Summer Essentials

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The long-awaited summer is finally here, so we can at last enjoy long afternoons on the terraces, picnics in the parks, getaways to the seaside and all the other joyous activities of the season. Let’s not forget about the thrill of wearing shorts, and skirts, and dresses, being bare-legged, barefoot, and sometimes even virtually naked! While we believe that your gorgeous body and a wide smile are your best accessories for these next three months and we ourselves will be cutting on the make-up considerably, there’re some essentials that will help us to turn up the heat this summer. And we can’t wait to share them with you:

Here are three cult products and two latest news that will allow you to squeeze the best out of the sun: the warmth, the glow, the endorphins – without risking inflicting any damage on your skin. Because like with any other fun, safety comes first.

Petitgrain Hydrating Body Gel from Aesop is super fast-absorbing and helps to cool the skin suffering from summer’s three main tortures: sun exposure, waxing and shaving. Its lightweight texture delivers gentle, grease-free hydration without imparting a heavy film; the ideal moisturising product for warm and humid climates. Top tip: store it in the fridge for an even more invigorating sensory sensations.

We have never been very supportive of heavy-handed make-ups, but in the summer it becomes even more of an atrocity. Actually, even porcelain matte skin with classic red lip that we otherwise love might be a bit out of place if you go for a stroll in a park with your girlfriends or getting ready for a date on the river bank. Our go to product this year is No7 brand new Shimmer Palette, which gives your skin a nice glow and an extra lift to your complexion. Just use a bronzer brush to swirl the colours together and apply to areas of your face and décolletage that naturally catch the light.

Maybelline is celebrating 100 years anniversary this year and bombarding the market with tons of new, exciting and innovative products. A month ago we were all over their new primer and now the brand has introduced a Dream Bronze BB. It’s basically a summer version of a BB cream, which on top of all the benefits of its peers (evening out the skin tone, hiding imperfections, hydrating, smoothing and softening the skin) also gives you glowy natural tan and provides SPF25 protection.

Some of us are extra fussy when it comes to SPF. To pass Aline’s sun-screen control you’d have to always bare with you a cream with minimum factor 20, because you are surely going to reapply it every three hours, aren’t you? If it was up to her will, she’d put a couple of ACO‘s Sun Sticks in every bag in the world and on every phone set a reminder to use them. It effectively protects you against both UVA and UVB radiation, while it also contains softening and moisturizing agents and Vitamin E to help your skin stay hydrated and nourished. And while we have your attention: please,  at any cost avoid the midday sun exposure, and do not stay out of the shade for long periods of time.

For us the legendary Divine Oil by Caudalie is the synonym of summer – without it the beach bag feels empty and incomplete. This luxurious dry oil moisturises and nourishes the skin thanks to the unique blend of oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan) combined with patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols. On top of that it’s totally multi-purpose, so you can use it on the body, hair, nails, in the bath or ask someone special to give you a relaxing massage. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance, with woody notes.

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