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Our Best Beauty Buys For September 2019

Got an itch to shop, but don’t know what to cop? We’ve got the perfect beauty shopping list for you.

2019 is almost over, so give yourself a pat on the back for making it through most of the year. We prefer to do it by spoiling ourselves rotten with the month’s best beauty buys. This September, we have gorgeous niche fragrances, skincare to brighten stubbornly dull skin, assorted makeup palettes to create versatile looks, and a haircare essential you probably didn’t know you needed. All in all, we’d say that September looks to be a good beauty month.

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Floraiku AO EDP, $475 from escentials Paragon
An easy way to “refresh” your mindset is to invest in a new perfume, since your sense of smell is so strongly linked to memories. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fresh start, with a fresh new fragrance? Floraiku AO is the brand’s latest addition to the Forbidden Incense collection. The scent combines warm myrrh and tonka bean with zesty mandarin and green fig to create a surprisingly seductive green scent.   3LAB Oil Complex Brightening Cream, $555 from TANGS at Tang Plaza and escentials Paragon
This lightweight moisturiser from 3LAB contains a powerful blend of tsubaki oil, chia seed oil, brightening peptides, stabilised vitamin E and stabilised vitamin C to brighten, reduce uneven skin tones, protect the skin against pollution and soothe skin all in one go. KORA Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum, $89 from Sephora
Brighten, hydrate and protect your skin in just one step with this vitamin C serum from Kora Organics. Besides being potent, the serum is also free from harmful ingredients such as sulphates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and colour, formaldehyde, and ethoxylate. You can never be too careful when it comes to the stuff you’re putting on your face, can you? Ryo Hair Loss Care Scalp Deep Cleansing Scaler EX, $19.90 from Guardian and selected Cold Storage locations
Most people tend not to pay attention to their scalp, thinking that a good shampoo and conditioner is all it takes for great hair. However, did you know that the health of your scalp can make or break your hair, literally? On top of that, the early warning signs of hair loss are scarily subtle: limp, flat hair, a gradually widening part, and an itchy and dry scalp. To make sure your scalp and hair are as healthy as can be, gently exfoliate your scalp twice a week with the Scalp Deep Cleansing Scaler EX. Serge Lutens La Couche du Diable, $185 from escentials Paragon and escentials TANGS at Tang Plaza
Named after the Devil’s Bed, this sinful scent housed in a darkly romantic bottle evokes indulgence and transgression with notes of oud, amber, musk, labdanum and saffron, with a curious sprinkle of rose and orange. Lunasol Illuminating Color Glow Collection, $30 from Kanebo counters
Japanese makeup palettes are usually filled with neutral, earthy and subtle tones. However, Lunasol seeks to buck the trend with its latest Illuminating Color Glow Collection. The collection includes four vibrant and colourful eyeshadow palettes, three cheek palettes, and a lavender-hued shimmery eyeliner to brighten tired eyes. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (Limited Edition), $50 from Sephora
First Aid Beauty is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of  limited edition bestsellers, and we can’t help but coo over the cute packaging. If you don’t know what to get from First Aid Beauty, try these Facial Radiance Pads. It’s saturated with glycolic and lactic acid to resurface and brighten the skin. You can use it every day, but make sure to wear sunscreen during the day. Innisfree Cherry Blossom Lin, $22 from Innisfree
For the first time in three years, Innisfree is launching an all-new range of products as part of its “Jeju Heritage Ingredient” line. The much-anticipated Jeju Cherry Blossom Line aims to brighten and even out complexion by combating the root cause of all skin concerns: a lack of hydration. Besides skin-brightening cherry blossom leaf extracts, the collection also makes use of beet-derived betaine to lock moisture into the epidermis. Benefit Box O' Highlighter in Tickle, $53
If you even remotely identify as a beauty fiend, you would be familiar with Benefit’s box blushes that come in cardboard boxes that flip up, a la old-school style. Come September 12, the brand’s launching its first boxed highlighters. The new highlighters will be available in Tickle – a golden pink shade (as seen) and Cookie – a warm golden pearl shade. Rochas Mademoiselle Eau de Toilette
A seductive, fruity scent that characterises Mademoiselle Rochas, this perfume embodies the Parisian Frenchic element. The fragrance opens with a burst of pink peppercorns, violet leaf and blackcurrant. Its soft, airy-light heart reveals a bouquet of white flowers, with rose petals mingling with the sunny sensuality of jasmine, energised by the freshness of honeysuckle. YSL Beaute Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte, $54
This month, YSL Beaute’s Rouge Pur Couture sees a new family member added to the mix. It’s a variation of the brand’s The Slim lippie – a full coverage matte finish lip colour that sits with a leather effect on the pouters. Get your hands on these sheer version that comes in 12 shades with an air-brushed finish. Rouge Dior 844 Trafalgar, $54
Dior’s iconic Rouge Dior undergoes a reinvention in this limited edition Trafalgar launch by Peter Philips. Inspired by the late Christian Dior’s “Coup de Trafalgar” – the famous red dress that he liked to surprise the audience with during a catwalk. Now in an exclusive passionate and bold red colour, the lipstick’s bullet is decorated with a motif that pays tribute to two iconic Trafalgar silhouettes of Maria Grazia Chiuri. Rouge Blush 080 Trafalgar, $75
Likewise, the Rouge Dior blush undergoes the same treatment with red and the motif. Both products are available at Dior’s Takashimaya counter, starting September. La Mer Regenerating Serum, $580
After its original debut 10 years ago, La Mer’s regenerating serum receives a revamp. The new formula consists of metabolic ferment that’s made up of concentrated plant stem-cell ingredients, glutathione and niacinamide. It works to boost the skin’s natural collagen to rapidly reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. This supercharged serum revs up visible skin renewal. It reduces the look of redness and other signs of inflammation, minimises pores and leaves the skin feeling firmer. The Lime Tea Concentrate, La Mer’s antioxidant powerhouse, helps protect against irritating environmental aggressors and prevent future damage to the skin.