8 Beauty Breakthrough Products That Make Life Easier

Real Style on 09.15.11
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Were you ever one of those girls in high school who needed over an hour to get ready? Back in '91, my Conair curling iron and I were BFFs. And while I still agree that beauty takes time, as a busy mom, time is something in short supply around my house.

That is why I would like to celebrate my favorite additions to the drug store aisles over the last few years. These products have been saving my girlfriends and I a ton of time while helping us look hot. And whether you straighten your hair every morning or barely have time to brush your teeth, a little extra time and a faster track to fabulousness is something we can all enjoy.


1. Clinical Strength Deodorant

For women who do not just "glow" but sweat (I personally put a field hand during harvest to shame just running errands), these effective anti-perspirant and deodorant combinations are a godsend. With a strength available only formerly with a presciption, they are now located on the shelves of every drug and grocery store. Not only do they allow perspirers like me to once again wear fitted shirts, they also do not leave behind oddly-colored stains in clothing pit areas.

Try it: Dove Clinical Protection Cool Essentials $7, Secret Clinical Strength Advanced Solid $8.

2. Deodorant Remover Sponges

If that clinical-strength roll-on gets white stripes on your little black dress, it will come right off with one of these nifty mistake removers. These dry sponges' textures also miraculously clean off makeup, toothpaste and other messes that stubbornly do not come off on a wet washcloth.

Try It: Gal Pal Deoderant Remover $9, Miss Oops Rescue Sponge $12.

3. Sulfate-Free Shampoo

After you spend a bundle covering your gray or getting highlights, you do not want to wash your hair with a harsh, soapy shampoo that may cause the color to fade. Ask your hairstylist for her recommended sulfate-free shampoo, or pick up one the relatively new (and affordable) brands available at drugstores.

Try It: Derm Organic Sulfate-Free Conditioning Shampoo $26 L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Hydrate Shampoo $5, Tigi S Factor Health Factor Daily Dose Sulfate-Free Shampoo $24.


4. Multi-Blade Razors

Remember the days when a double-bladed disposable razor was your best bet for smoothly shaved legs? I do. And I remember the red bumps, too. Thankfully razors sporting cartridges with four or five blades are now the norm. Having silky calves is, I believe, worth the extra buck or three for the extra blades.

Try It: Schick Quattro for Women $11 (for one razor handle and cartridge), Gillette Venus Proskin Moisturerich $9 (for one razor, two cartridges).

5. Eyebrow Planers

You can use these little slanted razor blades to groom your brows, sure. But a big reason women like me are buying these new products is to easily, instantly flick off the tiny hairs above our lip or on our chins. I love how these save me a trip to the facial waxer or the risk of an ugly red mark from plucking.

Try It: Christi Harris Preciscion Planing Tool $12, Sally Hansen Eyebrow Shapers $3 (for three), Ardell Brow Precision Shaper $3 (for three).

6. Shower Depilatories

I cannot be the only one who associates swimsuits with hanging out in a tiny bathroom for twenty minutes with stinky cream on her inner thighs. And while I did get in a lot of important trashy magazine reading before the invention of in-shower depilatories, I will gladly trade celebrity gossip and cheesy dating advice for a quick shower instead.

Try It: Nair Shower Power Exfoliating Hair Remover $6, Veet In Shower for Sensitive Skin $8.

7. Gradual Self Tanning Lotion

Orange paws, heels and sheets used to be the price one paid for a guiltless, sunless tan at home. Body lotion companies have remedied that by adding small amounts of self tanner to their products. These weaker formulas produce a more gradual, and less orange-y, effect and moisturize too.

Try It: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Tanning Lotion $7, L'Oreal Sunless Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer $8, Nivea Body Sunkissed Firming Moisturizer $7.

8. Sonic Facial Cleansers 

Some us may book facials for the relaxation, pampering and cold cucumber slices on the eyelids. Others can do without those thirty minutes on the table and fifty bucks on the Visa, but still want the blackhead-blasting benefits. Enter affordable electric sonic facial cleaning systems. Available at drug stores, these handheld rechargeable facial cleaners allow you to be your own facialist at home (you will just have to slice your own cucumbers).

Try It: Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System $26, Neutrogena Wave Sonic Power Cleanser $14.


What are your favorite new additions to the beauty product scene? Share them below! 


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