Every Product Our Beauty Editors Loved Using in November
Here's the thing: As beauty editors, we're lucky enough to try virtually every new product before it hits shelves. But sometimes we love going back to our old reliables — which is exactly what we each did throughout November.
As the temperatures continue to drop this month, we're loving creams that offer our skin glowing results, extra moisture, and no irritation, as well as makeup products that give us a pop of color for all of our holiday party needs. Below, find out everything we've been obsessed with lately. And you should definitely consider giving them a try as well. You may just fall in love, too.
Kayla Greaves, Senior Beauty Editor
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer
I have been traveling like crazy this past month, which means I've had to adjust my routine by cutting down on a few products for on-the-go use. At 50ml, this moisturizer is not only TSA-friendly, but its peptide-rich formula leaves my combination skin looking firm, always moisturized, and never dull as I switch between climates.
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Dermatological Anti-Aging Treatment
Retinol is a godsend in the world of beauty, with its ability to even out skin tone, smooth texture, and reduce the look of fine lines. The only issue is that in some forms, it can be very drying and irritating. Seeing as winter is right around the corner, I'm really not playing any games when it comes to keeping my skin well-hydrated — and thankfully this gentle treatment gives me all the benefits of retinol without compromising my skin. I personally love mixing it with my nighttime eye cream, or using it on stubborn dark spots before bed.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson
I've never used a Pat McGrath product I didn't like, but MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson completely changed the game for me. While most matte lipsticks tend to be drying, this particular one is infused with hydrating squalane that keeps my lips nourished all night long. Plus, you just can't beat the ultra-pigmented color that doesn't budge.
Erin Lukas, Beauty Editor
Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream
Next to lip balm, hand cream is my most-used product during the colder months. I’ve been saving this Grown Alchemist one since I got it in the summer, and it does not dissapoint. The mix of aloe vera, rosehip, and camellia oils instantly soothes and softens my hands, and they stay that way – until I go outside again. The non-greasy finish reeled me in, but the divine vanilla-orange peel scent is what's really made me a fan. It smells just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, a British candy my grandparents used to gift me on Christmas growing up.
La Roche-Posay's Toleriane Ultra Night Cream for Sensitive Skin
Yes, we’re going into winter, but that’s not the only reason why I started using this filthy-rich moisturizer at night. I've finally found a retinol serum that works without irritating my sensitive skin, and I like to follow it up with this hydrating, reparative cream to ensure I don’t experience any retinol-induced redness or flaking. And even though it’s thick, it doesn’t leave greasy splotches on my pillowcases — a win-win if you ask me.
Huda Beauty Emberald Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
Since I spend most of my waking hours lurking and writing for the internet, I’m not easily influenced. However, this Huda Beauty palette is an exception. The green tones caught my eye when it first came out last fall, but as someone who doesn’t wear eyeshadow that often, the colors intimidated me. Then, I saw Rio Viera-Newton’s story about it on The Strategist. She replicated a mint eyeshadow look by celebrity makeup artist Romy Soleimani using a shade from the palette. The seafoam green looked amazing with her brown hair, so I immediately went out and got it. This shade from the palette isn’t too warm or too cool, which makes it great for a number of skin tones. And surprisingly, it’s easy to wear: One coat is sheer, while a couple gives me a bolder look. It also doesn’t crease. Thanks to this palette, I now consider myself an eyeshadow person.