Spring beckons, and with the turn of season comes an influx of fresh new beauty. September is historically a great month for launches; with summer and Christmas and (gasp) a new year on the horizon, it's a great time to take stock and replenish your cabinet with the latest and greatest. Our picks this month stretch across categories: a hydrating hair mask, a creamy French skin milk, musky fragrance and luminous concealer.
Check out all of our favourite beauty picks for the month of September below.
Lipstick can be fussy, messy, hard work... but not Jolie Rouge. This new formula from Clarins combines hydration with comfort and pigment (the makeup trifecta). It comes in three finishes: satin, shine and velvet. Pictured is velvet, a cushiony matte that imparts soft-focused colour without drying the lips.
Fresh and vibrant, the latest riff on the iconic Jo Malone Sweet Pea scent family is like spring, bottled. Fruity and bright, it combines sun-ripened pear with sweet pea and powdery musk; it's impossible to only spritz once.
Just in from everyone's favourite French girl (makeup artist Violette) is Boum-Boum Milk, a creamy spray-on emulsion from her eponymous brand. Formulated with squalane, birch sap and glacial water, the softening mist instantly plumps, cushions and hydrates for skin that's baby-soft.
If you're into skincare, you'll go wild for the latest from Dr Dennis Gross. This eye-targeted sheet mask clings to the skin, drenching the area in heavy-hitting ingredients like niacinamide and vitamin C to instantly brighten and diffuse fine lines. The mask itself is actually made from a biodegradable wood pulp, and because it functions like an occlusive barrier, it pushes the ingredients right into the skin. The results are seriously great.
This innovative body oil floods the skin with nourishment, while improving the look of skin tone and texture thanks to an impressive ingredient profile. There's vitamin C THD (which is 50x more effective than L-ascorbic acid), plus patended ceramides, lipids and plant oils to brighten, firm and illuminate. It also smells incredible; clean, herbaceous and soft.
Myrrhe 55 is part of the coveted Le Labo City Exclusives offering (you'll find them stocked in boutiques). Inspired by precious resins and the electric undercurrent of Shanghai, it's a fragrance that balances the richness of oud, musk and liquorice perfectly with chypre and jasmine.
With notes like clove, pimento, carrot seed and vetiver, this scent from Frederic Malle is said to be inspired by the 'intimacy of private worlds'. It's soft, warm and sensual, projecting less like a fragrance and more like the skin of someone you love. Interestingly, the perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena is self-taught.
If you have coloured hair, you'll know the unique challenges summer can present (fade, breakage, a greenish tint if you're blonde). Sisley's Hair Rituel mask affords welcome reprieve. Not only does it soften and nourish, but nourishes the scalp thanks to a combination of ceramics and botanical oils. There's even a UV filter in the mix to prevent colour fade.
If you're looking for a summer skin tint, we've found it in Bobbi Brown's latest offering. Light, dewy and hydrating, this tinted moisturiser evens out skin tone while imparting a believable radiance. Perfect for a skin-but-slightly-fresher finish.
CHANEL rarely misses on the makeup front, but this easy-peasy swipe on shadow is one of the best eye products we've come across. The formula is almost weightless, but contains pearl particles for an adult-style shimmer. The shade range is also wearable but rich (each has is inspired by the colours of the Fall equinox).
Scalp oiling is an Ayurvedic ritual that involves massaging the scalp before shampooing. While time-consuming, it's an effective way to replenish the hair follicles, stimulate circulation and boost shine. Abhati Suisse's formula is packed with superlatives like coconut, marigold and Himalayan wild cherry to naturally condition and add moisture. Plus, the ritual is hard to pass up.
The latest in from Gucci Beauty, this concealer is a do-it-all formula to conceal, brighten and sculpt. Creamy and hydrating but not overly shiny, the formula is a perfect middle ground for all complexions.
Niche perfume brand Matiere Premiere have recently expanded in Australia to include bath and body, most notably this silky hand wash. French Flower is a true white floral that spotlights Tuberose; creamy and sweet, it's a tiny luxury that will have you washing your hands at every given opportunity.
Lip oils are in no short supply but few measure up to Tom Ford's take. Light and glossy but not gloopy or sticky, it combines coconut oil and vitamin E for a healthy-looking finish. Wear it alone, or on top of a tint.