These tried-and-tested products work wonders to make you look slimmer

By Tiffany Tse
December 06, 2011

While nothing will ever replace a balanced diet and exercise for a toned bod, we could all use a little extra help from time to time. Here's our cheat sheet to the best beauty products that offer a shortcut to a slimmer-looking physique. Shh...just don't tell anyone!

Your Daily Brew


Take a deep whiff of SkinnySkinny Black Coffee Organic Body Scrub ($30 at and you'll feel as if you're sipping a warm cup of java. But the organic ground coffee beans in this stimulating scrub are better at fighting cellulite than fatigue. Caffeine's dehydrating effects tighten the skin and improve the appearance of the detested "C" word. In a circular motion, apply the scrub to your cellulite-plagued body parts, and get ready to be wowed by the results.

Tone Up


Get toned without the treadmill using Murad Firm and Tone Serum ($77 at True, this serum is no excuse for ditching the gym, but consistent use will help minimize cellulite lumps and stretch mark scars.

Sneaky Shimmer


No time for calf raises? St. Tropez Instant Shimmer Stick ($22.50 at offers a sneaky shortcut! Gently glide the stick along the natural curves and contours of your legs, blending along the way. The shimmery body gloss subtly accentuates your muscles while giving your skin a sexy glow. If you want to create the illusion of a more chiseled collarbone, smear the stick under your clavicle, brushing from neck to shoulders.

Be Firm


Part of an entire line of products dedicated to firming, H2O Plus Aquafirm Intensive Lift Serum ($44 at helps re-contour skin's appearance. Here's how it works: a nutrient-rich barrier forms on the skin's surface, drawing skin cells closer together to promote collagen production and elasticity. In other words, your skin will look silky smooth.

Slim Your Limbs


Bluff your way to toned arms and legs with Benefit "Take A Picture...It Lasts Longer..." ($28 at The body balm produces a slimming effect when concentrated in the center of your arms and legs. Using the provided velvet puff, draw a line down your legs from outer thigh to ankle and down your arms from shoulder to wrist. Blend slightly to make sure the coloring appears natural. Not only will your limbs look longer and leaner, they'll gleam with an enticing golden sheen.

Get Plump


Firm up by smoothing a dab of Embryolisse Crème 365 Raffermissante Corps ($65 at into your skin. The paraben-free cream combines guarana extract with natural sandalwood, cork, and barley oils to plump up your skin (in a good way!) and give it a smooth, even texture. To blast cellulite, apply liberal amounts of the moisturizer to your legs using upward strokes.

Miracle Worker


They don't call it a miracle for nothing. Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF 20 ($34 at instantly changes the appearance of your skin. Caffeine encapsulated microspheres target cellulite, while marine algae promotes body circulation to improve overall texture. The lotion's Glow or Bronze Enhancer shades also hide any pesky imperfections like pigmentation spots.

Sun-Kissed and Slim


The scale never lies, but a convincing fake tan tricks people into believing you've shaved off a few pounds. Xen-Tan E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend ($43 at is a custom self-tanner that, when properly applied, creates shadows and highlights to give your problem areas some much-needed definition. An easy twist dial lets you customize every application, so even self-tanner virgins can nab a slimmer-and naturally bronzed-look.

Fat Blaster


Biologique Recherche Crème Anti-C ($108 at doesn't mess around. The formula is a highly concentrated blend of exfoliating, lipolytic, and firming active ingredients (caffeine, black crowberry juice, and salicylic acid, to name a few), all designed to break down fatty tissue. Massage it into your thighs, hips, and buttocks and you'll eventually notice your softest body parts becoming firm.

Works like a Breeze


Glowology Aqua Firming Bath Gel ($16 at harvests the powers of Pacific Sea Kelp, a marine plant rich in vitamin A. The gentle cleansing formula, part of a line of firming body products, does double duty: Pacific Sea Kelp keeps skin from sagging, while vitamin E and allantoin work to retain skin's natural moisture. The gel's refreshing sea breeze scent is a sweet bonus.

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