BOB Marley sang: "Sun is shining, the weather is sweet/ Make you want to move your dancing feet".
It certainly does, Bob. With that, and this current delightful weather in mind (disclaimer: as of Tuesday - sorry if the heavens have since opened) this week's column is focussing on seasonal beauty products - specifically, summertime lovelies.
OGX Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo & Conditioner (£5.99 each from Superdrug). First of all, I should say they smell truly amazing. This sensual and alluring blend of cherry blossom extracts and Asian ginseng root aims to help rejuvenate the scalp and hair follicle to add volume at the root while nourishing your hair with replenishing rice milk and bamboo extract for hydration and shine.
Phytaoil £9.99 and phytalotion (£8.99 from www.phytaco.com). Phytalotion and phytaoil have been specifically designed to help protect your skin from the elements and aid in its recovery. Free from mineral oils, synthetic preservatives or fragrances the products are jam packed full of natural oils including apricot kernel, jojoba seed, lavender, lime and geranium which act to provide a natural barrier for your skin, keeping moisture locked in, but the elements locked out.
Amway’s new Artistry Ideal Radiance™ is a three-piece brightening system. It helps calm and soothe skin, fades existing discolorations, and provides a superior level of hydration and protection. To begin with treat your skin with the Illuminating Essence (£72.95) – silky and fast absorbing, giving skin an instant radiant glow. Use the Spot Corrector (£48.60) a highly concentrated treatment that targets dark and age spots, helping to diminish their appearance. Protect with the Illuminating Moisture Cream (£53.65) - ultra-rich and luxurious, this intensive, hydrating cream helps rebuild skin’s natural moisture barrier. All three products are available as a Power System (£157.68 from www.amway.co.uk)
Herbal Aloe Soothing Gel (£8.63, from www.herbalife.com) Moisturise, comfort and soothe dry skin with this lightweight gel formula, infused with Aloe Vera and skin conditioning botanicals. The fragrance-free, non-greasy soothing gel is quickly absorbed for cool relief to comfort skin.
SkinPep Hydra Sun SPF 30 Day Cream, (£34.99 from Amazon) This product blends in with the colour of your natural skin tone, leaving the high quality moisturised finish of a mineral full spectrum sunscreen, but without the heavy, chalky look.
LDN : SKINS is a professional range favoured by leading tanning technicians, combining professional salon treatments with luxury home-use products, creating long lasting bespoke tan tones to suit all skin types. It gives users a subtle glow with a number of key benefits, including; an easy to apply formula that simply smoothes over your skin, a signature English Lavender fragrance, transfer resistant credentials to avoid miscolouring clothes and bedding, and full control over the depth of your tan by choosing the exact ‘tone’ you wish to achieve, fading gradually and evenly without the usual ‘snake-skin’ effect. (from www.ldnskins.com with prices starting from £16.)
Gel Rocks Collection (£14.95 per kit from Superdrug) from Elegant Touch as they are the perfect product to create the look and longevity of gel nails without the need for curing. Gel rocks provide up to ten days of nail perfection so would be ideal for a Summer holiday. Similarly, the Express Nail sets(£7.99) from Elegant Touch are transportable and super-quick and easy to apply and come in some gorgeous tan-enhancing colours.
The Brilliant Shine Ionic Cushion Brush (£30 from Argos) from BaByliss is a handbag essential that helps to minimize humidity-induced frizz. It also targets static so is great for helping to achieve a smooth, sleek style.
Dr.Lipp’s ‘original nipple balm for lips’ is 100 per cent pure and natural, hypoallergenic, tasteless and odourless, containing no parabens, or fragrance. Its miracle formula nourishes skin and reduces roughness by 40 per cent in one hour. Dr.Lipp has become a global cult beauty staple. Whilst soothing dry sensitive skin, Dr.Lipp is also ideal for dry cracked skin, dry cuticles, burns and abrasions, severely chapped lips, sore nipples, split ends, baby’s bottoms, and much more. (£11.50 from www.cultbeauty.co.uk)
Lavera Sun Care Organic Sun Spray SPF 20 - 125ml (£11.95 from www.pravera.co.uk) gives a medium protection using 100 per cent mineral UV protection. The organic ingredients of Sunflower Oil and Calendula together with the natural UV protection perfectly reflects the sun rays and cares for your skin. The sun rays are blocked in a ration UVA to UVB of 1:3 as recommended by the European Commission.
Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes are the UK’s leading false lash alternative. Made from 100 per cent natural fibres, Magnifibres work with any mascara, to instantly lengthen and volumise lashes, without the need for irritating glue or a steady hand. They do not weigh down your lashes and are easily removed with eye makeup remover. (£21
Model pic: Model is wearing Karora Bronzed Bombshell, (£17.99 from www.karoracosmetics.com) KARORA’s award winning bronzing range transforms skin from the everyday to beautifully bronzed to ensure you are radiant, streak free from head to toe and naturally glowing. KARORA products contain no artificial fragrances, chemicals or dyes and are free from all nasties so they are suitable for even the most sensitive skin.