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Our Favorite Island Beauty Products

We're always talking about the best beauty products for travel. But what about the beauty essentials we'd take with us if stranded on a desert island?

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We turned the question around on our editors, who shared the best beauty products for travel to a desert island. From a Chanel fragrance to a perfect red lipstick, their picks below.

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Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Skin Care Cream

"I have really dry skin – especially in harsh climates. So if I were stranded on some desert island, I'd bring my Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Cream. Infused with vitamin E, aloe, and sunflower seed oil, it leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. While it’s advertised as an anti-aging cream (it minimizes fine lines), I’ve also personally found that it reduces red spots and helps clear up breakouts – added bonuses in my book."– Chelsea Stuart, Editorial Intern

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46

"I'll burn if I'm outside for more than 20 minutes, so it's a no-brainer that my desert-island beauty product would be my trusty EltaMD sunscreen. It's super silky, cheap ($20) and the only SPF formula that wears well under makeup (not that it would matter in this scenario). What's more, it's packed with hyaluronic acid to moisturize and lactic acid to resurface, so it's basically three products in one."– Siobhan Reid, Staff Writer

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Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Double Cleanse Travel Set

"Since I was brought up with the belief that good skincare is the most important part of any beauty ritual, Erno Laszlo's cleansing and detoxifying charcoal soap and oil has my vote. Your skin glows after one usage–not kidding!"– Rebecca Enis, Photo Editor Intern

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty

"This gorgeous lipstick imparts a highly-pigmented punch of color that lasts all day. Just because you're on a desert island, doesn't mean you should totally let yourself go, right?" – Clara Sedlak, Executive Editor

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Aveda Men Pure-Formance Composition Oil

"My recent go-to beauty product is Aveda Men Pure-Formance Composition Oil. Sure it's for men, but it is so sensual and invigorating that I look forward to applying it every day. Plus, I'm pretty sure that it could double (er, triple) as a hair oil, cuticle treatment, and after-sun aid – all things you'd need on a desert island."– April Ellis, Senior Photo Editor

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Chanel Chance

"I’m not a fragrance girl, personally, but I’ve developed somewhat of an obsession for Chanel’s Chance Eau Vive. Its subtle notes of jasmine, cedar, and iris are feminine and elegant without overwhelming the room (a definite perfume no-no). Sure, it's not the most practical product for a desert island, but one spritz and I always feel instantly better."– Lindsey Olander, Editor

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Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane

"I’m completely obsessed with the Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane. It’s super rich and thick, without being greasy or watery. I truly doubt I could part with it, desert island or not."— Chelsea Bengier, Editorial Assistant

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Origins Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream

"I would take my Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream. It’s perfect for my sensitive skin, packed with vitamins C and E, and makes my face smell like citrus and vanilla. I have to put it on before bed—not only does it make my skin feel amazing in the morning, but its scent lulls me to sleep, too."– Lauren Dishinger, Associate Photo Editor

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Clarisonic Mia 2

"This is definitely one of the best beauty purchases I’ve ever made. I’ve been using it for just over a year now, and I noticed a difference in my skin right away. The gentle exfoliation helps keep my skin clear and better able to absorb products. True, it’s a bit of an investment, but in my opinion it's worth every penny!"– Gretchen Moosbrugger, Photo Editor

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