BEAUTY – Heart London Magazine’s Sexy Summer Essentials 2015!
It’s that time of the year again – the days are longer and the weather is warmer because summer is finally upon us! Whether you’re staying in London or jet-setting off to an exotic beach getaway, we at Heart London Magazine have all your beauty essentials to make this summer the sexiest ever.
Luxury Designer Sunglasses from OCO Glasses
Firstly, let’s start off with the most vital fashion accessory to keep you looking stylish when you’re soaking up the sun – sunglasses! These are always a good investment not only for keeping your eyes protected, but also of course to keep you looking good at the beach. Our friends over at OCO Glasses have a wide range of sexy designer sunnies that cater to all tastes. Whether you want a pair that goes with every bikini, or a statement piece that says all it needs to on its own, a good pair of sunglasses is a must. Spoil yourself and grab some luxury sunglasses: check out OCO Glasses and try your best to pick a pair – or two!
Available from OCO Glasses online at www.ocoglasses.co.uk.
Havaianas from Accent Clothing
The next must-have beach essential is of course a good pair of flip-flops to keep your feet from burning on that hot sand. Accent Clothing has a fabulous range of designer footwear to keep you cool in more ways than one. We love their range of Havaianas, particularly the Luna collection, which are a sandal/flip-flop hybrid and are both perfect for the beach and shopping in the streets of your favourite island escape.
Havaianas Luna’s are £21.99 and are available at www.accentclothing.com.
Blue Summer Kikoy Towel
When tanning on the beach, one needs the perfect towel. The Kikoy towel from Blue Summer is everything you need – a towel, sarong and storage space in one! These lightweight and bright towels come in a variety of exciting colours and are perfect for traveling. Simply zip up your essentials in the little pouch and tie the towel around your waist and you are ready for the beach! Kikoy towels are handmade from natural materials and ethically sourced, so your conscience can also feel at ease when you’re lazing in the sun.
Kikoy towels come in a range of colours and sizes, starting at £25.00 and available online at www.bluesummerboutique.com/kikoys.html.
Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hair Cleanser, 4-in-1 Conditioner and Dry Shampoo
The gorgeous range of organic hair products from Tabitha James Kraan will be sure to keep your hair in tip-top condition during the summer months. Use the Hair Cleanser to restore hair health. Use the 4-in-1 Golden Citrus Conditioner traditionally, as a leave-in treatment, a nourishing scalp cream and a texturizing & curling style cream. Finally, on the days you don’t want to wash your hair, there is a fabulous Organic Dry Shampoo, available in both Fair and Dark Hair colours, which means you can find your perfect match!
Tabitha James Kraan organic hair products are available online at www.tabithajameskraan.com and selected organic beauty retailers.
Ed Protect by Chill*
One of my favourite go to hair care solutions for keeping your hair healthy in the sun this summer is Ed Protect by Chill*. This versatile leave-in hair and scalp treatment does it all: it detangles, protects and repairs, all the while keeping your hair looking shiny and smooth. Formulated with hydrogenated castor oil, your hair will stay soft and safe in the sun!
Ed Protect by Chill* is available online at www.chill.uk.com for £11.99.
Marroccanoil Travel Kit
If you’re taking a holiday overseas this summer, we recommend the fabulous Travel Kit from Maroccannoil as the perfect travel companion for your hair! It comes in a beautiful bag and is available in three different variations, depending on your hair’s needs: Moister Repair, Extra Volume and Hydrating. Each kit contains a shampoo, conditioner, treatment and either a hydrating mask or styling cream – all within the carry-on liquid limits! Maroccanoil is the best way to keep your hair healthy and moisturized when you’re spending your days in the sun.
Maroccanoil Travel Kit, from £31.85, is available online at www.marroccanoil.com.
Argan Secret Perfect End
If you have hair that suffers from damage on the ends, or perhaps you’ve recently dyed it lighter for the summer months and you’re worried about it drying out, then try Argan Secret’s Perfect End cream. It smooths out the ends and revitalises your hair without weighing it down.
Argan Secret Perfect End is exclusively available from Sally Stores nationwide and online at www.sallyexpress.com for £11.49.
My hair can get very knotty and can damage easily if I brush it when wet. It was actually a hairdressers in Los Angeles that suggested I try the Wet Brush, so can imagine how excited I was to find it in the UK. This wonderful brush combs through my hair easily and gets out all the knots, leaving it smooth even when it is wet!
The Wet Brush is £8.99 and available from Sally stores and www.sallyexpress.com.
P20 Once a Day Sun Protection
One of the first things that come to mind when the weather gets warmer is sun care. P20 have a fantastic product that you only need to apply once a day – that’s right, only once a day – to keep yourself protected from the sun all day long. It contains both UVA and UVB filters and is water resistant, transparent, non-greasy, fragrance and paraben free.
