The Products Our Beauty Editor Used to the Last Drop
Beauty editors get a lot of free stuff. We get to blot, swipe, and blend all the latest and greatest product to our heart’s content. That being said, a good majority of the formulas that make their way to our beauty department are nothing to write home (or to you!) about. Whether they’re too pricey, not widely available, or plain-old don’t do what they promise, there are plenty of reasons a product can fall to the wayside. Pair that with the dozens of deliveries coming at our editors daily and you have a recipe for utter anonymity, which is where so many of these samples find themselves. But, as in most things, the cream always somehow rises to the top and that’s just what we’re here to talk about. These skin care and hair care products are the ones that our editors could not get enough of. They’re the ones that made us cry a little once they hit empty. They’re the brands in which we eagerly await new releases and are constantly counting on for the latest and greatest addition to the market. We’re willing to go to bat for these products because they truly deliver what they promise. Add these to your cart and we know you won’t be disappointed—we definitely weren’t.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
What a treat this toner is. Not only does it makes a stunning addition to your bath counter, it also truly does deeply hydrate. You’re left with softer, glowier skin, complete with a faint rose scent. Yes, it’s as luxe as it sounds.
Buy It: $44, Sephora.com
Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil
Sachajuan Silver Shampoo
I don’t like when my hair gets too blonde. That being said, every single time I sit down in my stylist’s chair I’m asking for ashier tones. This shampoo gets my hair to the exact shade I crave and keeps it that way. Oh, and it smells like a dream. Go ahead and splurge on the conditioner too.
Buy It: $31, Dermstore.com
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask
This is my secret weapon for getting a party-ready face in minutes. It instantly erases the tired look around my eyes, evens my skin tone by reducing redness and blotchiness, and manages to lessen the appearance of my pores. It’s just the refresh I need when it’s time to go round two—even if I really just want to crawl in bed.
Buy It: $68, Sephora.com
IT Cosmetics 3-in-1 Miracle Water
I wouldn’t dream of ending the day without taking off my makeup—Mama taught me better—but this tonic takes my cleansing routine a step further. It manages to remove even the smallest remaining particles of makeup, while hydrating, toning, and calming my skin. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes or the sensitive area around them either. Win win.
Buy It: $38, Sephora.com
Fresh Soy Face Cleansing Milk
I am a huge fan of Fresh. All of their products hit the mark for me, but this (paired with the rose toner mentioned above) is one of my all-time favorites. It’s so soothing and hydrating and makes washing my face as close to a spa experience as possible.
Buy It: $38, Nordstrom.com
Verb Sea Texture Spray
Ever since this landed on my desk, I’ve been telling anyone who asks that this is the secret to having a good hair day every day. The power of this stuff is endless. Use it as a hairspray, a volumizer, a texture spray (as the can denotes), just be sure to buy it by the case.
Buy It: $16, Sephora.com
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
The do-it-all office secretary at my grammar school used to spray Windex on our cuts, bug bites, and basically anything that ailed her students. Probably not the safest idea, but it was the late 90s (too soon for those references?). This stuff has become my Windex.
Buy It: $40, Sephora.com
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer
I love this moisturizer for its natural ingredients, formula that soaks in like water but leaves my skin more hydrated than ever, and the cute little metal spatula that sticks to the magnetic wooden top.
Buy It: $45, Sephora.com
Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque
This masque undid hours of hairspraying, curling, teasing, and pinning in just 3 minutes. It turned my post-bridesmaid hair disaster into a silky, shiny dream.
Buy It: $65, Dermstore.com