Three products that keep you feeling and looking summery, even as the days are getting shorter.
3 MUST-HAVE COSMETICS
Those scorching hot afternoons may already be behind us, but if you want to keep the feeling going into autumn, just add mixer to the Pimm’s, pop up the parasol and picnic alfresco while you still can. Beautiful girls will want to look naturally bronzed and smelling like summer fruits, so here’s a pampering parcel that’s perfectly themed. This month, we checked out the rooftop of London’s National Theatre for a pre-performance picnic to find out how our selection rated. Of course, all these products travel too, so if you’re stretching out your summer at a Ryanair destination, take note.
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PHILOSOPHY APRICOTS & CREAM LOTION
This lush lotion is super-enriching and moisturising, with added anti-oxidants. The packaging is cute and gives the recipe on the front of the bottle.
The real draw, though, is the dreamy, fruity scent – straight from an orchard at harvest time.
EXPERT TIP: Use generously in dry areas like ankles, elbows, and the backs of knees – which are pulse points and scent hot spots.
Reader test: “It smells so much like the real thing – there’s nothing artificial about it. Plus, you can smell it from a distance.”
SARA MAXTED, 35
DIOR SUN COUTURE PALETTE
Finally, a set with all your bronzing products in one place to give you that just back from holiday sun-kissed look. There’s cinnamon blush, a two-hue bronzer, four micro-shimmer eye shadows and two lip glosses in rose and pale peach.
EXPERT TIP: First, exfoliate. Then build up colour using circular motions on your cheekbones, forehead and bridge of your nose.
Reader test: “The bronzer is a nice warming colour that looks natural or sultry depending on how much you use. I love it.”
MAREE FULLER, 30
SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH
After just a pea-sized amount of this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea, your skin will be a flawless canvas. The square airless pump delivers just the right amount, so you can use up every last drop.
EXPERT TIP: Apply under the eyes to even out skin tones, and on lids to help your eye shadow last longer.
Reader test: “I’ve actually used it every morning this week. It gives a lovely base before applying make-up.”
KATHERINE PARKER, 30