The 10 Products in Every Beauty Editor's Bathroom
When it’s your job to test all sorts of items, you rarely reach for the same one twice. Unless it’s one of these 10 superstars. They’re the ones that beauty editors keep coming back to.
Clarisonic Aria Face Brush
In the seven years since its debut, this mechanical face brush has found its way to even the most skeptical beauty editors’ bathroom sink. Its vibrating bristles remove every last trace of makeup and leave your skin silky—but not pink. Even O
’s highly sensitive associate beauty editor, Alessandra Foresto, uses it several times a week without irritation. There’s now the Plus ($225), which is big enough to use all over the body, and two versions of the travel-size Mia ($119, or $149 for the two-speed option). The latest iteration of the full-size Clarisonic (shown here) includes a third speed mode and charge-indicator lights.
Elta MD Skincare UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sunscreen is a beauty-editor obsession. (What other product helps stop skin aging?) This one blocks UV rays with micronized zinc, which is gentle enough for sensitive skin and can even help minimize inflammation. It can be worn alone (it doesn’t leave a white residue) and also works beautifully under makeup. Another editors’ favorite: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($32, skinceuticals.com
), which is infused with a subtle tint to even out your skin tone.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
These chunky pencils are only approaching their second birthday, but beauty editors can hardly remember living without one in their purse (and desk drawer, and coat pocket, and vanity). They soften lips and leave behind the perfect amount of color and shine. Plus, they’re terrifically easy to use.
Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo
A godsend for busy women: This sheer white powder eradicates grease to eke an extra day out of a blowout (and doesn’t leave anything behind). Even when your hair is squeaky-clean, use it to infuse your style with bombshell volume—just mist it over your roots, let it sit for a few seconds, and tousle your hair with your fingers.
$12 for 1.6 ounces, beauty.com
CoverGirl Lashblast Length
Beauty editors usually have about six mascaras in rotation. That group always includes a wand from the Cover Girl LashBlast franchise. Most editors are particularly partial to Lash Blast Length. One coat creates clean, defined, long lashes.
Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment
Piles of scientific evidence prove that retinoids build collagen, unclog pores, smooth fine lines and even out discoloration. Beauty editors know this, so beauty editors use them. This treatment contains the over-the-counter version of the ingredient, retinol; a dermatologist can prescribe a cream that contains a more potent retinoid, like tretinoin or adapalene.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15
This silky lotion contains glycolic acid to repair existing fine lines and dark spots, and sunscreen and antioxidants to prevent further damage. O
beauty director Valerie Monroe uses it every morning without fail, often mixed with a pump of Olay Total Effects 7 in one Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer ($22, olay.com
), which has a sheer, subtle tint.
Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil
As a rule, beauty editors aren’t suckers for expensive skin care. They know that a high price tag doesn’t ensure efficacy. This fancy face oil, though, has reeled them all in. It doesn’t make any over-the-top face-lift-in-a-bottle claims; it just delivers smooth, hydrated, dewy skin with a blend of 11 essential oils. Plus, the jasmine scent is divine.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
Groomed brows go a long way toward creating a groomed look. The slanted tip of these tweezers grabs every last errant hair, and never nicks your skin. Plus, Tweezerman will sharpen them for free—forever! (Editors love a good deal.)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Regular exfoliation is essential to glowing skin, and this gentle scrub is one of the best ways to do it (without overdoing it). It’s a simple rice powder—just mix it with a few drops of water in the palm of your hand, rub it gently over your face, rinse, then marvel at your silky skin.
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