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 mask restrictions begin to 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.
Plan the ultimate staycation with this new collection from Anecdote Candles. Each candle in the line evokes a different summer memory: there’s Ocean Escape ($26), which smells like a shady beach with notes of marine water and sea salt; Pool Party ($26), a sunshine-inspired aroma featuring notes of apple blossom, freesia, and vanilla orchid; and Lake Life ($26), which conjures the perfect summer afternoon with the scent of lemon leaves and key lime. They’re the closest you’ll get to an oasis in a jar.
Cleo+Coco’s new all-natural Zero-Waste Deodorant Bars ($14) are just the thing we need to stay fresh this summer. Unlike other waste-free offerings, which are still usually packaged in plastic, Cleo+Coco’s are housed in a sustainable, wax mold, so they’re 100% plastic-free. The formula includes activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and botanicals for natural protection that actually lasts all day. Plus, the clear formula glides on seamlessly, and doesn’t transfer onto your clothes.
At Byrdie, we know the importance of wearing sun protection all year long (not just in the summer). Thankfully, Sun Bum is making it easier to incorporate SPF into every step of our routines with their new clean skincare line.
The line includes eight products—Daily Cleanser, Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, Mineral SPF 30, Restoring Face Mask, Face Mist SPF 30, Hydrating Serum, Eye Cream, and Night Cream—ranging from $13 to $22. In addition to SPF, the line is infused with hydrating ingredients like banana, wild rosella, brown algae, seaweed, and niacinamide so that you can enjoy dewy summer skin 24/7.
Founded by Icelandic actress Sóley Elíasdóttir, the Sóley Iceland Haircare line is known for its clean, natural, and socially conscious offerings—which are finally available stateside on Amazon. Each of the brand’s three collections includes a shampoo and conditioner duo made with wild, handpicked Icelandic herbs like birch, bearberry, willow, and yarrow. Thanks to the country’s short summers, these herbs are forced to absorb large amounts of energy and nutrients in a short time before winter hits, making them even more powerful and effective.
Summer is the time to tuck your blowdryer away and embrace the tousled beach wave look, which is why we’re so excited about this new Sea Spray ($18) from Verb. The lightweight texturizing spray (made with natural sea salt, kelp, and green tea extract) can be used on wet or dry hair for soft, effortless waves. Plus, it has the most delicious coconut water and mango scent.
Ursa Major x Parks Project
We love this new collaboration from clean beauty brand Ursa Major and Parks Project, an organization dedicated to protecting parks and public lands in the US and Canada. The limited-edition collection features three soap bars designed to give you the experience of visiting a National Park at home. Each bar is made with botanical ingredients that are native to the park they’re named after, and infused with scents to transport you to the landscapes of Acadia, Zion, and Redwood.
Soap & Glory
Soap & Glory's Speed Plump Intensely Hydrating Day Lotion ($15) makes hydrating the skin easy! Thanks to the included hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, shea butter, and coconut oil, the luxuriously moisturizing day cream helps skin look brighter, healthier, and even feel plumper. Perfect for our summer skin needs!
Superzero’s new Shampoo Bar for Coily/Kinky Hair ($18) is perfect for hydrating, replenishing, and restoring hair gently. The sulfate-free surfactants are blended with the best oils and butters (think: macadamia oil and shea butter) to leave you with shiny, healthy-looking hair.
Confidence in a can finally exists thanks to this new drink launch. The organic, all-natural, sugar-free, and zero-calorie beverage is backed by science to deliver an instant boost of confidence and help wash away anxiety, with the help of ingredients including ginseng, Rhodiola, and magnesium.
Restore your lips without the mess! Laura Geller's recently launched Prep Stick Lip Scrub ($22) buffs away dry, dead skin with none of the hassle that comes with traditional potted scrubs. Made with real sugar, the formula is enhanced with hydrating avocado oil to leave behind supple, younger-looking lips.
Kinship's new Supermelt Vegan Lip Jelly Mask ($18) is a hybrid of a balm and a lip treatment. Thanks to hyaluronic acid and papaya enzyme ferment, the lip mask offers deep hydration and gentle exfoliation, while protecting the thin lip barrier from dryness and cracking.
Nails Of LA
Nails of LA recently introduced the Hot Girl Summer 2021 Collection, and the three-piece set is almost too gorgeous. Featuring bright pops of colors with minimalistic nail art, The Chillest Press-On Nails ($16) is the perfect conversation piece for your next brunch date.
The new Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Tints ($34) from Charlotte Tilbury are just the product we've been looking for to celebrate the end of mask mandates. The multi-use tints are enriched with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to hydrate your skin (and lips), while still giving you that just-kissed color.
The ROYGBIV Press-On Nails ($9) have a glossy finish that will make your nails your best accessory for summer. In the spirit of Pride Month, Dashing Diva has donated $15k to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.
Say goodbye to smears, creasing, and blocked pores with the new Clean Deodorant ($14) from Elaluz. This silky deodorant stick is made with nourishing coconut oil and odor-preventing sage oil to keep your underarms fresh, while avoiding all of the harmful ingredients found in many other deodorants.
Sun-kissed skin is just a pump away with the Awesome Bronze™ Mousse ($35) from Beauty Pie. The new offering promises a streak-free, long-lasting tan and tons of hydration (thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid), so you can look fresh-off-an-island all season look.
By Rosie Jane
Wake the F*ck Up Everyday Body Wash ($25) is a new body wash from By Rosie Jane that gently cleanses the skin without stripping natural oils. Packed with antioxidants and made with clean ingredients, this cleanser is great for stealing a moment for self-care.
Looking for a new candle to celebrate the start of summer? Nette has you covered. Their new Suede Fringe ($68) candle boasts warm notes of sun-kissed suede, violet leaf, cardamom, and sandalwood for a delicious, season-appropriate scent. Each candle burns up to 45 hours and is hand-poured in the United States.
Shine bright with Byredo’s new Solar Flare Colour Stick ($30), a shimmering multipurpose cream stick that works as the perfect highlighter or as a top coat to enhance your eyes and lips.
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.
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 body wash that boasts sweet scents like sparkling prosecco, blood orange nectar, sweet peach purée, and tart berries. 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 comes in 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.
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 glow) with regular use.
Wake up with 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, allowing the ingredients to penetrate effectively while you sleep, giving your face a fresh 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 in full swing, we can finally begin to peel back the winter layers and reveal more skin. But if breakouts and bumpy skin are on the menu, don't resort back to the long sleeves shirts—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).