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I’m currently in London and have received a lot of questions from family and friends about which English beauty products (if any) are must-haves for their own trips. Now, the entire point of buying products in a foreign land is to feel superior when returning to the states with your acquisions, proudly displaying them on your vanity, and then having your friends ooh and ahh over your beauty sleuthing. But, of course, the damn things have to work, too!
The number of times I’ve burned, fried, singed and/or annihilated my hair is disastrously, embarassingly high. Beauty experts are supposed to know better — but, of course, flatirons, curling irons, and blowdryers (to say nothing of random, calamitous overseas experiences involving wattage converters and electrical outlets) take their toll. Following are products that have saved my hair (and ego) time and again, and which are all beloved by beauty-insiders for their near magical ability to undo almost any level of damage.
No amount of time spent lying in the sun will ever give us a tan: at best, we’ll get freckles, redness, and a higher chance of skin cancer; at worst, we’ll be out of commission for 2 days and could open up a Red Lobster franchise. As a result, we know my way around a great bottle of self-tanner. Here, some worthy favorites guaranteed to please even the palest…
Perfume junkies like me know that a transcendent juice can change your life. There are scents for work, scents for weekends…and then there are those scents that make you want to rip your clothes off and get down to business. Here are four of the best. And they’re not for the faint (or the floral) at heart…
Over the years, I’ve done more than my fair share of research on the best products for a good hair day. Some of said research may or may not have involved craziness like extensions, spontaneous pixie cuts, and prodigious color swaps—Black! Red! Blonde!—that utterly baffled my poor boyfriend, who once said, “Can’t you just pick a style and stick with it?” No, my dearest, I cannot. Anyway, I’ve put my own hair through the ringer, but all the experiments have led to the following list of foolproof genius products for the best hair day of your life.
Having endured years of yelling from dry-skinned friends over our “for oily skin only” product recommendations has made us more aware of the ladies on the other end of the spectrum. To that end, we’ve done double the research to find out which products will help soothe and pamper parched complexions. We may only use ‘em on planes or when skiing, but survey says: these babies will never steer you wrong!
Isn’t acne supposed to disappear after you hit the legal drinking age? Apparently, my skin never got the memo—and judging by the plentiful, desperate questions I get on my blog and from friends, the problem is common, indeed! It’s taken about 15 years of trial and error, but I’ve finally established a regimen for clear, pimple-free skin.
The snooze button is my best friend, I’m lucky if I’m out of bed by 9:30am, and I only wash my hair two or three times per week, avoiding the elbow grease it takes to properly blow-out and style my frizz-prone waves. As for makeup? Two minutes and bam! I’m done. Over the years, I’ve learned countless tricks to cut down on my beauty routine. Here are the lazy girl essentials I couldn’t survive without.
Spend enough time watching YouTube videos or reading beauty blogs, and you’ll likely acquire a serious collection of high-quality makeup brushes (and also a serious dent in your wallet). Those who don’t waste their lunchtime hours watching Michelle Phan and Lauren Luke, however, probably find the world of makeup brushes completely confusing. Does using one really make a difference with your makeup? And—with so many brushes on offer, all seemingly identical—how can you pick the brush that’s right for you?
Considering the billions of dollars spent each year in the beauty industry, it can be a little overwhelming weeding through the great and the terrible in the hopes of finding that perfect mascara or won’t-make-you-break-out moisturizer—so that’s where Product Junkie comes in!