It’s Almost Sundress Weather—Here’s How Our Beauty Editors Are Getting Ready
Written by: Jean Godfrey-June
Published on: May 9, 2023
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It wasn’t quite sundress weather at the goop NYC store on a recent morning in May (hail was involved), but we made do with some fresh spring G. Label, sheer lip colors, and summery scents. We’ve been testing retinol for months now (ICYMI, we launched retinol site-wide last week), so our skin is in pretty fantastic shape; we’d be doubling down on sunscreen this time of year anyway, but it’s even more important if you’re using retinol.
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The creamiest, dewiest, and somehow long-lasting-est lip and blush stick comes in the prettiest sheer just-bitten color that’s all I want for a summer night: Hibiscus from Ami Cole. Made with extracts of hibiscus flowers for antioxidants and desert date and baobab extracts for moisturizing (and more antioxidants), it’s the easiest, most flattering (on every skin tone) one-and-done cream that wakes up your skin in such a natural way. The sleek tube is supremely portable, and the Hibiscus shade makes me think of the similarly colored, unbelievably refreshing hibiscus agua fresca at For All Things Good (amazing vegetarian Mexican food in Brooklyn—sit outside, sip the agua fresca, watch the world go by, and touch up with your new Ami Cole).Ami Cole
Desert Date Blush and Lip Multistick
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This is the ultimate spring-into-summer purchase: The luxe box is covered in flowers, and the moisturizing solid balms within smell—respectively and gorgeously—of jasmine (with vanilla and gardenia) and pure, unadulterated honeysuckle. If you’ve never tried a McLeod body stone before: You hold it in your hand and glide it over your skin, and it feels more like someone else massaging you than you massaging yourself. It’s silky and ultramoisturizing and leaves your limbs soft and gleamy in seconds flat. Either scent easily doubles as a subtle, gorgeous perfume—I smooth it over my shoulders, arms, and neck after slipping into a sundress—it’s just the summeriest touch.Kate McLeod
Limited-Edition In Bloom Body Stone Duo
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This was the first clean sunscreen I ever really fell in love with, back when it was SPF 18. And now it’s not just SPF 30—it also comes in a chic and sustainable glass pump bottle, and the formula itself is newly silkily infused with hyaluronic acid and lingonberry stem cells (so Noma, no?). It sinks in like an airy moisturizer and leaves your skin so soft, with a hydrated glow that’s also got some kind of magic blurring action that I super appreciate. And since the early days of SPF 18, the brand has also become a B Corp—an incredibly difficult certification that encompasses everything from sustainability to employee welfare (the certification to beat, in my opinion).Ursa Major
Force Field SPF 30
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We drink a lot of sour cherry juice in our house. It is beyond delicious (some health enthusiasts drink it like a shot, as it is sour, but mix it with sparkling or flat water and it is insanely good), full of antioxidants, and purportedly anti-inflammatory. Sour cherry juice tastes like cherry pie (my favorite) without the sweetness, sort of like a cherry lemonade. The new exfoliating Cherry Gloss Peel from Skin Design London, the start and the star of every treatment at the brand’s legendary London salon, looks more like cherry pie filling than the juice, and it contains both actual cherries and many extracts. It smells absolutely incredible—fresh and full-on cherry—feels fantastic on your skin, and exfoliates, moisturizes, and delivers antioxidants all at once. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes (I do a mask right before sinking into the tub and splash it off to reveal noticeably refined, soft, delicately moisturized, glowy skin.Skin Design London
The Cherry Gloss Peel
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What do you wear to a daytime party on a brilliant spring day? Something swishy (the flutter of a gorgeous skirt grazing your calves—is it not the greatest feeling?) with white sneakers to keep the vibe low-key and this perfect subtle tinted lip balm. Its sheen is more dewy than shiny, its tint is juicy-fresh rather than full-on color, and the teensiest creamy dab deposits a rich, buttery moisture bath of jojoba, cacao, and shea butters that lasts and lasts. Even the packaging lights me up; the crinkly recyclable tube reminds me of oil paints. The faint vanilla scent and your-lips-but-prettier tints (Rhythm is a gleamy berry; Bisou, a too-cool burnt orange; and Crush, a peachy pink) feel as chic at a Brooklyn brewery as they do at the office and on date nights out.
Liplights Cream Lip Gloss
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Swishy SkirtG. Label by goop
Evie Mid Length Printed Skirt
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Low-Key White SneaksVeja
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“Really? Toner?” I was incredulous that my facialist Jessica Bowers was giving me homework. (A treatment at her West Village skin studio is bliss, plus she has you pull tarot cards at the end of every session.) I’m always tackling a breakout—my face, at 38 years old, remains something of a minefield—and using a gently exfoliating toner morning and night, Bowers explained, could really help balance my skin.
