If you scroll back through seibiant.com you’ll find out pretty quickly that I believe autumn to be the king of all seasons. It may even end up the theme of my next tattoo. I might have skin that tans without burning, but I also own oily skin that tends to look a mess in the summer rather than that aspirational glowing goddess look. I like the mood boosting properties of bright sunlight, I don’t enjoy the fact that heat and humidity now make me feel ill. Taking all that into account, here are the body and beauty products making this summer more pleasant so far.
Fine hair can quickly end up looking lank in warm weather. I’ve been loving the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo on days where I know it’s going to be especially warm. This range aims to keep roots from getting oily while stopping the ends drying out. While I still use a rich conditioner on the ends, I used the shampoo on a scorching day, put my hair in a bun and the roots still looked freshly washed at bedtime. Unheard of! Not just in summer but all year round I love the John Frieda Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo once a week to clear out product build-up. The minty scent is really refreshing and cooling on the scalp, and doesn’t strip the hair so much that it feels squeaky. Don’t be put off by the fact that it comes from the blonde range. It can be used by everyone.
For body I was in two minds as to whether I should mention this product or not as it seems almost impossible to get hold of in the UK. But it’s so good it seemed a shame not to put it on your radar. I picked up two tubs of the OM SHE Aromatherapy Peppermint & Tea Tree Mermaid Salt Scrub in the HomeSense beauty section. I needed a new body scrub and it smelt incredible, so I grabbed two tubs. It’s one of the best body scrubs I’ve ever used. It really smooths out the skin without leaving any sort of film behind. Being an Australian brand without a regular UK stockist, it’s tricky to get hold of, but if you see it I recommend grabbing some…and then giving it to me.
I’ve never understood the appeal of seeking a thigh gap, and to steal the unspeakably gorgeous Ashley Graham’s words, my thighs love each other so much they just can’t stop touching each other. Hot weather can create a bit of burn when wearing skirts and dresses. The best thing I’ve found to combat this is the Bodyglide stick. Originally created for runners, you just slick some along the inside of your thighs and they can rub up against each other as much as they like. There’s only one good reason for your inner thighs to be burning and it’s definitely not walking to the shops to buy a pint of milk.
For skin, my absolute favourite summer moisturiser is the Talika Photo-Hydra Day cream. I don’t know how it manages to stay matte but still leave the skin feeling hydrated, but it’s magic if you’re trying to battle both oiliness and dehydration at the same time. For something a little less expensive, I’m also really enjoying the two new products in the Garnier Moisture Bomb range. The Moisture Bomb Day moisturiser is a light lotion that absorbs quickly, plumps up the skin and doesn’t leave too much oiliness behind. The Moisture Bomb for Night has more of a bouncy gel texture, but I’ve actually found it works brilliantly under make-up too. So you can switch between whichever texture you prefer, remembering that the night version has no SPF.
For when your make-up (or any part of your body) needs refreshing and cooling, the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray moves things around without leaving you drenched. Also being just water, you don’t add any oil to an already shiny face, which is my gripe with most make-up sprays. For the end of a warm day when skin could do with some help, Origins Out of Trouble Mask is perfect. It’s designed to attack oiliness and improve skin’s texture, plus the camphor gives your skin an invigorating tingle.
Easily my favourite make-up find of the year so far has been the Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter. I paint a bit under my eyes and through the centre of my face and blend it out with my fingers toward the end of doing my make-up. It brings light and brightness without any shine or shimmer and avoids any cakiness. I don’t know how I managed without it! Higher temperatures mean more need for powder, but I don’t want things to look too flat either. The Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder is the happy medium between the two. For when the shine is winning, the DHC Oil Blotting Papers are great. They absorb without depositing anything back on the face.
Much as I’m happy to ditch eyeliner on a more casual day, I do still love the look of liquid liner. The L’Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer has a vinyl finish to it, meaning it doesn’t smudge even on the balmiest day. It can dry out a little quicker than the Lancôme Artliner, its more expensive sister product, but for the price I can’t fault it. And sticking with L’Oreal, I’m in love with the Infallible Matte Lipstick in Like a Virgin. The product is held in the cap and as you unscrew the sponge tip it picks up the lipstick ready for application. It has the look of a matte lipstick but lighter, without the thick, heavy texture of the more popular liquid lipsticks. I definitely want to grab a couple more.
Which products are making summer run more smoothly for you?