11 Beauty Buys We’ll Be Using Through Spring and Beyond

editors beauty picks september 2023
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Spring is the season of colour, growth and renaissance. It’s time to pack away the sweaters and pull out your strongest SPFs, just in time for the warm weather and higher UV exposure that comes around with silly season. And with all of that in mind, we welcome you to the POPSUGAR Australia team’s September beauty picks.

Ahead, you’ll find plenty of products to help melt away your winter blues. From a sunscreen that leaves barely any white-cast, to a delicious perfume with notes of citrus and pear, here is every cosmetic, fragrance, skincare and haircare item that we’ve been obsessed with for the past month.

Sangeeta Kocharekar, Lifestyle Editor

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R+Co High Dive Moisture and Shine Crème ($51)

I wish I’d discovered this product years ago! I use it after every shower — it makes my hair smell so nice. It doesn’t make my hair look greasy at all, instead just taming it. I try to be low-maintenance beauty-wise when I travel, but this is the one item I’ll always bring. Cannot recommend enough!

Buy R+Co High Dive Moisture and Shine Crème at Rogue Beauty.

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Masion Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning EDT (from $50)

I don’t know what I like better about this fragrance — the bottle or the scent. The bottle has a cloth label wrapped around it and looks so luxurious displayed in the bathroom. The scent is subtle, but sweet, with notes of pear, orange and white musks.

Pick up a Masion Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning EDT bottle or handy purse-sized spritzer from Mecca.

Bernice Corral, Vertical Content Producer

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Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($41)

Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch Blush in “Worth” has recently made its way into my everyday makeup routine and it’s safe to say “I’m Obsessed” (by Addison Rae). This is the third blush I own from Rare Beauty because the formula is just so good — it’s pigmented, easy to work with, and the finish leaves a heavy flushed glow. I love how it’s not too ‘pink’ for me either. I think the shade would work on a range of skin tones — we love inclusivity!

Pop Rare Beauty’s “Soft Pinch Blush” in your basket at Sephora.

Julia Willing, Head of Content

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Il Makiage Black Card Mascara ($46)

There’s some sort of sorcery going on with this mascara and I will forever believe that this is hands down, the best mascara ever. People give me compliments left and right when I’m wearing it — “Are you wearing falsies?” they ask and I flutter my eyes and proudly say, “No, these are my actual lashes.”

Give the Il Makiage Black Card Mascara a swipe and pick up a stick online.

Kailah Haddad, Entertainment Producer

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Charlotte Tillbury Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist ($80)

I’ve only recently started using Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Hydrating Mist, and I’m obsessed! What I love about this product is how I can bring it with me anywhere for a quick hydration fix. It’s advertised to give you an instant dewy glow on-the-go, and it’s no lie!

Pick up a Charlotte Tillbury Magic Hydrator Mist online.

Natasha Bazika, Senior Content Producer

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Ultra Violette Lean Screen Mattifying Zinc ($52) & Preen Screen Mist ($42)

I’ve really been loving Ultra Violette products lately especially the Lean Screen Mattifying Zinc. One, because it’s light and I have oily skin. And two — the finish isn’t shiny making it great to wear with makeup. It might set you back a little bit, $50+ for sunscreen is a bit of a luxury, but it’s really a great investment. Honestly, I only really wear it when I know I’m going to be in the sun all day, I don’t want to use it up too fast. Also, the Preen Screen Mist is so good for little ones because all they need to do is shut their eyes, no unnecessary face rubbing needed.

You can check out the other Ultra Violette products at Sephora.

Angeline Barion, Junior Content Producer

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PAX Polish Nail Colour + Treatment ($31)

Socks, sneakers or really any closed toe shoe is my go-to but now that spring is here, I find myself gravitating towards sandals, heels and thongs (aka flip flops). So, on the days that my toes are on display/peeking through my open tipped shoes, PAX Polish’s Nail Colour + Treatment is my best friend. It always has a smooth finish, rich colour and lasts a very long time. Best part? It doesn’t dry out my nail!

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OXX Cosmetics Blush Balm ($6)

The warmer weather is really pushing to pop a bit of colour onto my cheeks with a not-so-concealed, baked and set base but this handy lil compact from Kmart came through. It reminds me of my favourite stick blush from Mecca but in compact form. The balm is still pretty buildable and blends out quite nicely to give me a natural flush. I’m also loving the fact that it’s cruelty free and a really affordable price point. It’s kinda hard to believe that it’s only $6. I’ve yet to test it out for a full day of wear but so far, so good.

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Lust Minerals Clean Tinted Sunscreen + Hyaluronic Acid ($38)

I’m still fighting a fair bit of winter dry skin and this Lust Minerals sunscreen is really giving me good vibes. Since the start of spring, I’ve been getting a bit of ezcema-like flakiness on my cheeks. The formula includes hyaluronic acid which has really helped to soothe the patches of extreme dryness and rebuild my skin barrier. Plus, it keeps me protected from the sun. I’ll usually switch up between this and an Ultra Violette SPF for some variety.

Shanii Novak, Agency Partnerships Manager

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Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi Styler (now $699, was $949)

I am obsessed with my Dyson Air Wrap! I bought this a few weeks ago and it hands down changed my life. I went from straight hair every day to volumised curls that I can now do in under 20mins — subtle flex.

Get the Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi Styler — in-store or online at multiple retailers nationwide.

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Kosas Wet Stick Moisture Lip Shine ($38)

I’m also currently loving my Kosas Wet Stick — like truly obsessed. It goes on like lip balm and stays like lip stick. I got the colour “Heat Wave” and it’s such a pretty spring/summer colour and easily goes from day to night.

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