These are the products our editors tried and loved in July

I’m so excited to be writing this post on behalf of our whole Glam & High editors team. We all love beauty, and we have tried so many amazing products this month. I’ll be sharing our beauty favs from July, but first, let’s talk about the products that we tried this month. We all have different beauty needs and goals, so I wanted to share our stories so you know what products we loved, and what products I would recommend.

That’s right, we’re making a bold prediction: these are the products our editors tried and loved in July. It’s a bold statement, but hear us out! We’re not like every other trend-watching publication that posts a list of what’s hot in every month, we choose to be different.

A new year means new products, and over the summer there was a ton of amazing things hitting the shelves. Some of our favorite products from July were the Pantone Color of the Year, a huge collection of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, a gorgeous new lipstick from NARS, and tons of new cookbooks. We managed to cram a ton of food-related products into the mix (more on that in another post), but we also found some incredible beauty products that we couldn’t wait to share.

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Each month, the Underscored crew tests far too many items to keep track of. Some don’t leave an indelible impact, while others entice us to buy again and again. We’re dedicated to showcasing the finest goods available, so we’ve chosen to compile monthly roundups of our favorite products.

What did we adore in July, you may wonder? Continue reading to see the items we tried and couldn’t get enough of, as well as a look back at our June favorites.

($125; carawayhome.com) Dutch Oven with Caraway

Caraway Dutch Oven

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Caraway Dutch Oven

I’m a horrible chef with a tiny kitchen, so the last year has been quite the adventure. But I’ve gotten the hang of a few things, including chili making. Tossing a lot of ingredients into a pan and then ignoring it for a few hours? Please include me in your plans. This Dutch oven has not only made my chili-making procedure much more attractive, but its nonstick bottom and large capacity have completely transformed my weekly cooking experience. Unfortunately, this lovely lavender hue is no longer available, but any of Caraway’s colors will bring a touch of elegance to your kitchen, particularly if you don’t have enough cupboard space and instead hang it over your stove. — Rachel Lubitz is a lifestyle editor for the New York Times.

Pineapple Garlic Reaper, Seor Lechuga Hot Sauce ($11.99; amazon.com)

Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce, Pineapple Garlic Reaper

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Pineapple Garlic Reaper, Seor Lechuga Hot Sauce

I almost usually drizzle some spicy sauce over everything I eat when I’m not dousing it with Acid League vinegars. I’ve tasted a lot of different hot sauces over the years, but Seor Lechuga’s delicious Pineapple Garlic Reaper hot sauce is one of the finest I’ve had in recent years. The ingredients are basic, yet the sweet and spicy combination in this sauce is almost miraculous. I’ve been using it on tacos, breakfast burritos, roasted vegetables, and pretty much anything else that needs a boost of flavor. The simple packaging is also quite attractive, making this a perfect small present for any hot sauce fans in your life! — Head of social media, Hayley Saltzman

Yeti Rambler Water Bottle, 26-Ounce ($39.99; yeti.com)

Yeti Rambler 26-Ounce Water Bottle

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Yeti Rambler Water Bottle, 26-Ounce

This Yeti water bottle, which is our choice for the best water bottle of 2021, is fantastic. It not only keeps water ice-cold for hours, but it’s also simple to drink from, clean, and attractive. Furthermore, it features the finest top of any bottle we examined, making drinking and refilling a breeze. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt

Kayden Tufted Upholstered Low Profile Standard Bed in Gold Flamingo (beginning at $185.84; wayfair.com)

Gold Flamingo Kayden Tufted Upholstered Low Profile Standard Bed

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Kayden, the Gold Flamingo Low Profile Tufted Upholstered Tufted Upholstered Tufted Upholstered Tufted Upholstered Tu

I had just relocated for the first time in years and decided that now was the time to get a new bed frame. I looked for weeks, hoping to find the ideal one that wouldn’t break the budget — particularly given the thousands of dollars already spent on the relocation. It was love at first sight when I saw this Gold Flamingo tufted panel bed. I chose the blue colour because I wanted a silky smooth bed frame that would give my home a sleek, contemporary but vibrant feel. It was very easy to put together – I’m 5’2″ and tiny, so I was able to do most of it by myself. Even better, the frame has a 7-inch clearance beneath the bed for storage. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

Moroccan Glass by Revival (beginning at $49; revivalrugs.com)

Revival Moroccan Glass

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Moroccan Revival Glass

I’m nearly 30, which means I’ve developed a strong interest in glassware. For a while, I’d been looking for something to replace my dismal Ikea glassware from my college days, and these beautiful green glasses made of recycled Moroccan glass are just what I needed. A set of six of the smaller glasses costs around $50, while a set of six of the tall glasses costs just under $70. They’re thick enough to seem pricey, and each one has its own bubbles and rims. Whether it’s water or Lambrusco on a hot summer day, I just love drinking out of these. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz

Nonstick Saute Pan by Made In ($148; madeincookware.com)

Made In Non Stick Saute Pan

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Cooked in a nonstick skillet

I’ve used a lot of nonstick pans in the past, both cheap and expensive, but this premium stainless steel frying pan from Made In’s new nonstick cookware line hands down beats them all! Its 12 inch diameter makes it ideal for big quantities of food or single-person dinners, and it only only one rinse to get even the stickiest foods to slide off off the pan. — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.

