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20 Notable Beauty Products That Launched in October 2022
Including luxe cleansers, bespoke hair care and user-friendly retinol.
by : Patricia Karounos- Oct 31st, 2022
A non-drying matte lipstick
A matte lipstick formula that is at once pigmented, buildable and comfortable to wear all day? Yes, please. Freck Beauty’s Makeout Club Soft Blur Lipstick nourishes and hydrates lips with antioxidant-rich Magnolia bark extract and vegan lanolin and is available in four neutral shades: a pink beige, rose brown, rust orange and dark brown. Pro tip: Use your fingers to blend along the edges after you apply the product for a cool blurred look.
An all-night serum
Biossance’s Squalane + Retinol Night Serum combines both encapsulated retinol and retinal, which are gradually time-released over the course of eight hours to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and blemishes. Meanwhile, the presence of squalene, rosemary and saffron simultaneously help the retinol and retinal effectively penetrate the skin while making sure your skin also stays nourished, hydrated and healthy. Sweet dreams.
A game-changing cleanser
Want the results of a double cleanse without, well, actually doubling cleansing. Enter U Beauty’s luxe oil-based cleanser, The Mantle Skin Conditioning Wash. Designed to both thoroughly remove makeup and clean skin in one step, the rich balm also works to restore the acid mantle, raise pH to ideal levels and keep your natural microbiome happy. Your skin will feel softer and ready for the application of other products, but never “squeaky” clean or irritated—which is exactly what founder Tina Craig aimed to do.
Indulgent diffuser blends
Essential oil blends just got a little fancier. Saje’s new, limited-edition artisan diffuser blends use precious ingredients and advanced CO2 attraction—a.k.a. a rare, heatless gold-standard distillation method—to make and bottle these lavish scents. Choose from dreamy Vanilla Orchid, a velvety blend of hand-pollinated vanilla, vetiver and neroli, and invigorating Pepper Bloom, with wildcrafted pink peppercorn, white thyme, lemon and basil. Every drop feels special.
A pimple-patch twist
You already know Starface’s OG bright-yellow star-shaped hydrocolloid pimple patches. Now, at long last, the stars are available in a long-coveted black shade. Available in packs of 32—and just in time for Halloween—the Black Star actually debuted on the runway at the Puppets and Puppets NYFW show last month.
A new signature scent
Canadian fragrance designer Ruby Brown has teamed up with Le Germain Hôtels to craft the posh hotel brand’s first-ever signature scent. Inspired by Le Germain Hôtels’ contemporary style, the Amber Collection infuses intoxicating notes of hemp and amber into a body care set. Find the scent in a shampoo, conditioner, body wash and candle.
Price: from $35
A do-it-all oil
For the new Naturally Serious C Your Glow Vitamin C Radiance Oil, the brand’s formulators didn’t want to stop at the vivid glow that the potent 2% THD ascorbate vitamin C would leave behind. The facial oil also contains 20 natural oils and extracts—avocado, lavender, turmeric and rosehip—to also nourish skin, reduce dryness and target the appearance of fine lines.
A fun collab
Achieving your fave beauty influencer’s go-to look has potentially just gotten easier. Canadian brand Evio Beauty and beauty vlogger @MariaaGloriaa have joined forces for a limited-edition collab. The result is the 2-Piece Lip-Spo Liquid Lipstick Kit, which contains two shades of satin-y liquid lipsticks inspired by women in Maria Gloria’s life. “Nancy” is a light, pink-brown shade named for the creator’s sister, while “Maria Gloria” is a warm maroon hue dedicated to her mom.
An efficient and effective cleansing oil
Calling all lovers of oil-based cleansers: You’re going to want to try this. Consonant Skin+Care’s Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is a makeup artist-approved product that can seamlessly remove makeup—yes, even waterproof formulas—and cleanse at once. For those keeping count, that is indeed the second impressive cleanser launched this month that eliminates the need for double cleansing, and we’re thrilled. Oils like jojoba, sunflower and plant-derived squalane can get deep into pores while also supporting the skin barrier, and promise not to leave a greasy residue behind. We’ve never been more excited to wash our face.
