Every single beauty product mentioned in our most recent podcast episode

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Several of those of you who listened to our podcast episode with beauty editor Jean Godfrey June requested that I post all of the items Jean recommended, so here you go, ladies (to those of you who haven’t listened in yet, I ask: what are you waiting for?) My first question for Jean was whether there was one item every woman should use on her skin, and Jean’s answer was Vitamin C, which, she says, is “great for everyone’s skin,” and especially good “…if you’re breaking out, if you have wrinkles, or if you want a glow.” She likes True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster because it comes in powder form. Apparently, Vitamin C degrades fast in water, so once you’ve used about 20% of your product, it starts losing its efficacy. You’re supposed to mix the powder with a serum, but Jean finds it most effective when mixed with water.

Jean declared that Weleda Skin Food to be “The very best moisturizer of all time.” It is quite heavy, though, so if that doesn’t appeal, try their light version.

Jean also loves a cleansing oil, and says that Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser is “fantastic.”

I was the one who brought up the excellence of Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, but Jean concurred, saying that it is “gentle but makes it happen.”

For makeup removal, Jean likes RMS makeup wipes. “You take them out and they feel dry,” she says. “They’re just coconut oil. But they leave your skin so soft.”

As far as drugstore products go, she digs Burt’s bees lip balm.

Jean has made a switch in recent years to clean beauty, and nowhere is that more important, she says, than with sunscreen. She likes a brand called All Good because “It’s clean and nontoxic. The good thing about clean sunscreen is that it doesn’t irritate your skin, which chemical sunscreens can.” And if you jump in the ocean wearing chemical sunscreen, she continues. “You kill coral. And if it’s killing coral, then what’s it doing when it’s sitting on your skin?”

As for tinted sunscreens, she likes Beautycounter’s Dew Skin: “Such a good product. Everyone looks good in it.”

For self-tanning, she goes for Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water, which she declares is “really good.”

At night after makeup removal, Jean applies Vintners Daughter Active Botanical Serum. “It’s a great skin smoothing, plumping, glowifying product,” she says.

Once a week (and only once a week, as they are super-strong) Jean uses Goop Glow Overnight Glow Peel. “I live for them. You swipe them on at night, and in the morning you’re super-exfoliated.”

Here’s a little trick Jean employs for a quick brighten-up: apply Kosas Rosewater lipstick, and then dab a little of the color from your lips on to your cheeks. “Whoever does this sort of looks like they got their makeup done,” she says.

Jean confirmed what I have been telling people for years: that the only cure for dark under-eye circles is concealer. She likes Rituel de Fille concealer for this purpose. “To me it’s the ultimate, she says. “And it’s very pigmented so that you don’t have to use so much product.”

 

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58 Thoughts on Every single beauty product mentioned in our most recent podcast episode
    Gablesgirl
    6 Mar 2020
    7:42pm

    I will buy any product that you recommend, Kim. I love products! And it is a bit ironic about sun screen and the reefs…but recommending so many disposable wipes. My entire community of 30 homes just had all the sewer pipes re-done b/c so many people are using wipes, the pipes can’t handle them. I live in Miami so reefs, sunscreen and rising water levels are top of mind.

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    AJ
    6 Mar 2020
    7:46pm

    Unfortunately, every vitamin c product that I’ve tried has made my skin break out (including but definitely not limited to the beloved Drunk Elephant), to the point that I pretty much refuse to buy any more. As a skincare lover/obsessive, I felt somewhat tortured when Jean said it’s her #1 recommendation.

    Also, for approximately 25 years, I have read her name pronounced like it’s French for some reason (like zhaaan). I was totally thrown to hear it’s actually just Jean, American-style.

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    Dag
    6 Mar 2020
    10:27am

    Clinique has a vitamin C powder also.

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    DeeSee
    6 Mar 2020
    10:38am

    I love the podcast so far! And I want every single one of these products, with one glaring exception. I was disappointed to hear the Beautycounter recommendation. Even if you purchase Beautycounter products directly from their website (rather than through one of their independent sales reps), you’re still supporting an MLM-based company. Please think twice and learn about MLMs before buying their products (or products from any other MLM company). The MLM business model is inherently exploitative, deceptive, predatory, and destructive. MLMs target vulnerable women, and the vast majority of reps lose money because that’s exactly how the MLM business model is designed to work. Beautycounter is no different from other MLMs, and it doesn’t matter how good the products are; you’re still supporting a terrible business model when you buy from them.

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      LMM
      6 Mar 2020
      11:40am

      So glad you said this – was coming here to say something similar. I’m so tired of being targeted by a Beautycounter salesperson who keeps using the fact that I’m the mother of a young child to try to get me to buy their products. The whole MLM thing is completely offputting and I won’t use their products no matter how many people say they are good.

