150 Best Beauty Products (Part 2)

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Jun 13, 2004
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</TD><TD vAlign=center width=305>Tools, Cleansers, Toners, Eye Creams

Makeup -- Tools

57. Paula Dorf Foundation Brush ($35). Cut and shaped by hand for precise application.

58. Kevyn Aucoin Large Blush & Powder Brush ($65). Extraordinarily plush for powder, blush and bronzer.

59. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blush Brush #37 ($58). Soft blue-squirrel hair with a tapered head that makes you feel like a pro.

60. Shu Uemura Kolinsky Sable Eye Shadow Brush #12 ($130). The gold standard, period.

61. Stila #13 Eyeliner Brush ($18). Two left hands? Turning eye shadow into liner is a cinch with this tool.

62. Shu Uemura Handy Wool Brush ($20). A slanted-head, badger-hair brush for filling in brows.

63. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush ($26). This synthetic-fiber brush fits snugly into corners, crevices and anywhere else you might need concealer.

64. La Prairie Lip Brush ($28). Small enough to toss in your purse, and the cover protects your bag's lining.

65. Trish McEvoy Velour Puff ($12). Gently blends blush and powder for a seamless finish.

66. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($15). Still the best in the biz; Shu Uemura's signature tool.

67. Tweezerman Slant Tweezer ($18-$20). Grabs even the finest hairs.

68. Shiseido Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($14). Lightly powdered sheets quickly transform skin from shiny to matte.

69. M.A.C. Blot Film ($11.50). Absorbs skin oil without altering makeup or depositing powder.

70. Shu Uemura Non-Latex Sponges ($2-$4.50). Plush square, oval and round sponges.

71. Q-Tips Cotton Swabs ($3.50 for 500). Easily the most useful (and multifunctional) beauty tool around -- you can't live without them.

Makeup brushes pictured from left: Paula Dorf (57), Shu Uemura (62), Trish McEvoy (59), Kevyn Aucoin (58), Laura Mercier (63), Shu Uemura (60), La Prairie (64).

Skin Care -- Cleansers and Toners

72. Jo Malone Eucalyptus & Mint Frothing Cleansing Cream ($35). A wake-up call in an invigorating, soap-free lather.

73. Shiseido Deep Cleansing Foam ($18). Removes makeup and oil with purifying microbeads.

74. Kiehl's Ultra Moisturizing Cleansing Cream ($18.50). A decadent whipped formula for very dry skin.

75. Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser ($29). Talk about multitasking: this cleans, exfoliates, detoxifies and tones.

76. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($6). Recommended by dermatologists because it's gentle enough for sensitive skin.

77. Yon-Ka Lotion PNG ($29). Refreshing botanical mist toner that even calms irritation, sunburn and shaving rash.

Skin Care -- Eye Creams

78. Sisley Sisleÿa Eye and Lip Contour Cream ($150). Quickly diminishes signs of fatigue and telltale fine lines.

79. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex ($45). The secret to waking up looking refreshed.

80. RéVive Intensité les Yeux ($175). Banishes dark circles and plumps fine lines.


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Skin Care -- Moisturizers

81. Crème de la Mer ($110). The precious sea-kelp formulation with legions of followers.

82. Jo Malone Vitamin E Gel ($90). Legendary: this panacea (finally available in the U.S.) treats ultradry skin everywhere -- lips, cuticles, hands and feet.

83. Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Vitamin Complex ($20). A seven-vitamin/mineral cocktail with SPF 15.

84. Estée Lauder DayWear Plus Multi-Protection Moisturizer SPF 15 ($37.50). Shields your complexion from exposure to the sun and pollution.

85. Clarins Radiance-Plus Self Tanning Cream-Gel ($48.50). Contains a smidgen of self-tanner to imbue skin with a subtle glow while it moisturizes.

