Summer has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere and so have the new products we’ll be wearing all season long and, very likely, beyond. June’s vegan and cruelty-free launches give us plenty to be excited about: there’s new skincare, body care, makeup, and hair products to keep us looking and feeling fresh through the sticky, sweaty summer.
So, whether you’re looking for affordable vegan skincare for acne-prone skin, a multitasking lip gloss, the perfect minimalist face palette, a plant-based alternative to retinol, or glittery unicorn shower slime, there’s probably something in June that will speak to you.
Half of the items we chose are under $20 because buying things that are fun to play with and that make you feel good shouldn’t have to eat up your whole budget. Get a new eyebrow pen and those vegan tacos, okay?
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, $12, theordinary.com
If your summer skin feels more congested and oily than radiant and glowy, this balancing, exfoliating mask could make the perfect addition to your skincare routine. With salicylic acid, charcoal, and clay,The Ordinary’s latest launch is an affordable way to slough away old skin and neutralize blemishes. The addition of squalane counteracts the sometimes drying effects of salicylic acid and clay, adding back moisture and keeping your skin looking dewy and hydrated.
Glossier Brow Flick, $18, glossier.com
If you’re craving the wisp-thin strokes of a microblader’s needle without a few casual hundred dollars to throw down, Glossier’s latest might be just what you need in your life. This fine-tipped pen can help give you the fluffy brows of your dreams or erase the mistakes of last night’s all-too-eager ‘brow cleanup’: yeah, we’ve all been there. Like any kind of makeup pen or pencil, getting the strokes you desire takes a bit of getting to know the tool and how to best use it. Expecting to have the technique mastered right out of the box will probably lead to disappointment so give yourself time to practice.
Herbivore Botanicals Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum, $54, herbivorebotanicals.com
You know them, you love them, and you probably have one of their face oils or bath products in your bathroom right now. Herbivore Botanicals’ new product is a retinol alternative that promises to help smooth fine lines while being gentle enough that even pregnant people can use it. The babchi flower gives the water-based serum its plant-based retinol-like effect while polyhydroxy acids help exfoliate and mushroom extract gives loads of luxurious hydration. I predict a new cult fave.
Tower 28 Shine On Lip Jelly, $14, credobeauty.com
Tired: lip gloss that exists solely as a magnet for your flyaway hair, caught by the nearest breeze. Wired: lip jelly that moisturizes and treats dry, chapped lips while it gives your lips a glossy sheen right from an early 2000’s Brandy music video. I rest my case.
Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint, $26, cloveandhallow.com
What better time to launch a much-awaited, breathable, buildable foundation than right before summer throws its sweatiest, steamiest weather at us? Spread on just a touch with your fingers to even out your skin tone or use your favorite foundation brush for a fuller coverage. Either way, this skin tint is going to melt right into your skin and last all day long so you can worry about important things like veggie dogs and potato salad.
Kinfield Waterbalm, $18, kinfield.com
Looking for a way to nourish and soothe your thirsty sunburnt, bug-bitten, and otherwise weary summer skin? Waterbalm is a petroleum and wax-free stick that delivers the hydrating and soothing goods — aloe vera, green tea, and collodial oatmeal in this case — via a solid stick. Perfect for tossing in your bag before your next big outdoor adventure or for slathering on after a day spent in the mall’s air conditioning.
Too Faced Damn Girl! Mascara, $25, sephora.com
We all know that no mascara can ever give you the lush and dramatic look of a strip lash, but Too Faced’s latest drop does its best to deliver. Damn Girl! delivers thick, voluminous lashes that last all day without losing their curl or getting weighed down, thanks to the lightweight whipped formula. While it takes a little while to get the hang of application, it comes close enough to that falsie look to make me want to chuck my lash glue forever.
RMS Sensual Skin Trio, $32, credobeauty.com
RMS is known for their oil-based cream cosmetics, like their collection of holy grail-worthy luminizers won them hoards of cult followers. This summer, they’ve started dabbling in pressed powders. Solid doesn’t have to mean dry and dusty — all of the formulas are made with moisturizing squalane and finish with a truly subtle shimmer. This mini palette is the perfect addition to your summer rotation, helping you to pack light for that weekend road trip or music festival with a blush, bronzer, and luminizer in a slim little case.
R+Co Turntable Defining Crème, $29, randco.com
One of R+Co’s first big moves as a fully vegan company was adding a new line of products for curly hair. As a person who has been using almost exclusively R+Co. styling products on my curls for the last year or so, this is definitely an exciting development. Turntable promises crunch-free curl definition with rice protein, coconut oil, chia seed extract, and flax seed extract nourishing while they add moisture and shine.
Merci Handy Unicorn Edition Slime Shower Jelly, $15, mercihandy.com
Two things that the world seems to agree with me are incredibly soothing: watching hours of ASMR videos and a steamy shower. Combine the two and you get the squishy, glittery ‘shower slime’ from colorful French brand, Merci Handy. The brand’s playful packaging and uplifting scents will definitely add some playfulness to your morning rinse.