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        Mary
        6 Mar 2020
        3:18pm

        MMMs drive me crazy. I’ve ended a friendship due to one – she just wouldn’t take no for an answer. Phoned all the time etc.

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      Kim France
      6 Mar 2020
      11:47am

      This is good to know, DeeSee. Thanks for pointing it out.

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      Mary
      6 Mar 2020
      3:16pm

      Thank you for this! I’ve never even heard of Beauty Counter.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        6 Mar 2020
        3:59pm

        Let me use this opportunity to throw out a tinted SPF product that I love, Supergoop CC Cream. It has enough tint to function as a low grade spot concealer or as an overall tinted moisturizer. Plus, it has respectable oomph in the SPF department (not that I rely on it for sun protection, Cerave and Elta MD are daily companions, but still, nice that it’s there.). When my husband has an early morning procedure in the Ham, the atrocious traffic requires a very early start (Gablesgirl can back me up on the traffic situation in Birmingham). So, I quickly work a small, pea-sized amount into the center of my face where my concealing needs permanently reside and I’m good to go.

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          Jenny
          6 Mar 2020
          5:33pm

          I like superfood cc cream, but have to mix the lightest 2 colors, as one is very light but the 2nd lightest is VERY orange.

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            D.Morgendorffer
            6 Mar 2020
            6:52pm

            My one criticism of the product is the limited color range so I feel for you there. I myself am shade 000 in rms concealer so the paleness of the lightest one is an asset for me. Here’s hoping they add to the color range.

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          Clatie
          7 Mar 2020
          12:07pm

          I love the matte tinted sunscreen, too.

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    c.w.
    6 Mar 2020
    11:05am

    Thank you!

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    kristen
    6 Mar 2020
    9:57am

    Yes! Just listened and this is what I did last night — tried hunting down everything I remembered. Thank you.

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    Mindy
    6 Mar 2020
    9:29am

    I’m interested in the vitamin C, but the reviews I read of those products tend to go either “holy grail” or skin irritating/causes break outs. I think I’m going to either go drugstore price point or get some samples from Sephora before committing $$$.

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      CARRIE
      6 Mar 2020
      4:56pm

      May I suggest that you check out “the ordinary” brand vitamin C options? I just ordered their
      100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder.
      I love skin food and have been using this, especially at night as a sleep mask in the winter, for many years.

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        Mindy
        6 Mar 2020
        8:14pm

        Yes, you may suggest. 🙂 And, I will look for that. Thank you!

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          Gleaming the Cube
          7 Mar 2020
          4:03pm

          Seconding The Ordinary’s vitamin C powder. I mix it with a moisturizing serum or, occasionally when my skin really needs pep (and because it’s so cheap, with a cleanser, but I think it is quite strong. The Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% serum seems a bit gentler, and I like the consisency of that one over the many other options, if you’re a vitamin C newbie and looking for something a little less intense.

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    Lorna
    6 Mar 2020
    9:45am

    Thanks! I was going to ask about the Vit C.

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    ab
    1 Apr 2020
    5:31pm

    Sunscreen in the USA is very different from the rest of the world. We have crappy options for non-physical UVA filters. There are ingredients long used in Europe and Asia that are great at UVA protection. Anyone who is unhappy with USA options should look around. Altruist in the UK, Ombrelle in Canada/Mexico, Shaka Fluid in the UK are all good. UVA rays cause long-term damage, UVB causes burning, and the SPF number doesn’t tell you jack about UVA protection, just UVB. Other countries have developed other rating systems for UVA protection, such as the PA+ to PA++++ scale on Japanese and Korean sunscreens.

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    Jessica
    11 Mar 2020
    3:19pm

    I loved this episode – thanks for sharing the full list. I hope you will invite Jean back for more recos – love listening to her Goop beauty podcast too!

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    Tammy
    6 Mar 2020
    11:17am

    Thank you! I’ve listened to the podcast three times fast forwarding and rewinding to find the name of the Kosas lipstick.

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    Joannawnyc
    6 Mar 2020
    11:29am

    I have been using a different powder vitamin C (from Neogen, a kbeauty brand) and mixing it with a hydrating toner before applying and it really does brighten your skin! The Neogen is about $20. Versed, which is sold at Target, also offers a powder for $20 and The Ordinary has one for like $6. So you can test it out at a lower price point, if $90 seems like a lot to begin with. I managed to listen to about half the podcasts (including half the beauty one) and I must say they are great! Very candid and down to earth, with lots of good info. Andrea’s was great, too. Who’s next from the Sassy/Lucky axis? Can’t wait!

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      Mindy
      6 Mar 2020
      1:37pm

      Thanks for the recommendations. I’m going to try the Versed from Target. $20 is a much nicer price point.

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      Kim France
      6 Mar 2020
      2:11pm

      Who would you like to hear from on the Lucky/Sassy axis, Joanna?

