Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photo: Courtesy of Leah Wyar, Retailers
On the Beauty Group, a Facebook community co-founded by the Cut and the Strategist, people chat all day long about the products they love — the ones so good they’ll make you hit that little “auto-refill” box at checkout. Below, we asked one of our favorite beauty pros to share her selections.
Leah Wyar has four bottles of the same nail-polish color sitting at home. This might not seem special — except finding the exact shade was like falling down a rabbit hole.
“I used it once in a salon and never got the name, but I fell in love with it,” says Wyar. “It made me happy and energized when I would look at my fingers.” So she hopped in her car and drove almost half an hour back to the New Jersey spot, where she found the old, faded bottle. “I took a picture of it, and I zoomed in, trying to see the name. I was Googling like crazy. Like, What could this particular combination of letters or numbers be?” It turned out to be Color Club’s nail lacquer in Lava Lamp, a bright traffic-cone orange.
Wyar, the senior vice president and general manager for Byrdie and Brides, regularly has beauty products come across her desk, but when she likes something, she really likes it. She explains, “I have so much stuff in my apartment, and I need to clean it out like four times a year to keep it manageable.” Products that make it past the purge are the ones she’d willingly hop in her car and drive out to Jersey for.
Below, more of Wyar’s beloved “worth a drive” products including the most “unique” perfume she’s ever smelled, the foundation that lives up to the hype, and the $12 shampoo she swears by.
“I use this facial spray as a toner. Toning in the morning, before I put anything on, is like brushing my teeth for me: I wouldn’t be complete in my routine without it. Toning wakes my skin up, and more important, I do believe that it helps everything else in my routine absorb better. If I just put products on my skin without toning, I feel like they evaporate. This one by Tower 28 — I don’t know how to explain it, but the sprayer gives you this super-concentrated, perfectly distributed mist. I’m so passionate about the bottle itself and the mister [laughs].”
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