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We’re not sure what aspect of Benefit’s latest fragrance we’re more smitten with: the cool cocktail-shaker–shaped bottle or the soft feminine blend of florals, which includes delicate freesia, ylang-ylang, tiare flower and white peony. Benefit See & Be Seen Sasha eau de toilette, $36, at Benefit, 454 West Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-769-1111,
Local beauty company Laqa & Co. partners with emerging artists from around the world to create stylish packaging for its paraben-free nail-polish pens and chunky lipstick pencils. Two of our favorite products include Fancypants, a glossy taupe lacquer whose box features a gray-and-blue pattern by Brooklyn graphic designer Cindy Rodriguez; and Lambchop, a moisturizing, dark pink lip shade with packaging by NYC artist Jennifer Sanchez. Laqa & Co. nail-polish pen, $15; and lip pencil, $21; both at
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Andrew FladeboeHeat and humidity can make taming rebellious locks a major hassle, but this no-formaldehyde treatment will defrizz them into submission. Your stylist (we recommend James Vides) starts by sudsing hair twice with a clarifying shampoo, stripping it of oils and product buildup, and forgoing conditioner. The silk-and-keratin, amino-acid–packed formula is then applied to your strands, and you’ll sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, letting it sink in. After a quick blow-dry, Vides and an assistant tag-team your hair, flatironing every section. The treatment lasts eight to ten weeks, and our tester reported silky, manageable hair that takes a quarter of her previous prep time. Pravana Perfection SmoothOut, $150–$400 (depending on hair length), at Sally Hershberger Downtown, 425 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-206-8700,
If you’ve ever wanted to create a trendy topknot but didn’t have the hair length or aptitude to pull it off, this foolproof kit from hairstylist Theodore Leaf (who designed the runway looks on Fashion Star) is the answer you’ve been looking for. Available in black, brown and blond, the product comes in a box that includes eight thick, seamless hair ties; 10 plastic styling pins; and a mesh scrunchie that forms the bulk of your ’do. To achieve the look, simply pull your hair into a high pony, secure the doughnut-shaped tool around the base of your tail, wrap your strands over and around it, and secure the ends using the pins. Bored with Your Hair topknot kit, $20, at
Styling junkies whose bathroom drawers are overflowing with various hair tools and their tangled cords will adore this wall-mounted cabinet, which provides space for three devices and hooks for wires. Everything connects to one power strip, so there’s no plugging and unplugging or waiting for the appliances to cool down. There are even two handy compartments for your essential hair products. Style and Go Hair Care Valet, $149, at
No designer does lace quite like Dolce & Gabbana, but since the duo’s dresses cost upward of two grand, we’ll keep dreaming. With this brand-new bronzer from the Lace Collection, you can achieve a summer glow while nabbing a little bit of luxury. Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Lace bronzer, $57, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave between 51st and 52nd Sts (212-753-4000,

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