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The Best Holiday-Ready Beauty Products Of The Summer, According To Our Editors

From holy-grail SPF to tried-and-tested skin tints and fixing-sprays, you'll find all our favourite summer beauty favourites in Harvey Nichols right now. 

We hate to break it to you, but there’s more to summer beauty prep than remembering to book a manicure before jetting off on holiday. It's about tweaking our makeup bags and skincare routines in good time so they can survive – nay, thrive - in the heat and sunshine. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to ensure our beauty arsenal is equipped for the good weather and all that entails – and our Editors are already on the case.

First and foremost, extra sun means extra SPF protection. A high-quality sunscreen is a non-negotiable even on overcast days to keep our skin shielded from harmful UV rays (and looking all the more youthful for it). There have been endless new SPFs to land on the market in the past year alone to the point they’ve becoming a trending item – but not all of them and built to layer with make-up, keep your eyes from streaming, leave no white cast and actually do their job. Luckily, we know the ones that are.

But summer beauty isn't just about ramping up protection – it's also about achieving that coveted sun-kissed glow. Save the rays and think glowy, faux-bronzed complexions and pops of colourful blush that mimic the sun’s natural kiss. A solid primer will also become your best friend, ensuring your makeup stays put no matter how high the temperature climbs. And let’s not forget about haircare either, from UV-resistant shampoos primed for pool days to salt sprays that nail the ‘just back from the beach’ vibe without the need for a 2.5 hour flight.

Whether you’re packing for a tropical getaway or simply enhancing your at-home beauty routine, we’ve done the right thing and put all the beauty products worth their salt in one handy list below. These have been tried, tested, repurchased time and time again – and better still, you can buy each and every one from Harvey Nichols. Forget the beauty salon – for us, the true first stop before any inkling of sun is the luxury retailer’s famous beauty hall. If time is on your side, it’s worth the trip in person to test shades up close and make the most of the in-store treatments (a visit to unbeatable Shavata Singh for eyebrow threading is a must). If you’d prefer to boost your beauty regime from the comfort of your home, you’ll find perfect SPFs, bronzing powders, blushes, body oils, and hair saviours right here.

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Coola Face Lotion SPF50 White Tea 50ml

SPFs can be notorious for blocking pores, increasing shine and piling under make-up, yet they're a necessity all year round. However COOLA is practically perfect in every way. 70% organic farm-to-face ingredients including soothing aloe and white tea extract, beautifully sheer (so no white cast) and broad spectrum UVNUVB protection that's light non-greasy and layers perfectly under makeup.

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Loewe Paula's Ibiza Cosmic Eau De Parfum 100ml

This smells incredible. It manages to capture that iconic holiday coconut scent and combines it with notes of cedar, sandalwood, and the earthy essence of amber. Basically, it's Ibizan bohemia in a bottle.

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Loewe Paula's Ibiza Cosmic Eau De Parfum 100ml

£123.00

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow 40ml, Moisturiser

Foundation during a heatwave can be more trouble than it's worth but many of us still need a little something to give us complexion confidence. We've been giving this new tinted moisturiser from Charlotte Tilbury a test run, and the results are everything. It gives a perfectly healthy look that feels like your skin at its very best – at any age whatever your gender or skin tone.

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Sol DE Janeiro Rio Radiance Body Spray SPF50 200ml

Sol de Janerio has become the summer beauty brand on everyone's radar in recent years thanks firstly to its signature Bum Bum cream and the instantly recognisable scents that followed. Mark our words, this new SPF Body Spray is destined for cult status too - it offers a radiant natural sheen, skin-loving ingredients and SPF50 protection all wrapped up in it's addictive Cheirosa 87 scent (think coconut, mango and vanilla).

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Yves Saint Laurent Loveshine Candy Glow Tinted Butter Balm - 1B

Lips can get drier in the warmer weather so finding a way to hydrate them and add a flash of colour is paramount. The YSL Tinted Butter Calm is our go-to to make lips look bouncy, dewy and nourished. Using 98% natural origin ingredients, this formula goes the extra mile to keep hydration locked in for a full day, while the colour adapts to and enhances the natural lip tone for a healthy dewy glow.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - Golden Rose Edit

Got a tan on the go? Here's how to enhance it. This palette includes four shades of blush, bronzer, and highlighter to create a seamless, radiant complexion. The powders utilise photoluminescent technology to capture, diffuse, and soften surrounding light, and work beautifully if you use them on the eye too to match.

