Marie Lodi Alyssa Morin
September 28, 2018 11:59 am
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Overwhelmed by all the new beauty products that are out? We’re here to help you narrow down your search. HelloGiggles Senior Beauty Editor, Marie Lodi, and Beauty Editor, Alyssa Morin, get bombarded with beauty packages every day (we know, it’s a blessing and curse), so we’re sharing our favorite products that we tested this month—in our “Obsess Much?” column! This list will only include our favorites of the ones we tried and tested. Check back at the end of each month to find out which releases we loved.

1CrushXO Demi Matte Liquid Lipstick in Daredevil, $18


I’ve been wearing Daredevil for three days straight. It’s a lush, red shade that’s non-drying and super comfortable to wear. I’m obsessed! But I also love the message behind this new makeup brand—it not only gives 5% of net sales to support different nonprofits, but it’s also committed to transparency. There’s a tracker on its website that shows exactly how the money raised is allocated. Its makeup is also infused with healing crystals, like rose quartz, amethyst, jade, and more. You know mama loves her crystals. —Marie

2Winky Lux So Extra Mascara, $16

Winky Lux

At first, I was skeptical about using this mascara. If you’re going to call yourself “so extra,” then you better make my lashes be just that. Luckily, I was blown away with the outcome. The skinny, straight wand allows you to fluff up each lash individually, giving them sky-high volume and length. After one coat, I was left with fluttery, full lashes. They were, in fact, extra. —Alyssa

3BeautyBlender Power Pocket Puff, $15

Courtesy of beautyblender

I have fond memories of those old-school powder puffs that would come with my CoverGirl compact. I mean, I used them for YEARS. That’s why this futuristic version from BeautyBlender is the bomb. It’s double-sided, with one pink plush side to help apply powdered formulas, and a tan, suede side that helps with blending and touch-ups. There’s even a little pocket to slide your finger in so you can reach all the crevices in your face. It’s so genius. —Marie

4Merle Norman Plush Lipstick, $18

Courtesy of Merle Norman

I love a creamy lipstick that glides on like butter, which is why I can’t stop wearing Merle Norman’s new line. These plush lipsticks are so soft and hydrating, yet they also have a rich color payoff. They’re made with hyaluronic acid, vitamin F, and shea butter, so you know your lips are going to be plump and supple all day long. I personally love the shades Coronation, Stylish, and Courageous. But with over 15 lipsticks to choose from, there’s a little something for everyone. —Alyssa

5GlamGlow TropicalCleanse Exfoliating Cleanser, $34

Courtesy of GlamGlow

Good morning to nobody except this new exfoliating cleanser from GlamGlow. Have you ever used a new face wash and been so shocked by how soft your skin feels after, you can’t stop caressing it? That’s what’s going on with me and the TropicalCleanse. I just can’t stop touching my cheeks. This product is made with Brazilian Purple Clay, which helps cleanse and detoxify, but it also has superfruits like acai, goji berries, pomegranate seeds, and more. I’m sooo excited that this is part of my life now. —Marie

6Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow, $38


I’ve been a huge fan of Laura Mercier’s classic loose setting powder, so I was intrigued to try out the glow version. Let me tell you, this is not a gimmick like I thought it would be. My makeup looks like it’s lit from within, and I always get a compliment on my skin. I like to dust this luminous powder over my cheeks and above my brow bone, where the light naturally hits my face. Step aside, J.Lo—I’m here to steal your glow. —Alyssa

7Proenza Schouler for Lancome Cushion Highlighter Chroma, $39


I thought I was done with highlighters until I met this one from the Proenza Schouler for Lancome collection. ::exhales:: While cushion highlighters can get a little messy, this one is unbelievably gorgeous. It comes in a chic black compact, so it’s an easy cleanup. As for the formula, I can apply it with ease, and it gives me the perfect glow. The entire collection is beautiful, but this highlighter is definitely a top pick for me. —Marie

