Thursday, July 27, 2017


By Eva Fydrych

10 Beauty Essentials
For Summer 2017

Photo courtesy of Glamour Mexico

This time of year, we are supposed to look fresh-faced and undone. You probably heard it all before: lighten up your foundation, swap lip gloss for lip balm, use a colour-protecting shampoo—even if you don't colour your hair, take care of your feet, change up your perfume, apply a little bit of a tan, and add a few highlights to your hair... Is there anything else we should remember to look and feel our best?


"During summer, you will want to be outdoors to enjoy the summer’s warm rays, so now is the time to be hyper-vigilant about using products that contain SPF," says our Beauty Writer, Lisa Doherty, in her latest article Skin Care for all Seasons.

Photo by Getty Images / courtesy of Health Magazine

With the increase in heat and humidity, some may think they can skip using moisturiser, but it’s important to continue using one daily. Consider switching to a lighter formula during summertime.

Finding it difficult to keep your skin clean and matte looking? You may want to check out 6 Easy Things You Can Do To Get Rid of Oily Skin by Hannah Do, the founder of Thank Your Skin beauty blog.


And finally, have a look at our carefully selected must-have beauty products below so you can keep your skin fresh and glowing all season long. Enjoy your summer in style!

1. Delúvia Ginger Citrus Spreadable Body Scrub

Photo courtesy of Delúvia 

Exfoliation is key to maintaining fresh and clear skin. It removes dead skin cells, excess sebum and other impurities. Did you know that if you exfoliate your skin before using a sunless tanner your tan will last longer and look smoother than ever before?

Delúvia Spreadable Body Scrub is a non-oily, creamy scrub that exfoliates, moisturizes and cleanses the skin leaving it feeling silky and smooth. Enriched with Dead Sea minerals, natural oils and plant extracts that soften the skin and provide the skin with nutrients for healthy and youthful looking skin. 

"We believe that when one takes care of their body and skin they feel good. It only makes sense that beauty and well-being go hand-in-hand. With the creation of our products, we focus on going beyond just cosmetic benefits. Our products are enriched with natural ingredients such as aloe, botanicals, and Dead Sea minerals that offer a way to relax your body and mind, enrich your senses with aromatic oils and reap the benefits of healthier more youthful-looking skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised," says Alicia Webb, Co-Founder of Delúvia.

WHAT WE LIKE: amazing scent; enriched with Ginger Citrus essential oil blend of Grapefruit, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Clove, Lime, Orange, Bergamot and Lemon; very gentle yet effective; leaves the skin soft and smooth; natural; paraben free.

Photo courtesy of Jergens

JERGENS® Natural Glow® +FIRMING Daily Moisturizer gradually creates fabulous natural-looking colour with a subtle skin-darkening complex. In as little as 7 days you'll experience visibly firmer skin with less noticeable cellulite and improved elasticity.

WHAT WE LIKE: available in two shades; no sunless tanner odour; absorbs quickly; improves skin firmness and elasticity when used regularly; natural looking and long lasting effect; gradual colour.

3. Revitalizing Facial Serum by Essance

Photo courtesy of Essance

Revitalizing Facial Serum by Portland-based Essance is light and permeable with the intention to nourish the deeper layer of the skin to give it a firmer and smoother texture for upliftment. The active ingredients in this serum include Organic Sea Buckthorn, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Argan, and much more for its rich beta carotene & omega essential fatty acids & vitamins of which are essential for skin rejuvenation.

Suitable for: Normal / Mature / Sensitive skin.

WHAT WE LIKE: beautiful scent; herbal infused, highly nourishing and moisturising effect; alcohol free; no xenoestrogens; very effective; gives you plump, visibly glowing, even-toned skin.

4. Face Blur SPF33/PA++ (35g) by Etude House

Photo courtesy of Elude House

This lightweight cream provides multi-blurring effects for instantly refined and smooth skin. Skin’s texture is smoothed, pores minimized and complexion brightened. You can use it on its own or as a primer under your makeup.

