The summer heat can take a toll, causing your make-up to melt away and your hair to frizz in the humidity. These beauty products, hand-picked by London Drugs Beauty Advisors, will help keep your summer look fresh, even as the temperature climbs:
This natural mineral water facial spray is the easiest way to moisturize and refresh your skin on-the-go. Throw it in your purse and give your face a quick spritz to keep your skin looking fresh: even in the hottest heat wave. ($14.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The heat can melt your mascara, leaving dark shadows underneath your eyes. Instead of foregoing your favourite regular mascara for a waterproof mascara, apply two swipes of the NYX Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. The top coat will make any mascara waterproof. ($10.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Once you’re finished applying makeup, use this lightweight setting spray from NYX to make your makeup stay put. While it comes in both dewy finish and matte finish formulations, the matte finish setting spray is your best bet for fighting off shine during a heat wave. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Heat and humidity can really do a number on your hair in the summertime, causing it to look frizzy. The Conair Ultimate Brush is powered with an anti-frizz ionic generator that releases ions directly into the hair to remove static and smooth the cuticle. The result is frizz free hair that’s beautifully shiny! The brush is wireless, which makes it perfect for tossing in your bag for frizz control on-the-go. ($39.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
In the summer heat, eyeshadows crease more easily and eyeliners tend to smudge. Start off with the right eye make-up base by applying e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer to the eyelids; this will set your eyeshadow so it won’t bleed or crease. You can even turn your favourite eyeshadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with the built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush! ($3.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
To prevent the cakiness that can occur with powdered make-up, switch out your powder blush for a cream blush during summer. This cream-textured blush from Youngblood combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing colour that is perfect for outlasting the summer heat. The oil free formula even contains Vitamins C and E, Allantoin and Jojoba Esters that blend together to moisturize and protect the skin. ($32.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Opt for a lip tint in summer to give your lips a nice flushed colour that is more comfortable than sticky glosses or heavy lipsticks. As an added bonus, the L’Oréal Colour Rich Balm also has SPF 15 to help protect your lips while you’re out in the sun. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
When temperatures rise, it’s time to put aside the heavy foundations and try a lightweight BB cream instead. You’ll find it far more comfortable throughout the day, and this La Roche-Posay BB Cream will also help moisturize, soothe and protect your skin. Your complexion will look unified, even and fresh! ($29.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Today we celebrate one the most prized items in our make-up bag: lipstick! This colourful little tube comes in every colour imaginable, and makes for a true playground for any beauty buff. In honour of National Lipstick Day, our Beauty Advisors have picked their favourite lipstick shades of all time, from the perfect pink to the perfect nude.
NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. It’s surprisingly durable, and unlike some matte lipstick formulas, is also moisturizing. The shade Monte Carlo is a ravishing red that in this matte finish, creates a beautiful retro look. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain comes in a range of soft, pretty pinks that will give you the perfect flush of lip colour. This pampering balm is fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon that gives softer, smoother lips. ($10.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Fran Wilson’s Moodmatcher Lip Colour is a truly “personalized” lipstick that actually changes colour according to your body chemistry! This super-long-lasting 12-hour formula won’t wear off, even when eating, drinking or kissing. Plus, it has the rich, natural moisturizing powers of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. ($3.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
The amazing CARGO Matte Top Coat gives any lip colour a chic matte effect! Take your favourite glossy finish lipstick and mattify it to add a touch of sophistication to any makeup look. This top coat will expand your lipstick collection using only one product! ($24.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Clarins’ Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Nude Rose is the perfect mauve/nude shade that will enhance your natural lip colour. The nutritious, creamy lipstick has anti-aging properties and luminous colour to restore smoothness and radiance to lips. ($28.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
