September Thoughts: Exactly Which Products I’m Reaching for and Sales I’m Shopping

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Ruminating on what I’m reaching for and sales I’m currently shopping.

September has arrived and even though embracing fall is the next logical step, we’re, like a lot of places, still having plenty of heat for the foreseeable future. Such is always the case this time of year! Today, I am sharing the products and clothing I’ve been actively reaching for lately as well as the Labor Day sales I’ve been shopping. I hope you find this round up interesting and helpful!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…

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A view from our yearly Palm Springs abode.

September Thoughts: Exactly Which Products I’m Reaching for and Sales I’m Shopping

Last week, we stayed at a beautiful Mid-Century home in Palm Springs; it’s become a family tradition and such an ideal place to unwind and reflect and I used a bit of the time to document the products that have taken me through the end of summer and into the fall.

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Skincare on heavy rotation.

In terms of skincare, I’ve been loving:

*DefenAge 8-in-1 Serum:

This fragrance-free serum skillfully tends to skin of all types, soothing, brightening and evening skin tone while instantly firming and hydrating. I’m very much impressed!

Agent Nateur Holi Oil:

I’m on my 5th bottle of this skincare wonder; it moisturizes and nourishes while healing and soothing every irritation. I use it on myself and whenever Joey gets a scratch or cut. Also, mix it with foundation for the glowiest complexion ever.

Agent Nateur Holi Water + Agent Nateur Holi C:

Try mixing 4 pumps of the toner with a dime sized amount of the revolutionary C powder for a bespoke elixir that firms and brightens skin without irritation. I have used this duo for years now and it’s my C of choice thanks to its calibrated results.

*Agent Nateur Lash and Brow Serum:

I have been using this serum on my lashes and have really noticed extra growth on my lower lashes. For brows, too soon to tell results but it’s an excellent formula to leave them looking groomed and polished.

Augustinus Bader The Light Cream:

If you want the iconic and proprietary Bader TFC8 complex in the lightest formula possible, this cream is for you. It delivers beautiful results while feeling like absolutely nothing.

Colorescience Flex SPF 50 Tinted in Medium and Tan:

I have used this combination for 3 summers straight. It provides mineral SPF 50 protection and foundation-level coverage (medium to full) that perfects skin and stays in place, even in the water. I NEVER burn when I wear this. Highly recommended.

ISDIN Actinica SPF 50+ (reviewed HERE):

This 100% mineral sunscreen provides immense protection with impeccable ingredients. I also love the lightly tinted Eryfotona Ageless formula for equally stalwart protection that also improves the clarity of skin over time. Use Beautyprofessor15 for 15% off site-wide.

*French Farmacy Serum Radiant and the *French Farmacy Elixir Exfoliant:

I am really enjoying this opulent pairing to exfoliate (use 2-3 times a week) and moisturize. The ingredients list is exquisite and it feels luxe and indulgent on the skin.

Lawless Forget the Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask:

I’ve run through at least 3 jars of this extra plush lip treatment. It really hydrates while leaving lips pillowy soft and full upon waking…simply sublime.

SOZGE Nail Strengthener:

After reading tons of positive reviews, I ordered this and am pleased with how rock hard it makes my nails…it’s a great companion to at-home nail care.

Naturium Bio-Lipid Restoring Body Lotion:

Fragrance-free, extremely hydrating and instantly absorbed, this lotion is fabulous for under $15…it’s often sold out so snap it up when you can!

*DefensAge 10 Luxe Hand and Body Cream:

This rich formulation glides onto skin and firms and moisturizers on contact. I love that it also reduces itchiness when my skin is acting up.

GrandeBrow (reviewed HERE):

Still my regular brow go-to to keep my arches full, shiny and voluminous. Use Beautyprofessor15 for 15% off site wide!

ISDIN Actinica SPF 50+ for September Thoughts
One of my favorite sunscreens of life…the ISDIN Actinica SPF 50+ (reviewed HERE) is currently 15% off for BP readers with code BEAUTYPROFESSOR15 (the code works site-wide).
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Unexpected skincare…this SPF45+ duster by Constant Sol (worn in a size medium)  provides instant glamour and sun protection and is currently on sale.
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Makeup musts.

This is the makeup I cannot get enough of lately:

 Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Complexion Touch in B50 (reviewed HERE):

This lightweight foundation provides medium coverage and a skin finish that lasts, even in hot and humid weather. Truly exceptional!

Clé de Peau Beauté The Concealer in Buff (reviewed HERE):

Forever in my makeup bag, this concealer is every bit as wonderful as you’d expect. Extremely concentrated, a tube will last for years, even with regular usage.

Gucci Bronzer #3 (reviewed HERE):

This bronzer adds major true tan dimension to the face without being overtly shimmer or matte. It’s special and worth it.

Make Heat Stroke Blush in Slush:

A creamy gel with buildable color payoff, this blush is a stunning and rare cool pink that leans purple for a natural looking flush. I love it so much, I just bought one for my mom!

Chantecaille Blush in Emotion (reviewed HERE):

A peachy pink for a just pinched look…focus application on the apples of your cheeks for doll-like effect.

Charlotte Tilbury Pinkgasm:

Believe the hype on this one! This blush adds an ethereal, flushed, lit-from-within look that is singular in execution. It recently was restocked and I would run, not walk, to add it to cart while you can.

SUQQU Melting Powder Highlighter 101:

Although sold out almost everywhere, I found one retailer that still has this gilded beauty in stock…it melts into skin and looks extremely incandescent without obvious shimmer.

Gee Beauty Molten Powder in Pink Bronze:

I picked this up on a whim and love the warm pink hue this imparts…try it on cheeks and eyes for a monochromatic effect.

