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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand

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Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand

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They say: A new addition to the bestselling Pillow Talk product lineup from Charlotte Tilbury, this collection of four matte blush wands provides a pop of liquid-blush colour with a soft-focus matte finish.

We say: Our tester found these blush wands provided a really pretty wash of buildable, blendable coverage. A few dabs of the sponge-tip applicator, blended with a tool or fingertips, provided a nice soft pop to cheeks. The matte formula is perfect for those who prefer no sparkle, while also not leaving skin looking dull.

$52 | Charlottetilbury.com

Pupa Milano

Eyebrow Liner

They say: An “ultrafine” eyebrow pen that aims to recreate the “microblading effect” to provide the look of fuller, thicker brows. Available in three shades.

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We say: True to its claims, our tester found this pen provided small, hairlike strokes. She used the pen to fill in sparse areas of her brows and was pleased with how the product performed, remaining on skin without smearing or shifting and giving her brows the appearance of a definite density boost.

$26 | Pupamilano.ca 

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Clarins

Moisture-Rich Body Lotion

They say: A rich body lotion from the French brand Clarins that features shea butter, along with organic raspberry water, tamarind pulp acids and organic oat sugars to “intensely” nourish and hydrate skin.

We say: This lotion is surprisingly lightweight for such a hydrating formula, our tester reports. A small dollop applied to various areas of freshly cleansed and dried skin gave a nice veil of moisture that wasn’t sticky or heavy but left skin feeling

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Dior Teams With Lucibel for LED Beauty Mask

MASK UP: Dior has partnered exclusively with French innovation lighting company Lucibel to use and commercialize LED mask technology.

Designer Olivier Lapidus worked with Lucibel to create the beauty mask. He had for many years focused on innovative textiles, especially light-related fabrics. In 1999, Lapidus sent down a fashion runway what he billed to be the first “luminous dress,” created with a specially woven jacquard and optical fiber technology.

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Lapidus’ creations have been used in the scientific field, too, to help treat babies with jaundice, for instance.

He was contacted by Frédéric Granotier, founder and president of Lucibel, about a possible collaboration. The designer was shown the hardware of Lucibel’s existing beauty mask for semiprofessional use and the creams to be used with it to help fight facial wrinkles.

A brainstorm ensued, and Lapidus became knowledgeable about LED technology. Eighteen months later, Lucibel’s pro product became the over-the-counter OVE beauty mask, created with women and men in mind. It got two patents, new ergonomy and uses photobiomudulation technology.

LED photobiomodulation, a specialty of Lucibel over the past eight years, employs a cold red light to stimulate and regenerate cells The quantity of the light emitted differs on each square centimeter of a face for the most efficiency.

“Because the body is made up of living cells that have a vital need for exposure to light, the mask acts first of all as a natural energy source to balance the metabolism, restore harmony and sooth the mind,” said Dior in a statement. “Young skin sees an instant effect on quality and imperfections (reduced pore diameter, rebalanced sebum levels and a luminous complexion). More mature skin sees an antiaging action that is strengthened over time (smoothed wrinkles, elasticity and volume density).”

Dior claims that from the first

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This viral exfoliant beloved by dermatologists and beauty editors is majorly discounted right now

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It’s honestly overwhelming when it comes to managing the influx of summer sales happening currently. Obviously, the world’s smallest violin is playing right now — but it really can be overwhelming! But trust us, there’s one markdown happening that you simply cannot miss: The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

The iconic beauty brand Paula’s Choice has taken 20% off the cult-favorite 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant — and tons of other best-selling essentials like the Omega+ Complex Cleansing Balm and the 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel — for no particular reason! Well, other than the fact that they love us and want us to take care of our precious skin.

This no-frills chemical exfoliant has been a favorite amongst beauty editors, dermatologists, estheticians and TikTok users for eons. I’ve also used it once per week for years now, and my sensitized, acne-prone skin couldn’t love it more.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $25.60 (Orig. $32)

Credit: Paula’s Choice

Credit: Paula’s Choice

$25.60 $32 at Paula’s Choice

Made with 2% salicylic acid — a type of beta hydroxy acid — the gentle, non-irritating exfoliant removes excess oils, dissolves dead skin cells and unclogs your pores. It’s also magic when it comes to fading dark spots and acne scars with consistent use without irritating the skin.

If you’re worried about this drying out your skin, don’t. This brilliant formula also features green tea leaf extract to calm the skin and butylene glycol to moisturize the skin. liquid-exfoliant%2F201.html&xcust=sweldon” data-ylk=”slk:Per Paula’s Choice” class=”link “Per Paula’s Choice,

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Review: That’so On-the-Go Dark Instant Tanning Spray

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What it is: An instant self-tanning spray product from the made-in-Italy brand That’so.

