Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature where ITG editors discuss our favorite products. They're the best things we've tried, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized for all month before we have the opportunity to get fed up with them and move on to something new. This month we're feeling sensitive, lazy, and yet … a little opulent? Staying home for half a year and our routines have taken on the unique dual tasks of keeping our skin clear and our mood lively. Success is easier hoped for than done! Here are the products that did it.
"Nowadays everyone wants to be able to say they're a multi-hyphenator. Even your beauty products! But the facts are the facts, and just because you can use something for your eyes, lips and cheeks doesn't mean it works for everyone three areas are suitable. (Shades that act as shadows and blushes tend to read chalk on the lips, wax creams intended to stay on the lids don't blend well on the cheeks, and juicy shiners are sticky to the touch when applied over the face -Contamination via lipstick ?? Rituel de Fille's color nectar pigment balm is something special, however, a real triple threat with a light, transparent formula that reminds me of watercolor paint. And so happy! I use the three of them prefer to drape warm, happy sunrises over my lids and cheekbones – but if you only want to buy one, the Versatilists should be for you r Bloodflower decide a cherry glaze that is good everywhere (when) I don't go out, I like to buff it from the apples of my cheeks to my jaw for a Marie Antoinette-like flush. Those looking for something truly unique should try Wasp, a wearable yellow that instantly brightens my blue eyes and reads as shiny, non-shimmering gold on darker skin tones. “- Ali Oshinsky
"Before Differin made a big splash in drugstores by selling derm-grade retinol over the counter, Clean & Clear did the lord's job with prescription benzoyl peroxide. I bought this Persa 10 gel a month ago for $ 8 because It was me, ready to do whatever I can to suppress the flurry of breakouts that are still plaguing my forehead (what caused the quarantine to stop all my skin care routine from working as it should?). Well, with papular acne, BP suggests differently. Maybe not everyone, but if you're not too sensitive to the ingredient, the acne infection is killed ice cold. This is especially helpful if you suspect your outbreak is jumping from pore to pore and doesn't wear off anytime soon. And for $ 8! I mean, who can say no? Use sparingly and it won't let you down. "- Emily Ferber
"I've never been a great manicurist, probably because I wasn't allowed to get them until I was 18, and by then the appeal had mostly worn off. But when I do decide to wear nail polish, the colors I choose are often bright – canary yellow, orange-red – as if I were telling the world: “Yes, I wear nail polish, and what about it?” It's all fun and games until a week and a half have passed, and my nails, once full and full Paints, are covered in stains from the Polish past. They stay there for days until I diligently cut away the rest or build up the nerve to remove them like acetone, which rarely happens. In those days my shame about nail polish with Smith and Cult & # 39; s Glass Souls, a chunky, shimmery silver nail polish, hitting the sweet spot of the glitter polish with a mix of large, small, and medium-sized glitters that cover the nail but don't overlap r stack. Thanks to the clear base, my nails look natural enough for the sun to hit a lip gloss effect and illuminate it. However, what I love most is that the polish can peel off and still look great. There's no rush to mend it, and no need to hide what remains of the shimmer. "- Give Mbagwu
"I keep my watch over every new lotion or potion because things that my skin was once fine with are obviously no longer. Case in point: Two weeks ago I reacted badly to something (it was my failed reintroduction from P50? A few drops of self-tanner on the face?) And my face erupted in small red bumps. After the reaction had calmed down, I was left with red and brown spots that I knew wouldn't go away anytime soon That's why I chose this gel from Topicals, a new brand that offers powerful solutions specifically for sensitized skin to speed up the fading process. The ingredients list reads like a who's who of lightening (Tranexam, Kojic- and azelaic acid, arbutin, and niacinamide all appear.) But I was hoping that the buffers of mild lipids and soothing zentella would find a deal with mine Skin – we won't irritate you any further and you will clear up on time. Not only did my skin respond wonderfully to it, I also noticed a visible difference in my spots with just one overnight application. Four days later, everything I wanted to fade away is gone. I'm not going to use this as an everyday treatment, but for short bursts of targeted lightening it's my new old reliability. "- AU
"I was looking for a darker scent that wouldn't be particularly sweet all summer. Something mysterious that warms up in heat and is sensual enough to make Pat McGrath proud. Not too woody or smoky – that can Be overwhelming when you're just sitting alone on your couch and the air conditioning doesn't cooperate. I was attracted to leather because of the name: straightforward, like these strangely specific Demeter fragrances, with the promise of an approachable nervousness. As soon as I spray it, it sits Scent off in a spicy way, but it's definitely vegetable and green which makes it smell clean, it's a scent I want to use in the form of a body lotion after a vacation shower … anywhere at this time in my summer of shelter. Smells luxurious, but in the simplest possible way. ”-EH
“Although a good facial oil never lets me down, I haven't always been the most loyal of it. Perhaps a Freudian statement will give us some insight, but until this analysis is written I'll only say this: Lesse Ritual Serum has calmed my evening routine down small brand only makes three products, all of which are organic, simply put on the ingredient lists and aimed at sensitive and temperamental skin. The ritual serum is in fact a facial oil and two dutifully warmed drops The palms and PRESSED, never rubbed, in the face balance my skin's oil production in the morning. Yes, even when used over a moisturizer. Double yes, even when used in summer. Face Oil, we don't deserve it – but we are so happy to meet you to have. "- EF
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