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Welcome to Editor's Picks, a weekly round-up of what we're buying (or at least coveting) this week.
A smattering of Completely Bare hair removal products
Racked NY editor Tiffany Yannetta: I was introduced to the world of bikini waxing this past summer, and have vowed to make it a part of my beauty routine going forward. I recommend leaving the task to a patient professional, but since—as I've come to learn—hair doesn't always grow back at the same speed, you might need a touch-up in-between appointments.
I recently bought the Completely Bare Hypo-Allergenic Wax Strips because they're cheap ($12.99) and looked pretty easy. Once you get over the fear of ripping out your own hair, it's a piece of cake. A few tips: you're supposed to rub the wax strips in your hands to warm them up, but since my palms aren't naturally that sweaty I rest them on a hot radiator for a few minutes. I also recommend grabbing a really good mirror and taking a shot of JaMo before you start.
RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, $28 at RMS Beauty.
Racked National editor Leslie Price: RMS is a line devoted to natural, organic beauty, and its products are so clean you could probably eat them. One of its newest releases is this Buriti Bronzer, a solid cream delivered in a tiny glass pot. It's made of cacao butter; beeswax; and jojoba, coconut and buriti oils—the latter sourced from the fruit of the moriche palm, which grows in South America.
When smoothed down your nose, on your forehead and along your cheeks, this bronzer imparts subtly-sexy glow that's usually the result of genuine sun exposure. It's truly real-looking, unlike the orange-ish tone that self tanners are unfortunately known for, and sheer, so you can build up to the level of tanness you want. It also works brilliantly on darker skin as a highlighter.
Athleta Polartec Power Stretch 2 Tight, $79
Racked market editor Nicola Fumo: A while back, Eva Chen called out Athleta's fleece-lined leggings on Instagram, declaring them "pure warmth." I put those suckers on my Christmas list immediately and I would like to join Eva's chorus of praise: These leggings feel like the clouds of heaven and the warmth of love hugging every centimeter of your lower limbs. I've more or less bypassed winter with their help. At $79 they aren't the cheapest leggings you'll buy, but the cost per wear (and toasty legs) justify the dough.
'Refresh' Pure Essential Oil, $12.95 at Muji
Racked LA associate editor Danielle Directo-Meston: In addition to making perfect umbrellas and minimalist cool merch for every corner of your home, Muji also makes very fine fragrances. I discovered this upon entering the Japanese retailer's shiny new domestic wonderland in Hollywood, when I got a whiff of what can only be described as a spotless version of my own abode. (But really, it just reminds me of living inside a Muji.)
A mix of lemon, sweet orange and eucalyptus radiata, Muji's "Refresh" essential oil evokes a sense of calmness and cleanliness for those days you just can't be bothered with that whole spring cleaning nonsense. I use it with a porcelain aroma burner similar to this, but you can use also use a diffuser if you wanna get all fancy about it.
Drybar's Blowout in a Box gift set, $199
Racked Chicago editor Jenny Berg: Drybar just opened up shop in Chicago. And while it's pretty close to where I live, I wish they'd open another one in my building. On the off chance that doesn't happen, I got the next best thing: the salon's Buttercup Blow Dryer.
Though nothing can totally achieve the professional blow-out look like actually having a professional do it, this tool comes close. It dries hair speedily and has crazy technology to take down frizz and add shine. My recommendation? Get the "Blowout in a Box" gift set. For just nine extra bucks, you get the Buttercup, a round brush, and all kinds of products that give your tresses that fresh-from-the-salon smell.
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