Editor’s note: Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton first wrote a version of this post in November 2019, during one of Credo’s sitewide sales. Rio’s favorites are once again 20 percent off as part of the retailer’s friends and family sale, so we’re republishing her post to help you shop the sale smartly. But don’t dillydally: The sale ends on Sunday, October 24.
I have to say: Credo is one of my all-time favorite places to shop for new products. It is exceptionally good at trend forecasting (it was one of the first stores to sell RMS, Ilia, and Tower 28), and all of its brands are held to something they call “the Credo Clean Standard.” This means that you can be certain that any product you pick up at Credo contains exclusively nontoxic and sustainably sourced ingredients, and is ethically produced (meaning nothing is tested on animals). In other words: Credo is a beauty gold mine, and I’ve scoured the sale to find the absolute best of the best.
If you’ve been looking for a natural, everyday highlighter that has absolutely no glitter, shimmer, or sheen to it, this balm from Tower 28 is unbeatable. It gives skin the most natural glow-y, lit-from-within highlight, and its calming ingredients (chamomile and green-tea extract) are totally safe for reactive, acne-prone, or eczema-prone skin.
I love this medium-coverage matte concealer from Ilia, which I wrote about in my most recent no-makeup-makeup-routine article. It’s creamy, blendable, and lightweight enough for everyday “no-makeup days,” but it also does a great job of knocking out any redness or dark marks if you’re having a breakout.
While we’re on the topic of blushes, RMS’s Lip2Cheek line is one of my absolute favorites as well. The shade Beloved — a cherry red I became completely obsessed with after learning it’s what was used on Hailey Bieber in a Pop magazine editorial — gives skin the most beautiful, natural, sun-kissed flush. It’s a great way to make sure your skin looks lively and youthful as we transition into winter. I apply this product with a stippling brush, sweeping it across my nose and the apples of my cheeks.
When I posted something about Pai on my instagram a few months back, I got about five or so DMs asking if I had tried its hero product, this rose-hip face oil. According to my Instagram pals, the product is calming and anti-inflammatory — perfect for sensitive, breakout-prone, or reactive skin —while still being deeply nourishing. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to buy it while it’s on sale and will report back!
A cult-favorite product that makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes once deemed “the perfect diaper cream for your face.” Any irritation, cracked skin, or painful, dry patches will quickly be soothed and healed with this intensely nourishing, all-purpose product. It’s a little too thick for me to use as a daily facial moisturizer, but I love using it on my elbows, under eyes, and shoulders whenever the temperature drops.
As I type, I’m thinking about just how desperately my skin needs this ultrabrightening mask right now. I use this pre–going out because it has a magical ability to make my face look glow-y fast — as in, after 30 minutes, it’s like I have a different (smoother and more supple) face.
When I interviewed Natch Beaut podcast host Jackie Johnson back in January, she said that this was her favorite moisturizer of all time. And once I tried it out myself, I immediately understood why. The moisturizer is lightweight, yet still deeply hydrating, and leaves skin looking so glow-y. This also claims to create a strong, healthy barrier that protects your skin from environmental stressors such as pollution, dry climates, and — most importantly right now — wind and cold air. A really good winter investment.
YouTuber Madelynn De La Rosa told me about this lovely, natural highlight from Maya Chia that I totally fell in love with. It’s a liquid-y sheen that you can use on its own for a nice glow, or mix into concealer or foundation for an all-over brightening effect.
This Kosas foundation is like a slightly more full-coverage Glossier Skin Tint. I use it on days where I need a little something extra to take the edge off any dark marks or red spots. It has an oily consistency, which means it gives my skin a beautiful, dewy glow that’s perfect for everyday and nighttime activities.
This leave-in conditioner is one my colorist, Emaly Baum, recommended, and I fell in love with it soon after she mentioned it to me. In fact, I’ve actually gone through quite a few of them by now. It’s a lightweight milk that seeps into hair quickly, but penetrates down into cuticles. My hair always air-dries like a dream after I use this product.
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