One of the most glorious aspects of being a beauty editor is the number of products we get to take for a test drive. Sure, we'd be lying if we said we weren't constantly surrounded by a mountain of bottles and tubes both in the office and in our apartments, but we approach that mountain eagerly, hiking boots in tow.
Each month, Byrdie editors will be sharing the products within that mountain that stood out the most. Maybe it was a peel that made our skin glow like J.Lo's or a hair mask that brought our dry strands back to life. Whatever it was, we're eager to share it with you so you can experience the same bliss that we did. Take a look at our favorites below.
"The name doesn't lie. After just one application of this addictively lightweight—yet magically moisturizing—night gel cream, I was hooked. Or perhaps I should say cuddled and cocooned. One part lightweight (hence the 'gel' part of the name) and one part luxuriously moisturizing (the 'cream'), this nighttime treatment from Dermalogica feels like the ultimate nightcap and a self-care ritual in and of itself. Not only does it seal in your bedtime skincare with a kiss of nourishment and brightening benefits to boot (thanks to exotic ingredients like Wu Zhu Yu, tamarind seed, and Australian kakadu extract), it smells like heaven on earth thanks to beauty sleep-inducing notes like French lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood.
It's essentially a skin-improving lullaby in a bottle, and I'm telling everyone who will listen that they need it in their life."
"I'm not big into purple makeup products (especially lipsticks), but I cannot—let me repeat: cannot—stop applying this new obsession-forming lip balm from Love & Sage. I've been smitten with its other iterations for months now, the Mint Condition and Beach Rose, but the brand has truly outdone itself with this on-trend Ultra Violet number. It's far from obnoxious in saturation and so perfectly sheer that you just get the tiniest effect of purple (i.e., just enough to make you feel like you're wearing something a tad chicer than your basic balm).
To top it off, this mostly organic formula is also infused with hydrating elements like coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor seed oil, rose, lemon oil, and of course manganese violet. Usually, coconut oil on my lips results in breakouts, but for some reason (maybe because the coconut oil is organic?), my lips can't get enough of this."
"I have a lot of hair, but the strands themselves are fine. This means that it tends to lie flat unless I hit it with some texture spray, hair spray, or a good dry shampoo (sometimes I use all three). That is, until I tried Goldwell's new texturizing spray. It's more like a hair spray/texturizer hybrid and has enough flexible hold to keep my waves in place all day, as well as that gritty texture I need to lift my roots and volumize. Most sprays are too sticky or just don't do enough, but this mixture is the perfect happy medium.
And on days when I also incorporate Goldwell's Bodifying Volume Mousse on wet hair before blow-drying, magic happens."
"I'm a bit of a germaphobe, so any lip product that requires me to get my fingers involved is a total no-go. Because of this, I haven't gotten on board with too many lip scrubs that require a finger dip and rub. Thus, I was stoked to try Beauty by PopSugar's new lip scrub/balm that comes by way of a chunky stick, so there's a lot of surface area to slough off dead skin without getting my subway hands involved. In addition to making my lips super smooth, it smells (and tastes) like cotton candy, so I find myself reaching for it several times throughout the day just to get a whiff."
"I discovered this serum on a recent hotel stay with the brand and was completely blown away by the immediate smoothing effect. I applied the serum before bed and immediately noticed a cooling, tightening sensation. My friend who was with me was actually the one who pointed it out, saying something along the lines of 'Um, this serum just smoothed all my wrinkles away.' We looked in the mirror, and sure enough, our complexions looked smooth, radiant, and slightly dewy—any wrinkles or crow's feet seemed to literally have melted away.
It's a unique product—I'll be writing a full review soon!"
"To me, there's no higher honor than when another Byrdie editor compliments me on my makeup, so when assistant editor Maya told me she loved this lip color on me after I swiped it on at my desk, I knew it was a keeper. It's a matte peachy pink with a balm texture that doesn't feel drying in the slightest, and it never cracks or feathers—instead, it just fades gradually until you reapply. The shade itself is what really spoke to me. I'm normally a fan of rosy pinks or pinkish nudes, so veering into peach territory was new for me (is that the most beauty-editor thing to say, ever?), but ever since I've used it, I haven't looked back.
It's super flattering on my light-medium skin tone with warm undertones and somehow makes me look like I've been in the sun (in a good way). It's officially my go-to lip color for spring. Now if only the weather would hurry up and catch up."
"When it comes to facial sprays, I'd consider myself a rose water loyalist. But I was intrigued once I heard the latest from Mario Badescu was lavender-infused. Not only is the scent relaxing to the mind, but it calms skin, leaving it brightened and balanced. It's the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up."
"Is it possible for your skin to be seriously shook by a new product? Because my pores are so happy with me right now. I can't thank the skin angels enough for dreaming up this facial oil that has literally made my skin glow like no other. I'm not even kidding—I don't think I've ever gone through a bottle faster than this one. My face, specifically my cheek and forehead area, are eternally dehydrated. For this reason, I've always been drawn to face oils because I need something heavier in the hydration category.
This presents a tricky balance because I don't want to layer on any product that's too thick and ends up clogging my pores. This marula oil is the perfect medium. I apply it every morning and night religiously because I look forward to the moment it transforms the texture of my skin to silk. Okay, not really, but my skin feels as soft as my silk sheets afterward, and that's all that matters."
"I'm really loving Tatcha's new primer, and this is coming from someone who A) categorically dislikes primer and B) is looking to cut back on my makeup routine rather than add new products. But it gives my skin this beautiful silky finish and feels so lightweight. It also blurs imperfections and evens out my skin tone. Lately, I've been wearing it with just a little bit of concealer and clear brow gel—that's it. It makes for a totally low-key look that still feels polished."
"This super-gentle three-in-one exfoliator mask/peel/scrub is exactly what my skin needed this month. As a combo skin type, I deal with both clogged pores and dryness, and this plant-based pair of products (a dry exfoliator and a gel that you mix it with) is perfect for that—it's got a small percentage of AHA but also all the nourishment of omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acid. After one use, I was already a huge fan."
"I love lipsticks with warm undertones (tomato reds, corals), but berry colors slightly terrify me. This is honestly the first berry lipstick I have ever fallen in love with. The pigment goes on smoothly but not too intensely (it's super buildable, though), and the formula is more moisturizing than you'd believe. Every time I wear it, people dig it—and so do I."
"I am a die-hard Sisley fan (its black rose moisturizer and phyto lip twist are two products I would genuinely perish without), so when I heard it was coming out with haircare, I was properly shook. I finally had the pleasure of trying a bunch of the new products this month, and the Precious Hair Oil was an instant favorite. I have short, fine hair that gets greasy-looking really fast, but when applied to damp ends before styling, this simply made my (sometimes dull, color-treated strands) look super glossy.
Oh, and the scent is absolutely addictive."
"The scent is the product of a collaboration between Off-White's Virgil Abloh and Ben Gorham of the cult-favorite fragrance house Byredo—and it's nothing short of perfection. 'This is my first time designing something invisible,' Abloh told Vogue. The scent, a blend of bamboo, violet, Ambrette, jasmine petals, and burned woods, is subtle and meant to remain only 'passively noticed.' But that's the very reason I've fallen in love with it. It's soft like laundry and warm like a living room fireplace."