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Acqua DI Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mandarino di Sicilia Eau De Toilette 100ml

With top notes of bergamot, crystal lemon, and champagne, this smells like the holiday in Sicily we've been dreaming about since season 2 of The White Lotus.

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Stila All About The Blur Instant Blurring Stick 6g

If your pores feel like they get especially noticeable in the heat, buy this. Hyper skin blurring and pore-perfecting stick, it's the Instagram Paris filter for your skin without the need for foundation. It's also packed with a skin-loving, antioxidant cocktail that includes Rosemary Extract, an anti-inflammatory that soothes skin and absorbs excess sebum for glow without shine.

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Stila All About The Blur Instant Blurring Stick 6g

£28.50

Damson Madder Oversized Broderie Anglaise Cotton Scrunchie - Orange

Air dry and style your locks exactly how you like it without leaving indentations with a cotton scrunchie like this one from Damson Madder. They're also perfect for making even the most low-fuss styles feel elevated.

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Color Wow Money Mist 150ml

What with hair colour chemicals, hot tools, UV rays, sweat, and environmental pollutants (not to mention the everyday pulling, yanking and styling stresses we impose on our tresses) our hair is under constant assault during the summer. This leave-in conditioning mist is a must for glossy, expensive-looking hair thanks to a nutrient-rich formula including marine botanicals that works for all hair types.

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DR Barbara Sturm Glow Cream 50ml

We're all about the glow come summer, and this is the first step to achieving it. This anti-aging cream from the celebrity-loved Dr Barbara Sturm is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil which drenches the skin with precious lipids and hydration, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles in the process. It's especially good for keeping things youthful if you tend to retire your retinol use to avoid sun sensitivity.

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Harvey Nichols The Weekender Kit

Exclusively curated by Harvey Nichols' expert Beauty Buyers, The Weekender Kit is a must buy - filled with several of our Editors' favourites in this list. Worth over £185, but yours for only £70, this hand-picked collection features products from cult brands such as Sol De Janeiro, Caudalie and Color Wow alongside a scrunchie from Damson Madder, all nestled inside a reusable washbag (perfect for weekends away).

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Harvey Nichols The Weekender Kit

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LA MER The Renewal Oil 15ml

Using a face oil during a season where you might be prone to sweat and oil production may seem counterintuitive but hear us out - especially when it comes from La Mer. The Renewal Oil is a fast-absorbing, multi-faceted oil, infused with Miracle Broth™ to nourish and soften, for a youthful looking glow - and by starting with an ultra hydrated base, you'll find your own oil production is likely to lessen. The dewy effect is real.

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Iconic London Sheer Bronze - Sunset Bronze

Get that holiday glow every single day with Sheer Bronze, a liquid bronzer that is the perfect post-holiday pick me up for your skin. It's easy to blend and much more hydrating and natural-looking than powder on a hot day.

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Augustinus Bader The Face Mist With TFC8

Skin gets seriously dehydrated in the heat, making a really good facial mist an essential item in your summer line-up. Augustinus Bader’s ultra-fine hydrating mist floods skin with maximum moisture and supports skin elasticity for a refreshed, plump complexion all day long. It also contains rose water - perfect if you struggle with redness.

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RÓEN Cheeky Cream Blush - Peach Flush

Swap your rosy blush for something with a hint of orange to it for the next few months and you won't regret it. Playing perfectly with bronzer, it really brings out the warmth in your skin while the cream finish on this Roen formula is perfect for delivering a youthful dewy wash.

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Stila Stay All Day Blurring Setting Spray 100ml

If you've got a summer packed with weddings and events, this is your secret weapon to keeping your make-up from slipping. A non-pore clogging micro-fine mist that helps set makeup for a whopping 16 hours, Stila’s Blurring Setting Spray also helps blur imperfections and makes your skin feel refreshed and hydrated but never, ever tight. It's also waterproof, smudge proof and transfer-proof which is exactly what you need in social situations.

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Ouai Anti Frizz Crème 177ml

OUAI's Anti-Frizz Crème does exactly what you think it will. Made with upcycled jackfruit, beetroot extract and plant-based polymer for long-lasting frizz control and intense thermal protection, it's the perfect rememdy to wind-blasting boat day hair.

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