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CHANEL NO. 5 EAU DE TOILETTE

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You won't find a movie buff who hasn't seen Casablanca—or a baseball fan who couldn't tell you when the Red Sox last won the World Series. The same adventurous, enthusiastic attitude can go for beauty, too. Here, in no particular order, our most favorite beauty breakthroughs, drugstore finds, and unreal splurges you have to sniff, lather, or apply at least once in your lifetime.









CHANEL NO. 5 EAU DE TOILETTE

Coco Chanel made this floral-aldehyde fragrance exclusive, intending to share only 100 bottles with her best clients. Marilyn Monroe made it sexy (she wore it to bed with nothing else). Millions of women have made it the number-one-selling fragrance worldwide today.


(See also: Spring lip colors to flip for)



LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER

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LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER

Created by Max Huber, an aerospace physicist whose face was scarred from a chemical experiment gone awry, Crème de La Mer now has a cult following for its soothing, healing, and restorative properties (not to mention the $1,900 price tag).

As Blake Lively once told Allure, "It's extravagant, but it's the best."









CREST 3D WHITE PROFESSIONAL EFFECTS WHITESTRIPS

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CREST 3D WHITE PROFESSIONAL EFFECTS WHITESTRIPS

Before these self-adhesive strips came along, in 2001, we had to either a) fork over $400 at the dentist or b) make a mess with trays and gooey gels. Now, all it takes for a white smile is applying self-adhesive strips for 30 minutes a day.














M.A.C. LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED

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M.A.C. LIPSTICK IN RUSSIAN RED

Madonna wore this deep, matte shade during her Blonde Ambition World Tour, causing lipsticks to fly off the shelves almost as quickly as her albums.

More than 20 years later, it's still one of M.A.C.'s top-selling reds, thanks to how great it looks on light, medium, and dark skin.












CLARISONIC CLASSIC SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM

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CLARISONIC CLASSIC SONIC SKIN CLEANSING SYSTEM

It was Oprah who really launched this oscillating facial cleanser into popularity. "It's a miracle massage for your face!" she said. Everyone in the audience got one—and Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, and Justin Timberlake followed suit.

The brush removes six times as much makeup and dirt as your hands alone, which not only clears pores but also makes skin-care products more effective.








DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE ALPHA BETA GLOW PADS

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DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE ALPHA BETA GLOW PADS

When New York City–based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross came out with a facial self-tanner that hydrated skin, reduced wrinkles, and shrank breakouts, we only had one question: Can we get one for our whole body? You bet. And he'll even throw some vitamin D into the formula as well, just in case you were tempted to spend any time in the sun.










ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT

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ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT

Elizabeth Arden used this calming, apricot-colored balm to soothe her thoroughbred horses' legs.

Now, fans of the product (including Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow) use it to moisturize dry skin, lips, and even their legs.












MASON PEARSON HAIR BRUSH

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MASON PEARSON HAIR BRUSH

Before we met the Mason Pearson, we never knew the full potential of a hairbrush. Its boar bristles detangle and smooth for perfect, shiny, shampoo-commercial hair (with zero static). Even hairstylists guard theirs backstage.

"I don't leave my Mason Pearson unattended," says Hawkins. "There's magic in it."











DIOR DIORSHOW BUILDABLE VOLUME MASCARA

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DIOR DIORSHOW BUILDABLE VOLUME MASCARA

This mascara, which now has a glamorous celeb following, was inspired by a...toothbrush. After makeup artist Pat McGrath used one to apply mascara to models' lashes backstage, Dior responded by designing an oversized, dense wand that creates lush, dramatic lashes.













SHU UEMURA FALSE LASHES IN FARFALLINA

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SHU UEMURA FALSE LASHES IN FARFALLINA

False lashes can look cheap because typically, they are. These strips cost about $20 per pair, but they look as natural as your real lashes. "These are really great because of the elastic band," Murphy says. "It won't change the shape of your eye like other strip lashes can."













GUERLAIN METEORITES PEARLS

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GUERLAIN METEORITES PEARLS

Guerlain spent years engineering a machine that could create perfectly shaped spheres­, whose compact shape allowed a woman to pick up just enough product with her brush. The green, pink, white, and gold illuminating balls were so popular in their first year (thanks to the subtle glow they impart on skin), they were rationed at the Paris boutique.

Americans, on the other hand, blew through their entire stock in a matter of weeks.









RODIN OLIO LUSSO LUXURY FACE OIL

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RODIN OLIO LUSSO LUXURY FACE OIL

The swimsuit models on the cover of Sports Illustrated are genetically blessed, true. But they also owe their dewy complexions to this facial oil, which revitalizes even the most tired complexions. "A lot of the girls are traveling, so they come with not-so-great skin. I rub this on their face in the morning and it's the best," says makeup artist Tracy Murphy.











TWEEZERMAN SLANT TWEEZER

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TWEEZERMAN SLANT TWEEZER

These precision-slant tweezers never lose their edge. Since 1985, the company has provided unlimited sharpening to customers—meaning they'll last you a lifetime.
















SALLY HANSEN SALON EFFECTS REAL NAIL POLISH STRIPS

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SALLY HANSEN SALON EFFECTS REAL NAIL POLISH STRIPS

Women can finally achieve at-home nail art without a toothpick or a steady hand. These peel-off stickers (shown here in Wild Child) mold perfectly with your natural nails and last for days without chipping.














LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE

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LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE

This concealer duo contains two shades: one designed to match your skin's color, another to match its undertones. Together, they truly cover up blemishes.

"When you have a monster pimple and need a bulletproof concealer, this won't move," says Quinn Murphy.













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