June 19, 2024


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T&C Editors’ Beauty Musts for Post-Pandemic Life

If the thought of entering a post-pandemic world seems daunting, you’re not alone. And perhaps it’s been a little over a year since you’ve truly pampered yourself—whether it’s the pandemic blues that has put a damper on your full-face of makeup routine, or the salon closings that have kept you away from a much-needed manicure.

Nevertheless, a brighter future lies ahead, one filled with dinner parties, post-pandemic reunions among friends, and a host of summertime festivities that will inevitably consume your calendar. So, in the spirit of rejuvenation, the editors here at T&C want to help you feel fresh, energized, and prepared to take on the world. Get ready for an inside scoop on all the beauty products T&C editors will be using— skincare, makeup, hair, and fragrance included— along with the shops and salons they’ll be frequenting to look their best. From silky serums to relaxing wellness centers, we’ve got a list of recommendations ready for you to read.

Organic Omega Booster

Sonya Dakar


“For the entire time of the pandemic, I’ve been using Sonya Dakar’s Organic Omega Booster, which she created as a limited edition to celebrate her company’s 30th anniversary. It smells just incredible and gives my skin a dewy glow. Imagine the scent of Moroccan rose, orange flower, Egyptian geranium, and Tunisian jasmine. It was an exotic vacation in a bottle and a balm for my restless travel-eager soul.”— Karen Lubeck, Associate Research Editor

Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte

Maison Francis Kurkdjian


“I’m a big believer in a spritz of perfume before leaving the house, whether you’re meeting people or not. Lately, my fragrance of choice has been Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte, a zesty burst of energy that immediately starts my day on a sunny note.”—Erik Maza, Style Features Director

Paintbox Upper East Side, 20 E 69th St

“During lockdown, I had a lot of practice doing my own nails. I’m not too bad at it, but there is nothing better than getting your nails professionally done. I’ll be booking appointments at Paintbox’s Upper East Side studio, and then popping across the street to Le Charlot to show off my fresh manicure as I sip on Sancerre.” —MaryKate Boylan, Senior Fashion Editor

Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser

“I use Chantecaille’s Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser every morning. This sweet-smelling blend of botanicals leaves my skin feeling so fresh and it is not drying at all. Not to mention, the addition of  Rice Bran makes this formula an excellent exfoliant.”—Nelida Mortensen, Visual Editor

GoodSkin New York, 14 E 4th St Suite 406

“I am not a make-up person, which makes me seem low-maintenance… until you look into my skin care regime. Top of my list is a treatment from GoodSkin in NYC, which is the chicest clinic that specializes in super subtle tweaks so I can look like I spent the pandemic napping in a boutique hotel in the South of France, not hunched over endless Zoom meetings” —Olivia Hosken, Style & Interiors Writer

High Performance Face Cream

Macrene Actives


“As we re-enter the world, I want to make sure my skin is glowing and radiant! To achieve that, I’ll be using Macrene Actives High Performance Cleanser and Face Cream. The clean, plant-based formulas solve most skin issues and give me a feeling of a post-facial glow (without the actual facial).”—MaryKate Boylan, Senior Fashion Editor

Promise Eau de Parfum

Frederic Malle


“I never stopped spritzing— some might say dousing— myself in Frederic Malle’s Promise. At the beginning of all this it was a way to hold on to the days getting dressed for the office and the nights leaving work to go to see a show. And now it feels like a whiff of it all coming back.”—Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief

The Well, 2 E 15th St

“I will be picking up wellness essentials at The Well in Flatiron (now open without membership, hallelujah), where the boutique is so perfectly curated I want to buy everything in it.”—April Long, Beauty Director

Gotham Wellness Acupuncture, 580 Broadway Suite 711

“My first appointment I made to celebrate full vaccination was an Acupuncture Facial with Stefanie of Gotham Wellness. My skin always looks incredible after, but it’s the full-body zen that comes with it that has me hooked and coming back for more.” —Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor

Summer Disco

Roen Beauty


“I have never been an eyeshadow person, but I’m suddenly feeling excited about the prospect of sporting sparkly, party-ready lids. I love Roen Beauty’s Summer Disco—a golden shade with sustainably sourced mica particles that imparts instant Studio 54-era glamour.” —April Long, Beauty Director