At-home salon care
L’Oréal Professionnel originally launched its Metal Detox line for a simple purpose: to protect hair from breakage, including the damage that inevitably occurs when metals, like copper, that are found in water penetrate deep into our strands. The latest addition to the salon-quality line is the Metal Detox Oil, which nourishes and plumps hair, leading to up to 97 percent less breakage, according to the brand. This also provides colour preservation, long-lasting frizz control and heat protection, all without weighing down your hair.
A celeb-fave brand
Since launching in 2017, Ayurvedic-inspired brand Ranavat has earned celeb fans like Mindy Kaling, Hailey Bieber and Freida Pinto. Now, its products are available to shop in Canada at Holt Renfrew. Find items like a saffron-infused brightening serum, an antioxidant-rich hydrating jasmine mist and an exfoliator with rice powder and ashwagandha.
Price: from $33
An ocean escape
For its latest product, a two-in-one body and hair wash, men’s skincare brand Jack Black wanted to make users feel like they were escaping to the Pacific Coast. The Big Sir Body & Hair Cleanser imparts refreshing notes of mandarin, juniper, marine accord, sandalwood and amber to create an ocean breeze-like scent. The formula also contains soothing aloe vera, moisturizing glycerin and hydrating panthenol to treat skin and hair.
TLC for your nails
You don’t have to be getting a mani to take care of your nails. This All-in-One Cuticle and Nail Cream from Canadian brand Paume is formulated with ingredients like biotin, plant keratin and vitamins A and E to strengthen, repair and protect nails. That’s all packaged in the brand’s alluring signature scent, which carries notes of cedar, citrus and lavender.
A multifunctional serum
A single product that can both soothe a dandruff-ridden scalp and hydrate cold-weather-worn skin? That’s what Stoic Beauty’s Thalassa Hydrating Face & Scalp Serum aims to do. Hydrating hyaluronic acid and botanical clary extract come together to draw moisture where applied, improve barrier function and prevent water loss. Consider yourself ready for winter.
Bespoke hair care
You may have already heard of Function of Beauty, an online haircare brand that creates custom-made, made-to-order products for users based on their needs, preferences, hair type and more. Now, you can find its products at Shoppers Drug Mart. There, you can choose a shampoo and conditioner base (find versions for wavy, curly, coily and straight types) and add-on boosters that can be mixed in to address specific concerns, like curl definition, volume or colour protection.
Price: from $5
We all know that when it comes to incorporating retinol into our skincare routines, we must proceed with caution. That’s why Vivier has added a new Retinol 0.5% to their collection. Settled right between the beginner-friendly 0.3% Retinol SR Complex and the more potent Retinol 1% Night Complex, the 0.5% is ideal for those with moderate skin concerns (fine lines, blemishes, tone and texture) regardless of skin type. It’s also formulated with squalane and vitamins C and E to minimize any potential for irritation.
A unique fragrance launch
Meet Gaspard Premier, a fragrance brand handcrafted in small batches out of Montreal. There are several scents in development, but the brand has launched with just one for the time being: Chalet is outdoors-inspired with notes of sweet smoke, burnt wood, vetiver, moss and cedar. You can find the inviting scent in four different iterations: an eau de parfum, a perfume oil that can be applied to skin and hair, a room spray and incense.
Price: from $30
Long-time Lush customers have been asking for this for quite some time—scented candles are finally here. Made from a blend of natural rapeseed, coconut and castor wax, the new collection has launched in three of the brand’s most loved scents, including Sleepy, with calming lavender and ylang ylang, The Olive Branch, with bright galbanum oil, bergamot and orange flower, and Orange Blossom, with floral citrus and neroli notes. Two limited-edition holiday candles have also been introduced: bubblegum-sweet Snow Fairy and spicy, warm Lord of Misrule.
A ready-for-anything moisturizer
For the first time in two years, L.A. brand Stratia is debuting a new product. Interface is a daily moisturizer with a gel-cream texture that is made with high-quality ingredients like peptides, licorice root extract and rosehip seed oil to hydrate, firm and repair skin. Even better? It’s also quick-absorbing and designed to layer well with other skincare and makeup products should you choose.
A leave-on exfoliator
Smooth, buff skin is one mask away with Dr. Loretta’s Resurfacing Enzyme Polish. Enzymatic exfoliators gently target dead skin cells, dullness and fine lines, while other ingredients like niacinamide, antioxidant-rich safflower oil and glycerin work to plump, strengthen and hydrate so that your newly glowing skin feels as good as it looks.
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