28th Apr 2021
Sure, it was snowing at the start of the month. It’s raining most days. But in between the drizzle, we’ve had a notable weekend of hot summer sun and flashes of sunny blasts. So while you stock up on Aperol and start thinking about what sandals you want to wear this year, it’s time to rifle through your beauty bits, to put away the thick winter creams and at last, start thinking about the lightweight.
CHOOSE YOUR NEW SPF
I know you’re wearing your sun protection all year round but if you’re not, just know that dermatologists will tell you it’s the greatest skincare product you’ll ever buy to target signs of ageing. With nicer days ahead, it’s definitely time to reintroduce it to the routine if you’ve been slacking. Just in time, La Roche-Posay has launched its first active SPF, Anthelios Age Correct SPF50. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, reduces dark spots and wrinkles and provides a hit of hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid in the formula.
Feeling grey-faced and washed out after a year indoors staring at your computer? Charlotte Tilbury, queen of glow, has you covered. She’s just launched her new Look of Love collection, with rosebud and taupe lipsticks, Lip and Cheek Tints and her sell-out all-in-one palettes in Pretty Blushed Beauty and Glowing Beauty. Each has all you need in one palette, with soft and cool eyeshadows, bronzers, highlights, blush and powder in rose and bronze.
PERFECT YOUR BASE
If you’d like to keep some coverage for summer months but still find something lightweight but buildable, the new Bareminerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer is what you’re looking for. It conceals while brightening and smoothing texture, feels hydrating and improves skin over time.
The Essie Limited Edition Spa-Inspired Shades, €9.99 each
SWAP YOUR DARK NAILS FOR SOMETHING BRIGHT
It’s time to put away your wines and ease into summer shades. The new Essie Spa-Inspired collection shades are inspired by a tranquil desert spa retreat; think soft green, muted yellow, cool navy, and warm nude. They’re universally flattering tones with a springy feel and glossy finish.
SLOUGH OFF YOUR DEAD SKIN
After a year indoors and a long winter, your skin is probably feeling lizard-like and in need of a full body polish. Enter Sunday Riley Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub, which is a spa treatment, body facial, scrub and moisturiser in one. It is, as the name suggests, a sort of jelly, with salicylic acid to tackle any bumpy texture and keratosis pilaris, exfoliators to leave you siky, charcoal to pull out your spots and ingrown hairs and avocado and coconut oils to leave you soft and smooth.
Photography by Sunday Riley.