Even with July behind us, summer is still in full swing, and the long, hot days of the season have been playing a key role in which beauty products we’ve been gravitating toward most.
Over the month of July, our beauty editors tried all kinds of wonderful goodies, from protecting SPFs and hair products to wear-resistant makeup, powerful cleansers, hydrating skincare and so much more. If you’re curious about the beauty items that impressed us most, just keep scrolling for our latest favorites.
Petal Fresh’s Pure Hair ResQ Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner are made just for those struggling with thinning hair, utilizing all of our favorite restorative, hair thickening ingredients to get the job done. These formulas include a biotin B-complex, caffeine, peppermint, rosemary and green tea to cleanse the scalp while revitalizing hair, and by using both the shampoo and conditioner in tandem, you’ll see results in no time flat.
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There’s nothing like a warm bath to wind down after a long, tough day, and at the moment, we’re loving the experience that comes with Tubby Todd Bath Co.’s The Bath Bomb Bundle. These fizzy, plant-based bombs come in rich Todd on the Beach, Coconut Crème and Vanilla Cupcake scents to put a small on your face, with food, food-grade colors that won’t stain your tub, towels or skin.
A post-shower exfoliation session is a game changer, and this body scrub is, too. It’s made with natural ingredients like organic cane sugar, cocoa and whipped shea butters, vitamin C and E, almond, argan and macadamia nut oils, to name a few. If frangipani isn’t your favorite scent, there’s an entire lineup of varieties to choose from, like the Organic Brown Sugar, which leaves a warm aroma after a shower. A portion of all proceeds from Nabila K are donated to The Children for Peace, an organization that helps people across the world with food, medicine and education.
Add a fruity component to your cleansing routine with Provence Beauty’s Clearly Pink Clarifying Daily Cleanser. The formula includes apple extract to exfoliate, orange blossom to moisturize and watermelon extract to hydrate. With a little bit of water, you’ll get the perfect lather without having to oversoap. Plus you’ll be left with a fresh and clean scent in the air.
If you’re looking for a daily cleanser to give you a stunning glow, look no further than Plant Apothecary’s Cloud Break Enzyme Cleanser. This gentle cleanser has a light gel consistency and lathers easily, so a little goes a long way. Packed with plant-based ingredients, the enzymes and fruit extracts work to gently exfoliate your skin to improve skin health in the long run. You also don’t have to worry about this cleanser drying your skin out because vitamin B5 helps to hydrate and soothe. And did we mention that it smells amazing? The citrus scent will leave your skin feeling fresh all day.
If you’re unhappy with your skincare routine and not looking to buy a bunch of complementary products, complete kits are a great place to start. Jackfir’s The Facekit is designed for men, with a masculine, woodsy scent and stripped-down regimen, but it’s really great for anyone. This kit consists of Jackfir’s core products—The Classic Daily Facial Cleanser, The Classic Shave Cream and The Classic Daily Facial Moisturizer—for an easy yet powerful approach to skincare.
I Dew Care’s Cake My Day Face Mask is the perfect product to bring out for your next sleepover. The birthday cake-themed mask is sure to be a hit, coming with a spatula applicator that makes it so easy to apply. The formula is also very moisturizing and smooth to the touch—and by the way, it smells just like a real birthday cake.
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Summer is the perfect time to achieve glowing skin, and with Herbivore’s Milky Way Soothing Exfoliating Serum, it’s easier than ever. Immediately after applying, the milky texture leaves your skin with an instant glow. The plant-based formula includes exfoliants such as AHA and PHA. In order to combat the drying nature of exfoliants, this serum also includes oat, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration. For double the moisture, make sure to follow it up with your favorite moisturizer.
Just because the summer’s winding down doesn’t mean we’re spending any less time in the sun, and Bask’s sunscreens have been making those sunshiney hours even more fun. Their Fell Good Bundle SPF 30 includes both a Sheer Moisturizing Sunscreen and a Non-Aerosol Invisible Mist Sunscreen that provide great all-over coverage with zero white cast, plus aloe and antioxidants to make it feel extra refreshing on your skin. It’s also got a light coconut-vanilla scent that smells like summer and keeps us coming back for more.
And when we feel like wearing a full face of makeup while still protecting our skin, we can count on Sonäge’s Roux Tinted Day Crème with SPF 30. It’s hydrating with green tea, ceramides and niacinamide and provides sheer to medium skin coverage, making skin look flawless and even, while also acting as a hard-working mineral SPF.
Henry Rose, the genderless fragrance brand brought to us by actress Michelle Pfeiffer, just released a body spray line for summer. Mustang Sally is a light, elegant fragrance perfect for a post-shower spritz. The new scent joins two others, Blonde Barry and Boys of Summer, to round out the new collection. All three come in recyclable aluminum cans that add a nice aesthetic to any beauty shelf.
Searching for the perfect primer to leave you with a dewy, but not glittery, glow? Black Radiance’s Matte and Poreless Face Primer is an inexpensive but hard-working option for all skin tones, priming skin for all of your favorite cosmetics products. Micro-pearl pigments will leave your skin shimmering, while botanicals and peptides will naturally hydrate for even more gorgeous skin.
