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This Week’s Beauty Obsessions — From Leave-In Conditioners to Vegan Lip Balm

I’m always testing beauty products, and it seems like, every so often, I go through a honeymoon period with a handful of products I’ve recently discovered. Here are my current fixations:


Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Conditioner, $22 for 8 fl. oz. Visit NickChavezBeverlyHills.com

This thickening leave-in conditioner adds volume to your hair, while also softening it and making it more manageable. It’s extra convenient in that it can be applied to wet, damp or dry hair (though I find it works best on damp tresses). Aloe extract, honey, carrot root extract, and hydrolized wheat protein, among other ingredients, work to hydrate and expand the hair cuticle, making your hair look camera-ready. It’s my newest rescue aid.


LUSH Let Them Eat Cake Vegan Lip Balm, $6.95 each. Visit LUSHUSA.com

Maybe it’s because the holidays are here, but I seem to be gravitating toward products that smell like yummy treats (and, of course, I have to remind myself that I can’t actually eat them!). This vegan lip balm smells like yellow cake batter and features hydrating agents like organic olive oil, shea butter, lemon oil, vanilla absolute, plum kernel oil, and fresh and orange lemon peel. The balm has a really lightweight, buttery texture that makes it feel all the more delicious as it goes on the lips.


Rodial Body Sculpture, £92.98 at Rodial.co.UK or $125 at Beauty.com

Look, there’s no such thing as a miracle cellulite cure (unfortunate but true). Still, there are a handful of products that can diminish its appearance, and Rodial Body Sculpture definitely does make those problem areas look a little trimmer and smoother thanks to a combination of bio-marine actives, wheat protein and caffeine. Apparently, clinical tests have shown a reduction of up to one centimeter in thigh circumference within a month of using this product. I can’t say I had those type of stellar results, but the texture of the skin around my thighs and hips definitely improved — especially after 2 months of routine use.


ProActiv Pore Refining Peel, $20 for pack of 15. Available at Proactiv.com or by calling 1.800.950.4695.

Each of these boxes includes packets holding damp towels, meant to be smoothed onto the face. When you do so, you’re actually depositing the Pore Refining Peel on your skin, a clarifying and refreshing treatment that also minimizes pore size for smoother, younger skin. The peel should be applied for 10 minutes and then rinsed off. It’s slightly harsher than other pore minimizing treatments (perhaps because of the inclusion of alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid), but it does help to clear any possible outbreaks and leaves skin looking renewed.


Borghese Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Scrub, $49. Available exclusively at Lord & Taylor. Visit LordAndTaylor.com

Normally, I shy away from body scrubs because they tend to irritate my sensitive skin, but Borghese’s Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Scrub is really gentle (and smells like orange sorbet). The scrub is formulated with powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C, A and E plus CoQ10 and Beta-Carotene, as well as softening agents like Shea Butter, Squalane, Sunflower Oil and Carrot Oil to soften and smooth the skin. Vitamin C brightens the skin, boosts the immune system, protects the skin from free radicals, and helps to stimulate collagen synthesis.


John Frieda Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Booster, $6.50. Available at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Spritzing your limp, lifeless hair with the Lavish Lift Root Booster is equivalent to pumping air into a flat tire. If you spray along the scalp, concentrating on the hair’s root, you’ll notice that your hair will have more body and bounce. It’s my key to lioness chic tresses.



Sothys Paris Pore Refiner System Peel-Off Mask, $60. Available at EssentialDaySpa.com

There’s something I just adore about peel-off masks — maybe it’s a psychological thing, me feeling as if I’m shedding an old skin to reveal a new, brighter, virginal layer of skin, but taking off a peel-off mask does feel cathartic. The Sothys Paris Pore Refiner System Refining Peel-Off Mask is a lightweight, clear mask that eliminates any dirt and bacteria sitting atop the skin, while also infusing it with pore minimizing polyphenols from the fruit of Rose Multiflor Thunberg.

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