If you’ve been keeping up with us on the blog, then you probably remember our announcement about our upcoming partnership with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and their Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. If not, here’s a quick refresher: Every year, CEW and its members review the year’s latest and greatest products in the CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. Then, one product in each of the 30 categories are crowned best of the best. This June, we’re bringing you two limited edition boxes featuring a selection of these finalists and the winning products!
The winners won’t be announced until May 17, but in the meantime, our editors have called out a few of their favorite picks from among the 186 finalists. Read on to find out why these seven beauty products are some of our top picks for this year.
Charisse – Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
"This product is a game changer. Not only does it have a calming scent, but the vitamin C helps even out my skin tone, and leaves it feeling smooth. Its heavy texture hydrates my dry skin overnight, which helps me feel refreshed—and my complexion is definitely brighter in the morning!"
"At first glance, this product is—truth be told—a little scary. It’s a strange green color with shreds of tea leaf running through it. And the minute you put it on you can feel it working: warming, tingly, and tightening up. When you wash it off (be careful, as it can make a little bit of a mess) the results are immediate: toned, noticeably brighter skin that feels crazy smooth."
Mai – RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System
"In my experience, RoC’s over-the-counter retinol products deliver plenty of bang for the buck, without the irritation of prescription creams. It’s great for fading fine lines and renewing skin.”
Bre – Covergirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara
"I grabbed this mascara after I saw everyone in a makeup forum raving about it. Honestly, it is worth the hype. It makes my eyelashes look incredibly thick and long, and somehow magically doesn’t clump. It’s my favorite drugstore mascara by far."
Meredith – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
“I am obsessed with these chubby pencils. Normally stains dry out your lips, but these are hydrating and super long-lasting. Plus, you can be surprisingly precise with them—the bright lip has literally never been easier to achieve.”
Ally – Weleda Body Lotions
"Unlike most overly fragrant body lotions, Weleda’s nourishing variety has a subtle scent that I’m loving for spring. The lightweight formula is packed with hydrating good-for-you ingredients and as a skincare dork I love browsing Weleda’s comprehensive ingredient decoder.”
Candice – Lancôme Genifique Eye Light-Pearl
"I have a bad habit of never getting enough sleep, which means I always have major dark circles. Lancome’s new treatment really brightens my undereye area—but more than that, I love using the tear-drop applicator to apply the serum. It’s cool to the touch and very lightweight, so it’s extra relaxing when I’m (gently!) massaging the sensitive skin under my eye."
Another favorite of ours? This super cute – and easy! – top knot braid.