Ever had a beauty product you love so much that you shook, hacked, scraped or squeezed its container until you were absolutely positive you had expended all of its precious contents? Rare indeed is the product that elicits that deliciously desperate feeling, especially in beauty editors. So when our team of beauty mavens encounters a rave-worthy product, you know it's the real deal. Herewith, our editors rattle off their "beauty empties," aka the best beauty products that they can't help but use until the last drop. Read on for their best nail polishes, hair products, skin care products and makeup now.
Just over a year ago, I found myself sitting cross-legged in the middle of my apartment in the East Village of Manhattan, surrounded by three distinct boxes labeled "take," "keep" and "donate." After going through all my kitchenware, clothes, shoes, books — everything, really — I'd left the hardest task for last: my beauty collection. As a makeup-lover, skin care junkie and beauty journalist, I had curated a wide variety of products over seven years in New York City. I'd somehow amassed a) every shade of lipstick you could possibly imagine, b) every mask under the sun and c) everything in between. Bidding them a permanent farewell felt like an impossible task — but considering I only would have a 23 kg suitcase (and a carry-on packed to the brim) for the next year, it was also an inevitability.
Etsy is both a dream and a nightmare for avid online shoppers. It's a nightmare because there's so much stuff available to buy. It's a dream because among that avalanche of stuff there are some absolute gems. Our latest realization about the handmade marketplace? It's a treasure trove of incredible, hip, modern, natural beauty products.
The day you've long dreamed of is finally here: More and more Korean beauty products are making their way to American drugstores, and we couldn't be more stoked. Gone are the days when your niche Korean skin care purchases were relegated to Amazon and eBay — now, you can easily impulse-buy them the next time you're running errands!
Most of us can agree that summer is the optimal season for looking our best. We're rocking an all-natural (or self-applied) sun-kissed glow, letting our hair recover from blow-outs and heat styling and are generally more relaxed from summer Fridays and weekend getaways.
The second Glossier hit the beauty scene, influencers and Instagram users alike went insane. Everyone raved about the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Balm Dotcom and Perfecting Skin Tint. The brand's popularity was largely due to the reputation of Into The Gloss and its founder Emily Weiss, but the millennial-focused marketing, packaging and attitude is the real secret to Glossier's success. Through social media and digital branding, the beauty company feels like your best friend, which is exactly what your favorite beauty products often become.
No-workout workouts have been trending for a few years now — and so has an obsession with meeting impossibly high beauty standards. Both of these trends meet at a much-buzzed-about new facial workout spot, FaceGym, which recently opened at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City (it has been in the UK for a few years already).
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here — and there are SO MANY great beauty steals this year. Now, when it comes to beauty, the Anniversary Sale is comprised of traditional markdowns and beauty exclusives, a mix of value-priced gift sets and limited-edition palettes. Taken together, the selection is pretty massive, so it's a great time to explore buzzy products you've been meaning to take for a spin or stock up on old faves and get ahead on the gift shopping game.
If there's one scent synonymous with summer — outside of sunscreen, natch — it has to be coconut. One whiff of this creamy and tropical scent conjures visions of perfectly lazy days spent basking under the sun on a pristine, white sand beach. Not only does coconut smell amazing, it also happens to be supremely good for your skin and hair. To satisfy your coconut needs, this roundup features a bunch of coconut-infused beauty goods that you can happily slather from head to toe.
It wasn't long ago that collagen was something we only thought of when shopping for anti-aging treatments. Today, Instagram is flooded with #collagenpowder which has found its way into everything from cookies to smoothies. Is collagen something we should actually be ingesting? Turns out, yes! And it's not as unappetizing as it sounds.
This color corrector and concealer palette addresses every skin issue, including dark circles, dullness, redness and hyperpigmentation, with a creamy formula that offers amazing coverage. Each palette works for three skin tones and comes complete with pro tips from makeup artists.
Facial mists are lifesavers when it comes to the intense summer heat. With just a couple of spritzes, you feel instantly refreshed. Plus, they're great for giving your skin a boost of hydration when you're on the go.
Amazon Prime Day is nigh… which means it's officially time to start scoping out all the best beauty deals. Now, the actual sales themselves are a bit shrouded in mystery: After all, as the site's guide puts it, "The surprise of what, exactly, will be on sale on Prime Day is part of the fun."
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, chances are you've heard of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. But for those of you who aren't familiar with the cult favorite, allow us to introduce you to one of the top-reviewed skin care products on the internet. Made with 100% bentonite clay, the budget-friendly (and slightly mysterious) skin care pick has made its way into many, many hearts.
Applying sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day is essential, but it shouldn't be your only line of defense against the sun's harmful, aging rays. UPF clothing is a great way to stay protected, especially in times of prolonged sun exposure.
Selecting the right beauty products in the summer can be somewhat tricky, as the heat and humidity can definitely make choosing your go-to moisturizer, skin care and even fragrance a real challenge. We consulted top beauty experts (think celebrity makeup artists, waxing pros and dermatologists) to share the products they'd actually use themselves when the week-long heatwaves become practically unbearable. Here are some of the beauty products they recommend adding to your arsenal asap.
With more out-of-offices popping up, as well as happy hours and spontaneous beach or pool days, summer is when you finally give your overworked self time to... exhale. More time spent soaking up vitamin D, catching up on that pile of magazines you've been collecting or even listening to music on a hammock, means ample time to lounge. Add another layer of relaxation when you multitask with one of these beauty treatments that work while you rest. Not only will you zone out even more, but you'll emerge with bright skin, healthier hair — and hey, fresh breath too. Try one of these treatments and get ready to prescribe to the lazy lifestyle this season, you deserve it.
Tinted moisturizers are clutch for lazy days — and now that it's summer, it's officially time to upgrade to an SPF version. Luckily, there are many tinted sunscreens out there to choose from, you've really got your pick of the litter.