The 12 best heat protectant sprays for every hair type and style, according to professionals

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  • Heat protectants help prevent damage while heat styling, making them a necessary part of styling.
  • They work by forming a very thin film over the follicle that both prevents damage and smooths hair.
  • We spoke to professional hairstylists to identify the best heat protectants in 2021.

If you frequently use heat-based tools or dryers to style your hair, heat protectants are an absolute necessity. These sprays add a barrier that coats the hair follicle so that heat-styling tools don’t burn your strands or zap away moisture.

“Often the product will have a formula that will coat the hair shaft and offer heat protection up to 428-degrees,” says Penny James, a trichologist and owner of Penny James Salon. “Then a smoothing effect on the cuticle to give the shine.”

When you continuously use high heat on your hair, it can cause the hair’s keratin proteins to break down and the hair cuticle to crack. It can also cause all moisture to evaporate from the inside-out. For color-treated hair it can even cause the pigments to adopt an unflattering brassy tone. Heat protectants work by forming a very thin film over the follicle of the hair that acts as a protective barrier.

We spoke to James and celebrity stylist Dimitris Giannetos, who regularly works with Camila Cabello and Meghan Trainor, to find out how you should be using heat protectant sprays in order to make your style last. You can check out their tips here, but first, read on for the best heat protectant sprays we’ve tested.

These are the best heat protectant sprays in 2021:

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Davines Hair Shield

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This product contains dimethicone and a couple of other silicones to protect the hair from high heat. It also smells amazing and leaves hair looking super shiny. And if your hair is static-prone, you’re in luck. Davines Hair Shied really cuts down on static, so it’s a perfect heat protectant for winter. Because it’s so lightweight, this is perfect for people with thin and fine hair. It still leaves a nice, even coat throughout your strands that also help prevent humidity.

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray

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I would say that Good Behavior’s heat protectant is one of the more heavy-duty formulas on the list — in a good way. It works to smooth and hold styles while protecting against heat up to 450-degrees.  This is great for all hair types, and should definitely be used during the summer. That said, make sure you aren’t using this every single day as it will create a bit of build-up. 

COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

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The first time I used this spray, I was shocked by how thin it is — it has the consistency of water. That said, this is a total game-changer for the summertime, and Giannetos agrees. “It makes the hair so shiny, it looks like glass,” he says.  While you have to make sure to section-off your hair as your spraying this product in order to evenly coat it, it really holds your style for days on end.

CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray

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Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray (small)

This is the first heat protectant I ever used. Chi’s Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray smells amazing, and it doesn’t have any buildup issues, so you can use it multiple days in a row without worry. It’s great for every hair type, but because it coats the hair so well, it can definitely feel a little damp when applying. So if you have very fine hair, it’s a good idea to wait a few seconds after applying before using your hot tools. 

Oribe Balm D’Or Heat Styling Shield

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Balm D’Or Heat Styling Shield (small)

This heat protectant from Oribe smells great and adds in just enough texture so that you feel like you really have some hold in your hair as you’re styling. It also produces substantial shine and softness that really lasts. This is especially great for those that have super fine or greasy hair — even those looking for a dry shampoo alternative. It really coats each hair follicle to add both texture and heat protection.

R+Co Bleu Hypersonic Heat Styling Mist

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Bleu Hypersonic Heat Styling Mist (small)

Beauty fans are most likely familiar with R+Co already, but the brand has recently launched a couture line: R+Co Bleu. This mist from the line, in particular, is phenomenal. It offers heat protection up to 450-degrees and leaves the hair feeling flexible so that you can update your ‘do over the next few days. This is great for all hair types, as it coats each strand evenly and provides a texture that isn’t super drying. It also helps keep styles looking great by acting as a humidity shield. 

OUAI Heat Protection Spray

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Like all Ouai products, this heat protection spray smells absolutely divine. The nozzle is super effective and evenly coats the hair so well that you wind up using less product. It definitely makes the hair much shinier and humidity-proof. 

This is a perfect spray for fine to thick hair. It will add volume, shine, and a smell so divine you’ll want to spray it all over. Just make so to position the bottle at least six inches from your head as you apply — it applies pretty heavily if you don’t. 

Living proof Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray

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Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray (small)

In addition to acting as a heat shield, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Heat Styling Spray almost works as a texturizer and dry shampoo. I’ve noticed that my hair appears to stay cleaner for longer when I use it. In fact, it’s great on hair that’s greasy or working toward oily. If your hair is freshly shampooed, it might be a little drying. 

