10 Beauty Products This Skin-Care Freak Depends On

At my job interview here at allure.com, the editor straight-up asked if I was a beauty girl. Through the haze that shrouds all interview-related memories, I recall all-too-honestly confessing that I was generally too lazy to pull off masterful, salon-level blowouts or ten-step smoky eyes myself. But, I assured her, I was an absolute skin-care nutcase. (It was the first time I could seamlessly bring up my four years as a—top-selling, thank you very much!—sales associate at The Body Shop as a valid credential.) The college job embedded a serious respect for (and deep dependency on) vitamin C, shea butter, grape-seed oil, and other natural ingredients. During the past two years, my already-high skin-care standards have grown even loftier, and my beauty-product dance card has gone from full to overflowing. Here are its MVPs.