FEBRUARY 2015 ALLURE SAMPLE SOCIETY
A FEW OF MY LOVES
Beauty editors spend a lot of time hearing about new products, yet some of our best discoveries don’t come from a press release. One of my first big product revelations happened backstage at a fashion show, when a hairstylist pulled out a bottle of Batiste dry shampoo from his kit and confided, “The models always steal it.” Another came after an Allure editor has interviewed top dermatologists about effective inexpensive anti-agers, and as I reviewed the bottles and jars, I first laid eyes on Nugg face masks (not gonna lie: I thought they were packets of grape jelly). And many street-style logs are endless sources of inspiration for cool nail colors and hairstyles. Inside this box are some of my favorite hair, makeup, and ski-care discoveries new and old. I hope you enjoy.
Contributing beauty director, Allure
Chloe Love Story
WHAT IT IS: A sweet and cheerful floral perfume.
NOTES: Neroli, orange blossom, jasmine, and cedarwood.
WHY WE LIKE IT: There’snothing particularly moody or complex about this scent. And guess what? That’s why we like it. The jasmine is straight-up pretty; it dries down to a powder, soft scent; the whole shebang is happy and basically irresistible. In other words, this is the perfect pop song of floral perfumes.
PRICE: $75.00 FOR 1.7 ounces
NUGG DEEP CLEANSING, HYDRATING, AND REVITALIZING FACE MASKS
WHAT THEY ARE: Single-use gel masks.
WHAT THEY DO: Coddle dull,dry, or troubled skin.
KEY INGREDIENTS: All three contain moisturizers, such as glycerin, aloe, and olive oil. Revitalizing has menthol and camphor to make skin tingle; Hydrating also has camellia-seed oil and spirulina extract to further boost moisture; and Deep Cleansing adds witchhazel and cucumber extracts.
HOW THEY LOOK/FEEL/SMELL: The pudding-thick white gels are paraben-free and have pleasant scents(Revitalizing and Deep Cleansing’s are a cool mint; Hydrating is slightly fruity).
WHY WE LIKE THEM: Talk about an addictive experience. First,there’s the satisfaction of tearing open a tiny, pristine little one-off. and borderline rubbery until you rinse it off- no cracking or flaking here. And finally,the actual effects: Each mask left our skin looking plumped up for several hours. (The Revitalizing formula is now one of our favorite preparty treatments.) These single-serving tubs are clever and generous. Even though we loaded the stuff on our face,neck,chest, and hands, we still had some left over (for our earlobes?). Masks can seem like a skin-care hassle, but these are both easy and indulgent.
PRICE: $2.99 EACH
STRIVECTIN INTENSIVE ILLUMINATING SERUM
WHAT IT IS: A serum that evens out skin and boosts radiance.
WHAT IT DOES: Targets the production of excess melanin that causes discoloration.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Bellis perennis flower extract and cress-sprout compound(inhibit melanin production); brown algae and the company’s NIA-114 form of niacin(prevent melanin from reaching the skin’s surface)
HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS: White and pleasantly floral-scented,it’s creamier and less slippery than your average serum.
WHY WE LIKE IT: If, like us, you are the type who always unplugs the iron after turning it off-you know, just in case-then this could be the brightener for you. It doesn’t work merely by exfoliating old blotches or discouraging their production. It knocks out the precursors of melanin, decreases its production overall, and prevents the transfer of what does get produced to the top layer of skin, where it’s visible. “Any effective product should contain a cocktail of ingredients that block different pathways that lead to dark spots,” says cosmetic chemist NiKita Wilson. “This well-balanced product has ingredients that hit all of the major points.” Bonus: There’s no irritating hydroquinone to worry about if your skin is on the touchy side.
BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO IN BLUSH
WHAT IT IS: A scented dry shampoo.
WHAT IT DOES: Absorbs grease from day-old-or more than day-old-hair and adds volume.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Rice starch(absorbs oil); distearyldimonium chloride(conditions)
HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS: We admit that we initially judged this book by its cover(the patterned can is supposed to be retro; it can also read as tacky). But the spray goes on remarkably free of white residue, and the scent-a love-it or hate-it sweet floral-first overpowers but quickly disappears completely.
WHY WE LIKE IT: There’s a reason why pros stock this spray backstage at fashion shows(hairstylist Paul Hanlon says models are always stealing it from his kit). Because the formula is talc-free, it’s also blessedly free of chalky residue, even on dark brunette hair. Let it sit one full minute-for maximum oil absorption-before brushing it out and you’ll be rewarded with a head of full,clean-looking hair. And unlike most drugstore dry shampoos we can think of, its effect lasts well into the next day.
PRICE: $ 7.00
NAILS INC. NAIL POLISH IN PRINCES PALACE
WHAT IT IS: A thoroughly opaque light-blue nail polish.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The first time we wore this shade (with a high-gloss topcoat), we thought it looked cute and fun. It has a touch of gray, which makes it perfect when you want something a bit edgier than a pure pastel. When we paired it with a matte topcoat, we started getting oohs and aahs: Our nails looked exactly like blue Wedgwood china. We’ve resisted the urge to add little white cameo apices, but we haven’t totally ruled it out.
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