Consider this your go-to holiday shopping list
Nothing brings us joy quite like a massive beauty haul, but it feels even better to fill up your basket with holiday beauty products. We’ve tested out some of the best of the beauty world’s newcomers for the summer holiday season – and trust us when we tell you you’re going to want all of these ahead of your next vacay, alongside your very best sun cream and best SPF moisturisers.
So what’s new in the world of holiday beauty products, we hear you ask?
Even the best moisturiser doesn’t always contain sun protection. But Elemis has relaunched its iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with the summer-holiday-appropriate addition of SPF30, making use of the latest skin technologies to ensure your skin gets the best protection. Now you can moisturise without having to slather on a greasy sun cream afterwards.
Think you’ve spotted Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick in the gallery? Take a closer look – these are actually the new Glow Sticks, part of the limited edition Follow the Sun collection, which offer shimmery highlights and bronzes that are perfect for the summer. Swatch them all to find your holiday favourite.
Then when it comes to lipsticks, we’re all over Fleur de Force’s new, limited edition MAC lipstick for the perfect summer pink. Prefer a liquid formula? Meanwhile Smashbox has just launched the (incredible) Be Legendary Liquid Lips, promising pout-worthy pigment and metallic sheen for the more daring of you.
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Plus we’ve got an amazing mattifying powder, a gentle cleansing oil and a whole host of beauty bargains for you to snap up right away. So what are you waiting for? Shop our round up of the best holiday products from our gallery before they all sell out, and stash them straight in your suitcase. We promise you’ll love your new beauty haul.
Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is without doubt one of its best selling products (a pot is sold every nine seconds), but you might have wondered why it’s always been without the crucial addition of SPF. Wonder no more, as Elemis has added sunscreen with enwrapping technology, which hasn’t radically changed the formula – so it’s still pretty much the same Pro-Collagen cream you know and love. A must have in your holdall.
If you’re looking for an SPF base that doesn’t feel too heavy in the summer sun, look no further. For a BB cream, this has seriously good coverage, blending easily and letting your skin breathe. Plus it boasts SPF35 which is essential when you’re catching some rays on the beach or walking around the town centre during your city break.
Bright and peachy, the newest member of the Benefit blush clan looks like it came straight out of Coachella. Its shimmery gold and pink tones are everything we want from our summer blusher, and naturally it comes with a little brush in the box, too.
Before you’ve managed to catch a tan, a bronzer is essential for looking like you’ve already got a bit of a healthy glow about you. At the moment we’re loving Bagsy Beauty’s Shimmer Bronzer, providing just the right amount of glow before we’ve *actually* got a tan.
If you’re heading on a city break this summer, it’s a no-brainer to pack the Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield in with your cosmetics. Its Broad Spectrum SPF PA++++ and Anti-Pollution Shield Technology protect your skin about all types of environmental damage, including UVA and UVB rays. This little bottle packs a punch.
This liquid lipstick is like the best bits of stick and gloss formulas all rolled into one. Think intense pigment and long-lasting colour; when we swatched this it was seriously tricky to get off. Try Bad B from the Pigments range for a pretty pink nude, or Petal Metal from the Metals range for a shimmery and bold shade – if you dare.
One of the biggest beauty perils of heading abroad is looking sweaty in the summer heat. Enter MattEffect. It’s a primer, skin refresher, pore minimiser and oil absorber all in one, keeping your skin fresh all day long thanks to marshmallow powder and mattifying spheres. You’ll be camera ready at every moment while you’re away. Who knew marshmallows were such a great beauty ingredient?
Described as ‘a vital part of any outdoorsy first-aid kit’, this is an absolute must to have to hand for any minor injuries. It calms inflamed skin, heals minor cuts and scrapes, soothes dry and sore skin and treats stings and bites (to name just a few of its uses!). If your holiday involves a lot of activity or camping in the great outdoors, make sure you’re armed with a pot of this wonder balm.
The biggest dry shampoo woe has always been that it sometimes leaves your hair a little drier than you’d like. No more. Batiste have just sprung their new 2-in-1 dry formula which also conditions your locks as well as cleansing them. Your hair will look like you’ve *actually* just washed it before you head to the beach.
As well as adding fuel to our already huge rose gold obsession, Wella’s new Fusion range is exactly the treat your hair needs this summer. This thick and indulgent hair mask helps to prevent breakage thanks to silk amino aids, leaving your hair soft, shiny and strong. And did we mention it smells incredible?
Arguably one of the hottest beauty collaborations of the year so far is Fleur de Force’s limited edition lipstick for MAC in her own custom shade, a seriously cool pink beige. Get one while you still can, because they won’t be around for long!
Designed by plastic surgeons to target and treat every day skin concerns, Heal Gel does exactly what it says on the tin: speeds up your skin’s recovery while forming a protective barrier on the skin to heal it faster. Any nasty skin conditions while you’re away? This is your new hero.
We bet you had no idea just how good collagen was for your hair, as well as your skin… So, if your hair is looking a bit parched/limp/generally under the weather at the moment, this collagen enriched ‘shot’ containing biotin (an essential vitamin for hair health) will help restore it to its natural glory.
The latest addition to Simple’s collection doesn’t disappoint. Lightweight and incredible gentle on your skin, the Hydrating Cleansing Oil contains pure grape seed oil and multivitamins for the ultimate nourishment. Plus, it contains nothing ‘nasty’ and leaves no greasy, oily residue behind.
Don’t want to bother with applying waterproof mascara every day before the beach? Listen up, as the Lvl Lash Lift is your new best friend. The treatment straightens your lashes to give them a longer, lifted look for six to eight weeks. Book yourself in ahead of your holiday and enjoy your new, fluttery lashes.
Find your nearest salon: LVL Lash Lift at nouveaulashes.com
During your holiday beauty haul, 3INA (pronounced ‘Mina’) are a really great brand to get into if you want products that are both affordable and quality. Their Compact Finishing Powder is seriously something to shout about; this makeup-fixer is heatproof, sweatproof AND waterproof, so you don’t need any stress about looking good whether you’re on the beach or in the sea. It contains no nasty parabens, and boasts anti-ageing white tea extract, too.
Buxom has arrived in the UK and they’re bringing lip gloss back, people. The Full On Lip Cream is thick, glossy and tingles when you wear it (so you know it’s keeping your lips nice and plump). Hyalyronic filling spheres keep your lips super hydrated, while its vitamin-enriched formula protects them.
At first glance we’d forgive you for thinking this was Bobbi’s hero foundation stick. But the brand has released a line of bronzer-slash-highlighters that are everything a girl wants from her shimmery summer glow. Swatch the eight different shades to find your favourite – or, just buy them all.