We are well and truly into summer now (supposedly!) so I wanted to share a couple of my ‘essentials’/ favourite things for this time of the year. If you enjoy these types of posts then definitely check out my Spring Essentials and Holiday Essentials to hear about a few other bits and pieces that have become essentials for me. Today’s post includes a bit of everything from body care to clothing so I hope you enjoy it, here they are:
- Jewellery: Obviously you can get through summer without jewellery BUT it might not be as instagrammable! My FAVE piece of summer jewellery is anklets because I don’t really get to show off my ankles any other time of the year! Accessorize do really nice ones or if you’re feeling creative you can make some cute ones like friendship bracelets! Other pretty jewellery that I think gets to shine in the summer is necklaces, either a little dainty one with a bardot top or a statement necklace with a plain dress for the evenings! Summer is definitely the perfect time to get into jewellery!
- Sandals: One of my favourite summer fashion items is the sandals, the couple of months a year where we can show of our perfect pedicures! I love a whole LOAD of sandals and mainly get mine from New Look because they have a large range and the pricing is usually pretty good. My favourite coloured sandals is probably tan because it isn’t as harsh as black ones against my pale skin and I think the brown ones go with any outfit.
- Vaseline: You might be thinking this is a bit of an odd one… and you’d be right! BUT give it a chance. In the summer I use Vaseline on my eyelashes before I go to sleep because it really helps condition them and just improve their appearance. Obviously you can do this all year round but I mainly do this during summer because I can’t really bare mascara when it’s warm! I like to keep my lips moisturised too but use a lip balm for that- I think that these little things help me feel a little better about wearing less make-up in the summer… mainly because it sweats right off.
- Body Mists: Smelling good should ALWAYS be a priority and even more so in summer. I’m currently using the PINK body mists and have been for a while because they are so difficult to finish! I use to love the Hollister ones but they discontinued my favourite scent… I am still a bit gutted about this. I LOVE a nice fruity, floral mist in the summer and these scents usually end up reminding you of summer memories, which I love!
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading this post and it has maybe reminded you of a couple of essentials you might have forgotten about this summer. I do use most of these products throughout the year but they definitely get used A LOT more throughout the warmer months.
Enjoy the sun,
After a bit of retail therapy throughout the month I thought I would post my first haul post! These are probably my favourite posts to read BUT for the sake of my bank account I’m going to limit my own ‘haul-ing’ to maximum once a month! Another thing that I want to do with my hauls is have a follow up post with maybe one or two products because despite my LOVE for hauls sometimes you never hear their further thoughts- so in the following weeks definitely come back for more on these products! Here’s a bit of what I’ve been buying this month:
- Boot’s Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Spot Wand, £4.49: If you’ve read my Blushing about… Skincare post then you’ll know I have oily, spot-prone skin and was trying a Body Shop oil to target my blemishes. I used it for a few months but haven’t seen significant results from that specific product (I still like other products from that skincare routine!) so decided to give this a go! I’ve used this range from Boots in the past but then turned to The Body Shop, hopefully this dual-ended wand will make my skin smooth!
- Boot’s Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Pore and Facial Strips: I can’t help but LOVE seeing people peel off nose strips… bit gross I know so wanted to have a go myself! I think they can give more noticeable results than face masks too. Hopefully this will work with the spot wand to help me feel better with my skin whilst not drying it out too much.
- LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser, £11.95: I’ve wanted to look try some LUSH haircare for a while and with the humidity I thought now is as good a time as ever!
- Maybelline Superstay 7 Day Nails in Nude Rose, £4.49: As you might have seen in my Basic Girls Guide to: Nails I am VERY Barry M focused when it comes to nails but recently I’ve found that the shade range doesn’t always have what I’m looking for. I still love them but I wanted more nude-y, sophisticated and subtle colours so I had a look at other brands and found this one which is a perfect pinky colour.
- Maybelline Superstay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, £5.99: I have been using the Barry M Plumpy top coat for a while but it’s started to go VERY gloopy and made bubbles on my nails! So I wanted to give a new one a try which hopefully will have more longevity.
This month I’ve tried to resist much make-up purchases just because I’ve been fairly satisfied with the products I have and wanted to focus on trying to target other areas like my spots- which hopefully in turn will help my make-up sit more smoothly! I hope this has provided some inspiration for your shopping list… although I’m sure you don’t need any haha!
Comment below your favourite purchase this month!
