September is in full swing and we’re feeling strong back-to-school vibes, so we’re making this the time to hit refresh!

Whether it’s a simple skincare swap or a new makeup hack, with a new season upon us and rushed mornings back with a bang, it’s time to get organised and sift out the old and bring in the new. Here’s the noteworthy products that deserve a spot in your beauty arsenal…

Zara Hydro Glow Tinted Moisturiser, £14.99

Our favourite high-street fashion brand has upped their beauty game and expanded their makeup line – and we’re loving it! This tinted moisturiser boasts a hydrating and lightweight coverage with a formula that sinks into the skin. It works to even out skin tone, conceal and leave you with a natural glow. Plus, it’s available in 18 shade ranges. 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5

Fast-track your makeup routine and make dressing up your face easy work by forgoing your blending brushes for this bouncy sponge. Designed with three distinct edges for a sculpted and precise finish that leaves your base flawless in minutes. 

Drunk Elephant Ceramighty AF Eye Balm, £52

If you’re pressing down on the snooze button one too many times in the morning, you’ll welcome this new cooling eye serum that plumps and refreshes under-eye fatigue. Vitamin-F, strengthening ceramides and omega-rich plant oils nourish and strengthen the skin barrier whilst oat calms and soothes tight, tired back-to-school eyes. 

Monika Blunder Beauty Kissen Lush Lipsticks, £28 each

Fill up your pencil case (or handbag) with these lip crayons that are easy to swipe over your pout.  They come in six flattering shades from muted nudes to deep reds that have impressive staying power. And just an FYI, this German makeup artist brand is one to watch

Neom Super Shower Body Cleanser, £26

Supercharge your energy and zap hydration with this highly scented shower gel that will get your limbs dancing in your morning shower. The zingy and zesty blend of spearmint, rosemary and eucalyptus oils will help set off on your day on good footing. 

Cosmoss Sacred Mist, £120

MEGA news in the beauty world is the launch of Kate Moss’s new wellness brand. Our star product is this mood-boosting aura spray (that’s fragrance for me and you!) which is weirdly hypnotic and comforting and somehow makes us smile, even at the crack of dawn. Packed with notes of orange flower, jasmine, bergamot, and cedar wood. Kate reveals, “as the day begins, the Sacred Mist, layered with my favourite essential oils, instantly recentres and uplifts me.” Sounds like we could do with this in the bucketful! 

Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint, £24

Don’t underestimate the power of a touch of blush. It gives your face a healthy glow and brightens the whites of your eyes (fact!) These creamy easy-to-blend long-wearing tints look great on lips too. Dab with fingers for a natural instant flush. 

Nivea Luminous360 Anti-Dark Spot Even Tone Night Cream, £27

New to the Nivea family, this light night cream will help minimise any pigmentation that has appeared over the summer months. Claiming to reduce dark spots while you sleep, and preventing new ones from popping up, this will even out tone and quench skin with hydration while you get some shut eye. Your skin will thank you come morning.

Curel Deep Moisture Spray, £19.50 

If the 4pm slump is back in full effect, this ultra-fine refresher will give back your glow, hydrate without weight, and give your makeup a boost. Spritz on tired legs and feet too for a welcome pick-me-up. 

MAC Full Eye Lash Curler, £16.50

Whether you’re giving your mascara a boost or simply using it alone, a gentle pair of eyelash curlers is the essential tool to standout lashes and cheating 8-hour sleep. Just be mindful not to pinch with too much pressure, you want to curl your lashes, not crimp, or break them! A favourite amongst the beauty set for good reason. 

Airebrush Duo, £170

Who said bouncy blow-dries can’t be created at home? Not us. This innovative heat styling brush will help you achieve a salon-worthy blow dry in minutes. Brush through wet or damp hair to tame frizz, create volume or twist and curl hair to create texture and movement in mere seconds. With two interchangeable attachments, you can change your style every day. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, £9.50

If you’re struggling with getting back to routine and prolonging your hair washing day for some extra minutes in bed, then this French pharmacy favourite will refresh your hair, dispense no white dust and you’ll be able to comb your fingers through your hair without them getting stuck. A non-negotiable working week essential (kindly lending you extra time in bed). 

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