Our Favorite Products: February Edition


Welcome to Our Favorite Products, a monthly feature in which ITG's editors discuss our favorite products. They're the best things we've tried all month long, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of them and move on to something new. This month's got face gloss, sunscreen, and capillary serum; read on for the whole haul.

MAC Crystal Glaze Gloss in Sixxx Pack

One of my favorite classes of beauty product: Face gloss, a multifunctional tinted jelly that can be used as highlighter, lip balm, sticky eye finish, recreational grease, midnight snack, best friend, or tiny frisbee. MAC's sheer pink shade includes my other favorite thing: erotic non sequitur. Sixxx Pack (what?) comes out on Thursday. —Brennan Kilbane

Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick

Because my zits are becoming less aggressive and no longer need a steady supply of benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid but I need to put something on emerging spots. Enter Desert Essence, a hippy-Whole Foods-nice-smelling-Mirabelle Marden-recommended solution to acne. It's a little gentler, smells like tea tree oil, doesn't make my skin react, but I can rest easily knowing that I'm doing something. —Tom Newton

Tammy Fender Capillary Strengthening Blend

Ever since I burst a capillary on the end of my nose from trying to extract a zit senior year of college, I'm well aware that blood vessels under the skin are fragile and can break if you don't treat them right. Nothing can make them disappear except a laser treatment, I'm told, but Tammy Fender's Capillary Strengthening Blend promises to make them less likely to occur. And while I'm avoiding new ones, I'm also enjoying it as a great day-to-night oil that reduces redness (i.e. that burst capillary) almost immediately. The side of the bottle also says the blend is "Restoring inner peace and strengthing the Spirit." Useful! —Emily Ferber

Sensibiafine Crème Visage Riche

One thing you might not know unless you're French (or maybe you're just well-travelled, I don't know, whatever) is that alongside Biafine—the cult French burn salve—is a whole complementary suite of skincare products. The Best Supporting Actor of the range is Sensibiafine Riche, a no-nonsense moisturizer that smells clean and slightly clinical and is très hydratant. You can get it in New York if you know where to look and have endless disposable income (the import markup is, like, 600%)—or you can politely ask your editorial intern to pick some up when she's in Paris. Vive la Biafine! —BK

Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Lotion

I'm going to Barbados at the end of this week and I NEED to force myself to wear sunscreen. Lately I've been doing the Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel with a light layer of Ole Henriksen Oil-Free Sheer Moisturizer on top, but the jar isn't travel friendly. Peter Thomas Roth's is. It's also super light, like water, and is oil-free. Bonus points for including my favorite skincare ingredient, aloe. I'm bringing the waterproof UV Milk too, for added protection. —TN

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 010

Finally, FINALLY, I have found the lip liner for me. All I wanted was something that was exactly the color of my lips to overdraw them just sliiiightly, like Anja Rubik told me to. The problem: I could never find the right color—everything was too brown or red or lipstick looking. But leave it to my lord and savior, Associate Editor Brennan Kilbane, to reach into a box full of Bite's new Lip Pencils, select 010 right off the bat, and color in my lips for that—wait for it—"my lips but better" look. Shade is right, formula is tight, and my lips look plumper than ever. Couldn't've done it without you, Brennie. —EF

Photographed by Tom Newton. See our favorite things from last month over here.