David Pirrotta's Fall Picks

Forget spring cleaning. To me, FALL is all about out with the old, in with the new... Skin that is.
David Pirrotta's Fall Picks
Hydrating and exfoliating are major this time of year for me. I may be considered a guru when it comes to beauty, but I’m not so obsessive that I don’t LIVE. Summer means cocktails, sunshine, and poolside heat. I love a summer glow, but by the time temps begin to drop, I make it my goal to shed that dead skin, heal all the damage, and repair dry hair so that I can stay plump, dewy,  and hydrated as the air gets cool and dry.

1. If you’ve ever read my seasonal round-ups, you know I’m vitamin C’s #1 fan. I’m obsessing over Saya’s Glow Serum right now, and it contains a super clean vitamin C sourced from natural stable ingredients. It’s super loaded with antioxidants, indigenous ingredients from Australia like rainforest and caviar lime, aloe, and kakadu plum, and hyaluronic acid, along with yummy minerals. It’s super juicy— just a truly hydrating serum that brightens my complexion, boosts radiance, and penetrates quickly. It’s just packed full of all the right things.

Glow Serum
Saya
Glow Serum
$108

A powerful, Vitamin-C rich, antioxidant serum that brightens the complexion and deeply hydrates the skin. A daily skin booster, this lightweight serum penetrates deeply and quickly for an instantly plump, revived and brighter complexion. Packed full of antioxidants and skin replenishing botanicals, it will protect your skin against free radical damage and future proof your face against fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and dryness.

Formulated with stabilized Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, featuring a bioactive complex composed of four indigenous Australian species of Kakadu Plum, Caviar Lime, Rainforest Lime and Desert Lime. These contain antioxidants, minerals and organic acids, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), working in synergy to brighten, replenish and plump the skin, providing long-lasting hydration and a healthy, luminous glow.

Suitable for all skin types.

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2. Before running out the door, I’ve been bringing along my Ere Perez Aloe Brow gel It’s clean, clear, and easy to use, and it keeps my crazy brows in place. I used to always make fun of my dad for having the bushiest eyebrows, but turns out I’ve inherited them. I’m grateful for their fullness, but definitely need to keep them in check, and this is the perfect subtle product that locks them in place naturally, and doesn’t add unnecessary volume.

Aloe Gel Lash & Brow - Clear
Ere Perez
Aloe Gel Lash & Brow - Clear
$26

The ultimate all-in one mascara! Clear natural gel mascara made with the highest quality ingredients. Featuring vitamin-rich aloe vera, considered to lengthen lashes and highlight your true lash colour. Adds a layer of shine. Suitable for lash extensions, contact lenses and sensitive eyes. Sweat-proof and water-resistant. Use as a brow groomer for extra shape and definition for a sleek natural look.

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3. After all the traveling and sun, I need to bring back my luscious lips. I have nothing bad to say about injections, I just feel that when I’m properly hydrated, I’m very satisfied with my natural fullness. The new ILIA Wrap Lip Treatment is ideal a few times a week, because it exfoliates and hydrates all in one. It’s not a balm— it’s definitely a true treatment, which is why I don’t want to use it more than a few times a week before bed. The exfoliation is too intense for the thin skin on lips more often than that, but that’s all I’ve been needing to see real, lasting results.


Lip Wrap Treatment Mask
Ilia
Lip Wrap Treatment Mask
$26

This treatment mask wraps lips in active levels of exfoliating and hydrating ingredients. The dual-action formula works like a facial, sweeping away dry, flaky skin while drawing in moisture to visibly renew and revitalize. Use it in the morning and at night to keep lips smooth, soft, and revived.

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4. My hair also got so much sun this summer, that it even got a little lighter! Natural highlights? Yes, cute. But the dryness that goes along with sun and swim? Mmm, not so much. I have thick, curly, crazy hair, and when it’s dry, it’s even more whacky, especially in the morning. To combat this, I’ve been generously applying David Mallet’s Hydration Masque when I wake up and before a workout, because I need all the hydration in my poor little roots and follicles! 


Mask No. 1 L’Hydratation
David Mallett
Mask No. 1 L’Hydratation
$75

A repairing care that provides a silky shine and gives hair immediately shines and strength. The hair is regenerated, retains its youthful bounce and better withstands environmental aggressions. Without perfume. Tolerated by the most sensitive scalps. Does not weigh down the hair and leaves no residue.

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It’s super moisturizing and restorative, filled with plant proteins that deeply penetrate the shaft and strengthen hair from the inside out. I put it on before my workout so that my body heat helps it soak in even better, and it has a full hour or more to lock in before I wash it out after a sweaty workout. It does add a little weight, which I love on my dry, curly hair, because it really helps to tame it. My hair is hydrated, soft, controlled, repaired from sun damage, and the craziest part is that my curly Cuban hair is SHINY after this masque! Unheard of.

Ok, I tried to narrow down my picks to five, and I kind of did. My final pick is really two products, but they are of the same theme! Here me out. I’m scent-obsessed.

5. When I get to the office, I literally have to roll on my Campo Focus Essential Oil. Campo is this beautiful brand from the OC founded by two amazing women who happen to be bffs, and incredible humans. They make these blends for different needs, and I’m obsessed with their Focus oil because for me, it really inspires tranquility, grounding, awareness, and just keeps me focused and tuned in. I don’t need multiple cups of coffee a day when I use it at the office.

Focus Roll-on Oil
Campo
Focus Roll-on Oil
$45

Inspires feelings of peace and tranquility to promote heightened awareness and mental clarity.

A grounding blend of 100% pure essential oils of warm, woodsy Australian Sandalwood, Cardamom, Cedarwood Atlas, Vetiver, Italian Neroli Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Himalayan and Amyris.

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6. But then, I need a scent that switches me into relax-mode when I get home. A dreamy, cozy candle to light the second I walk in really is what gets me through fall and winter, especially when there is a lull between travels. My Ernesto candle from Trudon is the smell of home and relaxation.

Ernesto Candle (Leather and Tobacco) by Trudon
Trudon
Ernesto Candle (Leather and Tobacco) by Trudon
$125

In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling’s waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling’s waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.

Made in France

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The scent is inspired by a famous and controversial Cuban revolutionary. It has top notes of leather and tobacco, but I love getting whiffs of the middle and base notes of bergamot, grapefruit, rum, oakwood clove… then hit again with the amber and moss. It’s also got some patchouli in there, but real patchouli. Good patchouli. Rich and complex patchouli. It’s a dream.

This heritage candle manufacturer is one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1643 they have produced candles for the royal court of Louis XIV, the Church of France and continued for the likes of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, and all kinds of royalty. The manufacturer has survived for centuries including the French Revolution, the Industrial Age, and has persisted through time and the quality is just evident.


David Pirrotta's Fall Picks

Written by Nicole Lesmeister

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