Multitaskers deliver what they promise

09/10/2008 12:00 AM

09/10/2008 5:04 PM

Kiehl's Restorative Dry Oil

$30, www.kiehls.com

I have a deep love for multitasking beauty loot. I take traveling as a challenge to carry as few products as possible, which means each one needs to be highly effective. So imagine my minimalist delight when I first popped the top on Kiehl's little vial of Superbly Restorative Dry Oil, made with do-it-all argan oil, which the company claims will smooth split ends, protect skin and yield a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Moroccan argan oil has gotten considerable buzz recently for its healing properties, and Kiehl's stocks its formula with the fair-trade organic variety, as well as sesame and avocado oils. The barely scented product was absorbed quickly and left more of a subtle sheen than the baby-oil slick so popular with bikini models and professional wrestlers. It also helped subdue humidity-induced frizz and (my personal favorite) vanquished shaving bumps. Thirty dollars isn't cheap, but it means I can cross three products off my list before I even start packing. Holly E. Thomas, Washington Post

Benefit Lip and Cheek Stain

$28, www.benefitcosmetics.com.

Never mind that Posietint, the new lip and cheek tint from the folks at Benefit, has the color and consistency of Pepto-Bismol. Before my test run, I had to double-check the package to make sure it wasn't for indigestion.

Actually, the creaminess makes for a foolproof application (unlike the company's watery Benetint, which will stain your cheeks into a spotty strawberry patch if you aren't speedy about rubbing it in). You need to work quickly — it is a stain, after all — and be sure to blend back toward your ears to avoid Raggedy Ann circles. But those are minor details compared to the perfect pinch of color it delivers while making you look as though you're not wearing makeup at all. Rachel Machacek, Washington Post

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