It’s that time of year. You want to look good swanning about down by the beach in a foreign country (or if you’re unlucky, Brighton) but your face is melting like the witch from the Wizard of Oz.
In the summer, the hour long beauty routine with 3 steps to flawless skin is a bit of a waste of time, and normally ends up sliding down to your decolage. What do you do? God forbid you go out without at least trying to cover up your ugly mug and taming your sweaty barnet. Well, you could do. And you should, especially this season when nude is so in!
Here’s a selection of products I can’t do without and regularly carry with me when I’m on holiday. There’s a few essentials (hello, Dove) and a couple of others for those of us who do want to keep something going on in the make up department.
Summer Glow Gradual Tan // Dove, All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray // Urban Decay,
Tinted Moisturiser // Laura Mercier, Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover // Sephora
Ahh, Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. Long lusted, not so long owned. This is perfection for my skin and leaves me feeling like a total beach babe.
The Dove gradual tan must be one of the UK beauty industry’s most popular products. Although I still manage to get streaky legs! It’s a great all over body moisturiser, and if you’re more careful than me, leaves you with a natural looking tan within a few uses.
The Urban Decay ‘all nighter’ setting spray is another US purchase. You spray it on, and it just helps to set any makeup that you do wear. Now at the end of a long day at work, I actually do still have makeup on my face and not all over my desk, which is a bonus!
Mini Dry Shampoo // Batiste, Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara // Lancome,
Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon // Clinique, Nail Varnish in Watermelon // Essie
Batiste dry shampoo was my saviour in the US. But it also gave me an itchy scalp (plus work stress I imagine) so I’ve been recommended by the nice lady in Aveda to try the Ojon one. Which I will, once I’m a millionnaire. I don’t know what it is about hair care but I really don’t like spending much money on it!
This Lancome mascara is my normal go-to favourite, so I picked up the waterproof version for the US (yeah, I totally thought I’d be doing more actual going in the water then I did!). It’s great, but note best: you really, really can’t get it off unless you have a specialist eye makeup remover.
Watermelon seems to be my colour of choice this summer in terms of make up. We all know about chubby sticks, they’re perfect for your hand bag and perfect for a quick every day bit of glamour, so I won’t dwell too long on my growing collection. The essie nail varnish is also a really nice, fresh colour.
What are your summer beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments.