The Best Products Our Beauty Editors Tried in April 2023
There truly never has been a better time to be a lover of all things beauty.
From skin and haircare products to bath goodies, makeup and everything in between, all of the best brands out there have been outdoing themselves in all categories. In fact, we tried so much good stuff in April of 2023 that the list below only scratches the surface. Want to discover the best of the best? Keep scrolling for our ultimate favorites of the month.
We love bar soaps for a number of reasons, including waste reduction, and at the moment, we're infatuated with the Rehydrate Bar Soap from Botanical Republic. Not only does it have a beautiful natural scent, combining lavender and geranium for an earthy, floral experience, but the combination of organic, plant-based ingredients also leaves our skin feeling exceptionally clean and smooth after every wash. It blends sandalwood, olive, mango seed, babassu and avocado to reduce fine lines, improve texture and deeply nourish skin while you soap up.
(via Botanical Republic)
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Apple cider vinegar has all kinds of awesome benefits for the hair, and if you want to reap all of them, without smelling like a jar of pickles, Phillip Adam has you covered with their Apple Cider Vinger Shampoo and Conditioner. ACV is super gentle on the scalp, and it also detoxes the hair, balancing its PH and leaving it extra clean and shiny (but not greasy). Best of all, it smells like crisp, sweet apples, and we love the scent it leaves in our hair.
(via Phillip Adam)
Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask: $16+
Haven't been kind to your hair lately? Virtue Labs' Restorative Treatment Mask will get your locks back to perfect health in three minutes flat. It instantly conditions hair for strength as well as smoothness and shine thanks to the brand's proprietary Alpha Keratin 60ku, and you only need to use it once a week to see incredible results.
(via Virtue Labs)
The Cleanest Lab Leave-in Conditioning Spray: $36
And when our hair needs a bit of moisture on non-wash days, we've been relying on The Cleanest Lab's Leave-in Conditioning Spray to get the job done. It's super lightweight while nourishing and hydrating our hair, reducing frizz as it detangles, and the woodsy lavender scent is also a dream come true.
(via The Cleanest Lab)
Avarelle GUNK OUT: Spot Tech: $16.99
We've tried all kinds of pimple patches in our day, but Avarelle's GUNK OUT: Spot Tech patches might be the fastest-working of them all. The patches are thicker than others we've tried but still go on with a mostly sheer look, so you won't be completely embarrassed to wear them out. Best of all, though, it truly does its job of sucking the moisture out of pimples in just a few hours—and you can see the icky results on each patch to prove it. They seriously reduce the appearance of zits overnight, and since a pack includes 100 patches, it's built to last.
If you're dealing with acne that requires something more serious than a pimple patch, however, Bubble's Knock Out and Fade Away acne treatments might be just what you need in your medicine cabinet. They both treat different types of acne (and shouldn't be used together in the same spot), with Fade Away specialized for inflamed cystic breakouts, and Knock Out working its magic on whiteheads, blackheads and early-stage breakouts. Whatever skin ailments you're dealing with, this duo has your back.
Fleur & Bee Eyes Eyes Baby: $52
Fleur & Bee's Eyes Eyes Baby is a thick, dreamy anti-aging undereye cream, and we're in love. It feels super hydrating and creamy to the touch, doing wonders to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Maybe it's the dose of caffeine, but using it makes us look and feel more awake, too.
(via Fleur & Bee)
ManukaRx Daily Glow Skin Brightening Cream: $31.50
For a bright, cheery glow all over the face, we highly recommend Daily Glow Skin Brightening Cream from ManukaRx. Not only does it feel soft and hydrating, but it also utilizes sustainably harvested Mānuka oil from New Zealand's East Cape, which has incredible antioxidant and antibacterial properties, helping to repair skin while reducing inflammation. It's also absolutely packed with vitamin C from Kakadu plum, allowing it to reduce dullness and dark spots, making skin as radiant as ever.
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Laneige Lip Treatment Balm: $25
For the silkiest lips around, we've been obsessed with Laneige's Lip Treatment Balm. It smells like a tropical pineapple and coconut paradise, with a shiny pearl texture and a cooling sensation that makes our lips feel as hydrated, plump and full as they look. We also adore the built-in applicator for a mess-free experience every time.
Eylure London Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum: $34.99
We can't think of any reason someone wouldn't want healthy and full brows and lashes, and Eylure London Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum is our secret to both. It includes peptide and biotin to nourish brows and lashes and encourage growth while conditioning, and the brush works for both, so it's basically two products in one.
