Written by Annie Whitfield
A heatwave?! In Summer?! Groundbreaking. Well, if the last year has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Unsurprisingly, us Britons are currently spending more time complaining about the lack of aircon and ravaging humidity than actually enjoying the rays and our new found post-restriction freedom – for now. So, how can LiB help you enjoy the summer months ahead? Why, by giving you our best-ever STYLE Summer beauty box of course. Say goodbye to melting makeup and pore-clogging skincare (the kind that stings your eyes when sweating) and let us introduce the new and improved glowing, fresh faced and sweet-smelling version of yourself. You’ll love them…
Unsurprisingly, sweat-proof makeup always starts with your skin prep and trust us when we say, there’s only a few steps you need to take to ensure a glowing complexion. Now, whether you opt to go base-free, lightweight or heavy-duty in the makeup department, a few simple products will ensure your summer skin is dewy and manageable at all times, whatever your choice.
The night before…
Yes, sometimes a bit of pre-planning can go a long way. Think of it as beefing-up your beauty sleep, or just faking 8 hours of shut eye – let’s be real.
Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Water Micellar Cleansing Water For Dehydrated Skin -The OG of micellar waters with added aloe for hydration. Swipe this over your skin post evening cleanse for an extra impurity-removing ritual. This will ensure your complexion is a blank canvas ready to drink in your summer-savy formulas.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix – Stupidly strengthening with a to-die-for formulation, this revolutionary matrix is going to do all of the hard work for you. Simply apply generously to your face and neck and you’ll wake up to a smooth, youthful and plump complexion. Honestly.
Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil – The secret glowing formula. From the tan-experts themselves comes a formula that will produce a subtle glow that implies a sun-kissed, refreshed look without stepping a foot out of the house. Apply 6-10 drops directly to the face and neck and massage in with circular motions.
The morning after…
We’re up and ready to face the day. But first, a little time well spent on our skin will make all the difference.
Nuxe Prodigieux® Floral Scented Shower Gel – Our morning shower can set us up for the day ahead, so why not have it infused with grapefruit, coconut and sweet almond oil? These summer-approved ingredients will wrap your body in a nourishing formula and fragrance that leaves your skin feeling smooth and loved.
Garnier SkinActive Vitamin C Ampoule Sheet Mask Pineapple – If you’re sensible, you will have popped this sheet mask in the fridge the night before for cooling. If not, you’ll still pack your freshly cleansed skin with brightening vitamin C, which is always a win for hydrated looking skin.
PRAI Beauty 24K Gold Caviar Wrinkle Repair Serum – For our summer serum, we’re looking for added glow. This formula contains tiny flecks of light reflecting gold that will catch the sun and make your skin shimmer like your inner Helios God.
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Moisture Booster, 30ml, full-size – Quite simply hydration, bottled. This moisture booster is all you need to look dewy enough that your skin looks healthy, moisturised and radiant, but not so glistening you look sticky, sweaty and summer-repellent.
Ahhh, the never-ending tetrus of weighing up what to look to go for. I want to be glam, but also like I’ve just rolled off the beach? Classy and put together, but effortless and chic? We’re not going to force you to choose right now, we’re just going to supply you with the essentials that lend their hands to every look in the summer-makeup-book. Making decisions is so 2019 anyways…
KVD Beauty Mini Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black – Infamous for a reason. No budge nor smudge whilst also having a super manageable black pigment and an applicator that makes eyeliner seem easy. Well, easier than our usual go-to Amy Whinehouse gone wrong mixed with sweat, sun and pollen-control.
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Bikini Martini – Feel like your look is missing something? Add blush. Want to look more hydrated? Add blush. Walking the dog? Add blush. And when you do, make sure it’s the Fenty Beauty cream in Bikini Martini – the shade name and pigment screams sunkissed on a beach and we won’t be opting for anything else all summer long.
M·A·C Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour in Mull It Over – A perfect nude that will suit and more importantly, compliment all skin tones. This liquid lip eliminates any unwanted bleeding caused by sweat and mask wearing and stays in place all day without a crack or crumble in sight.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe – Cicra pre-pandemic, we would have called this shade a desk-to-disco handbag-essential. Nowadays, it’s just a must. This taupe shade is perfect to add a little definition to a no-makeup look, or can be used to build a soft but sultry smokey eye look.
Battling humidity, sweat, freak-thunderstorms and heat damage is a lot for our locks to handle. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need a forklift to handle the bounty of products you need to keep your barnet under control. Our chosen duo will see you through…
Aveda Nutriplenish™ Leave-In-Conditioner – This non-greasy leave in formula masks two of our hair problems in one. Firstly, it controls frizz, enhances shine and generally makes our hair feel healthier. Secondly, it protects from heat up to 230° C. Sorted.
Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, 250ml – The holy grail. Where would we be without dry shampoo?! More importantly, the Sam McKnight sweat-saviour dry shampoo. Use to freshen up your locks, banish grease, add volume or just a spritz of a head-turning scent.
The finishing touch to every look. The scent. Fragrance can trigger memories, so it’s important to choose the right one for all occasions. Even if it’s the same choice every time…
Ted Baker Sweet Treats Mia Eau de Toilette – Our. Best. Kept. Secret. This perfectly balanced, sweet yet sultry, spicy yet subtle scent will satisfy all of your fragrance needs. Long-lasting and sophisticated, spritz all over to finish off your summer essentials look.