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Three New Beauty Essentials

Three New Beauty Essentials

The best part about spending the night at a friend's house is getting to play with her beauty products. I asked to borrow some olive oil and cotton balls before bed at my pal Georgia's place, and she handed me Q-tips and Clinique "Take the Day Off" eye-makeup remover.

Game changer.

For starters, Georgia admonished me for rubbing cotton balls on my eyes, which is terrible for them. Instead, you're supposed to gently swipe off mascara using a Q-tip. I was worried it wouldn't work with waterproof mascara, but it does! Granted, I have to use a couple Q-tips, but it's a much gentler process.

Oh, and it's fun storing my Q-tips in a Bulleit Bourbon glass. 

I guess I put a lot of stock in my friends' recommendation, because here's another one. My pal Kelly never posts about beauty products on Facebook, so when she wrote a love letter to Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, I knew it was worth checking out.

The idea behind this stuff is that it uses saltwater to create the same windswept look that you get from hanging out on the beach all day. I spray it on my wet hair, then crunch up my waves with my hands (no combs or brushes), and it adds a light texture without feeling like you have any product in your hair.

I'm open to trying any and all organic moisturizers, hence this impulse buy at Target the other day. Few lotions can quench my dry skin, but Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter has no problems whatsoever. It's incredibly thick and nourishing — perfect for spreading on my face and body straight out of the shower. My only qualm is that it's scented — I tend to prefer fragrance-free moisturizers. But it's not a bad smell, so I'm sticking with it.

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