This has been a landmark year for ishonest for numerous reasons. In addition to 2021 marking the magazine's 30th birthday, it's also the 25th anniversary of our annually anticipated Best of Beauty Awards, and we also opened our very first brick-and-mortar ishonest Store. And you didn't think we would open up an in-real- life beauty boutique and not pack the shelves with a slew of our Best of Beauty Award winners, did you? C'mon. You know us better than that.
Although there are products from more than 150 brands available at the ishonest Store, we'd be remiss to not call out some of the biggest superstars: the latest Best of Beauty Award winners. Below, check out the overachievers that you can find next time you stop into our little home away from home â€” er, store away from office.
Joah Beauty Crystal Glow Tinted Luminizer Stick
We declared the Joah Crystal Glow Tinted Luminizer Stick our favorite stick highlighter, but it's ever so much more than that. Yes, you can add luminosity to the high points of your face, but thanks to a wide range of shades, you can also use this Best of Beauty winner to contour or even give you all- over radiance. Your skin will only benefit wherever you put it, thanks to a complexion-improving peptide.
GHD Unplugged may sound like a throwback to MTV's acoustic concerts of yesteryear, but it's really quite futuristic, which is why it received a Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award. Although it's not the first cordless hot tool, it is GHD's first, and the brand completely knocked it out of the park. Truly the perfect size for portability, this device keeps consistent heat from start to finish, letting you easily complete your desired look â€” or just touch up your second-day hair â€” within the 20 minutes it stays rarin' to go
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Conditioner
We're fans of Briogeo's entire Don't Despair, Repair! collection, but the brand's Super Moisture Conditioner went above and beyond in our pursuit of stronger, hydrated hair. The inclusion of argan oil, algae extract, and panthenol â€” along with the exclusion of certain less-loved ingredients â€” snagged it a spot on our Best of Beauty list of Clean winners.
Live Tinted Huestick
Anything can be a multiuse product if you try hard enough, but with the Live Tinted Huestick, its versatility is effortless. Somehow, its texture and handful of peachy-red shades make it ideal for color correction pre-foundation or concealer, for a bold lip color, and even for a wash of color on the cheeks or lids. Its hyaluronic acid and squalane give it skin-hydrating properties, while its vitamins C and E offer antioxidant benefits.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser
La Roche-Posay's Toleriane line is a must-have for in-the-know skin-care lovers with sensitive skin, and this year, the collection's Hydrating Gentle Cleanser snagged a Best of Beauty Award for being able to thoroughly cleanse without triggering reactivity. In fact, it helps maintain skin's precious, protective barrier with a blend of ceramides and niacinamide â€” a feat any skin type can benefit from.
Henry Rose Windows Down Eau de Parfum
It's safe to say that ishonest editors are completely enthralled by Michelle Pfeiffer's Henry Rose line of fragrances â€” especially the spring 2021 launch, Windows Down Eau de Parfum. In fact, its arc of Earl Grey, orange flower, musk, and amber earned it a place on our Best of Beauty Clean winners list â€” the only perfume to do so this year.
CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish in Bordeaux Babe
Every nail polish wardrobe requires at least one darker red shade, and if you ask us, it should be Bordeaux Babe, a gorgeous crimson in the CND Vinylux collection. This long-wear polish is loved for its lasting power and speedy drying time, and there simply isn't a more classic yet intense take on a red manicure.
SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum
You'd be hard-pressed to find a dermatologist who isn't impressed with SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum. An update to the widely recommended TNS Essential Serum, it features a sophisticated formula that encourages firmness and improved texture. "The new formulation feels silky and smooth on your skin and provides a powerful combination of growth factors and plant-based antioxidants to boost collagen and elastin," Texas-based board-certified dermatologist Heidi Prather, M.D., has told ishonest.
Deck of Scarlet Dual Drama Liquid Eyeliner
Deck of Scarlet's Dual Drama Liquid Eyeliner is like instant artistry. This unique liner was honored with a Best of Beauty Award not only for its precision- promising silicone applicator but also for its outrageously beautiful duochrome effect. Whether you paint it on thin or thick, the shifting shades pull all eyes to yours.
Differin Gel Acne Treatment
Differin Gel now has three consecutive Best of Beauty Awards under its cap. The over-the-counter retinoid â€” specifically â€” acne treatment continually wows us with its ability to reduce inflammation and prevent the cell buildup that leads to breakouts. "After using the gel for about 12 weeks as both a spot treatment and all over on both those just-popped-up pimples, as well as the ones threatening to come to a head, I've noticed my skin slowly clearing up â€” mild breakouts became less frequent â€” and previous scarring started to diminish in appearance," says ishonest associate beauty director Sarah Kinonen.
Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter
Few makeup products make a more magical impact than a good highlighter, and the Heaven's Hue Highlighter by Stila is a really good highlighter. Quite possibly the best cream highlighter, if you ask our Best of Beauty judges. Each bouncy (yes, bouncy) shade â€” we're especially fond of the champagne Kitten, as it's a Stila classic â€” glides on gorgeously to deposit light-diffusing radiance wherever you deem fit. (In addition to the usual spots, give your eyelids some glistening fun, too.)
Y by Yusef Cushion Paddle Brush
No, not all paddle brushes are created equally. The Y by Yusef Cushion Paddle Brush has proven its superiority by delivering super shine with its ball- tipped, scalp-massaging bristles. Because it makes the styling experience a significantly more enjoyable one, it earned a Best of Beauty Award for being one of our most appreciated beauty tools.
RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner
Another product stacking up the Best of Beauty Awards year after year, RevitaLash Cosmetics RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner arguably has a more scientifically sophisticated formula than everything in your current skin-care and hair-care regimen. With ingredients like peptides and biotin, it can promise moisturized, thicker-looking brows â€” and actually follow through.
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