Want to know the best new summer beauty buys that you should add to basket? Of course you do. Now, we don't want to jinx it, but it feels like sunny days are just around the corner. Before long, we'll be swapping our morning hot cup of coffee for iced lattes, lunchtime bowls of soup for poké, and no longer dashing home from work to curl up with Netflix when we could have an al fresco aperitif. (Okay, that last one might not always happen.)
And as excited as we get about all the incredible Christmas beauty sets, summer beauty is really where it's at. There's less of a novelty factor, and more of a focus on making products smell delicious, feel lighter on the skin and last throughout long, sweaty days. Despite our London postcode, the tiniest peek of sun turns us straight into beach-bound California girls. Ocean air–whipped hair? A bronzed décolletage? Glowing skin? Yes, please.
Some summer beauty classics that never get old (we get positively dizzy with excitement when we get our first whiff of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess every year, and yes the new one is available now), but there’s always a fresh crop of innovative products to clamor over. This year, we’ve already spotted what’s possibly the most ingenious mascara of all time (no, seriously), some incredibly luxurious, long-lasting body sprays and the ultimate salt spray.
These 13 buys will see you right this summer, so take a click through the gallery and see what catches your eye. We’ll see you at the checkout.
A sweep of bronzer and a pop of coral blush has summer written all over it. And just look at this palette. Want. Need.
Perfume is essential (as far as we’re concerned) but it can be a bit of a nightmare when traveling. Pack a regular bottle? Too heavy. Pack a travel size? The glass could still smash. Luckily, Tom Ford has our backs—it brought out a handful of its best-selling summery scents in handy spray form. We particularly love the sultry, tropical Soleil Blanc. Simply mist generously, chuck in your beach bag, and you’re good to go.
If you've struggled with sunscreen in the past and found it led to breakouts, we've got good news: There's finally a facial SPF that promises not clog your pores. La Roche Posay's original Effaclar Duo has a cult following—and for good reason. The super-lightweight serum-moisturizer is incredibly effective at fighting acne and calming inflammation, and now they've made a version with SPF30.
Dior's genius new mascara has a squeezy tube. What does this mean? Well instead of pushing the wand in and out to distribute the product, you simply squeeze the tube. This means your mascara will feel fresher for longer (read: no drying or crumbling in the tube or on your lashes). The mascara itself will leave you with voluminous, standout lashes.
Salt spray is a toughie. Touchable, tousled hair is the goal, but crunchy, dry locks are often the result. Enter this heavenly smelling offering from Philip B, which doesn’t dry out the ends or leave your hair sticky and heavy. The secret is blending oils like coconut and kukui along with the salt extract for that ideal just-got-back-to-the-cabana look.
Need to not look tired/hungover/ill pronto? Look no further. This deeply regenerating sheet mask is jet-black thanks to a plant sugar blend in the fibers that helps it push antioxidants into your skin and activated charcoal that helps detoxify and purify. It’ll help kick-start your collagen production for instantly plumper, more-awake skin.
Harness the power of the antioxidant-rich superfood acai with this luxurious body cream. It’s got a great, light, buttery texture, but it still locks in moisture and leaves limbs lithe and glowing. Oh, and it smells amazing.
Laura Mercier's sheer illuminator suits all skin tones and is buildable. You can apply it as a light wash all over for a complexion boost and layer up onto high points (cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid's bow). Glowing skin is within reach.
This has to be the smartest soap out there. You can use it simply to wash with or massage it in a slightly thicker layer before exfoliating in the bath or shower to ensure a better, smoother result. Inspired by traditional Moroccan hammams, it’s rich with olive oil and vitamin E to nourish, and a slice of the proceeds go toward helping the lives of the Berber women.
Going on holiday? Truly, this palette is going to cut your makeup packing down by half, if not more. RMS pressed some of its most popular products (Living Luminizer, Buriti Bronzer, Lip2Cheek) into this handy compact. All the products are enriched with delicious botanical oils to protect and nourish the skin, and they can be applied freehand and without a mirror (although there’s one in the lid). Beach beauty, here we come.
Summer can be a bit of an onslaught to your hair. Chlorine, sun, and gusty sea winds are a recipe for breakage and damage. Well, here’s your cure: Michael Van Clarke’s brilliant new treatment sprays into wet or dry hair, almost like a very light leave-in conditioner, smoothing frizz, helping to protect color fade and using a cashmere protein blend to protect and nourish the hair. Not convinced? It even conducted a test in the Maldives by leaving wefts of hair pinned to a dock, protecting some with the spray, and leaving others out in the sun, and dunking them in the sea regularly. At the end of the week, the unprotected wefts had a lot of color fade, and the hair had shrunk and was more brittle. They don’t call it LifeSaver for nothing…
Feel like your serum works for a few hours and then your skin’s just parched all over again? Dr. Dennis Gross has cleverly fixed that woe for you. With a time-release complex, this serum gradually releases moisture throughout the day to keep your skin feeling soft and supple. It’s also got an antioxidant boost from watermelon extract to help defend against free radical damage.
The real beauty of this lightweight cream is the vitamin delivery system. There are plenty of vitamin-enriched creams on the market, but what’s different here is that the cream will let half the vitamin C sink into your skin for collagen support and brightening, and the other half will sit on the top for antioxidant protection. So that’s an instant visible difference and long-term benefits.
Next up: This body scrub has a 50,000 person waiting list.