Posts Tagged Skin Care

This Silky Mineral Sunscreen Doesn't Leave a White Cast – and I'll Never Turn Back

Not to brag or anything, but I have pretty good skin. I frequently get complimented on my complexion, which I appreciate, especially because I work hard at keeping my skin healthy. Whenever I get questions from friends regarding what they can do for better skin, I always mention two cardinal beauty rules that I never break: don’t go to bed with makeup on, and always wear sunscreen.

My obsession with sunscreen is almost comical, and many of my friends look at me like a psychopath while I’m screaming at them for tanning. Despite my dogmatic sunscreen habits, I’m also incredibly picky about sunscreen formulas. Luckily, the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sun Screen SPF 30 ($36) passed my test, and I have a new favorite item to add to my skin-care routine.

The tinted product is a broad-spectrum SPF with mineral sunscreen, meaning that its ingredients physically block your skin from being hit by the sun’s rays. This is different from chemical sunscreens, which use active ingredients that absorb UV rays. This creates a chemical reaction that changes into heat, releasing it from the skin.

Many people try to avoid chemical sunscreens because they are potentially irritating to the skin, clog pores, and cause skin discoloration. However, chemical sunscreens also are typically thinner and more comfortable to wear than their physical counterparts.

The problem with physical (sometimes called mineral) sunscreens is that the main ingredient, zinc oxide, tends to leave a white cast on the skin and have a chalky formula. Somehow, Drunk Elephant has found a way around this pitfall with Umbra Tinte. The physical tinted sunscreen contains 20 percent zinc oxide but manages to have a soft texture and matte finish and is a great base for the rest of your makeup. It’s not the least bit chalky and leaves behind no white residue or strong sunscreen smell.

The product comes out of the tube a beige hue but can be blended into the skin easily and is flattering on light-medium to deep skin tones. We tested the formula on both medium-light skin and deep skin, and the sunscreen blended in flawlessly on both. The lotion gives the wearer a glowy, filtered appearance with a light amount of coverage. If you have a very light complexion, Drunk Elephant recommends its nontinted version, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34).

In addition to sun protection, the cream is also packed with antioxidants to benefit and moisturize your skin. It contains sunflower shoot extract, raspberry seed oil, and marula oil, which help moisturize and prevent premature aging.

This is a great choice for those of us who prefer more natural beauty products, and I can’t wait to replace the white-tinted sunblock in my medicine cabinet with this one.

18 Ways to Simplify Your Beauty Routine With Vaseline

Though we’re always obsessed with the latest and greatest beauty products, there’s a reason why some items in our routines are tried-and-true classics. One of our favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline . It’s been around for 150 years for a reason – Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream , and it’s time it got its due diligence. It’s not just meant to be used for burns, as a lip balm, and as a diaper rash! Rather, it can be relied on for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks – that will keep you hydrated from head to toe. Read on and learn beauty hacks featuring petroleum jelly.

These Are the 21 Hottest June Beauty Launches You Need to Own

As we embrace June’s warmer weather, our beauty routines are getting way lazier – and we mean that in a good way. We will be air-drying our hair with sea salt sprays, dabbing on a bit of sexy, musky, ocean-inspired perfume oils, and keeping it minimally chic when it comes to makeup. Here, we’re sharing the just-launched hair, skin, fragrance, and makeup products we plan to use down to the very last drop (#empties).

Prepare to Be Amazed at Jennifer Lopez With "No Hair, No Makeup, No Nothing"

Getting ready for show night… #jlovegas #allihave #letsgetit

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jun 2, 2017 at 7:19pm PDT

Between her enviable figure and timeless appearance, Jennifer Lopez has been the definition of goals for the last two decades. While we know her body has remained toned to perfection through the years , her latest post is proving that even behind the makeup, her glowing skin hasn’t aged either.

The 47-year-old singer-turned-actress recently took to Instagram to share a video of herself before the “All I Have” Las Vegas show, flaunting her glowing, hydrated, radiating skin and all we have to say is wow. “So this is what it’s like before the show,” she says in the video above. “I sit here, no hair, no makeup, no nothing. Trying to get mentally prepared to give you all I have.”

