Summer Beauty Must Haves


Bio Oil
The summer months can lead to dehydrated, dry, irritated skin – but how can we maintain a moisturised glow whilst dipping in and out of the sea this summer?

We all know that when stepping out in our summer shorts smooth, silky legs are a necessity.  Bio-Oil is our number one defense against dry, irritated legs…and we don’t just mean as a moisturiser.  Whether used dry or with water, Bio-Oil is also perfect as a shaving cream alternative and it’s so good, you often don’t have to moisturise afterwards – your legs will already be hydrated!

And don’t forget while you’re letting your hair down, you need to maintain healthy locks too. Simply run a walnut-sized portion of Bio-Oil through the ends of your hair to lock in natural essential oils and ensure a radiant shine.

Finally, top off your look by ensuring no stray pimples raise their heads by applying a thin layer of Bio-Oil when relaxing at the end of the day to prevent acne.  With its breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™ and its ability to be used in so many different ways, Bio-Oil is a definite must-have for your beauty bag this summer!

radiance_creme_foundationPhoenix SPF 20 Radiance Crème Foundation
The change in season often calls for a change in your makeup, to something that gives you a lighter coverage, and defence against the sun’s rays. Luckily, Phoenix – House of Makeup have come up with the perfect summer foundation solution with their Radience Crème Foundation.  Founder of Phoenix – House of Makeup, Phoenix Renata, has created a great overall foundation perfect for summer in more ways than one.
Renata says that the foundation is radiant and perfect for our summer weather, “ultra-light, ultra-caring and oil-free, this blendable, radiant makeup imparts a subtle, glowing finish as it boosts clarity and minimises imperfections. It can be used for day wear yet has enough coverage to wear out in the evening. The lovely little compact is also the perfect size to slip into a handbag for those long summer days.”  Radiance Crème Foundation is available at all Phoenix-House of Makeup boutiques and product stockists for $65, or shop online at

swept-awayNapoleon 'Swept Away' Collection
This is one makeup collection that really is the definition of summer.  Cosmetic s king Napoleon Perdis looked to his homeland, Australia, for inspiration for his Christmas collection, ‘Swept Away’.  The limited edition collection brings to mind lazy summer days at the beach and cocktails by the water, and looks to the crystal clear waters and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, and the vibrant colours of summer for inspiration.

The collection, in beautiful blue packaging, is the ultimate in summery makeup.  It comprises of seven different gift sets, from juicy fruit flavoured lip glosses, to Ocean, Coral and Sand inspired eye shadow quads, to the Bronze Bombshell gift pack.  Available from Napoleon Perdis counters at Farmers.

dove-damage-therapyDove Damage Therapy
Most of us probably have a daily hair styling routine that includes blow drying, or straightening or curling, so it’s not surprising that a recent survey revealed that 8 out of ten Kiwi women have damaged hair.  Of these women, 95% admitted to using styling tools like hairdryers, straighteners and curlers.  While we do often relax our styling routines in the summer months, and while on holiday, our hair’s health is also damaged by exposure to the sun, surf and sand.

As most of us (me included) are not willing to give up their straighteners, it’s great to know we can now style our hair without the guilt thanks to Dove’s new Damage Therapy Hair Care range.  The range is formulated with a Micro Moisture Serum designed to work on the tiniest chips and cracks on the hair’s surface.

 The range includes the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo, Conditioner and Overnight Treatment, which feature a patented Fibre Active technology, which identifies areas of damage, and penetrates deeper into the hair shaft to strengthen it from the inside out.  Hair is nourished and strengthened, leading to more beautiful hair on the outside!  Available  at all leading supermarkets.

8-hour-sunscreenEight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen
The most important summer beauty must-have?  Sunscreen! Our pick is this lightweight, oil-free lotion, which helps protect your skin from sun exposure while hydrating for up to 8 hours.  The powerful SPF 50 helps shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays that can cause sunburn, surface skin cell damage and premature signs of aging. 
Drawing inspiration from the singular success of the targeted, all-purpose Eight Hour Skin Protectant, this will be your beach-bag staple product for fun in the sun.   It’s ideal to use all over your face or for targeted protection on the nose, forehead or other sun-sensitive spots.

definity_hero_productsOlay Definity
The NZ summer sun takes its toll on our skin, but we’ve discovered a new product that helps you fight back.  While we equate fine lines and wrinkles with ageing, other major factors contributing to the ageing of our skin are sun spots, age spots, discolourations, uneven skin tone and dullness.

So, most of us need an anti-ageing range that goes beyond lines and wrinkles to fight dark spots and discolourations. That’s why Olay is launching its most innovative and highly defined anti-ageing range yet – the Olay Definity Tone Correcting Anti-Ageing range.
In just eight weeks, Olay Definity helps visibly transform the appearance of skin and fights what ages skin the most: dark spots and discolourations, along with lines and wrinkles.

The secret is Olay’s Essential Glucosamine Complex, which is designed to help go beyond wrinkles to also improve the appearance of dull, uneven and discoloured skin tone. With daily use, Olay Definity hydrates the skin to visibly reduce the appearance of past damage, as well as reducing the appearance of discolourations and wrinkles to reveal more luminous and flawless looking skin.

The Essential Glucosamine complex contains two powerful skin-enhancing ingredients – Niacinamide and N-Acetyl Glucosamine:
Niacinamide is scientifically proven to help boost skin’s collagen levels, restoring your skin’s inner glow.   The combination of Niacinamide and N-Acetyl Glucosamine is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots and skin discolouration, resulting in a more even, luminous skin appearance.

By Natalie Cosgrove

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