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. It's hot and humid in New York, so we're leaning into the summer-iest of products we can find. They revolve around cleansing. A lot of cleansing.
Surprise! I love a hairspray enough to include it in my monthly favorites. I'm as shocked as anyone. While you work tirelessly to get over your surprise and delight, I will tell you why: This hairspray is not really hairspray. I mean yes, it's hairspray and it comes out of a can like any old hairspray—but it doesn't feel like hairspray. It feels sort of like nothing, but also like a light oil without being greasy. I use it for my trademarked summer bun, to really slick it down and make it look naturally shiny (something my hair is not). It holds without the crunch—and I'd say that it brushes out, but it doesn't. Because there's nothing really to brush out in the first place. Don't do work you don't have to do, you know? —Emily Ferber
This is my fairground face paint substitute for adults. I'm all about having five margaritas and then applying this to yourself and your friends and then going out all night. It's cheap, easy, wholesome fun. The pots are so readily available they're even sold in gas stations. (YES! I saw them at one in rural Georgia.) I love a social makeup item—something that you can put on someone else and they can put on you—because you can't mess up trying to color match or conceal anything. It's just makeup for makeup's sake. And it's an almost fail-safe way to make sure everyone gives their face a GOOD rinse before going to bed—otherwise, you will regret it in the morning. —Tom Newton
In the interest of personal hygiene I like to do a double—sometimes triple—body cleanse in the shower. The key is a really nice, well-fragranced bar soap so I can really scrub off the grime in a way that feels fancy. Summer is disgusting, so I scrub and scrub for what feels like forever. I lather the shit out of my underarms and then I rinse it off and do it all over again. By the time I get out, I’m gleaming. And I smell exactly the way I want to in the summer: like roses. —Anna Jube
Cloud Paint in Dawn
So...Cloud Paints. Yes, their fan base is one heard far and wide, rivalling those of Sherlock shippers and a certain ex-boy band member whose name rhymes with Larry Files. But to be perfectly, 100% frank, only a couple Cloud Paint shades have ever really spoken to me. When Dawn dropped, it physically yelled my name. I wore it when I went to the Pride March last weekend. I'm wearing it right now as I’m typing this. Will I be wearing it tomorrow? Definitely. When you find something that you love, stick with it! Everything always works out in the end. —Utibe Mbagwu
I have never, ever, EVER washed my face twice a day. Honestly, cleansing at night (like actually cleansing and not just using a makeup wipe before sleeping) is a recent habit. But all that forehead acne I've been telling you about in stories and stories on end for the past who knows how long has finally gone away (!!!) and I'm 98% sure that it's because I'm cleansing twice a day with this guy. It's like smushing really gentle, unscented cream on your face that you technically don't have to wash off all the way—which just means if you're an insufficient rinser, it's not going to break you out in the slightest. And it's so gosh darn moisturizing that I find myself using less actual moisturizer during the day and at night. My skin is happier, healthier, and cleaner. Finally, everything a beauty editor is supposed to be. —EF
Cate Blanchett's facialist, Georgia Louise, got me on these. I love a suck-your-face-off clay mask almost more than anyone. Let it sit a little too long, not being able to laugh or move your face, and then washing it all off and feeling like you've got a brand new mug. A clarifying sheet mask has proved a little easier for me though. One a hot day, pull this out of the fridge, put it on, read a book on your fire escape, and finally know what true peace feels like. Afterwards, pat that excess juice right in—no muss, no fuss. There's no recovery period like with an intense clay—you can do this mask, take it off, and go about your day. —TN
Flesh Thickstick Foundation in Toffee
This foundation stick is so cute and mini that I’m inclined to swipe it all over my face and just deal with the consequences. But because my skin leans on the drier side (and because I know better!) I’ve been using it as a concealer on my problem areas after I’ve added a hydrating moisturizer or a face oil. It is medium coverage, so it’s ideal for irritated skin days, but I’m happy to still see my yellow-y undertones come out even if my application turns heavy-handed. To be honest, after I apply it I don’t always remember exactly where I pressed it on. Not bad at all. —UM
Yes, this is just a daily body moisturizer, but you know what? It’s not insanely expensive, it’s not fragranced, and it’s not too heavy for the sudden onset of summer weather here in New York, so I’ve been using it all over my body every day after showering and I feel great. That’s all. Thanks for reading! —AJ
Photographed by Tom Newton.