P20 Once a Day Sun Protection is available in SPF 15, 30 and 50. It comes in both 200ml (£24.49) and 100ml (£13.29) travel size and is available from all major grocery and pharmacy retailers.
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50
If you’re looking for a different facial sunscreen, perhaps a product with a bit of a tint in it, then the Sheer Daily Protector from Exuviance is perfect for you. This triple anti-ageing product enhances your natural skin tone, protects against daily environmental aggressors and helps protect cell DNA. Best of all, it is light on your skin and doesn’t feel greasy! It is suitable for all skin tones and types and is perfect under makeup.
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 is available online at www.exuviance.co.uk for £34.00.
The Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Cream
I love a cream working on my face when I am asleep and that is exactly what the Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Cream does. You put a little on your face overnight and even on those nights you have less sleep, your face looks fresh in the morning and your skin is silky smooth.
The Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Cream (£34.95, available from Holland and Barrett).
Sudocrem Skin Care Cream
After spending all that time in the sun, give your face some love with Sudocrem. A popular product amongst celebrities, Sudocrem is multipurpose. It can be used as a spot cream to reduce redness, a moisturizer or an overnight facemask to give your skin a glow the next morning! It can even be used on rashes and dry patches. It is a must have for all your skin’s needs!
Available from all major pharmacies and retailers for just £2.11 per 30g tube.
Rehab London Back to Matte Lotion
Has your boyfriend pinched your make up before? Well Rehab Back to Matte is made for men and it might just be the product that you pinch from him! The smooth lotion takes the shine off your face and is perfect for wearing alone or under your make up.
Rehab London Back To Matte is £9.95 and available from Boots stores and online at www.boots.com.
Sunkissed Rapid Tan Mousse
While it is tempting to lie about in the sun all day to get a tan, we all know the healthier option is to fake it! Sunkissed have come out with the fabulous Rapid Tan – after applying you will be golden brown in just 60 minutes! It is tinted for easy application and contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to keep your skin smooth and healthy.
Sunkissed Rapid Tan Mousse is available online from www.sunkissedbronzing.co.uk for £4.99.
Organic Gradual Tan Moisturiser by Green People
If you would prefer an organic and gradual alternative, then we suggest giving the Organic Gradual Tan Moisturiser from Green People a go. This natural product is perfect for creating a light tan and is designed to be used daily. It gives a hint of colour 4-6 hours after application and contains many nutrient rich ingredients, such as Rosehip Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Green Tea and Rosemary. For an all-natural glow, this gradual tan from Green People is perfect.
Green People Organic Gradual Tan Moisturiser is available online at www.greenpeople.co.uk for £13.95.
Transformulas Hydration Gold
For something a little more fun on the beach, try Transformulas Hydration Gold, which is made with 23k gold powder and gives you an incredible sparkle! Better than that, Hydration Gold is anti-ageing and fills in your lines. It can be worn several ways – under foundation, as a highlight or on top of SPF cream to achieve a bronze glow worthy of a beach goddess!
Transformulas Hydration Gold is available from www.transformulas.com for £41.95.
Murine Bright and Moist Eyes
When summer rolls around, so does the urge to go out and celebrate in the sunshine. This, however, is not good if you have work the next morning! Fortunately, Murine Bright & Moist Eyes is here to help – it will get rid of those red eyes in no time! Additionally, it contains two moisturisers helping to refresh and soothe – one of the few products on the market that both brighten and soothe! To top it all off, the product comes in a liquid gel, which helps the drops to stay in the eye for longer.
Murine Bright & Moist Eyes is available from Boots, Superdrug, Waitrose and pharmacies nationwide for £4.07 for 15ml. Find out more at www.murine.co.uk.
iWhite Instant 2 Teeth Whitening Kit
What more do you need in summer? Bright, white teeth of course! There are a number of options on the market today, but iWhite Instant 2 is one of the most effective. This is because not only does it restore the natural whiteness of your smile, it actually rebuilds enamel to strengthen your teeth! With its superior MOHA technology, it integrates perfectly with natural tooth enamel and fills in the imperfections.
Brighten your smile with iWhite Instant 2, available for £29.99 from Boots stores nationwide or at www.boots.com.
Radox Creamy Range
For your shower needs, Radox has you covered. Their new Creamy Range comes in four types, depending on how you want to feel. What will it be? Romantic, Rejuvinated, Pampered or Calm? Each product is creamy, fragrant and will leave you feeling great after your shower. Transform your body and mind with this fabulous range from Radox!
Radox Creamy Range is available for £2.15 form leading retailers nationwide.
