HOURGLASS CONFESSION ULTRA SLIM REFILLABLE LIPSTICK, £28
Tracking down the perfect summer lippie – a one that stays put even on the sweatiest of shopping-in-the-city days, beach days and ice cream Sundays – can be a hard task. But we think the folk at Hourglass may have cracked it with their new, long-wearing and refillable lipsticks, which come with a sleek gold applicator. Available in a variety of rich and vibrant shades, the unbeatable satin formula glides on like butter and sticks around for hours on end, without feathering or smudging.
SCENT OF SUMMER
JO MALONE TROPICAL CHERIMOYA COLOGNE, £95 (100ml)
’Tis the season for brand new scents; lighter, brighter, zestier fragrances that smell like holidays in a bottle. Jo Malone’s newest addition is inspired by the sweet, tropical flamboyancy of Brazil’s fruits and flowers. An uplifting mix of sun-filled notes; think juicy pear, passion flower, creamy tonka bean and green cherimoya fruit for a citrusy kick. It reminds us of boozy mojitos and will be coming with us on every trip we take this summer.
VOTARY BERGAMOT AND MANDARIN HYDRATING BODY OIL, £65
Silky summer body oils are the sexier older sisters of winter’s body creams – especially those infused with a blend of skin-softening ingredients and mood-boosting essential oils. Massaging Votary’s hydrating elixir all over the body after a day in the sun not only helps soothe and smooth the skin, but adds a subtle sheen to limbs, making your tan appear deeper and darker, with zero grease. The handy spray bottle means application is easy-peasy, too, and the mix of natural, zesty plant and fruit oils smell like holiday cocktails.
ORIGINS GLOW-CO-NUTS HYDRATING COCONUT MOISTURE MASK, £26.50
Origins have teamed up with food and wellness author and blogger, Madeleine Shaw, to create a brand new, limited edition face mask, inspired by Madeleine’s love of coconuts and their healing properties. Apply a thick layer of the fluffy, whipped cream, which is infused with real coconut, apricot, lemon and orange oils, all over clean skin, kick-back and relax, then wash (or tissue) off. Skin is left plumped, moisturised and softer than a baby’s bottom after just 10 minutes. You can also leave it on overnight for a more intense treatment.
GLOSSIER MILKY JELLY CLEANSER, £15
With summer in full swing, it’s time to ditch heavy-duty cream cleansers and thick, oily balms for lighter lotions and gentle gels – starting with your face wash. Glossier’s cult cleanser is a great option; a feather-light gel, packed with conditioning, soap-free ingredients, along with refreshing rosewater and pro-vitamin B5, to balance the skin’s pH levels, soften and dissolve oil, grime and light makeup. Fuss-free, easy to use and super mild, it’s one of the most gentle, effective daily cleansers we’ve discovered in ages.
PROTECT AND PERFECT
BIODERMA PHOTODERM MAX TINTED AQUAFLUID, £14.80
Time to slap on the SPF! Whether you’re jetting off abroad or making the most of the Blighty sunshine, now’s the time to start thinking about all-over sun protection to keep skin safe and your tan looking its best. Bioderma’s tinted Aquafluid delivers the goods: a fluid texture, as light as water, with a dry-touch finish. No streaky marks, no greasy residue and no unpleasant smell. Plus, it gives you the highest UVA/UVB protection, making it a must-pack product for even the hottest of holidays. Perfect for oily-skinned gals and guys.
GLOW ALL OUT
CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER, £30
Is it foundation? Is it a primer? Is it a highlighter? Who really knows – but then, who cares when a product is so good? Team Tilbury’s latest skin booster – a lightweight, iridescent cream – has sent tongues wagging in the beauty world, and for good reason. Pat on the high points of the face for a gentle sheen, all over the face before foundation for a lit-from-within glow or mix with your moisturiser. The soft-focus effect it gives is outstanding, blurring lines and pores like nothing else. Like a digital filter in a bottle.
SCHWARZKOPF BC BONACURE COLOUR FREEZE SPRAY CONDITIONER, £11.95
The sun’s rays can fade colour fast and leave ends feeling crisp, so there’s no better time than now to invest in a protecting, nourishing spray to keep your locks in tip-top shape throughout the summer months. Schwarzkopf’s is a good pick for finer, more fragile colour-treated hair, sealing the cuticle layers, detangling and infusing tresses with non-oily moisture that won’t weigh it down. Shake well and spray all over to protect and prolong your colour.