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Fun fact: before COVID, I almost never bought beauty products online. I am a super-visual and tactile consumer and I have always loved the ritual of strolling through my favorite vendors such as Sephora, Ulta, Violet Gray. The list goes on and on. It brings back a lot of nostalgia (shopping for beauty products was one of my favorite things to do when my mom was growing up) and it's just become my happy place.
Like pretty much everyone in the past year, I've been shopping
everything Types online, and while many stores have started reopening, I still haven't set foot in a beauty retailer in over a year. Instead, I've been busy discovering new Holy Grail finds via my laptop while replenishing the tried and true favorites I've used and loved for years. If it ain't broken, why fix it? Since shopping online for beauty with a capital H is difficult (there are so many options and preferences that are so subjective) I thought it might be fun to review everything I reordered, topped up, and for Friends and family bought virtually instead of in person. Keep scrolling for my editor-verified list of online beauty standbys. Hands down, this is the best home whitening method that I have tried. It's affordable, quick (you'll get ultra-white results in just six 10-minute sessions!), And straightforward. I prefer high quality dermaplaning tools for a good dose of physical exfoliators over harsh exfoliators that will scratch my skin. This is my favorite model for maintaining a silky smooth, lint-free complexion. (Just make sure to sanitize your blade after each use and replace your blade entirely at monthly cadence.) Investing in this T3 shower head is one of the best things I've ever done for my hair. Since I couldn't give my strands the salon DC they were treated with prior to the pandemic, I took extra careful care of changing my filters to prevent unwanted chemicals and minerals from damaging and staining my hair. Although I've tried to dissipate the heat as much as possible, this is my favorite hair tool and I'm 100% sure that it is the only curling iron I've used to touch my strands in the past year. Because it's convertible, you have tons of different styling options and the results are simply better. (I'm not sure why, but for now I'm going to blame magic!) Because of my job, I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to the number of fun services (including facials) that I can try on a regular basis. Of course, it all stalled a year ago and I've had maybe one or two since last February. So I really had to lean into my skin care and tool game to keep my skin as current as possible until I got back to regular programming. This mask is an upset investment, yes, but it's one of the best things that can happen to my acne prone skin. (And how chic is this new limited edition pewter color ?!) I would be lying if I said I haven't missed a manicure in the past year, but I was really impressed with the credibility of today's era of stick-on nails. People always think my nails are real when I wear one of Static's elevated settings. I'm also a huge fan of the new Tella Nails brand. The shape options you get are super inclusive and match my nails like a glove. This Picasso-inspired set is so much fun. This complete mani-and-pedi set from Olive and June was my salvation. It literally has everything you would ever need to get a salon-quality paint job in the comfort of your home. This could be my all time favorite candle. It smells amazing (that's how I imagine Alicia Keys to smell – is that creepy ?!) and I blew her through in a flash. Okay listen to me The scent is hyper-personal and subjective, but in the last year I discovered two new perfumes that are just so damn perfect that I'm 110% confident I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. This one from Tom Ford is a treat, but the juicy blend of nectar, davana oil, rum absolute, jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli (and more!) Is unlike anything you've ever smelled before. Trust me – you need this. And the same goes for this one! I got so many people on this perfume this year that I officially lost the count. It's the most highly acclaimed perfume I wear and it makes me insanely happy when I splash it on. I just can't get enough of the combination of floral and musky notes. An air freshener? Strange, I know, but I was so fucking obsessed with it that I have to shout it out. Car air fresheners always make me feel sick (and they're full of gross things you definitely shouldn't breathe), but this is the exception. Dedcool's favorite scent called Taunt is anything (think amber, vanilla, and bergamot) and it's not overpowering or sweetish. Mine hangs in my car, but you can also keep it in your drawers or in the closet. I'm obsessed with this stubble cream. It keeps all of those extra sensitive areas (sorry, TMI?) Smooth, calm, and bumpless. It's the only formula I can leave near my bikini line. There is simply no competition here. This is by far the best exfoliating body product I've ever gotten my hands on, and when I accidentally left my bar in Arizona at my parents' home, I immediately bought at 1:30 am as soon as I landed back in LA. It's the next time – I'm talented at removing the final scale of self-tanner, and even when I'm not tanning myself, it gives my skin a baby-soft, exfoliating treatment with no irritation. It's one of my all-time favorite Glossier products. How is that! I think I'm on my third bottle. A) It's hella sweet and B) It's great hydration and C) I'm unhealthily addicted to the scent inspired by cult favorite perfume You. Again, here is another product that I'm already in my third glass of. Hanahana Beauty is one of my favorite brands in the body category. I highly recommend doing your thirsty skin a favor by indulging in this decadent butter infused with shea, cocoa, and mango. You can't go wrong with any of the fragrances, but this new bamboo coconut number is currently sitting on my vanity. (So dreamy!) I miss Kristyn Pradas' Spray Tans so much. Personally, I think she's one of the best tanning artists in LA, and it's no surprise that her own line of self-tanning products is just as fabulous as she is. This is the only self-tanning mousse I'll still be using, and I've had it in stock at least two or three times since last March. (It's the next best thing to an actual tan date with pradas!) This is my all time favorite cleanser, and it's