Welcome to our favorite products, a monthly feature where ITG editors discuss our favorite products. They are the best things we tried, checked, photographed and anthropomorphized all month long before we had a chance to get fed up and do something new. This month we are good for our skin, our planet and our budget. Did you think that all three are possible at all? From healing masks to updated staples, we keep everything under $ 60. Here's what's in rotation.
"A basecoat is the middle child of nail polishes. It doesn't have the stage presence of a color lacquer and it literally lacks the striking gloss of a topcoat. So, basecoats! They are easy to miss. But if we are honest with ourselves, a basecoat is the first essential step in a manicure that looks and holds well, this from Jinsoon glides in a seamless layer like a gel, but without the extra thick gel pillow that you don't need in a base coat anyway. That alone prepares me for a smooth one Drive to Manicure-Ville before, but on this Jinsoon! It always has an extra treat up its sleeve, in this case it comes in the form of three AHAs that polish my nail structure so that every manicure runs even more smoothly (and seamlessly) than that last one and really, this thing works – seriously, no strange burrs on my actual nails and no chips on the polish on top en … it's your time to shine! "
– Ashley Weatherford
"In the midst of a global pandemic that is obviously a stressful event in itself, I have to tell you that I can't stop thinking about the environment. I mean, I always think about it. But now all the little cracks in the system they seem like a huge gaping hole and – look, I'm not going to go into that in my favorite monthly blurb, I'm going to say I used Owas Moondust Hair Wash and it makes me feel a little bit better a waterless powder shampoo that helps reduce energy in the manufacturing phase, the weight they need to ship, and the amount of replacement bottles you need to buy. (A tiny 2-ounce bottle of moon dust is enough for you as long as 32 ounces of normal material.) And frankly, I was worried at first, but it's super easy to get used to the switch. After activating the powder with some water, I rub my H change to each other and it starts to foam not to slide up or down, which I think is great for getting back to my roots – it's almost like my hands become shampoo. And when I need more, I just rub them together again, and whatever powder is between my fingers or the folds in my palms magically refreshes my supply. The best surprise? How creamy and moisturizing it is. Seriously!! It doesn't make sense, but it doesn't do a lot of things right now – at least I know that this shampoo has only the best of intentions. "
– Ali Oshinsky
"I entered the quarantine with clear skin. No pimples, no leftover PIH, no swaths of dry skin that stretched over parts of my forehead. It was great – and I got cocky. Cocky enough to think that I had my face didn't have to wash in the morning (something that I know is a must for my skin thanks to years of trial and error.) The only cleansing in the evening went perfectly until … until I had five deep papules on my forehead, all of them The party came to me in quick succession, take off my shoes and promise to stay for a while. It was crazy. But! This is why I have super strong acne cleaners in my closet! My skin and I have trust problems and as such I am always prepared, Renée Rouleau's AHA / BHA Blemish Control Cleanser is about two steps more serious than my steadfast Rapid Response Detox Cleanser, which contains a higher dose of Sa. acids that get through dead skin and increase cell turnover. There are also gentle jojoba pearls for an extra layer of dead skin removal. I & # 39; We found that the results are fairly immediate, plus a long tail of Zit reduction. Many things are stressful at the moment; feels good to have a friend in my medicine cabinet. "
– Emily Ferber
"When it comes to choosing extended mascaras, I'm a brush monster. Before I even think about buying, I inspect the brush from all angles. Are the bristles so far apart that they can get between each eyelash? they reach the point? " Bitty inner corner of the eye and coat my lower lashes without looking chunky? Get my eyelashes fluttering as much as possible, with minimal support from an eyelash comb or (God forbid) a safety pin to separate clumped eyelashes? As soon as I find a mascara that covers these bases I can hardly let go, which is why I cling to Ilias Limitless Lash Mascara. It was developed to give my eyelashes exactly what I want! Half of the mascara brush has shorter, denser teeth, ideal. The other comb-like side has wider, sparser teeth that effortlessly rake pigments to the tips of the eyelashes. My eyelashes look dark, but also natural. –A few steps up from a lash color. It's a little wet, but a lot less goopy than what I've seen from other natural mascara formulas. And that's a small price to pay for a painless makeup removal process at the end of the day. It was the ideal mascara when I don't have to go anywhere. "
– Give Mbagwu
"The only masks I use with any consistency are sleep masks that you put on and forget about until you wash your face. They address my laziness, but also my skin, which a facial doctor once described as" a bit "oily, but also very, very, very dry. & # 39; (I know.) I have tried many of them since the fall and the one that became my mainstay was from True Botanicals. Creamy and yet light, moisturizing and yet not goopy, made my skin visibly calmer and smoother until morning – of course there is a catch. It is expensive! I wanted to find a cheaper one that I can recommend to friends (20 students or graduates) and a little bit more digging led to Indeed & # 39; s version, which I love as much as a third of the cost. It has the same intermediate structure that is silky than fat but more substantial than a night cream. And here's a cool thing: instead of the thick one le or butter, which I'm used to sleeping masks, In-Circadian leaves a too thin film on the skin to seal it overnight with moisture. The fact that it is fragrance-free and comes in a hygienic tube instead of a glass only adds to the reasons why I want to use it until the last time. "
"I've been using clay masks like a student lately – that is, all the time. It's because of those damn stress pimples! One major difference between the clay masks I was wearing in college and the ones I am using now is that the newer ones don't dry out my face. I mean, let's face it, I'm far from my days with oily youthful skin and I have to struggle to keep my face soft and hydrated, which is hard to do if your clay mask is your skin That's why I relied more than ever on Lesse's Bioactiv face mask, the most common ingredient being aloe, which is both moisturizing and soothing, followed by clay, charcoal and rice powder to remove the buildup in my pores It stays "wet" and smells on my skin, I don't know … earthy? But not overwhelming. I flop this guy up at least a couple of times a week slowly but surely my skin has lightened. And it doesn't dry out! The best from both worlds. "
"If you are a candlestick (like me), you probably have a list of candles for a variety of moments. There is your soothing morning candle that will light as soon as you are awake to get you in a good mood. The luxurious expensive candle that you keep when your boo comes in and blows out as soon as it arrives. And then there is the all-purpose candle. Mine is always affordable and can hide offensive cooking scents that sneak into the bedroom. It smells like the feel of an old, reliable book Taking on this role is Paddywax & # 39; s Heirloom Tomato Candle, a candle that I didn't think twice about until I gave it to Andy Baraghani in a smell test for blind beauty products. There is acidic lemon, but there is light quickly melts into an earthy harmony with a subtle peppery and what reminds me of flower stalks. I think it's the basil shortage en the candle, which ultimately gives it a homely feeling. It was definitely my beloved security y blanket during that time – and it's almost done! I can't wait to start up again. "
"Increasing my acid consumption has helped me fight my quarantine acne. A win! But my skin still insists that it is actually dry. So what does that mean? For me, the balance has been maintained, the acids maintain the level the moisturizer. & # 39; After cleansing, exfoliating and serum, I reach for Avène Cicalfate, a very mild (almost pasty) restorative skin cream that you may use for baby diaper rash (there's a picture of a family on the tube for me I became emotionally dependent on this moisturizer: If this moisturizer were a person, it would be the type of mother who typed you until you became a helicopter child who could not leave the nest, every time I Schmear it on my face , I finally feel at peace, and it won't let me down once – clog my pores or pimples shimmer, it's perfect. I love it so much. "
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