Friday, 15 August 2014

The Summer Essentials.

Its summer, finally! I know i'm a little (very) late on this one, but come summertime there are products i come back to time and time again to get myself through the scorching heat(well, scorching for England).

First up, as everyone knows, SPF in summer is essential. I tend to wear it all year round but in summer i crank it up a knotch and bring out the 30's and 50's. Day to day if i'm not going to be out much i'll wear The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser SPF 30 as its nice and nourishing but not too heavy or greasy for the summer, and it gives your skin a lovely natural glow whilst also protecting you from the suns rays. If i'm going to be out and about in the sun all day then the Kiehls Ultra Light UV Defense gets thrown on for some SPF 50 protection. Its lightweight and sinks in quickly, and if you have more combination/oily skin you could probably get away with using this alone as your moisturiser. Obviously body SPF is a must too, but i don't really have a preference. Garnier tend to be the best i've found and i always go for the spray variety in around SPF 30.

With the current weather we're having ive very rarely been wearing jeans, which means along with keeping up with the leg shaving, moisturising my legs is a step I've been trying not to forget. I'm extremely lazy when it comes to moisturising, so i stick to using the Vaseline Spray and Go body moisturiser as its quick and easy to apply and rub in. Its not the most moistursing but it does the trick, and the Aloe Vera version is great for soothing your skin after being in the sun.

A spray toner/ water is not so much a necessity, but an essential for me. Whether it just be in the morning to start off my skincare routine and wake me up or to spritz on throughout the day to refresh i like to have one on hand at all times. The Antipodes Ananda Antioxidant toner is my current toner of choice as its lightweight but really wakes up the skin, giving it a small dose of moisture. Its lovely to spritz throughout the day too if my skin is feeling a little lacklustre. If its super hot or you're at the beach, the Avene Thermal Spring water is the one you want. its essentially just incredibly overpriced water in a can, but it comes out in a fine cold mist which really helps to refresh and soothe. Its a godsend for hot or sunburnt skin too calm it down too!

Finally, makeup. I could make a whole post dedicated to summer makeup (in fact, i probably will) but a few essentials for me are a bronzer upper, a lightweight base, a glow giver, a peachy lipstick and a something punchy and bright. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is a firm favourite as it covers but still feels lightweight on the skin, with the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle underneath to prime and give me a natural all over warmth the Nars Multiple in South Beach is perfect for giving a glow along with a natural looking tan, and for lips Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Liberté and Nars Schiap for a bright pink/ Mac Korean Kandy for a bright orange are the ones.

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