A change in season has demanded that we revisit our beauty essentials. Of course, they have to be able to withstand the cooler climate and so we're gravitating towards richer textures and nourishing serums. From serums and sheet masks packed with hyaluronic acid to bronzers and perfumes redolent of a European sun, we present the RUSSH beauty favourites for June 2022.
We're yet to meet an Emma Lewisham product we don't like. This B Corp certified business has a dedicated place on our beauty shelves and for those who found themselves stocking up on its Skin Reset serum, then meet your new obsession: Skin Reset Eye Crème. It's a hardworking formula that delves deeper into the epidermis to deliver a powerful punch of antioxidants, stimulating collagen production and making your undereyes look hydrated and juicy.
For those who are serious about hair styling, try this setting spray from Oribe on for size. It lifts all the best things about old-school setting spray, reimagining it into a more versatile product that offers structure, density and shine. What makes it unique is the formula itself, which is emitted as a light spray, gentling foaming so you can see where you've sprayed, then dissolving as you work in the product.
Chanel has managed to condense summer skin into a XXL compact. We love to see it, more importantly we love to use it. Especially as winter has stolen all the colour from our skin. We love its texture, neither cream or powder, and have to restrain ourselves from brushing it everywhere. Seriously.
Nothing gets the blood pumping like news of a new product from Go-To. Dropping earlier in May, this is another to add to your millennial pink arsenal. It's a hydrating serum that boasts four different types of hyaluronic acids – a powerful humectant that draws water to the skin. Like most, a little goes a long way and this one is sealed with peptides and provitamin B5 to plump that skin to the gods.
As longtime readers will know, the RUSSH team are selective when it comes to the scents they bring into their world. But when we stumbled across Purple Suede by Goldfield & Banks it was love. A warm, amber scent that transports us to European summers, this hypnotic fragrance is a love letter to lavender, Tasmanian lavender specifically. Paired with leather, moss, oud and patchouli from Indonesia, we feel ourselves gravitating toward this moody scent as an amulet against winter.
Above all, beauty is about feeling good. The Cova Lipstick from Melbourne-based label Lou Lou Lips is here to bring about that feeling in more ways than one. Yes, it's the perfect shade of wine-red and is universally flattering, but the brand has pledged to donate the equivalent of one menstrual cup with every lipstick sold in a bid to quash period poverty across countries throughout Africa.
Our minds, hearts and noses are anchored somewhere in the mediterranean this June, it seems. And Dior is more than happy to facilitate our yearning. Its Eden-Roc fragrance is an expressive ode to the French Riviera and its coastline of luxury hotels, specifically the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Salty like the ocean and with a touch of pine, it's deliberately simple – just the way we like it.
We're always here for a candle with a 45 hour burning time, especially when it smells this good. For those who are easily seduced by the scent of rose, then behold this bad boy from Christian Tortu. Ushering the natural into your home, Christian Tortu is renowned for its off-kilter scents, removing all niceties and showcasing the ingredients as they present themselves in nature.
We'll leap on any opportunity to lean into self care, starting with this Super Glow Mask from Votary. From the outset it distinguishes itself from other masks in its serum-like packaging, a godsend for those deterred by having to smear product on your face. Instead, this mask is lightweight, packed with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate while avocado and peach oil condition. Carry this around as a post-flight ritual now that we're travelling again.
You don't need us to tell you that winter can be rough on the skin. At RUSSH we're all navigating changing skin due to the cooler temperature and for Designer Teressia Carr this face oil has been aiding with her dry nose. It's packed full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins to soothe redness and be a calming essential for those with sensitive skin.
Another low of winter is the impact scalding hot showers and heavy-handed heat-styling can have on your locks. Enter this shampoo (and conditioner if you're keen) from Joico. It's a drugstore essential to have in your kit when your hair is feeling sad. Formulated with Keratin and Guajava Fruit Extract, slather this rich shampoo through your hair and find it significantly improved.
The perfect eyebrow pencil is one you can carry around and preferably one with a spoolie brush attached. That and we want long-lasting pigment. Chanel's waterproof formula is one we continue to return to. After all, we have no time for ashy types prone to smudging. Tuck it in your handbag and file it away as you drift from day to night.
Your daily consumption of greens shouldn't just be reserved for your belly. Show your body some leafy-green love too with this Green Tea Exfoliating Body Wash from Sundae. It does all the essentials – clearing away dead skin and unclogging pores – but with an energising scent and a foamy consistency that makes cleaning yourself quite fun?
Caudalie has been nothing but good to our skin and it's Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is simply another entry as to why. Apply morning and evening and see it work its magic on pigmentation, dark spots and unwanted texture.
We want pretty smelling hair only. Davines delivers on this with its OI Silkening Hair Scent that somehow makes your hair smell expensive without weighing it down with unnecessary oils. It's going on the top shelf, thank you very much.
We've been enamoured with Dr. Naomi's range of cleaners this June, enjoying the fact that there's a different option for dry and sensitive skin and those with combination and oily skin. If you sit in the former camp, we suggest Gently Gently, a thicker texture containing Cucumber Hydrosol it's here to soothe inflamed and compromised skin and restore it to its most hydrated self. For the latter, try Walk of Shine which is built to deliver a deep yet gentle cleanse so as not to disturb the skin's natural moisture balance.
All of Nars greatest hits have been compiled into this cocktail of matte, glitter and shimmery eyeshadows. There's favourites like Orgasm, Laguna and Taj Mahal, alongside various other neutral, bronze and pink shades. Dubbed Nars' largest eyeshadow palette yet, this one is limited edition so run don't walk.
Lined lips aren't new, but boy have I been leaning into the look recently. This satin liner from Sisley is the perfect nude and plays well with a simple lip gloss to elicit a my-lips-but-better result. Plus, we love that it's dual ended – the mini brush comes in handy more often than you'd think.
As someone with eyes that appear perpetually tired, this eye serum from Chanel brings me back to the land of the living better than any coffee could. Designed to complement its buttery eye cream, Sublimage La Crème Yeux, both products work in tandem to minimise lines, diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness resulting in brighter, more alert eyes.
Smashbox x Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
Many tears were shed when it was announced Becca would be closing shop. Not least because where would we go to source our Champagne Pop highlighters and that inimitable brightening corrector? Well, the answer none of us expected is Smashbox. We'll go to Smashbox. The original Becca formula has found a new home at the American beauty company to the collective cheer of makeup fanatics the world over. See, miracles do happen!
An affordable mask offering five different hyaluronic complexes that naturally occur in root vegetables sourced from South Korea's famous Jeju Island. It uplifts your skin and initiates glow. Plus, for those wary of sheet masks and their environmental impact, this one is crafted with eucalyptus and bamboo cellulose.