May's Best Beauty Buys
Perfect pastel polishes, treat for curls and expert skin fixes.
pastel nail polish
Sherbet Delights
One of the prettiest ways to cool off this spring: a pastel polish in any of these luscious shades.

From pinkie up: the lime Essie Navigate Her, $8;; peachy Sephora by OPI What's Your Sign?, $9.50;; lemony Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival, $9.50;; and raspberry Chanel May, $26;
kiehls mask
Mask Force
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is a rare breed of clay mask: brilliant at clearing away the oil that can clog and enlarge pores but not coarse, crumbly, or overly drying. And now is a great time to try it. For the next three months, you can choose from four limited edition jars (designed by director Spike Lee, singer Florence Welch, and actors Mark Ruffalo and Rosario Dawson); 100 percent of proceeds goes to Recycle Across America, a nonprofit working to eliminate confusion about recycling by creating standardized informational labels for all recycling bins. Give the mask a try, and when the jar is empty, of course, recycle it! (If your community doesn't yet accept #5 plastic containers, return the jar to any Kiehl's store or bring it to one of the 232 Whole Foods stores that participate in the Preserve Gimme 5 program.)

Mask, Kiehl's, $23;

Foam Sweet Foam
If you have curly hair, you probably own a mousse. Or many—because mousse quickly melts into even the thickest hair, defines curls, and tames frizz. It can also, however, leave your style a little...crisp. Dove Style + Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse manages to combine all the benefits of mousse with moisturizers that keep hair silky. It left our curly-haired friends—mousse connoisseurs, every one—terrifically impressed. Terrifically styled, too.

Mousse, Dove, $5;
burts bees lip shimmer
Even Better Buzz
Some at-the-register impulse purchases we've regretted: a 12-pack of tiny lint rollers, a five-pound tub of Swedish Fish, a glow-in-the-dark Slinky. Some we haven': Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers. These balm-lipstick hybrids give lips a little bit of color, a little bit of pearly shine, and a little bit of moisture. Actually, make that a lot of moisture. Each slim stick has been reformulated to include superhydrating shea butter and four different lip-softening fruit-seed oils. There are also three new colors (for a total of 12)—and they might be the most flattering yet: punchy pink Strawberry, deep Plum, and true red Cherry.

Lip Balm, Burt's Bees, $5;

Many of you have written complaining about crow's-feet. I've said that I believe crow's-feet are the least unbeautiful wrinkles—because one of their sources is a lifetime of laughter. But a less lovely source is squinting. If you need reading glasses or sunglasses, treat yourself to a pair of Eyebobs.The line offers a range of the cutest, creatively named styles, from studious (Board Stiff and Fizz Ed) to kooky (Hussey and Riveting). Slip on a pair—you'll be looking better in no time.

Board Stiff, shown, $75;

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