My Summer Beauty Essentials….

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, time has just been getting away from me! I have missed blogging but there has been a lot going on! I thought I’d return with a round my best summer beauty products that I have been itching to share. A lot of staples remain in my beauty routine but the summer brings new concerns, therefore calling for different products.

My biggest concern over the summer is protecting my skin from the sun(read about the SPF I use on my face here and body here). Some of my new best summer beauty products however, protect my hair from the sun. Aveda’s Sun Care collection helps cleanse, protect and restore hair from the damaging effects of UV, sun, salt and chlorine. The naturally derived range has 3 products; 2 of which I have and lurrrrve. Wherever I am, the protective hair veil and after sun masque have become an essential part of my hair routine. The invisible, lightweight, water resistant veil protects my hair for 16 hours and is great at maintaining and protecting hair colour. Whilst the after sun masque restores moisture to my hair with an intensive formula containing tamanu oil, organic shea butter and coconut oil.

Since we’re on the subject of protection, REN’s flash defence anti-pollution mist is another recent addition to my skincare routine. I have to confess this is a product I have had for a while but not used out of sheer laziness. However, my recent birthday has me freaked and I am all about anti-ageing at the moment. A fine mist instantly shields and protects skin from the ageing effects of environmental pollution (e.g. cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes) and harmful free radicals. It forms a non-sticky invisible protective barrier that acts like a ‘second skin’ to shield skin from the major pollutants in the environment and free radicals formation, reducing their damaging effect. The product also helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defences against oxidative stress and ability to detox. I have only used it for a few weeks but can already feel its benefits.

A total essential of all the best summer beauty products is Clarins Body Fit. A body lotion that is an anti-celluite contouring expert; visibly smoothes, firms and lifts your skin. Designed for the skin between your waist and ankles, the mint scented refreshing cream-gel is hydrating and toning. High performing plant extracts targeted action is reinforced by caffeine, which targets the fat removal process in adipocytes. 8 key plant extracts create a body contouring product that works to reduce the appearance of cellulite and prevent new cellulite. It visibly firms, smoothes and enhances the skin whilst reshaping thanks to its lifting effect. SUCH an essential if you will be rocking a bikini this season!

Whilst on the subject of body, you guys know how obsessed I am with fragrances. Well, summer always calls for new & fresh fragrances(who wants to smell the same year after year, season after season?). Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct is THE perfect everyday scent for me this summer. The scent is inspired by that first moment of attraction between 2 people and made for a woman who knows how to follow her first instinct with innate style, charm and femininity. I love the idea behind it but also how it translates into a scent. Top notes of magnolia and passion fruit add some playfulness while a base of amber, tonka and musk bring sensuality and seduction. This scent is my signature style of warm and flowery but with a hint of excitement and freshness for the summer. Totally in love with it…

Finally, the best summer beauty products for my face are those that are lightweight and minimal. I am loving the Olay total effects 7 in one moisturiser & serum duo which has an SPF of 20. It is anti ageing, evens skin, maintains moisture levels on the skin, minimises the look of pores whilst evening, smoothing and brightening the skin. This combines the total effects moisturiser with the intensity of a serum to give youthful, healthier looking skin. Non greasy, fast absorbing and super lightweight with an SPF of 20 make it the ideal product for summer skin. Absolutely loving how comfortable this feels on my skin this summer.

The B Pro Contour Stick is another product that has allowed me to keep the products on my skin to a minimum. I have been LOVING using this stick since I was given it at the launch of the brand last month. I’ve not been one to bother with cream contour in the past but I love the ease, texture and colour of this product. The stick is fuss free, the formula is easy to blend and the result is natural and long lasting. My every day face of the summer has been concealer, brow pencil, mascara and this contour stick(in dark). Super easy and quick!

xoxo

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