The Summer Essentials

As it’s now well into Summer and a lot of people are heading off on holidays, I thought I’d share some of what I think are Summer essentials. And rather than just saying ‘you need this and this is the one you’ll get,’ I thought I’d give some different options and variations of each thing as no one product will suit everybody. If you know of any other good products from the categories I’ve mentioned, please let me know in the comments as I’m sure it would help others find their perfect product. Anyway, enjoy, I hope this isn’t too long and I’ll be back next Sunday at 6PM BST!

Fake Tan
Number one on the list is fake tan as I know that I for one, want to be tanned in Summer but because it’s not good to get a tan as it can cause skin cancer (please remember to wear SPF!) and sun beds are arguably worse, I’ll be getting my fake tan on. There are so many fake tans on the market and this means it can be hard to find the right fake tan for you. These suggestions might not be for you so looking at other options by these brands may be the way to go.

  • Personally, my favourite type of tans tend to be mousses. Everyone and their mum’s favourite is the St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse (£20.50/120ml, £30.50/240ml). It’s available in one shade, it gives a natural look and is completely streak free after you’ve showered. It’s a fail safe option. If that is stretching your budget a bit, an amazing, cheaper alternative that I love is the St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mousse (£4.99/250ml). The price isn’t a reflection of how good the product is; the quality is exceptional. Like your more expensive option, it’s natural and streak free but the bonus is that it’s available in two colours.
  • Another type of tan that I love are gradual tans in the form of lotions as they are easier to maintain and tend to look more natural. A really practical option is the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion (£14.50/200ml) as it’s designed to be used in the shower so you can use it as part of your daily shower regime. It gives a natural sun kissed glow which gets darker each time you use it and comes in two colours. An alternative that is just as good, which comes in at around half the price is the Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion (£7.79/200ml). Unlike the St. Tropez one, it is used out of the shower but is as easy to use. It gives a natural look which gradually gets darker and it’s easy to maintain too. It comes in two colours and also a new shimmer version to give a glowier look.

Coral Lipstick
The second essential on the list is a coral lipstick. Summer is the perfect time to wear a statement lipstick and corals look good on everybody, no exception, not to mention how Summery of a shade it is. I think matte corals look great as well as ones with creamier finishes. These are my recommendations.

  • I think Summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new luxurious lipstick, and what better way to do that than buying the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in ‘Hot Emily’ (£24). The packaging is gorgeous, gives full pigment and is the only non-matte one I’ll be mentioning (it has a creamier finish).
  • If you’re looking for a matte option that you’re willing to pay mid-high end prices for, the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in ‘Rich & Restless’ (£17.50) might be the one for you. This is a liquid lipstick that is very matte and also longwearing which is great for long Summer days and nights. A great matte drugstore option is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Manila’ (£6). These have a matte finish but feel so comfortable on the lips. These aren’t the most longwearing liquid lipsticks but they are a lot more comfortable than most and are so affordable.

Facial SPF
As I’ve said, wearing SPF, especially in Summer, is very important. Picking out an SPF from your local drugstore isn’t that hard, but what is a bit harder is finding the right facial SPF for you. That’s why I thought I’d talk about a few today.

  • The first one I’ll be mentioning is within the mid-price range and it’s the La Roche Posay Anthelios Sun Cream SPF50+ (£11 – £18). The great thing about these is that they come in so many versions – anti-shine (which I use and costs £16.50), comfort, tinted, mist, cream, gel, lotion, spray, fluid, for babies, for kids… They have something for everyone. They give full sun protection and are just all round great products.
  • If you don’t want to be spending a lot of money on your facial SPF then there are some cheaper options on the market, like Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face & Neck Sun Cream SPF50+ (£6/50ml). This one is actually a great option if you have sensitive and sun intolerant skin and gives protection against the sun all day.
  • An amazing option for people with skin issues such as acne is the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face SPF50 (£22/30ml) as it’s a mineral sunscreen. It protects the skin against the sun and is also oil free so it’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Bronzer
All year round but especially in Summer, bronzer is definitely a top essential for me and I feel like it is for most people. I think it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a new bronzer so you can get that healthy Summer glow.

  • A classic bronzer that everyone loves is the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer (£34). It comes in four shades so that those with the lightest and darkest skin tones can use it. It comes in a large pan, lovely packaging and it’s also oil free – it’s essentially the perfect Summer bronzer!
  • An almost identical product, just with a smaller price tag is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze Terra Bronzer (£12.99). It does only come in one shade but it has a large pan and a Summery tribal print engraved into the product. It creates such a beautiful Summery look on the skin and it is a must have.
  • Another amazing option is a brand new launch and it’s the Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer (£29). This comes in four shades including two classic Nars shades and two brand new shades which are their lightest and darkest available. They look natural on the skin giving you that beautiful tanned look.

Glowy Base
In Summer, everyone wants a beautiful glowy base to add to their natural Summery look. These are some different options that range from sheer to full coverage but all give that desired glowing finish.

  • An amazing option if you want a sheer coverage, oil free option that will still give you that glowing look, then a great option is the Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisture SPF 15 (£26/50ml). It comes in only six shades but they still manage to cater for a wide range of skin tones and it has a dewy finish.
  • If you are after a more buildable coverage that feels weightless on the skin with a beautiful radiant finish, then the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£40/30ml) is the one for you. It comes in 21 different shades and is also oil free.
  • A drugstore option that provides radiant, sheer-light coverage while still looking natural is the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance (£6.99). It does seem to come in only two shades is ridiculous but apart from that, it would be a great option and it also provides an SPF of 20.
  • If you want a drugstore foundation, then the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99) is a great choice. It comes in nine shades, gives a radiant finish, contains vitamin c and lasts all day.

Other
There are a few more essentials that are worth mentioning that don’t quite fit into a specific category.

  • Liquid illuminators are a must have in Summer and a classic one that we all know of is the Nars Illuminator (£23/30ml). It comes in three shades and also a limited edition shade, ‘hot sand.’ It gives a beautiful natural glow where applied and can also be mixed in with your normal foundation to make your own custom glowy foundation.
  • A great drugstore alternative is the Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter (£7.99/25ml). It comes in two shades and like the Nars one, it can be put on specific parts of the face e.g. the cheekbones for a natural glow or it can be mixed with foundation.
  • Something everyone needs but no one ever thinks to buy is The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops (£10/15ml). In Summer your skin tone changes a lot and you might need to darken your current foundation or lighten the foundation you bought thinking you’d end up three shades darker. So, there is a lightening and a darkening version which work with most liquid foundations, not changing anything about them apart from their shade.

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