As it turns out, Alpyn’s gorgeous pale-violet one is a miracle: It gently exfoliates and deep-cleans pores with salicylic acid, hydrates and plumps with borage oil and tremella mushroom, and boosts radiance with a supercharged blend of exquisite botanicals. It feels so good going on—I pour a little pool into my palm, then press it over my just-rinsed skin, following with moisturizer—and it’s really helped my skin.
Pore Perfecting Liquid
with 2% BHA + Borage
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There is no place like a redwood forest. The deep stillness feels as real and penetrating as a language, the height of the trees makes your very existence feel surreal, and, oh my god, the scent: earthy, gentle, fresher than anything, stunning. It’s an essence I didn’t think could be bottled. This mysterious blend of redwood pine, cedar, tobacco leaves, and silky vanilla comes close. It’s somehow sexy, woodsy, casual, and beautifully genderless all at once, and its made-in-California vibe is exactly what I want all the time (the founders are two friends from Northern California). Note: If you love a redwood forest, don’t miss “What the Forest Remembers”—a chapter of Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House, which also appeared in the New Yorker as a short story.
Bo Eau de Parfum
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Best trick in the world: brown eyeliner. Whether you’re going for a mellow cat-eye, smudgy definition, or smoky French-girl, the magic of this ROEN pencil is its understated glamour. It’s amazingly creamy and blendable yet somehow also stays exactly where you want it, and the deep-brown shade flatters any skin tone and is less in-your-face edgy than black liner. I wear it slightly effed up for night, and the distinct little flourish it delivers, day or night, is just perfection.
Eyeline Define Eyeliner in Matte Deep Brown
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It’s TikTok-famous, but it’s even better than people say it is. I’ve been using this little pocket skin-sculpting wizard with its 5-Minute Facial-Lift treatment every day for three months now and the results—brighter, smoother, plumper, more sculpted and luminous skin—have made me so happy. I’ve been getting I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-it-but-you-look-amazing compliments from everyone from my sister to a stranger in line at the Nanushka sample sale to even my facialist (who actually uses NuFACE in her treatments). “Your skin really looks better,” she said, peering through her magnifying glass. “What have you been doing differently?”
It’s incredibly easy to use—it connects to your phone via Bluetooth for step-by-step tutorials, treatment reminders (reminders happen to be my love language), and more. And it’s so low-maintenance and quick that it’s an easy habit to stick to.
Commit to the 5-Minute Facial-Lift every day and I swear you will not regret it; try the Advanced 15-Minute Facial-Lift before a big event or a night out and prepare to be amazed.
TRINITY+ and Effective Lip & Eye Set
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I’ve become something of a blowout expert, and my secret weapon is this: I glaze my hair with this featherweight cream-spritz before I even think about touching a hair-dryer. It’s like a primer—moisturizing and helping protect my hair from heat damage with a silky blend of avocado, almond, and rahua oils. Dry ends and breakage don’t stand a chance, and the luscious, subtle coconut-and-guava scent lingers in your hair. I love it so much that I spray it in my hair even when I’m not heat styling—it’s like a little moisture-bomb that delivers glossy shine and beautiful texture every time.
Heat Protectant Shield
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While reporting for bridesmaid duty last month in Austin and after suffering from a combination of seasonal allergies, stressful flights, and too many spritzy cocktails at the rehearsal dinner, I woke up with totally out-of-whack, puffy, red, dull skin—the morning of the wedding. But I had come prepared: I smoothed on this calming gel sheet mask and left it for 20 minutes to flood my skin with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, passion fruit, and aloe.
When I peeled off the mask, my fellow bridesmaids were in full disbelief at the change in my skin: It was noticeably plumper, dewier, brighter, and more moisturized. I’m now so obsessed that I plan to do one every few weeks as a supercharged nourishing treatment—and, of course, keep a stash ready in my suitcase.
Brightening Collagen Mask
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This airy pale-pink gel-cream is made with two of my favorite skin-boosting ingredients—hyaluronic acid and vitamin C—plus nourishing botanicals like hibiscus peptides to brighten, moisturize, and smooth. My skin looks and feels so dewy, fresh, and luminous that I’ve been wearing less makeup, and on the days I do wear it, the cream leaves my skin so hydrated and smooth that it works as a primer, helping both foundation and concealer blend imperceptibly.
Hydrating Petal Cream
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