Amika The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer

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The Wizard Detangling Hair Primer (small)

Not only does this evenly coat your hair to protect it from heat styling tools, but it’s also great when used as a detangler as well. Make sure that you apply it to your hair when you’re fresh out of the shower, as that’s how it works best. It’s really great for all hair types — even hair that is damaged or needs a trim. Its detangling properties make it so much easier to drag a comb through, so you never feel like you’re pulling on your knots. 

Gisou Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray

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Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray (small)

Just because this product is all-natural doesn’t mean you have to worry about it being less effective. It’s great for all hair types, but particularly for those hoping to really prevent additional damage. In addition to protecting your hair from heat styling tools, Propolis’ spray is great for staving off sun exposure on your strands, which can be drying and damaging. Make sure you spray it on when your hair is wet from the shower so that it’s fully coated as soon as you hit it with a blow dryer. 

Ghd Heat Protectant Spray

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Ghd’s spray provides such a lightweight, even coating that you’ll hardly notice it at all. It’s great at protecting from harsh hot tools — it truly feels like it even distributes the heat for faster styling. This incredibly lightweight spray is great for all hair types and protects against humidity.

Bumble and Bumble Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

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This is one of the best options if your hair is really dried out from past damage — or from putting off a haircut. It’s intended to be applied to damp hair, so it’s best used directly out of the shower. Like the name suggests, Bumble Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil also contains lots of oils so that moisturize your hair and keeps frizz at bay— even if you’re going to be outside or exposed to humidity. It also protects against UV rays and even works as a detangler. 

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Several of Spanx’s bestsellers are discounted right now during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, including the popular faux-leather leggings

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  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially on and runs now through August 8.
  • This year’s sale includes deals on Spanx’s most popular styles – even the Faux Leather Leggings.
  • See our favorite Spanx picks that are currently discounted for a limited time.

The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived and with it the opportunity to save on rarely-discounted top brands – like Spanx. This year, the sale runs from July 28 to August 8 and includes more than two dozen deals from the popular shapewear brand.

What makes the Anniversary Sale worth checking out is that you can find some of Spanx’s most popular styles marked down for a limited time. Along with shapewear, there are discounts to be found on the brand’s activewear, bodysuits, and bralettes. Even the cult-favorite Faux Leather Leggings, which we’ve reviewed and approved of, are currently on sale for $64.90 (originally $98).

At Insider Reviews, we’ve been testing Spanx styles for years and you can find more of our reviews on the leggings, sports bras, and more here. Or, keep reading to see which of our favorites made it into the Anniversary Sale.

If you don’t see your size available, we also suggest visiting Spanx.com where the brand is hosting a sale with many of the same styles.

The best Spanx deals from the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Perfect Pant (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Breast of Both Worlds Reversible Wireless Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Suit Yourself Long Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Jogger Pants (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Print Low Impact Sports Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Booty Boost Active 7/8 Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 76 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – from fashion to beauty to home

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  • Day one of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale has officially begun, and the best deals are selling fast.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on fashion, beauty, grooming, and home items.
  • From Dagne Dover and Spanx to Kiehl’s and NuFace, these are the deals to add to your cart now.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, today is your lucky day. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 is officially on. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 runs through August 8, and the event includes thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now, including savings on fashion, beauty, kitchenware, and more. Scroll on for the best deals we’ve seen so far.

During the first day of the sale, we’ve seen some amazing deals on brands like UGG, Nike, Dagne Dover, Bonobos, NuFace, Spanx, Theragun, and more!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 women’s style deals:

Look at Me Now Seamless Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Suit Yourself Long Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bra-llelujah! Unlined Bralette (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Jogger Pants (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Signature Classic Tote (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)2 Pack Slouchy Ribbed Crew Socks (medium)Landon Carryall (Small) (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)City Buckle Bootie (medium)Red Carpet Strapless Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow Running Shoe (medium)Moonlight Short Pajamas (medium)True Body Triangle Convertible Strap Bralette (medium)Live In Pocket Jogger Pants (medium)Cozette Genuine Shearling Slipper (medium)CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan (medium)Carson Zip Top Crossbody Bag (medium)Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Underwire Contour Maternity/Nursing Bra (medium)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Anywhere 7-Inch Shorts (medium)Sunfaded Slub Scallop Crew T-Shirt (medium)Sedona Coach’s Jacket (medium)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ØriginalGrand Wingtip Oxford (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Ultra Boxer Brief (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow (medium)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals:

Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Glycolic Foaming Cleanser Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Black Rose Skin Infusion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Method: Cleanse for Normal to Combination Skin, Jumbo Size (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Curve 1 1/4-Inch Soft Curl Iron (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Stay All Day Eyeliner Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 home and kitchen deals:

Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ménage à Quatre Set of Four Reclaimed Napkins (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)40-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap Bottle (medium)The Smart Garden 9 (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size Scent Candles Set (medium)Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser (medium)8-Inch & 10-Inch Hard Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Fry Pan Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Carbonator III (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Set of 2 Organic Olive Oil (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Monty Set of 2 Milk Latte Art Cups (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mountain Classic Camp Blanket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini, Wave Solo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Prime, Wave Duo & Revive Stick Massage Bundle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 20 best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals under $100 – from Spanx, Diptyque, Sperry, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs now through August 8.
  • It’s a great time to score deep discounts on top brands, including many that rarely go on sale.
  • We rounded up the best deals under $100 from this year’s sale.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most highly anticipated shopping events of the year – and it’s happening right now. Until August 8, you can score deep discounts on top brands across men’s, women’s, kids, beauty, grooming, and home. On August 9, everything will go back to full price.

One reason for the sale’s popularity is that many of the best deals won’t cost you more than $100. This year, you’ll find bestsellers like the Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra for less than $40 and a set of five Diptyque candles for just $60, among many others. But with prices this good, items don’t stay in stock for long.

To make it easier to sort through the many discounts, we put together a list of the best deals from this year’s sale that are all under $100.

The best under-$100 deals from the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Red Carpet Strapless Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Moonlight Short Pajamas (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sunfaded Slub Scallop Crew T-Shirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Gold Cup Authentic Original Boat Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Stretch Pique Polo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer (Refill) (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Renew Pure Radiance Oil Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)The Smart Garden 3 (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size Scent Candles Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)CozyChic Throw (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The best tinted sunscreens that protect your skin and double as makeup

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Pattern of best tinted sunscreens, including Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum
  • Tinted sunscreens are a multipurpose product that provides SPF protection and light skin coverage.
  • Although some mineral sunscreens can cause a white cast, tinted versions blend naturally.
  • We asked experts to weigh in on their favorite tinted sunscreen products below.

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If you’re a less-is-more kind of consumer, you’re likely already aware of the beauty of a good tinted sunscreen. Where some two-in-one products seem gimmicky, the best tinted sunscreen formulas provide both excellent daily sun protection, as well as a light coverage. The latter is intended to complement your skin tone, acting as a perfect base prior to makeup application or a smooth, natural fresh-faced look. Of course, with dual expectations, not every tinted sunscreen on the market delivers as promised, but the experts confirm which do in our FAQ section below.

These are the best tinted sunscreens in 2021:

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – Tinted

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - Tinted

Because of the possibility of leaving a whitecast appearance on the face, Dr. Obioha generally recommends tinted SPF for those with more melanin in their skin. “Tinted sunscreens are a great option, especially in the summer. If you’re looking for some coverage but don’t want to apply a full face of foundation, a tinted sunscreen is perfect for you,” says the L.A.-based dermatologist.

Dr. Obioha recommends Elta MD UV Clear. Though only available in one tinted shade, the SPF 46 product gets the stamp of approval because of its ability to easily blend into the skin. The formula also includes iron oxides which help prevent hyperpigmentation. Plus, Dr. Obioha says this EltaMD product has buildable coverage. “Since the product is tinted, you will not experience a white hue as you would with other sunscreen products,” she says, adding that ultimately, if the product does not suit your skin, she still recommends the label’s clear-tinted option.

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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

“In terms of an everyday moisturizer that has a little more coverage, I like the Nars Pure Coverage Radiant Tinted Moisturizer,” says Santa Barbara-based dermatologist Dr. Chan. “It’s really nicely formulated with mineral as well as chemical filters. And it just has nice coverage.”

The Nars product has SPF 30 protection and a natural-appearing “skin finish,” Dr. Chan shares. Best of all is the product’s color range, with an amazing 16 shade options. Because of its inclusive offering, Dr. Chan says this product is for most people, herself included.

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (small)
Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

For Branca, a favorite product is the Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen. This formula offers broad spectrum — meaning against UVA and UVB — protection with SPF 30. “I find this better for skin that veers towards dry, as it has a bit of a heavier consistency,” she says. Ingredients also include shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil.

Unsun’s tinted sunscreen comes in two skin tone options: light/medium and medium/dark. Once you determine which is best suited for you, Branca suggests applying it some time before blending with other products or leaving the house. “This needs some time to set for a less ashy finish for deep complexions.”

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Surf Mud Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream

Surf Mud Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream

This product was developed by and for surfers, and is formulated to be a waterproof and reef-safe — specifically made without oxybenzone and octinoxate, two products recently banned in Hawaii for their danger to marine life.