Anthelios Clear Skin Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 60

La Roche-Posay


“With reemergence from our homes coinciding with sunnier days I will be holding on tight to my holy grail facial sunscreen, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Face Sunscreen. The sheer application and minimal “sunscreen smell” means the inside of my masks are safe on days ventured outside. The SPF 60 and combination skin formula mean my sun sensitive skin is covered whether oily or dry. Don’t forget your ears or neck!”Cassandra Hogan, Fashion Assistant 

Fueguia 1833, 21 Crosby St

“Here’s something that can’t be replicated over Zoom: smell. When we can safely remove our masks indoors, I’ll be stopping by the Borgean library of aromas that is the Fueguia 1833 shop in Soho.”—Erik Maza, Style Features Director

Dyson Airwrap

“Last year, I was gifted a Dyson Airwrap and it has quickly become my favorite beauty tool. As a former blowout enthusiast, I think I might be a Dyson convert, especially when it comes to summer-ready beachy waves. It is absolutely worth the hype (and the hefty price tag).”Annie Goldsmith, News Writer

Paul Podlucky, Hair Stylist, 25 E. 67th St

Paul Podlucky has been cutting and coloring my hair for several years. That is one thing that has not changed after this insane year-and won’t. The only haircut I’ve ever had where I don’t need a professional blow dry to make it look right. Though I’m looking forward to those too. “—Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief

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“I love Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, made with soy milk and honey. As advertised, it has the texture of soft whipped butter, it smells lovely, and it lasts: You feel it on your skin the entire day. A little bit of comfort in a twist-off jar.”—Klara Glowczewska, Executive Travel Editor

Glosslab, 27 W 20th St

“My major post-vaccine indulgence has been going back to gel manicures. I missed them dearly! I’ve been venturing to Glosslab in Flatiron for my nail services and have felt super safe. I’m now opting for light pink manis, but I think this may be a summer of crazy nail art—we shall see!”Annie Goldsmith, News Writer

Yeux Paint

Violette FR
Violette FR


“I have always been partial to unfussy glamour, and given the fun that awaits us, I don’t think that will change anytime soon. My go-to look will probably be a slick of Violette_FR Yeux Paint across my lids and a dab of gloss on my pout. “—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor

The Exfoliating Toner, 100ml



“Wearing a mask wreaked havoc on my skin for the first couple of months quarantine, until I found Augustinus Bader toner. My skin has never looked better—above and below my mask!”—Kristin Fitzpatrick

Carrie Lindsey Beauty,

“Carrie Lindsey at Carrie Lindsey Beauty in Fort Greene, Brooklyn has been doing my eyebrows and facials for year. I’ve been seriously lax over the last year, and I can’t wait to see her smiling face again and to get back to my monthly routine.”— Kristin Fitzpatrick

Big Conditioner

“About two years ago I switched to solid conditioner as part of my effort to go plastic-free (because every day is Earth day!). I’ve tried quite a few since then, and so far Lush Cosmetics’ is the ones to beat. For my hair type–straight, fine, hopelessly flat–I like the Big conditioner bars, which are made with seaweed and sea salt. As the possibility of summer travel opens up, solids are a great option because you can pack them in a carry-on without worrying about fluid ounce requirements, and there’s no chance of messy spills!”—Meg Donohue, Editorial Fellow

Vitamin C Serum

mario badescu


“Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum is my go-to skincare product for looking young and fresh! Not only does this antioxidant-enriched serum keep my face glowing, it also reduces the appearance of fine lines, providing a tightened feel. “Dania Ortiz, Fashion and Accessories Director 




“I can’t wait to spend time out and about this summer and now that my face will start seeing the sun again I have to recommit to my favorite anti-aging SPF moisturizer by Neocutis.”—Danielle Stein Chizzik, Deputy Editor

Paulette Cold Spring, 114 Main St

“The Charming boutique Paulette in Cold Spring New York created by Jacqueline Azria, carries Dot & Lil Rose water and a variety of splendid soaps all hand crafted. I love to stock up when I visit!”—Nelida Mortensen, Visual Editor

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