Hurrah! It’s an exciting day for W&W with the first column from our amazing new Beauty Editor Rachel Fiddes (if you haven’t read it already, do read all about her very own beauty essentials here). With the lovely warm days of July upon us and holidays on the horizon (if you’re lucky), it’s time to think about summer beauty. From how to get your feet flip-flop ready to the best sunscreens from Lancome, Soltan and Ambre Solaire (and how to apply them), the secret to stopping your make-up slide off and the hottest nail colours from the likes of Nails Inc. and Butter London, Rachel has it – and a whole lot more – covered. Basically, it’s your summer beauty regime sorted…
Rachel: I love summer – eating supper outdoors, swinging by the paddling pool after school with the kids and long lazy days on the beach. Now I don’t know about you, but what I’m less keen on is the beauty regime that has to crank up a notch when hot weather hits. Flesh-baring, flip-flop wearing and sunscreen applying means we have our work cut out for us when the sun comes out. My July favourites should help you navigate the hot and humid summer beauty jungle!
1. Perfect Pins and Feet Treats
Getting feet flip flop ready is no mean feat (no pun intended!) when they’ve been in socks and shoes for months on end. Then you finally get a chance to have toes out and your heels dry up and crack. Try these top three leg and feet treats for luscious limbs. Champneys Spa Treatments Cracked Heel Balm (£8) is an intensive softening and repairing treat for over-dry feet. Now this isn’t a good look, but I can highly recommend slathering it on at bedtime, popping a pair of socks on (I know, I know, not attractive) and you’ll wake up with silky soft soles the morning after. This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan (£38) is a brilliantly nourishing serum that adds just a little bit of colour over 3 days, to take the edge off lily-white legs. And finally if you’re prone to swollen limbs and ankles in the heat, then Legology Air-Lite (£60 for 175ml) is the best in the business for reducing puffiness, refreshing tired hot legs and feet and enhancing skin tone and hydration. Oh and the lemon peel scent gives the perfect uplifting zesty citrus zing on a hot sunny day.
2. Nail It
Legs and feet looking good, but what to do with nails? Inspired by the riot of colour at the spring/summer 2014 Chanel collection, I’m aiming for bold nail shades on my summer toes and you can’t beat a hot pink or coral to really make tanned toes ping. Try Butter London in Cake-Hole (£12), Nails Inc Sloane Street (now £9.79), Nails Inc Gel Effect Downtown (£14), or M&S Limited Collection in Coral (£3.50). But for a more unusual summer shade, and with a nod to Diane Von Furstenberg‘s spring/summer 2014 collection, go for dark or bright blue. I love the grungy-goth-gone-glam look of The Organic Pharmacy Nail Lacquers in London and New York (£11.51).
Why is it that hair disasters always seem to happen when your favourite stylist or colourist is booked up or on holiday? I seem to go from perfect colour one week to disastrous roots the next. However I now have a little beauty trick up my sleeve in the shape of Color WOW Root Cover Up (£28.50). What looks like a foundation compact is actually a revolutionary new hair innovation – a powder compound that isn’t sticky, oily, dry or greasy, but simply adheres to hair to camouflage dark or grey roots instantly. It takes less than a minute to apply on dry styled hair and lasts from one shampoo to the next (but is water resistant if you get caught in the rain). Genius! It comes in Platinum, Blonde, Light, Medium and Dark Brown and Black. This week Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer arrived on my desk, which is a brand new inexpensive spray version that basically does the same job, and it comes in 4 shades light and dark blonde, light and dark brown.
4. Bronze Ambition
A little bit of pre-beach colour works wonders for boosting bikini confidence and as they say ‘the only safe tan is a self-tan’. New this summer Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion (£34.50) is a brilliant gradual self-tan that works over a few days to create a really subtle sun-kissed look. Dove Summer Glow (£4.99) creates a similar slow tan – and great if you’re on a budget. And for the face, I am loving James Read Sleep Mask Tan (£25 for 50ml). Simply apply and get into bed. It’s nourishing, lightweight and packed with skin-caring goodies that work their magic while you sleep, and it also contains a teeny bit of self-tan – so you wake up subtly sun-kissed.
5. Travelling Light
Lots of hair care companies do holiday minis, skincare is easy to decant into travel-sized bottles, but what to do about make-up? This summer Benefit have come up with the answer to travel make-up – the brilliant Beauty Score is packed with 10 of their best-sellers in miniature. Benetint lip and cheek stain, High Beam complexion enhancer, Ooh La Lift under eye brightener, The POREfessional pore minimiser, That Gal brightening primer, It’s Potent Eye Cream, Hoola bronzer, Bella Bamba brightening face powder and They’re Real mascara. And how to carry your lotions and potions this summer? If you haven’t seen Victoria Green‘s make-up bags in Debenhams, get online or get down to your nearest Debenhams pronto before they sell out. A busy working mum, Brighton-based Victoria has designed for Laura Ashley, Heal’s and The White Company and her prints are stunning. And the best bit? They’re at high street prices. Daisy Print Essential Hanging Bag and Swallows Print set of 2 are my current favourites.
