Ahhhh summer. I do love you, but boy do you cause me some beauty dilemmas: the constant heat, sweaty tubes, dehydration from not drinking as much as I should, sleepless nights… They all rack up and can play havoc with my body. Now, more than ever, I need a portfolio of products I can rely on to make me look and feel great – or just give me a little boost of happiness when I need it most. Although I have a huge number of gems I’ve been relying on, these are some extra special ones I wanted to share with you to help us through the hot season together. Each and every one will make a difference, or simply put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
Fudge Professional Salt Spray (£12.95)
My hair rituals and regimes have been firmly thrown out the window in the last few weeks, mainly because I can’t keep my hair smooth and styled for longer than about an hour; as for making a ‘do last to day two, you’ve got to be kidding. This has become a minor life saver when I can’t face standing with a hairdryer in my face for longer than three minutes, adding much needed texture and movement that I can leave loose or pin up away from my face. Salt sprays used to be all the rage and I’d kind of forgotten about them until this landed in my office, but I’m so glad it did; it just gives my ‘do a little bit of ‘been on the beach all day’ movement without me needing to spend an age creating it.
Miller Harris ‘Lost In The City’ Perfume (£95.00)
I recently popped down to the new Miller Harris store in Westfield to get a bespoke fragrance recommendation (they ask every question you can imagine and get you to try a huge portfolio of scents,) and this was my final chosen perfume. It reminds me of pear drops and summer days as a child thanks to the notes of rhubarb and blackcurrant, but the hint of earl grey tea, amber, musk and rose keep it elegant and suitable for grown-ups. I adore everything about it and know a smile will brim from my face as soon as I spritz it on; undoubtedly my scent of the season.
Lancôme Teint Idole Blush Stick (£27.00)
Often I’m so focused on buffing in bronzer or concealing my under-eye circles during the summer months that I forget to add a flush of colour to cheeks – and it really does make all the difference. Not only does it bring the tones of your face together but it adds a healthy flush that looks like you’ve been out enjoying a glass or two of Pimms in the sun. This creamy matte stick is so easy to use and offers just a hint of peachy colour for the cheeks, helping to boost my complexion without dulling down the surface of skin; often powders are too much in the sun and this is just the right consistency to buff in with your finger. I love the stick format that’s so suited for traveling, and the peachy tone is suited to pretty much every skin colour.
The Ordinary Suncare SPF30 (£8.90)
Sun care is so important in the fight against ageing (I’m all for keeping those wrinkles at bay as long as possible if I can help it,) and wearing a high SPF in the summer months is even more vital. This long awaited launch from The Ordinary is as basic as you’d expect, but sometimes that’s all you need; it’s quite heavy and a little sticky (although not greasy) but it does dry down to leave a smooth and only slightly tacky surface that’s absolutely fine if you’re layering your base over the top. It’s a great one to chuck in your beach bag, but it’s also a great basic to pop on every morning to know you’re protected – and at that price, you really can’t go wrong.
Givenchy ‘Le Rouge Perfecto’ Lip Balm (£28.00)
Totally an indulgence, but sometimes you just gotta treat yourself you know? This beautifully packaged lip balm helps not only to hydrate and provide a wash of delicate colour, but it subtly plumps too; it also includes that cool pH technology that allows it to adapt to you, so the result is effortless full and kissable lips. The balm on its own isn’t exactly unique, but when it’s partnered with a stunning beige leather case it becomes incredibly covetable… You know I’ll be happily taking this out of my bag all summer long. Resist it if you can!
It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination (£30.00)
I’ve yet to bore of singing the praises of this cult base product, but the new illuminating version takes the radiance boosting qualities of the formula to a new level. It effortlessly glides onto skin to cover imperfections and create a uniform base that doesn’t look or feel like makeup, plus the SPF50 helps to protect skin from damaging rays if you’re out and about. This has been my go-to for weeks because it doesn’t crease, flake, move or cake – it just helps my skin to look radiant and fresh. Well worth the price too, as it lasts for blooming ages.
The Beauty Kitchen Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask (£19.99)
When your bedroom is as hot as a sauna the last thing you want to do is slather yourself in cream, but this little pot of balm-come-oil is the perfect antidote; the lightweight texture stops skin from feeling heavy or sticky, instead leaving behind a beautifully hydrated and smooth complexion that gets even better as you sleep. Enriched with ingredients including cocoa butter, beeswax, palmarosa and magnolia oil, I love to massage it into my face before bed (and onto my hands / feet / arms / anywhere else that needs a little attention) and it really does help skin to glow. A great multi-tasker too if you’re looking for the perfect product to take on holiday.
Monat Rejuvabeads Split End Mender (£45.00)
I’ve only just started trying this, but from the first use I noticed a difference so wanted to share it with you sooner rather than later! During the summer months my hair is more parched, damaged and out of control than normal due to sun damage and constantly tying it up away from my face; the result is breakage, frizz, dullness and a tonne of split ends that (until now) didn’t have much of a fix other than to chop them off. Enter the new Split End Mender that’s set to change the game, thanks to their ‘charged’ technology that helps to magnetize those splits back together in less than sixty seconds. Yep, really. This cream is full of millions of little beads that temporarily (and cosmetically) repair damage along the hair shaft to give you smoother and healthier looking locks – which in turn should reduce the need for hair maintainance and keep your styling to a minimum. I’m interested to see how this can help my super colour and heat damaged hair in the long term, but for the time being it’s something I’ll be reaching for after every hair wash this summer. (FYI, if you’re interested in the science I found this video!)
Bobbi Brown Nude On Nude Rosy Edition Palette (£39.50)
I’m such a basic b*tch when it comes to eyeshadow, preferring to stick to the shades I know work for me and require very little effort; give me a big old spectrum of nudes and browns and I’m there – I just darken it up a bit throughout the year and add a slick of liner for good measure. This palette is literally my dream, and not only because the nude base shades have much bigger pans (the amount of palettes I’ve thrown out just because I’ve used up one shade is insane.) Every single shade of this is totally wearable and utterly delicious, taking you from day to night or beach to bar with ease; it’s the one-stop shop that you can just pop in your bag or case without having to work out what you really need to take with you. And for 10 shades it’s quite reasonably priced too.
Have you tried any of these little summer sunshine gems? Which would you splurge on if you had the chance?
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