Best Summer Beauty Buys

We’ve fallen for some of the latest beauty arrivals – just in time for a Summer makeover.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: Have you discovered the benefits of Vitamin C applied in your morning skincare yet?  Combined with an evening retinol, it gives the best skin glow ever. We’ve tried a few different brands and Drunk Elephant (which arrived on our shores last autumn) is one of our favourites.  Easy to apply and goes on smoothly under your makeup. £67 from SpaceNK

Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint: if you like your foundation in summer to be a barely there natural glow, then this is for you.  It comes with a buffing brush that you use to satisfyingly disperse the colour bubbles onto the skin.  It is watery at first but soon settles into a sheer coverage and feels wonderfully light on the skin £48 from John Lewis

Milk Makeup Lip & Cheek in Rally: we love a one stop-shop in summer particularly so this lip and check tint multi-tasker from the popular American brand which is 100% vegan and cruelty free ticks a lot of boxes for us.  Swipe along your cheek bone for a really natural glow and dab on your lips for a kiss of colour. £20.50 from Cult Beauty

Pat McGrath Labs Love Supreme Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm: we have this in the Love Supreme colour and haven’t taken it off since we bought it.  It’s subtle but not sticky and extremely long lasting plus the packaging is a winner too. (Tip: if you want to try the colours in person, head to the Pat McGrath Pop-up Makeup Lab at Selfridges). £35 from Selfridges

Guerlain Maxi Lash Extra Volume Mascara: many a Beauty editor swears by this mascara.  It doesn’t clog and we love the brush which really does help define every lash. £26.50 from John Lewis

Gucci lipstick 25 Goldie Red, Rouge à Lèvres Voile Lipstick: our perfect, stay-put red to match a summer tan from the newly launched Gucci Beauty range by Alessandro Michele. (We also love the accompanying Gucci ad campaign photographed by Martin Parr.) The new Gucci Beauty line launches at on May 29 or you can order it straight away from where it costs £34.  

Votary Lip Oil: Co-founder of Votary Arabella Preston was fed up with sticky lip balms/glosses that dried out her lips so she came up with this Almond and Green Mandarin Lip Oil.  It conditions and plumps the lips and most importantly, it’s shiny but not sticky. Definitely one to keep on hand throughout the summer. £30 from Votary

Byredo Sundazed Handcream: this also comes in a perfume but we just love this smell of summer on our hands with a rich blend of lemon, neroli, jasmine and nourishing shea butter. £29 from Liberty

Best Summer Beauty Buys
— Francesca
15th May 2019