With the change of seasons, we need to consider changing our wardrobe, but also updating our beauty shelves. Not only adding suncare is a must for Summer, but also we need to think of lighter textures in creams. A lightweight foundation, summer scents and hair protection. I have tested and approved some summer beauty must-haves. There are affordable and luxurious brands. Our local Swiss and International brands too. I will help you to choose from the best lipstick to the alternative for dry shampoo. Everything you need to create a nice small Summer beauty capsule.
Starting with the Energy and Oxygenation
Valmont is one of the most loved Swiss brands associated with luxury skincare and uses Swiss glacial water and plant extracts. This year they created a new line: DetO2x. It is oxygenating line, that includes eye cream, day/night cream and a bubble mask. Valmont always offers exceptional textures of products and this time texture is like a whipped cream. Made with little bubbles, it’s airy and light, but when applied to the skin it changes and gives a silky touch. These products are like air on the skin, nourishing and rejuvenating the skin with tiny oxygen bubbles. It’s a skincare that gives pleasure when applied and Valmont once again proved to be the pioneer in the beauty industry.
Hyaluronic Acid as a key player.
We all know that Hyaluronic Acid Is the Holy Grail to youthful and hydrated skin. That is why it’s great to use it in the summer when the skin is more exposed to the sun, pollution or irritation. Lancôme has launched 2 new products that have a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and are working complementarily with each other. First is the Anti-Aging-PflegeRénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream. It’s a luxury yet affordable cream in a refillable jar. In this formula, Lancôme for the first time, concentrated over 300 types of Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide in one unique cream. This cream helps to regenerate faster (like young skin) and offers a visible lift to the face and neck. It also fights wrinkles and dark spots. Ideal for all skin types and ages.
To complement the skincare they created the new Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. This iconic full-coverage natural matte foundation has now the thinnest and most breathable formula. It’s ultra-breathable, giving you a flawless, undetectable finish with the added benefit of skincare. Apart from Hyaluronic Acid, there is also Vitamin E, Moringa Seed Extracts and Prebiotics.
Under eyes, Hyaluronic skincare is offered by ByTerry in the form of a Hyaluronic Global Eye Serum. This exceptional serum has 8 different types of Hyaluronic Acids in the formula. A concentrated blend of 21% active ingredients nourishes the skin at each application, for visible and optimized results day after day. The delicate eye contour area is nourished, plumped, soothed, and deeply hydrated. Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed. Dark circles and puffiness are reduced for a revitalized look. BY TERRY is committed to reducing its impact on the environment so the tube of this cream is made of 100% recyclable plastic and is refillable.
Miracle in the bottle.
We all love magic creams that will serve many purposes, will be pleasant to apply and will look desirable on our beauty shelf. 2 creams that will serve this purpose are: La Mer – The New Moisturizing Soft Cream and Sisley Paris – Émulsion Écologique. Luxurious cream by La Mer renews the skin’s barrier to strengthen and protect it from environmental stressors. Adds glow to the skin and radiance from within. It includes moisturizing spheres that combine kelp-infused Miracle Broth™ and antioxidant-rich Lime Tea, creating an ultra-soft texture to renew, soothe and restore. It comes in a beautiful white cosmetic case.
Sisley’s Émulsion Écologique is a best-seller for many years. One cream that can be used by men and women, for all skin types and ages. The new advanced formula promotes a balanced microbiome and stimulates the skin’s natural defence mechanisms. The version launched in 2023 has 2 new ingredients, it’s Burdock and Meadowsweet extracts. They are complementary to the 5 original plants which are: Centella asiatica, Ginseng, Hops, Horsetail and Rosemary.
ProactiveANTI-AGING ENERGY VITAMIN C SERUM This is a Swiss-made cream by luxury skincare and spa brand L.Raphael. An innovative, anti-ageing formula designed to give your skin a brighter and more luminous look. The serum fights the daily onslaught on the skin by free radicals and the ageing process. It prevents the appearance of wrinkles, promotes brightening benefits and minimizes dark spots and discolouration. As a result, the skin gains a noticeably more lifted look, brilliant clarity and a newly refined smoothness.
