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The Beauty Products Our Editors Reach For On-Repeat For Holiday Season

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From heatwave-resistant haircare and holy-grail SPF to skin tints and fixing-sprays suited to sweaty days, discover the summer beauty favourites we buy on repeat from Harvey Nichols.

With the new season on its way, and plenty more sunshine and holidays on the horizon, it’s about time we started thinking about our summer beauty. It makes sense that we adjust our skincare and make-up as we would our wardrobe. Just like you wouldn’t think to wear a heavy winter coat on a warm day, you wouldn’t want your face to swelter under a heavy moisturiser. From spring onwards, we may find ourselves drawn towards dewy, lightweight bases and tinted SPFs that give glow without the high coverage we crave over winter. There are the obvious differences between the seasons to contend with – hot weather requires the kind of beauty heroes that can keep us protected from sweat, UV rays, humidity. But also, at this time of year, I tend to be a bit more carefree when it comes to my look, experimenting with brighter pops of colour, sweeter fragrances and a less-is-more approach to haircare that’s more suited to days on the beach (or at least to make it look that way).

However it isn’t always easy overhauling your routine for the sunshine season. After all, we’ve been set in our ways all winter long so it can be a challenge to transition away from our favourites when they no longer serve our needs. That’s we’re here to make it as simple as possible to make the switch.

First up, head straight to Harvey Nichols – our preferred choice for a luxe beauty purchase, whatever the season.

Featuring cult buys from Dior, Charlotte Tilbury and Fenty and more, Harvey Nichols’ beauty department is packed fuller than your holiday suitcase with buzzy brands and beauty big-hitters for summer.

Secondly, take a look out our round down of all the hero products Octer’s editorial team reach for time and time again to take on summer - and win. Tried, tested, and now recommended, each product has found its purpose in one of our routines. Think cream bronzers that offer the ultimate sun-kissed glow through to hardworking SPFs that never leave a white cast no matter how many times you top up.

Dior Solar gets rave reviews from the team

We’re confident you’ll find the product your beauty bag is missing from this stellar summer beauty line-up. Discover the ultimate editor-approved buys below, all available to buy at Harvey Nichols.

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The Silkiest SPF

Sometimes you just want to treat yourself with a suncream that feels luxurious, and the Dior's Protective Creme SPF30 does this and more. The silky formula sinks in without residue, leaving skin with an enhanced satiny glow and a frankly gorgeous pleasant fragrance on the skin. Its compact 50ml size slips easily into your bag to go with you wherever you go making it a firm favourite when traveling with hand luggage only.

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DIOR

Dior Solar The Protective Creme SPF30 50ml, Suncare,...

£33.00

It's All A Blur

Rihanna wanted to create an easy-to-apply, flexible skin tint that instantly evens out your complexion and gives a flattering blurred effect - and trust us, she nailed it. Available in 25 shades, this is perfect for days when you want something super lightweight but still want to look flawless.

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Power Pout

Gorgeous, glossy, high volume lips are made possible with the the Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm by Hourglass. It hydrates like a lip balm, plumps for tingly, fuller-looking lips, and delivers the high-shine finish of a lip gloss. Oh, and is available in the shade range of a lipstick. This is everything you need to turn up your evening holiday on your next getaway.

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Pinch Of Sunshine

When you start to get a tanned complexion, nothing enhances the look like an orange-tone blush. Armani Beauty's silk-inspired powder blush softly drapes the skin with a luminous flush of colour so natural that it looks like it's coming from within - this is the dream for oilier skin types who crave a cream finish but need something with more staying power.

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Armani Beauty

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Blush - Colour 30

£39.00

Natural Flush

Armani Beauty promises the ultimate 'no makeup makeup' look with this Neo Nude blush and boy does it deliver. This is a must for a weightless, healthy cheek glow with just a hint of pink flush. Great for cooler skin tones who don't tend to tan.

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Armani Beauty

Armani Beauty Neo Nude Blush - Colour 50

£32.00

Carve Those Cheeks

Sun's out, cheeks out. This ultra creamy Fenty bronzer will make the best of your cheekbones and deliver a natural-looking bronze that fakes a day in the sun. Easy to blend and impossible to overdo, this light-as-air, sweat- and water-resistant formula is a winner on every skin type.

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Get Your Glow On

A face oil might feel counterintuitive during the summer months, but nothing recharges the radiance of your skin quite like this Vitamin C oil. Just the tiniest amount will work wonders to hydrate and enrich skin that can sometimes feel dry in the heat.

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Best Ever Everyday SPF?

