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  • Arcona Triad Pads

    Arcona Triad Pads

    Most makeup-removing pads wipe the day’s grime off, dutifully doing what they purport to do, but not much else. These pads, however, are in a league of their own. They cleanse deep past the skin’s surface, toning, hydrating, and infusing the skin with vitamins, essential fatty acids, and omega 3. By the time these miracle pads have hit the trashcan, your skin will be glowing! $30

  • Bioelements Kerafole

    Bioelements Kerafole

    This clove-scented, deep exfoliating Kerafole face mask (clove helps helps tone!) from Bioelements purges pores of impurities with its unique formula of gingko biloba, tea tree oil, kelp, algae, chamomile and lavender and lemon oils. The 10-minute process is tingly but leaves skin radiant and refreshed. Use one to two times a week or do an intensive treatment every night for a week. It seriously delivers on leaving skin smooth and bright. $48

  • Cane + Austin Glycolic Retexturixing Pads

    Cane + Austin Glycolic Retexturizing Pads

    Easy to use, these one-step treatment pads by NY-based dermatologist Craig Austin deliver immense visible—and touchable—results with consistent use for one month. With a whopping 10 percent glycolic acid, a quick, painless swipe exfoliates and retextures, reduces fine lines and hyperpigmentation, firms and leaves luminous skin as soft as a baby’s bottom. $60

  • Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

    Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

    Get an (almost!) instant ‘vacation glow’ with just a couple drops of concentrated sunshine. Clarins’ new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is a made-to-measure self-tanner, which enables you to control the amount of color you add to your skin. Just three drops of this innovative formula added to your day or night moisturizer (any brand is fine, just don’t use the Booster by itself) will deliver a natural (orange- and streak-free) sun-kissed look after about seven days of consecutive use. The color begins to develop an hour or so after application and won’t rub or wash off—or transfer to your clothes—because it’s utilizes natural DHA and erythrulose along with aloe vera to create the natural glow. It really gives you a healthy, just-got-back-from-vacation look, sans the sun exposure. $30

  • Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent

    Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent

    Long a favorite for its direct and precise eye-makeup removal powers that leave other makeup on the skin be, Clinique’s solvent is actually ophthalmologist tested to ensure it’s completely safe for our peepers. The oil-free product goes on silky smooth on a Q-tip or cotton ball and doesn’t blur or sting. But perhaps most importantly, there’s no need to rub, so your eyelashes are safe. $17

  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

    Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

    A skincare classic, the Eight Hour Cream is a must-have for cold-weather irritation resulting in cracked, chapped or dry skin. In addition, the cream also boasts anti-inflammatory benefits, soothing scrapes, rough patches, redness and abrasions. This is good not only for the face but for the whole body, especially cuticles and elbows. Now available in a fragrance-free formula. $19.50

  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

    Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

    Known since the ’50s for formulating gentle yet effective skincare products that are paraben-free and not tested on animals, Embryolisse hit the jackpot with this appropriately named Miracle Cream, which industry professionals swear by and use for many purposes—as a primer, moisturizer, makeup remover and even post-shaving salve. The creamy lotion contains soy protein and aloe, making it at once hydrating and healing. $14-25
  • Eve Lom Cleanser

    Eve Lom Cleanser

    The cult-favorite, award-winning cleanser from one of the UK’s most sought-after facialists claims staunch devotees around the world, thanks to its supreme formula and luxurious feel. The silky balm works for all skin types with aromatherapy oils, Egyptian chamomile, clove, eucalyptus oil and cocoa butter that—using the 100 percent muslin cloth—remove all dirt and makeup while hydrating, exfoliating, toning and nourishing the complexion. $75