Helen and I are gearing up for summer and we’ve rounded up a few of essentials that we cannot live without.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 

‘A lifesaver for the hot days that are beckoning, this spray hydrates and gives me a mid-day boost during those hectic days. It contains rosewater known to help cool and calm the skin. I love that it’s a multi-tasker – you can mist it onto the face, neck, or hair throughout the day or you can use it to hydrate your skin more especially before or after applying a moisturiser to give skin a dewy finish.’

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Crush in babe

‘Because I prefer nude colours in summer, this lippie gives me a just-kissed, stain effect in one swipe. It’s made with a lightweight moisturising formula that provides a semi-matte finish lasting for hours without causing a fuss.’

Chanel Limited Edition N°5 Fragments D’Or

‘Now you can shimmer like the goddess that you are thanks to Chanel. The brand has created a shimmery, silky body gel that leaves a delicate scent and glow on the skin.’

Chanel Limited Edition N°5 Fragments D’Or R1530

Gucci Bloom 

‘I’m absolutely in love with this fragrance and I’m practically guarding it with my life – that’s how obsessed I am. Much like it’s name, the fragrance



QMS Sport Active Cream
‘Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a chalky, heavy-duty sunscreen, it’s actually my go-to BB cream. This tinted moisturiser is suitable for pretty much ALL skin tones and melts into my skin to give me a healthy glow. It lasts all day and also protects my skin from environmental damage. No streakiness, just perfection. And loads of compliments.’
R835 for 30ml

MAC Strobe Cream in Peachlite
‘I decided this year that this summer I want to shine. That’s why I love this strobe cream. The subtle peach shimmer suits my really pale skin and takes my glow level up a notch without looking like I am wearing make-up. This shimmery cream can be used on it’s own (when I’m lazy) or mixed with foundation for when I am hitting the town.’
R490 for 50ml

Benefit Cha Cha Tint
‘In winter I tend to stick to my rosy shades but when the sun comes out I change over to shades that are more peachy or coral. My favourite item to use on both my lips and cheeks is this lovely stain from Benefit. It goes on easily, dries quickly and lasts for ages. My bottle spends it’s summer living in my handbag.’

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum
‘While I am usually more a fan of heavy scents, this fragrance is fresh and light but still makes a statement. With notes of orange flowers, vanilla and magnolia, it epitomises summer and is sultry enough to transition from day to balmy nights. The staying power is great to which is a must if you want to earn a spot in my perfume collection.’
R725 /

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