It's gonna get sappy up in here.
It may be Halloween, but there are so many fun beauty products at my desk that it feels like Hanukkah, but, like, if you got all your presents on one night. It's sort of like that one super-obscure holiday — what the hell is it called? Christmas? (I think it's pronounced ˈKH-rīst-məz, with a lot of phlegm up front, but correct me if I'm wrong.)
Several of this week's products could pass as completely different things. They're like beauty products in other-things costumes. They totally know it's Halloween! OH MY GOD, THE BEAUTY PRODUCTS HAVE GAINED SENTIENCE. Well, it was nice knowing you all.
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belif Moisturizing Bomb Cushion Compact
A tinted moisturizer in an adorably designed cushion compact format? And it has SPF 50? AND it's by a brand I already trust with my skin? AAAAND it comes with a refill? I am totally doing an '80s "I love what you do for me, Toyota" jump right now.
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I think folks are gonna love this little guy, so I really hope belif decides to introduce more than the two shades (natural beige and light beige) they launched this product with.
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Fictions Eau de Parfum
The lovely gimmick behind Fictions perfumes is their presentation: each one is housed in what looks like a book, and each one is associated with a city. This one, She Knew He Was For-Ever, is how perfumer Gino Percotino (so fun to say!) envisioned London.
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In addition to London, there are also Instanbul, Sydney, Paris, and Los Angeles eau de parfums, all available at Anthropologie (because of course).
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The main notes of the London EDP are meant to recall walking through an English garden: magnolia, honeysuckle, green tea, and honey.
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All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Actual book! We've got some pretty great DIY projects here on xoVain, but if you want to take it to the next level and have complete control over the ingredients you use, this really beautifully shot book is full of ideas.
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Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss
My auburn has faded to a brassy copper, so this treatment — in the shade Barolo, for rich red tones — showed up at the perfect time. You just coat dry hair with it for about a half hour every eight shampoos or so, and it leaves you with a more vibrant color when you wash it out. Doing that ASAP.
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Davines Alchemic Red Shampoo and Conditioner
These aren't new, but they're new to me — and I should have been using them from the first time I washed my hair after I went auburn. They don't just prevent fading — they enhance red hair colors.
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Flirt Chicers Temporary Stick-On Beauty Tats
If you love the look of graphic makeup but don't have a steady hand, these are a godsend (or a goddesssend, or a whatever-you-do-or-don't-believe-in-send). Each sheet comes with 10 pairs of eyeliner stickers, 1 set of "lash effect" stickers, 4 lip stickers, 20 dots, 16 stars, 15 hearts, and 4 moons. They're like the Lucky Charms of face stickers.
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DevaCurl Celebrate Super Super Curly Set
This is one of three limited-edition "Celebrate" sets — the others are Curly and Wavy — and they all come with a shampoo, conditioner and styling product for each respective hair type. Not pictured: a really cute scarf that you can either sleep in (the silkiness is great for keep texture smooth) or wear outside in real life where people will admire your accessorizing boldness.
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Fizz & Bubble Cupcake Bath Fizzy in Peppermint Mocha
There's a policy at Time Inc that requires any delivery of flowers or food to be retrieved by the recipient at the front desk instead of it being brought to our desks by the messenger team. I'm telling you this because the limited-edition holiday cupcake bath bombs I received from Fizz & Bubble are so realistic, security thought they were real cupcakes.
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Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Mask
This 15-minute hair treatment is all about reinforcing the hair’s cuticle and shaft with amino acids. Why would anyone want to do that, you ask? Because amino acids improve hair's strength and decrease its porosity, so you're less likely to get breakage and split ends.
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MAC Studio Quiktrick Stick
These double-ended multitaskers "offer endless options for highlighting, contouring, bronzing or just adding the perfect pop of colour" (if I hadn't put that in quotes you still would have known I didn't say that because I'm from New Jersey and don't spell color with a U). There are six shades available, and you're looking at one end of four of them.
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Here are there other ends in the same order: A Latte Sheen/SemiSweet, Bare End/Earthnut (somewhere Beavis and Butthead are laughing), Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint, and Softly Does It/Tightly Tawny (my personal favorite for highlighting and contouring).
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Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner
Just when you think everyone's out of ideas for ways to improve an eyeliner pen, Maybelline comes out with this little duder — a $7 stroke of genius.
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The wide yet flat tip promises control by "hugging" lids. And come on — you know your lids need a hug, amirite?
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No, that's not a computer mouse. It's NEWA, a new anti-aging device by the same people who make the radio-frequency treatments used in dermatologists' offices. It replaces collagen at a faster rate than you're losing it, which means firmer skin. It also means it's nearly $500, but that's because it's a science- and doctor-backed technology that actually, like, works. But it won't work without the conductor gel, so don't go zapping yourself all willy-nilly.
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Pacifica Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask
When I first saw this mask was called Hot Vegan, I laughed because I'm surrounded by those in Williamsburg, and then I died a little on the inside. But then I took a good look at what this mask does, and I was like, "I need this in my life." The gel formula contains some expected (willow bark) and unexpected (black pepper) natural ingredients to help decongest skin.
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Savannah Bee Honey & Royal Jelly Shampoo and Royal Jelly & Propolis Conditioner
Bad idea: putting bees on your head. Great idea: putting stuff from bees on your head. The royal jelly (I urge you to look up what this if you don't know, because it's fascinating and also the plot to a hypothetical horror movie), propolis (far less fascinating), and honey (perhaps you've heard of the stuff?) are all beneficial to hair and scalp.
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Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel
Rarely do I say I'm obsessed with a product, but I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS. I alternate the same two blush colors because I'm afraid to expand my horizons and feel like it would be wasteful to have other shades around, but this $44 palette with 10 different colors — literally $150 worth of blush — reminds me how much color variety there is in the blush world (is there a "blush world"?), and the packaging keeps them all in one convenient, space-saving, can't-forget-you-have-all-these-other-colors-to-try place.
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Did I mention the very practical packaging is also cute as hell?
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Valentina's Naturals Superfood Antioxidant Serum
Have you ever heard of punicic acid? It's one of the selling points of this serum because it's been shown to help stimulate keratinocytes, which may mean reversing the damage you did to your skin before you knew smoking and sunbathing were bad for you. (What? Some xoVain readers were born before the '70s.)
You know the drill, kiddos. Tell me which products immediately jumped on your wish list. And tell me about any great (or not so great) beauty purchases you made this week.