In the summer months, you need to be wearing a separate SPF in addition to any SPF that might be in your moisturiser or foundation. But there's nothing worse than a suncream that leaves a wast cast or pils under make-up. Sarah Chapman's invisible daily skin enhancer with SPF 50+ provides advanced protection from infrared, thermal and UV ageing, while delivering a silky, featherweight, second-skin finish that suitable even for oily skin types.

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Fake It Til You Make It

We all know that no good can come from sitting in the sun unprotected - but there's no denying the allure of a healthy looking tan. Dior's Self-Tanning Gel is a real treat - the texture is a luxurious gel that glides on to the the skin and gives it a luminous and super natural glow. Its progressive self-tanning action develops over time so it's hard to overdo it - apply once for a light, natural glow and two for a deeper colour.

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Dior Solar The Self-Tanning Gel 50ml, Tanning, Luminous...

£37.00

A Flawless Foundation

For those who can't be without their foundation even on a hot day, Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter is the one we truly trust not to falter or slip. The lightweight formula has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. As this contains hydrating oil, just use it lightly and apply with a beauty blender for a more sheer finish.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter - Colour...

£39.00

Don't Forget To Fix

If foundation is your prefered route, you're going to need a help keeping it where you need to. Charlotte's award-winning spray is a lightly scented, alcohol-free formula that primes and sets for up to 16 hours and instantly locks in your look for makeup magic that looks 'just applied'. No melting. No fading. No creasing. No stress next time you're at a wedding or event.

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Golden Eyes

This super pigmented, multi-finish Eye Palette is the secret weapon of Dior makeup artists, containing everything you need to create a glowing holiday eye look. The matte neutrals and nudes are perfect for everyday - enhanced with a hint of rose gold metallic when you need a boost - while the orange and bronze were made for balmy holiday nights.

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Humidity Be Gone

Color Wow's Dream Coat Supernatural Spray is an award-winning humidity sealant that stops hair from becoming a hot mess in even the highest humidity. Seriously! Your holiday frizz is a thing of the past in 3,2,1.

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Trending Summer Scent

With notes of juniper berries, nutmeg, coriander, musks, ambery woods and vanilla, this well-loved scent from the master perfumers at Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a gorgeously subtle and expensive smelling fragrance thats perfect for the warmer weather.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gold Eau De Parfum, Pefume,...

£175.00

Stay Matte(ish)

This iconic tinted moisturiser is a must-purchase for oilier skin types who struggle in the heat. It provides demi-matte, sheer coverage that instantly gives skin a soft-focus effect, all while providing a poreless look and blurring fine lines. Obsessed!

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Beach Booty Ready

Sol De Janeiro's award-winning, deliciously scented body cream is the ultimate Brazilian beauty secret. Despite actually being pronounced "boom boom" in Brazil, this bum bum cream is a fast track to a gorgeous booty. It's all thanks to guarana, a native Amazonian plant that's one of the most potent forms of caffeine which is great to circulation and keeping your derriere smooth as can be. Don't hit the sand without it!

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Shine On

This rich, luxurious formula is infused with a blend of sweet almond oil and jojoba seed oil and goes on smoothly, leaving skin with a smooth, glittering glow. It's the difference being have a good tan and a Cannes red carpet one.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil 45ml

£43.00

For Sensitive Souls

For those who burn to a crisp the second they step out from under the beach umbrella, let us point you in the direction of this Caudalie SPF. For max protection that goes even beyond Factor 50, the formula contains UV filters in both the water and oil phase - just give it a shake for a perfectly fast-absorbing, non greasy texture that really works on even the most sensitive of skin.

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Caudalie

Caudalie Vinosun Very High Protection Sun Water SPF50+...

£32.00

Stay Fresh

Dull skin? Dry from the heat? Late nights? Stuck on the tube? Neom's Big Day Energy Face Mist is your short-cut to bright, dewy skin with a cooling energy boost whilst you're at it. A true handbag essential.

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NEOM

Neom Big Day Energy Face Mist

£26.00

Lit From Within

Featuring ground-breaking Photoluminescent Technology, this trio of silky powders capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light to refine the skin's appearance. Honestly, they're like magic using their reflective nature to filter out imperfections, pores and wrinkles with it - each colour is designed to highlight, contour or give an all-over bronze glow.

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Satin Kiss

When Lip Maestro Satin is first applied, it creates a skin-on-skin, satin-like feel, combined with an ultra-hydrating effect. Then in its second phase, the feel "flips," unveiling its unique luminous blurred finish with high-impact colour that perfect for anyone who wants a rich pout but can't stand gloss.

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Armani Beauty

Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Satin - Colour 04

£35.00

Face The Sun

If you like to tan your body but don't feel confident to do the same to your face, these are the answer. Simply add a few drops to your usual moisturiser for a tanned face that you could easily have picked up poolside.

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