Let’s face it: being at home while everyone you know is away on holiday (and sharing the evidence on social media) can be a bit of a downer. In summertime the appeal of cocktails by the pool/frolicking in the ocean/walking through a rainforest/etc is hard to suppress.
There is a solution, however: you simply have to trick yourself into thinking you’re in some faraway tropical destination. If your powers of imagination are lacking, a certain scent, sensation or colour can help you along. Try one of these summery products on for size:
Essie’s summer range
Bright, sunny nail polish is an instant mood-booster — and if it’s the colour of sorbet, even better. Essie‘s limited edition Summer 2015 shades are basically a summer holiday in lacquer form, and they come with puntastic names like “chillato” (pistachio green) and “peach side babe” (a pinky peach). If you don’t have a gelato stand nearby, they’re not a bad consolation prize. ($16.95 each)
Ella Bache's Great Tan self tan cream
The fastest way to trick yourself (and everyone around you) into thinking you've just returned from a holiday is with a bit of faux bronzing.
Ella Bache is here to help you out: the brand has re-released its cult Great Tan range, including this instant tanning cream. It only takes two hours to develop a light tan, and the formula's cocoa butter and lanolin will keep you moisturised (with minimal odour). Also, how cute is this chevron design? ($40)