What is your white whale beauty product?

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We all have (at least) one primping item that we stay on the lookout for the perfect version of, and for me it is mascara: I am endlessly searching for the ideal one, and as soon as I’m pretty certain I found it, I go hunting for one that’s even better. Right now, I’m pretty enamored of Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, which goes on nice and thick, with nary a clump in sight. How about you? What are you forever in pursuit of?

11 beauty products I use to the last drop

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I had a very sobering realization while packing up my old apartment—and, specifically, my beauty products—last month. And that is that there are an awful lot of them that I tried once or twice, was underwhelmed by, and never used again. Because my taste in skincare and makeup does not run cheap, this isn’t a good way to operate, so I’m attempting these days just to stick with the tried and true. And speaking of which, I have never, in the history of ever, used up an entire container of eye cream, because none of them seem to move the needle much—except for this stuff, which contains banana powder, which is an old makeup artist trick, and supposedly brightens up undereye circles. I think it actually does do this, and it’s nicely moisturizing too.

I don’t like washing my face, and who knows why, so I use this micellar water, which is gentle (this is the sensitive skin formulation) and really gets the job done. Your face feels clean after using it, but not all dried out the way some cleansing potions can do.

I treat my SKII sheet masks like gold—lord knows they probably cost as much, pound for pound—and only use them if I’ve got a promising date or important Zoom meeting or something like that. They’re deeply hydrating, and I swear they make me prettier. And after you use it, there’s still a bunch of mask goop (I guess the more accurate term would be serum) left over in the little envelope for you to get a couple of more uses out of it.

 

This C.O. Bigelow body wash smells ever-so-faintly of musk, and suds up like nobody’s business.

 

This pencil is applied to the lower rim of the eye and is great for those times when you’re tired or burnt out and your face needs a little waking up. I don’t use it every day, but when I’m feeling and looking a bit bedraggled, it really makes a difference.

I like Milk’s bronzer because, unlike most bronzers, it’s perfectly matte, so your face doesn’t resemble a disco ball.

I wear lipstick every day, even now, which might seem ridiculous to some of you, but I’ll bet that others of you get where I’m coming from: even if I’m the only person to see it, that’s enough. My shade of the moment is Royal, by Kosas: it’s a kind of pinkish, berryish shade that really flatters, and lasts reasonably a reasonably long time, if not forever.

My new favorite mascara is Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions, and the length it endows your lashes with is, indeed, almost as good as extensions.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil feels so much lighter than your average foundation, is nicely sheer, and leaves me feeling particularly glowy.

I work this Davines Oi All in One Milk through my hair before blow-drying, and it makes my hair behave so much more nicely than if I hadn’t used it. I’ve been relying on it for years, and will be seriously lost if it’s ever discontinued.

New beauty product I’m obsessed with

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My hair has wicked flyaways, so when I read about this product—which has become a runaway hit with the kids on Tik Tok, apparently—I knew I had to order some. And I must say, it works rather miraculously. You just wave the mascara-ish-looking wand through problem spots, and hair instantly is tamed. It ships all the way from Australia, but it arrived relatively fast, and now I can’t live without it.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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