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Beat the Summer Slump

Like so many beauty innovations, cushion compacts got their start in Korea.

By late summer when the high temperatures leave us feeling oh-so-indolent, it can be easy to start slacking off on our skin care regimens. What we need are products that are so luxurious and easy to use, taking care of our skin feels like pampering.


The Jessicas – both Alba and Biel – have relied on a spritz of Roseus Floral Hydrating Toner to keep cool when the red carpet is scorching. From Baszicare, a Los Angeles skin care line based on traditional Chinese medicine, the mist hydrates skin with a blend of botanical extracts, including rose essential oils. Meanwhile, a mix of fermented minerals – zinc, copper, magnesium and iron – act as antioxidants to shield against the sun’s damaging rays.
$110 :: baszicare.com

WW Day SPF40 is the newest release from 3LAB, the high-tech skin care company whose products can be found in many of OC’s most fashionable vanities. (As well as at the White House; in a Vogue interview, Michelle Obama revealed that she’s a fan.) Their latest multitasker uses their proprietary apple stem cells and a cocktail of other anti-aging ingredients to help pump up skin’s volume, restore elasticity and fight free radical damage. All while offering sun protection and doing double duty as a velvety, moisturizing makeup base.
$385 :: 3lab.com

Hollywood makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci knows a few things about pouty lips. As co-founder and creative director of DuWop Cosmetics, she created Lip Venom, the first-ever needle-free lip plumper. Now at her new company PEEK Beauty, she’s introduced Nom Nom, tinted lip balms packaged in adorable tins that give you fuller lips with a kick of chili pepper.
$22  :: peekbeauty.co

Like so many beauty innovations, cushion compacts got their start in Korea. Lots of familiar brands, including Bobbi Brown, Lancôme and Givenchy, have jumped on the trend of these leak-proof, melt-proof foundations that are packed into a sponge-like applicator. Now, Sulwhasoo, a Korean holistic skin care company, is raising the beauty bar with its Perfecting Cushion Brightening with SPF 50. Pat it on your skin for coverage that feels light as flower petals yet somehow manages to mask imperfections like dark spots and discoloration. The formula, available in seven shades, contains “white ginseng polysaccharides,” which work as hard as retinols to boost collagen and battle dullness without the side effect of flaking.
$65  :: us.sulwhasoo.com

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