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 Irish diaper cream, a unisex bronzer, and more; read on for the whole haul. (Also, meet our new Editorial Assistant Anna Stevenett! We're sure you'll be fast friends.)
Guys, I finally got my hands on Sudocrem when I was in London earlier this week and hello, where have you been all my life? Actually, it’s my fault: We published a story on Sudocrem back in 2015, a story on which I was the editor, and I did absolutely nothing to get my hands on a bottle. Stupid of me, because this stuff is all I’ve been looking for in a spot treatment slash rash ointment (fun fact, I have eczema!). It’s thick and creamy and very, very white because the top active ingredient in it is zinc. The white cast makes it not great for day or under makeup, but super fun for nights that call for big white splotches on your zits as you nurse a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in front of the television. —Emily Ferber
I got my first real facial this month, which was a milestone for me. It was with Isabelle Bellis and it was incredible: There was meditation, there was an hour of extractions and then, there was this cleanser. I wash my face three times a day, and maybe it's old age, maybe it's karma, but my past cleansing routine–which was pretty no-holds-barred–wasn’t really working anymore. But, now, my face has started to be a little less oily! This cleanser changed it all. It's super gentle but still feels like a deep clean, I almost don't need to moisturize after, and it smells incredible. I'm in love. Sadly, it is a price step up from my ex–Avène. I'll just have to figure that out. —Tom Newton
Absolutely nothing screams glamour more than obscure atelier fragrance. But once you throw a calfskin, hot stamped travel pouch into the mix, the scale breaks, storm alarms go haywire, and somewhere, somehow, Jeanne Damas stops what's she's doing, sensing a disturbance in the world of Perfectly Curated Goods and Lifestyles. Carlen has you covered on both fronts–a brand that is the epitome of craftsmanship, from their labored scents to their sumptuous packaging–and their "Travel Programme" plus a 10 mL fragrance still costs less than a 50 mL Byredo. I like Viridescent, which smells like a freshly mowed lawn in Grasse. Or Cleveland! I've only been to the latter, but looking at my travel outfit, you'd think I've gone places. —Brennan Kilbane
June in New York was a total clusterfuck of climate changes. To complain would be useless, I know, but I’m not–because throughout the drama, this Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream has stood by me. It’s a heavy cream, but it feels like a lightweight moisturizer, so I’ve been using it both morning and night. It's also pretty watery–as in it kind of actually feels like water–but that happens to be what I like about it. Also, the results: My face is left with a sheen I don’t get from other moisturizers, and I genuinely see wrinkles disappear before my eyes? The formula is definitely fragrant, but in a dainty way I like, and that feels seasonally appropriate. I’m hoping the pot–very shiny!–will last me through the end of the year, at least. —Anna Stevenett
Another travel story: I forgot to bring any hair products with me to London. Really stupid! But also really lucky because I was staying about a 10-minute walk from the Windle & Moodie salon. A perfect opportunity to go check out new products. I picked up a bottle of their Shine And Smoothing Oil and it might be my new favorite. Light enough to not make hair greasy, but serious enough to impart the shiny look of health on decidedly unhealthy hair. It also smells like Earl Grey! Oh to be British! —EF
Lucy Burt inspires me so much. Doing a shoot with her made me want to play with makeup a bit more. That, and being in London for a second, influenced me enough that at a friend's birthday I actually started drawing Dior-inspired graphic liner looks on everyone. At the end I even did one on myself–I was kind of obsessed. After that, I decided I needed to have this palette around because I've seen so many makeup artists do whole looks with it. It can be a graphic black liner, or a completely mimed-out face, or a subtle blush. Now I'm prepared if I ever want to pretend to be Val Garland again. —TN
First of all—all makeup products are unisex! Don't even. That said, I love this unisex bronzing liquid. I've taken to applying liquid bronzers after sunscreen in lieu of foundation (the prophet Isamaya Ffrench told me that bronze is just as effective at canceling redness as color corrector) and it changed the way I think about summer makeup routines. Charlotte Tilbury's Unisex Healthy Glow has been around for 10 minutes and it's already my favorite thing—the white liquid turns to a liquid bronze that skews more orange than brown once rubbed in. My skin just looks good, I don't know! Stop asking me questions and buy the thing. —BK
Do you get allergies, too? My eyes have been dry, red, itchy, puffy, and irritated to extreme degrees for weeks now. It’s terrible, and I’m sorry to all the afflicted, but I might be able to help: this Vichy Eye Contour is my personal lifeline for the moment. I put it on at night on top of my regular moisturizer just around the eye area, both the top and bottom lids. The little wand is a gentle applicator so one doesn’t gouge one’s eye out, or cause self-inflicted pre-mature wrinkles. I lightly pat until it’s soaked in and it’s incredibly soothing. On a personal note, Vichy products give me an oddly nostalgic, comfortable feeling. Big fan. —AS
Photographed by Tom Newton.
Hydration, hydration, and more hydration, this way.