It's true—I did in fact try a makeup counter's worth of beauty products that arrived on my doorstep over the last few months. As you can imagine, not all are worth writing home about. But here are five you'll find in my vanity cupboard that received more than my beauty editor seal of approval—I may have crossed over into infatuation. Without further ado, here they are, in no particular order.
EiR Hydration Hero
Welp, this is exactly what it says it is: a hydration hero. I’m not sure when it happened, but my skin now likes an intense facial moisturizer. If you’re the same, it only takes a little dollop of this product to cover your face. And it’s infused with rose and contains Kalahari seed oil (rich in vitamins), omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants. It enhances the skin’s suppleness and texture for hours, and the brand says it diminishes dark spots and scars to even out skin tone. So that’s nice, too.
By the way, if you give this product a try, it arrives like a true package—wrapped in old-school brown paper. A nod to the thoughtfulness of the brand and what’s inside. EiRNyc.com, $40
Everyone Geranium and Sweet Orange Epsom Salt Bath Soak, $12.99
I love, LOVE, a hot bath with Epsom salts teamed with the unusual marriage of geranium and rosemary oils – odd, I know, but all I can say is that it was a happy accident. So, imagine my joy when I found this combo in a bottle of relaxation. And, there’s also juniper and cedarwood and eucalyptus and citrus. Whatever your choice, it’s oh-so-good on tired and sore muscles. By the way, Everyone is under the EO Products umbrella—so you know it’s created by a company who cares how their products are made and the ingredients in them. EOproducts.com, $12.99
Juice Beauty 2-in-1 Stem Cellular Cleanser
Not only does this one have a dreamy scent—like you woke up in a far-off Italian citrus orchard—it’s also a gentle conditioning formula that deeply cleanses, removes makeup and tones, leaving skin hydrated. The organic cleanser, which also helps with fine lines, is made from a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C, which are infused into organic, reserveratrol-rich grapeseed. But the true bonus? The post-wash silky skin. Ulta Beauty, $34
Zoya Naked Manicure Hydrating Hand & Body Serum + Healing Hand & Body Cream
I spotted this magical duo while getting a mani at Paint Nail Bar. The serum is a targeted moisturizing formula that imparts hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants, which quickly absorb into your skin. And the cream is a light, non-greasy yet powerful and moisture-rich souffle-style lotion that delivers all the moisture it promises. It’s one of those easy ways to hydrate post-hot-shower. And I use it every night on my arms and hands before bed. Paint Nail Bar, $22
Lixir Vitamin C Paste
I’m sure I don’t have to tout the benefits of the Vitamin C, so I’ll get straight to it: I get a comment on my bright complexion every single time I use this quick morning mask. And when I say quick, here’s how it goes: warm a pea size amouont of paste in the palm of clean hands and apply to your face, eye contour, lips, neck and décolleté, then massage with damp fingers, leave for a few minutes and rinse with a clean towel. Net-a-Porter, $45