The 5 Truly Great 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, and no, I didn’t pinky-promise any of these brands that I’d review their goodies.

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I merely fell in love with them for the purest of pure reasons: They’re really, really, really really excellent. And what’s the point of being a beauty editor if I can’t share my real, honest opinions with the world? So please, read on to find out the five products that are actually worth your cash, and catch up on the last Worth It breakdown, here.

1. Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick

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Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick, $14

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It keeps my thighs from rubbing against each other during the hot hell of summer.

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Last week, I made the mistake of wearing a faux-leather miniskirt on a 90-degree day. The consequence: intense, unavoidable, raw-and-sticky thigh chafing. Thankfully, this anti-chafe stick had landed on my desk that same week, so I discreetly slipped away to the bathroom and rubbed it up and down my thighs. The silicone-based formula immediately melted over my skin, leaving my thighs to gently swish by each other with zero friction, which saved me from walking bowlegged for the rest of the day.

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Though the formula isn’t at all sticky, it is the tiniest bit oily (a byproduct of its hydrating grapeseed oil), which could possibly be problematic if you’re wearing, say, a very fancy and thin silk dress. But, honestly, I'd risk it just to get that sweet relief of smooth skin. Bonus: It lasts for a good six hours without needing a second application.

2. Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

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Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush, $29

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It leaves my cheeks with a pretty, natural-looking flush that stays on all day.

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Most cream blushes are either so pigmented they look blotchy when you try to blend them in, or they’re so sheer and creamy they disappear by lunch. This little pot of whipped goodness, however, strikes the perfect in-between balance.

Yes, the formula is crazy pigmented (the tiniest bit goes a long, long way), but because it’s also fluffy and creamy, you can easily dot it over your cheeks and spread it out with a BeautyBlender or your ring finger to keep from looking sunburned. And because the cream dries down to a matte, powder-like finish, it sticks to your cheeks all day long, even in the muggiest weather.

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3. Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

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Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $34

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It makes my dry, sensitive skin softer and brighter, without irritating the hell out of it.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have the delicate face of a tiny porcelain doll, which means I refuse to use any product harsher than a soft gust of air mixed with water. So imagine my surprise when this acid-spiked face wash was not only incredibly gentle and non-drying, but actually left my skin feeling and looking better than before. No, seriously—I was shooketh.

The cleanser (which has absolutely zero harsh sulfates or irritants) is formulated with a small dose of glycolic acid and lactic acid—two AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) that dissolve dead skin cells to clear pores, soften rough patches, and brighten skin over time, all without drying out your face. Use it morning and/or night as your usual routine cleanser, or, if you have sensitive, dry, and reactive skin like I do, use it just once, every other day.

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4. Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

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Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub, $38

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It removes all the scalp gunk and buildup I didn’t know I had, leaving my hair incredibly shiny and bouncy.

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Listen, I get it—a scalp scrub seems like one of those totally unnecessary products destined to sit in your shower, untouched, until you die. But count me among the converted, because my hair has truly never looked better. The two-in-one formula (for your scalp and your body, which means even if you hate it on your head, you can keep it for your limbs) uses lightweight sugar crystals to gently slough away dry skin, rough patches, and product gunk that naturally builds up from hair products.

Before shampooing and conditioning, massage a handful of the scrub through your wet hair and scalp, gently rubbing in circular motions across your head. Then rinse well (don’t worry—it slips out of your hair shockingly easily) and shampoo and condition as usual.

5. Kose Lip Magic Gel in Half Matte

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Kose Lip Magic Gel in Half Matte, $20

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WHY I LOVE IT:

It makes my lipstick smudge-proof and fade-proof for hours longer than usual.

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This little tube was definitely one of the odder things that rolled across my desk in the last week, but also the most delightfully surprising. Inside the little tube is a gel-like formula that’s supposed to “seal” your lipstick to keep it from transferring or smudging off.

To use it, shake the tube (the ingredients can separate), squeeze a tiny dab of gel on your finger, then spread it across your lipsticked lips. After 60 seconds, the gel will dry down to a semi-matte finish that feels like absolutely nothing and tastes like absolutely nothing. The only proof you’ll have that it’s still on your lips is the missing lipstick marks on your coffee cup.

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