10 Beauty-Boosting Picks Our Editors Can’t Be Without

Skin care that delivers noticable results and streamlined makeup routines are two concepts we can—and do—always get behind as beauty editors. Here, the latest batch of must-haves that stand out from the pack for quick and effective beauty. Bonus: you can find them inside the latest TestTube

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Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer ($44)

This blurring primer (it’s ideal for normal to oily skin) is created with light-correcting pigments to deliver a soft, subtle radiance to dull skin while concealing imperfections simultaneously. Think of this as an Instagram filter for your skin.

Why we love it: “This primer is a must-have. Not only does it prep skin for perfect makeup, but it also leaves behind the most natural glow.” 

–Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor


Linhart Toothpaste ($10)

If you have sensitive teeth, look no further than this top-performing toothpaste designed by dentists. It harnesses the power of fluoride and theobromine to strengthen enamel, prevent against decay and soothe sore gums—all in a chic, photo-worthy tube.

Why we love it: “This gorgeous packaging looks great on my bathroom counter and the formula is perfect for my sensitive teeth. It makes me feel like they are really protected.” 

–Carolyn Hsu, Site Director


NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($18)

Dry, lifeless skin has met its match with this collagen-boosting supplement. Designed to promote skin hydration and elasticity while amping up cell turnover—clinical tests show that an uptick in moisture and smoothness can be seen in 15 days—each smooth capsule delivers skin that gleams.

Why we love it: “Ceramides are a trending ingredient this year, and these capsules help you achieve smoother, more hydrated skin and a noticeable glow.” 

–Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor


It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In ($23)

The ultimate remedy for parched, damaged and unruly strands, this hydrolyzed silk–infused leave-in formula does all the work for you. Every bottle is designed to deliver 10 separate benefits to hair (yes, seriously) and infuses your locks with nutrients as it boosts shine and softness and shields against unwanted color fading.

Why we love it: “This is one of my staples that I bring along with me on my travels. My hair always feels softer, smoother and healthier after each use. It’s definitely a must-have.”

–Yolanda Yoh Bucher, Editor in Chief


Mylookingglass Studio Lights Liquid Shadow and Lightweight Mascara ($17-$19)

We’ve all been there: Obsessed with the way our eye makeup looks before we leave the house, only to find it’s completely faded a mere two hours later. The solution: a one-swipe shadow and weightless mascara that stay in place until you take them off. Even better, these do the job of multiple products in half the time.

Why we love it: “Every time I dab on this liquid eye shadow, the quick wash of color brightens my whole face.  Plus, when I pair it with lightweight mascara, my eyes look lifted and more awake.” 

–Julie Ricevuto, Digital Beauty Editor


Absolutely Natural Purifying Mud Mask ($18)

This multitasking, detoxifying mask lets you finally say goodbye to congested pores and excess oil. Created to nix shine, purify skin and clear out stubborn, deep-set grime without drying skin out (unlike most clay masks, this one works to hydrate skin, too, with help from aloe leaf juice) for your best-looking skin yet.

Why we love it: “My problematic skin feels smoother and looks visibly brighter every time I wash this off. It doesn’t leave my medicine cabinet!”

–Danielle Fontana, Assistant Editor


StarLooks Velveteen Lip Crayon, Ultra Longwear Matte Lip Paint and Luxe Eyeliner Pen ($15-$19)

No one has the time (or patience) for complicated makeup. Instead of 10-step products, fill your vault with essential picks that are streamlined, easy to use and just as show-stopping. Prime contenders: this nourishing lip crayon, stay-put lip paint and dual-ended eyeliner (one side creates a cool pattern!) for a quick and easy look.

Why we love it: “If you’re looking for pigmented, long-lasting cosmetics, this up-and-coming brand is one to watch out for. All three of these products have made it into my regular beauty regimen.”  

–Yolanda Yoh Bucher, Editor in Chief


Z Skin Neck Firming Cream ($19)

Because our necks are the number-one neglected area of our faces, be sure to care for it like you do everything else. This smooth, organic formula glides onto skin with ease (it’s packed with shea butter and vitamin E) and sinks right in to firm slack skin and keep the skin on your neck and décolleté looking taut.

Why we love it: “Your neck is a dead giveaway of your age, so protect it with this ultrarich cream that does it all and then some.” 

–Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor


BioSilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder ($13)

Thin, lifeless hair? This light-as-air powder instantly bulks up strands without weighing them down in the slightest. It absorbs any excess oil at the root to keep styles looking fresh all day. Sprinkle a small amount onto the scalp and then massage it in for thicker, healthier- looking strands in seconds.

Why we love it: “Whenever my thin, fine hair needs a volume boost,  I grab this do-it-all powder  to give it texture and instant lift at my roots, so my strands don’t fall flat.”

–Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor


Truist Skincare Lotion-Infused Moisturizing Gloves ($17 for three)

Like a hydrating face mask infuses moisture deep into your skin and keeps it supple, this hand mask does the same for dry, overworked hands. Slip the gloves on and keep them on for 15 minutes (the lotion will never slip out of the glove so you can text, type and even cook with them on!) and let the vitamin A and avocado and jojoba oils do all the heavy lifting for you.

Why we love it: “My hands have never felt softer! Plus, the gloves aren’t bulky in the least, so I can multitask while wearing them—I even wear them sometimes while I work.” 

–Brittany Burhop Fallon, Senior Editor

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  • Joan Lillard
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    The tube of Purifying Mud Mask I received in my January New Beauty Test Tube just exploded upon opening. I opened the top and the product shot 15 feet across the room, all over my sweater, the wall, floor and doors of my bathroom, and all over my bedroom carpet. The distance from where I was standing to where huge globs of the product landed on my bedroom floor was over 15 feet. I'm pretty upset about the fact that it has stained my carpets. I put my sweater, the towels and other items it splattered on into the wash and hopefully they aren't ruined. I don't know what is going on, but it shot out of the tube under pressure like it came out of a cannon. The tube has been in a basket on top of my vanity since I got it, not under any temperature extremes at all. Talk about annoying. What the heck is in this product that could do that?