Buying beauty bits can be properly feel good. So here are ten lovely things to play with. Some are new, some are classics. Some are budget, others are treats – and they should take you through into Autumn and beyond….
Botanico Vida Omega Oil
Many body oils are sweaty and slimy. Not this one. It sinks in immediately and is particularly good on desiccated limbs. A subtle citrus scent makes it a pleasure to use and it’s positively stuffed with Omegas, building blocks to help support the skin’s cellular structure. Good for stretch marks, sun burn scars or just to give your skin a bit of love.
Aluminium-free, 100% natural and non-toxic; rich in electrolytes, amino acids and vitamins to tune to your body’s unique function, this begs the question: should we all be using natural deodorants now? Maybe not for a 12-hour day of tube travel and polyester but for those slower days? Well, this is divine and it’s not going to clog any pores or lymphs. Makes you smell like fresh coconut milk.
Oskia Renaissance Mask
A peel in a mask, this multi-award-winning plumper and brightener boosts radiance gets those lazy cells turning over. Wonderfully aromatic, it energises skin without stripping.
Naked Sundays Collagen Glow 100% Mineral Sunscreen
Mineral sunscreens are the ones to look out for because they don’t block pores. This is Australia’s best-selling sun-care and they know a thing or two about sun damage. This sensational cream offers proper protection but also makes you look…better. Blurs, veils, smoothes – all that jazz. Use as sun cream, as a primer or just on its own for added confidence.
Rose Inc. Blush Divine Radiant Lip and Cheek Colour
This is the most natural, creamy, multi-purpose flush of colour. A tip is to bend it up from the apples of your cheeks along the cheekbones – it lifts! Long-wearing, hydrating, including lots of virtuous skincare ingredients, this is a new essential.
Guerlain Terracotta Matte Powder
One of the first bronzers and still one of the best. Thoroughly matte, the trick is to add sparkle intentionally where you want it but that should not be in a bronzer that you are using for sculpting. Apply with a counter-intuitively small brush (not a traditionally vast, fat one) so you can be precise and give yourself goddess facial architecture.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara
There is no need to buy expensive mascara unless you need a tubing brand because you have a chronic smudge problem. This is the best high street mascara launch in recent years. Thickens, lengthens, builds, doesn’t clog or flake. See also Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara for a classic product that comes in at under a tenner.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
Do you need a setting spray? You might. This one holds make-up in place, adds a very light veil of smoothing, pore-blurring CT magic and is useful – a few hours in to a made-up face – to just bring make-up back to life. Particularly good for parties and hot summer nights.
Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
These are the guys that brought us caffeine-infused Brazilian Bum Bum Cream to perk up posteriors. This is their answer to deep hydration and the smell is pure, coconut heaven. And, call us shallow, but the pot is super-pretty.
Nars Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser
A muscular tinted moisturiser but less ‘solid’ than a foundation. Includes an spf of 30 of course. On holiday, add a dot of highlighter to look truly burnished. Please let them not discontinue this. Once you discover it, it’s hard to walk away from…