But that’s not all. The next day, J Lo shared a photo from her day at the pool with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and their respective adorable children, where we see the fresh-faced superstar glowing sans makeup.

Here’s J Lo looking stunning at the pool.

Happy Sunday everybody!! #sundayfunday 💙💙💙💙💙💙📷@lacarba

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jun 4, 2017 at 3:38pm PDT

And here’s how J Lo looks with a similar hairstyle and a full face of makeup.

Image Source: Getty / Taylor Hill

While she’s always looking beautiful with makeup, we are amazed at how equally beautiful she looks without all the product. Last year, J Lo shared some of her anti-aging secrets with POPSUGAR , where she revealed that SPF is the key to “maintain a healthy glow.”

“I also think that regular workouts, lots of water, and fresh foods all play into the quality of skin’s appearance, plus the obvious removal of makeup at the end of the day,” she explained. “Without all of these, you’re not setting your face creams or facials up for success.”

Noted!

10 Top-Selling Travel Items and Sets You Can Get at Sephora – Under $28

We’ve all gotten stuck in the sample-size products section by the register at Sephora, browsing a little bit too long and letting at least five people go ahead of us before finally deciding to pay. Besides being just really adorably tiny, the travel-size items are the perfect primer for trying a new product or brand. The items are usually cheaper so you can test them before you splurge on the full-size item. And of course you can use them for all of your weekend jet-setting and local getaways as they are all TSA-approved. Keep reading to see which items you should grab on your next Sephora trip.

Can't Get Your Breakouts Under Control? You Need to Read This

Tackling day-to-day acne is quite the process as it is, but when you add hormones into the mix, it gets increasingly frustrating. Getting hit with a hormonal breakout is a major letdown: it makes me feel like I have to start from scratch to get my skin balanced again. I know I’m not the only one who knows this struggle all too well. That’s why I spoke to some leading experts in the skin care industry to find out what causes hormonal acne, how to prevent it, and ways to manage once you have a flare-up.

Acne: An Overview

Let’s start with the basics of what causes acne in general. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always about the amount of oil but the quality of oil. Some of us get breakouts when the production of excess sebum and oil is too thick and waxy. “Instead of flowing freely through pores, this type of oil becomes blocked and forms a plug,” New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross explained. That plug congests the pore and results in a blemish.

Oily complexions aren’t the only source of spots. If you have dry, flaky skin and still suffer from breakouts, you may have an oil flow problem. Dead skin cells prevent sebum from making it to the surface of the skin, so it gets trapped inside of pores and creates acne-causing bacteria. This typically results in blackheads, enlarged pores, and even drier skin.

Francine Porter, founder of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals , told me another root of acne can be “abnormally sticky skin cells” because they don’t properly shed, clogging hair follicles. That’s why cell turnover is so important when combating breakouts (more on that later).

This Golden Milk DIY Mask Is a Drink of Hydration For Your Face

Golden milk is one of the hottest buzz terms in health right now. This magical concoction has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and features a mix of turmeric , coconut milk, and sometimes coconut oil. We already know turmeric has amazing beauty benefits (for bringing down inflammation and offering antiaging elements). Coconut oil and milk have been seen “superfoods” for hair, skin, nails – you name it – thanks to their naturally hydrating abilities. So when you combine this all together, you get a DIY formula that will make you look and feel your best.

To get an exclusive skin mask DIY featuring golden milk, we asked Joanna Vargas , a celebrity esthetician and owner of her eponymous brand and spa. Joanna whipped one up for us and also explained why it’s so damn good for you: “This anti-inflammatory and hydrating face mask recipe is a treat to your skin, similar to the Ayurvedic drink golden milk being a treat to your body. It’s wonderful for anyone who has supersensitive skin, but even for normal skin types, it makes the skin look flawless.”

She also notes that not all turmerics are created equal. “Make sure you are using pure organic turmeric,” she said. “Some generic store-bought options contain dyes that can stain your skin after application. This is one ingredient where you must go organic.”

Here is what you need to create it:

DIY Golden Milk Mask
1/2 cup of coconut yogurt
1/4 tsp. organic ground turmeric
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. coconut oil

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes; rinse thoroughly with a warm washcloth, being sure to not leave any traces of the mask behind.

