Before coming away on holiday I noticed that there was a lot of drugstore creeping into my daily routine. 

The most exciting one for me was L’Oreal Elvive Oil-in-cream, which is a new product and leave in oil cream. I like to use oils in my hair but find that as my hair is quite fine it can easily look greasy but I find this really leaves my hair looking hydrated without it looking greasy or weighing it down. L’Oreal Elvive is one of my all time favourite ranges from the drugstore and this is such a great addition to that. I use it in my hair both wet and dry, I can see this quickly becoming a stable in my routine. 

A product that has become a summer stable is the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion; it smells great, has a great pump and leaves skin feeling beautifully hydrated too, perfect for use on holiday or whilst at home to keep skin in good condition. 

After hearing everyone talk about Essie Ballet Slippers Nail polish for years I have finally got my hands on it and I can actually see why it’s so hyped up! Its the perfect almost white pale pink. I love the finish, it applied beautifully and is a really great summer colour! 

A rediscovery is the Avon Super Shock Liners which I forgot about for a while but I always fall in love with just how creamy it is. As it’s quite soft I find it to be really pigmented but I find that it does set quite nicely too. 

The amount of nude lipglosses I have is a little deciduous but I really do love them! My most recent love is the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in the shade Purr… Glossy Cat, it’s perfect. It does have a little shimmer which I usually don’t love but it’s a really easy to wear shade that helps lips look plumper and goes with almost every makeup look. 

My makeup doesn’t change too drastically from season to season but there are still some items which I come back to every summer and that barely get used throughout the rest of the year.

An obvious one is sun care, particularly body sun care which I don’t use in any other season but summer. I love Piz Buin, I’ve been known to spray it in winter just because the smell reminds me so much of summer and makes me so happy. I don’t usually find a huge difference between sun creams but I like Piz Buin, it’s a good, affordable suncream option. More recently I have also been reaching for Clarins Sun Care and Clinique Sun Protection both of which are excellent, light weight but offer UVA/UVB protection.

In terms of aftersun I have been using Garnier Aftersun Soothing Lotion and Vichy Capital soleil Aftersun SOS Balm for a while. If you are prone to burns then you simply can’t go away without the Vichy one but Garnier is a great affordable option. As a body cream I also love Garnier Oil Beauty, it leaves the most perfect sheen on the body but is still light weight.

There are three cheek product which i also use religiously in summer; Benefit Hoola, Benefit Coralista and Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel. Although Hoola is a bronzer I use all year round, I find myself reaching for it a little more in the summer. Coralista however is one I rarely use outside the summer months but find it gives the most perfect glow and coral tine to the skin which I find goes particularly well with tanned skin. After putting off buying Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel for a few years when it originally came out I am almost finished mine and still really loving it. I find it to just add a natural looking bronze look to the skin without making makeup look cakey.

Although I love the Juicy Couture perfumes for summer I find them to be quite heavy to travel with which is why I have been reaching for my Stella McCartney Fragrance more, its the perfect light summer scent which isn’t too sickly sweet but instead is quite floral and that I have in a perfect smaller, handbag friendly size.

Theres something I love about using the products I reserve more for summer, it makes me so happy…

It does seem to be cooling down just a little in London but I feel that we can’t complain too much as we have had some glorious days filled with sun and sometimes almost unbearable heat. I must admit that I like that sun. I feel that I shouldn’t but getting a real tan still fills me with joy although i am trying my best to stay sun safe and I should probably point out that I am very lucky that I don’t typically burn.

I am always most careful with my face and really try to avoid having my face in the sun as the thought of wrinkles and age spots scares me. If I am not wearing makeup than I love the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for face but otherwise go for the Radical Skin Perfecting Screen as I find it sits perfectly under makeup. When I am sitting out in the sun I always have a hat, I picked up this straw one from New Look recently and I really like it, if I forget my hat or I’m at the beach then I often use a scarf/towel/t-shirt to shield my face as well as always wearing a pair of sunglasses, I am in love with my Quay pair at the moment!

I am slightly less careful with my body and do like to tan a little although I am making an effort to use a higher SPF, recently I have been going for the Clinique SPF 30 Body Cram which isn’t sticky and has protected my skin really well over the last few weeks.

To stay hydrated I think refillable bottles of water are the best, I always have one in my handbag and one in the fridge along with a facial spray to keep me cool throughout the day.

The Vichy Capital Soleil is in my opinion the best aftersun and I always take a bottle on holiday with me for any burns and it has helped some of my family/friends that have really been quite significantly burnt. If there is no sign of redness but I just want to cool the skin a little and keep it hydrated then I reach for Garnier After Sun and the Nivea Sun In Shower Refreshing Aftersun  which is quite a nice summer body wash. I don’t usually keep my aftersun in the fridge but I completely get why people do, might start doing it too.

I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll do another similar post with what sun care products I am loving on holiday.

