Summer beauty essentials

summer beauty

Get gorgeous glowing skin, body and mind this summer with our round up of your essential beauty must-haves for the sunshine.

We’ve hunted down the top beauty favourites that every woman should have in her make-up bag. Tried and tested, you can’t go wrong with these fabulous recommendations, and where to find them for less.

QVS Essential Cosmetic Tool Kit

QVS-The-Essential-Cosmetic-Tool-KitThis handy travel sized brush set is just what you need to achieve on the go glamour. Great to keep in your handbag or take on holiday, this set includes a mini version of your favourite make-up applicators.  The set has a powder brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeshadow applicator, lip brush, eyebrow and lash groomer and fine textured foundation sponge. Get yours now from Amazon for just £8! Bargain.



Creightons Argan Shower Cream

Indulge the senses with this gorgeous rich moisturising Argan body shower cream from Creightons.

Enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil its creamy lather leaves skin soft, smooth and smelling delicious. We couldn’t believe it when we found out the price. It felt like a luxury spa product for the shower and you can’t fault the results.  Just £1 instore from Poundland!



Compeed blister plasters

compeedThese little gems are a must for any handbag. Especially if you’re sightseeing on holiday and don’t want to ruin the day with a blister.

We’re talking instant pain relief and up to 20 times quicker healing than regular plasters. Don’t leave home without them! Get your pack from £4.99 in Boots.



Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh SPF spray

Nivea-Sun-Protect-Refresh-Invisible-Cooling-MistStay sun-savvy and keep cool this summer with NIVEA Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist. We love this waterproof formula because it creates instant protection and cools you down with its super fine spray. You can get to all those hard to reach places and you don’t get any nasty white marks or stickiness. Plus it’s currently on offer in Boots!



Cooling Gel from Base Formula

cooling-gelCool, soothe and refresh with this amazing cooling gel from Base Formula. Perfect if you’ve got sunburn, annoying insect bites or hot irritated skin during the summer.

Blended with a therapeutic combination of Aloe Vera, Cornmint and Lavender essential oils skin feels hydrated, calm and protected.

Just massage in and feel the effects. A little goes a long way – well worth the £10 price tag. Get yours here direct from their website.


Ginvera BB cream and exfoliating marvel gel

ginveraGinvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel gel has completely changed our skincare regime. Along with their BB cream it’s the perfect combination for flawless looking skin this summer.

We love the way it smoothes out your skin without harsh scrubbing and reveals radiant skin. It’s not just us saying it – over 99% of people that tried it liked it and felt it was effective.

The Ginvera BB cream is amazing too – enriched with green tea, ginseng, and spf30 it provides long lasting, non-greasy sheer cover. Great if you’re in the sun all day.


Dr Bronner Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray

lavender-spray-Hand sanitizers are a handy essential whenever you’re out and about. We tried this Certified Organic stuff and can’t live without it now! Rather than the strong anti-bacterial alcohol smell you get with most hand sanitizers, this one provides the same clean feeling but with a lovely scent of lavender. Super affordable too – get yours here.




Aubrey Organics Sparkling Mineral Water Complexion Mist

aubrey face mistSticky, hot and humid summer days can leave you feeling in need of a pick-me-up. This complexion mist will do the trick. Cooling and refreshing, it softens and soothes skin, and leaves you hydrated for up to 8 hours. We love the essential oils they add to deliver instant calm. Get yours for 15% OFF here.



Scholl Velvet Smooth Foot Night Mask

footmaskSummer’s here and that means no hiding your feet away anymore. Get yours in tip-top condition with the new Scholl Velvet Smooth Foot Night Mask. It delivers softer feet in just 24 hours and contains loads of lovely vitamins to inject moisture where you need it. Just pop it on before bed and wake up with super soft feet that are flip-flop ready.



Lavera Organic Self-Tanning Body Lotion

Lavera_Organic_Self_Tanning_LotionGet that summer glow with Lavera Organic Self-Tanning Body Lotion. Getting natural looking sun-kissed skin can be difficult but with this gradual self-tanner you will get a really gorgeous subtle bronze without the fuss. Just pop on a few times a week and see the gradual tan develop in just a few hours. We love the nourishing organic ingredients that provide a moisturised finish.



Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll by YSL

Yves_Saint_Laurent_Mascara_Volume_Effet_Faux_Cils_Baby_DollIn the heat you might not want to wear full makeup, but you do want to make full impact. Mascara is a girl’s best friend and for luxurious stand-out eyes you can’t go wrong with this mascara. Nothing compares to the way it creates such long, full, fringe effect eyelashes. It’s even won the Best Mascara award at Image Beauty Awards 2014.



Urban Decay Naked Flushed

naked flushedWant a flawless, bronzed, gorgeously highlighted complexion? Get the new Urban Decay Naked Flushed compact. We tried them out individually and blended to create the perfect effect, night or day. The featherlight texture feels amazing on your skin and gives a true fresh and glowy look, great for summer. We love this compact for travel or for touch-ups when you’re out and about. We haven’t seen anything that comes close and it lasts for ages!


Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Benefit-Cosmetics-re-Real-Push-Up-Gel-LinerFor a stay-in-place eyeliner, this is just what you need. Great for the summer, super long wearing and waterproof you will fall head over heels for this liner with a difference. The first ever lash-hugging gel liner in a pen, this matte black formula won’t smudge or budge all day.

We hope you enjoyed our round up of summer beauty essentials. Leave a comment below with your make-up and beauty must-haves.