Mandy's Must-Haves: A Do-It-All Concealer Pen, Miracle Gel Polish, and More

Ready for some unpleasant news? Summer ends officially in less than two weeks. Cue the wistful sigh. But here’s an idea—rather than mourn the end of salt-sprayed hair and sun-kissed skin, why not look forward to the fresh slate that fall brings us? At least, that’s what our guest editor Mandy Moore is doing when it comes to her beauty routine—and we think she’s got the right idea. From a magical concealer pen that covers all wrongs to a gel polish you can use in the comfort of your own home, keep scrolling Moore’s favorite picks for September!

With summer at its official end and the world getting back into the swing of things, I feel like this time of year often symbolizes a clean slate or fresh start—even for those of us well beyond our school years. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to barrel into September and the start of my favorite season with some vim and vigor! If you feel the same way, here are a few products sure to be right up your alley.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash ($52)
I’ve never had the good fortune to work with makeup phenom Charlotte Tilbury, but I have been a long-time admirer of her work. So when some online sleuthing resulted in the realization that her eponymous line (available online only outside of the U.S thus far) would finally be making its stateside debut, I was thrilled. I am a self-proclaimed sucker for packaging (and anything with a makeup artist’s stamp of approval), so it was easy to fall in love with everything here. At the moment, my favorite product has to be the Wonderglow primer, which you can wear alone or under foundation or tinted moisturizer. Its job is to basically "disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin” with technology called microspheres that scatter light. The end result is an anti-aging optical illusion that blurs fine lines, corrects tone, improves elasticity, and leaves behind radiant, luminous skin. Um, yes, please! I’ve been wearing it solo and feel no need for more coverage (minus some under-eye concealer).

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen ($28)
And while we’re on the concealer tip, this month, I was delighted to finally add Beautycounter’s new Touchup Skin Concealer Pen into my makeup mix. It’s exactly the kind of product I’ve been dreaming about: something to cancel out dark circles or spots, free of harmful ingredients that adversely effect our health, and swoon-worthy packaging (yes), all in the click of a button. I’ve been a fan of Beautycounter since its inception and couldn’t be more excited about their expansion into the makeup space! Bring it on!

Talika Eye Therapy Patch ($67)
Who couldn’t use more sleep? Even though I’m essentially a baby who’s out cold at 9 p.m. on a normal evening, I’m still willing to take all the help I can get in the “looking well-rested” department. Enter: Talika Eye Therapy Patch, with its sleek case and reusable treatment pads. I had the benefit of a makeup artist friend using them on me after a trans-con flight and marveled at how efficiently they seemed to de-puff my under-eye baggage, leaving me nearly free of the dreaded dark circles and ready to face a whole day of work.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish ($10)
Look, I may be a bit of a germaphobe: I carry alcohol swabs and anti-bacterial gel everywhere, plus I’m an avid hand washer. So color me skeptical when I heard about Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel Polish. It promises up to two weeks of color and gloss of the gel polish variety, without the havoc of removal or the UV light. Plus, it’s just two steps: the color and a special topcoat. However, I love to do the dishes and laundry (and all the hand washing), so in my world, polish never lasts more than a day or two without chipping, grand claims or not. I have to hand it to them—whatever technology they’ve imbued into this product is pretty spectacular. I just passed the week mark and I’ve only noticed a few chips on a nail or two. I’m excited to dig into a few other fall-festive colors.

Stila Eyes are the Window Eye Shadow Palette ($49) in Soul
Speaking of fall-festive colors, Stila’s Eyes are the Window Eye Shadow Palette in Soul has just the right mix of shimmer and oomph to feel fresh, but would definitely fit in comfortably in your makeup drawer year-round. The 12 eye shadows live in the warm, tawny, neutral, golden family and are a pretty even split between shimmer and matte that can be worn wet or dry. My husband also remarked that the detail of the sturdy gold packaging looks like it could be an Egyptian relic. Hmm … if any of that seems like your speed, this might be a worthy investment.

Sanitas Nourishing Body Balm ($22)
As we’re about to delve into drier months, and I’m on the perpetual hunt for something ultra-moisturizing, I was thrilled about the introduction to Sanitas Body Balm. Although ideal for truly rough areas (elbows, heels, and the like), I found the deep hydration and refreshing peppermint oil scent to work well anywhere that needed some extra love. A word to the wise: The packaging is fabulous but could be mistaken for a stick of deodorant (my husband made the mistake). Careful!

Unite Texturiza Spray (prices vary by location)
I will never say no to any hybrid of dry shampoo and volumizer, so naturally I was quite curious to see what Unite’s Texturiza was all about. They claim that it’s a finishing hairspray, but I found it to be more in line with my beloved Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, with a slightly sweeter smell. My fine locks need a lot of love in the fullness department and I loved that the paraben-free formula added the right amount of workable grit and hold, without making my hair feel sticky.

Nyx Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie ($6) in Cherry Smash
Sometimes, I think back to how I used to view makeup and shudder (hello, pastel pink MAC Lip Glass!). I didn’t necessarily have any rules, but I definitely shied away from anything that was too much of an “event.” Years later, I love the look of a bold lip and have found it be a fun and fairly feasible beauty statement. I was especially taken by the three lip pencils Byrdie sent me this month, with the NYX’s Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie, a glossy stain-balm hybrid, as my favorite of the bunch. The formulations are more of a comfortable color commitment, without being too saturated, and they’re super user-friendly.
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