Whether you are jetting off somewhere warm this Summer or staying put you should be seeing some sun and with sun comes a change of products that match the climate. Here I've put together my own Summer essentials that I can't get enough of!
From an all-in-one hair oil that does everything to easy to use hair removal kits that leave the skin smooth and Summer ready!
First up whether here or in the sun the Tangle Teezer is a must for my hair. This is a product I recommend to anyone with mid to long length hair, as it glides through tangles with ease, saving your hair from the usual pulling and tugging. I also find it works amazingly well after getting your hair wet in the sea or pool as the plastic bristles really tackle them deep-rooted tangles. A total Summer must-have!
Another hair product I use almost daily is the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil as it's the best multi-purpose oil I've come across. This wonderful oil can be used pre-shower as a mask for the hair, after showering on damp hair to de-frizz, on dry hair to tame split ends and add shine, and it even works to protect your hair from the heat. So as you can see this is an all-rounder oil! I also find this light enough for my fine hair and doesn't add a greasy look or feel. Another great Summer item to really look after your hair.
For over a year now I've been into facial hair removal, this is something I was unsure of at first but after seeing the benefits of how smooth my foundation would sit on a fuzz-free face I was totally convinced. I now use the Nair Upper Lip Kit to quickly remove hair from my lip area, leaving a silky soft base. What I really love about this product is how simple and easy to use it is - apply the hair removal cream around the lip area, wait 3 minutes, then simply wash off with a dampened flannel. I then use the fragrance-free moisturiser provided to ensure my skin is totally smooth and nourished. This fits into my morning routine with ease just once a week and gives such a smoother foundation for makeup. You can find out more about the Nair Argan Oil range on the Nair website here.
Another must-have Summer essential is suncream! It's a total must to not only protect against skin cancer but premature ageing of the skin. As I personally have oily/combination skin my facial suncream of choice is Eucerin Mattifying Sun Fluid SPF 50+ which gives a perfectly matte base to apply makeup onto - exactly what my skin needs! If you have anything other than normal/dry skin I highly recommend seeking out a suncream that's specific to your own skin type.
Carrying on with keeping the skin matte in the warmer months another Summer essential is the Gosh Prime 'n' Set Powder. This is unlike any other powder I've tried and can be used to prime the skin before foundation to keep oil at bay and also to mattify and set makeup. If you suffer from an oily T-zone or find your makeup slips throughout the day this is a must-try!
Lastly for face essentials I couldn't get through Summer without a nourishing lip balm. As I love all things coconut I'm particularly in love with the Dr. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Serum. This thick serum coats the lips for a glossy finish and lasts hours. In hot weather this keeps the lips hydrated and tasting great! A Summer handbag essential for me.
For Summer-ready skin being hair-free is a must for me but as I'm still a waxing virgin I opt for the incredibly easy to use wash-off hair removal creams from Nair. The new range now comes with Argan Oil making the creams smell pleasant compared to other depil creams. My favourite to use for both the bikini and underarm area is the Nair Argan Oil Glide-On. I apply this 5 minutes before getting into the shower whilst also applying a hair and face mask - multi-tasking at it's best! Then simply wash the cream off once in the shower to reveal silky soft skin. This I find totally fine for my often sensitive skin and I only need to use it once a week. Another hair removal cream I like to apply before a shower is Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream which again is no fuss, just smooth over legs and then remove in-shower with the provided spatula to ensure all the hair is removed. This is now my preferred method over shaving! Though for my next holiday to keep hair at bay for longer I may consider using the Nars Argan Oil Salon Divine Body Wax as the 'Bye Bye Pain' formula seems exactly what I would need! You can find out more about the interesting 'Bye Bye Pain' formula here.
Onto Summer scents now with my favourite natural deodorant from Weleda. Over the past year now I have been making subtle changes to minimise the chemicals I'm exposed to, especially when it goes to deodorant as the underarm area is porous. I've now switched to the beautifully scented Weleda Citrus Deodorant for day-to-day use which is a spray and to be quite honest with you, smells as good as a Summer fragrance! Though for times when I need something more I swear by Dove's Cream Go Fresh Deodorant in Cucumber & Green Tea - you aren't sweating at all with this stuff!
As for my Summer fragrance this year it's Escada Turquoise Summer. This is Escada's 2015 Summer scent which is bursting with juicy fruit notes, such as watermelon, pineapple and strawberry! For me this is perfect on hot days and one I will be taking on holiday with me in a few months time!
Lastly I wanted to include a round-up of my favourite Summer accessories and extras! Again reiterating the importance of suncream I opt for a good SPF 30 with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration. I've mentioned this product before but I find it to feel exactly like a moisturiser and to smell amazing! Something I don't go without when the sun is shining. As for my current nail polish of choice both on my fingers and toes is the beautiful Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish in Blue No Blues. I find this such a sunny blue shade that looks equally great against pale or tanned skin - you can see full nail swatches of it here.
Onto Summer accessories now with my wonderful new pair of Le Spec sunglasses from Very Exclusive! These were a total impulse purchase after seeing Beyonce sporting them and looking amazing. Very 70's and cool - love the multi-toned mirrored lenses. I'm also currently loving my new tasselled kimono from Romwe, perfect to pair with demin shorts so the tassels hang down against bare legs with my cute embroidered duffle bag from New Look!
Really hope you've enjoyed this Summer inspired post!
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