We have to tell you: It can be exhausting testing out beauty products all day long. Don't get us wrong — we don't expect you to pull out a tiny violin for us, since we will admit that it's pretty fun, too. But being charged with selecting the highest-quality, best-performing beauty picks for The Wanderlust, our subscription box, is a big responsibilty, and we don't take it lightly. For beach-lovers like us, it's all about skin, sun, and naturally glowy products that enhance our natural beauty (preferably while smelling amaaaaazing — see? Our standards are high), and we're thrilled that we have a slew of exciting, effective product partners in The Wanderlust (did you hear that the current edition takes us to the beachy paradise that is Rio de Janeiro?!).
Clearly a tan is key to our bikini beauty goals, and while we never say no to a few hours spent soaking up some rays, Tan Towel is there for when we need to amp up a faux glow, stat. These genius, no-mess wipes deliver the perfect dose of self-tanner in a convenient, travel-friendly pouch. No more tubes, no more tan palms. Need we say more? No matter your skin type or tone, they deliver a range of bronze shades that dry to a natural, beautiful tan.
Remember what we said about smelling amaaaaaazing? Eye of Love pheromone-powered after sun care and SPF lotion are lightly fragranced and formulated to intoxicate the opposite sex with pheromones, chemicals that our bodies naturally emit to signal to potential mates that we're ready to connect. Science-wise, they're proven relationship builders, and we're completely obsessed with them after this chat with Eye Of Love's Jacqui Rubinoff.
When it comes to beauty upkeep on the go and while we're in travel mode, wipes are king. Comodynes makeup wipes are our #1 must-pack for keeping our skin sane while we're on the road. Thanks to their multiple formulas which keep all skin types happy, and their genius single-serve self-tan wipes, our dopp kit is never overloaded and we're always well stocked with just what we need to keep sweat, grime and beach debris at bay.
Skincare has gone through a serious revolution in the past few years, and Herbivore Botanicals has been on the forefront of the "clean" beauty change-up. From infusing their super-active formulas with everything from pink clay from France and charged-up Brazilian gemstones, the husband-and-wife team behind the brand are committed to creating effective, essential products that make you feel — and look — amazing. We're currently obsessing over the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water spritz, as it is the perfect antidote to dry winter air. Also amazing? The Blue Tanzy clarifying mask, which literally whips your skin into shape after one treatment.
Also on the natural skincare front is U.S. Apothecary, a range of products powered by natural essences and essential oils that turn your everyday shower into a bathing ritual you want to savor. The Rosewater Bath Soak is a luxurious, skin-pampering sprinkle for your bathtub loaded with muscle-soothing botanicals and sensory-pleasing fragrance. The fact that the packaging is gorgeous is a major plus. We're also huge fans of the water bar soaps, which are perfect for traveling and also make the most wonderful gifts — they smell heavenly and leave behind the most lovely, light fragrance.
Rounding up these bright beauty ideas is part of what makes The Wanderlust subscription box so much fun — we're thrilled to partner with these wonderful brands and love sharing them with you. If you have any beauty faves we should know about, please drop us a line!