Spring and summer are all about rebirth and rejuvenation, but are also perfect for revamping your make-up and cosmetics drawer.
FAJO‘s team has selected top 11 beauty products that will help our readers feel fresh and look great. Here are our spring/summer 2015 picks (in no particular order).
Skyn ICELAND’s Fresh Start Mask with Ice Age Mud – this Icelandic product is a two-phase detoxing and brightening mask that has an anti-aging and dullness-diminishing function. It detoxifies skin to improve tone and texture, polishes away dry and dead skin, improves skin density, promotes more efficient cell function, and oxygenates to optimize skin health and energy. Phase One is made up of blue clay and an oxygenating mud from the Ice Age. Phase Two is formulated with AHA acid gel complex composed of 5 fruit and sugar acid, which helps to detoxify the skin. No parabens and chemicals are used. The product contains aloe vera and is safe for sensitive skin types.
Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster – a highly saturated hydrating fluid, this booster is ideal for the driest of skin conditions (especially post winter). It provides intense moisturizing to thirsty skin, while simultaneously smoothing and minimizing fine lines. This product contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
GOSH’s Forever Lip Shine (Funky Friday colour) – this lip shine is designed in a twist-up lipstick format. It’s easy to apply and re-apply whenever necessary, and the colour is perfect for spring or summer. The texture is smooth, and the lips will look shiny with a satin finish. Great choice for a “Funky Friday” night out.
Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – this shampoo can be used for all hair types, including most delicate ones. Oat milk is rich in carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins, providing softening and protecting properties for the hair. It was created from three powders (starch, silica and beta cyclodextryn, which comes from sugar molecules) and botanical extracts. The natural beige shade blends with the hair for a totally invisible finish. The product was dermatologically, ophthalmological and pediatrically tested.
Mèreadesso’s All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer – taking its popular All-in-One moisturizer a step further, Mèreadesso’s Tinted version is just like the original, but better. It still serves as a moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and eye cream. And it is still made from 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes, and over 20 antioxidants from around the world. What makes this version different though is that the Tinted All-In-One product also acts as a concealer that helps even out your skin tone.
Avène’s Thermal Water Spray – the core of this product is Thermal Spring Water – based on thermal spring waters of France – which is known for its soothing and softening properties. Unpolluted by bacteria and other micro-organisms, it is a natural anti-inflammatory product that helps to sooth facial redness, sunburn and damaged skin. This product can be easily used during travelling or after sports activities, to revive and moisturize the skin.
Smashbox’s Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation – this powder is a nice finishing touch after getting ready to go out. The uniqueness of the product is its infusion with light filter technology, that helps refract light in various directions and makes skin look flawless. It has a velvety texture and smoothes out any colour imperfections. It is non-drying, non-settling and oil-free. The sponge is double-sided and helps achieve desirable coverage, be it lighter or fuller.
Clarins’ Aquatic Treasures Waterproof Eye Pencil – available in both black and aquatic green (the latter being a limited edition line), this eye pencil is a fantastic addition to Clarins’ new summer collection. The eyeliner will provide a luminous touch to any complexion. The pencil is supple, incredibly soft and easy to apply. Wear it alone or to accent your favourite eyeshadow; we recommend a pairing with one of the limited edition Ombre Iridescente eyeshadows from the same collection.
NeoStrata’s SecureWhite Brightening Serum – the new, highly concentrated serum serves as a fast-acting solution to correct and prevent hyper-pigmentation. This product has an overall brightening and unifying effect. The serum is non-comedogenic, non-irritating and paraben-free. It is suitable for all skin types and has been tested for use on sensitive skin. SecureWhite is also compatible with all creams and moisturizers.
Shu Uemura’s Satin Design Polishing Milk – this product smoothes hair, while simultaneously adding a lustrous satin finish. Its primary function is to facilitate blow-drying, as it adds a weightless polish and a silky touch to your coiffure. The milk also helps protect hair from heat and external aggressors; it provides humidity resistance and frizz control.
Essie’s Bridal 2015 Collection – soft shades, delicate colours. This collection sports several bright hues but is mostly focused on neutral, pink and peach tones that are a great choice for brides, bridesmaids or anyone who prefers elegant and timeless nail colours. With 12 options in total, our favourites are Brides to Be (soft-spoken caramel blush), Tying the Knotie (sheer floral pink) and Worth the Wait (coral-kissed pink).