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6 of the best face sun creams

6 of the best sun creams for your face 

Wherever you're getting your Vitamin D fix, sun cream should be the most important step in your skincare routine this summer. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays will accelerate the signs of ageing (think wrinkles and sagging), but this can be reduced with the right sun protection. From skin-enhancing to water-resistant SPFs, these are the best face sun creams to suit your needs.

 

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Best for wearing under makeup

Kiehls SPF

 

Lightweight, sheer and fast-absorbing, this sun cream is for you if you want an SPF that doesn’t affect your makeup or leave a white cast. Apply after your day cream and before foundation.


Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense, £28

 


Best for skincare benefits

Sisley SPF

 

If your budget can stretch to it, this Sisley cream is truly an investment in your skin. As well as the hard-working UVA and UVB protection, it contains collagen-boosting Camellia Oil and strengthening Edelweiss Extract.


Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care, £153

 


Best for holidays

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

Swimming pools and sweat are no match for this SPF as it’s specially designed to have stronger UV protection when it gets wet – the kind of genius concept we’d expect from Shiseido.


Shiseido Wetforce Expert Sun Aging Protection Cream, £34

 


Best for acne-prone skin

Origins Lipstick

 

If you suffer from blemish-prone skin, try this SPF from Murad. The oil-free formula will protect you from sun damage while keeping your complexion matte and clear.


Murad Oil-Free Sunblock, £35

 


Best for added glow

MAC Lipstick

 

Dewy skin your thing? You'll love this instant glow in a bottle. It contains SPF 50 and is super illuminating. Pair it with a little concealer for natural-looking radiance.


Dior Beautifying Protective Creme Sublime Glow, £27.50

 


Best for sensitive skin

 

A mineral sun cream works best for sensitive skin types as the ingredients aren’t absorbed and instead sit on the skin's surface to deflect UV radiation. This Clarins SPF is so gentle it can even be used around the eyes.


Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, £22

8 pairs of sunglasses you need this summer

8 pairs of sunglasses you need this summer

How to add instant cool to any summer outfit? A pair of stylish sunglasses. We'll be upping the glamour and chilling poolside in these designs all summer. Whether you prefer a statement frame or a touch of retro, we've got you covered. From classic Ray Bans to just-launched lenses from Mulberry, we have an array of shapes and colours to suit whatever vibe you're going for.

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1. CAT EYE

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

Cat-eye sunglasses are a perennial fashion favourite, and that's not set to change in 2019. Black and tortoiseshell colourways will always look expensive, but for a modern take, try a translucent pair.


Tom Ford, Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, £255

 


2. BLACKOUT

Mulberry Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses

 

Mulberry has expanded its offering in the accessories arena, creating a luxury line of eyewear inspired by perennially cool British style icons. The black Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses are as close to an essential as an accessory can get.


Mulberry, Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses, £190

 


3. ALL CLEAR

Whistles Whistles Preppy Round Acetate Ladies Sunglasses

 

Transparent frames and translucent lenses have been popular in the sunglasses market as of late, adding a playful, vintage-inspired spin on our favourite styles. Step out of your comfort zone this summer and opt for a summery hue.


Whistles, Preppy Round Acetate Sunglasses, £70

 


4. ROUND

Mulberry Gian Acetate Sunglasses

 

We're all about round frames this summer. From classic Ray-Bans to coloured designs, these styles will inject some fun into your wardrobe. Wear with floaty maxi dresses and sandals or pair with denim shorts and a white t-shirt.


Mulberry, Gian Acetate Sunglasses, £190

 


5. WAYFARERS

Ray Ban Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses

 

Made famous by Ray-Ban in the '50s and '60s, they've been a staple in our sunglasses wardrobe ever since. While black styles remain a firm favourite, easy-to-wear tortoiseshell frames will go perfectly with summer dresses and straw handbags.


Ray Ban, Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses, £172

 


6. AVIATORS

Ray Ban Pilot Sunglasses

 

Retrograde shades are undergoing a renaissance. Modern updates on the classic aviator style, such as glossy acetate frames, bolder colour palettes and elegant steel rims, are the way to keep your aviators from feeling too Top Gun.


Ray Ban, Pilot Sunglasses, £136

 


7. OVERSIZED

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Ever since Audrey Hepburn donned her signature shades in Breakfast at Tiffany's, we've been a sucker for oversized designs. Stash in your handbag Monday-Friday to don with chic suits and pack for your summer holiday for poolside reading.


Miu Miu, Bordeaux Butterfly Sunglasses, £222

 


8. '90s INSPIRED

Prada Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

Finally, an opportunity has arrived to indulge our inner '99 Britney Spears. Miniature sunglasses made a huge comeback last year and have proven they're no fleeting trend. Look out for modern, metal frames and chunkier plastic iterations.


Prada, Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses, £328

 


 
 
 
 

What to pack for a beach holiday

What to pack for a beach holiday

 

Dreaming of a carefree summer holiday? It all starts with the packing. Handily, we've rounded up the styles no girl should be without on her beach holiday, from the hot weather essentials that will last all summer to the statement dress you won't regret splurging on and classic swimwear you'll re-wear for years to come. May you never stress about packing again.