This vegan-friendly Hydrating Lip Colour by Emani is cruelty-free, talc-free, paraben-free, gluten-friendly and organic-only! It hydrates lips and infuses them with cell-stimulating nutrition, so your lips will stay hydrated, plump and kissable. ($19.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The Lise Watier Plumpissimo Le Gloss will give you the ultra-shiny pout of your dreams! The cutting-edge, paraben-free forumula instantly makes your lips look fuller, sexier, and ‘poutier’. Dehydrated Hyaluronic Filling Spheres penetrate small vertical lines and instantly expand upon contact with the natural water in your skin. The results? Fuller, plumper, shinier lips! ($23.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The perfect long-wear lipstick is the holy grail of lipsticks! L’Oreal’s Infallible Two Step Lipstick provides saturated, vibrant colour: up to 24 hours of colour intensity. And don’t compromise long-wear for comfort; the conditioning balm keeps lips moisturized and replenished all day. ($13.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Lancôme Rouge in Love’s Jolis Matins lipstick collection has the perfect selection of fresh, subtle, rosy hues. The high potency colour and 6 hour wear is so feather light that you’ll love how it feels on your lips! ($32.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
When it comes to picking the perfect vampy wine-coloured pout, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipsticks are the right place to start. Our Beauty Advisors’ favourite shade? Revlon’s Wine With Everything Frost. ($7.98 at LondonDrugs.com)
Here’s a fun nail art tutorial that’s just too cute to pass up! Beauty YouTuber Gerry of The Bunnie Hole shows us how to create an adorable gold polka dot manicure with Essie polish, Seche Vite top coat, and a Sharpie. The pointed Sharpie makes it easy to make all kinds of nail designs, from polka dots, to chevron prints, or any other pattern you can imagine!
Graphic eyeliners are the accessory for your eyes this year, and Beauty Advisor Hollis has a reverse graphic liner how-to that is perfect for a night out. Bored of your cat-eye liner? This is also a fun way to switch up your look, by drawing your liner along your lower lashline instead! Lise Watier’s Feline Eyeliner HD has a fine, precise tip that makes it perfect for creating a variety of creative effects- here, Hollis uses the colour Vert, a nice departure from the usual black liner. Give it a try for yourself!
The newest trend in beauty right now is all about giving a boost to the products you already have. Product enhancers aim to add additional features to your favourite products – like making your favourite mascara waterproof, mattifying your choice lip stain and even instantly turning your most beloved body cream into a self-tanning cream.
London Drugs Beauty Advisors have picked the best product enhancers that will take your favourite products to the next level, just in time for summer.
This amazing clear lipstick top coat gives any lip colour a chic matte effect! Take your favourite glossy finish lipstick and mattify it to add a touch of sophistication to any makeup look. This top coat will expand your lipstick collection using only one product! ($24.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Just add a few drops to your favourite moisturizer for a made-to-measure self -tan! Don’t sacrifice the moisturizing, anti-wrinkle and firming benefits of your daily skin care products; the Golden Glow Booster will give you the self-tanning effect in addition to the benefits of your favourite day and night creams. ($30.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Turn any eyeshadow into a super long-lasting eyeliner with this liquid transformer. It’s a great way to avoid creasing eyeshadows, and will instantaneously multiply the range of eyeliners at your fingertips! Just dip your eyeliner brush into a drop of Metamorfix, and let slip on the eyeshadow. ($15.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Waterproof mascara is a must if you’re going pool-side, but it can be tough to find a waterproof mascara that also has all the favourite qualities of your usual mascara. Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara works as a clear water-resistant top coat, while maintaining the look and feel of your regular mascara. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Transform your neutral lippies with a swipe of NYX’s wicked V’Amped Up Lip Top Coat. Infused with shea butter and Vitamin E, this glossy pencil moisturizes while turning your light lip colours to deep, vampy shades. ($8.89 at LondonDrugs.com)
This is one of the easiest ways to brighten up your eye makeup for summer! Beauty Advisor Sara shows us how to take your regular black eyeliner from day to night, by adding a layer of brightly coloured eyeliner above. Sara also offers some tips on waterproofing the look, so you’ll be ready to wear it to the beach or poolside on hot summer days.