Skin Care

By Yelena Moroz


Did you ever think you could stash an entire beauty routine in a clutch-sized bag? Get ready to maximize your skin care treatment by minimizing the size of your beauty booty with these pen-sized potions. The precision point of each product zeros in on the problem area so you don’t have to worry about applying layer upon layer of creams…or a bathroom cabinet overflowing with tubes and jars.

Note that that none of the items exceed the 3-ounce airport requirement, making it a snap to zip through security. Plus, at a time when most airlines charge for extra luggage, you want to save suitcase space for an extra pair of stilettos, not a jar of eye cream.

Pretend you’re a painter when using Cosmedicine Instant Wrinkle Write Off Line Filler to contour any fine lines and wrinkles. Like a magic marker, this pen smoothes out the creases with its lightweight, matte formula. It even diminishes the appearance of pores for an overall smooth complexion. The antioxidant, oat kernel extract, absorbs oil and reduces redness – making it a perfect tool for those with sensitive skin.

Available at Sephora stores nationwide and

When it comes to sexy, a pouty-looking mouth is at the top of the list. Enhance yours with a dermatologist developed TNS LipPlump System. Start of with Lip Renewal to re-hydrate the tissue, improving texture. Then polish off the look with the Lip Plumper – packed with tingling (not stinging) niacin, which flushes the skin by increasing microcirculation and enhancing the lips’ natural color. Soybean oil leaves lips looking smooth and polished. Mwah!

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Give yourself a quick mani-treatment with The Body Shop Almond Oil & Cuticle Treatment. First, use the almond-oil-infused brush tip to soften cuticles with its army of fatty acids that restore moisture. The formula also contains community trade organic olive oil from Italy that will protect your nails and the environment. Take care of the nail beds with the rubbery cuticle pusher on the lid — you’ll never go back to pesky wooden sticks again.

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If you suspect a sweaty situation is around the corner (think the 6 train at rush-hour) make sure that boscia Willow Bark To-Go Breakout Treatment is in your purse. This blemish-blasting gel treatment cleanses and purifies pores on the spot with willow bark (obviously), which is a natural skin exfoliate, and soapberry peel known to control the growth of bacteria that feeds on sebum. It only takes a few clicks to shield your complexion from breakouts.

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Looking for a quick way to brighten your face? Then plan on using Ramy Eye Lift Brows as part of your beauty routine. The mascara-like brush grooms eyebrows with GABA-enriched formula that softens lines, while centella extract stimulates collagen. A disheveled eyebrow is one facial feature that will not go unnoticed. So, make sure that yours don’t raise one.

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Roll out of bed then roll the Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller under eyes to diminish dark circles and minimize puffiness. Fused with caffeine and a unique “Skin-Nutrient Complex” the applicator massages the undereye area, stimulating microcirculation and hydrating the delicate skin with Pro Vitamin B5 and Glycerin. Don’t be surprised when fine lines just roll away.

Available national drugstores and

Originally published October 2008



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