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One size might fit all when it comes to certain things — hmmmm, a nice big slice of chocolate cake comes to mind — but, when it comes to beauty products there’s no reason to subscribe to this one-size-fits-all philosophy. If you’ve ever watched a top tier pro makeup artist or hair stylist work their magic you’ve no doubt noticed how they strategically blend the products they have on hand to get the perfect shade, consistency or outcome for their client. The experts know that when it comes to cocktailing beauty products the sum is definitely greater than its parts.
It’s trickier for laymen (aka those of us who have not gone to beauty school) to do this which is why I’m super excited about the following products that allow you to be the mix master yourself.
Here, skincare, haircare and makeup perfect for you and you alone:
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair ($85) is a new retinol treatment containing 5 percent micronized retinol (very potent!) to renew and regenerate your complexion. What sets it apart is that it comes with a buffer cream so that you can customize its strength as your skin gets acclimated, making it ideal for retinol virgins, veterans and everyone in between. Expect great results to refresh and repair, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and reveal a more even-toned complexion.
Skin, Inc. Skin Supplement Bar My Daily Dose ($90) allows you to customize your own skincare serum depending on your skin’s present condition and your concerns. To do, simply start with an easy online Skin Identity quiz that takes into account your lifestyle habits, environment, genetics, and needs. Your own My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum will feature a blended combo of three different serums (out of 84 possible combinations) for long-lasting hydration and active ingredients that are right for your needs. Then, finish by choosing your bottle color and you’ll be on your way to better skin.
Three Custom Color Color Blending ($54 and up for 2 of the same product) makes it easy to get the makeup that you can’t find. They’ll reproduce discontinued makeup shades (you can search their archives or send in a small sample of what you want), create a brand new shade specifically for you (simply send in a swatch of fabric, a paint chip, magazine photo or even a splash of nail color in a baggie of what you want), or mix two or more of your favorite shades for a personal hue just for you. All formulas remain on your personal file to make re-ordering easy.
Profile PRO Shampoo & Conditioner ($15 and up) has a mission we can gladly get on board with. It’s no more bad hair days ever again! All you have to do is answer some key questions about your hair (things like your hair type, texture, scalp condition, hair color, results you’re looking for and usual styling routine), choose a scent you’re drawn to and personalize the bottle with your own name.