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As beauty buffs, we're insatiable. When it comes to the art of beautifcation, we operate to an 8-count of harder, better, faster, stronger–we're constantly on the prowl for those products that are always on the grind and keeps us gorgeous.
So in honor of this tribute to our nation's workers, we have dedicated this edition of editor's picks to the hardest-working beauty products we know.
Our Labors of Love are as follows…
Editor-in-Chief Tracey's Labor of Love: Black Opal Brightening Scrub $9
"I love this double duty scrub/mask. I scrub my face like crazy before I get in the shower. Then I let the mask work its wonders while I do my daily duty in the shower. The last thing I do is rinse off the mask. My skin is exfoliated and brightened in one fell swoop. And the best part is that this Black Opal scrub mask duo is under $10. On top of that the benefits are culmulative–my skin gets progressively smoother and brighter while I use this hard working beauty product."
Team 20/20 Writer Chelsea's Labor of Love: Benefit Cha Cha Tint $29
"This mango colored blush in a bottle is the epitome of perfection! I am on the darker side of the spectrum for Black/African-American skin and many tints don’t show up on me. However, this bottled blush is highly pigmented, even on darker skin tones. It has a brush applicator that makes Cha Cha Tint an amazing multitasker—great for lips and cheeks. For a flawless, fetching face, Cha Cha gives a glowing color like no other."
Nerdy by Nature writer Taylor's Labor of Love: Coralactives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser $22
"Simply put, CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser does double duty by cleaning and exfoliating simultaneously. This is great because I don't want to do any more than I have to in order to get the job done."
Beauty Newbie LA's Labor of Love: Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads $36
"Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads is a powerhouse in a pot. It truly sets the standard for adult acne correctors everywhere since it doesn't have a traditional, medicinal smell. In fact, it brings the spa to you by incorporating peach bellini! But soothing scents beside, I’ve never experienced such immediate results after using a skin care product. All I saw was glowing, poreless skin. With all the anti-aging benefits, soothing botanical extracts and inclusion of glycolic and salicylic acid, you’re definitely doing your skin a huge favor!"
The Minimalist Terez's Labor of Love: Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme $9
"I'm a huge fan of Burt's Bees and I can't say enough about the Coconut Foot Creme. It is nothing short of miraculous and it transforms rough, calloused feet overnight! This creme has a rich, honey-like consistency and smells delicious. I've also used this product to moisturize and protect dry elbows, knees and cracked cuticles."
Access Hollywood Nalo's Labor of Love: Estee Lauder's DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15 $43
"Since it is important to use a moisturizer with SPF in the summer as well as during the cooler months, Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15 works for all seasons. This hardworking beauty product reduces the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and dullness. It also fights free radicals while refreshing the skin with cucumber. Apply daily and at night to reap the benefits. "
Bona Fide Face Deidre's Labor of Love: DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex $35
"I love when I don't have to be slave to a great acne product. What's worse than acne? Having to keep an acne product in tow in hopes of keeping an onslaught of fresh zits at bay. I use DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex about twice a year to give my skin a glowing, renewed state so my products-of-the-moment get their glory. This product rivals treatments at the derm office minus the sticker shock."
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