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        Kimbersam
        6 Mar 2020
        3:11pm

        Not Joanna–but butting in nonetheless– Cat Marnell, please 🙂

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          Kim France
          6 Mar 2020
          5:41pm

          That’s actually a pretty genius idea. But alas, she is well under 40.

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            Clatie
            7 Mar 2020
            10:36pm

            Not for long!!

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    Ann S
    6 Mar 2020
    11:30am

    I loved this podcast, and was so impressed and charmed by Jean Godfrey June. The three of you were great together. I seriously listened to it again yesterday so that I could write down all the products she suggested, and then carefully searched for them all. I should have procrastinated a day! Anyway, $$$$ later, I am eager to try some of the new products I ordered. I’ve never ordered from Goop before as I’m not a GP fan, but I’m now a new fan of Jean’s. Only ordering from there because of her. I’m enjoying the new podcast.

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    Laura
    6 Mar 2020
    11:39am

    Big thanks from me too! Loving the podcast so far.

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    LMM
    6 Mar 2020
    11:47am

    I love Jean. I’ve read her book, I read her in Elle and Lucky and still occasionally check her out on Goop.

    But I think the sunscreen messaging here is SO convoluted and dangerous. Sunscreen is not a giant conspiracy. It saves lives. Could there be more research on it? Always. I appreciate the warning to consider reef-safe sunscreen if you spend a lot of time swimming in oceans, and when I head to the beach, I do try to choose a product that is reef-safe.

    But a lot of us aren’t swimming in the ocean but are spending a lot of time in pools and it is SO frustrating to hear that sunscreen might be “toxic,” that we should beware of putting “chemicals” on our skin, etc. It’s dangerous. I’m putting a product on my skin to help prevent cancer. Physical sunscreen simply does not stay put long enough to do any good if you are doing any kind of serious swimming or other water activity.

    I just wish that when people come on podcasts like this and say these kinds of things, that there was a counterpoint.

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      Maryse
      6 Mar 2020
      12:19pm

      This!!! I prefer physical sunscreens because the so called “chemical” screens are a little more irritating on me and it’s a matter of comfort. But Coral reefs are much more fragile than our skin and comparing the damage done to coral reefs to skin is rot. Also nothing is chemical free. And I don’t buy products that try to sell me on their chemical-free-ness.

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      Viajera
      6 Mar 2020
      12:28pm

      I see what you’re saying. As a person who forgets to use wipes though, doesn’t anything I put on end up in the ocean anyway, once I rinse it off later? … This is not to criticize your point about cancer, of course. It is frustrating that we are all being used as guinea pigs though. … These issues are generally easy for me bc I don’t like to be out in strong sunlight anyway, so avoiding it isn’t a sacrifice. … Meanwhile I explore the exciting world of spf fabrics, but, I assume those degrade into the laundry water and thus, the ocean, too. I can’t wait for the day someone figures out a sunscreen vitamin that isn’t harmful. Til then, annoyance.

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        Viajera
        6 Mar 2020
        12:33pm

        Plus … the only physical, non-tinted sunblock I like so far is the one from Paula’s Choice, the sensitive skin one. I tried one from the company recommended here, and ime, it felt like wearing a coating of arm & hammer. Better than getting skin cancer, yes … but not that practical. I think I will have to try the tinted ones I guess.

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          Jenny
          7 Mar 2020
          12:33am

          Viajera,
          Which paula’s choice sunscreen is it? I looked but am unsure which you like. (Btw, were you ever active 10-12ish years ago on purse forum? I thought I recognized you; apologies if I’m incorrect!!)

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            Viajera
            7 Mar 2020
            3:54pm

            I think it was called Calm or something. I liked it. I am a big baby about cosmetics though – I dislike the feel of almost everything. … I don’t think that could have been me on a purse forum, but now that you mention it, a purse forum sounds kind of fun. Is it called “purse forum?” I will go google that right now.

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      Kimbersam
      6 Mar 2020
      1:25pm

      Yes, this! First off, all products are made from “chemicals” even the natural ones. And as for sunscreen, the reef issue was discovered from one study. One. Secondly, all the US made sunscreens either go on like plaster or burn the daylights out of your eyes. There’s a podcast called Beauty Brains. The hosts are actual scientists (cosmetic chemists) and they debunk a lot of whoo-whoo-malarky. I highly suggest it. Also, for the record, I adore JGJ–and will read anything and everything she writes.

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      Jenny
      7 Mar 2020
      8:52am

      I came here to say something similar, thank you! I love this blog but hate when makeup or skincare info isn’t accurate.

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        Jenny
        7 Mar 2020
        8:55am

        Also, the whole chemical-free “clean” beauty trend annoys me for its bullshit but, whatever, I can ignore it. When you veer into something vitally important for your health like sunscreen, now you’re spreading misinformation.