8Nude Envie Farrah Lipstick, $38


A lipstick inspired by a Hollywood icon/fellow Texan? You know this has my name written all over it. Aside from the fact that this lipstick pays tribute to the legendary star, proceeds will also benefit the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. Not only will you feel good about buying this lipstick, but it’s actually a gorgeous shade of pink, too. It’s like your lips, but better. Best of all? Since it’s made with vitamin E and jojoba oil, your lips will be ultra-hydrated. —Alyssa

9Tarte Blush 101 Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, $44


Big news, everyone: I’m back to blushes again. I have to admit, I’d been lazy with my rouge in recent months, but after absent-mindedly picking up a Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush and applying it to my cheeks, I realized how much better I looked with a bit of color on my cheeks. I’m back on that train, baby. Hence, this blush book is a must. It has a total of 10 shades (eight blushes, one highlighter, and a bronzer) and comes in this adorable notebook package. Be still, my nostalgic-for-school-supplies heart. —Marie

10Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse, $55


I’ve been complaining about my pores lately, so I was more than eager to test this product out. Since I started using it, I’ve noticed that the pores on my nose have drastically improved. There’s a lot less gunk (sorry, I know that’s gross), they’re smaller, and my skin looks refreshed. Tbh, I get excited to wash my face with this cleanser after a long day of wearing makeup and walking around in the polluted L.A. air. —Alyssa

11Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette, $75

Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

This is a pricey palette, yes, but it has everything you need to take you into fall and beyond. The 12 shades are stunning and wearable, from the perfect gold-themed trio to the autumnal plums. Auntie Charlotte has done it again. —Marie

12Lancome L’Absolu Rouge x Camila Coelho Lipstick, $32


I actually squealed when I saw this product, and it’s very rare that I react to makeup in that way, considering there are beauty launches left and right. The lipstick line comes in 10 dazzling shades like baby pinks, sultry purples, and classic reds. The best part about this limited-edition collection has to be the packaging. The luxe red and gold design is so pretty, you’ll want to display it on your vanity, and once you pop open the lipstick, you’ll love its playful lip-shaped bullet. Camila Coelho, who collaborated with Lancome for this collection, knocked it out of the park. —Alyssa

13Frank Body Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil, $23.95

Frank Body

With all the liquid lipstick I wear, my lips can look busted in the morning. Chapped, stained with lipstick from the day before…it’s a hot mess. Frank Body, which we know and love as the coffee scrub body care brand, just launched a skin care line with cheeky names (Anti-Angry Face Mist, anyone?). The Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil is a lifesaver for my lips, though. It removes the color fully and easily, so my face doesn’t have to worry about ghost makeup from the day before. Can’t wait for Frank Body to come out with more products. —Marie

14GlamGlow Starpotion Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil, $54


I was hesitant to use this product since it’s an oil infused with charcoal—I thought for sure it would irritate my skin, but I was so wrong. If anything, it hydrated my dry skin, and I feel like it helps to get rid of dirt and gunk buildup. This oil is also infused with two types of charcoal, tumeric, aloe vera Teaoxi (GlamGlow’s signature ingredient), vitamin C, salicylic acid, and oleic acid-rich oils. I like to use this during the day when I need to pack a punch. —Alyssa

15Jill Stuart Beauty Lip Blossom, $24

Jill Stuart Beauty USA

Jill Stuart’s cosmetic collection is one of the most exciting launches this month. The brand aims to make you feel like a princess, and if you look at the intricate, fairytale-like details on the packaging, you’ll see they really meant it. This lipstick is extremely moisturizing with avocado and almond oil in its ingredients. Plus, it comes with a secret mirror built into the cap. Love that whimsy. —Marie

16Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio, $21


I am blown away by this new K-beauty brand that just launched at Sephora. The eye trio has quickly become a fave among my makeup collection. The rich, shimmery shades glide onto your lids seamlessly, and they’re so pigmented that a little goes a long way. I recently wore the champagne-colored shadow from the Toasted Caramel Trio, and I received so many compliments on my eye makeup. —Alyssa