Beauty Obsessions and Confessions

Marie Claire Beauty Director Ying Chu's latest beauty picks.

STRIKE OIL!

My French friends have long praised oil cleansers over soap, touting the former's ability to leave skin moisturized. After much testing, two have converted me: Annick Goutal Petite Cherie Shower Oil ($60) lathers up to a delicious fruity foam, while John Varvatos's floral Cleansing Coil ($58) is brilliantly paired with separate grains for exfoliating just when needed.

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STRAIGHT AHEAD

Kudos to Metropolis L-Ion Mini Wireless Iron ($149.95) for packing so much ionic technology — which styles hair faster and leaves it more resistant to humidity — into a 7.5-inch power tool. Strong enough to speed-straighten my strands, but light and tiny enough to slip into my gym bag.

PURE POETRY

If you're not sold like I was on even just the names of the Life-Changing Body Wash ($35) and invisible Body Lotion ($40) from Strange Invisible Perfumes (its moniker is borrowed from Shakespeare), then the intoxicatingly fresh botanical scents — Wild Orange, Sicilian Lemon — will seal the deal.

BE AN ANGEL Victoria's Secret So Sexy High-Shine Hair Revivers ($12.50 for six) are portable and sweet-smelling and impart insta-supermodel volume and gloss.

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