We Tried a Lot of Cool Products in January, But These Were the Best
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 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 is, we're eager to share it with you so you can experience the same new-product bliss that we did. Take a look at our favourites below.
Tatcha The Deep Cleanse ($55)
Tatcha's newest cleanser is a thick, fragrant gel that melts into a creamy foam when you mix it with water. It feels completely luxurious and cleanses without making my skin feel dry or tight (it uses amino acids to wipe away dirt and debris instead of harsh sulfates). I use it alone or as the second cleanser in my double-cleanse ritual and am totally hooked.
Playa Every Day Shampoo and Conditioner ($40)
I'm supremely low-key about my haircare routine, so when I heard about a brand created solely to help people embrace their natural hair texture when they air-dry, I had to give it a try. Playa is a Cali-cool line that relies on gentle botanicals and hydrating ingredients to cleanse and treat your hair—no hard-to-pronounce chemicals or sulfates here. I've been using the shampoo and conditioner this month and genuinely look forward to washing my hair because of it. The smell is incredible (it's made with sugar beet), and I love that it gets rid of buildup and makes my hair feel clean without stripping it of its natural oils. I swear that my hair feels softer, too.
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow ($76)
Full disclaimer: I'm not a primer person. After trying just about every product under the sun, I had pretty much lumped them into the "phooey" category. So colour me surprised when this new glow-enhancing formula from Charlotte Tilbury came across my desk. Even though I'd made a bad habit of ignoring the primers I come across, I couldn't ignore the Charlotte Tilbury name (sorry, I just really really love her products) and figured if there was ever a primer I would fall in love with, it would be this one. Well, here we are. Not only is it chock-full of superfood fare like chlorella, watercress, olive extract, and vitamin B3 (hello, brightening), but it also has pretty pearlescent pigments that reflect light in a hard-to-describe, super-flattering way (aka no disco-ball effect.) It's officially made its way into my daily morning routine, and I swear by adding a small amount to my go-to moisturiser pre-foundation for a believable glow.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence ($190)
This might not be brand new, but it's worth talking about. I'm not going to act like I wasn't immediately entranced by this extraordinary bottle. It's practically me in perfume form: extremely over-the-top. Fortunately, the infatuating scent it carries levels up to its luxurious packaging. With strong notes of bergamot, orange blossom, gardenia, and more, this floral scent is too captivating to ignore.
Sun Bum Baby Bum Hand Sanitizer ($4)
It's always flu/cold season, and germs are flying everywhere. If you're looking for something that will kill bacteria but doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or smells strongly of alcohol, I highly recommend this product. It's made of sugar-cane alcohol and infused with natural oils and fruit extracts to leave your skin super soft and germ-free. It also omits the loveliest coconut scent with every spritz, so it's something sweet-scent lovers like me can really appreciate.
Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm Raspberry ($49)
I've been hoarding samples of Dior's Lip Glow in Pink since that very first tube landed on my desk. The balm itself super sheer, with just a wash of ethereal pink goodness and really buttery hydrating ingredients. Instead of gloss, the formula offers a subtle glow that I can't get enough of. Now, the brand has launched a new iteration. It has all the same lovely qualities (hydration, a hint of colour) in a matte texture that's really nice over another lip product of on its own.