There’s a lot of division in the country right now: pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump, team Nicki Minaj vs. team Remy Ma, Moonlight vs. La La Land, those anticipating the Beauty and the Beast remake and those dreading it. It's a hard world out here! One thing that can help us all deal with these actual and non-actual stressors is making sure we’re taking care of ourselves.
A good way to go about that is with beauty. The simple act of treating yourself—be that through a DIY manicure, taking a bath, putting on lipstick, or using a face mask—can do wonders for your sanity. To help, there’s a whole batch of new hair, makeup, skin-care, and body products on the market we thought you should know about.
There’s a deep conditioner that melts into the hair follicles, leaving you with soft, commercial-worthy hair; a detoxifying African black soap mud mask that will suck the gunk out of your pores; and a bunch of others. A win for your well-being is a win for all.
Protection from both UV and blue light (aka the light from the device you're reading this on)? Farmacy's sunscreen provides both.
Farmacy, Green Screen, $36, available in March at Sephora.
Beauty brands are finally listening to the needs of the black consumer, which is evident in NYX's new expansive foundation collection. The dropper allows you to control the amount of coverage you want, be it minimal or full.
NYX, Total Control Drop Foundation, $14, available at NYX.
Even better than a dry shampoo, Oribe's Volume Powder helps lift the roots and create texture.
Oribe, Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, $42, available in April.
If last year was all about in-shower moisturizers, this year is all about the lightweight body cleanser. This foam version is a beauty body game changer.
Dove, Shower Foam, $5.97, available at Dove.
Miu Miu's new spring perfume makes us want to buy ourselves some flowers. Lily of the valley, to be specific. That's the main note takeaway you'll get from this light fragrance, though there are hints of rose and wood, also.
Miu Miu, L'eau Bleue, $68, available at Sephora.
Tenoverten's 8-free polishes come in fresh spring shades (think baby pink and nude) and are cruelty-free and vegan.
Tenoverten, 045 Madison, $18, available at Tenoverten.
If you're going to use a body bronzer of some kind, might as well make it Tom Ford.
Tom Ford, Bronzing Gel, $48, available at Tom Ford.
This is that face mask we were talking about earlier. African Black Soap, which is superb at thoroughly cleaning the skin, is a criminally underrated ingredient. Combine that with mud, and you've got a face mask worth holding onto.
Nubian Heritage, African Black Soap Mud Mask, $16.99, available at Nubian Heritage.
To counteract your other bright and bubbly bath bombs, try out this dark black pepper-scented one. It reads gray on the outside, but inside is an explosion of color you'll want to experience for yourself.
Lush, Metamorphosis Bath Bomb, $8.95, available at Lush.
These are already very much beloved in the beauty community, and now the brand is bringing you three more reasons to obsess over them by way of new shades (Halo, Blossom, and Rose Gold). Halo leaves you with an iridescent, holographic finish and is definitely our favorite of the trio.
Cover FX, Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, available at Sephora.
Ouidad is expanding their cult favorite product, the Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, into a conditioner, shampoo, and detangling product. Even Miami (or Miami-esque) weather is no match for this gang of frizz-fighting products.
Ouidad, Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner, $24, available in April at Ulta.
Shea Moisture has become the Beyoncé of beauty drops. Meaning, there seems to be a new one right when we need it the most. Its latest is formulated for those with thinner strands; the line also extends into body products.
Shea Moisture, Dragon's Blood & Coffee Cherry Volume + Shampoo, $11.49, available at Ulta.
This lightweight, non-sticky gel is infused with cactus extracts to help calm, hydrate, and repair sensitive skin.
MAKE, Succulent Skin Gel, $25, available at MAKE.
This new addition to the La Petite Robe Noire collection does it all—volumize, thicken, curl, lengthen, and define. Its universal formula adjusts to all lash types and is built to last all night long.
Guerlain, La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara, $28, available at Sephora.
The Highliner is back, and this time it’s matte! This intensely pigmented, waterproof, extreme-wear color can be smudged, layered, or drawn on for a graphic look.
Marc Jacobs, Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in ‘Misty Me,’ $25, available at Sephora.
What could we possibly love more than brunch? Mixing and matching a spread of 16 gorgeous (and cheekily named) pastel eye colors.
LORAC, I <3 Brunch Pro Palette, $44, available at Lorac Cosmetics.
Okay—so this beauty of a blush won’t be launching in the U.S. until March 21, but that doesn’t mean we don’t already have our calendars marked. If you’re looking to capture the look of a California sun-kissed glow this spring, this is the blush for you. Part bright pink, part shimmering gold, it’s sunshine in a box. Not to mention, the packaging is adorable.
Benefit, GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blusher, $30, available starting 3/21/2017 at Benefit.
