Yahoo writers and editors spend boatloads of time researching and testing the latest and greatest items to bring you the very best. We don’t gate-keep here; to ensure shopping's fun, not stressful, each month a different member of our team will share the tried-and-true essentials they're obsessing over.
First up? Me! I'm a beauty writer with 10+ years of experience under my belt. While there are a gazillion items on the market and new launches popping up constantly, a few select skin-care, makeup and hair-care products have become stalwarts of my daily routine. Read on to discover the Revlon hair tool that gives me a salon-quality blowout and the Elizabeth Arden anti-aging serum my mom and I both adore. Below, I present the 9 holy grail beauty products I can’t live without.
If you haven't heard about Charlotte Tilbury's Flawless Filter, prepare to be enlightened. The "glow booster" (the brand's words, not mine — but it's true!) is beloved by celebs and social media users alike, and I can confirm it lives up to the hype. The innovative formula uses smoothing airbrush polymers that give your skin a silky, pore-free finish — essentially making it look like you're using a camera filter in real life. While technically a primer, I use it as a foundation, and nearly every time I've worn it over the past two years someone has commented on how great my skin looks or how glowy my complexion is.
I’ve tried dozens of mascaras over the years, but this affordable Maybelline pick has been my go-to since high school. The brush separates each lash individually to darken, lengthen and volumize without any clumps. Even though the formula lasts for hours, it’s easy to remove at night with a quick swipe of micellar water. And you can’t beat the price!
This has been my favorite moisturizer since early on in my career when I noticed every makeup artist I worked with had it in their kits. The barely-there base can be used as a daily moisturizer or a makeup primer, and it has a light scent that I love. I'm far from alone in my fandom — it’s been a staple in French women’s routines for decades. Tres chic!
Another French pharmacy pick on my list is the aforementioned micellar water. This Bioderma formula is a gentle yet effective way to remove cosmetics without drying out your skin or leaving a sticky residue. According to the brand, it'll take off 99% of makeup, dust and pollution. Honestly, it's the only makeup remover I use, as I’ve never found anything that does a better job of getting everything off without irritating my skin.
Unlike most exfoliators that have to be washed off, this innovator is applied like a toner after cleansing and before moisturizing. The key ingredient is beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which helps clear away dead skin cells, dirt and any buildup that can clog pores. After using it consistently, I found my skin tone was more even and my pores less visible.
With my beyond-fair complexion, wearing sunscreen on my face every day is a must, and this creamy formula from La Roche Posay is my fave. It blends into my skin quickly without leaving behind a dreaded white cast, so I never worry about my makeup getting ruined. Along with being fragrance-free and water-resistant, it’s also noncomedogenic so it doesn’t clog my pores.
Since adding this exfoliator to my shower routine, I’ve had the softest skin ever. The handy mitt's rough-in-a-good-way texture removes dead skin with ease, no products necessary. Just get it wet and start scrubbing. It works so well, I can see my skin sloughing off as I use it — which I find oddly satisfying.
This clever gadget dries and styles at the same time, taming frizz and leaving my hair looking and feeling smooth and shiny. Its round design and tufted bristles add so much volume and body, my hair is noticeably fuller. Whenever I try to blow out my hair with a regular dryer and round brush, it takes me nearly an hour to do (cue all the starting and stopping). But this one-handed gizmo gets the job done in just 10 minutes — and my hair somehow looks even better than when I try to style it that other, arduous way.
There’s nothing I love more than a multitasking product. This double-duty stick works as both a blush and a lip balm and it’s super easy to use. I just apply it like lipstick or swipe it on my cheeks and blend it into my skin with my fingers. The color is buildable, so I add more if I want a bolder look, and it lasts all day when I use a setting spray afterward.
My mom has sworn by these single-dose serum tabs for years and passed her love of the product down to me. I love that they're pre-measured, so I get the just-right amount of collagen-boosting, wrinkle-fighting goodness every time. They're great for travel.
Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty ImagesAngelina Jolie and her children “had to heal” from the stress caused by the implosion of her marriage to Brad Pitt and the intense public scrutiny that followed, she told WSJ Magazine in a rare interview. “My body reacts very strongly to stress,” she says. “My blood sugar goes up and down. I suddenly had Bell’s palsy six months before my divorce.” Jolie filed for divorce in Sept. 2016; nearly a year later, she revealed for the first time that she’d fully recovered
One year after becoming Malaysia’s opposition, Perikatan Nasional has failed as an opposition bloc, and will continue to be one for the foreseeable future, unless the leaders from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Pas can change their thinking, says political analyst Associate Professor Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk. The post ‘Perikatan Nasional ineffective as opposition, needs someone like Khairy Jamaluddin to appeal to wider Malaysian voter base’ appeared first on Twentytwo13.
Several Republican senators walked out of a classified briefing on Ukraine Tuesday as it descended into a row over the border crisis, after President Volodymyr Zelensky unexpectedly canceled a videolink appearance to appeal for continued US funding. "Republicans are just walking out of the briefing because the people there are not willing to actually discuss what it takes to get a deal done," Romney said.