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The product features Matrixyl, billed as a “powerful anti-aging ingredient,” and along with aloe vera and sugarcane extract, smoothes and hydrates skin while bronzer pigments add a sun-kissed glow. Featuring six per cent DHA — dihydroxyacetone, the active ingredient in most self-tanning products, the “natural formulation” spray tanning product provides an instant bronzed look that fully develops over two-to-three hours and lasts up to four days, according to the brand. 

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What we say: Trying a new self-tanner can be a daunting task. Will it be streaky? Will the colour be orange? How long will it last? The list of possible unknowns goes on-and-on.

Thankfully, our tester found this spray tan product provided all the right answers to the aforementioned queries. The 360 spray made application easy. Applied to clean, dry skin — prepped with the appropriate pre-exfoliation process, of course — she misted the product in one continuous spray, holding the can several inches away from the skin’s surface. The instant bronzer makes even application an easier task and, thanks to the fine mist, she found no rubbing in or blending was required.

A light application yielded a nice, sun-kissed look that lasted several days. Plus, we love the fact that there’s no colour transfer with this self-tanning product, so you can apply, let it dry and get on with your day without worrying about any collateral damage.

Where to get it: Thatsoitaly.com 

What it will cost you: $52.99.

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I Test Hundreds of Beauty Products a Month, and This Is Only the Second Concealer to Meet My Standards

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

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I stand by my proclamation that concealers are a good-in-theory, bad-in-practice bamboozle product. I also attest that there was previously only one exception for this, but in a shocking plot twist, a second concealer has entered the chat: Huda Beauty’s new #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Concealer.

It’s not that I am prejudiced against concealers — I have tried over 100 of them and their shortcomings follow similar patterns of chalkiness, thickness, and patchiness. But I persevered in my hunt for concealer greatness,  so when Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter landed on my desk, I approached it with objective judgment and found that … I loved it.

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer

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Shop now: $29; sephora.com

The concealer, which comes in 29 shades, is the third and latest launch in the #FauxFilter family, following a liquid and stick foundation. In all honesty, the foundations did not do it for me — the coverage and shade options  (39 to be exact) are impressive, but the thicker formula made  it more difficult to mix with my blush and highlighter. The concealer, on the other hand, caught me by surprise.

Here’s what it gets right: A diverse shade range should be expected in 2022, but Huda Beauty takes this a step further by making sure that you find beauty/makeup/how-choose-foundation” data-ylk=”slk:your undertone match, too” class=”link “your undertone match, too. The consistency of #FauxFilter is thin, silky, and deceptively moisturizing. When I first applied it to my face, I was worried that this was another chalky formula, but as I began to spread it with my fingers, it melted into my skin. The way it set after a minute was even more impressive — it looked like I had used a primer

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A Beauty Editor’s Honest Review of the $375 Serum From This Celebrity-Loved Brand

I Tried the $375 Serum Loved by Every Celebrity Under the Sun and Unfortunately For My Bank Account, The Results are Divine

I Tried the $375 Serum Loved by Every Celebrity Under the Sun and Unfortunately For My Bank Account, The Results are Divine

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Where do I start with Augustinus Bader’s The Serum, a skincare product that costs $375? I guess with the basics: Augustinus Bader is the eponymous skincare line started by Professor Bader, a globally renowned biomedical scientist and physician, whose notoriety has spread through the academic, scientific, and now skincare spheres.

The impetus of the skincare line started when Bader created his medical-grade Wound Gel,  which uses the body’s natural mechanisms to repair severe wounds that once would’ve required skin grafts. This breakthrough led to the creation of the brand’s proprietary Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8) which is really the star of every single product. There’s 30 years of scientific research behind TFC8, but to put it as plainly as possible — it’s packed with more than 40 ingredients including amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. These ingredients each have their own benefits, but together they specifically encourage your skin‘s natural regenerative process.

TFC8 adapts to your skin and in conjunction with other ingredients like vitamin C and edelweiss extract, addresses a variety of issues at the same time — fine lines, redness, hyperpigmentation, environmental stressors, firmness, roughness, and hydration, just to name a few. TFC8 makes The Serum stand out and is probably the reason it has a fanbase of celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, Hailey Bieber, Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, and even Leonardo DiCaprio.

Augustinus Bader The Serum

Augustinus Bader The Serum

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Shop now: $350–$375; augustinusbader.com

I only got around to trying The Serum when it was gifted to me by the brand, because as much as I love all things beauty, the $375 price tag is more than I’d spend

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