These are the new instant summer staples you’ll find in our make-up bags.

After a year of stalled launches and mothballed releases, it feels like the beauty industry has finally sprung into action – all just in time for us to refresh our summer skincare and overhaul our body care and make-up bags with lighter textures, scents and bolder hues, ready for the holidays ahead.

Here are nine new products to try out this month – from serious hydration to get your body out of hibernation mode and ready to bare (almost) all, to dreamy tropical scents that will whisk you away to foreign climes, even if you’re venturing no further than your own back garden.

Glossier Ultralip, £14

The perfect hybrid balm/gloss/lipstick has been born and, of course, Glossier conceived it. Rich in hydrated hyaluronic acid and nourishing botanical oils, it’s got buildable colour, zero stickiness and just a hint of sheen. One slick gives a flush of colour, or layer up more for a pop of summer bright. Buy it here.

Boy Smells Colognes, $98

Known for its avant-garde candles in trailblazing and modern scents, Boy Smells has released a new range of fine fragrances that are equally bold and brilliant. From ‘Tantrum’ an explosive green cocktail of peppercorn, cedar and vetiver to ‘Suede Pony’, a velvety soft blend of hazelnut, golden amber and resinous labdanum, if you like your scents with personality and punch, get sniffing. Buy it here.

Drunk Elephant Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub, £24

If your skin has been hiding under loungewear for the last fifteen months and needs a serious sloughing, this super grainy scrub from Drunk Elephant will leave you slippery soft. With antioxidant-rich coffee seeds, exfoliating brown sugar and nourishing almond milk, why not switch all your favourite morning cuppa ingredients for this seriously effective scrub for glowing summer limbs? Buy it here.

Diptyque Summer Body Spray, £45

Diptyque is doing its civic duty and transporting us all to the Mediterranean, if only in olfactory terms. This new limited-edition citronelle and geranium summer body spray combines both perfumery and a practical mosquito repellent for the first time. All the fragrance blending mastery you’d expect from the French perfume house, plus the essential oils chosen for their mozzie-repelling properties, including aromatic notes of lemongrass, geranium, neroli and orange blossom. Buy it here.

Benefit Hoola Glow, £27.50

If you’re a lover of Hoola, the original cult bronzer from Benefit, behold the limited-edition Hoola Glow. It’s the same deep golden powder but now with pearlescent particles for added (subtle) shimmer. Perfect for faking that two-week summer holiday glow if you only have the British weather to rely on this summer. Buy it here.

Chanel Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris-Édimbourg, $80

The most androgynous and woodiest of Chanel’s ‘Les Eaux’ collection of fragrances, Paris-Edimbourg has been inspired by the wilds of the Highlands of Scotland, where Gabrielle Chanel found refuge and inspiration during her love affair with the Duke of Westminster. Inspired by a man’s tweed jacket that Chanel herself loved to wear, enveloping all the scents of a long walk on the muirs with peaty undertones of vetiver, green cypress, juniper berries and warm, lingering musk. Buy it here.

Sol de Janiero Dry Shampoo, £14

If you love Sol de Janeiro’s cult Bum Bum body cream, its dry shampoo will have you sold at first sniff. Fragrancing locks with the signature tropical scent, it refreshes and softens hair, too. Great for summer camping trips, or in-between washes. Buy it here.

Votary Magic Razor Wands, £20

Known for its chic facial oils, the last brand you’d think would be tackling women’s facial fuzz head-on would be Votary. But that’s exactly what its latest launch is doing. Founder Arabella Preston wanted women to have an equally chic, discreet and skin-sensitive tool to tackle errant hairs, and so the magic razor wand was born. Made from 80 per cent wheat straw handles to reduce plastic waste and high-grade Swedish stainless-steel blades, they can slip into your make-up bag unnoticed. Buy it here.

Venn All-In-One Concentrate, £70

New to Space NK this summer is South Korean skincare brand Venn’s Vitamin B Activated All-In-One Concentrate, which contains no fewer than six types of B vitamins to help brighten, firm and hydrate, all while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier. A nourishing, single-step concentrate to help streamline your washbag this summer. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
July 2021

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Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.