As temperatures creep towards the high 80s — and your make-up continues to melt off — invest in high-quality beauty products that will not only provide a fresh summer glow, but protect your skin and hair as well.
The beauty product jungle can be a challenge; should you go for a cleanser and a cream? Should you try a new choice or stick to trusted brands, guaranteed to give you good results?
We’ve done some digging and these are Downtown’s top 10 products that any beauty fanatic would be proud to have in her make-up bag.
SPF is not an option but a necessity. Just to make sure you’re listening, we repeat, SPF is not an option. The clever people at Glossier agree and present the Invisible Shield SPF 35. The clear watergel formula will quickly absorb into your skin and is also designed to keep it clear of the city’s polluted air. It’s a win-win.
This is your 3-in-1; the Argan Pure Argan Oil is a softening treatment that you can use on your skin, nail cuticles and hair. Filled with vitamin E, antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids, the oil will give a much-needed boost during dry summer months. When using the the product in your hair, apply a small amount to the ends only, to avoid a ‘greasy scalp’ look.
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Activated charcoal has proven incredibly effective in removing toxins — it draws them out, which is exactly what you want in a humid city like NYC. Meanwhile, the added benefit of propolis and volcanic ash in this cleanser will gently exfoliate and hydrate and is perfect for keeping your skin clean this summer.
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Perfect for mini-holidays, when you just want to bring your travel sized vanity bag. According to Urban Decay, the lash volumizing product is “so intense you might need a safe word, Perversion glides on and gets you sexy in one stroke.” Talk about making a lady blush…
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Pump up your locks with some quinoa protein. The Repair Treatment Mask, which also contains hydrolyzed pea, pro vitamin B5, caviar and white truffles(!), is the stuff of hair-related dreams. This luxurious treatment nourishes, strengthens and conditions dull strands and leave your hair soft and full of life.
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This is the second venture by the founders of Hard Candy make-up, Dineh Mohajer and Jeanne Chavez. The dynamic duo are beauty veterans with an eye for creating cosmetics that others envy; beauty with a dash of punk attitude and a dazzle of hipster. The Starlings Highlighter in Gilded Nude will become your new secret weapon.
The base to your daily beauty routine — foundation! The Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation comes in 20 different shades and has a smooth, light consistency. Containing micro-fine radiant pearl Mica to even out your skin tone, this foundation sits, fits and looks just right For best results, apply with a make-up sponge or softly dab on with your fingertips.
Why buy one, when you can get three? The limited edition set was inspired by Marc Jacobs’ catwalk creations and includes a pop eye stick shadow in a shimmering icy grape shade, a waterproof gel eye crayon in cool blue and the velvet noir major volume mascara. If that’s not enough to win you over, the quirky make-up bag designed by British illustrator, Julie Verhoeven, will.
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Stuck in the office all summer with no chance for a tan? And skin too fair to turn anything but a shade of pink when you finally have a moment to pop out? Self-tanning might be your knight in shining armor. This one from Vita Liberata is fast-acting and odor with vitamin C and Rosehip oil. But remember, always use a tanning mitt when applying to your skin for an even application.
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The trademarked lip treatment with its HydraSurge5™ Moisture System is a wonder for your lips. The product will plump, moisturize and perfect your pout, and we love this treatment. It’s easy to use, works fast and is well worth its price point.