WHAT WE LIKE: great texture; pores look refined and skin smoother; slightly whitening effect; evens out skin imperfections like acne scars, dark spots, freckles, and redness; helps to apply foundation / makeup; pleasant smell.

Photo courtesy of LashControl®

Mascara is the number one way to make your eyes stand out. It also helps you get away with the bare minimum makeup.

LashControl® Lengthening & Conditioning Natural Black Mascara features an innovative, patented breakthrough delivery system offering a unique and sanitary method for customizing the amount of formula on the applicator. No more wiping excess product on a tissue or scraping the brush at the edge of the container - just squeeze the pink flex wiper as you pull the brush out!

The lengthening brush is full and tapered to help reach each and every lash and keep them separated. The conditioning, no flake black formula is beeswax-based with loads of botanicals (including Gingko Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, and Ginseng Root Extract) to help hydrate the lashes.

WHAT WE LIKE: built-in squeezable wiper sleeve; precise application; no clumps; easy to remove;  promotes healthy natural growth and protects the lashes; stylish packaging.

6. Jeju Natural Canola Honey Mask by Welcos

Photo courtesy of Welcos

Depending on your skin type, summer is the time of year when it’s important to deliver hydration, absorb excess oil, or calm heat-induced redness. Masks are a great way to give your skin extra attention. 

This intensely hydrating mask by Welcos contains Jeju canola honey extract which creates a moisture barrier that keeps your skin supple. The mask leaves skin hydrated for an extended period even after it is removed. Made in Korea. 

WHAT WE LIKE: great cooling and moisturising effect; tightens and rejuvenates the skin; easy to use; perfect for an at-home spa facial treatment.

Photo courtesy of John Frieda

Create a carefree, ocean-fresh look with full tousled texture, windswept waves, or piecey perfection and a low-sheen matte finish. Perfect for Blondes and Brunettes too!

The product creates or enhances natural waves, and increases grip and texture for a ropey, ripple effect that is fit for sexy beachy style, all year round. Leave-in, non-drying formula.


Longer hair: twist sections to create ropes of hair. Run fingers through sections to tousle and create loose, irregular waves.

Shorter hair: just mess up hair for a sexy, tousled finish. Air dry or blow dry with diffuser for tousled style.

WHAT WE LIKE: leaves hair soft and shiny; gives you that natural, wavy "just came from the beach" look, without stickiness or drying; smells great (coconut).

116 Shocking (Photo courtesy of Marc Jacobs)

Never underestimate the power of a bold nail colour!

Enamored Hi-Shine Glaze Nail Lacquer by Marc Jacobs delivers shine like 30 coats of lacquer in vibrant see-through color. The long-lasting, cushion-like gel brilliance feels bouncy on the nail, and the three mesmerizing nail glazes deliver bold transparency. Available in a variety of colours (116 Shocking / bright fuchsia and 134 Lola / bold red are perfect for summer).

WHAT WE LIKE: trendy packaging; great colour selection; long-lasting.

Photo courtesy of Wet n Wild®

This duo of perfectly complementary contouring powders delivers a flawlessly sculpted face in no time flat. The deeper colour defines while the lighter colour highlights your best features, leaving you at your #nofilter best, whatever the occasion. Available in Dulce De Leche and Caramel Toffee for darker skin tones.

WHAT WE LIKE: affordable price; blends easily; silly texture; natural looking; long-lasting.

Photo courtesy of Delúvia

The skin around the eyes is thin and has much fewer oil glands than the rest of your skin, so it needs moisture and some extra support.

Delúvia Awakening Eye Gel contains Peptide Complex which gently refreshes and revitalises the skin. This unique formulation is infused with hyaluronic acid and draws moisture onto the surface of the skin to penetrate deeply for a fresher, more youthful-looking complexion.

WHAT WE LIKE: light and refreshing; easy to apply; suitable for travelling; unscented.




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