6. Here Comes the Sun
Long gone are the days where a deep tan is on trend, so protect yourself this summer with these top tips.
- Throw out old suncream – once opened SPF does deteriorate, they only really last 12-18 months tops.
- How much to use? A desert spoon per limb and on the torso and a teaspoon on the face. Or a shot glass in total – it’s more than you think for good coverage!
- Always apply 20 mins before going out in the sun so it has time to sink in and start protecting.
- And re-apply, re-apply, re-apply! Every two hours or after swimming. Sun damage not only carries the very serious risk of skin cancer, but also what’s the point in spending out on an expensive skincare regime and then undoing all that care with the premature ageing associated with sun damage?
- I wear SPF30 on my body and SPF50 on the face and the kids wear SPF50 all over. My favourites this summer are Ole Henriksen Protect The Truth SPF50 (£31 for 60ml) and Lancome Soleil Bronzer SPF 30 (£24 for 50ml). Ambre Solaire Wet Skin SPF 30 (£7.14 for 200ml) is great as it can be applied straight to wet skin, Ultra Sun Super Sensitive (£20 for 100ml) is perfect for easily irritated skin tones and Boots Soltan Dry Touch SPF 50 (£5.50 for 200ml) is sand resistant, which suits kids who like to roll around in the sand as soon as you’ve applied it! Soltan almost always has great deals on suncream and should be your first port of call if you’re on a budget. I’ve also just discovered Elemis Liquid Layer SPF30, which works brilliantly for everyday wear, not just on holiday, as make-up sits beautifully on it – no slipping and sliding off in the heat!
7. Luscious Locks
Sexy summer hair is not an easy look to master – fine hair flops and big hair just gets bigger. Try one of these and you might just keep locks under control this summer. Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray is a vitamin enriched finishing spray that protects hair from the elements, whether you want sleek and straight or bouncy curls, it keeps frizz at bay. Mark Hill Summer Loving Protection Serum (£6.49 for 50ml) can be used on wet or dry hair to smooth away frizz and protect summer hair. If you love that textured beachy salty look, then Unite Beach Day (£21 for 236ml) and Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist are both brilliant for tousled, effortlessly sexy surfy hair. And finally to take you from sun-up to sun-down, Mark Hill’s Holiday Hair Beach to Bar Dry Shampoo removes sand, salt and chlorine residues and smells softly floral and summery.
8. Prime Time
Preventing make-up sliding off too soon in the heat is not an easy task, but this is where primers come into their own. They fill in and smooth out fine lines, reduce the appearance of pores and imperfections and even out skin tones. But most importantly in summer, make-up won’t budge, smudge or crease once applied over one of these primers. Make-up magnet, Daniel Sandler Re-texturising Face Primer SPF20 (£20.50), tones down high colour if you’re prone to redness too. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze (£29) nourishes and gives a super-subtle sun-kissed look. While state of the art Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£52) is water resistant and oil, paraben, gluten, sulphate and fragrance free.
9. Smudge-Proof Budge-Proof
We’re apparently in for a scorcher this summer, so we need to dig deep into our beauty arsenal and work out what’s going to cut it in the heat. Cargo Swimmables have blushers, bronzers and pencils in their waterproof smudge-proof formula. Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara (£10.99) really cuts it on the beach and by the pool – I wore it in the shower the other morning to test it out and not a hint of smudgy panda eyes! Benefit’s brand new Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms (£14.50) condition, hydrate and give a blast of sheer colour – perfect for summer lips. I often wear Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (£33 for 50ml) in summer as it’s so light and nourishing and just adds a pretty sheeny glow. It’s a highlighter/moisturiser hybrid and contains SPF20. Then a quick slick of Becca Beach Tint Lip and Cheek Stain in Watermelon (£20)– it’s water-resistant and the softest pinky red – for uber natural cheeks and lips. And finally Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Surf Eye Palette contains 8 sheer subtle tones – a beautiful beachy mix of sandy neutrals and dusky pinks with a pop of azure blue and sea green.
10. Summer Holiday Alert!
So I have 6 wonderful, exhausting, frustrating, happy, fun-filled, sleep-deprived weeks stretching ahead of me, in which to find entertainment for three noisy, crazy, busy, funny children. This calls for some serious beauty weaponry and there’s only one product up to the job – I’m going to have to crack open the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil (£40). Which now also comes in a handy little pocket sized Deep Relax Balm (£18) – perfect for stress on the go!
There’s more from Rachel next week with a special feature on Budget Beauty – the best brands to go for and their must-buy products. Don’t miss it!
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