Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Essentials for Summer*

The UK has been blessed with some seriously good weather lately and I am certainly not complaining. When the sun is out, my mood is instantly lifted, sense of adventure rejuvenated and my mind is whirring with activities I want to do and trips I want to embark on while its wonderfully warm outside.

When summer comes around, there are a few things I can’t do without. Aside from BBQs in the garden and Mr Whippy ice creams by the seaside, that is.

First on my essentials list, is suncream.

I have very pale skin so I always opt for factor 50+. At the moment, I’ve been using Eucerin suncream for some time now and find that they’re products aren’t as sticky as other brands I’ve used.

I particularly like the Sun Fluid Mattifying Face cream. I had never used a separate suncream for my face before this one, but I’ve definitely noticed the benefit. It has been specifically formulated to be non-greasy, so it doesn’t leave your skin really oily after putting it on.

When I’m tanned (fake, not real, obviously), I tend to wear much less makeup and I use this in place of any foundation. It doesn’t claim to have any concealing properties, but I really think it improves my complexion.

The most important thing, however, is that my skin is protected. This can be bought from a variety of stockist but is currently reduced at Feel Unique!

Next up is a good deodorant. When I’m running around all over the place, I definitely want something I can rely on.

I’ve been using the Nivea Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant lately. Billed as their most powerful protection against sweat and body odour, it's been designed to give you 48 hour protection. It has a really light but fresh fragrance and it does leave me feeling confident that I needn't worry about nasty sweat patches! 

The issue I do find I have with spray deodorants sometimes is that you end up more irritating white marks when you dress after use. With this one, I spray it slightly further away; the bottle recommends 15 cm but I leave it a bit further than that. I then leave it to dry a little before putting my clothes on. 

The other thing I really like is that the product is in a handy travel size so it can be slipped into your handbag so you can have it whenever you need it. If you've had a particularly overactive day and you just want to freshen up a little, you have it right there to grab. 

A summer perfume. I discovered Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez a little while ago. I wasn't sure at first on this one, but I really grew to like it and I have developed a bit of a new found love of floral fragrances as a result and I think they are a great option for the warmer weather. I know that there are a few other Narcison Rodriguez fragrances and after giving this one a whirl, I really want to try those now too!

Something I want in my makeup bag all year round, but just as much in summer, is a lip balm. My current favourite is the Glossier Balm Dot Com, which I have in rose. I love how smooth it leaves my lips feeling and that it doubles up and can be used for dry skin too. I am eyeing up the birthday one next, maybe for my own birthday, which is only a couple of months away now! How are we nearly in August..?

That aside, my next requirement is a good mani/pedi! When sandal weather is upon us, I always want my toes nails to be looking tip top. Since I’ve got engaged, I’ve also developed a new found dedication to keeping my manicure perfect too.

At the moment, my favourite polishes are from Essie. The Gel Setter top coat is one of the best I’ve used and it works as well with other brand polishes, as it does with Essie shades. At the moment, I am really loving floral shades - Saltwater Happy is my top colour right now. 

Obviously my mermaid nail file is a must too!

Last, but my no means least, is a good book. My new year mission was to make sure I read at least one new book a month and so far I’m more than on track with that. I always feel like I get so much more reading done in the summer. I love switching off in the afternoon in the sunshine with a good book - which is pretty good because I have a tonne of them piling up to be read now. Here's hoping I find the time to make a big dent in them over the next couple of months. 

Talking of books I have read though, that does not include this one, so please fold off on any spoilers!

What are you reading right now? I am always in the market for recommendations because, can you ever have too many books... seriously..?

*Includes gifted items


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