Happy Book Lovers day,
I thought it would be fitting for me to talk about my new Kindle Paperwhite, which I have had for about a month now. I was majorly torn about whether to purchase one because I love an actual book, like a physical sniff the pages book. SO I thought this little review/ chat would help anyone looking into buying a Kindle or who just love books and were looking for a couple of recommendations too! I’ve specifically tailored this post towards the Kindle Paperwhite because that’s the one I have but some of these points can be applied to other e-readers.
Advantages of a Kindle Paperwhite
- It makes it really easy to read at night because it comes with a back light which has made reading in bed 100x easier! The brightness is always adjustable and has a wide range of options, so there really is nowhere that you can’t read it.
- The best thing about the Kindle is that it can store LOADS of books but is SO tiny! I do have a case on mine which makes it slightly bulkier but generally it is pretty small and cute. It fits into all my bags and allows me to carry loads of books which would be almost impossible if I bought them all as physical paperbacks.
- A real benefit of having a Kindle, for me, has been that it encourages me to read A LOT more. This is down to a few reasons like the portability of it, the cheapness of the books and the fact that you can’t see how thick the book is! There is also the minutes left in each chapter and the book in the bottom corner (which you can turn off!) so it makes books go really quick!
- I love the recommendation tool on the Kindle too and without it I wouldn’t have read some of the books that I have! It takes books you’ve read and suggests a large range of similar books and there are so many different tools to help you find a new book.
Disadvantages of a Kindle
- The initial cost is probably it’s biggest disadvantage and one that is completely avoidable if you stick with books. The usual cost is £109.99 but I bought it on Amazon Prime Day for £79.99 which was not as bank breaking. It’s still a lot of money BUT the books are cheaper than buying them physically and the prices are generally always being reduced with many titles being just 99p.
- The fact that they’re not physical books… which I won’t lie does get me sometimes. Just tapping to change the page is a bit weird and the fact that the covers aren’t in colour is a bit strange too but these little things I just have to try and look past. I do miss bookmarks as well! BUT, I am still going to buy some literal books.
Top 3 books I’ve read on my Kindle so far
- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr: I’ve already spoken about this in my July Favourites 2017 so I won’t go on BUT I really think is worth the hype! It’s such an interesting book that tackles topics that I’ve not really read about before. It is fast paced and has a nice balance between thrills, romance and character interaction.
- Lying about Last Summer by Sue Wallman: This is a bit more of a thriller YA that follows a girl on summer camp for bereaved teens. It is definitely not as sweet as the other two books but I really enjoyed it- if you enjoyed ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart I’m pretty sure you will LOVE this.
- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno: This is probably the most light-hearted out of these three books and is much more of a YA romance. The main character cheated on her boyfriend with his brother and now she has to deal with all the aftermath because her mum wrote a book about it all! It is definitely a chilled summer read that will be a good one for on holiday.
I hope that this post has been helpful or at least interesting about the Kindle and books in general! It’s completely up to you and your reading habits, but just remember having a Kindle doesn’t mean I’m never buying a book again. If you’re unsure like I was then I would suggest waiting until Amazon has some sales, like on Black Friday, to allow you to feel less guilty if the price is holding you back. So I would definitely say don’t rule it out, even though I did for a few years, now it has really helped me get back into reading.
If you have any YA or Chick-Lit suggestions please leave them below, I’m always looking for books to add to my TBR list!
I’m going to start the week by sharing 5 pieces of make-up that together create a really, REALLY minimal look which will be perfect for a nice summer picnic, lazy days or just when it is TOO hot! Most of the time this ‘5 product face’ is my go-to because even though I LOVE buying make-up and reading ALL the reviews, watching videos etc. I’m not as adventurous as I would like to be. Also most days I tend to choose sleep over full on glam so these 5 products I turn to when I’m already running late during the summer months… Here they are:
- Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer, £7.99: I tend to choose this concealer in the summer because it is quite light, easy to blend and brightening. It helps give a healthy boost to the skin, instead of caking up! For most of the year I tend just to use it under my eyes but in summer I use it pretty much everywhere because it is so lightweight and gives a natural finish.
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 002 Pink Blossom, £3.99: Powder is essential for me because I GLOW and not in a good way… more like a hot mess kind of way. So this really is necessary and it’s honestly the only one I’ve tried! It adds a hint of colour whilst blending seamlessly with the concealer to give me a comfortable amount of coverage and most importantly it keeps me matte… well it gives it a good try!
- Rimmel Brow this Way Gel in Clear, £3.99: I’ve talked about this already quite a bit BUT I would 10/10 recommend in a minimal look especially! It just makes it look like I’ve made an effort with my brows when I completely haven’t- which it what I try to achieve with the whole look!
