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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

summer's cool beauty dips

June is one of those months that can’t help but put a smile on your face. It’s a word that spells out the beginning of summer which means flip flops, al fresco dining, BBQ’s and the chance to ditch pasty skin and liven up your senses. Here are a handful of my early summer picks – all beauty tested, which leave you good to glow.

The bespoke bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Soleil mineral bronzing foundation, £9.99.
I love mineral foundation both for its skin philosophy and its natural coverage – since switching to a mineral foundation I’ve never had so many compliments about my skin, so Bourjois’s new offering of a mineral bronzing foundation that gives a beach easy tan makes sense. Putting itself forward as a ‘customised’ tan, it’s a pot with two shades of powder (fair/medium and olive/tanned) that allows you to dial up or down in colour depending on your skin tone. As an added beauty bonus it’s got an SPF15 too.

The getaway fragrance: Juicy Couture & Viva La Juicy 30ml Travellers, £39.50 each.
We all love to float on a cloud of delicious scent, but lugging chunky bottles around with us in handbags fast tracks to a chiropractor. These Eau de Parfum travellers bring out the jet set in me, super light and super adorable – complete with cupcake charms, you can choose from two classic Juicy scents. Spritz and go!

The body flattering oil: Jo Malone Dry Body Oil, £38
When skin is hot a cream can feel heavy and dry tacky, and traditional oil can leave the skin too greasy. Jo Malone solves the dilemma with their dry body oils. But be warned: they are addictive! Available in Lime Basil & Mandarin and English Pear & Freesia…decisions, decisions, they dry turbo quick and leave the skin with a shimmery glow. I love using on limbs just before heading out.

The face saving oil: Eve Taylor’s Pre-blended Facial Oil No 1, £11.29
This isn’t my first mention of Eve Taylor’s products in my blog, and forgive me if I mention again, but I’m a huge believer in the wellness they can add to your skin. I love using this oil post sun in the evening. Lovely to apply, it feels nourishing on the skin, doesn’t leave a film and is the perfect antidote for dry air conditions or skin that feels a little tight. And for such high quality oil, the price is surprising. It’s perfect to travel with too as it’s only 30ml.

The swimming pool lash volumiser: Maybelline’s One by One Waterproof Mascara, £8.99
Dubbed the ‘lash catcher’ this mascara really does catch every single lash and bumps them up big time without clumping. My mascara tends to smudge when the going gets hot, but not this one. It’s lash definition with no panda eye consequences.

The hair glosser: Lee Stafford’s Nourishing Miracle Oil, £11.99
Mmmm, there seems to be a bit of an oil theme going on in this post, but they really do seem to give more for your beauty buck. I always have a good barnet day when using this. Using a Pro-Argan complex, I apply on damp hair and once dried the condition feels amazing. Hair is left with a silky finish and any frizz is banished with an additional smoothing of the oil between the palms and run over from the mid lengths to ends. However, do apply sparingly, too much and lankness awaits.


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