No matter how much money you're willing to invest in your own
beauty routine, occasionally there are moments where you'll start to question what, exactly, you're doing with your hard-earned cash. Historically, this has been known to happen when the numbers on the cash register at the Sephora checkout hit three digits, or when you can't pick up a prescription without picking up a whole skin-care routine while you're at it.
A guilty conscience isn't necessarily a bad thing — in fact, it's proof you're not a sociopath! That's a
good thing. But nothing ameliorates the creeping guilt of spending $200 on a face cream like knowing your purchase benefits those truly in need, not just in need of a new jar of Sisley Black Rose.
Olivela is the perfect way to do that: The luxury e-commerce destination's new beauty section stocks all of your favorite high-end brands, and a portion of proceeds from every purchase goes directly to causes that affect young women and children. Just creating an account on the website gets one girl in need a day of school through the Malala Fund — and for the month of February, all purchases help to provide health essentials for young girls through Too Young to Wed. Ahead, our top picks to shop at Olivela right now. They're our favorites — and soon they'll be yours, too. It's a win-win.
“Heat protectants are like sunscreen: You know you need to use one, but, damn, must they all leave you feeling like an oil slick? This is like a lightweight primer with the heat protection built in. It gives me the perfect, smooth-but-not-greasy blowout that lasts for days.” — Cat Quinn, beauty director
Park Ave Blow Out Balm, $29, available at
"I recently bleached the living daylights out of my hair and I don’t even recognize the texture anymore. (Love the color though!) This preserves my new honey-bronde while slowly making my strands feel less like horse hair." — Quinn
Shampoo for Beautiful Color, $46, available at
“I justify the fact that my face cream costs more than a plane ticket by the fact that I pair it with a $13 drugstore retinoid. But even still, the clearer, brighter skin is worth skipping a trip home. (Sorry, mom.)” — Quinn
Black Rose Infusion Cream, $195, available at
"I enjoy a good sheet mask as much as the next person, but this is the only one I've found that actually delivers results beyond feeling nice on dry skin. That's the magic of cell-renewing growth factor paired with arbutin, nature's gentler version of skin-brightening hydroquinone. 20 minutes of this takes down the appearance of my dark circles and makes my skin look like I don't drink alcohol and eat far too much sugar.” — Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor
Twilight Sheet Mask, $75 for 5, available at
“You might think your current lip balm is great — it's affordable, it relieves the dry, tight feeling every few hours, it doesn't get in your hair on windy days.... But you're mistaken. Your lip balm is perfectly fine;
one is great. The price tag will only sound ridiculous until you've tried it and realize it has the scent (rose), texture (melty butter), look (shine but not gloss), and benefits (seriously softer lips with seemingly fewer lines by morning) that you've always wanted but never thought to ask for all at once.” — Tunell
Baume de Rose, $60, available at
"After I dyed my hair in December, I did a complete product overhaul and knew that conditioner would be the most important change. Natural hair needs a lot of moisture, especially if it’s been chemically-treated. Almost everyone I asked suggested Oribe’s Beautiful Color range — not just because the brand is among the best of the best, but because it features flower extracts that protect against the elements. Trust me, y’all: it’s well worth the hype. My color is still bright, and my curls are always so defined after I cowash." — Khalea Underwood, beauty writer
"There are many, many perfectly serviceable powders on the market, and quite a few truly bad ones, too. But very rarely do you come across a finishing powder that excels where others do not, like with this matte-and-glow duo, which does all of the things, and does them well. The inside circle — the
— diffuses light in the most flattering, natural-looking way possible, and the outer ring helps curb shine without turning skin practically two-dimensional. Plus, it comes in eight shades, which is roughly seven more than most other setting powders." — Rachel Krause, beauty writer
Compact Expert Dual Powder, $46, available at
"I thought I'd about hit my breaking point on the number of facial oils one person could possibly try before giving up on facial oils altogether, like when you down too many tequila sodas one night and can't stomach the thought of the stuff for months (years?) after — until I discovered this one. It sinks into skin right away, without that slippery,
oily feeling, and a hit of antioxidants and vitamin C gives it brightening benefits along with your standard-issue hydration." — Krause
“I've only ever heard UK bloggers talk about this perfume before, but apparently it literally attracts other people, kind of mimicking your natural pheromones. I don't know for sure if it's legit, but the sandalwood base alone has me sold.” — Samantha Sasso, editorial assistant
Molecule 01 Eau de Toilette, $135, available at
“I'm obsessed with making my room feel as much like a log cabin in the middle of the Catskills as possible. While the sirens outside my window and chatter from passersby make that difficult, this candle somehow manages to convince me otherwise.” — Sasso
No. 352 Leather & Cedar, $65, available at
Amy Schumer’s upcoming movie I Feel Pretty
is all about how she wakes up one day from an unfortunate spin-class accident thinking she's the most beautiful person in the world. That's sort of how I feel after using this iconic oil — minus the head injury.” — Sasso
Black Rose Precious Face Oil, $235, available at
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