Clarisonic Opal
Clarisonic Opal, $185,

Men don’t like it when women wear makeup, or so they all insist. Certainly if you’re going for, say, a long hike on a weekend afternoon, most participants, male or female, would find it … odd if you appeared in full made-upness.

The problem is, if you’re going on said hike and you are desperate to look fantastic, what do you do? 

I love my Clarisonic face brush—it obliterates acne, wrinkles, dullness and, not incidentally, sinus infections. When the Clarisonic people came to town with the Opal, for undereye, I took it right home. I had grand ideas about using it only on one side, to see if it made a visible difference. As with many things I take right home, it sat on the shelf. Then I read that before the red carpet, certain celebs have the dermatologist use a sonogram-like vibration to make skin serum go really deep (especially undereye). It plumps the skin for several hours, and a similar effect can be approximated with … the Opal! This was interesting, but still not enough of a motivator. Until the day of the long hike, when I was wishing to look … pretty.

Did it work? Let me just say that I now use that Opal practically every day. It is Look Better Instantly, plain and simple. I don’t care whether or not the effects are fleeting; the reports showing lots of long-term benefits are there, but I just don’t care. I’m all about the now.