As a professional surfer, Anna Ehrgott is no stranger to intense and continuous sun exposure. “I generally spend at least two hours in the sun every day,” she tells INSIDER, “both my work and my free time are spent in direct sunlight.” Surf Mud is the product she uses for a tinted level of protection. 

Ehrgott jokes that she likes the product so much she uses it as a makeup foundation. “I’m a bit pale in winter but my skin does tan easily in the sun,” she says. “I do think it’s a flattering shade that blends well with slightly tan to more caramel skin colors.”

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ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless

Bottle of ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless

Another favorite product for deeper skin tones is the Isdin Eryfotona Ageless, says Dr. Obioha. Like the EltaMD, Isdin’s formula only offers one shade of tint, but it’s easily blendable, even if the initial product looks lighter than your skin. (The doctor demonstrates this on her Instagram account, as well). 

Isdin’s formula has SPF 50 protection against UVA and UVB rays, as well an other ingredients that can help improve overall skin health, including photolyase enzymes to support repair of sun damage and a peptide complex for collagen and skin elasticity.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

With seven skin tint options, the Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer tops the list for Florida-based makeup artist Lennie Billy. As she and her clients spend significant time outdoors, she says sun protection is essential to her makeup kit, including this SPF 20 product. 

“I love the Tarte formula because it’s super natural, fresh, dewy and is a beautiful product for those ‘no makeup’ makeup moments or even male grooming.” That said, as the SPF is on the lower end of the spectrum, Billy says she tends to use this product “for moments I or my client/model won’t be under the sun for long.” Therefore, those with much less daily sun exposure might be more drawn to an option such as this one.

Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen (small, Preferred: Tarte)
NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection

Bottle of NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection

NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection is a mineral sunscreen with SPF 50 that comes highly recommended by Branca. “I like the texture that is light, very fluid, and applies very easily,” she says. The formula also includes Polyhydroxy Acid or PHA, which have both exfoliating and hydrating properties. “The color though is probably more suited to lighter complexions,” notes Branca of NeoStrata’s singular skin tone sunscreen option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do tinted sunscreens work?

Sunscreen options include those with chemical/organic or physical/mineral filters — and occasionally, both. Where each provides protection from harmful UV rays, chemical filters tend to have a more sheer, unnoticeable finish on the skin, whereas mineral options that contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide may not.

“Mineral sunscreens provide the best UV protection and are the gold standard of sunscreen,” says Dr. Onyeka Obioha, MD a board-certified dermatologist and Glory Skincare Dermatologist Advisor tells INSIDER. “Unfortunately, mineral sunscreens often don’t blend in well.” 

Dr. Obioha says she recommends tinted mineral sunscreens instead. “It will blend in better and not leave a gray hue to your skin, as many sunscreens do. Better yet, tinted sunscreens with iron oxides also protect against visible light which has been shown to contribute to hyperpigmentation, especially in darker skin.”

As cosmetic formulator Annalisa Branca explains, tinted sunscreens work by combining UVB/UVA filters and mixtures of oxides that create different shades to suit different skin tones. “The downside of these products,” says the Netherlands-based formulator, “especially when they are quite pigmented, is that people don’t apply nearly enough to avoid looking cakey.” 

She personally prefers tinted products with just a hint of color as this might encourage more product — or rather, the appropriate amount of product — to be used. “A tinted sunscreen is sufficient only if it is used at the recommended 1/2 teaspoon for face and neck,” Branca confirms.

When should you wear tinted sunscreens?

“Tinted moisturizers are the best for everyday use,” says Dr. Aegean H. Chan, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She reiterates the common dermatological advice that SPF protection should be used every day, and not reserved for designated outings where you’ll be in direct rays, such as at the beach. “If you’re going to be outside for a sustained amount of time, you should be using a proper sunscreen and make sure you’re putting on enough.”

For daily use — “You’re going from your house to your car, your office to your car, running a few errands,” she suggests — tinted SPF serves as protection and, for those who want it, a smooth finish that can help even skin tone. Spending hours in direct UV rays and still want a tinted product appearance? “You can mix with a proper sunscreen but it can be tough if you’re using a tinted product. The more product you use, the harder it is to blend in.”

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I tested 30 mascaras – here are the ones that lasted all day without clumping and smudging

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  • It’s hard to name one brand of mascara the best because everyone’s needs are different.
  • In order to see how they performed, I tested 30 of the most loved mascaras out there.
  • See how they lasted, whether they smudged, and what I thought of them, below

Mascaras make a big difference to your face. When running low on time, a quick swipe not only opens the eyes up by enhancing your lash line, but can transform a tired face to a fresh one within seconds.

