October 11th 2021
Glossy Picks: October 2021 beauty and wellness launches you need to know about
October 15th 2021 / 0 comment
In our edit of the month's best launches we tried a clay mask that won't dry your skin, a pre-wash that helps your hair grow longer as and a high street cream blush that that's a rival for Glossier's Cloud Paint. Find your new favourites
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October new beauty launches are giving us pelnty to get excited about. From Glossier's Monochrome eyeshadow, which had us asking 'why did they wait so long to launch a palette?' to a luxury foundation that makes you look healthy and well-rested when you're anything but, here's what we've been loving so far this month.
The thin hair saviour: Michael Van Clarke Life Saver Ultra Intense Pre-wash Treatment, £34.50
"If I could propel any part of my body back in time before the ravages of mid-life stress and hormones took hold, it wouldn’t be my crows’ feet or my pigmented cheeks, it would be my hair. Thin and shedding, especially around the hairline, it's a source of constant frustration, not to mention denting my confidence. Michael Van Clarke’s Life Saver pre-wash has been exactly that for me - a life prolonger for my suffering hairline as it strengthens the hair, leaving what you have less prone to snapping and breaking. I have used the original for years and the recently-launched Deep Sleep overnight version of this silicone-free hair restorer, but now this double strength ‘Ultra Intense’ version has arrived. Ml for ml it is twice as expensive as the original, but if it gives results twice as fast, that for me is priceless." Victoria Woodhall, GTG editorial director
The pigmentation hero: Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum, £41
"I'm absolutely in love with the latest Glow Recipe launch. The silky non-sticky gel is quick-absorbing and stays a lovely pink hue with every pump. You’ll end up with even-toned skin as it uses no less than potent five forms of vitamin C, guava, and tranexamic and ferulic acids (my fave!). It absorbs in an instant and smells fresh, it’s firmly got a place on my shelf." Catherine Fulwood, GTG commercial projects manager
The updated classic: Liz Earle Patchouli and Vetiver Gift Set, £54.96
"Each year Liz Earle brings out a limited edition version of the cult Cleanse and Polish and this year they've added patchouli and vetiver to the mix, for a fresh, warming scent. It's not just the cleanser that's been sprinkled with the magic. There's a body wash of the same scent and body cream too to really envelop yourself in the fragrance. Until the 17th of October, you can get the trio on QVC, along with a classic Cleanse and Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser, plus two pure cotton cloths and a soft cotton bag for just £54.96, which is a saving of £66.04! The whole set comes in a pretty lilac, floral print box, which makes it ideal for gifting. Stock up while you can." Melanie Macleod, GTG digital writer
The long-lasting blush: & Other Stories Cream Blush in Pretty Peach, £15
"This is the first & Other Stories makeup product I've ever tried and after this I will be buying more! I'm a powder blush kind of girl and have always been wary of using cream blush on my cheeks, as I feel it can look patchy. However, I'm a changed woman after trying this creamy blush that becomes almost matte once applied. The colour lasts the whole day and doesn't budge.
"I used the ‘Pretty Peach’ shade as I prefer warmer, subtle tones and I am prone to turning red at the slightest discomfort so don't want to accentuate that. There's also a deeper, cooler Intense Rose and baby pink Everything Pink shade. It begs obvious comparisons with Glossier's Cloud Paint and when I tested them side-by-side, this one scored better for pigment density and blendability - and also bang for your buck. They are the same price and while Glossier comes in more shades, you get less for your money 10ml for the same price. " Amy Rostas, GTG beauty assistant
The updated tech: Apple Watch Series 7, from £369
"I've been wearing an Apple Watch since March this year. I decided I needed one to hold me accountable for working out. It's definitely worked. There's something oh so satisfying about closing the activity rings each day (if you know, you know). The latest version, Series 7, has the biggest display Apple has made so far (the black border around the screen is tiny now, so what you're looking at takes up most of the screen), and it comes in new colours including a dark forest green and a pretty midnight blue. The new feature that pleases me most is ultra-fast charging - 33 per cent faster that the previous watch model.