Why it works: “Combining coconut milk/oil with turmeric makes for an anti-inflammatory super combo,” Joanna explained. “Coconut oil is loaded with essential fatty acids to lock in moisture. Add that to its additional anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties and you have the perfect base for a face mask. Turmeric is an ancient skin care treatment and rightfully so: it also provides powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties to the skin. Both of these ingredients work simultaneously to create a flawless complexion.”

10 Latin American Beauty Brands You'll Want to Add to Your Vanity

Growing up Latina, there’s a good chance that the women in your family taught you the ways of beauty early on, passing on their lists of tried and true products they can’t live without and their impressive DIY secrets , and maybe even telling you to replace your favorite drugstore and Sephora buys with brands that they knew and loved back home.

While you may be too attached to your Urban Decay Naked Palette (we don’t blame you) to abandon all your usuals cold turkey, we rounded up some favorite Latin American brands that are hands-down worth a try and could easily become your new beauty go-tos. Grandma will be so proud!

Additional reporting by Alessandra Foresto

Hate Your Skin Tags? Here's What You Can Do About It

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There are a few beauty woes that are just unavoidable, no matter how sincere your efforts are to bypass them. Rain will ruin your hair at least once. You’ll smudge your lipstick . And, at some point, your epidermis will sprout a skin tag. We consulted Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz , host of DermTV.com and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz . He gave us the scoop on what these bothersome bumps are, what causes them, and (if you must!) how to get rid of them yourself.

When dealing with a complexion issue, it’s important to know what you’re up against. First, make sure what you’re looking at is actually a skin tag. Unlike moles, which are usually pink to brown in color and feature symmetrical borders, skin tags are more oddly shaped and tend to match your complexion’s shade.

“They grow out from your body, but vertically,” Dr. Schultz stated. The benign tumors are comprised of epidermis and a little bit of dermis – the two upper layers of skin. “Their height is usually much greater than their width. Sometimes they have a very narrow stalk so they are virtually hanging off by a thread,” he explained.

When I asked Dr. Schultz what causes these pesky spots, he told me that this remains unknown. “To a certain extent, they are hereditary and tend to occur in certain characteristic places, where skin folds on skin,” he said. Skin tags frequently crop up under the arms and where the legs meet the body. “They seem to occur more often in people that are overweight,” the doctor added.

However, if your skin tags are darker than your complexion, you may be dealing with dermatosis papulosa nigra, or DPN, a raised skin lesion that is commonly seen on complexions of those of Hispanic, Asian, or African descent. Dr. Schultz said that these tend to occur around eyes and on the cheekbones. “They look similar [to skin tags] but are not the same.” These benign tumors come from keratinocytes, the cells that are responsible for producing skin pigment.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Benjamin Stone

If you were concerned that these skin conditions were a sign of cancer or another ailment, relax. Neither DPN nor skin tags are an indication of any health risks. “They’re not dangerous,” declared Dr. Schultz. “Just annoying and inconvenient.”

Despite being innocuous, you might find your skin tags to be unsightly. If that’s the case, a dermatologist can remove them fairly easily. Dr. Schultz prefers to use the tip of a very fine pair of scissors to snip a skin tag off at the base. Other options include using an electric needle to cauterize the skin or freezing off the tumor, which he particularly doesn’t recommend.

“Freezing is so imprecise that it tends to affect the skin around the skin tag,” he explained. And it’s this imprecision that disturbs him when patients try to remove these bumps themselves.

“While it doesn’t take eight years of medical education to remove a skin tag, there are certain basic principles that have to be observed,” Dr. Schultz cautioned, citing using sterile tools and completely disinfecting your skin as essential.

While we don’t recommend taking off your own skin tags, if you feel that you must, Dr. Schultz declared that the most sensible method is to use a tight piece of string. We advise consulting with your doctor beforehand, then proceeding with caution!

Use a sterile piece of gauze and isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly cleanse the area and a length of thread. After looping the string around the very base of the skin tag, double knot it so it is very tight, cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag. Finish your DIY dermatological procedure by trimming the ends of the threads with a disinfected pair of scissors, so the string doesn’t catch on anything.

