10 Beauty Essentials To See You Through The Summer Months

From uplifting fragrances to playful nail lacquers, discover our summer beauty must-haves from Life Pharmacy


Giorgio Armani My Way 50ml eau de parfum, $189

The newest olfaction from Giorgio Armani is My Way, an elegant, floral scent. My Way’s mantra of emotion, experiences and encounters is reflected in its composition, with sustainable ingredients sourced from across the globe. The fragrance opens with sparkling bergamot and orange blossom which were consciously sourced from Egypt, before unfolding to a floral heart of Indian tuberose and jasmine, making way for Virginian cedarwood, Madagascan vanilla and sensual white musk in the dry-down. To further cement its sustainable ethos, each format of My Way (30ml, 50ml or 90ml) is designed to be unscrewed and refilled at home using the same glass vessel.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $37

Is there anything this wonder cream can’t do? Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream has myriad uses, including treating minor skin irritations, soothing dry skin, moisturising hands, shaping brows, protecting against environmental damage, eliminating redness and reducing inflammation. The secret lies in its combination of vitamin E and beta-hydroxy acid which helps promote wound healing and lock in hydration. It’s also been said that Miss Arden herself used the apricot-hued balm to soothe abrasions on her thoroughbred horse’s legs.

OPI Mexico Nail Lacquer in the shade Viva OPI!, $20

Taco ‘bout a party! Every shade in OPI’s Mexico collection is sure to evoke days spent sipping cocktails in Cancun. The collection extends to 12 nail polish shades with clever-sounding names like Telenovela Me About It, Mariachi Makes My Day and Don’t Tell A Sol. Naturally, our pick of the bunch is Viva OPI! a bold, tomato red that’s as spicy as salsa.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 50ml eau de parfum, $169

A pretty addition to your mantelpiece and your fragrance wardrobe is Lancome’s ultra-feminine fragrance, which is designed to impart happiness to the wearer. Created in collaboration with three of France’s most renowned perfumers, La Vie Est Belle boasts a bouquet of floral notes in its composition, with iris pallida, jasmine sambac, orange blossom and patchouli essence swirling together for a sparkling finish.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, $139

While sunscreen is a year-long must-have, this year we’re paying particular attention to the format and sun protection factor of our selected summer sunscreen. Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 couples broad spectrum protection with the anti-ageing properties of a moisturiser to help combat the visible signs of ageing. The medium-weight, emollient formula contains antioxidant-rich white tea along with a specialised polypeptide to improve the appearance of skin aged by the sun, while active sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB rays. Slather it on 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and re-apply every two hours to ensure skin is protected from the sun.

Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Self Tan Mist, $45

Trust us when we say we've tried a lot of fake tan over the years. From mousses and mists to creams and aerosols, we've put our limbs on the line in pursuit of the perfect faux glow. When it comes to tanning mists, it doesn't get much better than Little Honey's local offering, which is enriched with aloe vera and pro vitamin B5 to leave skin feeling nourished post-application. The streak-free, natural tan dries within seconds, meaning it won't transfer to clothing or bed sheets. For best results, spray 2-3 pumps of mist onto a tanning mitt or glove and apply to dry skin in circular motions, working your way over different areas of the body

YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim in Red Enigma, $69

As the sun sets, up the ante on your beauty look with a swipe of YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture The Slim in Red Enigma, a high-impact red hue that pops against any complexion. The ultra-rich, creamy matte formula drenches lips in highly-pigmented colour, and lasts long into the night without bleeding or cracking. The square bullet design allows for extra precise application in seconds.

Shiseido Controlled Chaos Mascara Ink, $60

Avoid a mascara meltdown with this longwearing mascara that sets lashes in place from beach to bar, day to night. Shiseido’s memory flex brush coats lashes in a lightweight, clump, flake and smudge-free formula for a more defined, wide-eyed look. The four-sided brush features two curved sides to add volume, while the other two flat sides create extra lift and curl. To use, start by wiggling the flat side of the wand at the base of lashes and lift upwards to deposit product from root to tip, before switching to the curved side to separate lashes while building va-va-voom volume.

Dr. Hauschka After Sun, $39

Smooth on a generous dollop of Dr. Hauschka’s After Sun to cool and refresh limbs after a day spent by the beach. The 100 per cent NATRUE certified natural lotion helps to soothe irritated and warm-feeling skin following sun exposure. Extracts of ice plant and quince seeds combine with carrot, rosehip, almond oil and shea butter to moisturise skin and maintain your natural tan, while marigold and anythllis work to soothe and nourish. Healthy, hydrated skin coming right up.

Ethique Botanica Solid Deodorant, $20

Brimming with natural, botanical ingredients and minus baking soda or aluminium is Ethique’s range of solid deodorants. These wonder bars keep nasty odours at bay thanks to their unique combination of magnesium hydroxide, zinc oxide and bamboo. We love Botanica, sweetly scented with lavender, vanilla, jojoba and sweet almond oil to keep underarms silky smooth.

Anything caught your eye? You could nab your pick of the bunch with a Life Pharmacy gift card. Be in to win one of 10 gift cards valued at $100 each by visiting Viva.co.nz/win now.

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