20 beauty picks from GL editors

The leading ladies of Girls’ Life know a thing or two about makeup – after all, part of their job is to keep you updated on the latest products. That’s why to celebrate GL’s 20th Anniversary we’ve compiled a list of 20 beauty products that are fabulous enough to earn a spot on a GL editor’s list of personal faves. Take notes: some of their picks may surprise you.



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    Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate

    Jess, the fashion editor here at GL, loves this balm for her lips – “Great moisturizer for day; so easy to layer on for deeper color at night. And, it doubles as blush in a pinch!”

    KORRES Lip Butter, $12,

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    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    As for skin care, Jess swears by this simple treatment – “It's like kryptonite for zits. Honest.”

    Plastic Bottle Drying Lotion, $17,

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    Gabriel Color Mascara in Black Brown

    About her go-to mascara, Jess says, “It's a natural formula that still results in lush lashes. I've tried so many, and this one is my current fave.”

    Gabriel Mascara, $16,

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    MAC Cosmetics Blush in Blushbaby

    For her face, Jess uses this gorgeous blush from MAC: “It's the perfect shade of pinky nude that gives a great flush without looking overdone.”

    MAC Powder Blush, $21,

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    Complex 15 moisturizer

    Karen, GL’s Editor-in-Chief, loves this brand for her skin because “both the body and face lotion are awesome, they keep my sensitive skin totally moisturized. The best part? Each is under $10.”

    Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream, $7,

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    Aveda Lipgloss

    Karen can’t resister her all time fave lipgloss from Aveda: "I keep trying new kinds, but this is simply the best.”

    Nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze, $18,

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    One of Karen’s must-haves is something you probably all have in your makeup drawer: Lip Smackers. “So many flavors, so much fun, could never pick just one. Have loved them all my life.”

    Strawberry Kiwi Original Lip Smacker, $3,

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    Blowpro Dry Shampoo

    Marketing Manager and Assistant Beauty Editor Kelsey can’t live without this hair product. “I shudder to think of my hair routine before this revolutionary invention. A few puffs of Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo make a blowout last for days or adds a bit of body and texture to a simple pony.”

    Blowpro Faux Dry Shampoo, $20,

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    Glossy balms

    About her favorite lip product, Kelsey says “A lip balm's texture and moisture + just a hint of pretty color = glossy balm. Plenty of beauty brands make them now, but my absolute favorite is Clinique Chubby Stick.”

    CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $17,

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    Kelsey’s next pick may seem a little unusual at first, but there’s a method to the madness. “Yes, I'm referring to the antibiotic ointment. I keep one in my purse at all times—it's the best-ever cuticle cream (especially for a nail-biter like me) and clears up even the most stubborn breakouts. Plus, a dab on lips or eyelids works as a soft-and-subtle gloss.”

    Bacitracin Ointment, $6,

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    Hawaiian Hair Mask

    As for her go-to hair smoother, Kelsey says “I love a luxe hair treatment—and hydration is so important for hair health. Apply plenty to damp strands from roots to tips, then let it sit for 15 minutes. Aim for once a week and air-dry after if ya can. Try Alba Botanica Hawaiian Deep Conditioning Minute Mask in So Smooth Gardenia.”

    Hawaiian deep conditioning minute mask, $9,

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    All covered up concealer

    Karmen, the online contributing editor here at GL, has a fave concealer she just can’t give up. “I've tried just about every concealer under the sun to cover up dark circles. Nothing conceals and blends as smoothly as this.”

    All Covered Up Concealer, $10,

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    NVEY ECO Fluid Foundation

    For her face, Karmen uses this eco-friendly product. “Fluid foundation is amazing in general, but I'm so thrilled that this one is 100% organic. It smoothes out all my blemishes and hydrates my skin”

    NVEY ECO Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation, $28,

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    Topshop Magic Liner

    About her daily eye look, Karmen says “The cat eye has been my signature look for years. Of all the liners I've tried, this one goes on the smoothest.”

    Topshop Magic Liner, $13,

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    Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

    For easy sun protection on her face, Karmen uses this product. “Love this stuff. It's the lazy girl's way to wear SPF without busting out the sunscreen.”

    bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25, $21,

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    ClearlySheer Sunny Days Lotion

    Karmen really loves protecting her skin. She uses this lotion for her body. “It moisturizes while protecting my skin from the sun. Best part? It doesn't even feel like it's there.”


    Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunny Days Lotion SPF 30, $9,

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    St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

    Senior Editor Trish’s first pick is her favorite face wash: “There’s just something so refreshing about it. Not a day goes by when I’m not using it to wash my face.”

    Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub, $5,

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    Clean & Clear Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer

    For moisturizer, Trish goes for the classic. “My only gripe? I wish it also came in travel size for when I’m on the road.”

    Clean & Clear Dual Action Skin Moisturizer, $7,

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    Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

    As for her eyes, Trish says “I’ve been a gel liner girl for years, but this has been a total game changer.”

    Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20,

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    Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara

    Trish’s absolute essential? Mascara. “Most days, it’s the only makeup I put on before leaving the house.”

    Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara, $6,


by Bracken Woolley | 2/1/2016
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