Summer Beauty Essentials

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

There's a small handful of products that I cannot live without in the hot and humid summer months. With the sun threatening to quite literally melt the makeup from your face and turn your hair into a frizzy, unmanageable mess, it's wise to have a tried and tested arsenal of products that will help you battle the conditions. Firstly, and most importantly, is SPF. This summer I'm loving Avene Very High Protection SPF50+. Specially formulated for very fair skin, this cream is super waterproof and has moisturising properties, making it perfect as a face SPF. Another of my summer must-haves is a cooling facial spritz. These are very popular and therefore all over the place at the moment, so I've built up quite a collection, but Caudalie Beauty Elixir is definitely my holy grail. A luxurious concoction of grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary; this pore tightening, instantly refreshing spritz gives your face a burst of radiance and has a real calming effect. Hair wise, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is the ideal way of cheating that wavy, just-got-out-of-the-sea hair that will have people thinking you've spent the day at the beach even if you live nowhere near the coast. To help fight frizz I've been turning to the Lee Stafford Dehumidifier, which is a new discovery of mine and really does what it claims - a quick spray of this eliminates that fluffy, flyaway look that my hair likes to adopt in summer. Makeup wise, waterproof mascara is a must for me in muggy, sweaty conditions. L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Waterproof Mascara is my weapon of choice - it holds a curl amazingly and doesn't leave any of those pesky, under-eye black marks. For nails, a good coral is the perfect summer choice. Essie Cute As A Button is one of my favourite summer polishes and has been adorning my nails pretty much non-stop recently. Last but not least, a fabulous pair of sunnies. My current favourite pair are these peach and gold cats eye babies which came from Topshop.

What are your summer beauty essentials?


  1. Can I borrow / never return those Topshop sunnies please? :)

  2. Ive heard so many good things about the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray! Great Post xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

  3. I'm definitely getting the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray when I see it next time. It sounds fantastic!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  4. I want to try that Bumble&Bumble spray so much! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  5. Essie cute as a button is one of my all time favourite nail polishes, it's the perfect summer shade :-)

  6. I really want to try the Bumble & Bumble surf spray ! It sounds amazing

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  7. But, but Katie. I bought that dehumidifier and it just made my hair greasy. :( How come it works on you? I gave mine to mum and I don't think she uses it so you should steal it.


    1. Use a teeeeny, tiny bit and hold it as far away from your head as possible. And only use it right on the ends! Remember the day on holiday when my hair was a greasy mess? That stuff was the culprit. S'alright when you master it though. BYE.

  8. I've always wanted to try Essie's Cute As A Button... I think I'll have to pick that up soon! Beauty Elixir is so refreshing on a hot day :)

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  9. Great post lovely! I am now waiting for my Bumble and Bumble spray to arrive and I can't wait to try it out, it sounds fab! :) Cute as a Button is also one of my faves for the summer, it's just too pretty! <3

    Andrea | RosyChicc

  10. I absolutely loved reading this post! I'm ashamed to admit I haven't been wearing a SPF... oopsie! I do love the Avene thermal water so maybe I should give their SPF a try, as the La Roche Posay one is utter rubbish, it peels off if you put anything under or over it, so annoying! I really wanna try this mascara. It's blue tube cousin (which I forgot the name) did impress me, so this might be even better! Thanks for sharing. xx

  11. I've wanted to try Surf Spray for a while!

  12. I absolutely adore the Lancaster After sun, it's perfect for soothing sunburn and giving your skin a moisture boost :) xx


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