Microgel All Positions Bed Pillow by Made By Design ($16; target.com)

Made By Design Microgel All Positions Bed Pillow

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Microgel All Positions Bed Pillow by Made By Design

This may seem stupid, but I don’t believe I sleep well on pillows. Mine are usually flat and unpleasant to sit on. When I initially relocated, I knew one of my first purchases would have to be new pillows, so I went to Target to see what they had to offer. I cuddled several pillows for at least 10 minutes before deciding on the Made By Design Microgel All Positions Bed Pillow. I’m the kind of person that changes positions throughout the night, from back to side to stomach, so the fact that it’s designed to give support in all situations is incredible. It’s very fluffy and soft, and it’s by far the most comfy pillow I’ve ever had. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

The Starter Kit for Billie Razor ($9; mybillie.com) is a great way to get started with the Billie Razor.

Billie Razor Starter Kit

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Billie Razor Starter Kit

You need a Billie Razor if you don’t already have one, and I recommend starting with Malibu, the brand’s new color-blocked razor inspired by the splendor and nostalgia of a 1990s summer. It’s designed with a matte rubber back so it doesn’t slide out of my hands in the shower, and it even comes with a holder that adheres to your shower’s surface. Furthermore, the blades are by far the sharpest I’ve ever experienced, and my legs have never felt smoother. Did I mention it’s our top recommendation for the finest women’s razor? — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.

Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer by Peter Thomas Roth (beginning at $22; sephora.com)

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer

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Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer by Peter Thomas Roth

It’s finally here: the ideal summer moisturizer. Because I have combination skin, I have to deal with a greasier T-zone in the summer. What I seek for in a moisturizer is a light, gel-like consistency that nourishes and hydrates without leaving me feeling greasy. And now you have it. Because I have acne, moisturizers can wreak havoc on my skin in a matter of days, but this one has been a godsend. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz

T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion by Drunk Elephant ($25; drunkelephant.com)

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion

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T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion by Drunk Elephant

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t lather up with a hydrating lotion after a shower. I despise being ashy and like velvety smooth skin, so when I heard Drunk Elephant was releasing a body lotion as part of its T.L.C. line, I knew I had to get my hands on it. The Glycolic Body Lotion has a 10% AHA mix (particularly glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids) that works to gently smooth and soften rough, bumpy skin over time. It left my skin feeling softer than ever and exfoliated without taking away moisture even after just one usage. Despite the fact that I don’t have sensitive skin, I haven’t had any irritation. To ensure that the lotion works for you, the company advises beginning slowly and applying it every other day for the first week. I tried a lot of cosmetic products, but this one really stands out. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

Blemish Balm by Osea ($48; nordstrom.com)

Osea Blemish Balm

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Blemish Balm by Osea

Summer is notorious for wreaking havoc on my skin; the heat and overall sweatiness of the season are a recipe for breakouts. Things have been a lot clearer since I started using Osea’s Blemish Balm in my skincare regimen. Three kinds of nutrient-rich seaweed, as well as tea tree, juniper, and thyme essential oils, provide a refreshing combination that feels extremely clean and tingling when applied. It’s the light, airy summer moisturizer that my skin has been begging for. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone

Static Nails Non-Toxic Hydrating Nail Polish Remover ($18; urbanoutfitters.com) is a 100 percent non-toxic nail polish remover.

Static Nails 100% Non-Toxic Hydrating Nail Polish Remover

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Static Nails Non-Toxic Hydrating Nail Polish Remover is 100 percent non-toxic.

I honestly believed that the only nail polish remover that really worked was the 100 percent acetone type, which dissolves lacquer in seconds but smells like pure poisonous chemicals and leaves your skin feeling very dry. I was a little dubious when I saw this beautiful container and the remover inside that appeared like water. Any “natural” or non-toxic removers I’ve used in the past tend to take an eternity to remove the polish, and I don’t have the patience for that. However, this product really impressed me. While I was rushing to remove polish in order to put press-on nails before a trip (priorities! ), the remover came in handy – no waiting or additional rubbing was needed! It had virtually little smell and took less than two minutes to remove all remnants of my vivid red nail paint. My only gripe is that the dropper-style applicator makes it a little difficult to apply the product—you’ll want to put the remover onto a cotton swab instead of trying to apply it straight to your nail, which I was tempted to do because of the dropper-style applicator. It’s not a good idea! If you keep to the standard cotton swab applicator, you’ll like this product as well. — Hayley Saltzman, social media director

Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 by Ilia Beauty ($48; iliabeauty.com)

Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

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SPF 40 Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint

I took a cosmetic vacation during the epidemic, like many others, and as a consequence, my tolerance for cakey products has decreased considerably. I was very looking forward to trying the Ilia Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 since I was intrigued by the concept of mixing skincare components like hyaluronic acid and SPF with a lightweight foundation. The cream itself applies like a second skin, providing more coverage than you’d anticipate while being non-sticky. It also provides a slight dewiness, similar to what you’d get with a serum on its own. — Associate editor Kristin Magaldi

UpCircle Date Seed Soothing Body Cream ($30; verishop.com)

UpCircle Soothing Body Cream With Date Seeds

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Soothing Body Cream with Date Seeds from UpCircle

UpCircle’s line of sustainable skin care products, which gives new life to food items that would otherwise be thrown and wasted, such as coffee grounds, fruit stones, and chai spices, has just been presented to me. The Soothing Body Cream, which is made with date seeds, shea butter, linseed, and olive oil, is one of my faves thus far. The cream is rich, creamy, and nourishing without clogging your pores, and it comes in a lovely 100 percent recyclable container. This is the first thing I go for after I get out of the shower or if I need to reapply lotion during the day. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

Beauty Light Wand by Charlotte Tilbury ($38; charlottetilbury.com)

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand

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Beauty Light Wand by Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury items make up 90% of my makeup bag, but the one item I’ve been grabbing for the most in the last month is the brand’s renowned Beauty Light Wand. When it comes to this liquid highlighter, little is more — it’s insanely pigmented in a good way! — and it gives me the healthiest, glow-from-within look on no-makeup-makeup days or nights out when the aim is to shine, since the product is readily buildable without appearing cakey. — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.

Supergoop! Supergoop.com’s Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 (beginning at $10)

Supergoop! Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50

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Supergoop! SPF 50 Play Everyday Lotion

I’m a sun worshipper, therefore I know I need to take additional precautions and protect my skin during the hot summer months in New York. I’d heard good things about Supergoopsunscreen !’s brand, so when I came across a bottle at Sephora, I decided to give it a try. This sunscreen feels like skin care and protection in a bottle, and I love how quickly it sinks into my skin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes, which is something I’ve noticed with other sunscreens. It works well layered over my other skin care products and doesn’t pill, which is great for reapplication later in the day. — Photo editor Natasha Hatendi

Amazon.com: Brio 4K Pro Webcam by Logitech ($155.50, originally $199)

Logitech Brio 4K Pro Webcam

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Logitech Brio 4K Pro Webcam

The Logitech Brio is the gadget I didn’t even realize I needed. Since video conferencing has become the norm, I’ve always worried about appearing my best on Zoom, whether it’s by setting the lighting exactly perfect or finding a pleasing perspective. Using the Brio, on the other hand, has been a game changer. The camera uses ultra-high-definition (4K) footage that is very clear, and it even has technology that changes the lighting and contrast for you. It’s very simple to put up, and the adjustable mount is a nice addition. It’s become a WFH staple for me. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

Anker Nano II 30W Charger (Amazon.com; $39.99)

Anker Nano II Charger

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Nano II Charger by Anker

The new rapid chargers from Anker are a tech journalist’s fantasy come true. They’re the ideal way to keep your gadgets – phones, tablets, laptops, earphones, and more — charged. They’re available in 30-watt, 45-watt, and 65-watt versions, all with a single USB-C connection. The sleek and contemporary black and gray style is one of my favorites. These days, they’re a must-have for me. Check out the rest of our review here. — Jacob Krol, editor of technology and electronics

Beam by Sonos ($399; sonos.com) is a wireless speaker from Sonos.

Sonos Beam

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Sonos Beam

I’ve had my Sonos One ($199; sonos.com) for years and have always considered it to be a fantastic speaker, so I decided to upgrade to the Sonos Beam when I moved into a new apartment. It’s not just a fantastic soundbar that will undoubtedly improve your TV viewing experience, but it also has Alexa, making it an all-around audio superstar. I use the Beam almost every day, whether I’m working and listening to podcasts or music, binge-watching “Mare of Easttown” at night, or asking Alexa to set a timer as I boil my mac and cheese. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone

Amazon.com: MagSafe Battery Pack for Apple ($99).

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

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Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

MagSafe Battery Pack for Apple

James Allen Petite Open Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Ring ($217, originally $290; jamesallen.com) is a 14K yellow gold ring with a freshwater cultured pearl and diamonds.