Vitamasques Gemstone Face Sheet Mask Kit, 4-Pack: $27
We're trying all kinds of sheet masks all the time, but these Gemstone Face Sheet Masks from Vitamasques are unlike anything else we've tested out. Their unique formulas combine amazing skincare ingredients with aromatherapy, color therapy and gemstone therapy (with real gemstone essences) to pack a mindful, all-in-one punch. Just 20 minutes wearing one of these great-smelling, super therapeutic masks will get you feeling like new.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Body Cream: $65
Of course, our faces aren't the only parts of our bodies that need a little extra care from time to time. Enter Charlotte's Tilbury Magic Body Cream. It's so creamy and hydrating, combining caffeine and hyaluronic acid with ALGAKTIV UPLIFT to not just moisturize skin but leave it plump, firm and silky smooth, so you can glow from head to toe.
(via Charlotte Tilbury)
Nakery Beauty 5-in-1 Serum-Infused Cloths for Face & Body: $14.95
And for when you simply don't have time to apply a body cream all over, there are Nakery Beauty's 5-in-1 Serum-Infused Cloths for Face & Body. Each package contains 30 serum-packed cleansing cloths, each working as a cleanser, exfoliator, makeup remover, serum and moisturizer in one handy wipe. Whether you need to skip your usual facial routine or just need a refresh during the day, you can't go wrong with these great cloths.
Artis Brush Cleansing Foam, Plus: $30
When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Chances are that it's been a while, which is why you need a great cleaner, such as Artis Brush's Cleansing Foam, Plus, made specifically for this purpose. It generates tons of tiny bubbles that get right into the brush fibers, removing gunk while also allowing for quick drying. Believe us—your skin will thank you for getting your brushes cleansed.
(via Artis Brushes)
MAC Locked Kiss Ink: $33
Lots of lipsticks promise to be highly pigmented and last all day, but MAC's Locked Kiss Inks actually deliver. This waterproof liquid lipstick is designed not to budge, with a lightweight, transfer-proof formula that doesn't skimp on bold color. They come in 16 matte shades, from sleek neutrals to the boldest and brightest reds and pinks, to deliver exactly the look you're going for.
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tarte Sculpt Tape Contour: $35
Few techniques showcase the magic of makeup quite like contouring, and tarte cosmetics' Sculpt Tape Contour makes it easier to nail the look than ever. The dot applicator makes it so simple to put on with precision, so you can get your makeup precisely where you like it to sculpt your cheekbones and contour your jaw and nose just the way you like it.
(via tarte cosmetics)
Paris Hilton Ruby Rush Eau de Parfum: $19+
A great scent is also essential for feeling beautiful inside and out, and lately, we've been enchanted by Paris Hilton's Ruby Rush Eau de Parfum. It's got a luscious berries and cream scent, with the right balance of florals and warm, woodsy notes to also smell chic and grown-up. If you like cherries and vanilla, but are seeking something more complex than a body spray, you'll adore Ruby Rush.
(via Paris Hilton Fragrances)
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes: $26
After trying out Ursa Major's Essential Face Wipes, we've decided they're must-haves for anyone on the go. Each individually wrapped wipe cleans, exfoliates, soothes and hydrates skin all at once with the very best clean ingredients from Ursa Major, making them perfect for your gym or travel bag, or just a quick cleanse when you're too tired for your nightly skin routine. Ingredients include aloe, birch sap, willow bark and sugarcane, plus a natural AHA/BHA exfoliating complex for happy, healthy skin.
Absolute JOI Skin Refining Night Oil: $28.50
We love anything we can wear overnight to help us get our glow on while we dream, which is what makes AbsoluteJOI's Skin Refining Night Oil so irresistible. It combines anti-aging retinol with restorative vitamins C and E, plus fatty acids such as jojoba, moringa, rose hip, argan, evening primrose and sunflower seed for deep hydration and rejuvenation, so you'll wake up looking extra refreshed each morning.
SpoiledChild Hydro-Lock Overnight Lip Mask: $36
And to complement the Refining Night Oil, we recommend SpoiledChild's Hydro-Lock Overnight Lip Mask. We can't get enough of its fruity, cotton candy scent, but even better, this overnight mask instantly makes lips feel softer and smoother. Plus, the plump, hydrated results are even more obvious in the morning after a great night's sleep.
We can't be the only ones who've been dealing with itchy eyes from springtime allergies, but CorneaCare has given us all kinds of relief in the form of their Self Cooling Hydrogel Cold Compresses and Self Heating Warm Compresses. The cooling compresses feel amazing when eyes are burning or feeling extra dry, while the warm compresses address puffiness and fatigue, as well as dryness. Together, they make for the soothing remedy to irritated eyes—which gets them looking much better, too.