There’s nothing like the back-to-school season to remind us of youthful, bright-eyed, fresh faces. As we grow up, we play more and more with cosmetics and are constantly dressing our skin up and down. Yet there are also moments when we all wish we could go back to the days where none of the eyeliners and matte lipsticks mattered. This September, we’re revisiting those days when our bare-faced, natural look was perfectly enough. But don’t be fooled — even the natural look needs a little effort and TLC to ensure our skin looks the best it can without needing layers and layers of makeup.
In our round-up of best beauty buys this month, we’ve gathered the best products to celebrate and take care of our natural beauty. Just simple things from the best new toner this month to the perfect lip balm — here are our favourite beauty products this month that help bring out your best natural look.
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With organic charcoal to give your face a deep cleanse, this Unpa. peeling gel is a one-step beauty product that promises the return of your baby face. It draws out impurities from the day, provides a peeling effect with irritation-free weak acidic pH, and soothes and moisturises your skin with ginseng and panthenol — all using just natural ingredients. The peeling gel also contains natural root extracts that tackle hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Really, there’s nothing the Cha Cha Gommage can’t do.
Available at KIS Beauty Store, 5/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-9pm). THB 417.
When it comes to beauty, sometimes the simplest thing can make a big difference. Having healthy and hydrated lips is one of these easy simple things, and there’s no better product to guarantee this than the iconic lip balm by La Mer. Infused with nourishing natural ingredients, it instantly relieves dryness without overloading your lips, and provides a barrier against environmental stressors. We also love its refreshing minty scent and feel, which is an instant pick-me-up. You can totally skip the chewing gum.
Available at all La Mer beauty counters, Sephora Thailand, and KIS Beauty Store. THB 2950.
We’d hardly call this a foundation, since the YSL Beauté All Hours cushion is incredibly lightweight and natural-looking. However, it does somehow have great coverage and manages to conceal most blemishes by evening out your skin tone. The cushion is super soft and easy to apply, and the tint brings out the natural brightness of your complexion. With infused minerals and SPF, it’s a foundation that heightens and protects your natural look rather than covers it up.
Available at all YSL Beauté counters. THB 2500.
Lanvin ‘A Girl in Capri’ perfume
September can also be quite a nostalgic time as we find ourselves reminiscing about all the sunny holidays of the summer just passed. Lanvin captures this memory of summer in their new fragrance, ‘A Girl in Capri’, which is a sprinkle of fresh citrus scents and warm uplifting notes of the Italian coastline. Looking flawless is one thing, but nothing says glamour like smelling fantastic too. What we love most about this is that it works as a day-to-night scent: it’s casual enough for the afternoon, yet also dazzling enough for the evenings. If you go for one perfume this season, make it ‘A Girl in Capri’.
Available at Lanvin. 1/F Erawan, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-7pm). THB 3350 for 90ml. THB 2350 for 50ml.
A toner is not to be underestimated. Having a good toner really does make a big difference to your beauty routine. It not only ensures your skin remains evenly hydrated and refreshed, toners also help to tighten pores, boost the effects of serums, and lift the face. From the award-winning Japanese Kosé company, Sekkisei’s lotion makes a spectacular brightening and tightening toner with Japanese innovation and effective ingredients. You only need a few drops on a cotton pad to give your face an instant refresher.
Available at KIS Beauty Store, 5/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). THB 1050
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad
Even if you’re going for a natural look, there’s no stopping you from having a little fun with colour. Elevate your look with some earth-tone glimmer using Tom Ford’s huge selection of eyeshadow palettes. The four-shade ‘Quads’ give you a chance to play around with blending colours and finishes to give your eyes an extra dazzle.
Available at all Tom Ford beauty counters and all Sephora Thailand branches. THB 3200.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub
Few things feel and look more naturally glamorous than having smooth skin. The best way to achieve this is through gentle exfoliation, especially with a natural exfoliant like sugar. Tree Hut is a great brand for body scrubs that use only natural, organic ingredients. We especially love the Moroccan Rose for its skin brightening effects and lovely, heavenly, soothing scent.
Available at KIS Beauty store, 5/F Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-9pm). THB 1150.