DEON LIBRA’s monthly Beauty Edit consists of new beauty products we’ve tried this month and some of our favorite tried-and-true repurchases. These beauty gems are sectioned into 5 main categories: Skincare, Body, Fragrance, Hair, and Makeup.
Summer is gone (and we are lowkey devastated), but it’s definitely not stopping us from maintaining our Summer Glow. Everyone’s still traveling (hopefully masked), living their best lives, and trying to escape the reality that is this horrific a*s pandemic (aka our wack a*s new normal). With Fall’s arrival, that doesn’t mean we’re neglecting gorgeous skin, an effortlessly beat face, smelling good, or thriving manes.
Keep scrolling for the products that are helping us grasp the last of Summer while we seamlessly transition to fall:
Solimo | Daily Acne Control Cleanser, Maximum Strength 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication
One skincare ingredient that’s gonna always get you together is Benzoyl Peroxide. This cleanser is the most affordable cleanser in our skincare arsenal and it is life-changing. Between life stress, the pandemic’s dumb maskne, and that time of the month, this cleanser is a warrior. Just keep a hefty moisturizer on standby to combat potential dryness.
Lush | Grease Lightning
This herbal gel is a skin superhero. Formulated with aloe vera, tea tree, witch hazel, rosemary and grape juice, Grease Lightning is great for mattifying oily skin and calming troubled areas. We keep ours in the fridge for extra cool points.
Lush | Mask of Magnaminty – Self-preserving
It’s the scrubbiness for us! Okay, the minty tingly feeling is really nice, too. But this beautiful combo of honey, ground aduki beans, peppermint, evening primrose seeds, and kaolin clay, is the definition of deep clean, but perfectly moisturized.
Kosas | Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Wash
Body acne is a persistent lil’ b*tch. *major eyeroll* And it honestly doesn’t help that most of us don’t exfoliate below the neck as often as we should. Packed with fruit enzymes and AHAs, this shower gel is our new go-to when it comes to keeping body breakouts far away. Plus, it’s gentle enough for daily use.
Soft Services | Buffing Bar Microcrystal Exfoliant
This little bar right here. Listen, entire body feels as smooth as a baby’s a*s. Every time. Soft Services understood the full assignment. Literally the new king of physical body exfoliators in our book. That’s all you need to know.
Supergoop | Glow Oil SPF 50
You should definitely wear sunscreen year-round, but for some reason we only care about applying sunscreen on our entire body during the Summer months, though. Glow Oil is a hydrating, non-greasy sunscreen oil. Get it for that Santorini trip. You need it.
Boy Smells | Violet Ends
This “genderful” fragrance is stirring and deep in the best f*ckin’ way possible. The notes of rhubarb, violet, bergamot, black tea, orris, and white birch play remarkably well together. Serving rich smokiness drenched in sensuality, it’s giving rich auntie/uncle will be on vacation and not with the family for Christmas.
Lush | Breath of God
This is basically earthy sex in a bottle (or whatever TF that even means). Brit is literally addicted to this blend of cedarwood, lemon, and vetivert (and I’m addicted to sniffing her neck every time she wears it). Breath of God is beautifully herbal and woodsy, and equal parts intoxicating and I’m about to lick your entire face.
Commodity | Mimosa
Brunchin’ in the Summer, on spacious patios with your homies… totally a thing. Just because Fall just pulled up on us, doesn’t mean we have to completely abandon our sunkissed, mimosa-filled afternoons. Commodity’s Mimosa is fresh, uplifting, and bright. This thoughtful combination comprised of citrus, floral, and musky notes just works, and plain ol’ smells TF good!
Arctic Fox | Semi-Permanent Hair Dye in Transylvania
Jet black hair is just holy and regal, but that doesn’t mean you want it black permanently. Arctic Fox vegan and cruelty-free semi-permanent hair dye is great for temporarily scratching that I need jet black hair right now itch. The bonus, it’s incredibly gentle on the scalp. Shakera, jet black, small, waist-length knotless braid me, please.
As I Am | Smoothing Gel
Center part bustdown, slick bun, no flakes, no crust, crunch-free hair? You need this. This vegan hair gel, is going to ensure your flyaways lay down and stay down. Soft and slick for the win.
As I Am | Dry & Itchy Scalp Care Co-Wash
Scalps can act a damn fool, sometimes. It just is what it is. Formulated with Zinc pyrithione and tea tree oil, this co-wash has mastered the the complexities of tackling dry scalp conditions and thoroughly cleansing, while simultaneously improving hair and scalp moisture.
MAC Cosmetics | Powder Blush in Raizin
The OG black girl blush from MAC. Raizin is a rouge ancestor at this point. It’s the perfect shade of blush for virtually all skin tones—literally. That’s not an exaggeration. Google her. Her range is impeccable, sweetie.
Saie | Sun Melt Cream-Balm Bronzer
This clean bronzer is lightweight, velvety, and nearly impossible to screw up the application. We appreciate that it plays nice with both makeup brushes and fingers and seamlessly melts into skin. Clearly, its doing a great job of living up to its name.
* Dev wears Sun Melt Cream-Balm Bronzer in Deep Bronze.
Smashbox | Always On Liquid Lipstick in TRUE GRIT
It’s dark (matte) lipstick season, and we need to ditch the typical Fall aubergine. A smooth, matte dark brown is a good look, and this is the one the best. Smashbox’s True Grit is chocolatey perfection, and that’s on Mary had a whatever TF Mary had that day, chile.