It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Oh, my loves, welcome to the last Best Beauty Sh!t We Got Last Week of 2016. Or, in case you haven't heard, the last one for an indefinite amount of time, possibly forever but hopefully not.
I wanted this one to be a productpalooza. Adding -palooza to anything implies that it's extra-special right? And gigantic, I guess? There are more than 40 products in this installment — some I just recently received, and some I got a while back and was hoping to find a place for in stories that never happened. I know some of you are all "Booooo, slideshowwwwwws," But y'all, this many products call for a gallery, and you will like it, young lady.
Regardless of the format, I hope you find a few products you think you'll like, and I want to hear in the comments which ones that have stricken your fancy.
Are you ready? No? TOO BAD, HERE GOES.
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum
This is a perfect intro-to-serums serum, and I mean no shade to Neutrogena by that. Great for young skin that needs moisture and pre-makeup smoothing, this oil-free formula features hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone, which, hey, some of us actually like.
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Carol's Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Wash-n-Go Leave-In
I have no idea what pracaxi is — it's not in the dictionary or even on Wikipedia — but if it does what Carol's Daughter says it does, your wavy or curly hair will experience some damn good shine, softness and definition.
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LORAC Pro Liquid Lipstick
Just when you thought you had enough matte liquid lipsticks in variations of "nude," you find out these exist and you're suddenly faced with choosing one — or not choosing and just getting all three of these: Nude Rose, Plum Brown, and Sienna.
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DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX
If you're kinda over mattes but still prefer the liquid format of lip color, try one of these Japanese lip glosses. Available in five classic, natural-ish colors, they've got hyaluronic acid, peptides and marine collagen to keep things moist. (Sorry, I know some people hate that word, but it's half of moisturize and most people are cool with that word, so what's the big deal?)
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BeautyWorksWest SEX Food Supplement
Yes, this supplement is for improving your libido and circulation, but allow me to pose an argument that this is a beauty product. First of all, "beauty" is in the brand's name, so I could close my flimsy case right there. Second, um, do you think NARS's most popular blush is called Orgasm because sex makes you look terrible?
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Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Mask
If you've ever looked at the directions on a mask and thought, "10 minutes isn't long enough to do a damn thing," then Allies of Skin has been reading your mind, which would be creepy if the result wasn't awesome. The peptides, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients in this treatment are perfect for skin that partied too hard the night before.
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Butter London + Pantone Nail Lacquer in Greenery
Butter London wasted no time making a nail polish in Pantone's new color of the year, and if you ask me (and even if you don't), nail polish is by far the easiest way to wear this Kermit-y shade.
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Alpessence Gel Cleanser
Here's a fun experiment you can do with this diamond-powder-infused face wash: Wash your face. End of experiment! Just kidding. Wait an hour without any products on your face. Dab your face with blotting paper. If there's no oil or flaking, you have normal skin. If you see some greasiness on the paper — oily skin. Tightness and flakes on the paper? Dry skin. If you've got a bit of all of the above, you're a combination unicorn.
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This device may look like a mini hair dryer, but it's actually a skin gadget that combines isometric compression with low-frequency vibration to firm stuff up. It has a "Face" setting, a "Neck" setting, and a "Mild" setting for "delicate areas" (which, I'm guessing, means boobs).
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ghd Flight Copper Luxe Collection Travel Hairdryer
Now this — this is a mini hair dryer. It's technically a travel dryer, but its smallness makes it perfect as a daily dryer for people with small spaces. I like that it folds into fetal position when it's not in use, like it's emotionally distraught worrying about when you're going to use it again.
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MEG 21 Smooth Radiance Face Treatment
This is the hero product of the MEG 21 line, which focuses entirely on the aging effects of glycation. The patented ingredient Supplamine helps block and reverse the damage sugar does to skin, which, contrary to what kids in the '80s were told, is more likely to be wrinkles than zits.
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H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Eye Balm
I hereby nominate this product to have a reserved parking space in your fridge. Its caffeine is already a big help in alleviating puffiness in the morning, but applying it chilled will make it that much more effective.
