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Beauty Beat: September 2023 Beauty Buys To Prep For The Holiday Szn

'Tis the season to update the kikay kit.

Barenbliss, Colourette Cosmetics, GRWM Cosmetics and many more are making a strong case for early Christmas shopping.

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Finally, the post-back-to-school scaries are fading away. As Christmas songs start playing and the weather turns a couple of degrees lower, it’s not just the season that’s changing—it’s our beauty routines, too. Now that the holiday spirit is upon us, we’re bringing out the beauty bag necessities and new releases that are making a strong case for early Christmas shopping.

2023 has been a good year for every beauty girlie, and these local beauty brands have no plans of stopping soon. From transfer-proof tints to heart-shaped puffs, these September beauty buys are the perfect prep for this season.


It’s time to bounce with Colourette CosmeticsColourbounce. It’s a jelly-to-powder compact blush series that comes in three fabulous finishes: matte, shimmer, and glitter. If I’m being honest, I had reservations about whether the shimmer and glitter shades would work for my naturally oily and textured skin. To my surprise, the shimmer shades provided a subtle sheen, while the glitters added sparkle without settling into my large pores. The formula feels like a dream, and the shade range makes it a must-have in my makeup bag. If you can’t choose between the six shades, my personal picks are Mochi, Luv, and Teddy!

Chu Chü Beauty

Craving for something sweet? Chu Chü Beauty has you covered with the Yummy Yum Skin Collection. Their Yummy Yum Skin Dewy Cushion is a self-setting cushion foundation that delivers a long-lasting, skin-like-but-fresher finish. It comes in six shades, and I’m in Cookie! Of course, I set the dewy foundation with their Yummy Yum Yum Skin Loose Powder. While there’s the shade Almond for medium-deep skin tones, I personally prefer the lighter shade Oat because I’m more into baking (no pun intended). Did I mention that the products from this collection come with a heart-shaped puff? Totally cute.

GRWM Cosmetics

I just gotta spill the tea on GRWM Cosmetics‘ Lip Collection. Their High Beam, Lip Contour, and Tinted Lip Glaze are seriously lit, as always. First off, let’s talk lip liner—it’s the bomb dot com! The Lip Contours (a personal fave from the collection) are the ultimate wing-woman for your lips, helping you achieve that killer (and kissable) pout. Lip liners are a rare find on local shelves, and GRWM is out here serving a whole collection with an amazing shade range.

Personally, I either top the Lip Contour with the High Beam for an extra touch of hydration and shimmer or layer with the Tinted Lip Glaze to add a hint of gloss and color. My go-to combo is Lip Contour in Maximo and High Beam in Charlie Cherry for that cherry cola lip look.


The Barenbliss Peach Makes Perfect Tint is one of my go-to daily lippies, given that it doesn’t dry my lips and leaves such a nice stain throughout the day. That said, I was super stoked to give the Bloom Matte Transferproof Tint a whirl this time. Matte lip looks are making a huge comeback, and they’re not causing chapped lips like back in 2016. Forget about that old-school dryness drama—Barenbliss just dropped this tint that starts off like a glossy balm, and then BAM, it sets into a flexible matte that lasts all day on your lips. Personally, I prefer this one because mattes give my thin lips more definition compared to the usual lip stains.

BLK Cosmetics

I absolutely adore this whimsical collection from BLK Cosmetics. Introducing 𝘋𝘢𝘺𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 3.0—a new take on the brand’s bestselling cushion foundation, blur powders, and brow besties. My personal pick is their Daydream Cushion Wand Trio for blush, contour, and highlight. As a morena, these three shades are flattering for my skin tone, serving a natural-looking flush with a stunning glow.

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