Our Favorite Products: July 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 is full of warm-weather fragrance, a self-tanner from France, and makeup to play with. Keeping reading for everything else.

Herbivore Citrine Body Oil

I used to hate the scent of neroli. Actually, for a while, I wouldn’t have been able to place it. Then I hated it. Now, inexplicably, it intoxicates me. (Also, you have to love neroli to be on team ITG, so there's that.) Perfumers all seem to have their own take on it—some variation of that warm, earthy, citrus smell. It feels like beaches and balmy sunrises and heady sunsets. What I love about this version is that it's the most glamorous way you can wear orange blossom: as oil all over your entire body. I find it incredibly sexy. Just don’t bring it to the beach with you. Keep it safely on your Top Shelf. Maybe even your bottom shelf. The bottle is heavy glass; should it slip from your well-oiled hands, it will not survive the fall. —Anna Jube

YSL La Laque Couture in Beige Leger

I never thought that I was a nude girl. Let me rephrase: I never thought I was a girl who could pull off wearing nude nail polish. Finding the right nude for you is a process and I've been too busy perfecting my paint job to think about color. Also, my hands are not a chic color. And doesn't nude need to match my hands? Whatever, I use Beige Leger now and it's perfect. With the right amount of pink, brown, and lilac, it's a beige that doesn't go grey upon application. It's the best on toes, particularly if you're like me and have a complex about how your nails look (misshapen), but insist on wearing open-toed sandals all summer long anyway. —Emily Ferber

Two Hands Golden Latte

A person with very good skin tipped me off to the existence of lattes made with turmeric—an anti-inflammatory beverage that is said to aid facial redness from within—available at several Australian coffee shops around New York City. I don't know if they work, but damn, do they taste great. Imagine cinnamon-flavored milk, except yellow and hot, and surprise, you've conjured a real golden latte from your imagination. The jury is out on the redness, but they make me happy, which, I hear, is good for the complexion. —Brennan Kilbane

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

This sunscreen is very special: It sticks on your face but in the very best way. The texture is almost a clay-like. I use it right after I get out of the shower, directly after moisturizing. It keeps me matte all day and I can feel it washing off at night. No sunburn, plus breakout-free skin that also feels as if it's been treated to a facial. SPF as skincare! At some point, when this stuff launched, we got like 10 sample sized ones in the office, and I took them all, so I use it every time I travel. –Tom Newton

Marc Jacobs Highliner

The gel-like texture in this crayon/kohl eyeliner makes for an easier, faster cat-eye–or at least something that resembles one–that glides on beautifully. I read once that people with hazel eyes who want to bring out the green in their irises ought to wear reds and purples, so I’ve been test-driving the different shades. And the periwinkle blue is one of my favorites for no reason but the color itself. I had almost forgotten! Makeup can be fun! —AJ

Bioderma Phytoderm Autobronzant

Excuse me but why have we all been sleeping on Bioderma's truly excellent self-tanning mist? We did this whole thread on the best self-tanning solutions and none of you thought to mention it? That's insane because this aerosol full of DHA will change your life. The color is beautiful—warm bronze, not orange—and the process is quicker than any mousse you've tried to buff on with a mitt. It's a continuous spray, so five overlapping strokes down each leg (I only tan my legs) gets you a base layer; I like to do one more quick coat after that. The whole kit-and-kaboodle takes me five minutes standing in my shower. It's the closest thing I've gotten to a professional spray tan since that time I got an actual professional spray tan. —EF

Etat Libre d'Orange Eau de Protection

Rossy de Palma's collaborative scent with alternative fragrance house Etat Libre d'Orange doesn't smell like a Bulgarian rose, or jasmine, or anything else it claims to be, but it does smell like this photo of Rossy de Palma. Seductive, inspired, and very Spanish. —BK

Hairstory Hair Balm

I'm trying to keep up with my shampooing, and with that, I've been testing a bunch of new products. The goal is clean hair that actually looks a little dirty and less frizzy than if I didn't do anything to it. The Hairstory Hair Balm is quickly becoming my favorite. It's matte, which is important, and feels like it's putting some moisture back into my hair, so I don't really feel like I have to use as much product the next day. It's really easy and it works. The hallmark of a good product. –TN

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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