Glam Slam: Best Beauty Buys 2011

A pregnant and glowing Kate Hudson rocks three very different makeup looks in the May issue of InStyle. The cover girl admits she loves beauty products, which makes her the perfect pick for the magazine’s 16th annual Best Beauty Buys issue. The magazine features over 150 expert picks and we have a sneak peek at some of the choices.

Cheeks: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, $30
Laced with pink and golden undertones, a few drops of this iridescent fluid warm the apples of our cheeks without a hint of frost. We dab it on top of our foundation or wear it on bare skin for a healthy, energized look.

Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer, $4
Our favorite buffer, hands down, it smoothes away bumps and ridges so polish goes on without a hitch and gives days-old lacquer a high shine. Plus, the easy-to-grip design means we can freshen our manicure on the go.

Anti-Aging: L’Oreal Paris Collagen Micro-Pulse Eye Cream, $20
This handy treatment fades dark circles and crow’s-feet in two ways. Loaded with marine collagen and a skin smoothing polyamide, the silky formula soothes, hydrates and tightens, while the pulsating massage device boosts circulation for a fresh, wide-awake appearance.

Self-Tanner: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads, $32
We’ve always known that exfoliating before bronzing is the key to getting a perfectly even faux glow, but somebody finally decided to combine the two steps. Laced with alpha- and beta- hydroxyl acids, antioxidants and active vitamin D moisturizers, these nubby pads brighten dull skin while imparting a streak-free, healthy hint of color.

Styling Tool: Remington T-Studio Styling Wand, $30
Pearl-infused ceramic plates are the secret behind the effectiveness of this tapered, clampless iron. It heats up in a flash, producing glossy, limp-free curls.

For all of InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys and more, pick up the May issue of InStyle on newsstands today and go to

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