The sun is here guys and it's got me so bloody excited about the summer beauty collections, I can barely contain myself.
There's something about the warmer climate, the blue skies and the prospect of a holiday that makes me want to change up every product that I currently use for one that's been designed to be used at this time of year. It's seasonal beauty at its finest.
As soon as they started arriving and landing on my desk, I could feel the familiar tug.
From Laura Mercier's dreamy cream bronzer - with the best in built mirror I've ever clapped eyes on - to Nars' Orgasm collection that has taken the beauty industry by storm, you're not going to struggle to find amazing beauty products this season.
Here's my roundup of the best of the best...
There are so many things to like about this: the smell (it's like coconut ice cream), the texture (like the most sumptuous lip balm), the finish (gives you glorious lit-from-within glow) and the mirror (it's bloody massive). Round of applause Laura Mercier.
One of the world's most popular mascaras is now waterproof. You lashes needn't suffer when you're swimming honeys.
This summer, Nars have launched an entire collection inspired by their bestselling blusher, Orgasm. This shimmery cream palette can be used anywhere on the body - lips, cheeks, eyes, décolletage, use it to highlight your abs if you so wish. I plan on covering my entire body with each shade. Roll on the orgasms.
Who wouldn't want iridescent hair that looks like a pearl necklace? Admittedly, it's only really super white blonde that can enjoy this thrill, but I for one can't wait to try it out before Glastonbury.
Until I get my ass on to a beach, it's likely that I'm going to look a little pale. Which is why this product is right up my street. When you first take the lid off, it looks really, really dark, but you only need a tiny amount. And when I say tiny amount, I mean it. You'll know straight away if you've used too much. It makes you look like you've already been away for a week.
Right, I am super duper pale, so it's highly unlikely that I need anything that calls itself 'Ultra Dark', but bugger it I'm going to try it. I love Isle of Paradise tanning products because they work so well and don't leave streaks. Let's see what happens...
I don't plan on crying too much this summer, however I do have two weddings (and I'm a sucker for a heartfelt speech) so I want an eyeliner that won't budge, no matter how much I blub. Luckily, Tom Ford knows we're all cry babies and has designed a range that's sweat, water and tear resistant. Boom.
This is a bloody clever product. Not only is it a great BB cream that evens out the complexion, covering any nasty red parts, but it's also really water resistant and quick drying. It uses this really smart polymer, which disperses sweat on the surface of the skin, making it evaporate faster. I mean I don't plan on doing any sport, but I like that I have the option.
I love the traditional Bareminerals Complexion Rescue and use it religiously, but I was sceptical about this stick, as my experience with similar formulas in the past hasn't been great. I always find them really drying. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. This stick is super hydrating and is the perfect handbag essential when I need a 4pm pick-me-up.
Oh my god I am going to look so bloody luminous and healthy after using this oil. It's got vitamin E in so will keep dry skin at bay, but it's the shimmer that makes you look so damn good.
I live for a beachy wave. Those undone-looking tresses are the look I go for every single day. I find that sea-salt sprays make my hair a little crunchy, so imagine my joy when I discovered that this beauty goes on to dry hair with the softest of textures. It separates the hair nicely and nails that mermaid vibe.
I could tall until the cows come home about how incredible this sun cream smells - I feel like I won't need to wear a perfume all summer. However, what I really need to tell you about is how this wonderful brand have made their new suncare range reef-safe. They've refused to include two ingredients that are the most threatening to marine life and have spent years researching alternatives. I salute you Caudalie.
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Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.
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