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Look, we don’t know how we got here – but it looks like it’s late October? I was shocked and confused.
The good news is, it’s time for some show and tell. Because it’s been a busy month for beauty launches and we’re dying to share our favorites with you.
Tea Mama Mia The team has tried and tested a ton of skincare, makeup, hair and body products—and mercy, there are some goodies you’ll want to snatch up.
But before we get into that, listen to the latest episode of Mamamia’s daily beauty podcast, You Beauty. Post continues after audio.
Here you’ll find reviews of the best beauty products launching in October 2023, as well as reviews of old favorites we’ve rediscovered.
Okay, enough chatting. Let’s get into it!
“Mr. Jacobs! You smart guy. These cute little boxes are filled with 30 innovative single-use capsules, each filled with the Marc Jacobs Daisy Drops Eau So Fresh scent. They’re PERFECT for travel and fit easily in your pocket or purse. Did someone say game-changer?” !” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“Now that the weather is a little warmer, I want to wear less heavy coverage foundation, and this Trinny London tinted serum is epic. The shade I have matches my skin tone very well, plus the formula is so, so good for wearing on those long days. Yay.” -Isabella Ross, Senior News Writer.
“I’m a dry girl and I’m obsessed with the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner (it has rose petals in it, giving it that extra boujean feel) and the Fresh Hydrating Emulsion. I put these on before my serum and moisturizer, and my skin is so grateful.” – Stacey Hicks, Branded Content Leader.
“Okay, but this formula is BEAUTIFUL. Thick, velvety yet lovely and lightweight (absorbs like a dream), the ingredients in this iconic red jar work to boost cell turnover, smooth skin and provide really long-lasting hydration. It feels great on skin, under makeup “It looks great and makes your skin look bright, plump and healthy. Go ahead.” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“I have super sensitive skin and it’s the first high-quality moisturizer with no negative effects. It’s also the first product where I’ve actually seen a difference in my skin.” -Nicole Madigan, Senior Writer.
“My skin has been a little (aka a lot) tight lately. This cleanser does a great job of cleansing my skin, but it doesn’t feel tight afterward, which I love. It’s on the pricey side, but if it helps with my breakouts, it’s a worthwhile investment for me. And the color blue is pretty fun.” ” -Isabella Ross, Senior News Writer.
“This newbie single-handedly keeps my angry cystic spots at bay. With ingredients like salicylic acid and purifying clay, it helps reduce the appearance and recurrence of blemishes, while also containing ingredients like niacinamide and ceramides to support and nourish the skin. It’s great if you have acne-prone skin.” vote.” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“I’ve been chewing on this perfume for months. It was my absolute favorite, it smells juicy and delicious and I recommend it to my friends who want something feminine and fruity! Even though it’s a little more complex than a standard fruity perfume, it has the essences of Sandalwood and Cashmere Wood too. It’s so luxurious!” -Shannen Findlay, Content Producer.
“Color Wow (the brand behind the cult Dreamcoat Supernatural Spray) recently launched a new range of curl products – and look, if you have curly hair you’ll just required check it. I’ve tried many different curly hair products over the years, and these might be my two favorites. The serum is hydrating and nourishing, restoring your hair’s natural shape to its best, while the ‘Shook’ spray defines curls without that big crunchy feeling. A must-have for curly girls!” – Erin Docherty, Beauty & Health Editor.
“Finding a natural deodorant is no easy task. But after trying many products over the years, I can confirm that this product from Black Chicken is the best. And it’s an Australian business!” – Emeline Gazilas, Senior Podcast Producer.
“This deliciously scented multitasking formula gently buffs away dead skin on the scalp and body, leaving you feeling silky smooth and dandruff-free. Not only does it banish dandruff, but it also leaves your hair feeling healthy and hydrated. Full marks.” -Erin Docherty Beauty and Health Editor.
