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Face protection: Clarins UV Plus Daily Screen Multi-Protection in Rosy glow
One of the top Summer essentials has to be a sunscreen, and find a good one. For the face, I love this one by Clarins. Quite light on the skin, a strong protection of SPF50, a light lovely scent, with barely any white residue – I love this for daily use – and especially that they have one in rosy glow, which gives a light and healthy glow on the skin.
Tinted moisturizer: La Mer the reparative skintint SPF30
During the daytime in the summer, I don’t wear anything more than a tinted moisturizer/BB cream/CC cream. One of my favorites is the new one from La Mer. With SPF30, the tinted moisturizer helps smooth, hydrate the skin whilst the anti-oxidant ingredients protect it against pollution. Finishes the skin off with a dewy glow.
Moisturizer: Clinique Turnaround Daytime revitalising moisturiser
The sun does dry out the skin, so make sure you’re sorted with a good face moisturiser. As someone who loves the illuminating effect, I love this moisturiser from Clinique which is lightweight, infused with caffeine and had luminizing particles in it to help give the skin a lovely glow.
Tool: Clarisonic Facial brush Mia 2
I know, this is one of the biggest cult products of the year but believe me, if you are traveling for more than 4 days – it’s an essential and I learned the hard way. When you travel, your skin gets so congested and around air that your skin isn’t used to, that you can break out even if you’re washing your skin. Since that ordeal, I can never travel without mine – and I love how the clarisonic does come with a travel case so it won’t break in the bag and to be very honest, the size isn’t that big – much smaller than your blow dryer. If you’re not very familiar with the Clarisonic, it’s a revolutionary facial brush with sonic frequency that gives the brush 300 different movements, so it leaves the skin over 6 times cleaner than a regular wash. I have the Mia 2, which is from the nautical Summer limited edition (that comes with a travel case).
Cuticle conditioner: Dior beauty Creme Abricot nail conditioner
I never travel without getting a gel/shellac manicure – get one done and you won’t need to worry when you travel as they will last you at least two weeks. The only downfall would be the dry cuticles around your nails. To overcome that, always have something handy in your handbag. At home, I like to keep Essie’s apricott oil next to my computer – but for a handbag friendly and richer option, this one by Dior is perfect. The salve is also a great conditioner and strengthener for the nails.
Eyebrow gel: MAC Brow set gel
During the summer, you want to stay as natural and as light as possible when it comes to cosmetics. Keeping your brows in shape goes a long way especially, if you’re not able to book an eyebrow threading appointment. I like the brow gel by MAC in clear that you can just brush on because if you sweat, you’re not going to get a brown smudge around your eyebrows and it’s going to feel like you have nothing on them – extra plus. A handbag essential.
Natural Bronzer compact: Clarins Aquatic treasures Summer Bronzing Compact
Clarins make some of my favourite bronzers for a natural daytime bronze. This one from Aquatic Treasures is one I’m using this summer. The bronzer has different shades in order to customise the shade you want that day. The product doesn’t dry up your skin as well as protects it from free radicals and pollution.
Large Bronzing powder: Sephora Sun Disk
Sephora has come out with a limited edition sun disk for this summer that I’m loving. It’s more of a beach bag essential because it’s huge! A mix of 3 different shades – apricot, beige and bronze – which you can customise to give you the perfect sun glow (also works with many different skin tones). Also has a great large mirror, so you don’t need to carry yours!
Illuminating powder: Laura Mercier Face illuminator in indescretion
I’m all about illuminating skin during the summer. I tend to mix up between a cream base and a powder base. If you’re looking for something more subtle, I suggest a powder. Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick has always been at the top of my choice for powders, but I recently welcomed this illuminator from Laura Mercier, which is a lot more subtle. Comes in a gold glow shade, that can mix beautifully with a bronzer. I would use this during the daytime, instead of the evening.
Powder: Chanel les beiges healthy glow multi-color SPF15
You can use this over foundation or with nothing at all on the skin. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s love for breton jerseys, perfect to blot skin or to add a subtle glow to the skin. It also includes an SPF of 15
Hair oil: L’Oreal Mythic oil
I use hair oils on a daily basis, but when I’m traveling and my hair gets dry from traveling and the change of weather – I tend to use it several times a day. This L’oreal one is my new favourite. A nourishing oil, which smells so good (pretty much can work as a hair perfume) made out of a blend of avocado oil and grape seed oil. It can be applied on damp or dry hair, I personally prefer to put some on my ends during the day and it really just feels light and makes my hair feel shiny and hydrated.
Hair Travel Set: Moroccanoil Travel Set
As a fan of Moroccanoil products, I ended up getting the hydrating collection to travel with, which is actually pretty amazing. You get travel sized versions of the shampoo, conditioner, mask and the famous cult oil. They have several different sets, but this one is my favorite as your hair does get dehydrated under the sun and whilst traveling. It also comes in a cute blue beauty bag.
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Jasmin Poudre
I must say if I read the ingredients first, I would have said this wouldn’t have been my fragrance by choice having a woody top note, but I love it. It smells so clean, strong (not in a bad way) and fresh. Being a niche fragrance, you probably won’t know too many people wearing the same summer fragrance, which is always nice. Other notes include fig, rose, iris, ylang-ylang, musk and jasmine.
Dry Shampoo: Kevin Murphy Fresh.Hair Dry cleaning spray
In between hair washes, a dry shampoo spray is essential. I love this one by one of my favourite Aussie hair care brand, Kevin Murphy. It’s great for absorbing oil, giving your hair/scalp a lovely scent (slightly like cotton candy) and giving your hair some body and volume. The best thing? It doesn’t leave a white residue, which most dry shampoos do.
Available at Marquee salons