It was only a few weeks ago that I admonished you to pack and live lightly. Well, dear readers, today I come with good tidings. There is one exception. BEAUTY PRODUCTS! All that extra room in your bags you didn’t know what to do with? Fill it with all your cosmetic sundries!
Here are the essentials I can’t live without this summer. And nor should you.
Jumping in and out of the pool or the ocean and constant exposure to the sun requires extra gentle care. Bumble and Bumble has just released their new line of Invisible Oil products. Sulphate-free, nourishing, and UV filtering, the shampoo and conditioner will clean your filthy locks without stripping them. Spray a little Ocean Mist from the wonderful Swedish line Sachajuan onto your hair while it’s still wet to get that effortless beach hair. Even if you haven’t seen the ocean yet this summer, you can fake it perfectly with this spray. Once a week, throw on the Sachajuan Hair After the Sun treatment to make sure you’re really in the clear.
Don’t tell me you’re clean just because you spend all day in the water! Make sure to rinse off all that chlorine and sand at the end of the day with Jo Malone’s Nectarine and Honey Blossom Shower Gel. Even if you never actually leave the city, you can still smell like you did by dousing yourself in Bobbi Brown’s classic Beach Body Oil, which magically smells like sunsets, sunblock, sand and seawater. I like to layer light perfumes, and Jo Malone’s Earl Grey and Cucumber goes beautifully with Tom Ford’s Mandarino di Amalfi. I won’t penalize you for keeping it simple and choosing just one perfume. I accept that most of you do not want to smell like a walking pitcher of citrus iced tea.
The first, second and third thing you need to know about summer beauty is: sunblock, sunblock, sunblock! And I’m not just yelling at you because I’m pale as a sheet and always in danger of burning myself to a crisp. Start your day by rinsing off the residual and pore clogging sunblock from the day before with Bobbi Brown’s Extra Bright Advanced Foaming Cleanser. Layer on La Mer’s Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid first, add some coverage and MORE SPF with Estée Lauder’s DayWear BB Crème. Don’t forget your eyes. All that squinting in the sun, drying AC and salt water can really do a number on the skin around your peepers, so cover them liberally with Lancome’s Absolue Eye Serum morning and night. The gold bottle also looks really good casually taking up space on your vanity. Like the delicate skin around your eyes, don’t neglect your lips. Always have a jar of Aerin’s Rose Balm nearby. There are 350 rose-petals in each jar. Not literally, but each petal has been methodically divested of its essence. That’s a lot of rose petals. Smells delicious too.
AND MORE FACE:
Summer is a time for minimal makeup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t supplement your natural beauty just a touch. We know our own faces very well — we know what we’d prefer to hide, what we like to play up— so this life-saving Shade and Illuminate compact by Tom Ford should be in everyone’s arsenal if it isn’t already. Create shadows with the bronzer, reflect light with the highlighter, create contours where there were none, soften hard edges where there are too many: the possibilities are endless! You may not need anything else. Although… a little cheek colour, like the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess crème blush will always give a happy flush. And, of course, I like to carry at least four different lip colours with me: Tawny Pink by Tom Ford is a useful, universally flattering sheer colour, and you can’t go wrong with multiple candy shades of Nars lip gloss. Add subtle shine to your eyelids with the neutral and appropriately named Blush Sweetness palette, plump up your eyelashes with the Lancôme Oscillation Powerbooster. A tiny little motor in the wand really goes to town on your lashes, which may be what I like most about it. Don’t forget a little translucent powder, like this pretty astrological Estée Lauder compact. No one is immune to shine, especially in the heat.
Just please, promise me to take everything off at the end of the day! Never sleep in your makeup. Cover yourself in Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair instead and thank me later.