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Bronzers, balms and bottles of sparkling scents - when it comes to beauty products, there’s no season like summer. Because no time of the year brings that ‘feeling good IS gorgeousness’ motto to life as much as summertime does. And while a beauty splurge at any time of year is worth getting excited about, there’s something about the take-it-easy vibe, the warm, golden sunlight and promises of long, lazy days with your newly tanned legs on show, your pastel-pedicured toes in the perfect summer-y sandals, and bronzed cheeks flashing from under a floppy hat that calls for an annual refresh of your beauty cabinet.
Bronzes, coppers, rose-pinks, even watery blues illuminate your face, and delicious grainy scrubs and rich, nourishing body balms help your winter-neglected limbs spring back to life. Grab yourself a shiny new bronzing compact, a bottle of naturally-active facial self-tan drops, or the perfect golden-shimmer lip gloss - because a new summer beauty haul is like a holiday in a box.
Being ‘summer ready’ means upping your ‘external’ glow. And taking your skin tone a shade (or two) deeper gives the impression of longer, leaner limbs. Bronzing beginner? You can dial your self-tan up and down depending on how ‘holiday’ you’re feeling, by applying a layer every few days of our AWESOME BRONZE™ NO-STREAK SELF-TANNING MOUSSE (in Golden Bronze Light or Golden Bronze Deep). Tanned or not, the new AWESOME BRONZE™ LUXE SHIMMER OIL BODY BALM - imported from France - contains just the right amount of Coconut Oil and Shea Butter for a sexy, kind of ‘Prada’ ad-inspired Miami beach gleam. You can ensure a totally streak-free self tan by prepping your skin the day before with our high-intensity, smoothing DR GLYCOLIC™ HIGH-POTENCY PERFECTING & EXFOLIATING BODY LOTION. With 20% Glycolic Acid, it eats dead cells off your elbows, knees and ankles, so you get all the bronze without the blotch!
Applying a few drops of our new AWESOME BRONZE™ SUNKISSED GLOW SELF-TANNING DROPS pre-serum or moisturizer will give you a lovely, natural glow.
Summer somehow calls for mixing things up with your makeup, too. A shiny part-balm-part-gloss lip oil in a sexy beachy bronze? Don’t mind if I do. A sweep of blue shadow sheered out across your eyelids looks incredible with a tan (makeup artist extraordinaire Mary Greenwell curated ours to suit ‘absolutely everyone’ and demonstrates perfect summer eye makeup here). Remember to exfoliate your skin - we suggest with Wonderscrub if you’re going to use facial self tanning drops (ours are best applied to well-scrubbed skin and allowed to sink in and set for a few hours before serum or night moisturizer). If summer brings out your powder bronzer addiction, our matte-finish Quantum Bronzer in Goldielux bronzes and blurs, and is a must-have item in a lot of pro-makeup artists’ kits.
Of course one of the loveliest ways to staycation – in your mind at least – is with a beautiful summery fragrance ‘surround’. This year, we’ve found what is possibly the ultimate holiday scent in our new Casa Coco candle. It’s a warm, citrusy blend of Lemon and Blood Orange Essential Oils, Coconut, Vanilla and a radiant Solar Accord. Amazing. Or spray that sunny feeling straight on with our Orange Absolute Eau De Toilette - a modern, soft citrus with woody undertones that is as chic as it is summery. Let the holidays begin!