I always find myself buying lots of makeup, skin care and haircare products around season changes. Most full-size cosmetics last me about three months if I use them daily, and not only that, but weather shifts require most people to do a little bit of tinkering when it comes to products. I had a small shopping fit at Sephora while on vacation last week, and I’ve detailed the best things from that haul, plus some other recent favorites below. May they inspire you to start this new month with a new something special; if you’ve been loving something lately, tell us about it in the comments!

DevaCurl One Condition Delight
$22 via Sephora

My hair is naturally very curly but also fine and not very thick, which presents a product challenge. Most products for curly hair weigh it down, but most products for straight hair aren’t moisturizing or defining enough. This conditioner, thank the heavens, strikes the perfect balance for anyone with non-coarse curls or waves and has helped to weightlessly smooth and define my curls.


Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon
$85 via Sephora

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is one of my all-time favorite scents, and another of my faves is Tom Ford Santal Blush, which has a strong note of cognac, which to me has always smelled like bourbon. This brand new scent, one of two new additions to the Nirvana line (the other one is Rose), combines the best of those worlds and has quickly become my everyday go-to fragrance.


Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish
$36 via Sephora

I’ve been dying to try this stuff for a while, but it’s usually sold out on Sephora’s website, and now that I’ve gotten my hands on a jar, I can see why. I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, so I’m always looking for the best way to exfoliate and moisturize my body, and this scrub is incredibly effective and luxurious. It left me feeling both smoothed and very moisturized, and the rose-coconut scent and minimalist packaging are both super chic. It blows every other scrub in my collection straight out of the water.


Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in M401
$22 via Sephora

I usually go for darker red lipsticks because true reds tend to look pink on my skin tone, but somehow, Make Up For Ever has managed to make a true, super-bright red that looks like red on my face. A genuine feat, in my book.


Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara
$25 via Sephora

I’m not an enormously brand-loyal person when it comes to makeup, but it’s very hard to pry me away from a mascara I like and convince me to try new things. I received both this mascara and the lipstick above in a 500-point Beauty Insider gift while purchasing other products, and if I hadn’t I might have never tried either. I’m extremely happy I did–this mascara lengthens and defines very well, but the best part is that it absolutely does not clump, flake or turn me into a raccoon. Even my favorite previous mascaras required some under-eye wiping, but I’ve worn this one for a solid week in August humidity and it does. not. budge.


Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF30
$42 via Sephora

My dry skin and New York’s dry winters make for a bad combination when it comes to wearing any kind of foundation during half the year–anything with decent coverage and staying power is too drying, and even many light coverage options settle into dry spots. This skin tint has tons of natural oils in it, which make my skin very happy, and the moderate, buildable coverage is natural-looking and radiant. Another nice thing about this product: the shade range goes far beyond a light suntan.

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