As the rain buckets down off my roof and puddles of water drown my garden (and my social life), it may finally be time to accept that summer is over. However, while those warm glows of sun are fewer and further between, I’m not ready to let go of those summery vibes. This month’s beauty picks will make you feel bright and beautiful and keep those happy, summer feels going through the cooler months.
This Month’s Beauty Picks: Extend That Summer Feeling
Little Honey Tan: Keeping your skin sun-kissed and glowing is essential to maintain that summer feeling – and this gorgeous little duo by Little Honey Tan is just the sweet-smelling bronze my skin needs. This NZ made mist gives you a natural, buildable tan and comes with a glove that makes for an easy, streak-free application. It couldn’t be easier to look like you’ve just returned from Rarotonga.
Essano Macadamia Oil Restoring Hand Salve: The change of seasons often leaves my hands feeling dry and tight, so I need a rich, ultra-hydrating cream to keep my hands soft and smooth. This one by Essano with certified organic macadamia oil, cocoa butter and shea butter is just that – and it smells incredibly delicious too.
Pure Fiji Coconut and Guava Duo: You can be sure to chase those autumn blues away with a tropical hit of Coconut and Guava by Pure Fiji. So delicious, it’s hard to believe I’m not on the beach with a cocktail in hand. The amazing Guava fruit is high in essential vitamins and antioxidants containing the richest natural source of vitamin C which helps boost collagen production, perfect for maintaining glowing summer skin.
It’s the closest thing you’ll find to About Face’s Pure Fiji Guava Wrap treatment – a must to take you one step closer to Fiji!
The scent of exotic fruit with sparkling berry notes and intoxicating blossoms is to die for, and the packaging is so pretty it’s sure to brighten up your bathroom as well as your mood.
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy: Give your nails a colour hit with the stunning new range of Argan Oil polishes from Sally Hansen. I love the idea behind this new launch because not only are the colours pretty – and quintessential summer shades, but the polishes contain natural oils (argan, acai and primrose) that actually nourish your nails and gives them a moisture hit. Did I mention that the colour can last on your nails for up to 10 days? Perfect for us low maintenance babes.
Terre de Lumiere Just as the sun is fading, L’Occitane inspires long summer nights with its first gourmand aromatic collection, Terre de Lumiere. Meaning “land of light”, it’s inspired by the golden hour of sunset in Provence – a short moment at dusk as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden and purple light. I can almost feel the Provençal glow (and booking flights to France ASAP) with this gorgeous hint of summer in a scent.
Kerastase Aura Botanical: For luscious full bodied locks and that low key ‘I woke up like this’ beachy hair look, you need hair to be nourished and naturally tousled, but frizz free. Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils do that and more in Kerastase’s Aura Botanical range – a collection of natural hair products enriched with a blend of botanicals and plant actives. The highly efficient ingredients are handpicked and are responsibly sourced, and create a lightweight feel, touch and radiance.
MAC Lip Scrubtious: The perfect solution to keeping your lips smooth and kissable and avoid chapped lips all autumn and winter long. These sugar Lip Scrubtious pots from MAC are colourful, fun and effective – buffing away dead skin and hydrated your lips at the same time. They kind of look delicious as well which is probably a good thing since I always end up getting lip scrubs in my mouth. I fail at life. These lip scrubs come in 5 delicious flavours and I want them all.
Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine: Nothing sings summer more than a glossy coloured lip and the Clinique Plump and Shine Chubby Sticks are the perfect product to keep your lips hydrated, plump and smooth. The range includes 8 shades – one for each of my favourite handbags!
MAC Colorful Collections-Colour Rocker: Want a summer lip with a bit more oomph? The new Colourful Collection launch from MAC has some bold, fun, and super pigmented bright shades which scream summer! This launch certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted – these instant icons make a scene, delivering an adrenalizing hit of colour in 28 rebellious shades.
The lip collection is made up of every colour you’d expect to find in a rainbow, from lime green to bright blue and golden yellow to neon fuchsia. Choose from a Forbidden Sunrise creamy orange (matte) or a Flatter Me Fierce blue lavender-purple (matte) or any of the other 26 shades, there’s a colour for everyone and for every summer feeling. “Colour yourself fearless” says MAC.
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Scrub: I am a huge fan of Manuka Doctor Products and this scrub is the perfect addition to your skin care routine for smooth and glowing skin. This scrubs buffs away dull, dead skin and with purified bee venom leaves your skin looking bright and plump.
This purifying facial scrub is the ideal prep for Manuka Doctor’s Age Defying Facial Bronze too – a cool weather staple to maintain that summer feeling!
Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C System: I love vitamin C and I try to include as much of it as I can in my day to day routine, especially as the sun is fading. Oranges, tablets, skincare products, I’ll have it all. To prolong your summertime glow, the Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C system is the perfect dose of Vit C.
Shortcut your way to bright, radiant skin with this 7-day system, using both a vitamin C packed soothing emulsion and powder cleanser. Mixing into your moisturiser, the emulsion brightens, smooths and evens out your complexion and the cleanser gently works with your skin to leave it smooth and glowing. The perfect duo for your daily C hit.
Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil: Dewy skin is no longer just for summer with my absolute favourite product. I still can’t get enough of this product (full review here) and it’s even more important during the cooler months when our skin is exposed to pollutants and dryness from heating such as skin-damaging open fires and aircon. It strengthens the skin’s natural barriers; hydrates and smoothes dehydration lines and locks in moisture; and shields against free radical damage.
The warm, balmy days are fading fast, but you can still keep that warm feeling (and sun-touched look) with these summer-inspired offerings… what do you do to extend the summer season?