Nude Envie Liner in Timeless and Perfection:

Timeless is warm and natural and Perfection leans cool pink. Both have a creamy application and waterproof lasting power that makes them heavy hitters in my makeup bag. Also, check out an exciting new lip color collaboration I’m working on with this gorgeous independent makeup brand HERE.

Trish McEvoy Barely Nude Lip Liner (reviewed HERE):

I use this multiple times a week…strong color payoff in the perfect balance of pink and beige.

Gee Beauty S’More liner:

A hair darker than TM Barely Nude this brown toned nude looks fabulous with an array of lip colors in my rotation.

Au Naturale x Beauty Professor LA Lip Stain (reviewed HERE):

I run through this peachy pink cream (and an au Naturale best seller!)  like water…still on my lips almost daily after nearly 3 years. Have you tried it yet?

Trish McEvoy Perfection Lipstick (reviewed HERE):

Hard to find but well worth the pursuit, this creamy mauve has a universal appeal…track it down and embrace it if you can.

La Perla Nude Red Lipstick:

This is such a gorgeous shade…equal parts pink, nude, beige and peach with major color payoff and hydration. One swipe and you’ll fall in love.

Lawless Forget the Filler in Glaze:

This shimmering champagne beige looks so pretty alone or atop a deeper lip color shade. All of the Lawless FTF shades are lovely but this one is a favorite.

Beauty Bio Pout Lip Plumper (reviewed HERE):

I always have this in my purse. It really adds volume and fullness to the lips on contact without irritation…one of the best!

Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel in Taupe:

I’ve used this for years and am glad it’s finally back in stock after a long hiatus of being unavailable. If I had to use one brow gel for life, it would be this one.

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Mascara:

Not yet launched but coming soon…it adds dramatic volume and length without budging, yet removes easily! In the meanwhile use BP20 for 20% off site wide!

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Face swatches in natural light.
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Lip and eye swatches in natural light.
sun visor
Always with me…this lightweight yet powerful sun visor has major Fendi vibes at a great price point. I’ve taken it with me on every trip I’ve gone on this summer and even wear during long walks.
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Palm Springs views for days.
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A hot day makeup look. My lip mix is: Gee Beauty S’More liner , Au Naturale x Beauty Professor LA Lip Stain and a touch of La Perla Nude Red Lipstick.
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With Joey Elle…this her favorite bathing suit. I picked it up for her in multiple colors. Runs TTS.
Style notes.


Pared down per usual with this oversized butter-toned buttondown, high waist cutoffs, one of my favorite bikini tops (I have this one in multiple colors…so sophisticated and secure in the water) and these olive green Prada sandals, which feel like marshmallow clouds.

Sales I’m Shopping.


There are currently a plethora of sales at some of my favorite retailers and I’ve definitely been taking advantage of the deals. Here’s a breakdown with specific suggestions:

Agent Nateur:

20% off site wide with code SUMMERSPEND. You guys know what a devotee I am to this brand…it’s a part of my daily routine. I recommend the Holi Mane (one scoop in whatever I’m drinking, every single day…my hair and nails have never been better, Holi Oil, Holi Stick No. 5 and the new Lash & Brow Serum (absolutely excellent on my very sensitive eyes…lower lashes are growing like crazy) as well as everything else I detailed in my skincare breakdown earlier in this post.


Up to 70% off on beauty favorites including this Moon Juice Supers set, the Wayne Goss Luxury Cream Lipstick and this Glamcor Fogless Shaving Mirror which my husband LOVES.

Free People:

25% off all sale styles…I recommend the Way Home shorts (I have them in 4 colors), this flowy printed buttondown and these fabulous seersucker trousers.


The Designer Sale is offering up to 70% off…check out this packable fedora, these super cozy McQueen sandals and these chic Gucci cat eye sunglasses.


No sale to speak of but I did recently pick up this Patrick Ta cream foundation duo in Light Medium 04 (very good), this Christian Dior lipstick in Forever Sensual and this iconic, very hard to find gloss.


Up to 70% off including this perfect denim dress, these “dressy” jeans and this luxe tube top (because every wardrobe needs one for approx. 374178 situations).


Tons of items on sale including these AGOLDE jeans (I have them in 2 washes…size up 1 size), these Lana AGOLDES (wore them in this post…so classic and they run TTS), this gorgeous neutral shirt jacket and this brilliant halter dress (which I would wear to a wedding or a night out on the town alike).

Le Metier de Beaute:

20% off site wide with code BP20. I wholly recommend the new launches including the Eye Pencil Le Deux (rich, velvety neutral color that doesn’t budge…it works as a shadow and a liner), Blush Bronzer Duet (have been using NONSTOP…swatches soon) and, of course, my holi grail Peau Vierge which is a complexion necessity for me year round.


I shopped their summer sale in person earlier this week and picked up this Vince blouse (so chic and in the prettiest green hue), these Rag and Bone linen blend trousers (a timeless staple at a great price point) and this Farm Rio dress (a classic pop of color for under $100!). Also, these Schutz clear sandals are a wild savings!

–Shop the Sales–

amazon corset
Also in the style mix.

Another outfit I’m loving includes this corset (an Amazon discovery…wearing a medium), these cream trousers (in a small…I wear these at least once a week), Dior dad sandals (invaluable) and this small Celine bucket bag which has been my go-to ALL summer and into the fall…understated luxury that holds everything I need.

The full look.

–Shop the Style Notes–

Last look with my Joey Elle.

–Shop the Post–

Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this look at what I’m reaching for and loving during this seasonal transition and my LDW sales guide convenient and useful!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video focused on my most used bronzers and concealer and a host of new fall product procurements. I cannot wait to share.

In the meanwhile, I post daily content on my Instagram and LTK shop  so please make sure to follow me there, too.

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


–The Beauty Professor

**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me); however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. © 2012-22 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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