With every mascara, there comes concerns such as fall out, flakiness, clumping, smudging on the eyelids, inner or outer corners, and many more. Whether you are looking for natural lashes or glam ones, there exists no perfect mascara until you know exactly what you are searching for and you can find that out below.

These are the best 28 mascaras in 2021:

Smashbox Superfan Fanned-out Mascara

Bottle of Smashbox Superfan Fanned-out Mascara

Super Fan Lash Lengthening Mascara (small)

If you want soft natural lashes and something that can tight-line your lashline perfectly without smudging, Smashbox’s Superfan mascara is the one for you. The great thing about this product is that the brush is super flexible and even bends as you move along the contours of your eyes, fanning out and separating each lash without clumping.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes

Bottle of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes

Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara (small)

Formulated for a 24 hours lift effect, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk mascara is great for someone who wants the effect of fake lashes and an extra glam look. However, the formula is super thick, hence requires extra time and effort to make sure it doesn’t get messy. Once applied properly, you can expect full fluffy lashes for hours.

Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara

Bottle of CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara

Exhibitionist Mascara (small)

This mascara comes in four different shades: black, very black, brown, and true blue, the latter being the best shade and is worth all the risk. Not only does it infuse your lashes with a burst of color, but the blue shade of Covergirl’s Exhibitionist Mascara totally replaces the need to wear eye shadow or eyeliner. The disadvantage? The product doesn’t work well without the Exhibitionist Mascara Primer and definitely doesn’t give the same intense effect if the lashes aren’t primed.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Bottle of Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara

They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara (small)

Non-waterproof mascaras are great for people who have thin or sensitive lashes and struggle a lot to get the product off at the end of the day. Benefit’s mascara comes in both black and brown shades and it curls the lashes perfectly. However if you plan to cry or step out in the rain, expect panda eyes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

Bottle of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara (small)

This water-resistant mascara strikes a good balance between natural and glam by fanning out the lashes. However the thick brush makes it difficult to reach the inner corners of the eyes without smudging on eyelids. If you like to tight-line your lash-line by applying mascara from root to tips, it will require extra care and time for a non-messy application.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Bottle of Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara (small)

Most Maybelline mascaras come in both waterproof and non-waterproof formulas. This product is great for someone with straight lashes that keep falling down, although the waterproof mascara is better at holding the curled lashes up for a long time. The non-waterproof mascara is better if you don’t want to lose 3 to 4 lashes each time you try to remove it with different types of cleansers.

Elf Lash It Loud Mascara

Bottle of Elf Lash It Loud Mascara

Lash It Loud Mascara (small)

Excellent for the price, Elf’s mascara feels no different to many of the high-end brands out there. It comes with a silicone brush rather than natural bristles and you can go from a very subtle to dramatic look in seconds. Although it’s not extremely voluminous, but is buildable.

Huda Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara

Bottle of Huda Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara

Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara (small)

Founder Huda Kattan has often been called the “Queen of false lashes,” and her mascara offers nothing less than the effect of fake eyelashes. With two wands on each end – one for curling and one for volume –you can use both wands for insanely dramatic lashes or just one for a natural look. It does clump a lot and result in fallout after a few hours when both wands are used.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis

Bottle of YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis (small)

Enriched with Argan oil and B5 pro-vitamin, the YSL mascara feels extremely luxurious. One coat does the job, unlike other products which require two coats at least. Hence, if saving time is your top priority, this one is for you if you are always on the run and have very little time to do your makeup. 

Urban Decay Lash Freak Volumizing Mascara

Bottle of Urban Decay Lash Freak Volumizing Mascara

Lash Freak Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara (small)

Bristles on the rounded tip of the brush is definitely what makes all the difference when it comes to Urban Decay’s Lash Freak mascara by making it extremely easy to reach inner corners as well as lower lashes without smudging. Urban Decay says their mascara creates a “look of up to 23.6 times more volume and up to 40% more length for bold lashes,” and that is a very accurate description.

L’Oréal Air Volume Mega Mascara

Bottle of L'Oréal Air Volume Mega Mascara

Air Volume Mega Mascara (small)

Similar to Maybelline, most of the L’Oréal mascaras come as both waterproof and washable formulas, hence you can choose which product works best for you. The washable mascara is smudge proof and gives inflated lashes, but the heavy formula creates clumps, also making it not an ideal choice if you plan to go running or exercising.

Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara

Bottle of Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara

Glam & Doll Mascara (small)

This waterproof mascara doesn’t give much volume but is ideal for someone looking for everyday natural lashes instead. The best part about it is that it comes off with just one swipe of micellar water, which is unheard of when it comes to waterproof formulas. It’s ophthalmologically tested and cruelty-free.

Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara

Bottle of Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara

Caviar Volumizing Mascara (small)

The mascara itself is very jet-black and the applicator is crafted with hollow fibres in a helix shape to allow a thickening coat on each lash. For hooded eyes, or eyes on the smaller side, the brush might be way too big and it could be difficult to apply evenly.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

Bottle of MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (small)

It is a 24 hour wear carbon black formula and yet it’s not waterproof –though there is a water proof version as well – which makes this Mac mascara very interesting. The applicator is quite thin but has many bristles which works out perfectly for the lash line. It has good staying power and doesn’t crumble throughout the day.

Delilah Cosmetics Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara

Bottle of Delilah Cosmetics Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara

Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara (small)

Paraben free mascaras are very healthy for eyelashes, hence Delilah Cosmetics’ Volumising mascara earns extra brownie points for having that. It lasts all day without flaking and is perfect for an everyday look, but definitely requires at least two coats for a voluminous effect.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

Bottle of Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

Kush High Volume Mascara (small)

This product makes for great daytime wear to achieve lightly fluffy fuller lashes, but if you’re looking for a lengthening effect, it might not be the best choice. The formula is very gentle, hence if you have sensitive or dry eyes, this one’s for you – the lashes feel soft all day, instead of a hardening effect.

Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara

Bottle of Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara

Eye Love You Mascara (small)

Because this product has a gentle preservative booster (made from coconut oil) providing antimicrobial protection, it feels like cream when you apply it. The mascara lasts all day, even after exercising. It feels clean and does not irritate sensitive eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.

Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

Bottle of Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

Extreme Mascara (small)

Unlike the Milk Makeup mascara, this product is great for lengthening, but isn’t ideal for volumising. The packaging is beautiful and feels expensive. The formula comes with lash filling powders, making the product a bit clumpy, but nothing a lash separator can’t handle.

Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Bottle of Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara (small)

 

Roen Cake Mascara

Bottle of Roen Beauty's Cake Mascara

Cake Mascara (small)

Most mascaras give volume by clumping together sections, making the lashes look all spider-y but that’s not the case with this one. Although it doesn’t give you the massive fake eyelash look, it definitely fans out individual lashes. Therefore, if you are not looking for a super dense formula, this lightweight mascara won’t disappoint.

Marc Jacobs at Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara

Bottle of Marc Jacobs at Lash'd Lengthening and Curling Mascara

At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara (small)

The vegan formula features lash conditioners like Biotin Peptide and Provitamin B5 and this mascara is all about volume. The brush is long and slim making it flexible to reach every individual lash. It’s very easy to top up after a few hours – the formula stays on and you can add extra layers whenever you want without the finished look getting all clumpy.

Stila Stay All Day Mascara

Bottle of Stila Stay All Day Mascara

Stay All Day Mascara (small)

This product is for people with oily eyelids rather than dry and flaky ones. It’s not water proof and removing it is easy, with no residue whatsoever. The brush is a bit unflattering as one half of the wand is a regular brush, but the other half is a fine tooth wedge, which makes it difficult to control.

Dior Beauty Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Bottle of Dior Beauty Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (small)

Available in 4 shades: black, blue, brown and silver glitter, Diorshow mascara comes with a curved brush that helps open the eyes up to give a feathery look. One coat seems to give good enough coverage, however the thick formula means layering it up after several hours might result in fall-out around the under eye area.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Bottle of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara (small)

Not sure if it really is better than sex, but this mascara is your holy grail if you have poker straight lashes that aren’t particularly long. It comes with a fat brush, so the product works better if you use the tip of the wand to run along the lower lash and inner as well as outer corners.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Bottle of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (small)

Providing four lash benefits – lengthening, curling, volumising and conditioning, this product with its beautifully padded purple packaging that stands out in one’s makeup bag, lives up to its description. However, it starts flaking after a few hours and the formula could get a bit clumpy after the first few weeks.

Givenchy Volume Disturbia Mascara

Bottle of Givenchy Disturbia Mascara

Volume Disturbia Mascara (small)

Made to give an excessive, almost disturbing curve effect to the lashes, the Givenchy formula doesn’t leave your lashes looking natural and might be a bit too much for people who are not looking for an intense dramatic look. One application and you get long, lifted, voluminous lashes without clumps. It is equally difficult to get it off and may require triple cleansing or more.