“I’ve just started lathering my neck and chest area with this body oil and I’m a big fan. I’ll definitely be using up the jar every last drop.” -Shannen Findlay, Content Producer.
“Since becoming a brunette, I’ve gone back to box-dyeing my hair. However, I recently started using this color-boosting treatment, which refreshes my color and makes my hair look shiny AF.” -Maddie Rodgers, Brand Partnerships Manager.
“Wow, this is so stunning! I almost didn’t want to touch this because it’s so beautiful, but the shadows are literally MADE for my green eyes, so I couldn’t! With matte and shimmer options, the colors are vibrant and fluid and apply like a dream. So versatile, so beautiful a palette.” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“I’ve actually had this product for a few months, but I’ve only just started using it and I’m not sure why I haven’t used it on my face before. It immediately brightens my under-eye area while also providing shine. It looks natural and flawless. It’s perfect for days when I don’t want to cover my entire face with make-up. “I dot it and blend it out with my fingers and I’m done; it’s SO easy.” – Basmah Qazi, Senior Lifestyle Writer.
“I’ve been trying (and loving) Software skincare lately and I’m officially obsessed with… well, all of them actually but these two products are my absolute standouts. The Ceramide Repair Balm is super moisturizing and has a deliciously creamy texture. It’s very thick – for my combination-oily skin.” perfect but also dehydrated thanks to my AC skin (yes, that’s definitely a thing) Meanwhile, the Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum is a very thrifty alternative to some of the most expensive C’s on the market (I’m not naming names but if you like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Acid But if you don’t have $240, give this baby a shot.) And these aren’t even their prescription offerings (which I’m eager to put my mitts on)” —Alix Nicholson, Weekend Editor.
“I love the Joico Body Shake Texturizing Spray. Ever since I started sprucing up my fringe, I’ve been looking for this to keep it from looking flat and lifeless after blow-drying. It gives instant lift and lasts for HOURS! I don’t find it stiff, sticky, or heavy either. I use it whenever I want OOMPH on my hair.” and it never disappoints.” -Shannen Findlay, Content Producer.
“I love this hair product. It’s a restorative hair mask and oh my goodness, it’s nourishing and smells so nice too.” -Isabella Ross, Senior News Writer.
“I’m not one to spend more than five minutes on my makeup, so fancy contouring techniques and all that jazz aren’t in my repertoire—but adding dimension to my face is absolutely essential. I normally find anything made for contouring can be really muddy or heavy in color, but the Clinique Contour Stick is a must.” “It has a nice warmth to it, is super easy to apply, and blends out beautifully.” – Talia Phillips, Senior Strategy Manager.
“Eye serum? Yes! Another gift from the guys at La Roche-Posay. If you’re struggling with wrinkles, dryness, and flaking around those eyes, give this one a try. It hydrates, plumps, and smoothes the undereye area, making your eyes look more beautiful.” “It’s fresher. It also absorbs really quickly and sits beautifully under your makeup.” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“I used the Trinny London microneedling device and serum the other night. It was a lot of fun and my skin felt great afterwards.” -Nicole Madigan, Senior Writer.
“FINALLY I tried it. And okay, Ok – The buzz is real. It moisturizes instantly, absorbs quickly, feels light, and is a serious treat if you’re a girl with sensitive skin. It makes my face feel comfortable, happy and smooth. Side note: pink looks like Hubba Bubba.” — Erin Docherty, Beauty & Health Editor.
“Anyone on the hunt for a Christmas gift idea?! I’ve got a boujee for you! This super sweet and warm scent with notes of vanilla and orange blossom smells utterly gorgeous and lasts all day. And the bottle – gah! It’s pure Italian luxury example. I loved it.” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
“I left one of my favorite fake tans in a hotel in the US (RIP Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Mousse!) and was looking for a new one – and tried this latest launch from Sontse. It’s a velvety mousse formula that’s beautiful, natural-looking (and even ) shines. It also smells nice, which is a win!” -Erin Docherty, Beauty and Health Editor.
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