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TIGI Bed Head Big Head Volume Boosting Foam
Know what's sneaky? The name of this medium-hold styling product. It isn't mousse — unless you speak French. Nope, the English version of the name calls it foam, but the French version? "Mousse Boosteur de Volume."
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Davines This Is An Extra Strong Hairspray
This styling product, on the other hand, clearly doesn't beat around the bush with its name, as is true of many Davines products. "It's For Maximum Hold," it reads under the title — maybe it's part of the title? — and does that job while still letting hair look natural. It's from the More Inside collection and will be available in February.
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belif Problem Solution Moisturizer
This brand has gotten a near-constant influx of love from xoVainers since its launch because it's not proselytizing about its naturalness yet it's committed to choosing natural ingredients that are really effective. The Problem Solution line is the latest example of this, and this moisturizer is a great pick for breakout-prone, oily skin.
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I can't be the only one who feels like she's wearing a weird, dull, paper mask of her own face during wintertime, right? This moisturizer is perfect for this time of year because its vitamin C works to brighten over time while minerals instantly "luminize" skin, so much so that you're encouraged to use it over makeup.
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Sarah Moon for NARS Get Real Lip & Eye Set
Even if you're not familiar with Sarah Moon's photography, don't let that stop you from grabbing something from her limited-edition NARS collection. Might I suggest this set? (Oh, I might and I will!) In addition to two Mini Audacious Lipsticks in Bette and Leslie and Audacious Mascara in Black Moon, it comes with an absolutely gorgeous keepsake box.
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Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum
Highlighting serum?! Be still, my face! This chia-and-broccoli formula comes in two "shades" — a cool-toned pink and a champagne. I've honestly never seen another product quite like it, and I think it has cult-following potential. YEAH, I SAID IT.
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Essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette in Ready, Set, Peach!
If you're on Team Cool Contour, this may not be the palette for you, but if you run warm, definitely spend the $6 on this, if just for the beautiful peach blush shade alone.
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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
God, I hope there's a drag queen named Lala Retro. It's just such a good pseudonym! And this is also such a good moisturizer. It's whipped, so you get the benefits of a thick cream without the heaviness.
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OY-L Exfoliating Manuka Mask
It all but kills me to sing the praises of a product from a brand whose tag line is "Zero Chemical Skin Care." (Seriously, when will this unscientific claim go away?) But this mask is delightful. You start out physically exfoliating with oatmeal and berry seeds, and leave it on for 20 minutes to enjoy the healing properties of manuka honey, which has the following chemical composition:caffeic acid, isoferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, gallic acid, 4-hydrobenzoic acid, syringin acid, quercetin, luteolin, 8-methoxykaempferol, pinocembrin, isorhamnetin, kaempferol, chrysin, galangin, pinobanksin, phenyllactic acid , 4-methoxyphenolactic acid, kojic acid, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, 2-methoxybenzoic acid, phenylacetic acid, methyl syringate, dehydrovomifoliol, leptosin, glyoxal, methylglyoxal, 3-deoxyglucosulose.
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The Soil & The Sea Peruvian Cacao & Honey Facial Cleanser
While we're on the topic of honey, this cleanser is such a great find for daily, non-drying face-washing. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) for me, I cannot read the name without hearing Fred Armisen's Portlandia character Nina say her safe word, cacao.
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Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro
Launching in January, this device answers the question, "Are my skincare products really absorbing enough to work well?" And the answer is, "They will now, motherfucker!" OK, I'm sure it's a much more polite device than that but it just got overexcited. Blame the 30,000 sonic oscillations per minute that help really get your serums deep into your stratum corneum.
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trèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick
What you don't see in this lovely picture I took of this chunky highlighting crayon is what's hidden under the bottom cap: a wonderful little sponge to help you blend it perfectly.
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Dove Advanced Care Invisible Antiperspirant
I hope you have 100 items of clothing in different colors, because this new antiperspirant won't leave marks on ANY OF THEM. I actually watched a live demonstration of this, and I'm still not fully recovered from the amazingness.
