Girl Power Glam: The Best from Female Beauty Gurus

Poppy King Lipstick QueenAs a beauty writer, I’m constantly asked about my favorite products – you know, the ones I “really use.” The truth: too many to count. I practically need to rent a storage space to make room for the goodies I regularly rotate in and out of my routine. So how about I narrow the scope a bit, and tell you my favorite beauty products created by women? There’s plenty to choose from, to be sure, but I consider these my go-to gals.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact: Where would we be without Bobbi? I know where I’d be without this bronzer: with all the other ghosts at the Pale Convention.

Anastasia Go Brow Universal Brow Pencil: An instant boost from the famed arch expert.

E. Harcourts Fragrances: Eileen Harcourt is the queen of home-brewed beauty in my book. And her budget-friendly scents smell deee-VINE.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightener: Okay, so this legendary highlighting wand isn’t so secret anymore, but it’s still pretty darn fabulous.

Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub: No, you can’t eat it. This exfoliating body scrub from Lisa Price is as indulgent as the name suggests. Yum.

Bliss Vanilla and Bergamot Set: All hail Marcia Kilgore! This sweet-smelling duo is a bathtime body treat.

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair: Two words: Cult fave. This LA-based facialist to the stars knows how to deal with dry and damaged skin, making this rich moisturizer a must.

Jemma Kidd Contour & Flush Creme Blush Duo: It takes an English rose to transform you into, well, an English rose.

Poppy King Lipstick Queen Saint: Pucker up to this matte lipstick from the Aussie beauty guru. And yes, there’s also a Sinner, you heathen.

Chantecaille Les Sorbets Palette: Mother and daughter Sylvie and Olivia Chantecaille were the masterminds behind this gorgeous 5-pack of lip-smackin’ glosses.

From beauty, to fashion…this week’s Your Looks feature, Swimsuit Central: The Perfect Bathing Suits for All Budgets & Bodies is a must-read for anyone entertaining thoughts of stripping down to a swimsuit this season (and in this weather, who isn’t?). We’ve rounded up swimsuit styles and tips for all figure types, including several bathing suits that fall under the $50 mark. Whatcha waiting for?

-Erin Donnelly, Your Looks Editor