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Beauty essentials for your summer staycation

Beauty essentials for your summer staycation
Holly James
Beauty Writer3 years ago
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It doesn't matter if you're jetting off to somewhere new or embracing a 'staycation' this summer, we all still want to look and feel our best so that we're left feeling relaxed and refreshed, and of course with that eye-catching summer glow. From keeping your sun-kissed skin hydrated and protected, to achieving effortless straight off the beach waves, we have picked out our favourite 5* beauty products that everybody needs in their holiday beauty bag.

GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser

For a red-carpet worthy, gleaming complexion our go to has to be Glamglow. Their Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser is a nourishing blend of minerals, shea butter, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid that will deeply hydrate the skin, with a built in luminizer for a flawless complexion with a radiant glow. The deeply hydrating moisturiser is ideal for skin that has been dried out by the heat or subject to air con whether that's during a road trip or when staying inside and offers a sheer layer of coverage, perfect for hot weather. The Illuminating Pearl Particles blur, brighten and clarify the skin to enhance it and naturally contour by appearing brighter on the high points of your face meaning all lighting is good lighting for those all important holiday Instagram snaps. The moisturiser can also be used on your legs, shoulders and décolletage for a luxe look and all round glow.

Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer

Set your skin up for staycation success with the Smashbox Vitamin Glow Primer. Formulated with your dose of daily vitamins, including B,C and E, your skin will look brighter and healthier with it's own natural golden hour glow. The lightweight spray can be used either before applying makeup to help it last for long evenings out or can be worn alone. The multi-benefit Primer not only enhances the appearance of the skin but also works to hydrate and protect, containing antioxidants that retain the moisture.

Smashbox Halo Fresh Perfecting Powder

Part of their latest range, the Smashbox Halo Fresh Perfecting Powder is a true summer saviour. The weightless powder doesn't feel heavy or cakey on the skin in the heat and creates a matte, airbrushed finish. The compact comes with a built in Powderizer which grinds the ideal amount of product and is easily applied on the go; your best friend for a touch up or to mattify any shine on the skin from hot weather.

Smashbox Halo Glow Highlighter Duo - Golden Bronze

No true summer glow is complete without a touch of bronze and highlighter to provide a goddess-like shimmer. This Halo Glow Highlighter Duo in Golden Bronze is our top summer pick for adding a sumptuous sun-kissed glow to your complexion. The versatile, mult-tasking duo can be used to enhance your natural contour or on your eyes, perfect for packing for a getaway. The two shades in the compact boast different textures and finishes: the creamy putty creates subtle, sheer luminosity on the high points of your facial contour, while the silky powder leaves behind a pearlescent shimmer.

Smashbox Halo Glow Lip Gloss - Bronze

Whether it's a staycation, vacation or a night out with the girls, we'd take this Smashbox Halo Glow Lip Gloss with us! A true desert island pick, the vibrant and glossy lip gloss gives your pout the perfect shimmer without feeling sticky or heavy. The formula is enriched with nourishing and moisturising ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, to keep them hydrated, healthy and looking fuller. The Bronze shade flatters any skin tone to match your perfected summer glow base.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

While (hopefully) all of us apply spf to our skin daily, we often forget that our hair needs protecting from UV damage too. Keep your locks glossy and healthy and take yourself out of a cycle of damaging and fixing by using the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer. The number 1 bestseller globally, the Primer protects, detangles and defrizzes, allowing you to de-stress on your holiday. Containing a blend of 6 oils, the Primer helps moisturise dry hair without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy. Either use the Primer as a leave-in conditioner and spray on wet hair to slick back into your favourite hairstyle or spray on damp hair to moisturise, detangle, and protect against UV rays at the pool or beach.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau Fresh

A summer glow not only comes from looking your best but feeling it too, and who doesn't feel amazing when they're wearing an irresistible, luxury fragrance? The Michael Korrs Wonderlust Eau Fresh is the brands latest version of the original Wonderlust fragrance, carrying a carefree and vibrant blend of citrus, florals and pamplewood. For the best, long-lasting effect, apply the fragrance to your pulse points and hair and layer it with the matching Michael Kors Wonderlust Body Lotion to make the scent go even further.


Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.