Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My Summer Beauty Edit

With the school holidays just around the corner and the annual family vacation looming ever closer, I thought it high time I shared with you a list of my favourite summer beauty products. These are the essentials I can't live without (or want desperately) when temperatures are soaring in a bid to keep my hair and skin in tip top condition and my make-up bag simplified, as I hate taking loads of products away with me.


I've been using the Sunsense Daily Face Factor 50 since last spring after receiving a sample sized tube in a Glossybox. Although I have always used a high factor sunscreen I often find them quite thick and when I get hot, they seem to melt and run in my eyes making them sting, but I don't have that problem with this lightweight cream that I have also been using whenever I've been out and about these last few weeks and the sun has been shining. I wouldn't be without it now. £20.99 for 75ml perfect for keeping within the 100ml hand baggage restriction of which you are allowed 1 litre total liquids.


Everyone else gets the cheap stuff but I like to be seen using something nice on myself. As we usually travel with hand baggage only I order our sunscreens from Boots online and pick up at the airport once through passport control when you don't need to worry about liquids. Make sure you choose the "airside" and not "landside" branch from the correct departure terminal ie north or south if flying from Gatwick or 1,2,3,4,5 if flying from Heathrow. Easy. Clinique Factor 30 £20.


I would be utterly distraught if I didn't take something to protect my hair. Even though I mostly wear a hat in the sun, I still spray my hair with a sun protector. I figure that you protect your face and body so why not your hair, especially important if it's coloured. Any products over 100ml I decant and have some spray plastic bottles perfect for purpose. £15.


I prefer to stick with my favourite mascara's even when on holiday, so never switch to a waterproof version. Instead I buy this Double Fix Mascara from Clarins which really does the job of keeping my mascara in place and also doubles up to fix and groom eyebrows. Also perfect for weddings (and I should know). £20.


I've been using the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks every holiday for years now. You can't beat a dual purpose product when trying to travel light. I have Rose at the moment but am thinking coral or melon this year. I don't like to use powder of any sort on holiday but take a translucent powder compact incase I get hot. £19.


I have had this cream bronzer by Chanel on my beauty wishlist for the past two summers and have only ever heard good things about it and the fact it often sells out. I tried a friends a couple of years ago, I just seem to forget to buy it! £32.


I always wear coral, orange or tangerine hued nail polish on holiday with Chanel's "Orange Fizz" and "Holiday" being favourites in recent years. This year I shall be purchasing "Mirabella" slightly more orange than orange fizz. £17.50.


I love most of the Fake Bake products which is why I use them on a professional level on clients as well as on myself, but the reason I adore the Tan Enhancer so much is because it works on a natural as well as a fake tan, giving longevity and gold glistening particles to both. £13.


These Dermalogica skin kits are perfect for travelling light and will easily last you on a two week vacation if used sparingly. The kits contain everything you need for your daily skincare regime and I find the cleansing gel bottle and toner spray come in really handing for decanting other products once empty, I have a stock of them in my holiday drawer just waiting to be filled! £25.50 available for skin types.


I was lucky enough to be sent these summer beauty treats from the Body Shop. The pot of Vitamin E Aqua Boost for face £12, contains microsphere technology to cool and plump skin. Keep it in the fridge to really cool you down! This will be the perfect make-up base before you go out in the evening. The Aqua Boost Body Sorbet £8, is a welcome addition to their Vitamin E family and offers 24 hour hydration when the heat is on.  Containing organic Aloe Vera, the range of body sorbets are the perfect aftersun essential.
Two new products I will continue to use as I love them both! Shop here and save £10 on a £25 shop and £25 off a £50 shop with free standard delivery on orders over £25.

What summer beauty products could you not live without?


  1. I love my Bobbi Brown pot rouge too Sharron & use the Rose in winter & the pale pink for summer. I'd totally forgotten about the Chanel cream bronzer which I used to use a few years ago & absolutely loved....I might have a look for some duty free this year so thanks for the reminder!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

  2. Naughty post making me want to buy ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS for my hols! Particularly love the daily tinted moisturiser and I'd never ever thought to spray protect my hair - makes TOTAL sense .. of to buy some holiday essentials - thank you!!!!!


  3. Great post Sharron, I am a fan of Bobbi Brown pots I wear pale pink..... Just gone back to it after playing around with other brands ( it's the best) great tip about boots many people using this service now! Xx

  4. Wish I'd taken some hair protector with me - it's like straw! Love the colour of the orange fizz nail polish x

  5. Sounds like you are all sorted for the hols Sharron....wish I was heading off again now,miss being near the sea or a pool!
    ~Anne xx

  6. Great post, in new to reading blogs and really enjoying yours, they are very realistic.

  7. Sharron, what amazing sense doing that boots shop online makes, never thought of that before?! Really like the chanel cream bronzer, I have just run out so hope they have it back in stock. Have you tried their facial fake tan, its the best I have ever used, and worth every penny? Love the coral nail polish, the new Mirabella shade sounds so pretty! xx

  8. Excellent post and great tips! I love Yves Rocher sun care products for my body, they are good quality at affordable prices.

  9. I am not a huge product girl but I love seeing what other ladies use! I will have to try out that Nivea Sun Sense with the tint, I usually use the Garnier BB cream but it has very little protection in it! xx

  10. Grt post with some fab recommendations! X

  11. I would happily use all of these products Sharron! The Chanel polish is so zingy! The Sunsense face tint looks great and I love the sound of the Clarins Double fix for my brows and the Body Shop Aqua Sorbet. I need a hair protector - must try to avoid straw like hair at all costs! xx

  12. Great post Sharron, really useful tips, will be trying out the hair protector for sure. And thank you for the boots tip.
    Sue x

  13. I really need a good face protecter as I only ever use my face cream which has SPF15 in it but there are times when something stronger is needed! Love the sound of all of these products Sharron! I've just bought an orange/peach colour nail varnish & love it! Ax


Let me know your thoughts, all comments are much appreciated, I know it takes time and effort xx