Patience is key! Once you’ve tied the string, do not touch the skin tag except to dab it with a bit of alcohol. After a few days to a week, the tiny tumor should fall off on its own. When this happens, be sure to nourish the small wound with a bit of antibacterial ointment, keeping it covered with a bandage until the area has healed – that way you won’t leave a scar.

The doctor is particularly against most of the over-the-counter medications available for removing skin tags. When people apply these caustic formulas at home, many get more of the product on the surrounding area than the actual tumor itself, which can lead to blistering and scarring.

A skin tag is harmless and practically invisible to others, so if you don’t think you can remove it safely, don’t risk it. In the end, you could make a blemish more noticeable (and painful!) than that tiny little bump.

Keep Eczema Rashes at Bay With These 5 Drugstore Beauty Buys

If you suffer with eczema, then you’re familiar with the dry, itchy flare-ups that come with the topical condition. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common genetic condition that causes itchy rashes on parts of the body. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep the frustrating itch and pain of the ailments at bay.

In addition to avoiding stressful situations and following an anti-inflammatory diet , you can tailor your body and skin care regimen to soothe your rashes. You don’t have to splurge on costly goods to do it, either. In fact, there are a handful of effective dermatologist-approved products you can find at your local drugstore to help keep your irritation at bay (they also work wonders even if you don’t suffer from eczema!). Read on to learn about which ones you should be picking up on your next drugstore run.

20 of September's Buzziest New Makeup, Hair, and Skin Care Launches

Time to relegate your beach wave sprays and tropical-scented body lotions to the back of your closet and make room for Fall products . The cooler season calls for fresh makeup in berry shades, hydrating face serums, and crisp hair (buh-bye, humidity). To help you get started on your back-to-school shopping list , we rounded up our favorite items launching in September. From a pearly natural skin care moisturizer to a standout new dry shampoo, you’ll likely find something you fancy!

Frank Ocean's Mom Saw a Need For Universal Sunscreen – So She Created It

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Katonya Breaux, mother to R&B artist Frank Ocean, was on vacation when she noticed five or six more moles on her face that hadn’t been there before. When her dermatologist attributed the moles to the extra sun exposure, Katonya saw a need in the market for a more inclusive SPF product for people of color . . . so she made it herself.

In a recent interview with The Cut, Katonya spoke about Unsun , her line of SPF products that protect a wider range of skin tones from fair to dark. Katonya explained feeling unsatisfied with existing sunscreens that were either too chemical (and thereby irritating) or natural but too white for her skin tone. She said, “It might be easier if you’re going to put a foundation over the white film, but for me it was just frustrating. It would get into my eyebrows, my hairline, it was just very frustrating.”

After linking up with a friend in the hair industry, Katonya spent two years creating her ideal (i.e. universal) sun protection product. Currently, Unsun only offers a tinted mineral sunscreen with SPF 30 , but Katonya does have plans to add body and lip products.

Unsun. Sun protection for ALL skin tones! Coming soon ..

A photo posted by Katonya Breaux (@katonya1) on Mar 24, 2016 at 7:28pm PDT

As for her son, who practically incited panic over his long-awaited album , he’s “very supportive,” according to Katonya. She said, “He’s been using sunscreen for a long time. He takes really good of his skin.”

While she plans on sticking to the sun protection sector of the beauty industry, Katonya hopes other brands will also recognize and address this need for more inclusive products. She said, “Women of color, we’re just underrepresented in many different areas of fashion and beauty. We’re one of the largest purchasing sectors, so we have to be acknowledged . . . The voices are getting louder, but of course there’s a need.”

Unsun SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen ($29)

These 28 Travel Beauty Items Are the Only Ones You Need to Pack

Packing for a long weekend is one of the most stressful tasks a beauty junkie can endure. Editing down your favorite goods (do you really need a dry shampoo and a texture spray?) can be daunting and take hours if you’re not prepared. You also may be confused about what to splurge on (skin care!) and what to save on (hairspray, trust us) when it comes to buying travel-size products .

To help you get ready for long Summer weekends, we are offering up the ultimate selection of beauty minis. Basically, we made the good decisions for you, so all you need to do is decide which cosmetics case to put them in (the struggle is so real). Keep reading to see our travel picks for skin, hair, and body care .

