So close you can feel it.
Summer holidays, that is. And if you are getting ready to head off on your holidays, you might have started thinking about what to pack already.
Sun dresses, hats and sandals are no doubt on your list, but what about beauty buys? Many of us scale down our beauty routine for summer, realising that less is more – and embracing that sun-kissed, tousled beach-wave look for all it is worth.
But if you are anything like me, you still need to bring a few essential beauty buys with you to enhance that summer glow and keep your skin protected and looking its glowy best for the entire holidays – and beyond.
Not sure what to bring?
Here are the seven beauty heroes I’ll be relying on this entire summer:
1. Ayu Glo Vegan Self-Tanning Mousse
Ayu is an Irish-based and Irish-owned cosmetics company set up by renowned makeup artist Suzie O’Neill. The name “Ayu” is derived from an Indonesian word meaning “very feminine, beautiful”, and the company prides itself on empowering women and enhancing natural beauty, not masking it.
The tanning formulas are enriched with Vitamin E and Truffle Extract to help to hydrate and nourish the skin, leaving a gorgeous, healthy natural glow.
The AyuGlo range includes a mousse and liquid tan in two shades, light-medium and medium-dark
€23.50, Dunnes Stores
2. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
A refreshing take on the iconic formula, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray Vitamin C offers the same 16-hour staying power, while leaving skin with enhanced radiance. Suitable for all skin types from oily to dry, the spray helps to add an illuminated finish to your makeup look – and is perfect for summer.
Enriched with vitamin C and cactus flower water, this formula will infuse the skin with hydration to promote a brighter, plumper-looking complexion. Applying as a lightweight mist, the setting spray can be used to prep and prime skin or to lock your makeup in place from sunrise to sundown.
3. Clarins Ever Bronze Compact Powder
Tanned, golden and simply irresistible…
This ultra-light bronzing powder lets the skin breathe and makes it radiate with a beautiful amber glow, and the natural effect guarantees an even, bronzed and warm complexion.
I love how it blends into the skin without drying it out, all thanks to organic coconut oil. Even better? Clarins’ new Ever Bronze Compact Powder is also enriched with safflower to help intensify the tan. Available in 3 colour combinations: light, medium and deep to suit all skin tones.
4. Lancome Le 8 Hypnose Serum-Infused Volumizing Mascara
My lashes are stronger, fuller and have way more volume – I’m obsessed!
The new formula is enriched with eight strengthening Amino Acids to help rebuild lashes, leaving them stronger and fuller, and I also love how it contains shea butter, leaving my lashes cared for and so much softer.
5. Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream
I have been obsessed with the gorgeous beauty products by Korres ever since I first came across them in a pharmacy in Crete years ago. And this deeply hydrating face cream is so, so perfect for summer skin – especially with its sumptuous whipped texture.
The inclusion of Greek Yoghurt offers a soothing, replenishing effect, minimising the feel and appearance of irritation or redness. Oh, and even better? A great dose of Pre- and Probiotics encourages a rejuvenated illusion, brightening the skin and adding a lit-from-within glow.
6. Nuxe Paris Sun Melting Spray High Protection 50SPF
My absolute favourite sun cream – and one I always, always pack when heading off on holidays.
Nuxe’s Sun Melting Spray High Protection helps protect my face and body from harmful UVA/UVB rays, dark spots and premature skin ageing.
Resistant to both water and perspiration, its formula is ideal for any outdoor or sporting activities, and trust me, when applied, it sinks in within seconds.
The delicious blend of sweet orange, Tahitian gardenia and coconut is summer in a bottle, and natural-origin extracts of rice, rosemary and vitamin E are renowned for their anti-oxidant power, and anti-ageing cellular protection of the skin.
7. Sculpted Aimee Connolly Bare Basics Eyes & Face Palette
The only palette you’ll ever need – especially for that gorgeous holiday glow.
The Bare Basics Collection features a curated selection of universally-flattering products for a flawless full face on the go, and has everything you need for a beautiful nude look.
I love the buildable texture and complementary shades that literally suit every skin tone.
A must for your holiday suitcase, trust me.