- Seventeen Bronze Shimmer Brick: Unfortunately, I think this has been discontinued so you could replace this step with any other bronzer! I think that this adds some colour to your face and I use it REALLY lightly mainly around my forehead and slightly on the cheekbones. I know that Rimmel have bought out a similar product recently, Revlon and Soap& Glory also have ones so it might be worth trying them out to create a similar shimmery bronzed look.
- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, £7.99: This balm REALLY works for summer because of the moisturising formula which ends up drying into a stain to give your lips a lovely healthy look. This is a nude-y pinky shade which is very flattering and can be built up to create a slightly more bolder lip.
Hopefully these products have given you some inspiration for when you want some make-up but quickly and naturally! You can either use these products as a base for a more striking look by adding mascara or contour, and it can be adapted for different times of the year by changing the lip colour or swapping the bronzer for blush- so it is very versatile look!
Let me know if you have any bronzer recommendations as mine has been discontinued and your favourite go-to product for if you’re in a rush!
Today I am continuing with the holiday theme, following on from my Travel Make-Up Bag which went up earlier this week, with 5 of the essential things for going on holiday! Sometimes when you’re getting ready to go away it can be a bit overwhelming trying to remember EVERYTHING you’ll need, so these are just a few products that you might have forgotten about and are real staples for me on my own trips. I haven’t included any make-up bits but have gone for a couple of general beauty essentials and some miscellaneous bits… I don’t know if I’ve ever used that word before! ANYWAY, here they are:
- Lee Stafford Dehumidifier Spray, £5.99: Now I haven’t given this a proper go yet because I go on holiday later in August BUT I have been using in the English ‘summer’ weather which I don’t think counts as a true test. BUT, if it does what it says it does… which is essentially prevent your hair doubling in size due to humidity then it will not just become a holiday essential but a LIFE essential. I have high hopes and will report back, but worth looking into for holiday’s if you are prone to frizzy and uncontrollable hair in the heat.
- Nail Polish, the one you’re wearing: I decided not to write about nail polish in my travel make-up bag but I do think it’s a holiday essential! Even if you get a gel polish I would definitely suggest taking a polish that is similar to the one you’re wearing incase you get any chips. I hate it when my nails chip on holiday and it makes me want to peel it all off, BUT if I have the original colour I can fix it which always looks 10x prettier than having it all over the place. For holiday nails I would say to go for something with a high shine and staying power such as Barry M’s Gelly Collection or their Coconut Infusion range. I would go for a bright pop of colour, definitely on your toes, like Barry M’s Gelly Polishes in ‘Pink Punch’ or ‘Passionfruit’.
- Shaving Foam and Body Butter: Lots of people tend to remember their shower gel, shampoo and conditioner but sometimes on holiday our bodies need a bit more care. The constant shaving is a bit inconvenient on holiday but if you can use the right products then it can be done a bit less frequently. I would recommend Lush’s D’Fluff Shaving Soap for £5.95 to get a smooth shave that I think lasts a bit longer… I have no idea why? I just have found that, especially under my arms, since using this I have a smoother shave for longer so it is PERFECT for holidays. My favourite body butter is The Body Shop’s Almond Milk and Honey for £6 because it is designed for sensitive skin so it really moisturises after shaving, but if you have another favourite I’m sure they all provide similar results. These little extras definitely work well together to help maintain a lovely smooth finish and are now holiday essentials for me!
- First Aid: This is such an easy one to forget, but can be one of the most crucial things when you’re out there! Obviously you know what kind of tablets or anything you need BUT there is so much more you might need. I’m thinking blister plasters, bite spray and aftersun. ALL the aftersun will be needed if you’re as sunburnt-prone as me. I would say that ‘First Aid’ covers some cleanliness bits too like tissues and hand sanitiser… ALL of these are definitely ESSENTIAL when you’re going on holiday because who know what you’ll encounter!
- Books: Now depending on your trip, books might not be absolutely crucial like if you’re backpacking or interrailing. If you’re having one of my favourite kinds of holiday though which is very focused on relaxing then you’ll need a book. One of the best things about holidays is the time you have to do the things you wish you did at home like spending time with your family, walking and reading ACTUAL books not just BuzzFeed articles about the latest bestsellers… which I’m guilty of doing from September through to May. I’ve already posted some YA Summer Reading Recommendations but will be posting a couple more book related posts throughout the month.
I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of my holiday essentials and that you will hopefully remember to include some of these bits in your suitcases! Comment below your number one essential for going on holiday, I’d love to see if you think I’ve missed something important… other than like passports and boarding passes obviously! There will be another holiday related post going live Friday at 10am, so see you then.