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If anyone knows beauty, it’s our very own Leah Wyar. Before landing at Byrdie as VP and General Manager, she spent 20 years covering the beauty and wellness circuit for some of the biggest magazines in the business. She even served as a season two judge on Lifetime’s American Beauty Star. So when Verishop (a new shopping platform that offers free overnight shipping) tapped Leah to become one of their tastemakers—industry professionals who create thoughtful, curated shops of the best of the best—she didn’t take the opportunity lightly.
Ahead, Leah shares her top beauty picks from over two decades worth of testing products.
Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence
We’ve written about French girl beauty once or twice, but of all the products we’ve tried, Leonor Greyl is Byrdie’s product line du jour. According to Leah, this product is a godsend for bleached, porous hair and leaves your scalp smelling like you just stepped out of a regal salon in Paris.
Ghost Democracy Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Looking for the ultimate clean, non-greasy daily moisturizer that doubles as a base for makeup? Defer to Leah.
“I remember the first time I heard about this new, ultra-clean skincare line: Someone from my team had just done a ‘deskside’ (industry speak for a product launch that happens at your office) and was blown away,” she says. “Not just by the products alone, but what wasn't in the formulas. Their site lists about 40 no-nos, which is a huge yes for me. And if you find it tough to find a guilt-free, basic moisturizer...well, winner winner.”
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water
From the best French pharmacies, straight to your vanity! This is the no-excuses way to remove makeup if you're feeling super lazy.
Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
Leah has been using Aquis towels since high school to remove water from her hair before drying it. (The less water you start with, the less dry-time and damage.) But this turban version is even better. Twist it, secure it and go about your business!
Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor
Cute shape, serious massaging power. Leah uses this cool-to-the-touch stone to de-puff her under eyes and provide sinus relief. The notch in the heart also makes this tool perfect for sculpting your jawline. Pro tip: Just don’t forget to use it with an oil or serum to avoid tugging on the skin.
Tenoverten Ideal Reds
If you’re anything like us, you spend more time staring at the nail polish wall than *actually* getting your nails done when you visit the salon. “Be prepared with this—a collection of three perfect [reds]—and never be annoyed again,” says Leah. “And forget three-free. This guilt-free collection is eight-free.”
Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo Extended Color Vibrancy
"Fekkai shampoos were my first love as a young beauty editor," says Leah. "Recently the formulas hit a clean reset—free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, plus vegan- and cruelty-free and made of 95% recycled plastic. I'm in love...again!"
Brushean Makeup Brush Sanitizer
Clean your makeup brushes without lifting a finger, plus store them chicly. All you have to do is click a button to quickly disinfect your brushes and get rid of acne-causing bacteria in mere minutes.
Pai Skincare Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
If you’re still scrubbing your lash line with makeup wipes, allow us to introduce you to an actual game-changing, routine-revolutionizing product. Because oil attracts other oils, cleansing oils gently melt away makeup, sunscreen, and sebum, making them an ideal first step in a double-cleanse. Per Leah, this Pai formula smells incredible and won’t leave your skin greasy. Extra credit: It's a Byrdie 2019 Eco Beauty Award winner.
Rituel de Fille Lip Sheer in Bittersweet
If you forced us to play desert island beauty, this sheer, buildable lip color in shade Bittersweet would win the lipstick category. “It’s quite possibly the perfect rosy lip tone,” says Leah.
RMS Beauty Luminizer Quad
Leah’s famous for walking around the office in "weekend skin"—glowy, glossy, minimalist. Basically, she looks like Labor Day in Montauk every day of the year. She credits her lit-from-within radiance to this hero highlighter quad from RMS. Trust her: No other highlighter does it like this.
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Here at Byrdie, we’re obsessed with testing products that dermatologists actually recommend—and this product is a sunscreen gold mine. “Once I started using it, I've never gone back,” says Leah. “It's packed with antioxidants to neutralize the nasty free radicals that cause lines and spots. But the best part is the feel: so clean, you forget it's on.”
Jane Inc. Indigo Palms Spa Pillow
A pillow, but make it self-care. “I love the feel of the flaxseeds (especially when warmed in the microwave) against my face,” says Leah. “And I crave the scent of the lavender after a long, stressful day.”
Kitsch "Feelings" Rhinestone Bobby Pin
Hair pins and accessories are all the rage right now. Leah is a big fan of this one by Kitsch "for when you're feeling all the things."
Thrive Global Phone Bed Charging Station
"Next time you have your friends over, put your phones to bed...literally," says Leah. "As they charge, you can recharge together, distraction-free."
Earth tu Face Skin Stick
There are a lot of different definitions of what constitutes “clean” beauty out there, but we love this brand’s philosophy: don’t put something on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Think of it as your dry skin hero for wherever you might need it—dry knuckles, elbows, puffy under eyes, cracked cuticles, and beyond.