made the application process incredibly seamless. For just $25, the kit includes all the essentials to effortlessly master the art of applying natural-looking false lashes in no time. When applied and cared for properly, these lashes can last for days, minimizing the need for professional lash extensions.”
“I’ve never experienced a lip oil that truly offers all-day hydration like this one. The Gisou Lip Oil delivers maximum, long-lasting hydration to your lips, without the worry of needing constant reapplication. The soft formulation is so effortlessly smooth upon application that lips immediately feel juicy and plump, with no stickiness or discomfort.”
“This Vitamin C Alternative is my holy grail when it comes to evening out my skin tone. As a result of cystic acne, my skin has a lot of discoloration and scarring. The Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum is gentle enough to use morning and evening without the worry of a breakout. The best part? It works. I’ve used mine for about a month now and my acne scars have lightened up significantly. The price tag is a bit steep, but luckily the Sephora sale is coming up, so I’ll be sure to get my restock in.”
Devika Bhandari, Freelance Fashion & Lifestyle Writer
“What started as a curiosity at Duty-Free during my latest travels has turned into a fragrance essential. I love Bvlgari’s Omnia Crystalline fragrance. I use it daily. I’ve even had strangers stop me and ask me what I’m wearing! This delicate scent is a must-have!”
“I have been seeing Sunday Riley all over my feed for so long, and the Amazon Prime sale in October finally allowed me to splurge and try the C.E.O Glow Vitamin C Facial Oil for myself! I will never look back, the moisturizing texture gives me the perfect dewy finish under my makeup, and it’s great for acne scarring!”
“I tried the Stay In Line Lip Liner during a recent girl’s trip to Toronto and all my friends were asking me to borrow it. I specifically love the shade Royal because it’s great for tan skin. Plus, the lip liner is so affordable!”
Náosha Gregg, Freelance Beauty Writer
“I’ve been loving the Smaller Pores Serum from Urban Skin RX. I have oily skin and have been noticing a lot of texture on my nose. While my skin texture is normal and beautiful, the texture on my nose is rough and can be irritating in Winter months. After about three uses, the serum has improved my nose significantly. It’s soothing and non-irritating to my sensitive skin.”
“I struggle with anxiety, however, the smell of a good perfume always helps ground me. Carolina Herrera Blush fragrance has been my go-to because of its light and feminine sillage. While I don’t typically like floral scents, this one is strong on the first spritz but dries down to a subtle but noticeable and warm scent.”