Shine-quelling powder foundations and warm weather go hand in hand, but heavy textures and summery temperatures do not a flawless complexion make. Becca Cosmetics' Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation ($40) evens out the skin without a caked-on feel. It's due in part to its mineral base, which, instead of settling into nooks and crannies, provides a lightweight veil of coverage with a semimatte finish. Antioxidants even help protect skin from environmental aggressors. Just add a pop of blush, a swipe of mascara, and a punchy gloss, and your daily summertime beauty routine is in the bag.
If you're new to the facial toner game, then you'll want to pick up Mila Moursi's Cleansing Toner ($70). Moursi, who is the facialist for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, formulated a toner that is alcohol-free, which means no flaking for those with dry skin. It firms up the complexion while balancing its pH, which can go awry after washing. The best part about it, though, is that it helps your skin receive whatever your next treatment step is. Did we mention it smells divine? The price may be a little steep, but you're paying for results, and there's just no arguing with that. Make sure it isn't just your abs that are getting toned for Summer.
If you're looking for a flawless makeup finish, then look no further than Beautyblender's Makeup Sponge Applicator Starter Kit ($35). Designed with plenty of curves, this teardrop-shaped sponge works to eliminate visible lines and streaks that foundation brushes can leave behind. And because it's reusable, you won't feel the tinges of guilt you might experience with those disposable, wedge-shaped sponges. Just use the included cleanser to keep the sponge clean and long-lasting (up to six months with proper care).
For a smooth, soft-focus effect, wet the sponge (it doubles in size), and then stipple the rounded side along the face. It won't look or feel like you're wearing any makeup at all. Turn the sponge around to its pointy side for precision work along the nose, mouth, and eyes — even blemishes, too. Since its debut a few years back, Beautyblender has come out with black and white versions of the sponge and a mini for travel, but there's something about the original hot pink we can't help but love.
Technically combing hair while wet is a big no-no. But if you've ever tried to detangle kinky hair, you know that conditioner and a wide-tooth comb are required. Thankfully, curl specialist Ouidad understands and created the Double Detangler ($26). This heavyweight comb has two rows of tines that don't snag on single-strand knots. Using the comb from the ends up to the roots easily eliminates tangles, meaning there's no need to go back a second or third time. Plus, we noticed that both the detangling time and the amount of hair around the drain were cut in half. You can't beat a comb that saves time and your strands.
Ask any makeup artist what shadow shades flatter most complexions and eye colors, and you'll probably hear renditions of the same thing: a soft peach, a shimmery bronze, a rich chocolate brown, and a silvery midtone taupe. And that's exactly what you'll get with Flower Cosmetics' Shadow Play Eye Shadow Quad in Foxy Browns ($10). What works with this palette by Flower, a newly launched beauty line by Drew Barrymore, is the mix of undertones and textures. Wear the warm, subtly frosted peach on the inner corners of the eyes to brighten, or on the lids for a light-on-makeup makeup look. Line your top and bottom lash lines with the matte, cool-toned deep brown, and make the flecks of your eyes stand out with the bronze or taupe hues, which both include a hint of metallic. At just $10 a pop for four flattering shadows, you'll be one sly fox indeed.
Exercise does a complexion good, but sweat can cause breakouts. The solution: Alba Botanica ACNEdote Clean 'n Treat Towelettes ($6). They're easy to throw into any gym bag, so you don't have to worry if there isn't a sink on hand. And even though the cloths contain skin-clearing salicylic acid and witch hazel, the drying effects are practically nonexistent. Plus, if you have glasses (like me), it's a great way to clean off any bacteria around the frames, further barricading against breakouts. Now you can work out without the worry.
Some perfumes are so great, you want to be completely surrounded by them, and apparently Jo Malone London knows just that. The luxury fragrance company transformed one of its classic fruity floral scents into a whole range of home products just in time for Spring. We're particularly fond of the English Pear & Freesia Diffuser ($75), which is housed in a striking Jo Malone container with black reeds, filling any room with its refreshing blend of juicy pear, white freesia, and warm amber notes. Set it out for a touch of decor, and you don't even have to step outside to catch a breath of Spring.
If cleaning out your makeup case is on your Spring cleaning to-do list, then why not throw out the baby with the bathwater? Sephora's Holographic Makeup Case in Popsicle ($20) is a pretty enough reason to give your old makeup case the heave-ho. Perfectly sized with a rose gold zipper, Sephora's latest bag collection's main draw is its eye-catching color. It almost ensures you'll never lose it in your tote and is bold enough to display on your bathroom counter. Plus, the case is lined in plastic, making it easy to clean up those pesky mascara spills. Who doesn't want a futuristic makeup bag — or at least one that looks it?
OK, admit it: you don't wear sunscreen as often as you should. But with Oscar de la Renta's Sun Protection Stick SPF 30 ($26), you (and we) no longer have excuses. The small stick easily fits into any bag, so you can take it along on an outdoor run, park picnic, or long beach day. Its compact size also makes it ideal for covering spots that are often forgotten: the sides of the nose, under clothing straps, and along the tops of your ears. While it goes on a bit sticky, there is no white residue or shiny finish left behind. And as for the scent, it's beach vacation all the way. Think water floats, salty air, and orange popsicles. Too bad your excuse for forgetting sunscreen was just obliterated.
Summer is the season of open windows with delicious smells wafting in on a warm breeze. And since we're definitely in the midst of a chilly Spring in NYC, we're depending on our trusty Kai Perfume Oil ($48) to bring the scent of the tropics to us! (Did you get it in your POPSUGAR Must Have box this month? We did!) The notes of gardenia, jasmine and lilies are a distinctly sweet take on the exotic — no wonder this cult-favorite scent counts Jennifer Garner and Naomi Watts as fans.
To get the most out of the oil, dab it on your pulse points where your body heat is naturally higher: inside of your wrists, the base of your neck, and behind your ears. Or take a little and polish the end of your hair with it for a natural defrizzer and a way to let the scent drift off of you as you walk. Now, when is Summer arriving again?