Remember the excitement of getting new clothes for school when you were a kid? Well, the bloom was off that rose as soon as you were old enough to buy your first “proper” handbag or pair of heels. But what never seems to lose its luster is the season’s new crop of beauty products, ripe for our picking and yours. Ahead, a few favorites that are guaranteed to perk you up when the cool-weather doldrums roll in.
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1. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate $46
Kiehl’s is one of those brands that even your S.O. wants to use, so you may not care to share this latest creation unless you want to find an empty bottle on the sink. Not only does this fabulous facial oil give the skin an immediate moisture boost, but ingredients like ginger root essential oil will make you look like you had more sleep than you did. Available at Kiehl’s, 907 West Armitage Avenue, 773-665-2515, Kiehls.com.
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2. Sara Happ Limited Edition Lip Scrub Set $40
Dry, flaky lips are inevitable when the temps start to dip, which means it’s time to take your balm to another level. Sara Happ—the parched pout queen—launched a limited edition Midnight Blueberry Lip Scrub that’s made with nourishing emollients, food-grade essential oils (it smells amazing!), and sugar crystals. Just in time for the holidays, the scrub has been paired with Happ’s Lip Slip, another cult beauty favorite, which keeps lips protected and hydrated for hours. Available at Nordstrom, 55 East Grand Avenue, 312-464-1515, Nordstrom.com.
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3. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick $32
This celebrity makeup artist’s exquisite line of cosmetics and skincare has only been available in Chicago for about a year, but it’s safe to say we’ve been glued to her counter at Nordstrom ever since. While we encourage you to give all of Tilbury’s products a test drive, the latest creation will give you the perfect pout this fall. Unlike many other matte, long-lasting lipsticks, this formula contains orchid and Tilbury’s exclusive “Lipstick Tree” plant extract to keep lips soft and hydrated. Bonus points for the 3D glowing pigments that give the illusion of fuller lips. Available at Nordstrom, 55 East Grand Avenue, 312-464-1515, Nordstrom.com.
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4. Drybar Blonde Ale Collection $26-$27
The only thing more exciting than Chicago finally having its own Drybar location is the launch of their incredible new hair care collection for blondes. Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against brunettes—but any Goldilocks will tell you that brassiness is her worst enemy. And while we’ve tried purple products before (it’s the color that works to temporarily tone the hair), we’ve never been as impressed with the results as we are with this shampoo and conditioner ($26 each.) The Brightening Cream ($26) is the perfect compliment to the set, as it helps retain brightness and shine while making your hair smell like a dream in the process. Available at Drybar, 1611 North Sheffield Avenue, 312-288-3087, thedrybar.com.
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5. Norell $150
While every woman has a signature fragrance, it’s nice to mix it up every once in a while. Need help? We’re crushing over this 2015 remake of a 1968 classic from the legendary Norman Norell. The top notes are fruity, the mid-notes are floral, and the base notes are on the spicy side, so the blend is a trifecta of perfection—one that will definitely have people asking, “What are you wearing?” This is also a perfume you’ll want to keep out on the dresser, as the bottle—a remake of the opulent Baccarat limited-edition parfum ($1,500) enhanced with a 24-karat gold-plated collar—can be ogled at for a fraction of the cost. Available at Neiman Marcus, 737 North Michigan Avenue, 312-642-5900, neimanmarcus.com.
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6. Raymond Matts Perfume Collection $200 each
After working at some of the most renowned fragrance houses in the world, Matts decided to branch out and create his own line of bespoke, non-gender perfumes. Seven delicious fragrances are on offer, each designed for the customer looking for something a bit different. Available at Nordstrom, 55 East Grand Avenue, 312-464-1515, Nordstrom.com.