James Allen 14K Yellow Gold Petite Open Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Ring

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Petite Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Ring in 14K Yellow Gold by James Allen

Petite Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Ring in 14K Yellow Gold by James Allen

Lace Up by Thousand Fell for Women ($120; thousandfell.com)

Thousand Fell Women's Lace Up

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Lace Up by Thousand Fell for Women

I must confess that I am not a sneaker wearer. In the summer, I wear a bright strappy sandal, and once the temperature drops below 70 degrees, I put on my trusty Doc Martens, which have been with me for years. But, since I’ve been walking a lot more than normal this summer (freedom is seductive), shoes have suddenly become a really excellent option. These Thousand Fell shoes are unique in that they are very environmentally friendly. They’re manufactured from aloe vera, recycled water bottles, sugar cane, and coconut husk, and the business has a recycling scheme so that after you’re done with your shoes, you can put them back into the system to help create new sneakers and save waste. Aside from the feel-good factor, these sneakers are very comfy. It’s like though you’re walking on clouds. They’re also very attractive, with a simple design and a burst of color on the rear of the shoe that may range from lime green to pink to a traditional blue, which is the color I chose. It’s a great fit for my first walking footwear in a year. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz

High Waist Power Flex Yoga Shorts, Pack of 2 by 90 Degree By Reflex ($24.99, originally $35.99; amazon.com)

90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Yoga Shorts, Pack of 2

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Pack of 2 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Yoga Shorts

I’ve spent the whole summer in yoga and bike shorts, which are the perfect warm-weather alternative to leggings. Unfortunately, some pairs are too tight, dig in, or ride up, so trial and error is inevitable. However, I’ve been really smitten with the two-pack of yoga shorts from 90 Degree By Reflex. The black and mocha colors go well together, and the nylon and spandex fabric combination is very soft and thick, making it ideal for daily use. The fit is high-waisted for belly control, and although I’m not working out right now, I’m sure they won’t slip down during my next workout. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

Rectrek 3-inch Skort by Outdoor Voices ($78; outdoorvoices.com)

Outdoor Voices Rectrek 3-inch Skort

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Rectrek 3-inch Skort by Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices’ skort makes working out on the move a breeze. With seven safe storage compartments, there’s no need to carry a bag for a stroll or trek if you don’t want to! It has a high-rise fit with an adjustable waistband, as well as the most amazing designs and colors. I definitely recommend it, but I would size up since it runs a little small! — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.

Seamless High-Leg Bikini by ThirdLove ($14; thirdlove.com)

ThirdLove Form Seamless High-Leg Bikini

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Seamless High-Leg Bikini by ThirdLove

When I say this bikini underwear is the most comfortable pair I’ve ever worn, I’m not joking. I totally forgot I was wearing them, and I’d rather have them than not have them at all. The underpants are from ThirdLove’s new Seamless range, Form, which is intended for maximum flexibility and comfort. These have a vintage-style shape and a 4-way stretch, extremely light fabric that won’t show through your clothing. They’re available in sizes XS to 3X. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden

The One Travel Carrier in the Wild ($125; wildone.com) is a stylish way to transport your belongings.

Wild One Travel Carrier

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Wild One Travel Carrier

This month, I flew my cat, Phoebe, back home across the country (something I’ve done a few times in the 18 months I’ve been her mom), and it’s always a recipe for stress — on my side, Phoebe is generally OK. This trip was no exception: we were five hours late, but the Wild One Travel Carrier proved to be a lifesaver. I was able to unzip the carrier into a covered cat bed with a comfortable cushion while we were stuck in the airport, giving her space to stretch out and get some fresh air (the inner leash clip came in useful; I could allow her a little freedom to roam without fearing she’d run away). Plus, the many compartments — including a cell phone pocket — made it simpler for me to have her needs on hand, like as snacks and wipes, and the sleeve slipped over my suitcase handle to keep her safe while I pushed her around throughout the trip. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone

($24.95; chewy.com) ChomChom Pet Hair Remover (Roller)

ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover

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ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover

The ChomChom is a must-have item for every pet owner. My cat sheds fur all over the place, but I can easily clean it up with the ChomChom. It looks great on my grandmother’s sofa, my leather chair, my shag carpeting, and even my velvet duvet. It’s most likely the greatest investment I’ve made in 2021. — Programming editor Delaney Strunk

It’s the beginning of summer, and you can’t wait to surf, kayak, cook out, and play around in the yard. Of course, you are also anxious for the school year to begin and all the fun activities you can’t wait to get back to. But before you can enjoy all the fun activities you’ve been longing to do, you need to get your summer wardrobe ready. In this post, we’re highlighting the apparel that our editors have tried and loved. From backpacks to swimwear, denim to workout apparel, we’ve found and tried everything that will make you look and feel amazing this summer.. Read more about cnn underscored vpn and let us know what you think.

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