We may be on the brink of spring, but it'd be remiss of us not to give credit where it's due. This one goes out to the thick creams, nourishing serums and warming tones that have seen us through the chilly month of August. Where would we be without you? It's thanks to beauty favourites like Summer Fridays R+R Mask and the Sulwhasoo Essential Comfort Firming Cream that we've made it through the final leg of winter unscathed. And we owe a lot to Patchouli Magnetik by Maison Crivelli too for lightening our spirit with one simple spritz. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Below, we present the RUSSH Beauty Favourites for August 2022 – the essentials in our winter toolkit.
This is quite literally summer glow in a bottle. Packed out with all the moisturising buzzwords parched skin craves, like hyaluronic acid and jojoba, vitamin E, vitamin C, and rosehip oil, the Amalfi Glow Drops include 100% natural DHA to lightly tan skin while leaving it plump and hydrated. The best thing is it was created with sensitive skin in mind, so you won't find any fragrance or synthetic colours here. Thank god.
Seeing as travel has started back up once again, this is a handy pot to have in your carry on. Slather on a layer while up in the air and arrive at your destination juicy and hydrated. Oh, and we're suckers for an Aesop scent. This one is woody and resinous.
Not a single lash is safe with this one. Tarte has created a mascara that actually covers every lash, coating it in product for a lengthened and defined wink. Unlike others, this doesn't weigh the hair down in pigment, rather it combs and conditions with the clinical studies to prove it.
Carve out those lids with these warming shades. Natasha Denona delivers its popular Bronze Eyeshadow palette in mini form, perfect for nights out and bathroom touch-ups, or summers abroad where light-packing is the brief.
Not for nothing, there's a reason Sulwhasoo has become a fixture on our bathroom vanities. If you're just beginning your journey with the Korean Beauty sensation, then start here. It's Essential Comfort Firming Cream is here to stave off drooping, by strengthening skin's elasticity. Basically, it does what it says on the box in the best way possible.
Always concept driven, Gucci Creative Director, Alessandro Michele has produced a floral scent to end them all. Dreamt up with the help of Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, Tears from the Moon calls on the free and joyful spirit of the dragonfly dipping in amongst the flowers. White peony forms a dewy base for scents like Lily of the Valley and Stephanotis to dance.
Anything hot and weighted will always form a cosy core of my self care routine. Endota calls upon Australian Lemon Myrtle to uplift the spirit while lavender aids relaxation and kindles a sense of calm. Heat and use before bed, to relax sore muscles or as part of winding down in a yoga class.
Fig can sometimes smell one-note, Obvious injects the scent with a note of surprise, pairing it with Mexican yellow mandarin, Italian Bergamot, French rosemary, eucalyptus, and vetiver. The result is a milky and warm fragrance that smells of summer abroad with your head in the fruit trees and your feet in the ocean.
Two sleek serums for two different jobs. The YSL Purse Shots Lines Away Serum utilises iris and hyaluronic acid to ease wrinkles and smooth skin while the Y Shape Serum is packed with peptides and barbary fig to tighten skin.
We're always on the hunt for a lightweight base that still manages a bit of coverage. This one from Italian beauty brand espressoh. leaves skin looking perky and fresh, just like you after you've had your morning coffee. Although, unlike your morning coffee, this one comes without the cake.
A rich spicy scent for wintry days. Spray this in your collar and sniff throughout the day as a comfort ritual. Heavy tobacco, labdanum and patchouli are layered with cinnamon and chocolate, while pink pepper, lemon and plum are added to brighten and refresh.
A secret worth sharing. This is considered the hero product from beauty company The Secret, and it has this rep for a reason. The cellular repair night cream is formulated with quality, prescription-strength ingredients, increasing cell turnover and encouraging youthful skin to spring up in its wake.
Caring for you skin is easy when the only step you need to take is slapping on this hard worker and allowing it to do its thing overnight. What's its thing exactly? While you doze, 22 active ingredients go into overdrive regenerating collagen, stimulating cell turnover, removing toxins and repairing the skin barrier. In the morning you'll appear refreshed, bright and feeling good – Emma Lewisham is B Corp certified after all.
If your area of concern is the under-eye area, begin a love affair with this eye cream classic. Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, it'll soon become your routine restock.
I've always found citrus to be a particularly potent scent in winter. Energising and uplifting, Trudon have paired orange with the earthy scent of eucalyptus and cedarwood to create a best-seller and household staple. Manufactured in Normandy by master candlemakers, we've never met a Trudon scent we didn't like. Here's your next obsession.
There's no more depressing feeling than a flat hair day. Thankfully with the KMS Hair Play Dry Texture Spray, we can feel relief knowing that we can put these days behind us. The spray delivers long-lasting texture and airy volume without the chalky finish that comes with other sprays. The spray itself is also created using naturally derived Silica, which helps to absorb oil at the roots, as well as VP/VA Copolymer, peppermint and grape seed oil.
Given its price point, our approach to this scent by Amouage is as a ritual for life at its polar ends: use it to emerge from a particularly bad funk or to heighten a golden moment. Massage the hazy musk and sandalwood into your pulse points and let it serve as an amulet against the biting cold.
La Mer is an enduring name in the beauty space for a reason. The Micro Peel is a light tingling solution to the build up of parched winter skin. Apply a layer on clean skin before bed, being careful to avoid the more sensitive areas of the face, and let it sit and work its magic, only to find yourself refreshed and rest in the morning. A handy hack for late nights or when you're feeling run down.
A Chanel manicure stands out from the crowd and by the time August rolls around, we could all use a little bit of that French je ne sais quoi. What with the drab winter blacks and greys, we found ourselves opting for Chanel's classic Le Vernis nail polishes in these warm tones. Silky on application with the signature brush tip, it's all in the details and this is one we keep coming back to.
If eyes are the window to the soul then take dark circles as a sign that your soul needs some loving. Enter the Immortelle Reset Eye Serum from L'Occitane, a gentle friend to your delicate eye pouches. Formulated with 96% natural ingredients, consider it a kiss from gaia.
Dark and brooding with a touch of something tropical, as Maison Crivelli spins it, Patchouli Magnetik is like a "motorcycle ride through patchouli fields during a tropical storm". Don't tell me anymore, we'll take 10.
Winter is more manageable with the thick, emollient mask from Summer Fridays. Finely ground rose powder gently buffs away dead skin while Argan, safflower, sesame, avocado and grapeseed oil leave skin feeling soft and supple. We love the fat tube too, as it takes a minute to polish off this skincare pal.
Minenssey calls on dermatologist-approved ingredients like Glycolic and Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate skin and minimise the appearance of pores, in an affordable and highly effective mask. Our kind of mid-week pick-me-up.