This month means a lot of things to a lot of people. June marks the start of Pride, the promise of summer, and the beginnings of a new way of living as COVID-19 restrictions lift across the country. This summer also signals the return of makeup. Yes, lipsticks, liners, and highlighters are making a serious comeback (according to CNN Business, lipstick sales are up 80% since last year). So, what better time to shop at your favorite LGBTQ+-owned beauty brands, refresh your makeup collection, or embrace a new sunny fragrance.
From a new OUAI scent to an overnight mask that promises to reduce the look of pores, we’re excited to embrace warmer weather and try some of these exciting releases this June.
Color Street is ringing in the summer in a colorful way! Take your nails to the next level with the Shockwave Nail Strips ($11), which are easy to use with no drying time and last up to 10 days. Impressive!
Glam Bag x Halsey ($55) is full of everything you will need to discover your signature look for summer. The limited-edition Glam Bag by Halsey is filled with eight of the singer's go-to products from brands such as Fenty Beauty, Tatcha, Herbivore Botanicals, Glow Recipe, and Beauty Blender, about-face products, and more.
The Glam Bag x Halsey collection ships in August and members are able to reserve their boxes starting today.
Find Your Happy Place
Find Your Happy Place recently released its new Summertime Sprinklers Shower Gel ($7), and we cannot wait to lather up with the paraben and sulfate-free essential that boasts sweet scents like sparkling prosecco, blood orange nectar, sweet peach purée, and tart berries. We especially love that it's formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E to leave you with soft and silky skin.
To completely indulge yourself in a moment of self-care, the brand suggests pairing this body wash with its luxurious Moisturizing Body Lotion ($7), which boasts the same refreshing fragrance.
There's no way to describe Ethique’s new So Cocoa Lip Balm ($12) other than pure decadence. This new lip product is formulated with fair trade cocoa butter, moringa, jojoba, and castor oils to keep your lips kissable.
According to the brand, 94% of testers saw an immediate improvement in the appearance of dry lips. Now, that’s fast-acting.
Luxury Scent Box
Luxury Scent Box, an online perfume subscription box company, is welcoming Faîr Parfum’s Bisou ($15/month) to its wide selection of powerful fragrances. Faîr Parfum is the last remaining completely hand-crafted perfumery in the world, making this a definite must-have for our fragrance closet.
Finally, an all-in-one product to help us instantly repair split ends and keep hair moisturized. Eva NYC’s new Mane Magic 10-in-1 Split End Mender ($14) has everything you need to simplify your natural hair journey. From mending split-ends to reducing frizz, the versatility of this multi-use formula will have you believing in magic in a bottle.
Sun protection has never felt (or smelled) so good. Vacation Classic Lotion SPF 30 ($20) is a lightweight sunscreen that combines reef-safe ingredients and modern suncare science to create a timeless product you’ll fall in love with.
Byrdie News Writer Chinea Rodriguez agrees, saying, "the formulas were so lightweight and non-greasy, I actually forgot I was wearing sunscreen."
Get set to strengthen, hydrate, and clarify your skin with THE JUICE Daily Serum ($55). This lightweight facial serum works to improve your skin's health and provides a serious boost of hydration (and healthy glow) with regular use.
Awake to a complexion more vibrant, healthy, and radiant than the night before with natureofthing's Rejuvenating Overnight Facial Mask ($85). This lightweight mask is designed to be applied before bed to allow its ingredients to penetrate more effectively overnight, giving a fresh face and lively glow.
Evoking a Parisian boulevard, the Rue St. Honoré Eau De Parfum ($56) wraps you in a bouquet of violet, gardenia, ylang-ylang, and white musk and instantly transports you to a dreamy afternoon in the City of Love.
Rivières de Cartier - Allégresse ($113) exudes sensuality and tuberose. Sprinkled with fresh notes of blackcurrant buds and bergamot, the scent is like a cool and joyful boat ride along a freshwater river.
Now that summer is basically in full swing (so says the weather, not necessarily the calendar), we can finally begin to peel back the layers and reveal our limbs. But if breakouts and bumpy skin are on the menu, don't toss your hands up and put the long sleeves back on—Farmacy's new resurfacing serum with AHAs and BHAs helps dissolve build-up in pores leaving your skin looking and feeling smooth as ever. Pro tip: If you have sensitive skin, do a test patch first to make sure you'll take well to it (we've found it to be quite gentle, FWIW).