Top Beauty Products and Tips
Tay All-Purpose Shea Butter
Use Tay All-Purpose Shea Butter, an all-natural balm, to hydrate rough skin or as a leave-in hair conditioner. A portion of the sales goes to support forestation worldwide.
To buy: $28, tayeveryday.com.
Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar
It’s time to let go of the notion that your skin isn’t clean until you hear squeaking. Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar dissolves dirt and whisks off makeup without stripping the healthy oils from your skin. It’s so gentle, even kids can use it.
To buy: $9, drugstore.com.
Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner
Any makeup artist will tell you that when it comes to expert application, a proper tool is the name of the game. Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner provides just that: Each pot of color (available in black, brown, charcoal, and plum) has a tiny built-in brush that fits into the cap for tidy storage—and gives you a flawless cat-eye every time.
To buy: $10 at drugstores.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique
We would never condone lipsticking while driving, but if you insist on it, Guerlain has introduced Rouge Automatique. The capless case features a lever on the side that slides up with the nudge of a thumb for fuss-free and precise application.
To buy: $35, saks.com.
Lush Toothy Tabs
Now there’s no reason not to brush after every meal. Lush Toothy Tabs can be easily stashed in your purse or desk. Just place a tab between your front teeth, nibble it to break it up a bit, wet your toothbrush, and have at it. Available in six flavors.
To buy: $4, lushusa.com.
Sonya Dakar NutraSphere Blemish Buster
Here’s a bright concept: If you can’t see your pimple, you won’t mess with it. Sonya Dakar NutraSphere Blemish Buster is both a potent salicylic acid treatment and a concealer that blends seamlessly into any skin tone, so you can avoid temptation all day.
To buy: $29, sonyadakarskinclinic.com.
Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo
Shampooing daily may sound like a good habit, but it can sap moisture and make hair dull. It’s best to lather up every other day. Between washes, use Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo to soak up excess oil, add lift to roots, and give your strands a warm, spicy scent. It sprays on clear, so no powdered-wig effect.
To buy: $28, philipb.com.
Nail polish on cuticles not only looks sloppy but can also dry them out, leaving them peel- and infection-prone. Now there’s help for klutzy polishers. Liquid Palisade is like painter’s tape: Brush it around your nails before polishing and lift it off when they’re dry.
To buy: $22, liquidpalisade.com.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Travel is no excuse for slacking on your beauty routine. At 3floz.com, you’ll find TSA-friendly sizes of more than 50 hair- and skin-care brands. (Prices start at $3; you can order premade kits or items à la carte.) Procrastinate much? Next-day air delivery is available in some cities.
Philips Sonicare Airfloss
The bad news: Half of us don’t floss our teeth at least once a day. The good news: Philips Sonicare Airfloss makes it easy—and kind of fun—to remove that pesky plaque buildup. Point it between your teeth and click to release a quick, cleansing burst of air and micro droplets of water.
To buy: $90, drugstore.com.