With spring in full swing, March was full of buzzy new beauty product drops, and while we sampled more than we could count, only a handful really left an impression.
The month was packed with hydrating skincare, makeup faves, unforgettable scents and so much more, with a select few products permanently making their way into our routines. Want to know what’s worth investing in? Here are the very best products that beauty editors tried in March 2023.
We were first drawn to Kinder Beauty thanks to its famous co-founders, actresses Danielle Monet and Evanna Lynch, and after trying out the brand’s Starter Kit, we can see why their skin is so flawless. This set includes everything you need to begin a great skincare routine, starting with a plush headband to keep your hair dry and clean. Next, it features Kinder Beauty’s Hello Sunshine Vitamin C Serum for the mornings, a well as the anti-aging Be Kind, Rewind Bakuchiol Serum and hydrating Dew-Gooder Hyaluronic Serum for evenings. Cycling between them has left our complexions glowy, smooth and ready to take on spring.
If the changing weather is making your fine lines and wrinkles more apparent this season, it’s time to invest in a serious retinol serum, like this Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum we’ve been loving from Dermalogica. The high-dose serum is made specifically to target wrinkles at the source, combining retinoid complex and squalane to be tough on lines, but gentle on your skin. In just a couple of weeks, we’ve seen smoother and more even skin, smaller pores and minimized wrinkles, making this smooth, lotiony serum well worth the price.
And if pores are your biggest concern this time of the year, it’s time to check out this PHA + 10% Niacinamide Smaller Pores Serum from Urban Skin RX. The formula uses PHAs and niacinamide to help unclog pores, as well as control excess oil, exfoliating the skin while tightening pores. Just a few drops of this silky serum is all it takes to create a seamless, healthy glow.
A great SPF is an essential step in any skincare routine, and if you’re skipping it simply because it’s too much of a hassle, you need to get your hands on Vacation’s new Super Spritz SPF 50. It’s designed for daily use, coming in a portable and easy-to-use spritz bottle, and with a tropical scent that will remind you of exotic beaches and fruity drinks while hydrating your skin and protecting it from the sun and other daily stressors. The formula is light and not greasy, so it’ll only take seconds to slot it right into your regimen.
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There are few things worse than buying a product that looks amazing online but simply doesn’t work for your skin tone, which is what makes the True to Hue pH Adjusting Lip and Cheek Balm from Florence by mills so magical. This balm for the lips and cheeks works with your pH and skin moisture to create a custom, buildable pink hue just right for you, providing moisture and shine whenever you need it.
Festival season is upon us, and bold, colorful lip looks are in, which is what makes Lime Crime’s Soft Touch Lipsticks a must-have. The new lipsticks are very highly pigmented with a buttery feel and a comfy matte finish, making them wearable for all occasions. They also come in 16 different hues, so you’re covered whether you like to keep things classic or want to rock a strikingly bold, green or purple style at Coachella.
Face and body gems are another festival fave, and Jo Baker’s BAKEUP Beauty Playbox includes a whopping 456 gems and stickers to adorn yourself with. Whether you like a pop of color with a stud, gems, moons, stars or other graphic shapes, this set has it all, adding a touch of sparkle or a hint of edge to whatever look you desire.
There’s a good reason St. Moriz is one of the best-known brands in the self-tanning biz. They reliably give us a fast, natural-looking glow, without messy streaks or dreaded orange skin, and the Ready to Glow Set was made to make the self-tanning experience easy-peasy from start to finish. It combines St. Moriz’s famous Medium Tanning Mousse with a velvet tanning mitt for an especially flawless finish, plus Tan Boosting Face Drops to get that sun-kissed look all over when mixed into your usual daily moisturizer.
The warmer weather and higher humidity have recently been wreaking havoc on our hair, leaving it extra dry and frizzy, and Chris Appleton x Color Wow’s Money Masque has been our saving grace. We just have to apply it once a week after shampooing and drying, applying this light yet nourishing formula to our hair to leave it looking strong, healthy and sleek. Goodbye, springtime hair woes. Best of all, it’s not waxy or heavy, it smells fabulous, and it works double-time as a heat protectant.
We’ve officially found our favorite dry shampoo—and just in time for sweaty, grimy weekends away at Coachella. Olaplex’s No. 4D Volume Detox Dry Shampoo is everything you could ask for in a dry shampoo, and more. It has a gentle formula that immediately makes hair look fresh and clean, reducing oiliness while adding volume in all the right places. It’s designed for all hair types and won’t leave a messy white residue in your hair or clog your pores, making it a go-to any time your scalp needs a refresh.
With its spicy, masculine scent, GUESS Seductive Blue is one of our all-time favorite scents for men, and the new GUESS Seductive Blue for Women finally gives us a brand new alluring scent we can wear ourselves. It’s hard to pin down, with a scent blending fruity notes and fragrant florals with the earthy spice of incense, and just a spritz makes us feel like we can take on the world.
When it comes to looking and feeling your best, taking good care of your teeth can do wonders. We love cariPRO’s Cordless Water Flosser because it’s simple to use that you won’t ever have to lie to your dentist about your flossing habits again. Its adjustable floss jet will help you easily clean between your teeth at your own pace, holding enough water to floss for up to 45 seconds, and it has four different tips to make it perfect for braces, implants, pockets and more to get your mouth feeling fresh and clean in no time.
biom makes our all-time favorite all-purpose wipes, and they just got even better with the new Santal Natura scent. The brand is all about its refillable, biodegradable and home-compostable wipes, and their super sleek and stylish dispenser, and now they’re available with a warm, leathery Santal Natura scent combining sandalwood, cedar, cardamom and more. The non-toxic disposable wipes are great for cleaning anything from a messy countertop to dirty hands and cheeks, with a skin-safe formula made with aloe for soothing and nourishing as well as cleansing.
It seems like everyone we know is getting sick lately, which is why we’re still serious about regularly sanitizing our hands—and only the best of the best sanitizers will do. That’s why we’re hooked on Touchland, known for their moisturizing mist formulas that, most importantly, get the job done in terms of killing germs. Their new collab with Smiley is extra darling, with smiley face dispensers in vibrant spring yellow, and Passion, Citrus Grove and Beach Coco scents that immediately put smiles on our faces. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, and these scents leave us sanitizing at every opportunity just to catch a whiff.
After all of the extra hand-washing and sanitizing we’ve been doing over the last three years, we don’t go anywhere without a great hand cream in tow, and this Skin Paradise Sheer Soft Hand Cream from Dear Dahlia is the latest to earn a spot in our purses. This K-beauty brand knows what they’re doing with this super moisturizing, yet lightweight, cream. It leaves hands feeling and looking smooth and hydrated, without stickiness or greasiness, and the delicate scent is our favorite.
Missed our February faves? Just click HERE to discover all of our must-have beauty products from the previous month.