20 New Beauty Launches That Will Have You Yearning For Fall

While sharpened pencils and fresh composite notebooks have their places, we’ve swapped the thrill of buying new school supplies with stocking up on fresh Fall beauty products. This season’s crop of new formulas is truly lustworthy. From a glam black lipstick to a seductive hair perfume, the following offerings will inspire you to start saving so you can stock up on swag.

Why You Should Be Stocking Up on Skin Care Products With Copper Peptides

Peruse any shelf in your favorite beauty store – virtual or otherwise – and read the label. Chances are, you’ll see many mentions of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, and retinol. While you’re likely pretty familiar with those buzzwords, it’s safe to guess that you’re not as acquainted with copper peptides. However, more and more products are taking advantage of copper’s powerful properties, so it’s time you got a quick lesson on the science and skin care benefits.

The Science and History

Copper peptides were first developed and utilized in products that helped expedite wound healing. But over the last couple of decades, scientists and researchers have studied the ingredient as it pertains to the regeneration of collagen production and antiaging. What they’ve found has been promising and has led to more brands incorporating copper peptides into products.

“Copper peptides are supported by voluminous scientific research and play an integral role in age prevention skin care regimens,” said Francine Porter , a product development expert and the founder of Osmotics Cosmetics.

She explains that copper is something our bodies produce naturally and that it serves as both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. According to recent studies, copper peptides in skin care have been found to not just increase collagen and elastin (the materials responsible for firm, taut skin) but also nix old, damaged collagen and elastin to make way for a more youthful complexion.

The Skin Care Benefits of Copper Peptides

Products utilizing copper peptides are best for those who want to slow down signs of aging. Will it give you an instant facelift? No, the only thing that can do that is, well, a facelift. But according to many researchers, it can improve the quality of your skin.

“Proteins are the key building blocks of most living tissues,” explained Bella Schneider, a clinical skin care expert and founder of Bella Schneider Beauty. “Copper peptides can help minimize the damage from daily wear and tear of the skin. They also have the potential to improve wrinkles, skin texture firmness, and thickness. Copper peptides are effective against various forms of skin irritation, mainly due to their anti-inflammatory effects.”

Products Containing Copper

Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream ($125) contains an antiaging cocktail of copper, resveratrol, coenzyme Q10, and prickly pear. I find that a little goes a long way with this thick, custard-like formulation and that it’s ideal for mature or dry skin types since it’s so moisturizing. I apply a thin layer at night after cleansing and toning, and as the night progresses, my skin slowly sucks up the sweet-smelling product. In the morning, my skin is noticeably softer and plumper.

CU Shine Copper Mask ($46) is a shimmery peel-off mask that looks like molten metal and contains a mixture of copper, magnesium, and zinc. I apply it to clean, dry skin and let it set for about 10 minutes before peeling it off in one layer. Afterward, my skin feels exfoliated, soft, and firm. Bonus: it makes for fun Instagram selfies.

Lastly, Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir ($98) combines copper with saffron, hyaluronic acid, and oat. These ingredients work together to plump skin, minimize fine lines, and hydrate and soothe your skin. I like that it has a velvety slip to it and my skin drinks it up within minutes after applying.

Established Ingredients vs. New Ones

“Remember that many cosmetic ingredients come into popularity in cycles,” said Stephen Alain Ko , a cosmetic chemist. “Copper peptides, in combination with retinoic acid, was popular in the mid-2000s as a treatment for acne scarring on online forums.”

Ko says that the jury is technically still out in the case of copper peptides and that many of the studies are currently “in vitro,” which means they’re still being tested on skin models within a lab. For that reason, some arguments say you should avoid new ingredients (like copper) entirely and stick to those that have a long and solid history. While it’s hard to argue with that line of thought, there’s still something to be said for innovation, even if it’s young.

Donkey Milk Is the Hottest New K-Beauty Trend You Need to Try

Korean culture has become famous for its attention to skin care. With Korean women having skin care routines with up to 10 steps , it’s obvious that they take beauty very seriously. That being said, Korean beauty brands can feature some interesting packaging and ingredients. Just when we had gotten used to the idea of sea kelp, bee venom, pig collagen, and even snail slime in our products, the Korean beauty industry threw us a curveball: donkey milk. Yep, those sheet masks and creams you’re going to start to see everywhere are really made from milk from a real-life donkey.