 

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The summer dress


A great summer dress that can go from day to night is a true holiday multitasker. Want to wear a dress to happy hour? Wear a midi dress. Want to go sightseeing? Wear a middi dress. There’s really no summer holiday scenario these styles won’t see you through. If you invest in something a little more luxe, dress it down with minimal sandals and a beachy bag to keep things casual for daytime. Come evening, pile on the accessories and slip into strappy heels.

 

 

 




Swimwear

 

Beach holidays mean spending a lot of time in your bikini, so pack styles you can mix and match. Black designs and colour-block separates can be easily paired with contrasting bottoms in of-the-moment patterns. Not into bikinis? There are plenty of flattering one-pieces on offer for chic beach looks, Even better, some of our favourite swimsuits can double as tops or bodysuits, offering more bang for your buck and a lighter suitcase. Win win.




 

 





Cover-ups

Ah, kaftans. The summer saviours that give us some stylish coverage between paddles. From floaty kaftans to lightweight beach dresses and classic linen shirts, these pieces look great on the beach and by the pool. Heading to the bar or off on a sightseeing trip? It’s still important to stay shady and avoid getting pink shoulders – just add some strappy leather sandals, statement earrings and a chic straw bag to amp up your beach babe look.



 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Wardrobe essentials


While we love the summer trends, no wardrobe is complete without the essentials. They’re the items that you turn to in order to create almost every outfit, from the simple white t-shirt to breezy linen shorts. Opt for simple pieces in palettes that you won't get tired of, think white, black and earthy neutrals. Finish off casual looks with oversized beach bags and your signature shades.

 

 

 




Accessories

 

What's a beach holiday without a selection of sunshine accessories? We never travel to warmer climes without a trusty pair of sliders and this season, our styles come in every shade. When it comes to beach bags, choose one that'll suit your surroundings. We're all about natural straw styles and roomy totes for transporting your warm-weather essentials. Footwear-wise, you really can’t go wrong with classic slip-ons but we also suggest packing a heel, be it a wedge or kitten heel for something a little more luxe for an evening. Don’t forget to pack a pair trainers if you’re planning on doing any outdoor activities.



 

 





Poolside essentials

What's just as important as looking good on a holiday abroad? Kicking back poolside and being equipped with the right essentials. From playful beach towels to the novelty inflatables your Instagram feed can't resist, we have all bases covered. Think toucans, sippers, straws, floats and an extra dose of fun this summer. We promise that you’ll love these must-haves this summer and next.



 

 
 
 

 




Holiday beauty

 

The summer can be tough on our skin and we all want that natural holiday glow. But how do we get it and stay safe in the sun? Find a lightweight suncream that is right for your skin for protection during long days on the beach and when the evening comes, top up your colour with a layer of our favourite fake tans. Finally, complete your beauty regime with a light application of bronzer to your cheekbones, nose and chin. And voilà, you've nailed the golden goddess look.




 

 

 
 
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Festival beauty essentials

Festival beauty essentials

A well-packed beauty bag will make your festival experience as carefree as possible. Survive the mud, rain, heat and inevitable hangovers with the help of these eight festival essentials.

 

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Sisley Solaire Facial Suncare

Sisley SPF

 

Even if it doesn’t feel baking hot, sun damage is unavoidable if you’re outside all day without SPF. Protect your skin by applying this hard-working but lightweight sun cream after your moisturiser.


Sisley Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30, £153

 


La Mer The Lip Balm

La Mer The Lip Balm

 

The lip balm of all lip balms. This nourishes and softens your lips while strengthening their natural barrier. It has a semi-matte finish that makes a perfect base for lipstick.


La Mer The Lip Balm, £52

 


Kiehl's Micellar Cleansing Water

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

If you do nothing else before you crash out, remove your makeup. This gentle micellar water gets rid of every last bit without stinging your eyes or drying out your skin. Apply with a cotton pad – no water needed.


Kiehl's Herbal Infused Micellar Cleansing Water, £12

 


Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Masks

Origins Lipstick

 

These cooling, hydrating under-eye masks are a hangover miracle. Put them on for 15 minutes when you first wake up and you’ll instantly see and feel the de-puffing benefits.


Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Masks (x6), £50.50

 


Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

MAC Lipstick

 

Step two for tired eyes? A few swipes of BADgal Bang. Your lashes will be lengthened and volumised without any sign of clumps or smudging. It’s also super easy to remove – ideal when your cleansing routine has been drastically reduced.


Benefit BADgal Bang mascara, £22

 


MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

MAC Fix+

 

Dry, sweaty or irritated skin? This spray can be used as a primer or applied liberally throughout the day to hydrate, refresh and soothe. It has an illuminating finish and will keep your makeup in place until you finally hit your sleeping bag.


MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Goldlite, £19

 


Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Aveda Shampure

 

If you don’t fancy spending two hours queuing for a shower or sticking your head under the cold water tap, dry shampoo will be your festival saviour. Aveda’s natural powder absorbs any excess oil and impurities.


Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, £23.50

 


Tom Ford Soliel Blanc Body Oil

Tom Ford Oil

 

Rain or shine, a body oil will keep your skin silky soft and this one by Tom Ford includes golden shimmer to hide a multitude of sins and emulate a sun-kissed glow. The luxe beachy scent is amazing too.


Tom Ford Soliel Blanc Body Oil, £72