86. Sisley Lisley Day Cream ($115). A botanical infusion that's lightweight and elegant.

87. Natura Bissé Diamond ($235). A superluxe energy booster for your skin.

88. Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Creme ($82.50). Need extra moisturizing? This rich formula is tops for nighttime. Skin Care -- Wrinkle Fighters, Skin Enhancers, Treatments and More

89. Chanel Précision Lift Sérum Extrême ($110). Your first line of defense against fine lines and wrinkles.

90. Remède Sweep ($44). This nonabrasive facial exfoliator has a cult following and even inspired a body polish.

91. Darphin Aromatic Care ($62). Essential oils for the face that purify, nourish and detoxify skin.

92. Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Intensive Treatment Ampoules ($150). A seven-night copper-peptide regimen to improve firmness and hydration. Ideal for soothing skin following sun damage and laser or peel treatments.

93. B. Kamins Booster Blue Rosacea Treatment ($62). Neutralizes the blotchy, red inflammation of rosacea.

94. MD Skincare Alpha-Beta Home Facial System ($68). An uncomplicated, not too aggressive, at-home chemical peel.

95. Guerlain Issima Midnight Secret ($95). Late night? A few drops erase signs of fatigue by morning.

96. Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask ($37). Zaps oiliness and breakouts. Also a great spot treatment.

97. Valmont Nature Moisturizing Mask ($85). Staves off the early signs of aging.

98. Clé de Peau Beauté Facial Contour Treatment ($120). A quick pick-me-up in a box.

99. Aquaphor ($6). Apply it on dry or cracked skin, diaper rash, cuticles, sunburns, burns, lips, eczema, scrapes and shaving bumps. Its uses are endless.

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</TD><TD vAlign=center width=305>Body, Hands and Nails, Teeth, Feet

Body -- Products for All-Over Use

100. Frédéric Fekkai Crème Luxueuse ($65). Puts the "treat" in treatment. This decadent shea-butter cream smells divine.

101. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Pump ($42). This much-loved skin softener tackles the driest skin conditions.

102. Acqua di Parma Cologne Cream ($48). A must for fans of the citrus-scented Acqua di Parma Colonia. Body -- Hands and Nails

103. La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream ($85). Moisturizes and shields hands from environmental damage.

104. La Mer The Hand Treatment ($70). Formulated with La Mer's precious broth to leave hands unbelievably soft.

105. Essie Nail Polish in Fed Up ($8). A T&C favorite; we think it's the perfect neutral pink.

106. NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red ($15). Sun filters prevent this sexy siren red from discoloring.

107. OPI Nail Lacquer in I'm Not Really a Waitress ($7.50). Make an impression with this ravishing red.

108. Nailtiques Formula #2 ($18). Prevents nails from peeling and splitting.

109. Dior Diorlisse Ridge Filler for Nails ($16.50). Smoothes nails -- and the subtle pink hue is more than pretty enough to wear solo.

110. Essie Quick-e Drying Drops ($15). Put two drops on each polished nail and you'll have a rock-hard finish.

111. Creative Nail Design Solar Oil ($8). Jojoba, vitamin E and rice-bran and sweet-almond oils condition nails and cuticles.

112. OPI Mini Nipper ($15). Just the right size and shape to nip cuticles in the bud.

Body -- Feet

113. Origins Reinventing the Heel ($19.50). For feet that need some TLC. Slather it on for overnight moisturizing.

114. L'Occitane Exfoliating Foot Cream ($23). Poppy seeds, walnut powder and clay whittle away dry patches.

115. Diamancel Foot File #20 ($36). Made with industrial-grade diamonds to obliterate dry skin and calluses.


116. Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste ($16). The calcium-peroxide mix removes the sticky film to which stains and plaque adhere.

117. Glide Dental Floss ($4). So thin and easy to slip between teeth, it'll convert even anti-flossers.

118. Crest Whitestrips Premium ($35). No trays, no visits to a dentist, no lasers -- teeth whitening has never been so simple.

