50 Beauty Products to Buy Before You Die
Chanel No. 5 Eau De Toilette
Coco Chanel made this floral-aldehyde fragrance exclusive, intending to share only 100 bottles with her best clients. Marilyn Monroe made it sexy (she wore it to bed with nothing else). Millions of women have made it the number-one-selling fragrance worldwide today.
L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
Before this hair spray became widely available in the United States in 2008, hairstylists used to smuggle entire cases of it home from Paris. "It gives the ultimate light finish to the hair," says stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, who brings it to every shoot.
La Mer Creme De La Mer
Created by Max Huber, an aerospace physicist whose face was scarred from a chemical experiment gone awry, Creme de La Mer now has a cult following for its soothing, healing, and restorative properties (not to mention the $1,900 price tag). As Blake Lively once told Allure, "It's extravagant, but it's the best."
Nars Blush in Orgasm
François Nars swore to us that this shimmery peachy-pink blush looks good on "practically everybody." More proof this is true: It's won 11 consecutive Allure Readers' Choice Awards. The subtle gold undertones in the formula impart a warm, sexy glow that, well, explains how it got its name.
Dove Beauty Bar
When this white, creamy cleansing bar was first introduced, in 1957, it changed the way we viewed soap forever. Now, 14 of them are sold every second in the United States. It's gentle enough to use on your body and your face, and it leaves skin softer than the typical bar soap.
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment
If an A-list celebrity is toting around a $5 tube in her $5,000 Fendi bag, you know it's something special. Beloved by Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, and Kim Kardashian, this petrolatum-based ointment soothes dry, irritated skin—and it's especially great on lips.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips
Before these self-adhesive strips came along, in 2001, we had to either a) fork over $400 at the dentist or b) make a mess with trays and gooey gels. Now, all it takes for a white smile is applying self-adhesive strips for 30 minutes a day.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Touche Eclat (its name means "touch of radiance") gets a lot of clicks—and we're not just talking about the 30 it takes to activate it. In the U.S. alone, the product generates 350 Google searches a day, making it the number-one luxury concealer—though given how it brightens undereyes like no other, we think it deserves a category all its own.
Chanel Le Vernis in Black Satin
Talk about high demand: This supershiny black nail polish was the first Chanel product to ever have a wait list and inspired Internet bidding wars when it was released, in 2006. (At one point, a single bottle reached $140 on eBay.) It was one of the hottest trends of that year, thanks to celebrity megafan Victoria Beckham.
Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa
It might be only a year old, but the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver is already the best thing that ever happened to our morning routine. This rotating curling rod twists our hair into perfect Gisele waves in half the time it takes to use a typical iron.