Summer Beauty Favourites

8 August 2014

I never did a July Beauty Favourites post. But, that's because I was saving it for now and doing a bumper edition focusing on my favourite Summer products.

Grab a drink and take a seat...

Like everyone should, I take care of my skin all year round, especially in the Summer. 

I recently picked up a new suncream specifically for my face by my favourite skincare brand La Roche-Posay. I'm so glad you can buy their products in Boots now - albeit, they're more expensive than they would be in a French Pharmacie. This suncream is moisturising, non-greasy and not heavy in the slightest. It's brilliant for people with sensitive skin as I find that some suncreams can make me breakout. 

The Aloe Vera Gel by Banana Boat is great for smothering yourself in after you've been in the sun for the day. It's great for irritated, sensitive and sunburned skin during summer and is amazingly cheap. Stick it in the fridge and then use it as a mask for your legs and face. An added bonus is you can pick it up whilst doing your food shop - I picked mine up in my local supermarket. 

My Bioderma Hydrabio Refreshing Water Spray is great for when you get a little too hot in the sun. It's great for your skin and is so refreshing. I bought it last time I was in Paris and, I can't say I've seen it available over here at all but, there are some alternatives about! 
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Spray: Bioderma (similar here), Gel: Banana Boat, Suncream: La Roche-Posay

Skin and Hair
A lot of people I've spoken to say that the sun really helps their skin clear. However, I seem to be the opposite! I always seem to breakout when I sit in the sun for a few hours. Hence, why I wear a specific suncream for sensitive skin. 

My skincare routine is the same all year round. I swear on the Bioderma Crealine and, I picked up a travel sized one when I was last in Paris - saves me carrying around my big bottle! This product is so good for sensitive skin and is really soothing. 

Another 'hero' product by La Roche-Posay is the Cicaplast Baume B5. It is really, really good for soothing sunburnt skin and can be used all over the body. It's also a great moisturiser and I use it on my face as part of my night-time skincare routine. 

The Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble was a Birthday present from a friend and, I'm not sure how I've *not* used it before now! Perfect for creating that just-been-surfing-and-now-my-hair-looks-perfectly-wavy look. Spritz it on nearly-dry hair and scrunch.
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Surf Spray: Bumble and Bumble, Cleanser: Bioderma, Cicaplast Baume B5: La Roche-Posay

Another Birthday present, and one I was really looking forward to trying, Daisy Dream is the latest edition to the Marc Jacobs fragrance family. I'm a little bit obsessed with the packaging of his fragrances - I mean just look at this one below. The scent is really light and airy with a floral and fruity touch and, has coconut water in which intrigued me so much as I've never heard of coconut water being used in a fragrance before. It's a perfect Summer fragrance.
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Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs. Available at places including; Debenhams, Boots, Selfridges and House of Fraser
During the Summer months, I live in sandals so always make sure my toenails are looking pretty. I tend to leave my fingernails bare and give them a little break from nail polish and gel polish unless I have a special occasion like a wedding. 

The colours below are all ones I've been coveting this Spring/Summer. Each colour is so different and I try to change it up as often as possible. The No7 Gel-Look Shine lasts for so long and the colour is gorgeous! All of these colours seem to make me look more tan as well!
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O.P.I available from various stores. No7 Gel-Look Shine, Boots
Make up
For me, Summer is about going as bare faced as possible! If I'm heading to the beach, I won't bother with make up. In the evenings or, if I need a bit more coverage, then I'll use a BB Cream with a bit of tinted moisturiser mixed in. But, I find less is most definitely more in the Summer.
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L-R: Mascara: YSL, Bronzer stick: No7, Chubby Stick: Clinique, Flash Balm: Elemis
Touche Eclat: YSL

The Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating flash Balm is my favourite product and something that is going to be in my make up bag all year round. I wear it on its own, for a healthy glow, or underneath my BB Cream. The bronzing stick by No7 - I've been using it on my cheek bones, perfect for that little extra glow. The Clinique chubby stick is fast becoming a favourite of mine as it's moisturising and, you can build on the colour. 

I've been using 'Babydoll' by YSL since it came out and, I love it. It's great as it doesn't clump and, is smudge proof - perfect for this time of year! Touche Eclat has been a permanent fixture in my make up bag for years. I love products that do exactly what they say they're going to do and, this is one of them. 

Phew, that's it! Are there any products you can't live without in the Summer?

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