Summer is when anything can happen. The long sunny days can lead you on all sorts of adventures whether it’s festivals, picnics or all-day BBQs that turn into evenings roasting marshmallows over a fire-pit.
So as well as having the essentials that’ll leave you looking and feeling poised during the working week, you need some fun beauty buys at hand. Here’s our breakdown of the best essentials for summer 2017 – you may recognise a few from this month’s box (get yours here if you haven’t already)…
The sensible staples
Who doesn’t love long summer days? But the reality is that when the sun is at it’s finest it can take a real toll on your lips. Lypsyl Lip Balm, £1.89, will be your best friend this summer to prevent lips from drying out thanks to a formula containing aloe vera, vitamin E and avocado oil, plus the SPF 15 will give you that protection the delicate skin on your lips sorely needs. Hands need extra care and attention in the summer months so keep a tube of Eness Cosmetics Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream, £6.50, near you at all times. It contains a generous amount of Argan oil and ylang ylang for your softness hands yet.
It’s also worth keeping a pot of Batiste Boost It Up Plumping Powder, £2.66, in your bag and you’ll never be at risk of having limp locks. Simply tap a little powder onto your roots, work it on and your hair will instantly be restored to its former voluminous self.
Sun cream gets a bad rap for being thick, claggy and making skin look white or pale, especially when you get into the higher factors. Well forget what you know and add Origins GinZing SPF 40, £30, to your handbag, it gives broad-spectrum protection while also delivering a subtle pigment for a smooth, glowing finish – plus the tint actually enhances your natural skintone as well as covering up any imperfections.
The fun essentials
Summer is the season when anything can happen. What starts off as a picnic in the park could end up at outdoor festival so you need to be able to change-up your look accordingly. The Bleach Hair Crayon, £4, takes up minimal space in your bag, but offers a speedy change if you’re in the mood for something eye-catching.
If it’s a quick style change you’re after or a little something extra to take you for day-to-night then keep a Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, £23, in your bag. Dabbed onto lids with your ring finger it’ll be all types of eye-catching, or add to cheeks if you need to make yourself festival ready in a hot minute. Diamond Dust and Gold Metal are our favourite shades for flattering shimmer and shine. No matter how hydrated you are or how much to try to pace yourself sometimes your skin can feel tight and tired in the heat. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, £10, contains protective vitamin e and moisturising wheatgerm oil to sooth and hydrate your complexion on-the-go.