The July TestTube is a Roundup of Our At-Home Staples

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Zoom meetings are in full swing this summer, and that means quick touch-ups before our faces hit the screen. But because going full-glam for our virtual get-togethers just doesn’t cut it sometimes, we need products that are simple, effective and easy to use to achieve a fresh look.

The July TestTube features a roundup of eight products that have been lifesavers for quick pre-meeting touch-ups and much-deserved post-meeting relaxation. Whether it’s giving your hair some oomph, freshening up your nails or decongesting stressed skin, it’s time to treat yourself.

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Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment ($122)

WHAT IT IS
Good Genes penetrates the skin’s surface with small glycolic acid molecules that decongest clogged pores. HOW TO USEApply to clean skin as an exfoliating serum, morning or night. Use sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“I apply this powerhouse glycolic acid serum at night, and come morning, my pores are less clogged and my skin feels baby-smooth.” —Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director

KEY INGREDIENTS
Glycolic acid—the smallest AHA—is ideal for deeper, surface exfoliation and clearer-looking skin. The addition of potassium lactate allows for a boost of hydration.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“The glycolic version of Good Genes has a bit more acid in it than the lactic version, and with the type of acid being more aggressive, it’s a touch more aggressive, too. To counteract any sensitivity, we added skin-soothing ingredients to make it feel gentle, while still being potent.” —Sunday Riley, Founder, CEO and Product Formulator

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Commodity EDP 10ML ($26)

WHAT IT IS
Commodity, an affordable yet artisanal fragrance house, offers a variety of notable perfumes that are exquisitely unique.

HOW TO USE
Apply this unisex fragrance during the day or night on your pulse points.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“Not only do they make a beautiful addition to my desk, but they serve as a quick mood-booster when I need one, which is more often than not these days!” —Danielle Fontana, Senior Digital Editor

KEY INGREDIENTS
Among the bunch are Australian sandalwood, black amber and petitgrain.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“With Commodity, we set out to make the exceptional accessible. These are easy to understand, artisanal fragrances without a designer price tag. The result is a minimalist collection of intuitive, high-quality scents created in collaboration with some of the world’s most accomplished artisans.” —Vicken Arslanian, Refounder and Owner

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Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk ($20)

WHAT IT IS
Formulated with plant-based ingredients, this spray eliminates oil, dirt and even odors from the hair without irritating the scalp.

HOW TO USE
Shake well and spray evenly 10 inches away from the roots of the hair. Let sit for two minutes before combing through.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“To call this product a dry shampoo is an understatement. It does so many amazing things for your hair, such as boosting volume and eliminating oil.” —Liz Ritter, Executive Editor

KEY INGREDIENTS
Organically harvested oat milk soothes and protects strands. Also featured is corn starch and natural absorbent microspheres. Together, these ingredients rid the hair of any excess grime.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“Klorane is powered by the purest plant extracts that are sustainably grown with 100-percent traceability. Our oat milk is organically harvested and clinically shown to protect hair and the natural balance of the scalp, making this dry shampoo perfect for all hair types.” —Lana Rovner, Marketing Director

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Grande Cosmetics GrandeGLOW Plumping Liquid Highlighter ($25)

WHAT IT IS
This two-in-one product provides that much-needed plumping and moisturizing power while giving skin a glow that will last all day and night.

HOW TO USE
Dab onto the high points of the face on bare skin or over makeup. Within one to two minutes, you can feel a gentle tightening of the skin.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“This luminizer looks gorgeous on dewy, summer skin and imparts not only a youthful glow, but also a tightening effect that you can actually feel.” —Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director KEY INGREDIENTSVin-upLiftTM visibly plumps, lifts and hydrates skin for a smooth, cushioned appearance.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“GrandeGLOW features a smooth, illuminating formula that helps to lift and brighten wherever it’s applied, giving you a radiant, dewy glow for day or night.” —Alicia Grande, CEO of Grande Cosmetics

*Shades vary per tube.

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Neuma reNeu Scalp Therapy ($26)

WHAT IT IS
This gentle exfoliating treatment removes any unwanted residue, leaving you with a freshly restored and revitalized scalp. HOW TO USEAfter shampooing, massage into the scalp for two minutes before rinsing your hair and following with conditioner.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“The cooling sensation and aroma from the minty essential oils turns my routine shower into a spa-like experience.”—Tatiana Bido, Features Editor

KEY INGREDIENT
Bamboo stem powder is what makes this product so effective as it is the essential exfoliating property your hair needs for a proper cleanse. Pea sprout extract adds a boost of stimulation to the hair while peppermint and corn mint reduce drying and irritation.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“A refreshing exfoliating treatment that helps remove product build up and flaky skin. Treat yourself to a mini spa day by massaging the minty paste into your scalp and back of your neck—an essential product for a healthy scalp and hair.” —Jeff Orrell, President

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10+ Free Chemistry Prep With Peptides Clear Base Coat ($18)

WHAT IT IS
A hydrating and restorative base coat that nourishes nails with the essential nutrients needed for ultimate nail strength.

HOW TO USE
Start off by removing any old nail polish. Then apply a single coat to clean, dry nails.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“Whenever I use this base coat, I notice a dramatic difference in the strength of my nails and the wear of my polish.” —Olivia Wohlner, Editorial Assistant

KEY INGREDIENT
The Nail-NRGY Bio-Peptide Complex boosts cellular energy while a blend of plant extracts, ceramides and vitamins work to significantly improve overall appearance.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“Strong, healthy nails begin with using safe, nontoxic products. The first step in a home manicure is using a Base Coat to help provide a strong foundation for up to 10 days of wear. Always 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free, it has never been easier to achieve healthy nails at home.” —April Vignone, Product and Brand Lead

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Luminess Crème Confession Lipstick ($24)

WHAT IT IS
With just one swipe, this lipstick gives a bold, fresh and full pout. And thanks to its long-lasting formula, there’s no need to worry about reapplying. Best of all? The powerfully pigmented finish resists both feathering and bleeding.

HOW TO USE
Apply on clean, dry lips.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“This hydrating formula is deeply pigmented with rich shades that go on beautifully and never bleed or feel heavy.” —Lara Eurdolian, Guest Editor

KEY INGREDIENTS
Cocoa and shea butters work to keep lips incredibly moisturized. Marula oil and hydrolyzed silk are responsible for luminosity and showstopping shine.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“Formulated with essential moisturizing ingredients such as cocoa and shea butters, this highly pigmented lipstick offers instant color payoff with just one swipe.” —Andrew Videira, Global Vice President of Marketing and Product Innovation*Shades vary per tube.

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HANHOO Beauty Fix Collagen + Vitamin C Dietary Supplement (2 Pack) ($3/each)

WHAT IT IS
A citrus-infused supplement that blends collagen, vitamin C and biotin to make the perfect nutrient smoothie for achieving bright, glowing skin and strong nails, hair and bones.

HOW TO USE
Pour one to two packets per day directly into mouth.

EDITOR’S FEEDBACK
“This supplement boosts my immune system and promotes healthy skin, and I love the convenient packet.” —Olivia Wohlner, Editorial Assistant

KEY INGREDIENTS
Collagen helps firm skin to smooth lines and wrinkles, while also encouraging a radiant, youthful glow. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and biotin plays a major part in maintaining the health of hair, skin and nails.

EXPERT INSIGHT
“Hanhoo creates the go-to beauty and skin health essentials for young adults, serving as the foundation for their daily regimens and healthy, happy lifestyles. It’s a quick and easy way to get a daily dose of collagen, vitamin C and biotin.” —Tracy Miranda, Brand Manager

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