What does the phrase "fresh start" mean to you? Does it conjure images of emerging from a chrysalis to find 2017 a somehow better place? Is it about exfoliating your skin? Or simply a grassy shade of green? If you feel like bringing the spirit into your life and medicine cabinet, good news: Pantone's pick for 2017's Color of the Year is Greenery (or as I enjoy calling it, 15-0343).
The options are aplenty for Pantone-condoned green beauty products, and while they won't do all the work to "provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape," as the company stated in the press release (obviously), with bright skin and buoyed spirits, they might help us get down to business.
According to the company, Pantone's choice of Greenery was inspired by the need for optimism, and compounded by factors like eco-consciousness and fashion and tech's influence on more tuned-in clothing. Whether the color will lift us all up is TBD, but in beauty, green's hopeful vibe holds true. Exfoliating products are frequently branded with the color, and often enlist green tea's antioxidants for an extra layer of protection on turned-over skin. Aloe is a tried and true soother, and cucumbers have that iconic spa-eye rep. Cosmetically, green is a mainstay in color correcting products, covering redness and fittingly soothing signs of inflammation. Here are a few products to stock up on by Jan. 1.
1. Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Blush
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Blush, $24, Bloomingdales.com
Come one, come all Kermit meme lovers to this pH-reacting, gorgeous flush-producing blush.
2. Origins By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask
Origins By All Greens™ Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, $36, Sephora.com
In my experience, this double-duty Origins mask is an instant pick-me-up. Slather it on, let it bubble (yup), massage it in, and wash it off for immediately brighter skin.
3. Sephora Collection Face Mask
SEPHORA COLLECTION Face Mask - Green Tea, $6, Sephora.com
Sephora's house line comes through with their masks, a cheap and effective way to dip your toe in any ingredient.
4. Youth To The People Kale + Spinach + Green Tea Age Prevention Cleanser
Youth To The People Kale + Spinach + Green Tea Age Prevention Cleanser, $36, Sephora.com
This cleanser is loaded with antioxidants, and while it's typically more effective to keep those on your face for protection (à la serum), putting them in everything can't hurt.
5. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive, $39, Ulta.com
Tap into the power of enzymes with this green apple-based peel, which uses alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate and reduce dark spots and discoloration.
6. Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner, $15, Ulta.com
Not your typical astringent, Mario Badescu's toner uses aloe vera to soothe irritation and remove pore clogging debris with a more sensitive approach.
7. Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream
belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream, $58, Sephora.com
Velvet smooth and loaded with minerals, Belif's cream uses a blend of over 80 different herbs that they say promote turnover while improving elasticity.
8. Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder
Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder, $39, Sephora.com
Go from the inside out with HUM's supplements to cover all your nutritional bases. It's also mint chocolate chip flavored, so, that is valuable information.
9. Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10, Sephora.com
Blot your stress sweat away with these linens, which say they're infused with green tea extract to absorb excess oil and reduce shine without disturbing makeup. Better than a tissue? Maybe!
10. Yes To™ Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel
Yes To™ Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel, $14.99, Birchbox.com
Aw yeah, classic cucumber spa eye rides again. This time in gel form, so you can pat it on and go.
11. SEPHORA COLLECTION Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes - Green Tea
SEPHORA COLLECTION Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes - Green Tea, $7.50, Sephora.com
Cover both cleansing and exfoliation needs with these portable wipes. Bonus points for good cheer.
12. GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment
GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment, $69, Sephora.com
Get down deep with this mud-to-oil cleansing treatment.
13. GLAMGLOW POWERCLEANSE™ Daily Dual Cleanser
GLAMGLOW POWERCLEANSE™ Daily Dual Cleanser, $39, Sephora.com
Or involve some foam action with this hybrid oil cleanser.
14. It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm
It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm, $10, Sephora.com
Yup, I included this because it's cute, no regrets. It's green apple-flavored and looks dang ethereal.
15. Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, $28, Sephora.com
Green color correctors are a gift to skin, balancing out redness in a whole other league.
16. COVER FX Correct Click Color Corrector
COVER FX Correct Click Color Corrector, $18, Sephora.com
Stick sticklers, rejoice.
17. NYX HD Concealer Wand
NYX HD Concealer Wand, $3.74, Target.com
And if you want to save some dough, NYX is a grand dupe.
18. Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT Neutralizers
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT Neutralizers, $38, Sephora.com
Touche Eclat is a classic.
19. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Junkie, $17, Sephora.com
A metallic forest green, Junkie's hue is darker than Greenery's cheery grass, but a very wearable option.
20. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Plan 9, $21, Sephora.com
A cream spin on the forest color.
21. NYX Macaron Lippies
NYX Macaron Lippies in Key Lime, $6, NYXCosmetics.com
Greenery, a close approximate of "Key Lime."
22. Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick
LIPSTICK QUEEN Frog Prince Lipstick, $25, Ulta.com
And a lipstick form of the Frog Prince, ideal for kissing Kermit memes that perfectly fit your life.
Seeing green: not always a bad thing.
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