Why would anyone choose to put milk from a donkey on their face? The skin benefits, of course. Donkey milk is so gentle that it’s been used as a substitute for breast milk for infants. According to the International Dairy Journal , it’s tolerated by 90 percent of infants with food allergies. That’s comforting in an ingredient you’re going to apply to your face. Donkey milk is hydrating and has four times the amount of vitamin C than cow’s milk. The many vitamins, proteins, minerals, and essential fatty acids make this ingredient a potent and effective one for your skin. It’s hydrating and brightening, and it’s believed to help with eczema, acne, and psoriasis. With all these benefits, why shouldn’t we be putting this all over our faces?

Cleopatra is known for her incredible beauty and is said to have taken milk baths. According to legend, it took at least 700 farmed donkeys for her daily milk baths. If it’s good enough for the Queen of the Nile, it’s good enough for us. Read on to find your own donkey milk beauty product.

15 Amazon Prime Deals You Need to Shop Right Now

It’s Amazon Prime Day , which means shopping at the ecommerce mecca just got a whole lot cheaper. Prime members will get access to 100,000 deals spanning many categories – including beauty. There will be “Spotlight Deals” (major discounts on cult brands and popular products) and “Lightening Deals” (flash sales that rotate). To help you navigate through this shopping event, we narrowed it down to 15 of our favorite products on sale now. We found everything from the iconic Sultra curling rod iron to classic L’Oréal Elnett hair spray, as well as a do-it-all Stila palette and the French-girl-approved Nuxe multipurpose dry oil that will make your skin luminous. Keep reading and start warming up your credit card!

11 Awesome Amenity Kits to Snag on Your Next Flight

Getting a break from the daily grind is reason enough alone to book a flight, but it’s the beauty benefits of air travel that have us racking up frequent-flier miles. Did you know that when you fly in first or business class , you can grab a luxe amenity kit stuffed with not only the standard eye-mask-and-earplug combo but also your favorite skin care brands? We found some of the best airline beauty bags across the globe for your viewing pleasure. Just don’t blame us if you spend a pretty penny on airfare!

A Real French Girl Reveals Her Top Beauty Secrets

Dear French pharmacies,

If only you knew how much I miss you. You seem so close and yet are so far away. Rummaging through your old shelves for hours and finding new treasures was something that used to bring me joy, and leaving you for Boots is one of my biggest regrets . . .

OK, that might be a little dramatic, but I do miss French pharmacies. Luckily, the time when you had to beg your boyfriend to stop by one during your romantic weekend in Paris is now over – thank you, worldwide shipping! However, there’s a catch. Sticking a label to a product does not guarantee its quality, and I do believe that, even though some of those products have been described as essentials by websites and beauty bloggers, most of them actually don’t deserve that title. So as a French woman who has spent more hours than I care to admit in pharmacies, here are my six can’t-live-without-them French skin care products.

PS: Am I the only one who doesn’t understand why package tours to Parisian pharmacies still don’t exist?

12 Luxe Tom Ford Beauty Products Absolutely Worth Every Penny

Tom Ford beauty products are undeniably some of the most luxe in the market. Just look at them! The minimalist black, white, and gold art deco-inspired packaging begs to be left out on your vanity. Oh, that? It’s just my favorite Tom Ford lipstick! And the name alone gives it street cred, as Tom Ford is considered to be one of the most talented, celebrity-loved fashion designers alive right now. He knows how to make women look fabulous AF.

As a 31-year-old woman, Tom Ford beauty products have a permanent place in my stash. When I left my 20s, I tossed some of my Forever 21 college finds and replaced them with more sophisticated wardrobe staples. The same transformative process happened with my makeup, skin care, and fragrance picks. I want to wear a scent made for a grown woman, rock a pigmented lip color that makes me feel like a boss lady, and perfect my skin with luminizing products to deflect from any signs of aging. Tom Ford beauty does all of that. It’s elegant, style-forward, and just edgy enough to offer a cool-girl vibe.

So I encourage you to start saving – because, no, these are not the cheapest products out there . That said, I know once you try them you’ll never want to give them up! Keep reading to discover 12 of the top cult Tom Ford products worth investing in.