Discover the beauty products we’ve been trying and loving of late. From sensual scented bath salts for relaxed evenings at home with a book and the most delicious scrub for glorious summer skin from top to toe, plus this season’s most beautiful limited edition cosmetics collection…
Ah Peau Santal. Imagine the scent of sun on warm skin. This is it. Another sublime Miller Harris creation, this is our new go-to scent for summer. Best worn with a silk slip somewhere sunny, Peau Santal has notes of sandalwood, cashmere and amber, with a hint of vanilla, plus bergamot and violet to add a crisp, pretty freshness. It’s sensual and sexy with a creamy undertone – a scent of long days at the beach, and longer evenings drinking cold wine and watching the sunset with someone you’d like to share sheets with.
As a general rule, influencer collabs aren’t really our thing. Extolling the virtues of slimming tea on Insta? Oh bore off. But Oskia’s brand new Renaissance Body Scrub – created in collaboration with Emma Hoareau – is something a little different. For starters, Horeau’s a blogger who has been interested in what body positivity really means for quite some time. Not a token ‘oh poor me and my cellulite’ post on the grid, but actually a near-fascination with women’s bodies – her own, those of her friends, documented in the Girls In Real Life project on her blog and Instagram. The Renaissance Body Scrub itself is a product we hope outlives the limited edition release. With a souffle-light texture, it’s made with a blend of truly effective ingredients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes and omegas) to ensure skin glows from top to toe – and soft, smooth, radiant legs, ankles elbows, hips and shoulders are a sensual delight whether you’re a size six or 26. Have body, go to beach. Done.
Pour a handful of Herbivore Botanicals’ Calm Bath Salts into a long deep bath, make yourself a cup of your favourite herbal tea, and take a deep breath. These bath salts are just blissful, infused with an aromatic blend of essential oils to soothe and de-stress. Sweet yet sensual ylang ylang and vanilla oils are combined with mineral-rich Himalayan pink salts which aid detoxification. and soften skin. The packaging is very aesthetically pleasing too, bonus!
Why would you use sun protection in any other format than a spray? Non to spending forever slathering heavy creams all over – sprays are the way to go. Simple, effective and fuss-free, Vichy’s lightweight Ideal Soleil sprays are pure genius, leaving skin feeling fresh and hydrated, while offering broad spectrum protection. The SPF 30 Solar Protective Water is made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and refresh, while it’s tan-boosting counterpart – the SPF30 Tan Solar Protective Water – offers the same formulation with added natural beta carotene. Best of all, these ultra-light sprays are keenly-priced enough so you can spritz with abandon.
Rodin’s latest limited edition collection for summer is comprised of products that are as pleasurable to look at as they are to use. Inspired by Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn – and Linda Rodin’s own love of Italy – Rodin’s Goddess Aurora line is all about using light to lend a luminous finish to summer skin, capturing the sun’s own golden glow. The hero product of the collection has to be the Luxury Body Oil: a sublime tri-phase formula to smooth, nourish and moisturise, leaving skin silky soft and dewily radiant, with a pretty scent of Italian bergamot and mimosa. The Luxury Illuminating Liquid is the most beautiful lightweight highlighter – like drops of sun to smudge onto cheekbones, and anywhere else that might catch the light. Finish with a pop of colour courtesy of one of the two limited edition lipsticks – we love the unusual orange-pink tone of Arancia Adore, a colour that looks youthful, fresh and sophisticated on absolutely everyone
Just the most gloriously summery shower gel we’ve ever come across. From heritage Madrid perfumier Álvarez Gómez, the Agua de Colonia Concentrada Bath & Shower Gel has such an iconic summer scent, with notes of lemon, geranium, bergamot and Spanish lavender. Created in 1912, the subtle citrus fragrance is uplifting and fresh – perfect for AM showers, leaving you feel rejuvenated and cleaner than clean. Made with all-natural ingredients and the finest essential oils sourced from Mediterranean plants, this has become a summer beauty staple for us.
Summer calls for barely-there products for a glowy complexion – leave behind any full coverage favourites as they’ll just feel heavy, with an unforgiving finish too. The Bare With Me collection from NYX is all about that radiant no-makeup makeup look, with lightweight textures leaving the complexion luminous and fresh. The ultra-hydrating Jelly Primer is infused with cucumber and aloe extracts, ensuring that skin is smooth and moisturised, meaning that makeup lasts longer, regardless of temperatures outdoors. And the Tinted Skin Veil BB Cream perfects the complexion in next to no time, with a veil of beautiful, breathable lighter-than-air colour. Extra points for the super inclusive range of tones too – something which is sadly not a given these days.
Dry body brushing. It’s one of those things that’s a bit of a bore to remember to do, but once you start body brushing regularly, you’ll be so astonished with how super smooth and glowy your skin is, you won’t look back, trust us. Invest in a decent body brush, as they do last ages – and we really love to follow with a shower and then a layer of your favourite body oil. The Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Brush is such excellent quality, and finishing with the rich, aromatic De-Stress Body Oil feels like the very best kind of self-care. Rich, indulgent and full of natural essential oils, it’s a bit like having a five-star spa in your very own bathroom.