Summer is finally here and whilst it feels as though we have been waiting forever and a day for some sun, we have still somehow found ourselves a little, well, unprepared. After all, when have we ever had 20 degrees in May... in the UK?!
The unexpected heatwave has got us slightly giddy for our summer hols away, lounging around the pool, sunning ourselves on the beach, sipping on cocktails, ahh bliss. Now depending on whether you are flying off or staying put (with these kind of temperatures, we dont blame you!), you need to get your summer essentials sorted now. With so many beauty products launching on what seems like a daily basis, its hard to not give in and stick to buying only what we truly need. Although that new eyeshadow does look beautiful, unfortunately we have got a holiday to pay for! Instead we are stripping it back to the basics for Summer 18. Limiting ourselves to only spending money on our top 13 summer essentials, our holy grails if you like. Best of all, they all fit in our suitcase!
WARNING: Unless you couldn't tell by looking at the products above, everything is coconut scented.. so if you aren't a fan, unfortunately you're in the wrong place.
Firstly we have to talk about our must-have summer fragrance, Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess, if you aren't like 99% of the female population and run to get this every summer, you are seriously missing out. To us, when we give this a spritz on ourselves we are immediately transcended into summer mode.
Same goes for Hawaiian tropic's tanning oil, are you even on holiday if you aren't slathered in this? A gorgeous coconut scented dry oil that doesn't leave you feeling sticky and gives your body a gorgeous sheen on the beach.
Of course you have to stay protected with SPF, because we are just looking for a summer glow, not premature aging! Our favourite facial SPF has got to be the one from the lovely French pharmacy brand, La Roche-Posay, lightweight, non-sticky and doesn't clog our pores, perfect.
Clinque's moisture surge face spray has got to be the most satisfying refreshment when your skin feels hot and dehydrated from the heat. This is most definitely a permanent fixture in our beach bags, it is also amazing if left in the fridge overnight.
Of course our Body Shop coconut body butter has got to come on holiday with us! Whilst not directly marketed as an aftersun it does an amazing job of cooling us down and moisturising our skin after a long day at the beach. Again, the fridge is the best place to put it, cause who needs food in there anyway?
Lastly for the body is a Shimmering Body Oil, there is so many new to the market this year, obvious one being Fenty's body lava and ther is so many more gorgeous ones to choose from. Our favourite however has got to the Nuxe one, a beautiful dry oil that sinks in super quickly and isn't too sparkly or glittery.
For our makeup on holiday and throughout the summer we love to keep it simple. On holiday it is the bare minimum, it is far too hot and too gorgeous outside to be wasting time getting ready. Instead we get our eyebrows and lashes done before hand so the only thing we have to worry about is skin and lips. We love to take sheet masks with us on our travels as they are super convenient and a lovely pick-me-up. They are more than necessary after a long flight and are perfect to pop on after a long day at the beach before getting ready to go out for the evening.
As we said its all about the skin on holiday and the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer buffs in beautifully as a bronzer and a little contour with minimal effort. Becca have also released a travel sized highlighter duo aptly named 'Lit from within kit' which contains their best-selling Backlight Priming Filter and Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Opal. Again, super easy to throw on for a gorgeous effortless glow.
Lastly for makeup we love a bold lip, and this year it is all about orange lipstick! Pair with tanned glowy skin, bold brows and a minimal eye and you're good to go looking like a goddess. Other than that it would be a simple clear gloss.
Now for the all important hair products that most of us used to forget. After too many damage control trips to the hairdresser after our holidays, we have finally learnt our lesson. Phillip Kingley's Sun Shield is perfect to spritz all over for UV protection, better still it protects your hair from all the chlorine and salt water, and did we mention it also nourishes and smoothes hair helping to control frizz? Yes... we think you need it too.
When it comes to styling our hair after washing it before we head out, we are not the type of women to stand there for an hour blasting the pathetic hotel hair dryer on our already dry hair. Instead we have two go to hair styles, first one being to throw a bit of Redken's beach envy volume spray in our hair, to help us achieve the perfect beach waves after letting our hair air-dry. Alternatively we slather our hair in a gorgeous coconut smelling hair mask (whether it specifies 'leave-in' or not) to help repair and sooth, as well as control frizz and simply slick it back into a chic low bun. This gorgeous Coco&Eve hair mask also comes with pretty compact tangle teezer, perfect for your travels.
There you have it, 13 must-have products for your summer holidays, that we simply can't live without. Let us know in the comments below some of your favourites that we have missed from our list!