The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week

My real, no-bullshit reviews of new products you'll actually want to buy.

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Hi, hello, and welcome back to Worth It, my bi-weekly breakdown of the newest beauty products I’m completely head-over-heels obsessed with right now. No, I’m not getting a kickback to write about these products; I merely fell in love with them for one simple reason: They’re really freaking excellent.

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So please, read on to find out the five products that are actually worth your cash, and catch up on the latest Worth It breakdown, here.

1. Paul & Joe Limited Editor Stick Highlighter

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Paul & Joe Limited Editon Stick Highlighter, $30

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WHY I LOVE IT:

Aside from the fact that it’s freaking adorable (I mean, COME ON), it’s also ridiculously creamy and natural looking on your skin.

2. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

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Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum, $40

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It makes your face really, really, really bright and dewy, like you just slept for 1,000 days in a cloud.

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This year has been all about glass skin (i.e. skin that looks as smooth, bright, and reflective as a piece of glass), which is a trend that is reasonable for only one percent of people with preternaturally perfect complexions. For everyone else, like moi, there’s this serum.

The lightweight, non-sticky formula is packed with plumping hyaluronic acid, brightening niacinamide, and anti-inflammatory madecassoside, all of which work together to make your skin look like a glowing little dew drop as soon as you massage it on. To use, smooth it on over clean, dry skin morning and night before commencing with the rest of your skincare routine.

3. Nars Climax Mascara

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Nars Climax Mascara, $24

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It makes my tiny baby lashes look hella long, and it can be piled on without resulting in clumps or spider legs.

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From the same makers who brought you Orgasm blush and G-Spot color sticks comes this killer mascara with another PG-13 name. I’m incredibly picky with mascaras—I require them to both lengthen and volumize my lashes until I have a va-va-voom finish, which means I’m almost always disappointed.

But this creamy formula adds noticeable length and thickness after one coat, and after three buildable coats (don’t worry; it truly never clumps), it leaves your lashes looking like a set of falsies.

4. Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes

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Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes, $9

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WHY I LOVE THEM:

They refresh my sweaty, smelly pits better than a swipe of deodorant. Hey, you asked! (...Kind of.)

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I am a sweaty, angry, smelly wildebeest during summer, and no matter how much prescription-strength deodorant I layer on, I still end up with a very au naturale scent by the end of the day. Enter: these armpit wipes. Unlike when I add another coat of deodorant on a sweaty day (which always feels like a futile attempt at masking the scent), these natural wipes truly neutralize the B.O., as if I just showered with excellent-smelling body wash.

And, as someone who has crazy-sensitive skin, I’m happy to report that these have never once irritated or burned my pits. I now keep a pack of them at my desk and in my gym bag so I can smell like a tropical human being at all times.

5. BeautyBlender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundation

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BeautyBlender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundation, $40

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It’s incredibly full-coverage—like, it will neutralize every scar and zit on your face—without feeling like a heavy mask.

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I’ll be honest: I’m not usually a fan of full-coverage foundations. I have dry, tight skin, and my lifelong goal is to look like ethereal glowing angel, so I’m not one to choose a thick formula over a tinted moisturizer. But sometimes, you just need a little—or a lotta—extra coverage.

And although this foundation is completely matte, it’s also shockingly blendable and comfortable, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a chalky mask. You can blend a few dots over your skin for a medium-coverage finish, or, do as I prefer: mix two drops in with your face lotion or tinted moisturizer for better coverage.

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