Following our event with BeautyMart at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, we’re delighted to share with you our pick of the essential summer beauty products – all you need to take you from boardroom to beach to bar. Multi-tasking make-up, refreshing summer perfumes and indulgent bodycare – these are the items we wouldn’t go anywhere without…
A brilliant budget buy that lasts forever, Yu-be’s intense glycerine based formula is a lifesaver when flying long haul. Take off your make-up, slather on a layer and sleep: you’ll arrive looking fresh-faced and soft-skinned. Helpfully, it’s also brilliant for treating cracked heels and rough elbows. Chosen by Ruth Styles.
Lipstick always feels a little heavy for summer months, and if you’re sipping cocktails poolside or dancing until dawn at a festival, you have more important things to think about, right? Revlon’s clever lip stain is a brilliant solution, providing a long-lasting zing of colour with a lightweight feel. The lip stain also includes a hydrating balm to ensure that lips stay moisturised and protected. Genius. Chosen by Alice Revel.
If you’re not keen on summer’s usual fruits and florals – and I’m not – then CB I Hate Perfume’s Russian Caravan Tea is perfect. A light blend of bergamot and smoky Indian tea enlivened with a dose of cracked old leather, it’s a fragrance for those who don’t want to smell like everyone else. Chosen by Ruth Styles.
Skip the foundation if you’re heading off to climes and pop Paul & Joe’s Powder Duo in your carry-on. On one side, a translucent mattifying powder – perfect if your shine is more sweat and less glow. On the other, there’s a shimmery shade which enhances a summer tan beautifully. Sweep over cheekbones and even your décolletage, and you’re ready to go from beach to bar faster than you can say Tequila Sunrise. Extra points for the elegant packaging, which makes the compact almost too pretty to use. Chosen by Alice Revel.
I love a multi-tasking product, so Melvita’s Micellar Water definitely makes the cut when it comes to my summer skincare essentials. It’s the perfect combination of cleanser and toner, removing make-up gently while freshening the skin. Made with moisturising rose floral water, the scent is wonderfully light and summery too. Chosen by Alice Revel.
It gives cheeks a fresh hint of colour and doubles up as a lipstick, both of which make it perfect for holidays when you don’t feel like lugging an entire make-up bag around with you. The tube is well below airlines’ 100ml liquids limit, so take it on board and use it to freshen up your look at the end of a long haul flight – you’ll look ten times better than you feel. Chosen by Ruth Styles.
This is great for getting rid of greasy roots on the go as well as for creating a beachy, tousled ‘do. It also smells gorgeous and is free from parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals and other synthetic nasties. Chosen by Ruth Styles.
Spending on skincare is a wise investment, but body moisturisers? Not so much. It’s lovely to use something ultra-extravagant and indulgent after a long soak in the tub, but if you’re looking for something for every day, Garnier’s 7 Days is just the ticket. The rich formula keeps skin completely hydrated, softening any dry patches on elbows or knees – and it absorbs almost instantly, so there’s no waiting around post-shower. I also use this as an aftersun too – it’s such good value that you can slather it on to your heart’s content. Chosen by Alice Revel.
Having lived in Sicily, the scent of Fico d’India evokes memories of long hot, lazy days in the sun – it’s summer bottled. Yes, those 100ml clear plastic bottles make decanting your everyday products a cinch, but I love to treat myself to something a little bit luxurious when I’m travelling. The set comprises a miniature shower gel, body cream and soap, as well as a sachet of bath salts, which means that I don’t have to mess about squeezing things into bottles before I jet off – leaving me with more time to decide whether I should prioritise shoes or books in my suitcase! Chosen by Alice Revel.
Small, easily slotted into a handbag and the equal of an entire shelf full of serums when it comes to detangling, a Tangle Teezer is your hair’s best friend. Especially useful on holiday when sun and salt water combine to leave hair snarled and knotted. I wouldn’t get on a plane without one. Chosen by Ruth Styles.