After what feels like the longest winter in history, the summer season is finally upon us. Festivals are on the horizon, nights are longer and getting together with our girlfriends is more common than Monday blues. Rebecca Sweeney rounds up the best beauty essentials that should be in every girl’s handbag this summer. Whether you’re heading on a road trip, on a first date or to a business meeting in the sun, with our versatile essentials, you can prepare for every eventuality.
Firstly, an essential for every occasion is your favourite shade of MAC lipstick. Available from Selfridges at just £15.50, this lipstick is a staple cosmetic for every woman. For statement red lips that wow at any event, try their Cremesheen Lipstick in Sweet Sakura (pictured) or if you’re a girl into your nudes, try Cherish or Velvet Teddy, perfect for a first date or a working lunch.
Look like a bronzed goddess with CHANEL LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. Perfect for all-over face coverage, this product is available at a slightly higher price of £39. However, the product lasts for months and can double as both an all-over powder, or as a bronzer to contour the cheekbones. Coming in the iconic Chanel compact case, slip it into your summer bag with ease.
Aim for healthy, pretty waves this summer with your hair, best achieved using a curling wand and held with VO5 mousse and hairspray. Together, these products will ensure long-lasting, effortless curls that rival Blake Lively in Cannes. Apply the mousse first to help achieve the ‘effortless waves’ look followed by the hairspray to hold the style from day to tonight. And a bargain, at less than £8 for the set. A perfect hairstyle to transition from the office to the party.
And finally, quite an unexpected handbag essential I’m aware, but I always carry a tiny Buddha figure… because a women needs luck and good karma wherever she goes, right? The Buddhism doctrine teaches, among many things, that the interconnectedness of all things and in particular the law of Karma. By carrying this around with me, I am hopeful that the good I try to put out in the universe will come back to me in some form.