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Hair -- Shampoos

119. Kérastase Bain Satin in Level One or Two ($24). Especially great for colored tresses or locks that need serious moisturizing.

120. Lancôme Hair Sensation Volumizing Gel Shampoo ($16.50). Gives oomph to flat, fine hair, especially when paired with Lancôme's Extra-Body Non-Rinse Conditioner.

121. Frédéric Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo ($18.50). Removes styling product buildup and mineral residue that cause dullness.

122. Aveda Black Malva Shampoo ($8). Enhances tones in dark hair while discouraging brassiness.

123. Neutrogena T/Gel ($7). A surprisingly luxurious (and pleasant-smelling) shampoo that stops dandruff in its tracks.

Hair -- Conditioners and Treatments

124. Kérastase Lait Vital Protéiné ($31). Supernourishing to hair without weighing it down.

125. Terax Original Crema Conditioner ($16). We can't get over how well it moisturizes our overworked hair.

126. Matrix Biolage Daily Leave-In Tonic ($11). Eliminate flyaways with this lightweight leave-in conditioner.

127. Phyto 7 Plant-Based Treatment Cream ($22). A leave-in cream for dry, stressed hair.

128. Bumble and Bumble Leave In (or Rinse Out) Conditioner ($16). The name says it all. Your choice.

129. Aveda Rosemary Mint Equalizing Hair Conditioning Rinse ($8.50). Makes fine hair fabulous.

130. John Sahag Condition ($15.50). Three great conditioners, for fine, coarse and chemically treated hair.

131. Kérastase Masquintense ($36). The ultimate cream mask for putting life back into overprocessed hair.

132. John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor ($28). A blend of exotic fruits and oils so natural you could eat it.

Hair -- Detanglers, Gels, Mousses and Sprays

133. Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam ($8). Pumps volume and hold into your hairstyles.

134. Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme ($10). Calms and adds texture to coarse hair.

135. Philip B. Drop Dead Straightening Baume ($20). As the name promises, this balm delivers pin-straight, perfect hair.

136. Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel ($10). Lasting control that washes out like a dream.

137. Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax ($19). Great for adding texture, definition and perhaps even some spikiness.

138. Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum ($14). The answer to bad-hair days, whatever the weather. It banishes frizzies and imparts high shine.

139. Sebastian Shaper Hair Spray ($11.50). Great hold without stiffness.

140. Rene Furterer Fioravanti No-Rinse Detangling Spritz ($18). A daily-use detangler that also adds sheen to hair.

141. Kiehl's High-Gloss Conditioning and Styling Oil ($20.50). This featherweight oil gives hair incredible luster and shine.

142. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Volumizing Spray ($5.50). Delivers lift at the roots as well as overall volume to skimpy strands.

Hair -- Brushes and Tools

143. Super Solano Hair Dryer ($89). Top-notch turbo power that's just the thing for creating sleeker styles.

144. Hot Tools Curling Iron ($28-$35). Its variable heat settings and multiple barrel widths create perfect curls.

145. Solano Sapphire Iron ($85-$135). The choice of discerning stylists, despite the rising popularity of ceramic irons.

146. Conair Ion Shine Instant Heat Hairsetter ($30). Hot rollers charged with ions to eliminate static and frizz.

147. Goody Ouchless Elastics ($3). Fabulous colors, great hold, no metal.

148. Frédéric Fekkai Extra Large Round Brush ($65). An essential boar-bristle tool that's perfect for styling shoulder-length and long hair.

149. Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Paddle Brushes ($57.50-$195). You'd be hard pressed to find a hairstylist who doesn't own (and rave about) these.

150. Denman Vent Brush ($10). Great for detangling wet hair, and its open design makes for speedy blow-drying.




Feb 19, 2005
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I love best-of lists too! More info, less filler!

"Just the facts, ma'am..."

Oct 11, 2005
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Originally Posted by Trisha Thanks so much for posting Diane, I love reading MU best of polls! x Me too!

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