Team CapStyle's Must-Have Beauty Products

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

From lotions to luminizing powders, here are our favorite beauty buys

Kristy Eckert, editor:

Heather Weekley, assistant editor:

  • Mary-Lou Manizer luminizing powder from theBalm, $24: While this powder also functions as a face highlighter, I use it as my go-to eyeshadow. I use my fingertip to apply it to my lids, and it has just enough shimmer to give my eyelids a nice gold color without being too overbearing. Plus, a little goes a long way.
  • Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair in Foreign Intelligence Flirt, $18: I try so hard to be a lipstick girl, but I've come to accept the fact that I just fare better with glosses. I've found a favorite in the Secret Agent gloss, which doesn't feel heavy or stick on my lips, adds a bit of color and lasts several hours.
  • Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, $15: My hands get ridiculously dry in the winter, so I love Caudalie's hand cream. I put it on several times a day and my hands immediately feel smooth and silky, not greasy from the lotion. I'll be buying this one for a while.

Jane Hawes, contributing editor:

  • Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, $115/100 ml: This is London parfumier Jo Malone's signature scent, the one that launched dozens more divinely unusual scent combinations. It's also the one that, the first time I sniffed it in a Vogue magazine insert, simply knocked me off my feet, and I had. to. have. it. The Lime Basil & Mandarin combo is a peppery citrus - happy but with an edge. You can find Jo Malone products in select Nordstrom, Saks and Neiman Marcus stores now, but I still prefer going the mail-order route because, if you ask very nicely, they'll send little vials of other scent samples.
  • Studio 35 Beauty Regenerating Daily Serum, $14.99 for a 1.7-oz. bottle: I stumbled onto this brand when Walgreens was clearance-sale-ing its old in-house "W" brand. When I couldn't find more of this silky-smooth, fragrance-free serum, I quickly learned from online searching that this particular serum has a serious cult following. Thankfully Walgreens reintroduced it under its new in-house "Studio 35" brand. This product is billed as being comparable to a certain other brand's "Regenerist" serum but, honestly? This one is better.
  • Aura Cacia Nurturing Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil with Vitamin E, $5.93 for 4-oz. bottle (or $13.95 for the organic version), also available at Whole Foods, Raisin Rack, Clintonville Community Market: My yoga teacher introduced me to an ayurvedic medicine practice of self-massage called "abhyanga." Based on your "dosha" (i.e., your mind and body type), certain natural oils help make the practice much more than just keeping your skin baby-smooth soft. It's truly a restorative little treat every time you shower or bathe.

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