Although September flew by like the wind, there’s no denying it was sizzling hot! ICYMI: BrownStyle Magazine came in blazing with its grand debut on the 19th, Beyoncé proved for the umpteenth time that she’s THAT DIVA with her groundbreaking world tour, and Virgo season was epic—and we put that on our mama like Victoria Monét told us to with her chart-topping hit.
Last month, our editors also had the exciting opportunity to try several beauty products to discover if they had what it takes to live on our HOT LIST. From lightweight face serums to deeply nourishing body lotions, 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 September 2023.
Emerald Elitou, Creative Director
“I firmly believe that a good body care routine is as equally significant as a comprehensive skincare regimen. Currently, my top pick for maintaining radiant skin is Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Body Cream. This luxurious cream is enriched with hyaluronic acid, working its magic to ensure my skin remains supple and irresistibly soft. Plus, its delicate scent can be paired with any fragrance.”
“With the arrival of the crisp Autumn air, my naturally dry skin often takes on an even drier appearance. Thankfully, RĒJINS’ All-Encompassing Serum comes to the rescue with just one pump of its luxuriously milky formula. Artfully curated for melanated skin, this rejuvenating serum contains Green Algae for deep hydration and Squalane to provide essential moisturization, bringing my skin back to life.”
“There’s something about the autumn season that makes me crave the warm and comforting scent of vanilla. That’s why I’ve fallen head over heels for Skylar Fragrances’ Vanilla Sky Eau de Parfum, which beautifully captures the essence of Autumn with its delightful blend of cappuccino, cinnamon, caramel, and caramelized cedar notes. This fragrance will be my constant companion throughout the entire season.”
Tweety Elitou, Editor-in-Chief
“Sometimes you need a visual cue that reminds you to book that spa appointment. For me, my Naturalistas Doll is just that! It is so beautiful to see how far dolls have come as far as representation. I love to see WOC represented in a way that celebrates natural beauty and self-care.”
“A fragrance should brighten up your mood! This month, Candie’s Malibu Crush has moved to the front of my perfume counter. It’s bright, playful, and features a beautiful blend of florals and berries. Its colorful neon bottle is a definite bonus!”
Heather Elitou, Sr. Managing Editor
“Nothing compares to the scent of love in the air, and the new Coach Love Eau de Parfum is exactly the kind of fragrance that will have you feeling like you are in the arms of love. Wild strawberry, red velvet rose, and cedarwood are the scent’s three main components, and I find them to be absolute perfection!”
“One thing about me is that I like to make sure my lip gloss is vibrant. Before entering Zoom meetings, I like to add a little shine to my pout, so I use AOA’s I Heart Dew Lip Oil. The vegan, non-toxic composition moisturizes my lips thoroughly, leaving them soft and glossy. It is also lighter and less sticky than other brands.”
“Self-care Sunday has great meaning for me. It’s the only day of the week when I get to dive into my beauty routine while catching up on my favorite TV shows. Recently, I painted my nails using Orly’s gorgeous Cognac Crush. The mid-toned toffee brown creme was developed to coordinate with a wide range of skin tones and it did not disappoint. If you are a nail enthusiast, you need it in your collection!”
Sisi Elitou, Jr. Editorial Assistant
“I love a good manicure, but there are times when I need a quick and convenient alternative. That’s why I turn to Olive & June for their stylish and convenient press-on nails. The Rose Chrome Press-Ons have become my latest obsession, effortlessly adding an elegant and refreshing touch to my Fall outfits. Who says Autumn has to be all about muted tones?
What I truly appreciate is that these nails come complete with everything necessary for a hassle-free application. Plus, they never cease to garner compliments from anyone who catches a glimpse of my nails!”
“I found Ariana Grande’s Cloud Pink Eau de Parfum the best fragrance to close out the Summer with its sweet and light scent. After wearing it a few times, I discovered that it complements the Boardwalk Delight fragrance from Skylar Fragrances beautifully. Together, they create a delightful, airy aroma that transports me to a daydream of watching clouds drift by during the final days of Summer.”
“At the recommendation of Emerald, I decided to give EADEM’s Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum a try. As someone who occasionally deals with dark spots caused by acne, I was eager to see if this product could make a difference.
After using the product for two weeks, I was pleasantly surprised by the noticeable results. I’m grateful for the suggestion because I wouldn’t have achieved these results without it.”
Erika Pisano, Beauty & Wellness Writer
“Finding a good eyelash curler is much harder than you would think. I’m not surprised that Tweezerman’s Classic Eyelash Curler came in hot as one of the best eyelash curlers. After using this eyelash curler daily, I was able to stop doing my professional lash lifts because it actually lifts the lashes (unlike other curlers that I’ve tried) and keeps them up all day long without needing an application of mascara. I love trying lash curlers and I’m so happy I was able to try this one because it truly has become a staple in my daily routine to achieve a natural look and enhance my eyes without makeup.”
“I’ve tried a ton of blushes, but this Patrick Ta Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush Duo is hands down my favorite right now. The highly-pigmented color truly compliments my brown skin with a natural, flushed look. This duo blush is unique because the powder is actually meant to be applied first and then followed up with the cream to leave a subtle glow as the end result.”
Jailynn Taylor, Beauty & Fashion Writer
“I am in my cherry cola era, and now I want all things deep red and maraschino scented! So, it was a no-brainer that I made Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry Eau De Parfum my signature scent for the seasonal shift. It’s sweet, moody, and sophisticated, encapsulating what I want to represent for Fall.”
“This two-in-one device has been a game changer in my skincare routine—more specifically, the infuser setting. I recently went off my birth control, and it has caused me to have terrible breakouts, which have left me with tons of dark spots. I started using the Dermapore+ to help infuse my acne and hyperpigmentation serum, and my breakouts are far and few between. The dark spots have drastically improved.”
“In the Summer, I’m all about the clear and sheer pink glosses. But now that it’s officially Fall, I’m opting for darker reds and browns for my gloss. My go-to shades from Hourglass Cosmetics are Impulse and Trace.”