Other mascaras we considered

The 26 mascaras above were my favorite, but I also tested two others. Here’s why they didn’t make the cut:

  • Lancôme Grandoise Extreme Mascara: Lancome’s Grandiose mascara comes with an angled wand that’s supposed to fit into the shape of the eyes to reach every corner to curl and lift. The angled wand also pokes, smudges and clumps in different areas. You get the intense volume since it separates and builds up your lashes, but it’s not the product for you if you want a quick swipe before a Zoom meeting.
  • Kiko Milano Volumeyes Plus Active Mascara: This product is good for lower lashes but the brush is too awkward for upper lashes – thin at the tip and thick around the handle. There is too much flakiness and fall out within a few minutes and it doesn’t really curl my lashes, but only adds a bit of volume by clumping together the sections of lashes.
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The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals you can shop early as a cardholder, including discounts on Nike, La Mer, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop from July 12.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on men’s style, women’s style, and beauty and grooming.
  • Preview the sale and add your favorites to your wishlist for July 28 or shop early as a cardmember.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, you’ll need to know all about the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicks off on July 28 and will run until August 8. And on August 9, you can expect prices to go back up.

If you’re a Nordstrom Cardmember, you can access the sale early beginning this week. Today, July 12, cardholders with Icon status can shop the sale. On July 14, cardholders with Ambassador status can begin to shop, and on July 16, cardholders with Influencer status (entry-level members) can begin to shop.

The 12-day savings event will include thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now.

Though you can’t purchase them just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), adding these items to your wishlist will make checking out incredibly easy when the sale begins. And these aren’t even all of the deals we expect to see. Nordstrom has teased steep price cuts on rarely-discounted brands like Dyson, Theragun, and more.

The best women’s style deals

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Assorted 3-Pack of Ankle Socks (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best men’s style deals

Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Men’s Shop Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best beauty deals

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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Nordstrom cardholders can now shop the Anniversary Sale – these are the best beauty deals you can score right now

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The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary sale doesn’t officially kick off until July 28, but cardholders can start shopping today. If your a Nordy Club member at the Icon level, you can officially start adding things to your cart. Ambassador-level cardholders can access the sale on Wednesday, July 14, and Influencer-level cardholders will have access on Friday, July 16.

And while everyone else will have to wait until the 28, the previews have already proven it will be worth it. Brands like La Mer, Oribé, and Nécessaire are seeing steep discounts on their top-selling products. You can snag a jumbo bottle of Le Labo’s Hinoki Hand Soap for just $40, and save almost $50 on Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mix & Mask Set.

And while they haven’t officially announced specific deals yet, Nordstrom has teased big discounts on brands that rarely go on sale – like Dyson. If you’ve been coveting the oft-out-of-stock Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which our experts have named one of the best hair dryers you can own, now may be your chance to snag it.

If you’re already itching to shop, we’ve got you covered. The site is allowing you to make your wishlist now, ahead of the sale, so that when it comes time to shop you just have to click “add to cart.” And below, we’re rounding up the beauty buys our editors and reporters will be adding to their carts. Happy shopping!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals:

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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7 of the best body moisturizers available on Amazon

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The best body moisturizers on Amazon

  • A great body moisturizer is a must-have in your medicine cabinet.
  • It should soothe, nourish, and protect your skin without leaving behind a greasy film.
  • We rounded up 7 great body moisturizers you can buy on Amazon for smoother skin ASAP.

Focusing on a great facial skincare routine is all the rage, but don’t neglect the rest of your body. Keeping the rest of your body moisturized is just as important. Dry skin is uncomfortable, it feels tight and itchy. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Keep a great body lotion on your bathroom counter as a reminder to apply right after you shower, bathe, or before you go to bed.

From keeping skin soft and smooth to reducing redness and relieving itchiness, there’s a moisturizer out there for every need. To save you some time finding the best options out there, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites on Amazon. Keep reading to see our picks.

Tree To Tub Moisturizing Body Lotion

Moisturizing Body Lotion for Dry Skin by Tree To Tub

Tree To Tub Moisturizing Body Lotion, $18

Soothing colloidal oatmeal, cocoa butter, and aloe vera work to repair, protect, and moisturize sensitive and damaged skin. The formula is sls-, sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free. It’s even dermatologist-recommended too.

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream for Dry

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream, $31

Give dry, itchy, cracked skin some extra love with this intensive moisturizer. Formulated with a plethora of nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, aloe vera, and honey, this lotion does more than just hydrate dryness — it combats redness, rashes, and rough patches too.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

CETAPHIL Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $13

Sometimes simple is best. Cetaphil is revered for its simple, dermatologist-recommended formulas. This lotion has a rich texture that immediately makes skin feel soft to the touch. It’s non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, so it’s perfect for all skin types even those that are very sensitive.

Love Beauty And Planet Body Lotion

Love Beauty & Planet Body Lotion Delicious Glow

Love Beauty And Planet Body Lotion, $7

Fatty acid- and vitamin-rich shea butter is the magic moisturizing ingredient in this luxe lotion. The ethically-sourced sandalwood oil helps nourish skin and even tone, while also providing a subtly woody, earthy scent.

