12 Beauty Editor Must-Haves

MORE’s beauty director, Genevieve Monsma, has seen loads of products this year—but so far, nothing to top these 12 favorites

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Pearl

I loved last spring's hot hue—Chanel Particuliere—because of its versatility. But though grayish-beige does go with most of your wardrobe, Particuliere was not, well, particularly sexy. Which is why Black Pearl, $25, a shimmery ebony with flashes of green, has my vote this season. The shade works with most anything you put on—plus it's got an alluring edginess. Buy it at nordstrom.com.

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

This butter-like balm is in a class of its own. It soothes even the sorest lips and it leaves behind a rosy tint I wish I came by naturally. Plus it smells delicious—kind of like a sweet-tart rolled up inside a rose petal. It's a bit of a splurge at $22.50 but it checks both the balm and lipcolor boxes for me so the per-usage price is down to like a dime.  Buy it at fresh.com. And prepare to become addicted. 

Photo courtesy of Fresh

Biologique Recherge P50V

This product is skin-transforming. Essentially a toner (a step we've been told by countless MDs is unnecessary), this lactic-acid-based liquid, $57, sloughs off dead cells sans irritation, leaving your complexion glowing, zit-free, and soft, soft, soft. It also works well in conjunction with Retin-A , as it helps remove pesky flakes. Get it paullabrecque.com.

Photo courtesy of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner

For days when I want my hair extra-straight, this is my go-to combo ($23 each). Spiked with olive oil, this deeply moisturizing duo smooths away frizzies, boosts shine, and makes my hair slip-through-your fingers silky. One caveat: I can't use it every time I wash or my fine hair falla flat. But as an occasional hair-smoothie, it's stellar. Buy both at fekkai.com.

Photo courtesy of Fekkai Salons

Love Chloe Eau de Parfum

This smells like a floral fragrance a grown-up would wear: sophisticated, understated, subtly. . .expensive. Like a a woman dressed in (logo-free) head-to-toe designer duds; $85 at neimanmarcus.com.

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner

No false promises here. If you want longer, fuller eye fringe, this is your product. I saw results within 10 days, and my extra-long lashes now they flutter against my sunglasses. Safe for all eye colors (mine are blue and quite sensitive). Buy a three-month supply for $98 at revitalash.com.

Photo courtesy of Revitalash

Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil

I have chronically dehydrated skin that still breaks out. Not a pretty (or easy to treat) combination. But this cocktail of essential oils, $140, manages to create balance in my genetically-imbalanced complexion, giving my parched skin a nice long drink of moisture, while also, oddly, helping to curb flare ups. Not sure how it does the latter. But I'm not complaining. Get it at barneys.com.

Photo courtesy of Rodin Olio Lusso

Sonicare Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush

When I started using a Sonicare toothbrush, I stopped getting cavities, my teeth felt less sensitive, and my gums stopped bleeding when I flossed. I also now get praised (rather than tsk-tsk’ed) at my dental checkups. Surprising how a little vibration/rotation makes such a big difference. But seeing is believing, and my smile looks pretty good. Just ask my dentist. Get your own at philips.com for about $130 (there are also adequate, less-expensive models available).


Naturopathica Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel

When my skin needs a little extra exfoliation, I slather on this gentle peel, $52, for five minutes. After I splash it off, my skin is noticeably smoother (buh-bye Retin-A-induced flakes) and almost as glow-y as J-Lo herself. Plus it doesn't sting or leave my senstive skin red. Buy it at naturopathica.com.

Photo courtesy of Naturopathica

Good Hair Days Magic-Grip Hair Pins

These clear plastic pins are like bobby pins on steroids. They hold even the finest, most slippery strands in a neat chignon. And at $3 for a pack, you’ll never run out. Get them at sallybeauty.com.

Good Hair Days

Norma Kamali Massage Oil in Violet

Clean smelling with great slip, this oil, $10, is obviously good for a rubdown. But thanks to its extra-hydrating olive oil base, it’s also an excellent treatment for dry hands and raggedy cuticles. Apply a dime-size drop before bed (don’t worry, it’s fast absorbing). At normakamali.com.

Norma Kamali

Cover Girl Liquiline Eye Pencil in Violet Voltage

Despite the marketing claims, this doesn’t really look like liquid eyeliner on the skin. But it’s still an exceptional product. It glides on like a soft crayon, imparting color evenly across the lid. And this shade, an eggplant-y purple, would be gorgeous on almost anyone. It’s also a bargain at $8. Get it at walmart.com.

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First Published January 19, 2011

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JUDI 05.14.2011

Yes I definately agree with Loydene the average woman couldn't begin to afford these prices ! I'm an AVON Representative & we carry all the current & fashionable colors in polish for $5 + most of the other things that any woman "could" afford...

Dee Ried02.08.2011

All I have got to say is that most of these Must Haves are way out of my budget range! Obviously the beauty editor can afford these things, but I think a good majority of us are not able to pay $25 for a bottle of nail polish.

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