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The Beauty Breakthroughs We’re Most Thankful For

Now is the time to give thanks for all of the good things in our lives, big and sample sized—we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some of our favorite beauty innovations on our gratitude list. These miracle products have become such a part of our regular routine, it’s easy to take them for granted. So we’re seizing this moment to express our indebtedness (our skin and hair thank them too).

Dry Shampoo

Where to begin with this wonder product? With its ability to instantly absorb grease, dry shampoo has liberated us from the need for daily showers, given instant volume to lackluster strands, and made it easy to look presentable after a grueling spin class. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Klorane invented a tinted version that blends into dark hair. In short, our love for this product knows no bounds.

Tinted Moisturizer

A lazy girl’s dream product, tinted moisturizer is essential to every low-maintenance makeup look, combining the powers of concealer, foundation, and moisturizer. Laura Mercier has perfected the genre with their Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, which hydrates skin and provides smooth, near-invisible coverage. Another top shelf formula that offers sun protection: COOLA’s Tinted Matte SPF 30 For Face, which has age-defying antioxidants and a subtle tint to even out imperfections.


The unsung hero of makeup, primer labors in relative obscurity. But without taking this essential prep step, our foundation would slip slide all over the place. Ever the innovator, Smashbox Cosmetics has a face primer for every skin type, from the acne-prone to the dry, as well as a formula that’s specifically for keeping your shadow in place. MAKE’s Lip Primer keeps your favorite lipstick shade looking vibrant and smudge-free all day (and night!).

All-in-One Styling Spray

Detangler. Frizz fighter. UV protectant. We’ve reached the point where a hair product has to be all of these things to stay in heavy rotation. We blame it on trailblazers like It’s and 10 Miracle Leave In Product, which boasts ten different benefits, including restoring shine and preventing split ends. Also on our forever-grateful-for list: TONI&GUY’s Prep Heat Protection Mist, which not only smooths hair and prevents heat damage, but also smells so good that it doubles as a hair fragrance.

The Clarisonic Aria Cleansing Brush

All hail the geniuses who realized that the same technology behind electric toothbrushes could transform our skin—and along with it, our entire approach to skincare. The Clarisonic’s gentle, rotating brush head allows us to clean smarter, not harder, removing up to twice as much dirt and oil (and six times as much makeup) as washing with our hands alone. Plus, that squeaky-clean feeling we get afterwards? Priceless.

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