one of the few formulas that actually returns essential moisture and TLC to my skin instead of removing it. This clean micellar water formula from the Sephora Collection was a great find and is always in my cart when I shop at Sephora. I go through a bottle every month, and additives like zinc and aloe vera make it especially smart for people with oily and / or acne-prone skin. This is another product that I added to my routine about a year ago (after two different celebrity facials, Shani Darden and Melanie Grant), both recommended it to me, and it worked wonders for my skin. It is a hyaluronic acid serum that provides the complexion with plenty of moisture, but also evens out the skin tone and reduces redness. I've been thrilled for life and think I'm on my fourth bottle now. This is brand new from SkinCeuticals and it's the only vitamin C serum that won't freak my skin out and break out into a bout of pimples. You can read my full review here, but it's basically a sister to the brand's iconic C E Ferulic serum, which is specifically aimed at people who are oily and prone to breakouts. Rough but satisfying, these are the best acne spots out there, IMO. I'll stick one on A) to prevent me from touching or picking a bump, and B) to treat a zit that is super-super near the surface of the skin. There are many hydrocolloid acne patches out there, but this is the Wonder Woman version – strategically infused with niacinamide, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and tea tree oil. Can you say I really had a ZitSticka kick this year? I'm not usually a sheet mask girl, but these high-tech, ultra-penetrating brand scrubs are the next best thing to a facial appointment. I like to use them at night and then wake up the next morning with skin that is smoother, less inflamed, and overall smoother and healthier looking. If you have stubborn acne scars or dark spots, I'm pretty sure this serum-filled wand is one of the best treatments out there. You are probably sick of hearing me talk about that sunscreen-infused, lip-filling glow on your face, but it's one of my all-time favorite beauty products. It was formulated by the best plastic surgeon Lara Devgan (so you know she knows what's going on), and it * almost * made me forget about my pre-pandemic lip filler appointments. I've been dangerously addicted to these popular glow-inducing peel pads for a number of years, and they're probably one of my most common beauty purchases online. Whenever I think I can do without them, I only last about a week before my suddenly dull skin proves me wrong. I will be dull. So many oil-free moisturizers just suck, and my skin feels overly dull, stripped, and dry. In addition to being one of my favorite people, facialist Renée Rouleau makes some of my favorite skin care products. I have relied heavily on this soothing face lotion to keep pimples at bay without affecting the dew point and moisture levels of my skin. Not to be morbid, but I will likely leave a note in my will to be buried with my collection of Olaplex bottles. I'm so obsessed! I undertake to have a treatment about once a week that completely prevents the cracking and breaking. Despite the fact that bleaches and tones are my M.O. For a year and a half my hair has never been fuller, stronger or longer than it is now. I hold this stuff and my amazing colorist, Cass Kaeding, fully responsible. Okay, this stuff sucks, and when I was preparing to return to LA after nearly four months with my family in Arizona last February, my mom and I were literally battling over that tub of hair magic. (She won, so I bought another one right after I got back.) Saturate your dry strands, marinate them for as long as possible, wash them and you'll know what I'm talking about. So much shine. So much softness. And the smell is ridiculously divine. Sisley really outdid himself with this start. I highly recommend adding this gentle clarifying shampoo to your hair snake every few washes. It increases shine, moisture, and volume, and adds unwanted residue and debris to the shoe that harm your hair goals. I'm super picky about dry shampoos, but this one impressed me this year. It smells nice, keeps my hair fresh and clean, and even promotes hair growth. What is there not to love? I have used this detangler from Unite for years and no other formula can hold a candle in the shine, softness and trouble free combing departments. (Oh, and it smells so damn good.) My love for the customizable hair care brand Prose is no secret, but I still haven't gotten over how shiny and velvety this pre-shampoo hair mask leaves my finicky strands. This stuff is ridiculous. I know the bizarre little rod shape will make you suspicious (believe me, I was too!), But I've never tried any other eyelash product that lifted, elongated, and curled so well with so little effort. This doesn't give you a lot of volume, but if you're looking for a sky-high expansion effect this prismatic tube is well worth the $ 50 jump. This adorable little tube is my secret weapon for a "your lips but better" finish. The Pink Beet shade is the perfect complement to my natural lip tone, and the non-sticky sheen and perfect color payoff go perfectly with a minimalist makeup aesthetic. Plus, it has clean ingredients that will make you feel very, very good about your lips when you stroke your lips. I'm usually a full coverage foundation girl of sorts, but I can count on two hands the number of times I've got full faces in the past year. French brand By Terry has a gold mine of glowing skin and makeup products, but this moisturizing concealer was a standout product. Getting a good night's sleep has always been difficult for me, but 2020 really took the fight to a new level. This feather-light concealer has a bright, semi-matte finish that seamlessly helps camouflage my dark circles while also hugging my eyes, which contain plenty of skin-loving moisture. I also like to use it on other areas of my face that may need discreet coverage. I'll end with this: I haven't even looked at another highlighter since trying this mild stick from Merit. It gives you everything you want in a highlighter (i.e. clean, non-comedogenic ingredients combined with a moist, halo-like sheen) and nothing you don't. (Um, overly obvious sparkle that is dangerously sticky.) Pat and blend it on the highlights of your face and you'll basically just look like you have good lighting everywhere. 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