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The best new beauty products of 2018

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tThe end of 2018 is approaching, which means it’s time to look back at some of the highlights of the year. In addition to celebrating our personal achievements (one of our editors ran a marathon; another learned to love her arm hair after years of disagreement), we also take a look at some of the best new beauty products hitting our desks this year. encountered. years – and boy, were there a lot of them.

The past 365 days have been some big ones for the beauty industry: from 40 foundation colors that dominated the market (thanks to Rihanna, who technically made this possible in 2017) to hair tools that made our morning routines easier than ever to skincare specifically aimed at period skin, there’s been a lot to look back on…especially now that it’s time to pick out gifts for loved ones . Ahead of the new year, we’ve rounded up the best new beauty products of 2018. Read on to see why we love them.

Photo: Dove

Not to share TMI, but I totally appreciate this scrub for helping me kick the blackheads that gripped my back (and okay, butt) this summer. It comes in three different scents (my personal favorite is the Macadamia & Rice Milk), and it exfoliates and moisturizes the skin in one fell swoop.

Photo: Cannuka

CBD was everywhere this year, and our lip balms were no exception. Cannuka’s moisturizing stick uses cannabidiol to reduce inflammation, plus Manuka honey to repair the top layers of the skin.

Photo: Herbal Essences

Your favorite brand from the early 2000s got a 2018 update with its new foam formulation, which is great for adding volume and moisture to fine hair that can’t be held back by the heavier condish.

Photo: Elemis

Facial oils had a big moment this year (yes, you can use them even if you have oily skin), and Elemis’ Superfood was one of our favorites. It’s packed with a potent combination of plant-based superfoods like broccoli, flaxseed, and daikon radish to plump, nourish and give the skin an overall glow.

Photo: Corpus

Corpus’ all-natural vegan DO contains essential oils like bergamot, pink lemon, orange blossom and cardamom, and not only does it smell great, but the sleek packaging feels more luxurious than any deodorant we’ve ever seen.

Photo: Kosas

Kosas touts its tinted facial oil as “the future of foundation,” and we have to agree. It combines skincare and makeup in one easy-to-use product, leaving your complexion dewy and hydrated with the slightest coverage to give you a glow lit from within.

Photo: Olay

Olay’s new lighter-than-air moisturizer is ultra-hydrating, yet glides across the complexion like velvet. It actually feels like putting a fine line fighting cloud on your face which I am all the way for this.

Photo: Beauty Counter

You’ll be downright shocked at the pigment and staying power this stuff brings, and with eight eye-catching shades, from creamy neutrals to hot pinks, there’s something for everyone in the collection.

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bareMinerals Claymates Mask Duo, $35

With two masks in a single jar, the bareMinerals Claymates combo does double duty without taking up extra space in your beauty closet. The Be Bright formulation exfoliates with pomegranate extract and papaya enzymes, while the Be Firm side helps to tighten and smooth with kale seed and watermelon extracts.

Photo: Neutrogena

I’ve been using Neutrogena’s Hydroboost Water Gel on my face for most of the past decade, so was over the moon to hear they were launching a head-to-toe lotion from the cult-fave line—and the product itself *didn’t. * disappoint. It’s formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to boost hydration under the skin, making it the perfect body care product for winter and summer weather, plus everything in between.

Glossier went through 248 different mascara formulations before landing on the perfect product, and their dedication shows how good Lash Slick actually is. It’s almost like a fringe stain, which darkens without overwhelming your lash line with clumps.

Photo: Knours

Period skin is the pits, but the new skincare brand Knours is making it a little less of a pain with their line of products designed with your hormonal cycle in mind. Each offering focuses on a specific time of the month, targeting your body’s specific needs, essentially syncing your skincare with your period.

Photo: GloPro

You’ve probably seen micro-needling facial tools on your Insta feed for a while, but GloPro changed the game with the launch of their version of the tool that targets your lips specifically. It uses LED therapy and tiny little needles to rejuvenate lips, leaving a firmer, smoother pout and chapped lips buh-bye.

Photo: advantage

Kim Kardashian introduced us to the wonders of contouring our faces year ago, but this year Benefit took it a step further by showing us how to do it on our brows. The brand’s Brow Contour Pro is similar to the multicolored clicker pens you probably had in grade school, but uses four different pencil shades to help you highlight and add dimension.

Photo: Summer Fridays

If you’ve been anywhere near a beauty Instagram this year, you’ve probably spotted Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. When the product, created by Mariana Hewitt and Lauren Gores Ireland, launched in March, everyone from Kim Kardashian to our beauty editors praised it. It’s great for travel fatigue, a hangover or just dehydrated skin, and really lives up to the hype.

Photo: Dyson

Every once in a while a hot tool comes along that makes us wonder how we ever survived our morning routines without it. This year it was the Dyson Airwrap. Unlike anything else on the market, it uses hot air—rather than the usual iron—to style strands, meaning you can go from soaked after a shower to a nice, curled blowout in a matter of minutes. Plus, the interchangeable heads mean you can use it to create multiple looks with the same tool.

Photo: Flesh

Flesh’s highlighter, bronzer and blush is nothing like the usual pots and palettes that dominate the market. It includes single-use sheets that can be used to highlight and contour your face, and — bonus — you never have to worry about it shattering.

Photo: DryBar

Instead of clamping your strands between iron plates and following it with a paddle brush like you’ve done since high school, DryBar’s Brush Crush combines both steps into one. The heated brush straightens hair while smoothing strands and fighting frizz, and (my personal favorite part), you really don’t have to. touch the hot hair as you straighten it, so you never end your styling session with burnt fingers.

Photo: Tatcha

Part makeup, part skincare, Tatcha’s tinted eye cream will cover dark circles and banish them too. It moisturizes and brightens the skin, and the end result will make you look more awake, even in the morning when there’s no time for coffee.

Photo: Necessary

Who says your shower routine doesn’t have to be as luxurious as the rest of your skincare regimen? The brand new Nécessaire brand wants body care to be more than an afterthought, and arms consumers with the products to make that possible. Their body wash, in particular, cleanses and nourishes while also balancing pH, meaning your body’s skin is finally getting the love it deserves.

Photo: Weleda

Weleda Skin Food Body Butter, $29

While we slathered Skin Food all over the face, Weleda expanded their line this year, making that feat easy to achieve from head to toe.

Some other beauty innovations we were mainly excited about this year? The clean hair move and all these chic new body wash offerings that make our showers feel like spas.

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