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    Lesley
    6 Mar 2020
    12:50pm

    I’m sorry, but makeup wipes, no. If they just use coconut oil, then simply use the coconut oil and don’t use something that just adds volume to landfill.

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      Mindy
      6 Mar 2020
      3:45pm

      Yeah, I cringed when I heard Jean mention these individually wrapped one-time use wipes. For a “clean” company, this seems so wasteful.

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      CARRIE
      6 Mar 2020
      5:01pm

      Totally. Same with cotton pads. I use soft organic baby sized washcloths for my face cleansing process.

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    Caroline Binek-Hamilton
    6 Mar 2020
    1:46pm

    Awesome podcast!! I was furiously writing notes during the podcast!! Thank you for posting this! Xo

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    Debra K
    6 Mar 2020
    2:09pm

    Love all the podcasts and can’t wait for the next one!
    I just ordered Vitamin C powder from The Ordinary. Have been curious about the serums but the idea of mixing a powder into something I already use was great advice. And as a recent convert to self-tanning, I am curious about the Vita Liberata Tan Water (which sounds like a really expensive cocktail in a speakeasy).
    Also, the loss of hair at this stage of life is just so f*king frustrating – thank you for discussing it not only on the podcast but on this page as well. As we age it can be tempting to shut down and not talk about how our bodies are changing. The ongoing conversations about how to be a woman of a certain age are what make this site so special, whether it’s about fashion or our hairlines!! 🙂

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    Julie
    6 Mar 2020
    3:41pm

    I did not think I needed another podcast, but it turns out I do — so great.

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    StephSea
    6 Mar 2020
    2:48pm

    As we have been doing a lot of handwashing in Seattle, I totally endorse the skin food light version as well as the Kosas lipstick which is a great shade.

    I tried the Dew Skin tinted sunscreen- it’s not for everyone. It looks like a layer of petroleum jelly on your face.

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    Vandegee
    6 Mar 2020
    2:46pm

    Please don’t use makeup removing wipes. They take forever to biodegrade and usually contain polyester. Invest in bamboo or cotton reusable pads, pop them in the washing machine once a week (most come with a mesh washing bag) and a (preferably) glass bottle of makeup remover.

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    c.w.
    6 Mar 2020
    9:13am

    Thank you, Kim! There was one other product mentioned…something her daughter was taking for her hair and everyone at school had been telling her how great her hair looked…otherwise….ordering!

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      Katy
      6 Mar 2020
      1:21pm

      My dermatologist prescribed a Pure Encapsulations vitamin pack (the Women’s Pure Pack and also a bottle of biotin) specifically to prevent hair loss after I came in freaking out about my mom’s severely thinning hair and asking if it was hereditary. He assured me that after a health issue, it is most often due to a lack of one vitamin or another and that this grouping was a good one. When I showed it to my regular GP she made the “I’m impressed” face and said it was very good. I don’t think my hair is actually thinning anyway, but the grays that are moving in make it look like I am developing a widow’s peak. So I live in hope.

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    Robin
    6 Mar 2020
    9:18am

    I’ve been doing the Kosas Rosewater-on-the-cheeks trick all week, it works! Loving the podcast, thanks for the product roundup.

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    Maria
    6 Mar 2020
    7:30am

    I love this – thank you! I listened to the podcast yesterday (so good!) and tried to write down all of her recommended products but I missed a few. I’m really enjoying “Everything is fine” and always look forward to the next episode.

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    Ta
    6 Mar 2020
    5:24pm

    I’m super pleased this podcast exists(!), but I went in expecting total support and uplifting for women in general, and I was terribly disappointed in the judgment of women re: the various ways they may wish to dress and/or adjust their own bodies? Every woman is different, and every woman struggles with her own sensitive journey re: trying to exist in a cruel and judgmental patriarchal society. Don’t disparage women that choose to undergo plastic surgery to make themselves feel more comfortable in THEIR bodies, especially in this society that is so incredibly hard on women of every age. And don’t nitpick what any woman may choose to wear; it may be something that makes her feel good and brings her joy.

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      Kimbersam
      9 Mar 2020
      9:17am

      You must have listened to an entirely different podcast than the rest of us.

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    Kimbersam
    9 Mar 2020
    2:08pm

    I tried the 15% acid peel over the weekend. I am the Acid Queen (non-Tommy version) so I was all prepared to hate it. And guess what?! It was fabulous! Used it one time. Cleaned out my nose-pores and got rid of a few small closed comedones on my forehead and I’m still glowy.

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    Lisa
    9 Mar 2020
    12:29pm

    I didn’t catch the name of the supplement her daughter was using that improved her hair. Do you have that information?

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    Kristen/juliothepittbull
    8 Mar 2020
    11:43pm

    Thanks for the post. I can also say skin food is my go to!

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