Shop the post: Summer beauty bits

Ina Levy Vogue Polska

I’ve not done a beauty round-up for a while, so here’s an update of the summer products and intel on my radar…

SARAH CREAL BEAUTY.  Shout-out to my buddy Jane for this news drop. Sarah Creal, the joint founder of Victoria Beckham Beauty (who arguably made the products as fabulously formulated as they are) has created her own product line (below). According to Jane, Sarah Creal Beauty is aimed at mid-life women and is expectedly elevated and efficacious. Not available in the UK yet but U.S readers can shop here. Read more here.
Sarah Creal Beauty

THE FLAT LAY IS BACK. Glossy reports that the 2016-era flat lay is back as a lo-fi form of relatable Instagram content that’s performing well for brands. The twist is that the shot needs to be imperfect, so no to professional lighting and composition but yes to messy sink throwdowns and well-used products. Julia Rabinowitsch aka The Millennial Decorator (below) got the memo. “It’s a series. I’ll use the same setting, and I’ll conjure up what [an imaginary] girl’s bag looks like. Maybe it’s the sink series, and this is a sexy girl, so she has her laundry and her products and her red lipstick thrown in the sink. … There’s a story there,” she told Glossy. At the end of the day, ‘what’s in my handbag’/‘on my bathroom shelf’ content is the aspirational gift that keeps on (and on) giving for brands and IG nosy parkers (like myself).
Beauty flat lay The Millennial Decorator

. Now available: Caroline Hirons’ Skin Rocks has just supersized its excellent The Cream Cleanser to a 250ml tube*. My current go-to end-of-the-day cleanser, it’s ultra-creamy, ultra-indulgent, yet a little goes a long way. Buy it here.*

What a treat to hear perfume entrepreneur Christopher Yu (who helped introduce Diptyque to the UK) discussing all things fragrance on the Just a Fashion Minute podcast. One interesting takeaway: we’re all craving comforting, nostalgic smells in an increasingly chaotic world, so gourmand fragrances, like vanilla and almond (instant Playdoh memories unlocked!) are performing well. I can slightly confirm this although my nose is leaning less gourmand and more South of France beach breeze. In the new Dover Street Market Paris store a couple of weeks ago, I was seduced by Comme des Garcons’ 2021 Marseille eau de toilette* (below), which is inspired by the famous Savon de Marseille bar soap, but to me gives salty seaside vibes with a musk and neroli dry down. It’s super light and cooling, so ideal for muggy summer days and nights.
Marseille by Commes des Garcons EDT

. If you’re in the market for a new shaving/make-up mirror, the Just Look Plus from Décor Walther is fantastic. I discovered it while staying at the Hôtel des Horlogers in Le Brassus and its integrated LED light plus x 7 magnification make it easy for everything from everyday grooming to precision eyeliner application.

Blusher is apparently big business at the moment with sales in the prestige market up 60% in 2023, so brace yourself for an influx of ridiculously priced cheek colours. NARS Afterglow liquid blush* (£33) is on my radar and I’ve also heard good reports of Merit’s Flush Balm* but it’s online-only and I’m a try-before-I-buy girl. (At £33 I want to be sure I’ll keep it.) Instead, I’ve just bought & Other Stories Cheek & Lip Tint palette in Florentine Coral* (£17). I’ll report back…

If you don’t follow Jalil Johnson’s Substack, get yourself subscribed. This recent beauty gossip with industry experts weighing in on his WhatsApp group chat was informative and authentic (hint: raves for Cosrx’s pimple patches and Dr Dennis Gross LED mask) with some great holistic, non-product advice from Lesse (below) founder Neada Deters. Read it here.
Lesse beauty

. Chanel just dropped its Chanel Make-up Takeaways, featuring two guest edits from make-up artists Cécile Paravina and Valentina Li. Each exclusive “to go” travel set contains four well-loved Chanel products reimagined in limited-edition shades. I love the ‘City Break’ set (£160, below) with its green ‘sandwich’ bag containing a liquid eyeshadow, two mirror shine lipsticks and a nail polish in Flesh, a vivid high-shine orange-red. Buy it here*.
Chanel Beauty Takeaways

If you’re in need of a complexion-reviving facial for a summer event, I can recommend Omorovicza’s Queen Facial at the Mayfair Institute in South Audley Street. The 80-minute treatment incorporates Omorovicza’s new actives-packed Queen Serum, plus Hungarian massage techniques to sculpt and lift. Rest assured, it’s gentler than it sounds. Ask for Xhesilda and pick up a skin-plumping Queen Essence* while you’re there.

It’s been a bummer of an early summer so far, but the sun has finally emerged so don’t forget your sun protection when out and about. I’m using Byoma Moisturising Gel-cream with SPF 30* along with Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30*. For the ‘clean beauty’ option, the new Antipodes Supernatural SPF50+ Facial Sunscreen (£34) is plastic-free, certified vegan and packed with ceramides. (As it’s a ‘physical’ mineral-based sunscreen, remember you’ll need to spend time rubbing it in to avoid the white zinc cast.) Buy it here* or here.


WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Ina Levy for Vogue Polska; Sarah Creal Beauty; The Millennial Decorator; Comme des Garcons Marseille; Lesse; Chanel
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