Summer has arrived with a vengeance, which means it’s time to update your beauty bag with summer-proof products that will see you through the heat, the humidity, and the holidays. Whether you’re after the ultimate hair hero to give you waves for days, looking to (finally) put a stop to shiny skin, or simply in search of the ultimate summer scent, Savoir Flair has you covered. We took a trip to Bloomingdale’s Dubai to uncover the six essentials that will tend to all your beauty needs this summer – and then some.
The Prep Pick
When it comes to a flawless face, a perfect base, and longer-lasting makeup, prep is key. Not only does the right product hydrate, smooth, and soothe your skin, but it also locks in moisture and boosts the skin’s radiance naturally. For the ultimate prep pick, look no further than Givenchy’s ‘Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Moisturizing Bubbling Lotion’.
Super lightweight and packed with active ingredients – including ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid and a unique ‘Sparkling Water Complex’ enriched with sugars and amino acids – it helps skin to capture and retain water while plumping and brightening. It also feels wonderfully refreshing thanks to its sparkling, fresh formula – perfect for when your skin needs to cool off. Not to mention, this limited-edition version adorned with cherry blossoms will brighten up any bathroom shelf. Sold.
The Lip Lovers
Bobbi Brown’s new liquid lipsticks are a game-changer. Get those images of dry, cracked lips out of your mind because these clever creations combine the comfort of a balm with the shine of a gloss to leave your pout loaded with gorgeous, glossy color. If that wasn’t enough, these lipsticks are infused with a blend of cranberry, blueberry, and raspberry extracts as well as hydrating emollients to keep your smile soft, smooth, and moisturized – all summer long.
The Summer Scent
Transport yourself to your very own private island with just a spray of Tom Ford’s stunning ‘Soleil Blanc’ scent. An addictive, alluring fragrance that captures that perfectly captures that holiday feel, it lingers on skin like the sun’s rays at the end of a summer’s day.
Opening with spices of pink peppercorn and cardamom, its floral core of ylang-ylang, Egyptian jasmine, and tuberose is brought to life with vibrant citrus and pistachio notes. At its base, warm amber and intoxicating tonka bean combine with coconut milk to make for a creamy, dreamy scent. Plus, could its bottle be any more beach-appropriate?
The Glow Getter
Summer beauty is synonymous with glowing skin and golden tans, which is why we can’t get enough of the new NARS ‘Super Radiant Booster’. A universally flattering rose-gold liquid illuminator, not only does it work on all skin tones, but it’s also loaded with good-for-you ingredients to boost the skin’s natural glow, including antioxidant-rich vitamin E to protect and squalene to lock in hydration.
Mix this formula with your foundation for a subtle sheen, apply solo for an all-over glow, or use as a highlighter wherever you need a touch of sun-kissed color. But be warned: it’s limited-edition, so maybe start with this one?
The Wave Machine
If there’s one hair trend that never goes out of style, it’s beachy hair. But don’t worry; you don’t actually need to dunk your head in the sea to get the look because, thanks to Oribe’s ‘Matte Waves Texture Lotion’, it couldn’t be easier to channel your inner surfer girl this summer.
A medium-hold lotion enriched with a wave resin complex to infuse a little texture into even the finest of locks, it harnesses the power of Brazilian nut and tropical plant extracts to prevent damage and dryness – that means no stickiness, no crunchy curls. Mermaid manes, here we come.
The Mighty Mattifier
Matte, shine-free skin in the summer? Yes, it’s possible – especially when you’re armed with Grown Alchemist’s mighty mattifier. A non-greasy, hydrating moisturizer that works to balance sebum levels, it also helps clear congested skin thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Packed with botanicals, there’s fatty acid-rich açai berry, antioxidant vitamin C, soothing aloe vera, repairing tomato extract, and rice bran to repair the damage caused by UV rays, reduce signs of aging, and banish blemishes – great for those with oily or combination skin.
All photos: Courtesy of Alexander Wolfe