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12 Beauty Buys With Serious Results — But One Really Big Catch

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    Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.

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    Getting everything you want all the time would be nice, but unless your name is Veruca Salt (and even she paid the price eventually), life is a series of trade-offs. You resist the urge to start a post-debate Facebook fight with your second cousin in order to maintain your sanity — and the peace at Thanksgiving. You buy a flight that departs at 5 a.m. because it's $200 cheaper than the rest. You hold your breath and slap on a mask that smells like hydrogen sulfide because nothing else gives you glowy, baby-angel skin quite like it.

    Yes, we wish everything in our makeup bags and medicine cabinets smelled like roses and citrus and coconuts — or like nothing at all — but, sometimes, great results come by way of not-so-great-smelling ingredients (or packaging). Ahead, our editors share the beauty products with benefits that far outweigh their odors.

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