Everything You Need for June

Summer objects such as ice cream, sunshades and hat

Here are the trends, makeup and cultural moments you must know about for the month.

Feels like summer sort of snuck up on us, doesn’t it? Fear not, here are the trends, makeup and cultural moments you must know about for the month.

I love those first few days of June where it finally feels definitive, like, okay, it’s time, let’s turn the AC on! May can always be a little bit of a wild card, with somewhat chilly mornings and nights. June, on the other hand, hits you like a wet, warm towel, with humidity and sunshine and sunlight that seems to never end. Not that I’m complaining. I live for days like these! But, I do like to be prepared for these days, too.

Here are my must-haves for June:

  • Perfect Sunscreen. I mean, by now you know me well enough to know I never go anywhere without this. And you also know that you shouldn’t either. Our sunscreen is SPF 30 and is perfect on its own or under makeup (it has Vitamin B3 in it so it works as a primer). It’s also made with chicory root, a natural way to firm the skin a la retinol (without the effects of retinol). Do yourself a favor and load up on this bad boy. But don’t forget the rest of your body, either. I love this pineapple one from Hint that is paraben-free and legit makes me feel like I’m drinking a pina colada.
  • Madewell Rickrack Cattail Tiered Dress. I always feel like I can’t buy anything white because I’ll never wear it since I’m not getting married anytime soon. I know, it’s a complex, just go with it. This dress, however, doesn’t feel bridal but feels extra summer. I love it with a denim jacket and sandals and even an oversized hat. Plus, it comes with a removable slip that’s perfect to wear with other things.
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author of Eat, Pray, Love (thank you for getting me through many a breakup!) is back with a new novel about an 89-year-old woman looking back at herself as a 19-year-old promiscuous days in New York City theater life. Gilbert told Marie Claire: “For years, I’ve wanted to write a book about promiscuous girls—having been one, having known a lot of them—and I felt there was something missing in the Western canon of literature, a story about women with really active sex lives whose lives are not destroyed by it.” Sign me up!
  • Hand Sanitizer. I’m traveling a ton this summer, and whether I’m flying, driving, or taking a train, I know I’ll be getting dirty. This hand sanitizer not only keeps me clean but makes me feel sane while getting germy. Plus, the lemon and ginger scents give this a fresh scent as opposed to the typical alcohol scent you get from your generic sanitizers (no thanks).
  • Pose on FX. I cannot get enough of this show. Season 1 is streaming on Netflix now and the new season hits FX on June 11. It’s about New York’s underground LGBTQ black and Latinx ball culture in the 80s and features the largest cast of transgender actors in history. My favorite? Indya Moore, who plays Angel and is absolutely stunning on the cover of the latest issue of ELLE, where she says: “I don’t know who I am outside of someone who’s just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others.” What better way to celebrate Pride month than with a show like this?
  • Brush and Sponge Shampoo. Okay, so you didn’t get around to spring cleaning in the spring. So what? Do it in the summer. Do it whenever is best for you. Tea tree oil (also great for fighting acne) and coconut oil (also great for everything under the sun) are the main ingredients in this vegan product that will get your tools squeaky clean for the rest of the season.
  • Bordeaux Wine Festival. If you are lucky enough to be able to travel, might I suggest a visit to one of my favorite grape regions in France. Bordeaux hosts a wine festival from June 14 to 18 (trains from Paris to the area are about three hours on the TGV). If you can’t make it all the way to France on such short notice, try this guide to affordable French wines.


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