"Another pleasing new element is that the screen is more durable and crack-resistant, which is good if you're a little clumsy. The final feature I was most impressed by is that the buttons you use to type (be it emails, or on the calculator) and now bigger, so it's easy to use for those purposes. Series 7 is a winner all round in my book." MM
The new season nail shade: Nailberry Time to Hygge Collection, £15 each
"I don’t usually get excited about new nail polishes, but this autumnal collection piqued my interest. It’s not your typical auburns and browns, but it still captures the spirit of the season with warm, jewel tones. Normally, I stick to classic red nails but I can’t stop myself from reaching for the 'Teal We Meet Again' shade. It’s sophisticated, versatile and makes a low-key bold statement – I love how it looks with my jewellery. The formula is also fantastic; one or two coats of polish lasts a week, making it my new autumn staple." Jemma Thompson, GTG graphic design and social media manager
The conscious jewellery : Mejuri Diamond Letter Pendant, £190
"I aspire to be one of those people who has it so together they have staple jewellery they wear forever, that’s a thing right? This newly discovered brand Mejuri appealed to my magpie nature with this super sparkly diamond letter pendant. Made in 14k solid gold, the pieces have a beautiful, subtle hue, set with conflict-free and socially responsible diamonds only." CF
The breakout-clearer: Youth To The People Superclay Purify and Clear Power Mask, £31
"I normally avoid clay masks because I find them quite drying (although the trick is to not actually let them set, according to skincare expert Marie Gallinee), but I was tempted into trying this one as I know Youth To The People is one of the brands skinfluencer Hyram rates and I trust his recommendations. I saw other skin experts chatting about it on Instagram too, saying how it brought their breakouts to the surface (better out than in!) so I gave it a whirl. The same happened to me; a couple of days after applying the cooling mask onto my skin, three little spots appeared on my chin. So it was definitely doing its job to clear, albeit making a bit of a mess before the cleaning began!
"Even when I let the clay dry, it didn't tug or feel tight or crumbly, and it rinsed off creamily too. Ingredients wise it has volcanic, white and French clean clay for the purifying, as well as niacinamide and BHA, for a powerful, clearing combination. A little goes a long way and you only need a light layer, so I can see this small pot lasting many months, making it good value." MM
The luxe body buy: Emma Hardie Luxury Body Butter, £38
"It was a tough call deciding which of Emma Hardie’s new three-piece Amazing Body Collection to choose. They are all so sumptuous with a spa-like scent that’s relaxing and luxurious and the textures are incredible - made with the same nourishing silky texture and high performing oils that the Emma Hardie facial collection is known for. (On that tip, Emma Hardy Midas Touch Super Serum, £58, is my favourite hydration booster for thirsty skin).
