Spring Beauty Preview

  • Promising to extend hairstyles two times longer with the help of high-tech dirt- and oil-repelling hydrogen bonds, Living Proof Prime Style Extender might just give blow-dry bars a run for their money. $20, from Sephora, several metro locations,
  • Every time I take one of those fragrance quizzes, I invariably fall into the citrus category. And yet Intelligent Nutrients’ Egyptian Florals essence completely won me over with its sweet, spicy, sexy-fresh scent. Also: that violet Miron glass bottle. $68–$140, available at several salon locations including Intelligent Nutrients, Mall of America, 952-567-1324,
  • I never fully climbed on the BB cream bandwagon because the tinted multi-tasker is invariably too mattifying. Major props to Pacifica for packing its Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream with hydrators and illuminators that give normal and dry skin types a healthy, dewy finish. $16, from Target, multiple metro locations,
  • I rarely meet a drugstore lippie that I like, but Maybelline New York Color Whisper, a sheer, shiny, perfectly pigmented lipstick/gloss hybrid, owns me—and a good portion of my makeup bag.$6, also from Target
  • The Shellac frenzy incited a slew of at-home gel manicures, all of which seemed to require special lamps, wraps, and tools. With Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab you apply your favorite lacquer between the kit’s base and topcoats and voilà—easy, breezy, bulletproof mani. $45, from Nordstrom, Mall of America, 952-883-2121,
  • Once upon a time I had a skin care line that came to an untimely end. To all of you who mourned its loss, I have big news: The serum is back and better than ever. In fact, the entire Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics collection is naturally active, super-effective, impossibly moisturizing. There’s an eye balm, too, and more where that came from! I can’t wait to hear what you think. $48–$68, from

While Ali has been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this season’s stripes and bold florals, I’ve been holing up on weekends with an onslaught of new spring beauty products. Among the usual suspects—bronzers, pastel eye shadows, flowery whatnots—emerged a handful of groundbreaking formulas, covetable finds, and one very exciting launch.