July's must-have beauty buys
We've rounded up the best new beauty buys for mid summer. From hydrating dry lips to conditioning sun-frazzled hair, we've got your beauty bag covered.
Star product: Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Balm
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If all your current lip products feel too heavy or intense for a hot summer holiday, Tarte’s Quench Lip Rescue Balm might just be the thing you need.
Don’t let the flashy packaging and bold colours mislead you: this minty-fresh balm is incredibly kind to your lips, leaving them feeling smooth and plump, thanks to a gentle cooling sensation—perfect after a day spent in the blistering sun.
The shades—ranging from clear to richer berry and rose tones—are incredibly sheer and subtle, leaving your lips with just a tinge of colour and allowing you to wear it anywhere, anytime. For a stronger, evening look, apply it over your favourite lipstick, giving it a dewy, lustrous upgrade.
Best cruelty-free: Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub
This decadently rich jelly body scrub, which smells like a fresh box of Turkish delight, is very gentle, delicately removing dead skin from the surface to reveal a more even, radiant skin tone beneath.
We tried this scrub on very sensitive, eczema prone skin, and it still yielded impressive, irritation-free results. The scrub boasts turmeric, ginger root extract, dandelion extract, coriander seed oil and avocado oil (all sustainably sourced) amongst its natural ingredients.
It’s perfect for the summer months when your bare legs are more subject to the effect of pollution, sun damage and general wear and tear. The scrub is also cruelty-free and vegan, so you can rest assured that it's protecting both you and the environment.
Best for men: Cornerstone shaving subscription
Great as a gift or a treat for yourself, Cornerstone is a shaving subscription brand that delivers skin care products and sharp, German engineered razors every month—no more wasting your lunch hours queuing to buy disposables.
Cornerstone promises that its blades are a third cheaper than competitor brand Gilette, and also offers a free engraved razor handle in each customer’s first box.
Designed to cater to sensitive skin, the range includes a pre-shave face scrub, shave gel, shave cream and post-shave balm, to cover your needs through every step of your shave.
Best makeup: Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner
When you stick to the same makeup routine for a long time, the thought of trying something new can be daunting. But there’s a quick and easy way to get a bit more fun and adventurous with your look this summer: coloured eyeliner.
For a smudge-proof and long-lasting line, try Tarte’s limited-edition clay pot waterproof shadow liner, which also doubles as a creamy eye shadow. You can pick and choose from a wide variety of funky, opaque colours, such as peacock blue or bright copper, as well as matte or metallic finishes, allowing you to get really creative with your eye makeup.
The creamy consistency and the high pigmentation make this eyeliner incredibly easy to work with for beginners and seasoned liner enthusiasts alike; and the option to use it as eye shadow makes it really versatile and fun to experiment with.
Best for hair: Paul Mitchell Soft Style The Cream, £13.75
This multi-tasking leave-in hair product aims to moisturise and strengthen hair and is especially effective in the summer months when the effects of sun damage and air conditioning can leave hair dry and split.
The light hold effect means this cream doesn’t weigh hair down but adds a sort of elasticity making it easier to style, with the added bonus of built-in UV protection.
Free from parabens, gluten and vegan-friendly, this cruelty-free product strengthens hair guilt-free.
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