Sure Maximum Protection
With the heat comes sweat. It is not fun or feminine which is where Sure Maximum Protection comes in. This antiperspirant stops sweat in its tracks and will leave you fresh and dry all day and night. It is 2x stronger than leading antiperspirants and strong enough to protect you but still mild enough to use daily. Let Sure Maximum Protection be your secret weapon this summer!
Sure Maximum Protection is available from leading retailers nationwide for £4.90.
Remescar Stretch Mark Cream
With beach weather comes wearing a bikini, which can be daunting for some, especially if you have scars and stretch marks (don’t worry, 80% of the population is with you!). Remescar Stretch Mark Cream is a breakthrough miracle treatment that will reduce both old and new scars! It is a non-invasive, clinically proven treatment that will leave your skin feeling smoother and softer than before. In fact, Remescar Stretch Mark Cream is one of the first medically recognised and clinically proven treatments to reduce stretch marks! So get into that bikini this summer feeling confident in your own skin!
Available in 100ml for £24.95 from Boots stores nationwide and online at www.boots.com.
Lotil Hand Cream
A must-have in your handbag is Lotil Hand Cream. This cream has been around for decades and it’s no wonder why – it treats dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, bites, burns and small wounds. Lotil is a hand cream that does it all, as it also features antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal qualities as well as creating a protecting barrier that helps prevent infection when you put it on! Don’t go anywhere this summer without it.
Lotil is available at Boots stores nationwide and at www.boots.com.
Purepotions Mini Miracle Salves
If adventure holidays are your kind of thing, don’t go anywhere without the Purepotions Mini Miracle Salves. These handy first aid salves are 100% natural, come in tiny, travel-friendly pots and are perfect for all sorts of little skin emergencies. They are oil-based and suitable for all. The First Aid Salve range takes care of four types of skin emergencies. The Tea Tree Rescue Salve is for bites and stings, the Lavender Rescue Salve is for heat rashes and sunburn, the Calendula and Comfrey Rescue Salve is perfect for soothing cuts and grazes and the Arnica Rescue Salve aids strains and sprains.
Each pot costs £4.65 and is available online from www.purepotions.co.uk.
SABON Golden Iris Sparkling Body Scrub and Moisturiser
In summer, having hydrated, healthy and glowing skin is crucial to looking swimsuit ready on the beach. Thankfully, the fabulous range of product from SABON has you covered. All the products are made from premium natural ingredients and feel exactly like the luxurious products you would find in a spa! The Golden Iris range is perfect for the summer months. They contain a subtle glitter, which stays on your skin and will enhance your summer glow. The body scrub will leave your skin fresh and exfoliated, while the moisturiser will leave your skin soft and beautiful. Treat yourself to some luxury and feel pampered with the fabulous Golden Iris range from SABON!
Visit the SABON boutique at 38 Neal Street, Covent Garden.
Chuckling Goat Soothe-Itch Magic Lotion
If you are looking for an organic, natural skincare range, look no further than Chuckling Goat. Their products are perfume, paraben, phthalate and petrochemical free! The Soothe-Itch Magic Line contains rosemary essential oil, which helps eczema, psoriasis and acne. The anti-inflammatory properties of goat’s milk help remove redness and speeds healing.
The Soothe-Itch Magic Lotion is available for £6.95 from www.chucklinggoat.co.uk.
SASS Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel and Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate
To keep yourself hair-free and carefree this summer, use SASS Intimate Soothe and Smoothe Shave Gel. Instead of those messy shaving creams on the market, this gel is clear, enabling you to see exactly where you’ve missed and making sure you get the smoothest shave ever! Furthermore, this gel is designed for intimate use, and is pH balanced to keep skin healthy and inhibit bad bacteria! To prevent ingrown hairs, follow with the Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate, which is the only serum on the market suitable for intimate use – it protects against skin imbalances and soothes the delicate bikini area. Furthermore, it prevents ingrown hairs, making it essential for use during summer!
SASS Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel is £10 and the Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate is £12. Both are available at Boots stores nationwide and from www.boots.com.
When you have pretty nails for the summertime, it is extremely frustrating when dirt gets under them. Fortunately, BruzZ Nailbrushes are the answer! As the most hygienic nailbrush in the world and scented with a lovely vanilla, just scrub your nails through the BruzZ nailbrush to make your nails clean and fresh once more.
MAKEUP AND POLISH:
Sleek’s i-Divine Del Mar II Limited Edition Eye Palette
Just in time for the bright summer sun, Sleek has come out with i-Divine Del Mar II, a limited edition eye palette full of stand out colours to keep all eyes on you. The colours are long lasting and will stay on your eyes as day turns to night and the wide range of colours make it easy to go from a neutral look to something bold.
i-Divine Del Mar II is available for £7.99 from www.sleekmakeup.com, Boots and Superdrug.
