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7 Seriously Good Beauty Products You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner

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1. Glossier Haloscope Dewy Highlighter, $22

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For the past few months, I’ve been bandwagoning HARD on the beauty industry’s trend of “dewy, fresh-faced” makeup. The problem I’ve found, however, is that it seems like I need upwards of four products at once just to make it look like I have on no makeup…which simultaneously makes me feel like I have on a ton of makeup. The other problem is that most highlighters I’ve tried make me feel like I’m smearing Bath & Body Works chunky body glitter onto my face. That was fun in middle school, but I want to feel like a Fancy Lady now.

Glossier’s newest product — a highlighter stick called Haloscope (I’m wearing the shade called Quartz above) — became an instant favorite the minute I tried it. It’s a stick, so I don’t need a brush or a sponge or any other tool to use it. All I have to do is swipe it on and then blend it using my fingers. It’s made with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E in the middle of the stick to moisturize your skin for a natural glow. Plus, the stick is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, so I don’t wind up breaking out the way I do with other makeup. As for feeling fancy AF, the outer edge of the stick is made with real rose quartz. It’s like jewelry for your face.

I know $22 isn’t cheap, but here’s my reasoning: It’s part of my everyday face routine. Paying $22 for a bold lip color you only wear on special occasions can feel like a huge splurge, but spending $22 on a quality, long-lasting product that’s something you’ll use every day is a solid investment. —Augusta Falletta, deputy style editor

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2. MiniPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer, $14.99

MiniPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer, $14.99

Alice Kim

Last year I grew my hair out. It got so long I thought it’d be a good idea to put it up into a man bun, until I saw photos of myself at a friend’s wedding. Then I decided I probably shouldn’t have a man bun. I went to the barber and after he asked me three times if I was sure, he cut it all off. “So what’re you looking for?” he said. I said, “I don’t know, surprise me.” I’ve never been very particular about my hair. Did I have blonde tips in the ’90s? You betcha. How about that crispy-gelled boy-band look with the spiky front from the early aughts? Hell yeah. But since then it’s sorta just been, well, hair. Shave it into a mohawk, grow it out, throw a hat over it. I’d try any style as long as I didn’t have to waste time on it. The shit always seemed to grow back.

But let me tell you: When my barber finished my haircut, my hair looked amazing. It had lift. It had style. The dude even decided to take a photo, which is how you know a stylist is pleased with their work (same goes for tattoo artists), and needless to say that has never, ever happened to me after a haircut. So I left the shop feeling good. I left the shop feeling good-looking. I was, how do you say…feeling my look.

But then came the next day. I put product in my hair and combed it like my barber showed me, but the situation was now…different. I looked like Eddie Furlong in Terminator 2, which would have been awesome if I were 14 and it was 1991, but I was 33 in 2016 and it just wasn’t cutting it. What happened to my glorious hair from the day before? Where had I gone wrong? What did my barber do differently?

I didn’t figure it out until a week later. I was traveling, staying in a hotel, and had some time to kill. After I’d showered and was about to begin my now routine, futile attempt to make my hair look not-terrible, I noticed the hairdryer in the hotel bathroom.

OH.

It felt like a million clues and memories had hit me all at once, Keyser Söze–style. Or, fine, maybe just one memory — but it was a vital one. My barber had used a hairdryer while styling my hair. Could it be? Was this the Rosetta stone to rad hair looks I’d been missing?

I had my doubts. I always figured they were for drying wet hair, and that was it. Hair. Dryer. That was what they were called. But I decided to give it a shot and switched the hairdryer on. As I combed my hair exactly as my barber had instructed, I awkwardly aimed the hairdryer at my scalp. All of a sudden, my hair was getting lift. Life! The haircut I had when I first left the barbershop began to materialize. It was like my hair was forming into the statue of David right atop my head and I was Michelangelo. Or, more like the hair dryer was Michelangelo and I was just some gawking bystander, but still!

The first thing I did when I got home was run out to my local Walgreens and buy this lil’ baby. The Conair Mini Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Styler. She’s lightweight, folds up for easy packing (yes, I do now take my hairdryer with me whenever I travel), and gets the job done. Sure, I don’t style my hair every day. Most days it’s easier to toss on a hat and get out the door. But on those days when I need an extra pick-me-up? Or I’ve got an event that I’m nervous about? Well, me and my CMPTCS make sure I’ve got a look that has me feeling great. —Isaac Fitzgerald, Books Editor

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