Raid any Beauty Editors’ makeup bag and I bet you these products will be found in their sacred stash. Sometimes drugstore mascara can be just as good as the thirty dollar one found at a high-end counter, but when the same YSL, Dior, or Chanel product is mentioned in five different September issues, and has been put through the rigorous Beauty Editor testing, you know it must be good. These products may be worth a pretty penny, but the quality is so exceptional that it’s hard not to treat yourself to a beauty splurge.
1. YSL Touche Eclat, $50, available at Sephora
With 2012 marking two decades of popularity for this product and with love and loyalty from Beauty Editors, makeup artists and consumers alike, Touche Eclat will be stocked on YSL counters for a very long time. Even Kate Middleton included the highlighting pen in her wedding makeup kit – if it’s good enough for a princess, it needs to be in my makeup bag, too! Just swipe it on any areas you want to reflect light, give instant radiance, or banish dark circles – this YSL magic wand is a life saver for a dull looking complexion.
2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $44, available at Sephora
While skipping primer before foundation should be considered a sin, the smooth finish this Smashbox primer provides is enough to convince me to willingly add another step to my routine. Fine lines and pores will be filled to create a perfect canvas for your foundation. The over forty dollar price tag may seem like a down fall, but a dime size is all you need for a thin even layer.
3. Shiseido, Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $78, available at Sephora
This product has done amazingly well in Japan for over a century, it’s been around since 1897 and this famous red bottle is the secret product that improves skins’ own moisturizing power. Using this for a mini facial is the ultimate luxury. The red glass bottle even adds a bit of glamour to your bathroom vanity.
4. Dior Miss Dior Eau De Toilette 1.7 oz., $92, available at Sephora
This fragrance is femininity and class in a bottle. With notes of Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, and Indonesian Patchouli the classic scent has been a global success. Marketed in this cute packaging complete with a little silver bow, the lightweight scent isn’t overpowering – one spritz can make you feel sophisticated and elegant.
5. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, $51
This product Is best described as a velvety mousse bronzer, but basically it’s heaven in a jar. The luxe Chanel packaging and a formula that applies smooth and works for all skin types makes it well worth the $51 dollar price tag. Use this as a base for the perfect J. Lo glow or apply it to the cheekbones for a bronze shimmer free highlight.
6. Clarisonic Mia, $119, available at Sephora
Though it looks like a giant toothbrush for your face, this little device works wonders. The brush helps to cleanse skin and pores thoroughly, resulting in a smooth, blemish free complexion. I love using the Clarisonic at night so that I can be a hundred per cent sure every speck of my makeup is removed, and allow my skin to rejuvenate itself while I sleep. The Clarisonic does come with its own cleanser, though I prefer to use whatever cleansing product I love at the moment, ensuring the experience is tailored to my skins‘ specific needs.
By: Melanie Kerr, Toronto
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