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Beauty editors try hundreds of new products each year, yet there’s an elite group that stays on the radar year after year. Since we don’t all have the ability to “call in” a product when we want it—or a bottomless budget to stock up on these must-haves—here’s a list of perennial beauty-editor picks and their most suitable budget-friendly stand-ins.
The product: Cushion compact
Splurge: Amorepacific Color Control Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60)
This compact is literally responsible for the cushion craze because Amorepacific owns the patent for the unique delivery system. Packaging aside, this formulation is second to none thanks to light-to-medium buildable coverage th
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No matter where you live in the US, this time of year you skin is looking a little sun starved. While in nowway do we support sun bathing or tanning booths as cures, we aren’t averse to a little self-tanning.
Self-tanners come in a variety of textures, such as sprays, gels, and mousses, and a full range of shades. Some like Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers develop gradually, building color with each use. Others reach their full potential within minutes like Lancôme Flash Bronzer Tinted Self –Tanning Body Gel.
In the last few years, self-tanners have begun boasting sun protection too. Supergoop! SPF 20 Self-Tanning Sunscreen ($38) combines full spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection wi
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First face, then eyes, and now body.
Jergens, your friendly drugstore moisturizer, has just introduced a BB cream just for the body, and it promises a lot of things like instant hydration and illumination. And in five days, it promises to even, firm, and correct dark and uneven spots.
Available in two shades (one for lighter, and medium-deep skin tones), Jergens BB Cream Body is a bit of a wizard after I tested it for just 24 hours. The illumination factor is definitely there, and my skin subtly glowed within minutes after application. The firming action was most noticeable (the cream contains a Firm Perfecting Complex) and while there is no tingling sensation that typically accompan
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It may be tempting to ditch your body moisturizer when temperatures are rising, but summer is all about baring your arms, legs, and shoulders, which require good hydration to stay smooth and soft (drinking lots of fluids doesn’t hurt, either). According to body language experts, smooth skin gives you a substantial confidence boost because you look and feel good about yourself.
We consulted with skin care expert, Dr. Franziska Ringpfeil of the Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology in Philadelphia, and compiled a list of must-have moisturizers this summer. Here are four distinctive and completely different body moisturizing formulations to help you get through summer with dazzling skin (and increa