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September Favourites

Cult Beauty Monthly Favourites

Summer is so ovah − but that’s okay, because it means I get to legitimately sing my favourite seasonal song: “Autumn days when the grass is je-well-ed” (“and the silk inside a chestnut shell”). It also means I get to wear sweaters, and re-watch Harry Potter films (because you can only watch Harry Potter when its dark outside, obvs). I know, I know. I’m very cool.

While inside watching Harry Potter indulging in innumerable cool activities, my current skin care obsession is REN’s new(ish) {Flash Rinse} – which fills me with Freddy Mercury feelings. It’s a turquoise gritty paste that smells of oranges, but brightens skin up beautifully. “FLASH! A-aaaaaaaaaaa.” *ahem*

My hands are not big fans of change and I look forward to the time when I can shove them in protective gauntlets. However, its still a tad too early to wear gloves without people making unkind assumptions about my sanity, so I am stealthily protecting them instead. My love for Aesop knows no bounds, and their {Reverence Hand Balm} is the more ‘acquired’ cousin of the Resurrection range. It has an earthy, herbal smell that I go mad for, and the lactic acid content helps to leave skin smooth and supple.

And since Valérie stopped by to talk us through Odacité – and convince me that I needed every single one (because who wouldn’t want to be an ‘at home alchemist’??!? – dons lab coat) – I curbed my enthusiasm (was curbed by my hideously inflexible bank balance) and opted for {Radiance Effect Booster}. The little violet vial looks fancy, and its lemon-y scented contents make my face look luminous.

Cult Beauty Monthly Favourites

I’ve been having a love-in with Jouer’s {Matte Moisture Tint} – which seems ironic given my current crush on glow-bestowers, but when mixed with a drop of oil or serum, this is the perfect skin enhancer. Just enough coverage to neutralise my redness, and sufficiently weightless to look like real skin (but better).

Sachajuan’s {Intensive Hair Oil} combines the re-hair-bilitative properties of oil, with the mane-taming prowess of a serum, to coax my willful tresses into being (slightly) less unruly. No mean feat, considering my hair is Gorgon-esque in its bad attitude towards restraint…

And because I love, love, love a lipstick – to distract people from staring at the ‘third eye’ I acquired in my sleep – 3 Custom Color’s {Copacabana} is a zingy, peachy-pink with micro-flecks of gold, to make my mouth the most obvious bit of my face (and in turn, give my ego a much-needed boost).


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…