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Under-The-Radar Summer Beauty Finds From Our Favorite Brands

These products from brands like e.l.f. Cosmetics, Ouai, and Dr. Barbara Sturm are about to become your warm-weather go-tos.

By Isabella Biedenharn

With social engagements and summer travel on the horizon once again, I’m giving more thought to the skincare and beauty routines that fell by the wayside during the past year. And while I’m excited to play with glam details like bold nails and glittery eye gel, I also don’t want to lose the peaceful, therapeutic approach to skincare and self-care that developed when I didn’t have anywhere to be or anyone to impress.

For me, that means taking time for salt scrubs and scalp serums in the shower, pampering myself with lip oils and clarifying masks afterward, and keeping beauty low-key with a multi-stick or just one or two pops of color at once. With this approach in mind, I’ve rounded up under-the-radar summer beauty finds from our favorite brands, from Black woman-owned lines like Butter by Keba to easy-on-the-wallet staples like e.l.f. Cosmetics. And there’s always a reason to treat yourself to a splurge, like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line. Read on for everything you’ll want to stock your bathroom with this season.

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A Deliciously Scented Salt Scrub

Bath Salt Scrub (8 oz.)
Butter By Keba

Made with Dead Sea salt and grape seed oil, this deliciously scented bath salt scrub will turn your tub into a spa with just one scoop. The salt will exfoliate your skin until it’s soft and glowy, and the essential oils will leave you moisturized and smelling like aromatherapy personified.

A Luxurious Treat For Your Scalp

Dr. Barbara Sturm Beauty Scalp Serum (50 mL)
DR BARBARA STURM

News flash: Your scalp needs as much TLC as the rest of your head. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Scalp Serum is a fantastic way to lend it some love: Just apply it to the scalp with wet or dry hair and massage it in. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and purslane to help combat dryness and promote healthy, shiny hair.

A Silicone-Free Curl Cream

Curl Crème - Fragrance Free 236ml
OUAI

Curly, coily, and wavey strands will love this curl-defining cream that fights frizz without the use of silicone. To apply, simply section wet hair and evenly comb through with your fingers, or use it sparingly on dry hair to add definition and smooth out frizz.

A Holy Grail Body Butter

Body Butter
Butter By Keba

For velvety soft (but not greasy) skin, massage this shea-based body butter all over after a shower. Available in a variety of fragrances like the clean, woody La Vera or tropical, coconut-infused Lotus Nut, Butter by Keba’s star product also contains candelilla wax, which can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

A Clarifying Mask That’s Worth The Splurge

Clarifying Mask
DR BARBARA STURM

This mask is a major multitasker: It improves the skin’s moisture barrier, absorbs excess sebum, and soothes and calms skin. With repeated use (twice weekly is recommended), it can even help minimize the look of fine lines.

A Medium-Coverage CC Cream

Camo CC Cream
e.l.f. Cosmetics

If your skin has gotten the better of you lately (you’re not alone), this CC cream covers blemishes while helping to prevent future ones with niacinamide and peptides. Skin will drink up the product’s hyaluronic acid and collagen, too, leaving your face plump and hydrated. Most importantly: It’s got SPF 30 protection.

A Perfect Red Nail Polish

Nail Artist
Emilie Heathe

This long-wearing nail polish, enhanced with bamboo extract, vitamin E, biotin, and coconut oil demands prime real estate on your vanity. The intense color gives you statement-making nails, while the custom Japanese bottle is like a bonus art piece. If you fall in love with more than one shade, the bottles stick together via magnet for easy organization and packability.

A Multitasking Pigment Stick

Monochromatic Multi Stick
e.l.f. Cosmetics

Spend less time getting ready and more time reuniting with friends with this easy cream-to-powder multi stick. Swipe the pigment onto eyes, lips, or cheeks — wherever you’d like a flush of dreamy, blendable color.

A Thoughtfully Formulated Eyeshadow Palette

The Upcycle Eyeshadow Palette / Rowdy Rose Nude
PYT Beauty

Just as great for a natural look as it is for a bold, moody eye, this vegan and 100% cruelty-free eyeshadow palette makes it easy to achieve some of summer’s best makeup trends. And at $28 for 12 shades plus free delivery, you may have a hard time finding a reason not to add these shimmering shades to your collection.