The OG of traditional lipsticks in the clean beauty space, ILIA Beauty (established 2011) has been holding court ever since. The colors are complex, unique, flattering and modern — a rare combo despite the increase of make up branding touting non-toxic formulas. Named after music from the 70’s and 80’s, Sasha Plavsic’s original shades were offered in either a traditional lipstick, or its slightly dewier iteration: her classic tinted lip conditioner.

Not sure sure to start? Bang Bang is your best bet if you’re after a red, the bright berry Arabian Nights is the founder’s personal favorite, and Nobody’s Baby looks fantastic on everyone.

However, in the summer months, I’m a sucker for her peachy pink nudes. Funnel of Love, pictured above, was created to capture the exuberantly gamine lip color worn by Bridget Bardot in her hay day.


How gorgeous is this gel mask? It’s become a summer time mainstay, when sweat, sunscreen and garden grim slick up my face and my trusty oil cleansers don’t leave me feeling clean enough. It’s a gentle mask, however, nothing like stripping action you’ll get from say, Goop’s exfoliating treatments. A potent combo of botanicals (white willow, known for smoothing out acne) and BHA/AHA enzymes quietly dissolve dead skin. All the while, blue tansy (which gives this gel its mesmerizing hue) soothes, leaving the face refined and balanced.

$48 for the most elegant glass jar in your medicine cabinet.