Last week I posted a photo on Instagram and was then met with quite a few questions. I have always been on the quest for big hair but sadly I have quite fine hair which doesn’t really hold a curl however I’ve had extensions in and been loving blow drying my hair. This post is more for those of you that have good hair and are just looking for some products and tips on how to get a good blow dry at home. Towards the end of month (when I sadly have to remove my extensions) I will write a post about the perfect tools for those of us that need a little more than just a blowdrier to achieve good volume.

After washing my hair, I like to wait 10/15 minutes for my hair to dry a little before I start brushing it and applying products.

I always apply a hair oil to the ends and have been using either Garnier Ultimate Blend or Moroccan oil, I follow that with Bumble and bumble BB Tonic Lotion to help get any knots out, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray and brush through the whole of my hair using a Michel Mercier Brush. (my favourite for detangling!) I then apply either the Bumble and bumble Thickening mousse or Thickening Spray, I would say the mousse is the best but it does require a little more work and takes longer to dry.

Then starts the actual drying! I use a ghd blow dryer and always start with my fringe as otherwise it would be dry by the time I reach it. When drying my fringe I use a Denman Natural Bristle brush (which I could not live without, I have two in different sizes) and use this technique that I learnt from Sali Hughes although I do have a side fringe and not a full one like she does it still works perfect.

I then start from the nape of my neck and work my way up my hair using the Denman round brush. I like to have a flick to my hair so always spent a little extra time to achieve that and make sure to use the cool setting on my hairdrier to set my hair in place. Once my whole head it dry I blast cold air through my hair to make sure everything is set and in place.

What products do you use when drying your hair?

Sadly, we have come to the end of my guest bloggers for this round but we have a great post to finish it off! I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria from In The Frow at an event a few months back and have been reading her blog ever since. Not only does she post about great beauty products but she has the most incredible hair and style! She is also lucky enough to be trekking around the US for the next few months so have a look at her social media and blog to keep up with her travels. As today is the official start of summer I thought it would be great to get a glimpse into Victoria’s summer must haves….

Whether at home or away, we all flock to the smallest glimpse of sunlight. The summer holiday is usually everyone’s favourite time in the year and the thing they remember that year by. Yet, although it may be everyone’s favourite time, so many people seem to forget to how to look after themselves when the sun starts shining. It is seen as a hassle to coat yourself in sun saving products, although it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many products out there that are perfect for saving your skin but also amazing and special to apply. Being in the sunshine no longer needs to be an issue for your skin but a time to break out some of your favourite products. Here are just a few that I love that you may like to add to your sunshine collection.
The best tinted moisturiser I have ever tried with amazing coverage and a high factor 30. Perfect for every day in the sunshine to make you look radiant whilst also saving your skin.
A beautiful and light product to apply over moisturiser and before foundation that contains a super high SPF50. A saviour for those with super pale skin and a layer you wont even feel on your skin whilst it works its magic. 
An amazing salt spray that creates gorgeous beach waves even when you’re miles away from the sea. A few spritz of the spray into dry hair will separate sections of the hair into waves without the dry, crispy texture. 
Nivea Sun Protect and Bronze SPF20 – £8.49
Probably the most important sun essential is sun protection. This product is brilliant as it contains bronzing ingredients that help the skin to prepare for the sunshine whilst protecting it from the harmful rays. 
When the sun comes out, so do the flip flops and tiny sandals which means that blister will probably be an issue at some point. These are literally the best thing for blisters you will ever use and within a few days they can be removed to reveal healed skin. 
This is amazing to keep by your side whenever you go to the beach or the pool on holiday, or even just in the sunsine at home. You spray it onto your dry hair or even after washing, to add a further conditioning product that can be left in. This will begin to protect and repair your hair, especially from the sunlight and you will find that beachy hair will feel much easier to work with after a spritz of the nourishing oil. 
Having a hair bobble handy for any time you get out of the pool or need to tie your hair up out of the wind is something we all wish we had sometimes. These from Goody, sold in Boots and most other drugstores are Ouchless as they do not include a silver fixture in the centre of the band. Instead, the bobble is elastic all the way round so that you do not end up pulling your hair out. 
This is easily the best after sun I have used and includes a tan maintainer which works its magic overnight to help you build up a beautiful tan. As I am so pale, I like to use this more than actually trying to tan in the sun, as the tan I get from this is better than the lobster red I would usually turn. 
These are from Topshop, but any sunglasses with UV protection are absolutely essential at any time you go out in the sunshine. Your eyes are so sensitive, as is the skin around them, so protecting them at all times is essential. 
The only top and bottom coat I ever use and the product that turned by nails around from broken to super strong. I apply this before and after nail colours and the difference in my nails is amazing. In the sunshine and on holiday, going in and out of the water and the pool can leave the nails weak and broken so a repair coat is the best thing to keep on the nails throughout a summer holiday.
I hope this maybe helped to give you some ideas of what to pack this summer or even what to pick up in the stores when a heat wave hits. Either way, I really hope you enjoy your summer!
Victoria, In the Frow x

What are you looking forward to using this summer?
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