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New Beauty Obsessions for August

It’s Leo season and the height of summer, and we’re all hoping to take a bit of a pause to bask in it—goop takes a company-wide vacation for part of the month to unplug and reset, but even when we’re working, there’s something about the long days and the heat that induces a little more languor than usual. Between a minty refreshing mist, a serum that smells like honey and flowers, and some chic summer colors that make us feel sexy and French, here are the new summer essentials that beauty editors Jean, Brianna, Erica, and Emma are (super) into this month.

Jean Godfrey-June

Jean Godfrey-June

executive beauty director

  1. “Miranda Kerr, a sunny, summery person if ever there were one, has infused this skin-refreshing mist not only with beautiful just-picked peppermint but also with palo santo, and it is heaven to spritz on. It’s full of minerals, moisture, and nutrients from microalgae, sea water, aloe vera, and blue daisy, and like everything KORA makes, it’s infused with crystals. Whether you’re spritzing to keep yourself awake at your computer or to plump and dewify your skin after a nap in a hammock, it’s the ultimate summer energy shifter.”

    KORA Organics Minty Mineral Mist, goop, $40
    KORA Organics Minty Mineral Mist goop, $40
  2. “This enchanted me the second I tried it. It smells—in the best subtle, sophisticated way—of honey and flowers, and it feels so good going on, it’s as if an especially kind person has reached out a hand personally to soothe my troubled soul. A serum that really, really moisturizes with several weights of hyaluronic acid plus fruit and floral oils, it’s creamy but sinks right in, and your skin looks incredible afterward. It brightens and firms and soothes and nourishes long-term, but the moment—all we have is the moment, correct?—is where the pleasure is.”

    Monastery Made Flora Botanical Cream Serum, goop, $150
    Monastery Made Flora Botanical Cream Serum goop, $150
  3. “I got to try these out early on a visit to Tata Harper’s house when she was finalizing the colors, and I was immediately obsessed. They look like a jumble of jelly candies, and because they’re sheer and intensely pigmented, they give the most beautiful just-bitten flush. A dab at the apples of my cheeks leaves me looking alive, well rested, more symmetrical than I am, dewier, refreshed, and just prettier. Do I love Spicy or Berry better? It depends on the day.”

    Tata Harper Vitamin-Infused Cream Blush, goop, $42
    Tata Harper Vitamin-Infused Cream Blush goop, $42
Erica Ndlovu, junior associate beauty editor

Erica Ndlovu

junior associate beauty editor

  1. “This iridescent highlighter gives me the best shimmery just-took-a-dip-in-the-pool look. Made with baobab-seed oil, it’s flattering and moisturizing. I like swiping it across my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and my Cupid’s bow—it looks amazing on its own without any other makeup or with a pretty lip color or lashes. It’s also the perfect size to toss in my bag for when I need a quick refresh.”

    Ami Cole Light Catching Highlighter, goop, $22
    Ami Colé Light-Catching Highlighter goop, $22
  2. “I use this creamy cleanser to start the day: I massage it into my face for a minute to let the exfoliating combination of diamond powder, enzymes, and skin acids work their magic. Then I splash water on my face—it feels so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling so clean, soothed, smoothed, and moisturized and looking noticeably more radiant. Bonus: It comes in a sustainable refillable tube.”

    The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser, goop, $73
    The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser goop, $73
  3. “I love this blush for a quick dewy pop of color. I dab a little bit on each cheek and blend it in with my fingertips, and instantly, my skin looks brighter and more alive. It’s super buildable, so on days I need an extra boost, I treat myself to a few extra dabs.”

    Saie Dew Blush
    Saie Dew Blush goop, $22
Brianna Peters, associate beauty editor

Brianna Peters

associate beauty editor

  1. “The one thing that’s been saving my skin from the New York City grime this summer is cleansing with this ultragentle face wash. The blend of jojoba, moringa, and rose hip oils plus aloe vera dissolves all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup while supercharging my skin with moisturizing, brightening, soothing ingredients. It’s a dream for anyone with sensitive skin like mine, and the rose-geranium scent makes me look forward to washing my face.”

    Pholk Beauty Glow Replenish Face Wash, goop, $20
    Pholk Beauty Glow Replenish Face Wash goop, $20
  2. “When I want to give my hair a bit of a break from heat styling, this lightweight spray leaves my hair with just the right amount of movement and softness. It’s made with enough hold and weight to fortify my natural texture with some oomph, and it smells like tropical fruit and hibiscus. I spray it in after the shower when my hair is damp and let my hair air-dry—that’s it!”

    Rahua Air Dry Spray, goop, $32
    Rahua Air Dry Spray goop, $32
  3. “This new warm, sheer, beigy-pink color is my favorite LipFuel shade: It’s super flattering, and it really lasts. I like to apply it just slightly outside of my lip line for a sexy, French, diffused lip color that’s not too perfect (and the adorable slim oval tube is the perfect shape to get the innermost corners of your lips, too).”

    Kosas Kosasport Lipfuel in Flow, goop, $18
    Kosas Kosasport LipFuel in Flow goop, $18
Emma Brophy, editorial assistant

Emma Brophy

editorial assistant

  1. “I lather this gel shampoo into my hair twice a week, and it works like a dream to give my hair volume and shine even in the middle of a hot, humid Nashville summer. It’s made with green tea leaf extract, citrus juices, and lemongrass, so it smells fresh and summery.”

    Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, goop, $34
    Rahua Voluminous Shampoo goop, $34
  2. “This serum is a super lightweight sunscreen made with 25 percent zinc oxide, prickly pear extract, and coconut oil, and it feels so good on my skin. Every morning, after my skin-care routine, I massage one pump onto my face, neck, and chest and the backs of my hands. It absorbs almost instantly and leaves my skin dewy and fresh.”

    EleVen Sunscreen Serum,
    EleVen Sunscreen Serum goop, $50
  3. “I love this part-gloss, part-creamy-tint shadow in taupe—I swipe it across my lids, on my cheekbones, and over my temples for an effortless-looking sun-warmed glow.”

    Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint, goop, $28
    Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint goop, $28

Wondering which shade is right for you? Have other questions? Message us at [email protected] for personal assistance.