NATOrigin Lipstick in Lychee
With something bright on your eyes, why not go for this versatile lip colour from NATOrigin. The Lychee shade is perfect for every occasion and the organic formula means there are no hidden nasties. On top of all that, this lipstick doubles as a lip moisturiser and has won several beauty awards!
NATOrigin Lipstick in Lychee, available from www.natorigin.co.uk for £16.25.
Silk Oil of Morrocco Fibre Brow Enhancer
These days, it’s all about getting the perfect brow. There are so many eyebrow pencils on the market, but Silk Fibre Brow Enhancer is different. It acts as an instant brush-on brow extension, creating a far more natural yet striking look than a regular pencil. It is extremely easy to apply and sculpts to your natural brow using fibres made from pure mineral sea clay. The results last up to 12 hours and the semi-permanent formulation sets in just 60 seconds. So throw away those annoying pencils and make way for your most perfect eyebrows ever!
Silk Oil of Morrocco Fibre Brow Enhancer is available in four shades for £19.99 each from Boots or online at www.boots.com.
Sheer Cover StudioTM Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation
The mineral foundation from Sheer Cover StudioTM is a fool proof way to make sure your face stays flawless all day. When paired with the Touch Up kit, your face will have the perfect highlights and contours as well as all imperfections perfectly hidden from view. This lightweight foundation is made using Trueshade Technology®, making sure it matches every skin tone. It will keep you covered all day without feeling heavy on your skin or blocking your pores. A perfect way to keep looking lovely in the summer sun!
The Sheer Cover StudioTM Introductory Kit (including this wonderful foundation) is available from www.sheercover.co.uk for £29.99.
L.A.B.2 I’m Turning Pro Buffing Brush
The L.A.B.2 I’m Turning Pro Buffing Brush is perfect for the finishing touches of your face. With this slightly bigger, extremely soft brush your skin will look even and you’ll ready to take on the world!
L.A.B.2 make up brushes (from £5.99, available from Superdrug).
Silk Oil of Morrocco Fibre Mascara Kit
I have been searching for years for mascara that I love, to no avail, they are either too clumpy or too fine. The moment I tried the Silk Oil of Morocco Fibre Mascara kit I fell in love, finally I can throw away my fake eyelashes! First you add a layer of perfectly thick mascara, and then add a layer of the black fibres and one more of the mascara. The results are quite outstanding; your eyelashes look thick and luscious. This mascara gives you a look of natural thick eyelashes and your eyes instantly look pretty. There is no need for me to search for mascara I love, as this is the mascara I want to use for life! That is a big statement, so if you want to find out why, I suggest you run and try it to. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Silk Oil of Morocco Fibre Mascara kit (£29.99, available from www.silkoilofmorocco.co.uk).
BeautyLab Tri-Peptide Collagen lip Plumper
No need to opt for lip injections anymore, for those who were not born with lush plump lips, look no further! The BeautyLab Tri-Peptide Collagen Lip Plumper slides on easily and adds some extra volume to your lips. It is easy to use and will keep you smiling!
BeautyLab Tri-Peptide Collagen lip plumper (£15.00, available from Harvey Nichols and www.beautylab.co.uk.
Nail HQ All-in-One Treatment
I have a constant battle with my nails. I stopped wearing fake nails years ago and although they look healthy, they always break. Life gets in the way of having perfect nails – well it did, until now! I recently discovered the Nail HQ All-in-One Treatment and for the first time in years my nails have grown! I keep it on my desk so I don’t forget to use it, now they are healthy, pretty and long! Perfect nails in a bottle.
Nail HQ All-in-One Nail Treatment (£7.99, available from Tesco and Amazon).
Bio Sculpture Nail Polish
Bio Sculpture Nail Polish has come up with a fabulous range of bright summer shades to keep up the good vibes of the sunny season. The best part is, it’s gel! This means your pedicure can last up to a whopping six weeks! The new Happy Hippie collection boasts five vibrant colours: Dream Catcher Yellow, Flower Child Pink, Free Spirit Coral, Bohemian Beauty Blue and Catch the Wind Green.
Bio Sculpture Nail Polish is available from selected salons and online at www.biosculpture.co.uk.
SensatioNail Starter Kit
With a busy schedule I rarely have time to have a manicure, luckily new products have come on the market that not only allow you to do your nails at home, but achieve amazing results. The SensationalNail Starter Kit is aptly named, it is easy to use and the lamp is small enough for you to take it anywhere. Boots stock a great range of colours and the nail varnish stayed on for two weeks! This is wonderful new nail kit will save you 100’s and keep your hands looking like you just stepped out of a salon.
SensatioNail Starter Kit (£69.99) and individual colours (£15.00 each, all available from Boots stores and www.boots.com).