Andrea Lavinthal, Author, Your So-Called Life
Andrea's beauty stats: Just turned 30 and obsessed with fending off fine lines; naturally curly hair that I torture with heat-styling and highlights; addicted to anything coconut-scented"As much as I'd love to hit up the spa regularly for professional body treatments, my wallet just isn't having it. But I've found a bunch of great products that keep my skin soft and smooth: no appointment or $20 tip necessary!"
SunSilk Hydra TLC 24/7 Creme
"After towel drying my hair, I apply this leave-in conditioner/gel hybrid from my ears down to keep my dry, highlighted hair soft and prevent breakage."
$4.49 for 7 oz; drugstore.com
T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Dryer
"Between this dryer and a jumbo round brush, I can smooth out my fine curly hair in under 15 minutes. I know it sounds counterintuitive to straighten your hair when you want waves, but it's the only way to get the kind of flowy look I like."
Enzo Milano Clipless Curling Iron
"I can't tell you how excited I was when I discovered this idiot-proof curling iron. It's just a barrel — no tricky clamp — so you can easily wind your hair around it and create natural-looking spirals. It comes with a heat-resistant glove that lets you hold your hair in place without torching your fingers. The key is to mist your hair with a flexible-hold hairspray before you curl it to lock in the shape. My favorite is Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode."
Scunci Jumbo Thermal Scrunchies
"At night I gather my hair into a high ponytail, twirl the length around my finger, then wrap it into a big bun and secure with one of these soft scrunchies. In the morning, my waves look even fuller and sexier than they did the day before."