"In the end I went for the Morninga Luxury Body Butter in its beautiful green glass bottle. It’s a perfect mix of light oils and hyaluronic acid for my dry skin and absorbs without greasiness. The new Moringa Luxury Bath and Shower Oil and the Hand & Nail Treatments SPF 30, are well worth the treat too. You can try them all in this Moringa Luxury Hand and Body Set, £30, and then go back for the full-size one you love the most. " VW
The body-smoother: Anatome Rejuvenating Body Scrub, £38
"When I use a body scrub I like to feel it working, with big grains to really work at dry, dull skin. This Himalayn scrub from Anatome definitely falls into the category. I apply a lot of pressure when rubbing this in and felt a satisfying tingle on my arms and legs after going at them. Scent wise it's an invigorating fragrance with lemongrass, ginger and orange making sure I'm wide awake when I use it in the morning. It leaves a nourishing feel on my skin after I've washed away the crystals and when I apply body cream afterwards it seems to sink in much better. It's a new staple for me, so it's lucky it's such a generously sized pot!" MM
The autumn-update fragrance: Tom Daxon Riven Oak Eau de Parfum, £155
"Tom Daxon is a British brand which produces its highly fragranced perfumes at a family-run perfumery in France. This new Riven Oak scent is a blend of smooth, woody notes, which makes for a powerful signature scent. Refined with rum, amber and vetiver base notes, this scent lasts all day and is (as all Tom Daxon scents are) suitable for both men and women. If you’re limited on bathroom space then this is the perfect scent to share." CF
The long-awaited eyeshadow palette: Glossier Monochrome Palette in Mesa, £19
"When I saw Glossier had released its first collection of eyeshadow palettes, I was keen to try. They come in ten shades, from subtle nude to pretty rose, with each palette housing three different finishes; matte, satin and metallic. I chose burnt orange Mesa, which fulfils my autumnal eyeshadow needs. It reminds me of the Morphe 35O Palette that was a viral hit a few years ago in terms of shades. The colour pay off of the satin and metallic formulas are my favourite; the fact they are buildable makes them so much more versatile.
"The palettes are easy for anyone to use, eyeshadow skills or not because they're so easy to blend and build. Plus only having three shades to choose from gets rid of that daunting process of picking between endless hues. On the eco side of things, I love that these are refillable and the tins are reusable. I’m hesitant to mention Christmas so early in the season, but these would make for a great stocking filler." AR
The updated icon: Givenchy L'interdit Rouge, £64.15
"Givenchy's original L'interdit fragrance has always been one of my favourites, but this new edition takes it to the next level. It's a much deeper, warmer scent that's ideal for autumn and winter, with a nice balance of woody, floral notes and a hint of spice. It's sensual and sexy, but it also transitions well from day to night without being too over-the-top during the day. What I like best about it is how it wears. For starters, it's very long-lasting; I never have to reapply it, it's gentle on the skin (and clothes), and it leaves a seductive musky scent (in a good way!) that is just so captivating." JT
The luxury foundation: Sisley Phyto Teint Nude, £68
"Oh dear, I have developed a £68 foundation habit. But it’s not just any old base - this is one that looks like my own skin after a really restful holiday, abstemious living and a jaunt back in time about 15 years - glowing, plump and healthy. As it’s Sisley, this is makeup with skincare benefits, in this case, lots of moisture-locking ingredients. One of the main reasons that foundation can look flaky and patchy is the condition of the skin underneath, as makeup artist Florrie White told me at the launch a couple of weeks ago. Well-hydrated skin means that foundation sinks in rather than sitting on top of your skin making it look instantly more natural. I love the watery texture that allows for light skin tint coverage or for extra layering and the light-catching glow that my lived-in skin really needs." VW
The uplifting bath oil: Susanne Kaufmann Mountain Pine Bath Oil, £53
"Could I be more in love with baths? If possible I have a daily double dip which is delicious and decadent but I am aware of the eco concern so one a day will have to do going forward. However, I am always on the lookout for the highest sensory experience available, by which I mean a scent that helps me escape the daily activity drains, something that uplifts instantly. I look no further this week than one inspired by the Austrian Alps. Susanne Kaufmann is the Queen of the naturally beautiful and she has used pine and spruce needle oils to give a soothing bath with the two-fold invigorating benefits of muscle tension relief and deep hydration. It’s a keeper." Jane Druker, GTG contributor
