Beauty bets for fall
There's no better way to ease your end-of-summer woes than by doing a little back-to-beauty shopping. These 8 picks - classics plus a few newbies hitting shelves this fall - will have you looking gorgeous all season long.1. Freeman Beauty Blue Agave Hydrating Facial Paper Mask, $2
Paper masks are big-time players among prestige brands, and now this bargain option is trending, too. Wear the mask - which contains agave to soften and hyaluronic acid to hydrate - for 10 to 20 minutes; then pat the excess serum into skin for a quick hydration boost. The Freeman line also has masks for brightening and purifying, so you can choose whichever fits your skin needs. At this price, you may want to try them all.
Atone for your summer strand sins - sun, chlorine, salt water - with this deep conditioner that helps combat (among other things) weakness, roughness, and dryness. Apply in the shower instead of conditioner and leave on for 3 to 5 minutes while you shave and wash before rinsing for shampoo commercial-worthy strands.
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3. & 4. Toni & Guy Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair, $15 each
This cool new line from across the pond made its stateside debut this summer. With a ton of products to choose from, this duo stands out as a must for any woman with fine strands. It cleanses and conditions without weighing down hair. Available at Target and Target.com
5. Maybelline New York Falsies Big Eyes by Volum' Express Mascara, $10
The brand behind the iconic Great Lash has come up with yet another brilliant idea. This new dual-ended wand has not one, but two, brushes: The one for top lashes pushes them up and out, while the baby brush (only 2 millimeters wide!) is designed to coat the tiniest bottom lashes. Plus, the quick dry formula helps prevent smears.
6. Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, $13
This soap-free wash, specially formulated to restore skin to a pH of 5.5, cleanses without stripping. A great option for sensitive skin, it's also perfect for soothing dry or itchy patches as the seasons change. Extra points for the mega size and mini price!
7. Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo, $18
On hectic mornings when there's no time to wash, a spritz of this dry shampoo is all it takes to instantly freshen locks. Bonus: Cutting down on washes can help prolong your hair color.
8. Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, $47
Consider this to be eye cream, version 2.0. Swipe the serum all over your eyes: It contains a plant sugar that helps fight lines and wrinkles, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, plus ceramides to fortify and condition sparse or brittle lashes.
-By Melanie Rud Chadwick