Serum

Estée Lauder’s #1 serum just got even better. Introducing ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Synchronized Recovery Complex II with exclusive ChronoluxCB™ Technology. Address key signs of visible aging, and wake up to beautiful skin every day.

Want to see that younger-looking skin for yourself? Mark your calendar, and visit any Nordstrom Estée Lauder counter July 25–27 to receive a free deluxe travel-size version of this incredible serum, no purchase necessary.
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P.S., since we’re talking Lauder, you can receive a faux-snakeskin clutch packed with a full-size Pure Color Lipstick and travel-sized goodies as our gift to you with any $45 Estée Lauder purchase online or in store, while supplies last.

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The Must & Lust of Serums

It’s been said that “the secret is in the serum,” meaning that if we want to share successful home skincare practices with our fellow beauty mavens, then we need to start teaching the importance of serums. These high-performance treatments have smaller molecules that penetrate far below the skin’s surface, where creams and lotions cannot go. Serums are more concentrated in active ingredients, so not only are you going to see change in today’s cells, but you’ll also see change in the overall condition of your skin in the future.

Below, our beauty stylists share the best skin-transforming serums as loved by our top clients, helping you to choose a serum that suits your skincare needs as well as your wallet.

Need: Hydration

MustKate Somerville® Quench Hydrating Serum, $65
“Quench DEFINITELY wins the hydration serum category (and is my favorite serum ever!). Quench is used for very dehydrated skin, and we all know that dehydration causes wrinkles. Kate uses a grape analogy: Really healthy skin is full of water; just like a grape, the skin is nice and smooth. What happens when you take the water out of a grape? It becomes a raisin—dehydrated on the inside and wrinkly on the outside. I love this analogy because it shows us what actually happens to our skin without moisture. Quench truly gives you the red carpet glow and a gorgeous dewy complexion,” says Deanna Vella, Beauty Stylist, Store 239 Waterside Shops; Naples, FL.

LustCHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM, $135
“CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY will not only be a drink of water for your skin; it will provide a natural radiance and glow to give you the appearance of younger skin. This product is absolutely luxurious,” adds Deanna.

Need: Age Defiance

MustClarins Double Serum® Complete Age Control Concentrate, $85
“I have recently tried and love the new Clarins Double Serum—it combines two age-defying formulas to deliver firmer skin, reduce wrinkles, even skin tone and give you less visible pores in just 4 weeks! This serum is for all skin types and all skincare routines. I like to apply this product morning and night before applying my moisturizer—I use one pump for one side of my face and a second pump for the other side. Once applied, I like to use my hands to gently massage the serum into the skin,” says Heather Baker, Beauty Stylist, Store 34 Park Meadows; Lone Tree, CO.

LustYves Saint Laurent’s Forever Youth Liberator Serum, $200
“This Nobel Prize-winning technology makes the skin look and feel better. Anytime I demonstrate this product, I put it on one hand and use a rich moisturizer over it, while only using moisturizer on the other hand. The secret to any anti-aging product is a great serum that will penetrate the top layers of skin, and with Forever Youth Liberator, you can really experience the difference,” says Alexander Ross, Beauty Stylist, Store 751 the Streets at Southpoint, Durham, NC.

Need: Repair

MustKiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46
“This serum will help prevent and correct damage. It contains essential oils that naturally help your skin fight future damage, but it also corrects what’s already been damaged. Serum ingredients of primrose oil—which has omega-6 fatty acids—and lavender to help hydrate the skin and repair from within,” adds Deanna.

LustEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, $140
“If you want to repair damaged skin, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is a no-brainer. Based on groundbreaking DNA research, this best-selling and award-winning serum continuously repairs the look of damaged skin. As an added bonus, I love to use this serum over makeup on the cheekbones and under the eye to add a beautiful glow,” says Alexa Kehoe, Beauty Stylist, Store 220 Michigan Avenue; Chicago, IL.

Alexa adds, “Keep in mind that this isn’t an overnight change. Serums are working at a level you cannot see, so you need patience to notice the results. It takes about 4 weeks for the cells that the serums are targeting to reach the skin’s surface, so the glow you get on initial application will be better in a month and even better in months after!”

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It’s time to vote for your favorite products in beauty! Why? How about for a chance to win the top 12 products, plus a $500 shopping spree with a Beauty Stylist. And two runners-up will also win the top 12 products. Yes, please.

With thousands of votes so far, here’s our play-by-play of your top products, with the current first-place contender on the left, followed by the second on the right. Don’t see the products you love in the lead? Vote now and vote daily, through September 10 (ends 1pm ET)! Winners will be announced September 17.


Eyeshadow
M·A·C Eyeshadow | Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette


Mascara
Dior ‘Diorshow’ Mascara | Lancôme ‘Définicils’ High Definition Mascara


Lipstick
M·A·C Lipstick | Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Moisturizing Lip Color Balm


Foundation
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 | Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation


Blush
NARS Blush | M·A·C Powder Blush


Moisturizer
La Mer Moisturizing Cream | Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion with Pump


Serum
Clinique ‘Even Better’ Clinical Dark Spot Corrector | Estée Lauder ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Synchronized Recovery Complex


Eye Treatment
Clinique All About Eyes | La Mer ‘The Eye Concentrate’


Cleanser
CLARISONIC Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System | philosophy ‘purity made simple’ one-step facial cleanser


Fragrance
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne | Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Eau de Parfum Spray


Body Care
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream | Kiehl’s Creme de Corps


BB Cream
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 | Smashbox ‘Camera Ready’ BB Cream SPF 35

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There’s a lot of hype in the beauty world about BB creams right now. They’re hotter than hot, as well they should be, so let’s talk about all the fuss and just how they can simplify your daily beauty routine.

Short for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm,’ these creams are like the everything bagel of beauty basics, with all your daily essentials packed into one powerful bottle: primer, foundation, sunscreen and serum. Delicious little miracle workers! To us, that means fewer bottles of product to keep track of and less to apply in the morning. Who doesn’t love a time-saver like that?

BB creams have been the secret weapon for women in South Korea and Japan for decades, and are just now exploding in Western markets. No wonder: Just apply a small amount in your choice of shade to the face, and that’s it. You’re all set with sun protection, a tinted moisturizer, primer and imperfection reducers for a more even skin tone. It’s a perfectly natural look on its own, or can be applied before a light dusting of powder or your favorite foundation for more coverage. We’d definitely call that a hype-worthy blessing in a bottle.

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