The liquid eyeshadow: Pixi EyeLift Max in Amethyst, £12
"The pretty, muted lilac of this crease-proof liquid eyeshadow reminds me of the colour Princess Jasmine wears in Aladdin and it definitely has a hint of Disney magic to it, creating an opaque veil of colour that’s as easy to apply as it is to wear. As well as looking pretty, it has mango seed butter, avocado and rosehip to make it ultra-comfortable and depuffing too. If purple isn’t your thing, it also comes in neutral bronze and a pretty sunset pink shade." Melanie Macleod, GTG digital writer
The line-plumping eye cream: Allies of Skin Peptides and Omegas Firming Eye Cream, £72
"It’s taken three years and 37 reformulations to create Allies of Skin’s Peptides and Omegas Firming Eye Cream. Along the same lines, it’s taken me five years to find an eye cream that works for me. My search is finally over now that this is in my life. The first thing I noticed about this high performance formula powered by peptides is that after an early morning application my fine lines are still plump and glowing by lunchtime. It’s a sophisticated science-backed eye cream that contains bakuchiol (a plant-based alternative to retinol), vitamin C and omega-rich oils to brighten, depuff and decrease under-eye wrinkles, crow’s feet and the lines between eyebrows known in the beauty business as the 11s. The clever formula also tackles puffiness and dark circles. My eyes on a Monday after a hectic weekend with some late nights look like they’ve had eight hours of unbroken sleep." Ophelia Froud, GTG contributor
The high-end oral care: vVardis Whitening Collection, £157
"There’s some new oral care in the market, not something I’m usually the first to test out but these were so chic I couldn’t resisit. The vVardis Collection brings together everything you need for a complete revitalising ritual that claims to strengthens, repairs, whitens and protects your teeth for a long-lasting, healthy smile. You get four signature products in a super sleek box; Aletsch Instant Healthy Whitening Gel (£118), Weissbad Revitalising Mouthwash £20, Rheinholz Wooden Toothbrush (£15) and Edelweiss Whitening Toothpaste (£23). So while the £150 may seem a little steeper than normal it’s well worth it!" CF
The daily ritual: Keys Soulcare Renewing Body and Hand Wash, £24
"This hand and body wash from Alicia Keys’ self-care, soul-nurturing beauty and wellness line Keys Soulcare has become my daily ritual. It’s ultra calming, thanks to the light comforting scents of sage and oat milk which invite your senses to relax (it’s like a warm hug!). It feels good on my skin too and it never strips my natural moisture. Instead it just adds a whole lotta hydration thanks to a nourishing blend of manuka honey, shea and cocoa butter. If you’re looking for a daily wash that’s long-lasting, lingers all day long and is a real self-care moment, this is it." JT
The face oil capsules: Elemis Limited Edition Supersize Skin Bliss Capsules, £99
"Housed inside this pretty pink rose-print tub is a two-month supply of Elemis' day and nice facial oil capsules. Pink for morning and green for evening, they nourish and soften the skin and are perfectly sized for the amount you need each day (and night). The limited edition pot was designed in honour of Breast Cancer Now, and £10 from every pot purchased goes to the charity." MM
The overnight hair saviour: Joico Defy Damage Sleepover Overnight Nourishing Treatment, £20
"The ends of my hair have been looking frustrating straggly over the past few months. Nothing seemed to be working from hair masks to a heat ban. Ready to admit defeat, and thoroughly contemplating a big chop, I tried this. Although it’s not an overnight miracle worker I have seen a U-turn in terms of hair health; fewer split ends and my hair is returning to its usual robust strength. I apply a little to my ends (can be dry or damp) at night and come morning my locks feel softer and shinier thanks to a combo of protective lipids, moringa seed oil and arginine which help release keratin for the ultimate hair repair." JT
The blissful cleansing balm: Alpha H Melting Moments, £34.95
"Alpha H is best known for the cult exfoliator Liquid Gold, but I predict this cleansing blam is going to become just an iconic. The hero ingredient is Australian wild orange extract, rich in amino acids to help maintain the skin's hydration. Grapeseed oil and Australian sandalwood seed oil are in the mix too, known for their anti-inflammatory powers. Not forgetting bisabolol which works deeply to hydrate the skin, calming it and keeping redness at bay. It erases makeup in a flash and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and bouncy. I know I'll keep coming back to this!" MM