16 Must-Own Beauty Products
April 1, 2015
With the unremitting release of beauty and skincare products, it is easy to miss some modest gems. Eclipsed by flashy campaigns and endless advertisements, these products possess a quiet elegance that operates with subtle effectiveness. From multitasking skincare to next-level beauty with a dash of fragrance and hair care thrown in for good measure, here are 16 unostentatious yet inimitable products you need in your life.
When it comes to multitasking skincare, the power of the mask must not be underestimated. The Gold Hydralifting Mask, from famed Hungarian line Omorovicza, utilizes Hyaluronic Acid molecules to energize tired skin, leaving a plumped and hydrated canvas in its wake. If glow is the goal, the beta hydroxy-drenched Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask smooths and refines while encouraging cell turnover, and Natura Bisse’s Diamond White Glowing Mask offers both immediate radiance and long-term hyperpigmentation correction. Brilliant!
For daily toning, the SK-II’s Clear Lotion (a genius mix of Pitera and alpha hydroxy acids) is an unsung hero in the line; regular usage prepares and balances the face for the skincare to come and lends to balanced skin and smaller pores. Hydration comes in many forms, but Chantecaille’s delicately fragrant Rose de Mai Oil masterfully moisturizes while fighting fine lines and wrinkles over time; this indulgent formula leaves skin luminous and healthy. Another antiaging wonder, exclusive to Neiman Marcus and especially targeted for the orbital area, is the Kate Somerville Contouring Eye Serum. This peptide-rich elixir combats dark circles, crow’s-feet and puffiness and can be used day and night for added efficacy. Finally, one cannot forget about the zone below the face when embracing a skincare regimen. A mere week with the Le Metier de Beaute Resurgence Neck and Decollete Night Firming Cream and observable differences in firmness, lift, tone and radiance in this ever-so-important region are present.
In terms of beauty, a host of stealthy arrivals guarantees a flawless face on nearly every level. To prime the skin for makeup, the Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector immediately blurs pores while working below the surface to shrink them over time. Lips benefit from the plumping properties of the Orlane Magnificent Lip Balm. True to its name, this luxurious and formidable formula adheres to the lips with marvelous fortitude, nourishing and hydrating over the course of wear. Fresh on the scene, Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation is an update on the original Silk Creme Foundation (a cult favorite). This full-coverage base features a slightly dewy finish for luminous skin that photographs like a dream. For eyes, cheeks and brows that are defined with a natural flair, consider the superbly streamlined Napoleon Perdis Nude U palette. With 12 neutral shades that can be used all over the face and built up to varying degrees of intensity, this compact is versatility defined. When seeking radiance on demand, there is Clinique’s new Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight. This retractable wand effortlessly lends incandescence to the high points of the face and stays in place for hours. For lips, the Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour is the quintessential blend of saturated color and ultralight texture for lips that feel smooth and comfortable. In light of current spring trends, entertain the idea of trying this innovative formula in a bold shade; Coral Reef is a vibrant option that feels both classic and modern.
And what of fragrance and hair care? In the scent realm, consider adopting a signature fragrance for day and another for night. Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensee is a sumptuous blend of lush vanilla, warm spice and crisp lime for an unexpected take on a classic note while Tata Harper’s mood-boosting Love Potion is composed of essential oils with aphrodisiac properties for evenings of allure. For customizable waves that are simultaneously polished and undone, the ghd Wave Wand is a must; the smooth ceramic barrel distributes heat evenly, for maximum impact and minimum damage.
Now that these esoteric wonders are officially on your radar, you have no excuse but give them a whirl!