Sun, sand, sea… and savings! We’re adding a little more brightness to your summer with 20% off RRP across everything at Escentual (with the code ESCENTUAL20), making it the perfect time to pick up those last minute summer essentials and prepare for A/W15 in style.
So, with 20% off all of your fragrance, haircare, make-up, skincare, sun care and grooming favourites, you’ve got a colossal amount of choice at your fingertips – where on earth do you start? With the beauty team’s hot list, of course!
Read on for Emma, Ceryn and Chelsey’s favourite products this month…
The hair hero
If you’re under the impression that a brush is just a brush, then you most likely haven’t tried a Tangle Teezer. The detangling brush can be used on wet or dry hair and has become a must-have beauty accessory for many, including Content Assistant, Ceryn: “as I have very long hair I can often be that girl with the ‘I’m washing my hair’ excuse. After shampooing it can all get a bit of a mess and the Tangle Teezer is the only hairbrush that rids my hair of all knots, without the tugging, yanking and the pain. This is my go-to also for sleek up-dos – it makes achieving that slicked back, sophisticated look effortless.”
Ready, set… soothe
A multi-award winning cream, the SOS Dry + Sensitive Face and Body Rescue Cream is a welcome relief for dry skin. Its intensively rich formula is infused with pure natural moisturisers and the finest essential oils, which work to soothe dry, sensitive and uncomfortable skin. The Face and Body Rescue Cream has become a staple in Ceryn’s skincare routine: “As someone with Eczema, the moisturiser I use is hugely important to me, I’m only after products that truly work. My Eczema can flare up anywhere on my face or body, so this cream has all basis covered and is the perfect travel companion in one product – and it’s a skin-saver for minimising that dreaded itchiness!”
Whether you want to add a glossy finish to a matte lipstick or you’d just like a touch of shine, a clear lip gloss should be a staple in everyone’s makeup collection. The Crystal Clear Lip Gloss from Elizabeth Arden is the best of the best for Ceryn: “You can’t go wrong with a hydrating clear gloss, and this one has the staying power without the stickiness. The spearmint flavour is one reason I keep going back to this gorgeous formula, and I even dab some on my cheekbones for that dewy look, too.”
Quenching care for hair
Heated appliances are one of those necessary evils. Without them hair looks dry, frizzy and unruly, but prolonged use of heat can damage hair and exacerbate the dryness. It’s a vicious cycle! If you really can’t do without the heat, then invest in products that put the goodness back in like the Joico Moisture Recovery Leave-In Moisturizer. “I love products that require minimal effort but give maximum results. This little beauty is one of those”, says our Editor, Emma. “I’m a serial hairdresser-dodger, and as a result my hair is dry and prone to brittleness. The Moisture Recovery Leave-In Moisturizer not only quenches my hair with hydration, it also improves its smoothness and softness tenfold. What a hidden gem.”
Scent of a goddess
New from Paco Rabanne (and set to be one of the biggest women’s fragrances this Christmas – watch this space) is Olympea, the feminine equivalent to 2013’s deity-inspired sports fragrance, Invictus. Far from being a mirror image of the men’s version, Olympea is a powerful statement all of its own with notes of salted vanilla, hydroponic jasmine and juicy green mandarin. “This is the newest addition to my fragrance stash, but you wouldn’t think it looking at that picture above – look how much I’ve used already! I adore this fragrance. Its sultry notes create a mesmerising story of freshness and warmth, sweetness and saltiness. I can’t get enough, and the compliments keep on rolling in”, says Emma.
Summer dehydration getting you down? Emma has the answer: “you know I was saying that my hair is pretty dehydrated? Well, my skin is even thirstier! I normally stick to Vichy Idealia Life or Aqualia Thermal Serum to maintain the freshness of my skin, but when I need to bring out the big guns and deliver an intensive SOS shot of moisture this magic, water-like serum is my number one. Hydraskin makes a phenomenal difference to the texture and the healthy appearance of my complexion – during the day it plumps and soothes to ensure that my makeup glides seamlessly, and at night it delivers continuous moisture so that I wake up with fresher, more luminous skin.”
Super fresh showers
Roger & Gallet are best known for transporting our senses to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations (fellow staycationers, aren’t we grateful)! Their French heritage, mixed with a sprinkle of wellbeing, completely inspire our daily surroundings with their sensatory aromas, which our Social Media Assistant, Chelsey adores: “I’m a firm believer in the power of an uplifting shower gel. The mouth-watering citrus scent of Bienfaits (meaning benefits in English – very apt!) has completely transformed my beauty morning ritual. When my alarm goes off, I now look forward to jumping in the shower. Monday mornings can be joyous, people!”
Make the summer last
If you didn’t know already, Guerlain is the master of bronzers. So, when it comes to adding the perfect sun-kissed radiance to your skin, you don’t need to look any further than their latest addition: the Terracotta After Summer Bronzer. ‘’It’s one of those bronzers that makes your jaw drop when you open it. The packaging, the smell, the finish… it all feels so luxe (completely instagram worthy)!”, says Chelsey. “This bronzer has been my go-to-glow product all summer as I can use it to contour and highlight. Not to mention the super-sultry bronzed smokey eye I can create with it too!’’
Scent and shimmer
Delicate, dreamy and completely detail-orientated, Dahlia Divin is crafted with the finest best of blend of sensuous ingredients, embodying the alter-ego of a contemporary idol in every last last drop – and it’s Chelsey’s new favourite thing: “the Dahlia Divin fragrance is already a special addition to my fragrance collection, so when I heard about the launch of the Moisturising Skin Dew, my eyes lit up! I like to keep a moisturiser for best and this lightweight hydrator glides over my skin beautifully. It leaves a gorgeous glisten to my skin, which works perfectly in the warmer weather – I just cannot wait to take this on holiday with me!”