Our Best Beauty Buys sweepstakes ends on Thursday, which means you have only two days left to enter to win an amazing beauty basket filled with our editors’ favorite spring products. To enter, just start a board on Pinterest titled “My Best Beauty Buys,” pin your top five must-haves from InStyle.com’s Best Beauty Buys, then submit your board’s URL at instyle.com/bbbsweeps. We’re accepting submissions until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. The winners will be named at the end of this week, so make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to win. Click the box below to start browsing and pinning your faves. Good luck!
You can tailor your clothes to fit and flatter your body type, and now you can do the same thing with your makeup! Brands like IOMA, Prescriptives, and Original Scent are allowing customers to try their hands at the product creation process, so you can fill your makeup bag with products made by you, to suit only you. Check out the five ways you can give your beauty stash a more personal touch—whether you’re vying for your own signature scent, in need of an exact foundation match, or want to create a custom lipstick hue. Click the photo to see how you can make your own fragrance, makeup, and more.
Kim Kardashian isn’t afraid to try new beauty treatments—vampire facial, anyone?—and now the reality star tried another at a spa in Santorini, Greece: The fish pedicure. The treatment involves you dipping your feet into warm water and allowing small Doctor Fish to remove and clean dead skin from your soles. The procedure has been controversial for years and certainly isn’t for the squeamish. But, guess who’s squeamish?! Check out Kim’s hilarious reaction to the pescetarian pedi in the clip above, plus a much calmer reaction from sister Kourtney. Then, tell us in the comments: Would you ever try a fish pedicure?
Plus, see the weird beauty products that really work in our gallery.
Mom works hard year-round, so this Mother’s Day let her take the spa home and get some much-needed R&R with Laura Mercier‘s Crème de Pistache body care. The pistachio and cream scent is ultra fresh, and we love how the dynamic body scrub and body butter duo leaves skin soft and hydrated. Shop both products for $46 and $35 at lauramercier.com.
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Finding the perfect sunless tanner can feel like a modern-day take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but among the options that are too orange or prone to streaks, we found a formula that’s just right. For the past five years, St. Tropez’s Everyday Body Gradual Tan has won the title of best self-tanner in our Best Beauty Buys thanks to the natural-looking glow it creates and foolproof formula. Rather than coating your skin in a heavy bronze, the aloe-infused gel allows you to take things at your own pace, much like the sun’s own rays. “It builds over time and blends easily,” said makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, who has worked with Kim Kardashian. “Even if you miss a spot, it won’t be noticeable.” The two color options eliminate the risk of orange zebra stripes, and the floral scent defies that telltale faux tanner smell. Pick up a bottle for $30 at sttropeztan.com.
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Did you know that product packaging makes up almost 45% of the trash found in landfills? Luckily, many brands like MAC, Lush, and Kiehl’s have found creative ways to reduce that number—by rewarding you with a new product or a discount toward your next purchase when you recycle your empty products. Click the photo to learn exactly how it works.
The wait is over—after months of testing makeup, skincare, hair products, and body lotions, our 2013 Best Beauty Buys list is finally herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre! Out of the thousands of products on the market, 165 made the list, as we worked with our team of celebrity experts to find the most-saturated lipsticks, prettiest eye shadows, smoothest powders, and salon-quality blow-dryers. Plus, you can even get an exclusive 20% discount off of our editors’ favorite products. And if that isn’t exciting enough, if you enter our Pin It Now Best Beauty Buys sweepstakes, you can win a beauty basket with products hand-picked by our editors just by entering. All you have to do is create a board on Pinterest named “My Best Beauty Buys,” pin your five favorite products from our database, and submit your board URL at instyle.com/bbbsweeps. Click the box below to browse this year’s picks, and good luck!
Your old-school mud mask is getting some competition! There’s an influx of sheet mask launches this spring, and the products pack serious benefits. The ultra-thin sheets come pre-soaked with nutrients that battle signs of aging, sun spots, and blemishes, plus their compact size makes them perfect for travel. See our favorites below!
1. BEST FOR UNEVEN TONE
Mint extract, vitamin C, and salicylic acid in Giorgio Armani’s Bright Infusion Mask ($175 for six; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) tackle the stubborn spots left by the sun, aging, or acne.
2. BEST FOR DRY SKIN
Consider Dr. Jart’s Hydrogel Mask ($9; sephora.com) a tall glass of water for parched skin. The ample amount of hyaluronic acid gives tired winter complexions a boost in hydration.
3. BEST ALL-AROUND
Confused over which product to try? Go for SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask ($90 for six; sk-ii.com), which imparts a more radiant finish, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.
4. BEST FOR ANTI-AGING
The collagen in Masque Bar’s Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Masks ($10 for three; target.com) works to diminish fine lines, and strenghthen the outer layers of your skin.
5. BEST BEFORE A BIG EVENT
Smooth on the When Essence Makeup Base Gel Mask ($28 for four; sephora.com), which is infused with grapefruit seed extract, before getting ready to give your makeup a budge-proof canvas.
Plus, click through to see spring’s latest skincare innovators.