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Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Vault
File under: what you didn't get for the holidays so you'll just get it for your damn self. Yes, it's $375, but it's 40 shades of Sephora's beloved liquid lip color, which is actually worth $560. Maybe go in with a few friends and split them up? Whatever — this is epic and totally worth it.
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Paula's Choice RESIST Intensive Repair Cream
This moisturizer is super-dry, mature skin's new BFF. (Mature people say "BFF" too, OK?) It's incredibly hydrating and creamy, and the retinol and peptides in it make it an anti-aging powerhouse.
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emerginC Body Firming Serum
The glass roller ball tube alone is reason to give this product a shot, but the fact that a blend of patented firming ingredients, arnica and coffee is what comes out is an even better reason.
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Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo
Please, for the love of all that is holy, find a way to get one of these in your hands in the next few days so you can wear this super-festive, glitz eyeshadow for New Year's Eve. (There are four shades — these are Adelio and Talia.)
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Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Diamond Shimmer Spray
THIS! Get this for New Year's Eve, too! No, shimmery eyes and shimmery hair is not overkill, especially if one of your New Year's resolutions is to give fewer fucks.
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Tatcha The Essence
I don't know why I thought Tatcha already had an essence, but I'm excited that they're about to launch one. Made of a fermented blend of Japanese green tea, rice and algae, the brand calls it "a daily 7-second ritual to reveal your softest, most youthful skin."
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Violent Lips Minis
Don't be fooled by the packaging: you are not obligated to wear these all at once on your lips. You're welcome to, of course, but you can also wear them one at a time on your face, body or nails, too. How cute would an Earth beauty mark be, amirite?
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The Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack
Things that are having a moment: peony in skincare, and overnight "packs." I'm not the least bit surprised that one of the trendiest new lines has combined these two buzzy things, and they've done a damn fine job of it.
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Karuna Skin Brightening Duo
Why aren't more brands doing this? In addition to a sheet mask for all-over brightening, this comes with four "Melting Boost" spot treatments for stubborn dark spots. Genius!
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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
So you love the idea of colorful highlighter but you want a more subtle option than what you've seen on the market so far? Believe it or not, Kat Von D has your solution. This palette offers four nontraditional highlighter shades that read ethereal without the extra.
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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Gentle Radiance Cleanser for Normal Hair and Scalp
The only thing that could make me love the idea of a cleansing oil for hair even more is having it made by Shu Uemura in a bottle covered with flowers by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector + Primer Duo SPF 20
If you thought that last packaging was cute, check out this color-correcting cushion compact coming out in January (holy alliteration, Batman). One side features brightening yellow, and the other has redness-reducing green.
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Raffaele Ruberto No. 9 R-lift Face & Eye Serum
I appreciate an anti-aging product that works well on the face while also being gentle enough for the eye area. I mean, we're all in this together, right?
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MD's Pick Aqua H.C. Moist Collagen Prestige Peel-Off Modeling Mask
If you haven't tried a "rubber" mask yet, this one, available from Glow Recipe, is a great place to start. It's super-calming to exhausted skin, and super-weird to use — in the best possible way.
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Omega Labs Classic Nail Lacquer
It's rare that I find nail polish that I feel like my clumsy hands can apply evenly, and that's why I'm falling madly in love with these colors. Not too think, not too thin. This sampling of shades, from left to right, is Bella, Cabernet, Neon Blue, and Pacific Blue.
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Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque
First of all, Renee, if you're reading this — love the new packaging. Second, love this mask. If you breakout right before your period, this zeroes on the offending bacteria and reduces hormonal zits big-time.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet
I never imagined myself wanted to wear burgundy mascara until this came into my life. And now I'm seriously considering the other five colors it comes in — even black.
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Organic to Green Rainforest Scrub
How often do you see a scrub that's marketed for both face and body? And when that does happen, how often does it actually work for both? It's either too rough on the face or not strong enough for the body. The one, my friends, is the exception. Its coconut and organic sugar make it a great option for your whole body.
Alright, darlings. Now's the time to talk about what here makes your wish list, the best buy you made all year, anything product-related. Let's chitty-chat.