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Lanolips’ dreamy, hydrating and deliciously scented balms are beloved for a good reason, and now, they’re available in a baby-sized trio. Each one is infused with vitamin E, and whether you pick the Coconut, Strawberry or Watermelon flavor, you’ll get luscious and moist lips with every application.
Who needs a brush when your eyeshadow comes in a convenient stick? Julep Beauty’s Eyeshadow Sticks come in shimmery, metallic and matte varieties in shades across the spectrum, including nudes to pinks, browns and greens. The formula includes vitamins C and E for added beauty benefits. Pair it with a matte or shimmer When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner ($12) in gold, plum, burgundy, electric teal or your classic black. The formula is designed to glide on smooth without tugging, delivering an all-day, long-lasting look.
Finding a lip liner shade and wanting it in a full lipstick can be a challenge, but thread beauty is making the process so easy. These Color It Lipstick lip crayons are the best of both worlds. They’re creamy, matte and available in fourteen shades to help you achieve that perfect look, from nude to bold.
Protect your eyes and shine at the same time with CMYK’s Next Level Eye Shadow Palettes. They won’t only help you achieve the day’s look but are also designed to protect your skin with an anti-blue light formula. They come in two four-shade options—a nude range and a more pink-rose collection. Complete your eye look with The One and Only Mascara ($24), made with a blend of waxes to leave you with a creamy swipe that won’t clump while volumizing your lashes.
There are few things we love better than a long, spidery lash, and BAKEUP Tarantulash delivers. The formula is super light and soft, without flaking and smudging like other mascaras, giving us that red carpet look with zero effort. It’s also built to condition and protect lashes, leaving them stronger (and longer) than ever.
If you have curly or coily hair and struggle with a dry scalp and strands, as well as breakage, look no further than Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils’s trio of Elixir Essentials Hair & Scalp Oils Collection. It includes a Biotin, Rosemary & Mint Elixir, Collagen, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Elixir Essentials Oil and Saw Palmetto, Jamaican Black Castor & Grapeseed Elixir Essentials Oil formulated specifically to lock in moisture while retaining length and supporting fuller hair. We especially love that they can work in tandem or you can use this kit to discover which one you love best for your own locks.
When you’re going for a slick and clean look, frizz and flyaways simply won’t do, which is why you need a great taming product, like Goldie Locks’ Flyaway Fix Hydrating Pomade Stick. It seamlessly tackles flyaways and hides split adds while also moisturizing and adding definition with a blend of prickly pear, cupuacu and agave, and it even protects against damage.
When you have curly hair, you can’t just use any old hair products and expect great results. That’s why we’ve fallen in love with Rahua and their Enchanted Island Vegan Curl Butter, which keeps you control your curls while leaving them strengthened, hydrated and extra shiny and beautiful. It works for curls and coils of all types, and also smells like a tropical vacation with a little help from guava and coconut.
The sun can be quite damaging to your skin if you don’t take care of it properly, which is where selfmade’s Comfort Zone Bundle comes in. The combination of the brand’s Comfort Serum and Comfort Cream is just the thing for soothing and repairing the skin after soaking up the sun, combining both humectants and emollients to soak up moisture and keep it there while also softening skin. Not only is it the ideal recipe for healing after a burn, but the cucumber scent is also extra cooling and yummy.
If your nails need a little love, you need to work Spongellé’s Buffer Bits into your routine. These unique sponges are infused with a skin-nourishing butter, with one spongey side for gentle cleansing and a textured side for exfoliation, perfect for cuticles, nails and other dry patches on the body. Each bit lathers to perfection and comes in the tastiest scents, and whether you pick the Jasmine Brûlée, Chiffon Rose, Cocoa Bean or Burnt Sugar, you can’t go wrong.
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A gorgeous mani starts with healthy and hydrated nails, and Bare Hands’ The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit will get you there, even if your nails are damaged due to gels and acrylics. The kit consists of both a polisher and a cuticle oil to get nails shining and healthy with the very best ingredients, binding keratin cells in an instant. Plus, it all comes packaged in a stylish vegan leather case.
Nothing feels better than cleaning your face after a long day, especially when you’ve had makeup on. These pads help clear pores, target existing acne and help prevent future pimples. Just use one of the pre-soaked rounds during your skincare routine for a fresh, oil-free feeling and satisfying tingle. Even Madison Pettis is a fan!
Exfoliate after a long day with this plant-derived formula from Thrive. It’s made with jojoba beads and Arabica coffee to help remove oils and dead skin. Through Thrive’s regenerative mission, the company works with Costa Rican farmers to source its ingredients and bring the land back to life.
Chances are that if you’re on TikTok, you’ve heard of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. The product has gone viral for its moisturizing ability and wide range of flavors, and Laneige just dropped two fabulous new varieties: Pink Lemonade and Mango. The masks are packed with hydrating ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil and glide right on with the included applicator. Immediately after applying, it leaves your lips with a beautiful shine that softens lips all night, leaving them especially beautiful in the morning. Plus, you don’t need to worry about running out anytime soon because a little goes a long way.
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