Cult Beauty Buys For Summer

Treat yourself this holiday season with some of the most popular beauty products out right now


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Keep cool with Mario Badescu's popular aloe, cucumber and green tea face spray, a warm weather handbag essential. Their best-selling drying lotion is an ideal spot treatment, useful for drying out oily breakouts with calamine (used to treat mild itchiness) and salicylic acid

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, $10, and Drying Lotion, $26 from Mecca Beauty.

The cult status of these luxury favourites has withstood the test of time thanks to their effectiveness and innovative ingredients.

According to the brands, the Treatment Essence from SK-II helps to balance the skin's pH, Sisley's moisturiser promotes radiance and the white caviar infusion from La Prairie promises to 'recapture the luminosity' of the skin, ideal to get a summer glow going.

And no cult beauty roundup would be complete without SK-II's sheet mask, the original go-to that arguably kicked off the sheet mask-craze.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $156 for pack of 6, and Treatment Essence, $127 from Sephora. Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $250, and La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion, $725, from Smith and Caughey's.

With nearly 200k Instagram followers, Herbivore Botanicals is a natural skincare brand that's fast becoming a cult favourite in the beauty world, thanks to their natural yet effective formulas, deliciously scented products and the chic, minimalist design of their branding.

One of their most popular products is their Coco Rose body polish, which, according to reviews, "smells like heaven" and the blend of coconut oil and Moroccan rose pledges to moisturise dry summer skin. Their ever-so-pretty face mist is recommended between cleansing and moisturising, and chapped lips will benefit from a scrub like their coconut oil-based lip polish.

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish, $89, Rose Hibiscus Face mist, $85, and Coco Rose Lip Polish, $49 from Father Rabbit.

No conversation about cult beauty can be had without including French pharmacy products, which have a dedicated following entirely of their own. Bioderma's famous micellar water is a staple of every Parisian's bathroom cabinet, and Embryolisse's versatile moisturiser is known as the '24 hour miracle cream'. If, in summer, you tend to wear less makeup, these are two products that will help your skin look its well-hydrated best with little else on it.

Christophe Robin's best-selling sea salt scrub is an innovative hair product that helps remove build-up from the hair and scalp, and luxurious French brand Lenor Greyl's pre-shampoo treatment oil is an iconic product that aims to promote healthy, shiny hair - great for dehydrated summer strands.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $68, Bioderma Sensibio H20, $55, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, $43, and Leonor Greyl L'huile de Leonor Greyl Pre- Shampoo Treatment, $72 from Ines Store.

'If you did a sheet mask, and didn't put it on Instagram, did you really do a sheet mask?' - Modern proverb.

This rubber sheet mask from Dr Jart+ will certainly set you apart from all the other Insta-maskers out there, and apart from the novel material it does seem to be effective, with dozens of reviews espousing the benefits of this hydrating, soothing mask.

South Korean beauty products have taken the rest of the world by storm, and K-beauty brand Mizon's Egg White Bubble Cleanser is a foaming cleanser that aims to moisturise with hyaluronic acid and slough away impurities with egg white extract.

Dr Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask, $12, and Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask, $35 for pack of 5 from Sephora and Hikoco. Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser, $25, from Mecca Beauty.

Cult New York brand Le Labo's Santal 33 perfume has been one of the favourite scents of the year, and their Hinoki body lotion smells just as good with a woody scent inspired by the hinoki forests of Japan.

For a deliciously scented product it's hard to go past Jo Malone, and their signature Lime Basil & Mandarin candle conjures peppery basil and white thyme - a perfect summer scent.

Le Labo Body Lotion, $63, from Mecca Beauty. Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin candle $115.

For those who are fans of cult beauty products, Glossier needs no introduction. The US-based beauty and social media powerhouse launched in 2014 to overwhelming hype (and sold out of most things immediately) thanks to the rock-solid customer relationship it had built from its parent website, online beauty destination Into The Gloss.

Today, Glossier is steadily expanding their range, and every new launch is still eagerly snapped up by thousands of people who live and breathe the brand. They're also steadily expanding the countries they ship to, which unfortunately doesn't include New Zealand yet, but if you're lucky enough to have a friend in the UK, USA or Canada who can send you some, we recommend you twist their arm! The brand's Balm Dotcom is also available to buy from Net-a-Porter.com

Glossier Priming Moisturiser, Stretch Concealer, Milky Jelly, Boy Brow, Body Hero Moisturiser and Body Wash, and Birthday Balm Dot

For an at-home skin treatment, Drunk Elephant's award-winning Glycolic Night Serum is a cult-favourite chemical exfoliant gel. Using several acids including glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, it aims to lift away dead skin cells and help to combat congestion. As with all acid-based skincare products, make sure you wear a daily SPF when using (especially in summer).

Californian-based brand GlamGlow has been met with rave reviews, as well as boasting over half-a-million followers on Instagram. One of their most popular products is their Mega Illuminating Moisturiser, which contains radiance-boosting ingredients and smells delicious.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $143, and GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser, $78 from Mecca Beauty.

RMS Beauty is an organic skincare and makeup brand with fans worldwide, including celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Olivia Wilde. Its creamy, coconut oil-based formulas are ideal for luminous summer skin, and a highlighter like the Master Mixer (pictured) is perfect for adding a natural rose-gold sheen to the high points of the face.

No brush needed with these portable little pots, which can be thrown in a small bag for festivals or the beach, and applied with fingers.

RMS Beauty Master Mixer, $59 from Mecca Beauty.

On the other end of the natural vs. man-made beauty spectrum sits The Ordinary, an immensely popular skincare range whose tagline is 'clinical formulations with integrity'.

The brand offers an individually tailored skincare routine - an ideal product mix could include the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% to combat breakouts and congestion, the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 to plump and hydrate, and the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion at night to combat signs of ageing.

Praised by Vogue UK as "probably the best cleanser in the world", Eve Lom's creamy cleanser contains soothing chamomile and cocoa butter, along with clove oil and eucalyptus oil to clear the skin. It pledges to brighten the skin, as well as take off makeup, exfoliate and tone. No wonder this multi-tasker is such a cult favourite.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, about $21, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, about $14, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, about $16 from Theordinary.com. Eve Lom cleanser, from $79 from Mecca Beauty.

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