Summer Beauty Essentials.

I have most definitely missed the "five-week-beauty-countdown-to-your-summer-holiday" that I read about yesterday....
it's only 3 days until we leave & I've done very little in the way of beauty prep.

I do however have - as always - a huge haul of products to take with me.
I take a whole range of sun protection....but I also take a bagful of beauty items too.

Sometimes I receive or buy products during the year which I use a couple of times, mean to return to & then another product comes along. 

Holidays mean I have time to play with & try out all of this lovely stuff....when I'm away I wear no make-up at all, so I can really indulge myself with skincare & enjoy the benefits of the sun on my skin.  

Whilst suncare is essential, some holiday pampering when I am on holiday is both relaxing & beneficial.

I have to say that my skin & body never feel as good as when I am away....
I moisturise continually, drink tons of water, get more sleep, eat better.... 

So, here are some of the products that I will be taking with me on holiday....
some tried & tested, some favourites, some brand new :
(starting top row, left to right....)

Lanolips 101 Ointment lip balm
Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator & Mask
Decleor Relax Intense fruit seed scrub
Viridian Organic Nail & Cuticle Oil
Amie Spring Clean cooling clay mask
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne
Body Shop Total Energy Uplifting Spritz
Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray spf20
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Nivea Sun Moisturising After Sun Spray
Manuka Doctor Foot & Heel Cream (with avocado oil & shea butter)
Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect oil spf10
Avene Thermal Spring Water spray
Nuxe Tanning Oil anti-aging cellular protection spf10
MiaRoma lavender serenity body oil
Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Spray spf20
Philip Kingsley Swimcap (protection against salt & sun)
Balance Me cleanse & smooth face balm
Malin & Goetz mini Vitamin E moisturiser/grapefruit cleanser/lip moisturiser

Nail polishes :
Jessica orange/Rimmel red/Max Factor GlossFinity ruby/Cetuem mocha/Lili purple & green

I should add I also use a higher spf product at the beginning of my holiday....the Med is extremely hot this time of year!
My family all tan easily but I am super-vigilant with suncream & my children have never experienced sunburn, neither have I in France.
The spf 10/20 suncare products above are what I use once I have acquired a base tan.

One thing I am also going to try this week is this fabulous DIY body scrub which sounds super easy....

Do you have a pre-holiday prep routine or any summer products that you love? 


  1. i love that Avene mist, I take it with me on hot days to spray on the face.
    I used to use Nivea as my go to sun screen but left it since last year I got a sun allergy.



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