SIMPLY THE BEST

We may not rank up there with the pros, but while we’re on the topic of best in beauty, we couldn’t possibly hold our tongues. Take a look at the newest products we’ve started using over the past year. We tell you why they make our cut of the very best in beauty.

STAPLETON’S PICKS

Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream: The bronze color of this self-tanner makes it easy to apply. I rarely have streaks. Bonus: It smells just like its name. $40, Sephora

Guerlain Issima Midnight Secret: We wrote about this elixir earlier this year and I fell in love with it as a night moisturizer. Sure, I know I’m only supposed to use it after a rough night out, but I tend to use it daily. $106, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show mall

Natura Bisse Glyco Extreme Peel: I discovered this gem after talking to the experts at the counter at Neiman Marcus. This is the strongest peel on the market for consumers. And after using it, I always get compliments on my skin. $225, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show mall

Clarisonic Skincare Brush: I was using this brush before Oprah included it on her favorite things list. I swear by it. I exfoliate my face less now. I don’t think I remember what a washcloth is now. $210, Sephora

Chantecaille Lip Gloss in Taffy: I see a lot of lipsticks and glosses in my job. This color is perfect for summer, and it comes in such a cute little compact with a mirror. Applying it with a lip brush makes me feel like a girl. $26, Barneys New York at the Shoppes at the Palazzo

GARZA’S PICKS

Lorac Take a Brow Eyebrow Enhancer: In last year’s Best of Beauty issue I bemoaned not having yet discovered a trusty brow product. A few months later I discovered Lorac’s Take a Brow and bemoaned not being introduced earlier. It consists of three parts: wax, brow filler and highlighter. The wax makes the filler stick to your brush and naturally glide onto brows and the highlighter defines your arches. $22, Sephora

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Body Lotion: It feels like silk on the skin, not greasy like some perfume lotions can, and smells divine. $35, Saks Fifth Avenue at Fashion Show mall

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer: Taking a tip from Carmindy — the in-house "What Not to Wear" makeup specialist — I incorporated tinted moisturizer into my beauty regime this year. This particular one evens out your palette with light-as-a-feather, touchable coverage. I just wish Smashbox customers didn’t complain about the eye sting the cooling properties produced, but you can’t have it all. $30, Ulta

MAC Plush Lash Mascara: I was talked into using this after a MAC Pro artist convinced me MAC had finally made a reliable mascara. Neither the artist, nor the mascara, disappointed. The big brush gives lashes a high glam, faux look. $11, Mac Pro at Forum Shops at Caesars

Davines Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: The great part about this all-natural, eco-friendly shampoo: It gets rid of dandruff fast. The bad part: Endorsing it means admitting you have dandruff. $21.44, Salon at Wynn Las Vegas

Contact fashion reporter Xazmin Garza at xgarza@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0477.

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