Tuesday 17 June 2014

Heatwave Must-Haves!

As I'm sure many of you are aware the weather over the last week or so has been fabulous! Overlooking a few overcast days, it's been pretty baking! I have to admit throughout my younger years I was the type of person who would be the first to seek out the nearest spot of shade once the sun decided to shine. However, in more recent years I have become much more of a sun worshipper. 

But with all this fantastic weather, Im still very much concerned with the effects of over exposure to the sun. So, from my hoard of beauty products, I dug out these two gems.

First is the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 15 (£15.00). When it comes to sun lotion, I will return to this one again and again. The smell is insatiable and the texture is beautifully velvety. I generally hate having to top up sun cream throughout the day but when i apply this it doesn't feel like such a chore. Containing 'creme ribbons' infused with silk proteins and glycerin to keep the skin hydrated in the sun for 12 hours - now that sounds pretty nifty to me.

The second of the two I originally had difficulty getting my hands on. Last year I spent a few days in magaluf with a friend and i was looking for a product that would provide some coverage but keep my all important skin protected from the rays! I actually managed to pick up the Clinque Super City Block SPF 40 (£17.00) at the airport before boarding my flight, as all local stockists were completely out - clearly everyone was having the same idea as me. What I like most about the product is light coverage it gives, the formula provides just enough so that if the postman were to knock at the door whilst I was sunbathing in the garden I wouldn't be ashamed to answer the door. Plus the fact that it provides a whopping SPF of 40 is big game changer for me. However, with this high factor there does come a slight drawback, the scent of the City Block is just a tad on the clinical side, so this is one I reserve for the hottest of afternoons. 

These next two offerings are a tad more indulgent. For summer nail colour, there is no shade I love more than Essie 'Cute as a button' (£7.99). This is a juicy watermelon pink that seems to go with just about anything and looks great in a pair of stroppy sandals! If I can't decide on a shade, this one is generally my 'go-to' colour, which is kind of a shame cos I really don't try enough variety as I should do. But theres plenty of summer months ahead! The Essie brush is nicely tapered to give a really easy application and your first coat dries in seconds.

Last but not least is the Elemis Skincare Soothing Apricot Toner (£22.00). This product works great as a final step in your skincare routine, specifically for those with sensitive skin. I, however, have found an equally great use for this product... a summer spritz! The formula is so refreshing and whilst I've been sat in the garden the last few afternoons, its really come in handy as a little 'pick-me-up' when I start to feel a little too warm.

So that concludes some of my top picks for sunny days.
You may have noticed a little surprise appearance in some of the photos and this would be Ginny, my springer spaniel, and she loves the sun just as much as me. Here's a few extras of her, she likes the camera too.

Happy Sunning!
Lottie x

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