Bite’s new lip pencils come in a wide range of lip tone-inspired neutral shade. The formula is not only creamy but super lightweight, leaving you feeling like you have nothing on your lips at all.
Bite Beauty, The Lip Pencil in ‘010,’ $18, available at Sephora.
This is what our thirsty post-winter skin is craving! This 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream actually turns atmospheric vapor into pure water—keeping your skin continuously quenched for up to 72 hours.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $52, available at Peter Thomas Roth.
This new deep conditioner is part of Kerastase’s Aura Botanica, the brand’s first delve into naturals. While this conditioning formula may be lightweight, it melts into the hair follicle for a hydrating, detangling, and defrizzing experience.
Kerastase, Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental, $24, available at Kerastase.
JINsoon collaborated with iconic street artist Chris Riggs on the ultimate nail collection for spring. Hot pink, vibrant orange, powder blue, and a chic gray are the perfect mix of soft and bright for the warmer weather to come. The duo even created a limited set of Nail Décor stickers, making DIY nail art that much easier.
JINsoon x Chris Riggs, Graffiti Art Collection, $18 per polish, available at JINsoon.
If you’re over the whole liquid matte frenzy the rest of the world is in, this lustrous, high-shine lip lacquer is for you. And don’t worry—these are formulated to feel like a balm, so you won’t get that awful, sticky feeling most high-shine glosses leave us with.
Dior, Addict Lacquer Stick in ‘Underground,’ $35, available at Dior.
Brows in need of a little shape-up after a rough winter? This universal brow pencil and gel setallows you to create a naturally defined arch—and it’s ridiculously convenient to put on.
Tarte, Arch Architect Brow Pencil & Gel, $24, available at Tarte.
If you are a fan of Bluemercury's cult-favorite PowerGlow Peel Pads (and how could you not be?!), prepare to be obsessed with the beauty retailer's multipurpose hydrator that works to exfoliate, resurface, clarify, and firm the skin while reducing pores and the appearance of fine lines and spider veins.
M-61, PowerGlow Moisturizer, $72, available at Bluemercury.
Also from the masterminds of Bluemercury, this universal eyeshadow palette featuring three matte and three shimmer shades that will take you from day to night.
Lune + Aster, Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette, $56, available at Bluemercury.
If you are always in search for the perfect blush shade, seek no more. The newest launch from By Terry, these duo sticks—that come in two uber-flattering shades of peach and pink and are paired with two complementary highlighter tints—can be used on cheeks, eyes, and lips.
By Terry, Glow Expert Duo Stick in ‘Terra Rosa,’ $48, available at Space.NK.
An at-home "facial" that exfoliates skin, reduces blemishes, and improves texture, this is one miracle product that you will want to try this spring.
Drunk Elephant, TLC Sukari Babyfacial, $80, available at Drunk Elephant.
Extend your blowout and time in between washes with this new, sheer powder spray from Alterna that will absorb excess oil while adding texture and volume.
Alterna, Caviar Sheer Dry Shampoo, $25, available at Nordstrom.
There hasn't been a beauty breakthrough this major since the release of the Clarisonic facial brush. The tech gurus behind the popular product are back now with a firming massage device that will lift skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the absorption of your skin-care products. It's truly worth every penny.
Clarisonic, Smart Profile Uplift, $349, available at Clarisonic.
If you are a devotee of Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb fragrance, prepare to add another soon-to-be beloved fragrance to your vanity. With Lavender replacing rose in this bottle, and a burst of citrus added to the mix, this unisex fragrance, that's part of the brand's Magic Collection, is simultaneously intoxicating and fresh. We're obsessed.
Viktor & Rolf, Magic Lavender Illusion Eau de Parfum, $220, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
You will rethink the word "cologne" after encountering the rousing scents from this perfume house. The newest launch features bright notes of Californian clementines paired with star anise, Sichuan pepper, and basilic.
Atelier Cologne, Clementine California Cologne, $195, available at Sephora.
An advanced take on Elizabeth Arden's popular ceramide capsules, this restoring serum has triple the anti-aging power to repair skin, increase moisture, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Elizabeth Arden, Advanced Ceramide Capsules, $78 for 60 capsules, available at Elizabeth Arden.
If you're one of the "lucky" ones who possesses hair prone to tangling, you're likely familiar with the detangling brush brand Wet Brush. The newest release, Shower Flex, features a non-pad design making it easy for cleaning and drying and perfect for hanging on the bar for in-shower use. Pair with your favorite conditioner and take out the knots without leaving the shower.
Wet Brush, Shower Flex, $9.99, available in April at Wet Brush.
Experience the miraculous powers of the Amazon rainforest with Rahua's new color-protecting hair line formulated to specifically protect and nourish color-treated tresses.
Rahua, Color Full Hair Mask, $62, available at Rahua.