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15 Summer Beauty Products New York Girls Can't Stop Talking About


Summer in New York is a double-edged sword. You spend so much time longing for it during the winter months (and during theВ seasons we used to refer to as fall and spring but now call "pre-winter" and "post-winter"),В yet once it arrives, it suddenly feels fleeting. Rooftop parties, outside seating, and tiki drinks are the best memories I have of summer here, followed closely by the realization that it's so humid you can begin to sweat in places you didn't know had glands.В

That being said, there will always be a fondness for New York summers in my mind and heart, and as such, a reason to have some fun with beauty products once the temperatures rise. We asked a few New York ladiesВ what their favorite summer beauty products are and why.

Vera Bella Cucumber Aloe Moisture Screen $58Shop

"I make everyone I know buy this moisturizer because it's so light, smells amazing, and you'd never guess it's SPF 45." - Nicole

Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighting Palette $58Shop

"To be honest, I use this in any season, but I especially love my CT Gold Bar Highlighter in the summer because it perfectly complements my tanned skin and gives my face an extra next-level glow." - Nicole

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 $65Shop

"The allure ofВ Biologique Recherche, a mysterious skincare brand beloved by so many influential women (especially in New York) was almost lost on me, as there's not a ton of explanation on theВ internetВ and it'sВ infamously difficult to procure. I would forget about itВ for months until another low-key, glowy-skinnedВ individual touted it as her secret weapon.В What even is this?В I've thought to myself many, many times. But here's the thing, one application will demonstrate exactly how incredible this toner is for your skin. It's a blend ofВ lactic acid, salicylic acid, and citric acid and keeps breakouts at bay, pores smooth, and your skin's texture super even." - Hallie

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops $117Shop

"Dr. Barbara Sturm's Anti-Pollution Drops is an antioxidant-based serum practically made for New Yorkers-formulated to protect your skin from 'environmental stressors,' which basically means smog, smoke, exhaust, you name it. Plus,В it helps keep your skin safe from the blue light radiation emitted from computers and phones." - Hallie

Volar Body Essence in Calm $42Shop

"Volar's calming body essence is my go-to when I'm feeling the stress of New York City in my bones. I take a long, luxurious shower, turn on some music, and lather my body in the stuff. It's made from lavender, peppermint, and patchouli essential oils and very literally keeps your body tingling for well after application. It's good vibes, through and through." - Hallie

Clarins Water Lip Stain $28Shop

"This is one of the coolest new summer products, IMHO, and I haven't put it down since I first opened the package. The formula is matte but moisturizingВ and allows for that whole barely there Popsicle-stain thing. The formula is 77% water-based, buildable, customizable, and fade-proof. There's nothing better on a super-hot, humid day when you just can't." - Hallie

Sakara Life Daily Probiotic Blend $46Shop

"I first tried this blend of probiotics when I was doingВ Sakara Life's DetoxВ and promptly fell in love with them. The supplementsВ offer a professional-grade daily probiotic to promotes healthy digestion,В raise your energy levels,В balance your hormones, help with stress, and manage weight, reduce inflammation, and relieve bloat. So, yeah, they rule." - Hallie

Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara $32Shop

"Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara is tubular, doesn't smudge, flake, run, or 'raccoon.' I only need water to take the tubes right off. It's SO easy and meant for real life. I've converted everyone I know." - @hmbeard

Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel $100Shop

"Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel-it blows everything else out of the water. It smoothes my skin and removes all uneven texture, smells delicious, and feels tingly and wonderful. It needs to be talked about more!" - @gabriellaloren

Glossier Cloud Paint $18Shop

"I'm freshly obsessed with Glossier Cloud Paint in shades Storm and Dawn. I love that all it takes is a tap of my finger to apply and seamlessly blend this right onto my skin. It's also lightweight enough to layer on top of powder or foundation without that cakey look. Dawn has a warm, golden effect on my skin that catches the light so beautifully. Storm is a cherry tone that gives my cheeks this nice flush. I'll gladly be flicking it up while wearing this blush all summer-you've been warned." - Maya

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist $48Shop

"My Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist is a definite must-have beauty product to keep me refreshed and luminous throughout the day. I keep the travel size on me so that it's easy to transport." - @moodsandviews

Caudalie Vineactiv 3-in-1 Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer $44Shop

"I can't live without Caudalie's VineActiv 3-in-1 Moisturizer. It's perfect for living in NYC because the ingredients in it help fight pollution (which ages your skin so radically). I'm always searching for products that counteract pollution." - @skincarediaries_

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream $40Shop

"I'm a New Yorker and I got Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream for Christmas. I truly can't live without it. It's super expensive, but I put it on before a night out or when I want to feel special, and my skin becomes plump, my acne swelling goes down, and it looks like I put a subtle highlight all over my face. Despite the price, I LOVE IT." - @pippersfinsta

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse $29Shop

"This new self-tanning brand is on everyone's lips in NYC, and for good reason. Celebrity tanner Jules Von Hep (he does everyone from Blake Lively to Sienna Miller) created this brand-new line with a color-correcting technology that adjusts based on your skin tone so that you get a natural-looking, even tan, no matter what your undertones are. I was thoroughly impressed with how even, golden, and streak-free my tan looked when I used the medium shade-not even a hint of orange in sight. People keep asking me about this line, and now that I've tried it, I'll tell them it's worth every penny." - Faith

DecortГ© Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint $95Shop

"I'm newly obsessed with this Japanese makeup brand called DecortГ©-more specifically, its Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint. It gives the perfect amount of barely there coverage while still making my skin look 10 times better and, more importantly, doesn't melt off or make me look greasy in the muggy NYC summer heat. I've been telling everyone I know about this under-the-radar brand." - Faith