I feel that the name of this blog post is a little misleading as I didn’t actually finish all of these products but the large majority were finished/close to finishing or I left them in Portugal for next summer as I wouldn’t be needing them in the current weather we’re getting in the UK.

I went through a lot of sunscreen this holiday and quickly found that aerosols are my favourite as they’re really quick and easy to apply. Towards the end of my holiday I was using the Kiko Wet & Dry Sunscreen which I really liked, it applied easily- which meant I applied it regularly- it’s a really easy consistency to blend and a really light weight. I also loved using the Hawaiian Topics Sun Spray Lotion and Lancaster Milky spray, both SPF15 but really kept me protected without a sticky feeling or white cast behind. I’ve said it numerous times but I really do think the best suncream is the Vichy SOS Balm, I didn’t quite finish it this year as the weather was only decent but I’d highly recommend it if you’re going away somewhere hot.

I also almost finished two Clarins Travel sizes; the HydraQuench cream and the eye makeup remover- I loved both of these items this August and used them daily. The eye makeup remover removed every little bit of mascara or eyeliner which I find is particularly important on holiday when I want to jump into a pool. The HydraQuench cream is one I’ve used for year but had put aside but I’ve fallen back in love with it. I have pretty dehydrated skin and it’s just perfect for injecting life and moisture back into it and I think I’ll make it my holiday cream from now on.

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.

 I can’t believe summer is over almost over, just another few weeks until we can officially say it’s autumn. I had a great August but makeup wasn’t really a priority and it’s reflected in my favourites. Although I spent most the time with bare skin and with dry shampooed hair I put a little more thought and love into my sun care and skin care products and found some true gems which I suspect I will be using for many summers to come. I really over packed beauty items and could probably say 1/3 of my 23kg luggage was beauty related in some way. I obviously didn’t use all of them and instead went for the best bits…

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I feel like I am forever fighting off dry skin, hair and everything else. In the winter the cold harsh air and central heating leave everything parched but so does sun exposure in the summer, especially now I have my hair bleached. I’ve been trying to rehydrate everything, bring some life and glow into everything.

For me hair has been the biggest challenge, I’ve always had healthy hair but as I did get it bleach it has become inevitably a little bit drier. I tried hair oils and hair mask but felt it was time to cut the problem off (split ends) and get an intensive treatment. I went to House of Rush in Piccadilly where they took care of me, remove a tiny bit of length, added n some body and left my hair feeling as good as new.  I had the Kerastase Conditioning Treatment Hair Masque Treatment which really isn’t too expensive and I would highly recommend if you live near a Rush Salon, it left my hair smelly amazing but more importantly also shiny and soft, meaning I can now comfortably brush it now with no knotty, matted parts. 
Legs are the one thing I only ever thing of in the summer but since I love shorts I do give it a lot of thought throughout June, July and August. I’ve been trying to dry body brush as I know it can really make a difference to the overall look of your skin but haven’t been as successful as I’d hoped. Instead I’ve been exfoliating loads with L’occitane Delicious Paste (£29), trying out a few toning products and moisturising daily. Shaving also really dries out your legs so make sure you are moisturising lots, ideally morning and evening. 
I’m not too fussy about what I use on my lips; Nuxe Reve De Meil (£9.50) or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream (£17) have been what I’ve been reaching for although in the sun I can’t recommend SuperGloop Lip Balm SPF30 enough. 
I’m not loyal to any body products, it’s simply what’s the nearest, smells nice and I feel like using. Still I have been using Weleda Skin Food (£9.95) more than anything else recently although I have also been trying out the new Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil (£8.99- not out yet) and using the Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Body Butter (£22.50) in the Evening. 
However if I have been in the sun recently than nothing beats a good after sun, this year I will be taking the Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-hydrating (£20) away with me but I swear by the cheaper Aloe Vera After suns such as Nivea and Vaseline.
Of course looking after yourself post-sun is all good and well but don’t forget the SPF (This may be getting boring but it’s true!), minimum of SPF15 for the body and SPF40 for the face but obviously much higher if you tend to burn. I also recently discovered that Clarins Radiant Oil Spray (£19can also be used in your hair if you too have dry hair like me. 
And of course drink 2 litres of water a day! 

What products do you rely on to keep your skin and hair hydrated through the summer?

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Recently I have been making an effort to wear more SPF and after forgetting it on Sunday and now having a much darker forehead I will be wearing it daily. I always try to use a separate SPF on face than on my body as the skin on the face is thinner and more sensitive. Therefore I look for something that won’t be too heavy, too greasy, that blends well and often that will work under my makeup. I always wear SPF30 on my face which is about double of what I would wear on my body because I am frankly scared of ageing.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 PA+++, £26
If your face is particularly sensitive to the sun than I would recommend going for some like this. At first I was a little worried as it is fairly thick but once you blend it in you will be left with no white cast, it isn’t greasy but still keeps skin moisturised which is what you need in the drying sun.

Kiko City Filter SPF 50 £12.90
This is designed as a primer to go under make-up so it is very light-weight. I also love the pump it come in, it blends easily and you can’t feel it on the skin at all. It’s a great affordable SPF!

Radical Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 £38
It’s a little pricey but by far my favourite of the bunch, the packaging is really sophisticated (I tried to look for another word but that’s honestly what I think of it) and it offers non-chemical UV break Spectrum protection. Most importantly for me it is almost as light as water, absorbs instantly leaving no visible marks behind- completely worth the price tag!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30 £15.50
I’m halfway through this bottle and I think it’s a nice product although as it is matte it isn’t really designed for my skin type. It’s perfect if you have particularly oily skin and are looking for something very matte, sadly can be a little chalky on my drier skin.

Clinique SPF 30 Face Cream
£17
This has been my go-to over the last couple of years, the protection is a little higher than Cliniques other product city block, making this particularly good for taking on holiday. I do have quite dry skin so I love that this is slightly heavier and more hydrating but not greasy.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 £15
If you’re looking for something you can buy in Boots and Superdrugs (On offer usually) than this is a nice one to go for although I wouldn’t say it is my favourite. It smells like summer, no white cast left but is a little heavier on the skin.

Supergoop Lip Balm SPF 30
£8.50
I thought I would quickly slip this in here too, I know a lot of people love Supergoop suncream but I personally really like the lip balm. It’s so easy to forget to look after your lips in the sun but this product really is great, the tube means you don’t need to mess about with sticking your fingers in and risking getting sand in there too. Its the perfect consistency; thick enough to be hydrating and protective without having to spend too much time blending it in so that it is comfortable. The shea butter means it’s very hydrating and it also smells incredible.

What is your favourite face SPF?

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