From face shaving to $500 skincare devices, beauty editors are always up for trying the latest trends and products. Sure, it's part of the job, but it's also exciting to discover something new to wax poetic about and recommend to readers. And while everything from makeup to supplements arrives in droves to the office, some of our tried-and-true favorites come from good old-fashioned shopping. In fact, the best part about traveling overseas for us is browsing the aisles at the local pharmacy and beauty counters for imports to try when we get back home. Hey, every country has something that it's known, ranging from cuisine and museums to BB creams and sunscreen. To find the best of the best, we asked beauty editors about their favorite discoveries from around the globe—because if you ask us, beauty products are the perfect kind of souvenirs.
Keep scrolling to read about the international beauty finds beauty editors absolutely love.
"I can't say enough good things about Grown Alchemist, an Aussie brand that specializes in botanical-based unisex products. Everything is natural and extremely effective, the textures are always so luscious, and everything smells SO good. Plus, the packaging is very cool. Thank goodness they retail here in the states on sites like Net-a-Porter and Need Supply Co., considering I order their Shaving Gel ($49) on a monthly basis!" — Victoria Hoff, associate editor, Byrdie
"This color-correcting BB cream feels like it's from not just another country, but another planet. It comes in two shades (purple and green), which you can choose depending on your skin's undertones. Pump out a little dollop and blend it into your skin with your fingers. As you do, the color of the product transforms to match your skin, blurring any and all imperfections in the process. When people say 'airbrush finish,' they're referring to precisely what this product offers. I use it in place of foundation. It provides equal coverage plus color correction while looking super natural. Plus, it's chock-full of SPF." — Amanda Montell, associate features editor, Byrdie
"I first fell in love with Lancaster sunscreens when I was studying abroad in London 14 years ago. I couldn't afford them, so I ate canned soup for dinner instead of going out in order to save money to buy one glamorous tube of sunscreen. Lancaster was the chicest of the chic. The packaging is fabulous, and the ingredients are top-notch. There are UV filters available in Europe that we don't have in the US, so I feel like I'm getting better sun protection when I use a European sunscreen. Lancaster Sun Control SPF 50+ is new, and it has some serious science behind it. Not only does it protect skin from UVA and UVB rays, but it also blocks infrared and visible light, which recent studies have linked to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. I wear multiple layers of SPF every day: I apply the Lancaster, then a BB cream with SPF, then a powder with SPF. I told you I'm a skin care dork." — Dawn Davis, beauty director, TotalBeauty.com
"I love Korean skincare. The packaging is usually super fun, and the products themselves are often entertaining (but also hugely effective). These little capsules come without any sort of "shell," so they melt right into your skin like a little ball of lotion. They leave my complexion feeling so soft and smooth, and I always wake up the next morning looking more radiant. Plus, they're infused with Fullerene, a Nobel Prize–winning ingredient (yes, really) that hydrates skin and fends off toxins." — Lindsey Metrus, associate editor, Byrdie
"Andrea Maack's unisex perfumes are all to die for. I'm not a huge fragrance fanatic, but I don't like smelling like everybody else. I love these because their unique, but never overpowering. Smart is a blend of jasmine, musk, and leather with a hint of vanilla. Once upon a time, Andrea Maack was an installation artist (she still is) and you would only find her perfumes in obscure little boutiques (if you were lucky), but now the fragrances are sold at Neiman Marcus. I'm also obsessed with her newest scent Soft Tension, which will be available in the U.S. next month." — Deven Hopp, beauty director, Byrdie
"I loathe reapplying lipstick, and I've come to prefer the sheer texture and look of a stain. I'm positively addicted to Korean brand Berrisom's My Lip Tint Pack in Pure Pink. It comes in a gloss-like tube you slick on then wait about 5 to 10 minutes before peeling it off to reveal a lip tint that lasts about 10 hours. It's absolutely incredible. I apply balm on top and can go about my day eating, drinking, talking, whatever and know my lip look is locked and loaded for hours." — Amber Katz, founder/writer, Rouge18
"I've professed my love for this scalp scrub on many an occasion, and it isn't likely I'll stop anytime soon. Anytime my scalp is feeling particularly out of whack (i.e., super oily), I reach for my trusty tub. It does the difficult job of cleansing my strands without drying—in fact, my hair is usually left softer than it was before. Robin created the formula to hydrates his clients' strands post–dye job, so it's incredibly soothing. The slightly sticky formula contains chunks of actual sea salt, which dissolve into a satisfying lather as you massage the formula into your scalp. After lathering, I rinse it out, and marvel at my newly soft, balanced, shiny strands." — Faith Xue, editorial director, Byrdie
What beauty import is in your routine at all times? Tell us about it in the comments.
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