10 Essential Beauty Buys For The Dreaded Summer-To-Fall Transition

Not trying to state the obvious here, but around this time of year, the weather gets really weird, really quick — like, the moment you're not looking. One minute, a freak thunderstorm makes your hair go insta-puffball. The next, it's 90 degrees and you can actually feel your cheeks blistering in the sun. Oh, and then there's the oddly hot, muggy, in-between time, when you manage to feel sweaty and clammy all at once. It's enough to make you long for July, when it was just hellishly, reliably hot.
Enough with all that — we've got some game-changing beauty finds that will help you make the transition from summer to fall without skipping a beat. These are editor-approved, tried-and-tested solutions to the makeup mishaps, hair catastrophes, and skin snafus that plague us most — crazy-dry cuticles, lips that just won't stay soft, and a mane that's maybe a little too beach-y. Click through to see our new favorites and get the scoop on why we love 'em.
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Come colder temps, a luxurious soak in the tub doesn't seem like such a crazy idea. Add a few drops of bath oil to work wonders on dry elbows and knees.

Boots Original Beauty Formula Bath Oil, $11.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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A cult-favorite French product, this soothing balm keeps your kisser soft and flake-free year-round, thanks to healthy doses of cocoa butter, beeswax, camphor, and menthol.

Bi Mat Cay Lip Balm, $12, available at Beauty Habit.
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Exposure to the summer sun can leave skin feeling parched and (ick) a little leathery. This intensive moisturizer is light and non-greasy, plus it disappears right into the skin.

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream, $69, available at Nordstrom.
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Right up there on our fall wish lists, next to pumpkin spice lattes? Delicious holiday dessert-scented body concoctions. (This'll come in handy if you're on the market for a BF, too, since studies say men like the smell of pumpkin pie more than perfume.)

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Cream, $12.50, available at Bath & Body Works.
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Sure, this body wash is made with babies in mind — but aren't most of the best all-around beauty fixes? (Baby powder to prevent stinky shoes, baby shampoo to clean makeup brushes ...) We're smitten with this creamy, moisturizing formula because it's gentle on dry skin and lightly scented, and it can fill in for shaving cream in a pinch.

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Gentle Body Wash, $34, available at L'Occitane.
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Metallic nails made a splash on the spring '13 runways, but that doesn't mean you have to wait six months to slick on a gleaming polish. This burnished gold hue is subdued enough to feel right for fall, but will still look on-trend come spring.

Orly Nail Lacquer Buried Treasure, $6, available at Sally Beauty.
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Sometimes, we feel downright bad for our tresses by the end of the summer — dips in the pool, days at the beach, and endless heat-induced updos can result in seriously stressed locks. Enter, this soothing balm from Phyto, which is our secret for mastering the sleek, sophisticated ponytail.

Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream, $26, available at Zappos.
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Between seasons is prime time for skin to go haywire, and snafus can range from breakouts to blah complexions. This bio-active peel puts a little pep back into your complexion, and helps combat fine lines.

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $55, available at Bluemercury.
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True story: We've spent years searching for a hand cream that doesn't leave our mitts feeling so greasy that we have to wash it off after a few minutes. (Cue the vicious dry-hand cycle.) This potent cream absorbs quickly, and we've been known to slather it on our feet before bed to combat rough spots.

Santa Maria Novella Healing Hand Cream, $54, available at Lucky Scent and Santa Maria Novella, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase; 240-743-4949.
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Ready to switch from sticky glosses to a more substantial — but still lightweight — lip color? Us, too. Luckily, this new weightless formula packs a healthy dose of color, without making your kisser feel cake-y or dry.

Christian Dior Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor, $27.88, available Pret a Beaute.