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Body Lotion

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion, $10

After a long, stressful day there’s no better way to unwind than indulging in some skincare. Lather on this stress relief moisturizing lotion to calm your body and mind. Packed with skin-soothing ingredients like oatmeal and calming scents of lavender and ylang-ylang, this lotion will keep skin smooth while also providing a relaxing fragrance.

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Oil Miracle Lotion

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Body Lotion with Vanilla Bean

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Oil Miracle Lotion, $7

Over 30,000 5-star reviews don’t lie. This ultra-hydrating blend leaves skin feeling soft and supple, while the tropical fragrances of coconut oil and vanilla bean entice your senses.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion, $10

Give your skin long-lasting, deep hydration with this cocoa butter lotion. The formula, which also features antioxidant-rich vitamin e, will leave skin soft and silky for up to 24 hours.

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9 of the best-selling beauty tools and accessories on Amazon

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Pur Botanicals Ice Roller

  • Amazon is a treasure trove when it comes to finding new products, but it can also be very overwhelming.
  • If you’re looking for a specific beauty tool to try to amp up your routine or make your life easier, Amazon has a huge selection.
  • We rounded up 9 best-selling beauty tools you can buy on Amazon now.

The beauty industry is flush with tools and gadgets promising everything from smoothing skin to lifting eyebrows. While there are plenty of gems out there, there is a lot of noise too.

Sounds kind of like your favorite online store, huh? Yep, we’re talking about Amazon. In any given category you’ll find thousands of pages worth of products, ranging from eh to amazing.

Try looking up beauty tools on Amazon and you are sure to be shocked. There are so many products to sift through, many of which seem more like a funny experiment than a practical purchase. But with Prime two-day shipping, shopping on Amazon is tempting as ever.

The fix? This list. We’ve done the dirty work, so you don’t have to spend hours scouring the site for the best new tools to try. We’ve handpicked some of the best-selling, top-rated beauty tools and gadgets on Amazon that really work. Ready to amp up your beauty routine? Keep reading to find our picks.

To accentuate eyes

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler, $9

This ergonomically-designed eyelash curler makes it easy to get those hard-to-reach lashes without tugging, pulling, or breaking. This product comes with a satin bag to keep the curler safe, plus refill pads for when the current silicone one gets too dirty or falls out. 

To depuff dull skin

Pur Botanicals Ice Roller

Pur Botanicals Ice Roller, $15

Whether you wake up with a headache or puffiness, or both, this ice roller will do wonders. The icy chill feels amazing and gives skin a fresh-faced glow, plus the acupressure helps relieve any pain you may feel. 

To get a deep clean

Pixnor Facial Cleaning Brush

Pixnor Facial Cleansing Brush, $23

If you have a minimal beauty routine and always wash your face, good on you. If you are looking to up the ante and curate your cleansing routine to your specific needs, check out this cleansing brush. It comes with 7 different brush heads that help remove makeup, cleanse deeply, massage, and more.

To sculpt and soothe skin

Roselyn Boutique Jade Roller & Gua Sha Set

Roselyn Boutique Jade Roller & Gua Sha Set, $15

This set contains a jade roller and gua sha for the ultimate sculpting, soothing morning ritual. The gentle pressure helps promote circulation, the massage lifts and tones skin, and the cool jade feels lovely on puffy skin.

To open and unclog pores

Pure Daily Care 3-in-1 NanoSteamer

Pure Daily Care 3-in-1 NanoSteamer, $34

Clogged pores are no match for this set. The NanoSteamer opens pores, while the tools help remove impurities. 

To remove facial hair

Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover

Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover, $16

Keep your face fuzz-free painlessly and instantly with this easy-to-use hair remover. 

To blow dry hair

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, $42

We’d be remiss to make a list about the best beauty tools without mentioning the Revlon One-Step. It’s a hybrid round brush-blow dryer that works wonders for getting a salon-style blowout in a pinch, and on a budget. It’s no wonder it has grown a cult-like following over the years.

To exfoliate scalp

Heeta Scalp Massager

Heeta Scalp Massager, $8

Shampooing will never be the same after you try this scalp massager. The silicone bristles give your hair and scalp a really deep clean, exfoliating and relieving pressure while you wash. 

To flawlessly apply makeup

Beakey Makeup Sponge Set,

Beakey Makeup Sponge Set, 5-pack, $10

Use these makeup sponges to get a flawless finish with every makeup look. You can use the sponges wet or dry, with liquid or powder products too. 

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