For summer, brands are always coming up with new colours and textures. As much as we love to use lip oils and balm adding a bit of colour is always a goal. However, colour lipstick looks better on well-moisturised and plump lips. So starting with a great balm is a must and if you would like to wake up with a beautiful lip then a sleeping mask from Laneige is ideal. It’s the number 1 lip product in the US and this year they added a Mango version to the sleeping mask. It’s a nourishing overnight lip mask. It’s an intensive mask that will deliver intense moisture and antioxidants while sleeping for visibly smoother, baby-soft lips in the morning.
If you would like to personalize your lipstick then the iconic Joli Rouge from Clarins has a new upgraded version in 2023. Now you can choose the lipstick case and also if you want a matt, satin or gloss finish. This range is now available in 51 colours, so it’s so easy to choose the right colour. Joli Rouge is now in 84% skincare because women now want make-up which is also skincare. Joli Rouge is made with plant extracts which provide comfort, nourishment and repair to the lips. It’s proven, after 5 days of application of Joli Rouge satin or shine, lips are more beautiful even bare. So it’s for sure a must-have.
Special Tool on our beauty shelf
Cryo-sticks are a tool that was mainly used in beauty salons but now are more and more often entering our spas at homes. Biologique Recherche is the place to go when it comes to the best cryo sticks in the market. They are designed in stainless steel with cooling properties. They should be stored in the refrigerator or in a basin filled with ice cubes after they ensure cold is diffused in contact with the skin throughout the massage. In addition, their ergonomic form moulds to the contours of the skin, enabling them to work effectively on every area They promote blood circulation, soothe, drain and add a firming effect. causing a “goose bump” phenomenon, which stimulates nerve cells in the skin and has a tightening effect on the epidermis. Ideal for any time of a day self-care moment.
Dry Shampoo Creme from Rossano Ferretti is a great alternative to powder-based shampoos. It is in a cream form which is more gentle to the scalp. Has 90 % of natural products, like Sage, Rosemary & Peppermint that absorbs oil, sweat & odour. This product is inspired by the cottage gardens of Tuscany & avoiding the ‘nasties’ found in typical dry shampoos. What is also wonderful about this product is that it nourishes and adds volume & shine.
Sun Protection above all.
If you want one product for face and body then choose Nuxe Delicious face and body lotion High Protection SPF30. This product not only smells delicious but also offers anti-ageing cellular protection. It moisturizes and beautifies the tan. Skin is enveloped in an evocative holiday scent with notes of Sweet Orange, Tiare Flower and Vanilla. A real invitation to savour that summer feeling.
Summer Scents for day and night
Day – LES EAUX RÊVÉES D’ISA by Sisley Paris.
Rêvée d’Isa is the depth and lightness of a seductive dream. Full of contrasts, it links a magical blend of essences with alchemy that is both obvious and surprising at the same time. Suitable for both men and women, this fragrance hides the vibrancy of white flowers mixed with the intensity of spices.
Night – LA NUIT TRÉSOR EAU DE PARFUM
La Nuit Trésor is a sultry, smouldering perfume for women with notes of fresh raspberry, frankincense, and vanilla, with a bewitching heart of Black Rose essence. It’s Lancôme’s first ‘Gourmand Woody Fruity & Floral’ perfume, a scent of passionate love – as showcased in the new advert featuring the beautiful Penelope Cruz. It’s a definite perfume that will seduce you.
The New Gentleman Society by Givenchy. This scene is a unique floral expression that contrasts with the dark and intense facets of Cedarwood and Sandalwood melt with an addictive and sensual Vanilla. It’s a deep and multifaceted Eau de Parfum for men, but thanks to the fruity part is perfect for day and night.
Please let me know if there are some special products that you can’t wait to try this season. As always you can find more beauty articles and reviews here.
As always with love
Bella Zofia xx
Your Fashion, Beauty and Travel Blogger from Geneva.