I Spend 80% of My Day Evaluating Beauty Products—Here’s What I’m Itching to Try

Have you ever heard one of those startling statistics like, for instance, how many collective hours in a lifetime you’ll spend sitting on the toilet or waiting in traffic? Well, the number of hours I spend in front of my computer shopping for, typing about, and researching beauty products would probably be even more alarming. (I could probably do the math, but I have a hunch I don’t want to know.)

Luckily for me, all of the above beauty-related activities are supremely more enjoyable than sitting on the toilet or waiting in traffic. There are lots of reasons I wanted to become a beauty editor, one being I’m thoroughly obsessed with beauty products. Even though I have easier access to products now than I did back in high school and college when I’d stockpile lists of things I wanted to try, I still to this day keep tallies, bookmarks, and screenshots of beauty items (new and not new) that I have my eye on. Thankfully, given that the beauty industry is worth roughly $532 billion (according to Forbes), there is never any shortage of formulaic fodder for me to drool over, lust after, and recommend. 

My various wish lists have been accumulating, so before my computer implodes, I’ve put them to good use by creating the ultimate summer beauty shopping guide, sorted by retailer. (Because, yes, I have at least 10 different retailer tabs open on my desktop at all times.) Looking for some beauty shopping inspo? Keep scrolling! Below, I’m sharing 28 hair, skin, and makeup products I have my eye on from Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, Violet Grey, and Verishop

Apparently, I have yet to outgrow my elementary school obsession with planners. But when said obsession collides with one of my all-time favorite skincare brands, 111Skin, you can bet I’m all over it. I love these masks because not only do they actually stick to (versus slip and drip off of) your face, but they also yield instant gratification in terms of their brightening, tightening, and plumping perks. I’m 100% down to invest in this good-skin planning kit. 

It took me a while to board the acne-patch bandwagon, but I’m officially on with both legs. I’m still convinced some brands are a scam, but Zitsticka’s selection of blemish-fighting patches is the real deal. I’ve been using its OG clarifying version since the brand launched a couple of years ago, and as someone with stubborn acne scars, I can’t wait to try this brand-new addition. It specifically uses a potent blend of hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, arbutin, macadamia seed oil, kojic acid, ascorbic acid, licorice root extract, tranexamic acid, and citric acid to brighten discoloration and reduce the appearance of lingering dark spots. 

One of the things I’ve missed most during the pandemic is regular facials and massages. (And I know I’m not alone here!) I’m keen to try out this buzzy wand designed by celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, which is specifically inspired by her iconic lymphatic spa treatment. In a nutshell, it regulates your skin’s temperature, which helps balance and restore luminosity while also stimulating the natural flow and health of the lymphatic system so your skin’s intrinsic stream of vital nutrients and vitamins aren’t getting cut off. 

Gloss Moderne is one of my all-time-favorite haircare brands, and in full disclosure, it’s one of the only clean hair brands that effectively banishes residue, grime, and buildup from my strands. Summertime is always the sweatiest, gunkiest time for my strands, so I imagine this new detoxifying treatment will work much-needed wonders. 

I might be the only beauty editor alive who doesn’t own a cold roller. Alas, my perpetually puffy under-eyes and face say it’s high time to take the plunge. This affordable one from Glow Skincare uses premium-quality stainless steel to effectively boost blood flow and drain lymphatic fluid while also minimizing redness, puff, and bacteria. 

Most face oils don’t work for my congestion-prone skin type, but this dreamy option contains particular oils like jojoba, camellia, rose hip, sea buckthorn, watermelon, and argan, which are far less comedogenic than, say, coconut oil and therefore less likely to aggravate and clog my pores. 

This might be TMI, but hey, it’s 2020, and I’m here to say Smile Makers makes some of the best vibrators in the biz. You have lots of different models to choose from, so go ahead and pick your poison. 

Bug repellent isn’t the most exciting skin product to shop for, but this DEET-free formula from Kinfield is formulated from healthy, safe, plant-based ingredients (like clove and lemongrass), which makes me significantly more likely to apply it and significantly less likely to be riddled with itchy, purple-red insect bites this summer. 

Supergoop! is one of my favorite brands for all of my SPF needs, and I’ve been not-so-patiently making my way through my go-to tube of Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($34) so I can try out this new rendition from the brand, which is specifically formulated to, you guessed it, boost the natural glow of your complexion. (Both Unseen and Glowscreen are great on their own or in lieu of your normal primer pre-makeup!) Up next, Glossier Just Launched the Moisturizer My Acne-Prone Skin Has Been Dreaming Of

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