Nadine Jolie, Editorial Director of TheFairest.com and author of Beauty Confidential
Nadine's beauty stats: 29; ruddy complexion, oily and acne-prone; frizzy, heat-damaged hair; seeks "hero" products.
"When you've been around the proverbial beauty block like me (I've spent years digging through beauty closets, researching products for a nonfiction guide, and hunched over my computer while obsessively, exhaustively blogging about lip gloss), it's inevitable you'll become a bit of a beauty snob. Sure, a lifetime of free beauty products sounds like heaven, but let me tell you after a while, all the toners, intensive conditioners, and peach blushes begin to blur together. There are thousands (hundreds of thousands! Millions!) of beauty products out there, and I often feel like I've tried every...single...one. The result? (Other than overly exfoliated skin?) I've honed a short list of must-have, can't-live-without-'em products that I'm confident you'll love as well. Here, my top five (and while you're at it, check out my books, Beauty Confidential and Confessions of a Beauty Addict)!"
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation
"Are you one of the seven women left in America who hasn't yet tried Bare Minerals? Bueno. Let me explain to you gals (since everybody else already knows) why this mineral foundation is so freaking amazing. It really, truly covers up all your imperfections: zits, redness, dark circles, the works. It won't break out acne-prone skin. It feels light-as-air, not heavy and cakey. It contains SPF. And it does your laundry. (Okay, four out of five ain't bad.) If you're oily, try the matte version, which is my new best friend."
OC Eight Oil-Absorbing Gel
"Every once in a while — let's say days ending in "day" — my face resembles an oil slick. This is the only product I've ever used that keeps the grease at bay and helps my complexion remain cool and shine-free, without breaking it out. It's 'Eight,' as in eight hours of matte goodness. Wear it under makeup, over moisturizer. I buy three tubes at a time."
Tom Ford Black Orchid Finishing Oil Spray
"Tom Ford once said that he wanted his fragrance to smell like the inside of a man's crotch. Um. He kind of succeeded...and it's awesome. I have every fragrance or ancillary product Tom Ford has ever created, but this, the Black Orchid Finishing Oil Spray, is my absolute favorite. It's sultry, it's musky, it has a quiet sweetness, it clings to your skin — it radiates sex. There's no scent more alluring. Even (especially — eww!) a man's crotch."
Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream
"For years, the anti-frizz game was humming quietly along — and then Living Proof came and blew the competition out of the water. It uses some sort of fancy new polymer to completely coat strands without weighing them down, which means that even if you live on a swamp in Florida, your hair will remain blissfully calm, rather than venturing hysterically into the 'fro-zone. Amazingly, the more you use, the better it works. (Perhaps not so amazing for your wallet, but it certainly makes for an exciting time in my bathroom.)"
"Ah, the awkward part where the expert plugs her own line, which she proclaims to be the best thing since sliced bread! About a year ago, I teamed up with two facial plastic surgeons — Jolie, meet the MDs! — to co-create a hero product designed to treat hyperpigmentation for women of all ethnicities, ages, and skin types. Our baby, JolieMD Metamorphosis, is a two-step system that not only evens the skin, banishing redness, sun damage, and brown marks, but also calms inflammation, keeps acne at bay, and helps prevent future hyperpigmentation from forming. Plus it's hydroquinone-, paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free. It launches in December, so stay tuned! It might not be the single best product in the history of the world, maybe only, like, third best, but we're pretty proud of it all the same."