The 5 Best Beauty Buys From Sephora in May

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Summer’s coming, and what better way to celebrate than with a new sunscreen that actually makes your skin gleam? Or better yet, a hair oil that allows your curls to withstand the tests of humidity, the beach, and breezy bike rides? For those and more, scroll through the best beauty buys to stockpile from Sephora this month.

Tatcha Overnight Memory Concentrate Photo: Tatcha

1. Tatcha Luminous Overnight Memory Serum, $110

Have you ever encountered a skin-care serum that has the same feel as panna cotta? I hadn’t, but Tatcha’s new serum is a textural and skin-care wonder. A more concentrated version of its much-loved Dewy Skin Mist, this serum acts like a hydration booster to your nighttime moisturizer. Put it on and you’ll find that any moisturizer — even drugstore ones — will feel and work better. Even more miraculous than the feel, the product has magical regenerating powers: Even if I messily dig out a glop at night, I’ll find the next day that the surface of the product has returned to its original, smooth, undisturbed state. The only downside is that it doesn’t quite work like Strega Nona’s magic pasta pot — the serum does come to an end, and I’m disappointed to find I’m about 85 percent through mine. —Kathleen Hou  

Dr. Jart UV Illuminating

2. Dr. Jart Every Sun Day UV Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 36, $34

Most sunscreens are terrible embarrassments to the skin-care industry, but there are exceptions, and Dr. Jart’s new moisturizing sunscreen is one of them. Its first feat is that it doesn’t make your skin look dull, ashy, or dry — in fact, it does the opposite. Luminescent pigments make skin shine and look dewy in any kind of light. The quick-absorbing formula melts into skin like a serum, rendering the need to double up on a moisturizer obsolete. And really, what’s better than a product that makes your morning routine slightly less exhausting? —Ashley Weatherford

Supergoop Shine-On Lip Screen

3. Supergoop Shine-On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $22

Here’s something moderately depressing to mull over: Each time you swipe your lips with a fresh coat of lipstick, gloss, or even balm, it’s an invitation for the sun to damage your skin. The shiny, reflective nature of lip gloss in particular makes the sun’s rays especially potent. Supergoop’s Lip Screen is the antidote to burnt, sun-damaged lips. The clear, non-sticky, and decidedly non-goopy gloss arrives with a dose of SPF 50. Layer it over any lip color or wear it alone. Your lips need sun protection, too, whether you care to admit it or not. —Ashley Weatherford

Living Proof No Frizz Oil

4. Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil, $38

The tricky thing about hair oils is that the heavy ones brilliantly trap in moisture but weigh hair down, and the light ones hardly do anything at all. Living Proof’s first oil is different. It’s lightweight and seals in moisture on wet hair, and it offers a salon shine on dry hair. For the prettiest frizz-free ringlets, pump a quarter-size amount of the oil into your hands 30 minutes after you’ve washed your hair. Spread evenly throughout your hair using the “praying hands” method. When your hair is damp and partially dry, that’s the sweet spot for long-lasting shine and enduring hydration. You’ll thank me later. —Ashley Weatherford

Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio

5. Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio, $62

Say you’re attempting to contour and don’t know where to begin. Hourglass’s Illume is the perfect launch pad. Three cream shades — a blush, bronzer, and highlighter — make up the limited-edition trio. The formulas aren’t boldly pigmented, and that’s a good thing. The bronzer delivers a wash of warmth that’s not overly aggressive, and the blush is a pretty shade of pastel-pink-meets-apricot. For a splash of light on your face, the golden highlighter is key. And don’t worry about a greasy complexion — each of the cream formulas dries to a powdery finish. —Ashley Weatherford

The 5 Best Beauty Buys From Sephora in May