The summer holidays are just around the corner (or for some of us, they’re in full swing – woohoo!), and it’s about this time of year we look for something a bit different from our makeup bags and bathroom shelves. Different in what way? Well, we tend to look for products that are going to work a little harder for us in the warmer weather, that won’t just help us to look and feel amazing, but will do a job for us too! I recently chatted about packing for a getaway, but I didn’t go into too much detail about the beauty side of things because I felt like it was a separate (though kinda related!) topic. A topic for today!
Whether you’re jetting off somewhere fabulous or having a staycation in the sun, I’d love to share a few of my summer beauty essentials that are as practical as they are pretty…
The Multi-tasking Make Up
A lot of us wear (and pack!) less make up in the warmer weather, but we still want to look our best. Urban Decay have been knocking it out of the park for ages now with products that can be used in endless ways, but the Naked Basics palette is one that makes it into my travel bag again and again. This small, yet beautifully formed range of neutral shades can be used as a complete eye kit, even though its primary use is an eye shadow collection. Tip: I use mine also for my brows and as an eye liner, meaning that if I only pack this little baby, my eyes are still good to go wherever I am.
This season, Urban Decay have just released the Naked Skin One & Done which is a hard-working complexion perfector, acting firstly as a sheer foundation with buildable coverage, but over time also helps to enhance skin. My favourite part about this one is that it lasts all-day wear, making it ideal for summer daytrips with no need for touch-ups!
The Hair Saviour
Hot weather & thick hair often equals frizz city. Not on my watch! Or, I should say, not on Lush’s watch! Sunny Day anti-static spray is just the thing to keep unruly hair in check when the temperature starts creeping up. Even though my hair doesn’t go too frizzy in the summer, my locks are still very thick and heavy and can go a little bit dry so this spray helps to keep things smooth and super glossy. Did I mention it smells like violets too? Dreamy.
The SPF BFF
I’m pretty sure I start lecturing people at this time every year BUT at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let’s just take a moment so I can bang on about sunscreen again, OK? You don’t need me to tell you how important protecting your skin against the sun and environmental damage is – and it’s something we should all be incorporating into our skincare regardless of where we are. I’ve recently started using Daily Light Guard by Aveda which is SPF 30 and provides UVA and UBV protection. I love the weightless, non-greasy feel of it on my skin, making it an easy step to add into my morning routine. If I was travelling somewhere very sunny, I would up my facial SPF level to a minimum of 50 (you’ve seen my ghostly complexion, so that’s a no-brainer!), but for summers at home and day-to-day use, this is my current go-to product.
The Cool Down Spritz
It doesn’t really matter if you’re lying in a hammock somewhere exotic being fed grapes (WELL…) or have just come home from a sweaty commute – sometimes your skin just needs to be refreshed! I like to keep a facial mist around when I need to cool down or if my face needs some extra hydration. This white tea spritz by Neal’s Yard Remedies is pretty great at soothing my skin and it’s really gentle too. Organic aloe vera and antioxidant white tea help to calm redness and the fragrance is really faint (who wants to feel like they’re spraying perfume onto their face?) so it works well with my sensitive skin. When it’s really hot outside I keep it in the fridge!
I’ll be reaching for these summer beauty essentials over the coming weeks, but what about you? Do you switch up your products on holiday? And what are your favourite lotions and potions at this time of year?
Here’s to sunshine and feeling good all summer long…