Now Summer has finally made an appearance, (even if it was only for two days) it got me thinking about the products I reach for when the climate is a lot warmer than usual! Here are my Summer Beauty Essentials & I'll be sharing my Summer Makeup Picks real soon if you're interested...
I've banged on enough about the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion recently but I'll quickly say I feel like this is a definite beauty essential for pale skinned gals like myself, it builds up to a glowing, natural looking tan in just a couple of days. I was afraid of fake tan (yes, really), the idea of turning myself Orange was a pretty scary thought so a gradual tanning lotion really appealed to me!
Bobby Pins, bobby pins & more bobby pins!! Don't think I really need to explain this, but just incase you're wondering why I consider them a Summer essential? Wispy, annoying strands of hair & a thick fringe don't go well together in high temperatures, all I wanna do is clip back those sections of my hair & be assured that they're not gonna budge. Continually having to flick hair away from my face is a sure way to cause me a meltdown when it's ridiculously hot, hair stuck to face is not a good look.
I don't know about you but thick, sticky body butters just don't appeal to me in warm weather which is why I've been coating myself in body oils to ensure I'm locking plenty of moisture into my skin. I either use Johnson's Baby Oil (cheap & cheerful!) or I've been loving The Body Shop Mango Beautifying Oil, it illuminates the skin beautifully and the exotic Mango scent is refreshingly sweet.
It goes without saying really, but suncream is an absolute necessity whilst Mr Sunshine is playing out. Nobody wants sun damaged skin, being burnt is possibly the worst thing in the world & I have been caught out far too many times. Carrying a mini sized bottle of Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection* has is not only a Summer Essential but it has also become my latest handbag essential, now I'm prepared at all times hopefully I won't be burning any time soon!
Body Scrubs are incorporated into my shower routine throughout every season but I find that I exfoliate on a more regular basis during Summer. When it comes to scrubs, I rarely use anything other than a Soap & Glory one. I've currently got Sugar Crush on the go as the Citrus scent is Summery but all of them work well at prepping my skin for shaving & ensuring they are ready to be on show to the world if I'm brave enough!
My most-loved perfume for Summer has got to be Marc Jacobs Honey. I have both the full sized version & the tiny handbag edition photographed above & I'm pretty sure I'll always have this fragrance in my collection. It basically smells like Summer to me, it's a light fruity scent with Honey being the base note, it's a warm, energizing perfume but not at all overpowering.
Summer = Sandals. And wearing sandals means your feet need to be in a nice condition. I admit that I neglect my tootsies for the most part, but as soon as the Sun arrives I whip out Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream & slather my feet in the stuff! I usually leave it to soak in overnight so that the skin has chance to soften whilst I sleep, meaning I can slip on a pair of sandals the next morning & not have to worry about my feet being covered in flaky, dry skin. Nice.
Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is actually something I use ALL of the time. In fact, I'm really obsessed with this product! I have a really gross habit which involves picking the skin around my nails when I'm nervous/anxious or even when I'm bored & honestly this has been a bit of a life saver. Dramatic, I know but the state of my nails really got me down & since I've been using this it's changed the appearance completely. I no longer suffer with hard, dry skin which in turn stops me from picking away (grim) & even helps me to apply nail polish neatly due to the lack of Cuticle build up. Also, this smells like Sherbet Lemons which is a m a z i n g!
I decanted some Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic into a spray bottle & I'm now convinced that it was one of the best decision I've made recently! I normally use this everyday after cleansing & love the refreshing, cooling effect it has on my skin so I thought, why not use this as a spray when the heat becomes unbearable as a quick fix.
Nuxe Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion* is such a luxurious feeling after-sun lotion. It is so soothing on burnt skin (yep, I did manage to 'catch' the sun on Tuesday & ended up with red raw shins, thighs & pink looking arms) it provides plenty of much-needed hydration which aids repair & prolongs your tan. Even my Sister has given her seal of approval!