Update your product stash with this season’s grooming cupboard must-haves
For summer, the beauty philosophy is quite simple: increase your SPF protection, keep your skin and hair hydrated, and embrace colour like never before. We reveal our favourite summer beauty buys to add to your shopping list now.
Vichy Capital Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist As most baby-faced beaus and beauties will tell you, the secret to wrinkle-free skin is to apply sunscreen liberally as if it were water. Luckily, this one almost is. A highly hydrating, invisible mist (that’s fancy speak for spray sunscreen) with SPF50, this bad boy is long-lasting, non-sticky, easy to apply, hypoallergenic and free of nasty parabens. The packaging instantly evokes sunshine and mocktails. Dhs160. Vichy, available at Bin Sina Pharmacy, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8918).
L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire lipstick Combine the lacquer shine you get from a Gelish mani-pedi with the moisturising goodness of a lip balm and you have the L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick. It’s made up of micro-oils infused with rich pigments of colour and when applied creates a smooth surface devoid of lip creases. In a fuschia shade that screams summer, there isn’t really any need to wear anything else. Dhs78. L’Oreal, available at Bin Sina Pharmacy, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8918).
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Nothing beats a fresh face, so go bare with a dash of mascara. With a wand that imitates round bristle hair brushes, this mascara claims to coat each lash individually in one swipe, hence the one second boast. Made with beeswax and jojoba oil, it may last for 16 hours, but it conveniently also comes off as easily as it goes on. Dhs70 for 12ml. Bourjois, available at Wojooh (formerly Faces), Mall of the Emirates (04 347 1225).
Suki Hydrating Body Oil No one likes a flake. For supple skin of the silkiest kind look no further than this tried and tested favourite from the all-natural, pure vegan US beauty brand. Apply the serum to your face and body as soon as you step out of the shower and let the ingredients of chamomoile, anti-inflammatory arnica and antioxidant-rich rose oils and apricot kernel oil work their magic. Dhs176. Suki, various locations including Saray Spa, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 0000).
Argana Oil Hair Serum Packed with natural healing Vitamin E and unsaturated oils Omega 3 and 6, argan oil is a magic potion for your hair/skin. This ultra-light hair serum delivers intense moisture, shine and provides long-term repair. Apply it after a salt-water swim, detangle with wide-tooth comb and leave in until you shower for dinner that evening. Dhs100. Argana, available at Boots, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9383).
Lush Zest Hair Gelly One for the blokes, this hair gel provides a strong to medium hold and is scented with wild orange. Keep it in the fridge for a cool hit, then tip the ball of jelly into your hands to lightly coat and pop back into the pot before styling your do. Dhs125 for 100g. Lush, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 344 9334).