May moments: little treats to make you smile

As the sun is shining, and we’re all in summery mode. I thought I’d share a celebration of some of the best summery products and new launches to hit my desk.

This classic French organic beauty brand is not widely known over here, but should be on all beauty buffs’ radars due to its really gorgeous products. I love ‘old-style’ products, and this Rose Water is right up my street. But it has a modern tweak to it – as it is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid from soya and contains organic glycerine, which locks in moisture. The latter also gives it an unusual gel texture – which I love. It smells particularly fragrant due to the rose essential water. Perfect for toning and refreshing the complexion on a hot day.


Another signature product from Melvita. This lovely Apicosma Body Milk contains a honey complex, madacamia oil, chestnut extract and flower pollen. The result is a fruity sensation that rapidly absorbs into the skin, leaving it satiny soft.


Melvita Argan Oil

You can’t move these days, without seeing Moroccan Argan Oil in hair and skin products. Melvita’s version is sourced from the Ounarha Woman’s Co-operative in Essaouira. This little bottle is a gem for using on dry skin, nails or hair.


Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue

Totally luxurious is Prada’s latest fragrance – Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue. It  comes in a vintage-style flacon and is the newest addition to the Infusion D’Iris line – with the very rare Iris at its heart. It is the pure essence of Prada’s Infusion d’Iris scent (which is also amazing) – so is the more precious version of the popular fragrance. It  just seems to smell like its richer, wiser sister, but very contemporary. The Iris heart is enlivened with orange blossom and vanilla – making for a slight powdery, effortlessly feminine fragrance. This is a subtle yet at the same time complex scent that seems to linger and deepen on the skin. Perfect for spritzing on warm pulse points for a starry summer night.


Ted Baker Langley
Another fragrance channelling purple hues is Ted Baker’s Langley. Not known for stand-out scents – this one makes a break from the hold. Again it has a quaint touch with the unusual, 1930s-esqye triangular bottle and pretty stopper. Very elegant. The fragrance has sweet notes of bergamot, pink pepper and ginger. While at its heart is refreshing green tea and orange flower. The base is woody with musk, cedar wood and vetiver. Very unusual – spicy yet sweet.
Carolina Herrera 212 Seductive Body Spray

Anyone remember Impulse body sprays? In the 80s you were NO-ONE if you didn’t spritz all over before leaving your bedroom. This couldn’t be more removed from teenage sprays (and angst). It’s a new, upmarket take on the body spray from Carolina Herrera’s 212 stable, using bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit to put a spring in your step. It’s refreshing and a great lighter way to smell good in hotter months.


Nina Ricci: Nina Fantasy

This limited edition version of Nina Ricci’s Nina is one of the most feminine bottles and aromas around. The cute apple-shaped bottle is decorated with baby deer and butterflies. Inside the scent has bergamot (I’m detecting a summer trend here), mandarin and pear blended with powdery cherry blossom and rose. Sweet and girly. It will have you skipping with ribbons in your hair.


Nails Inc Union Jack

A must for street parties up and down the land next week, is this blingtastic limited edition varnish from Nails Inc. With a fabulous crystal embossed lid, the glittery polish leaves your nails with a red, white and blue glittery effect. Much more subtle than it looks and the perfect adornment for the Jubilee. So London, so now.


Neons by Filthy Gorgeous

While glitter is fine for urban al fresco get-togethers. No beach nails are complete, of course, without a slick of neon colour. I love the vibrant bubble-gum pink and beach-ball blue of these shades from Filthy Gorgeous.


Radial Brush from Philip Kingsley

Lastly, and new from Philip Kingsley is his fantastic Radial Brush. As part of the hair guru’s new line of products under his ‘fitness training’ for hair, in which hair products are conceived with the same approach given to nutrition and health, this brush is fabulously kind to hair and scalp. It massages the scalp and has smooth pins that smooth hair when drying. Really worked for me.

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