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    13 MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER

    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!

    TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHTS SLEEP

    It's no secret we love our slippers and nightwear, our beds and of course, our sleep! So naturally, sleep awareness week is something we want to address and celebrate! Best of all we get to do that from the comfort of our beds, without being judged, which makes us immensely happy. 

    Gone are the days when it was thought to be 'cool', to be so 'busy' that you had to stay up most of the night, drinking coffee, working relentlessly and wearing eye bags as though they were a badge of honor... Needless to say, we have never been classified as cool and we have never not indulged ourselves in, much needed and much wanted sleep. Instead the tables have turned, and now having a thorough self love pampering night routine is what we all aspire to.

    However what if you struggle to sleep? With the National Sleep Foundation campaigning the important of sleep for general wellbeing, both mentally and physically, for this year's 'Begin with sleep' campaign, now is the time to get our nightly routine and sleep pattern perfected.

    1. Turn off the tech! We know, we know, we all love our phones, our TVs and laptops, but the hour before we are ready to go to sleep is time to unwind without lights beaming in our faces.

    2. Melatonin, often referred to as the 'sleep hormone' is what signals to the brain that it is time to sleep, however it is drastically disrupted when we have any lights infiltrating our sleep environment. This problem is easily solved with a glamorous eye mask, that will ensure you are engulfed into complete darkness. P.S. a silky one will also help to keep all of your face and eye creams in place to soak in!

    3. Relaxing, unwinding and calming your mind are all important to get that deep sleep we desire. Taking a nice relaxing bath with epsom salts, that are scientifically proven to help your muscles relax also, is the perfect way to take a little time out and relax before bed.

    4. Warm yourself through into blissful cosiness with a hot drink before bed. It goes without saying, that this is a no caffeine zone, instead, have a lovely herbal tea such as chamomile or lavender to relax. If they aren't your thing, then we give you permission to have a warm milky cocoa, grandma style. There is also studies that support the concept of not drinking any caffeine after midday... good luck to us all with that one!

    5. Scent matters, so invest in a 'sleep spray'. Some are obviously fancier (*cough* more expensive!) than others, but even febreze do a great 'sleep serenity' range that includes lavender, jasmine and milk and honey scents. Lush also do an amazing body lotion that I am sure you are all probably familiar with, called 'sleepy' that is said to help you drift right off. 

    6. Do not take naps! I know that majority of us work a 9-5 so this is impossible to do during the day anyway, however I think we can all admit we are guilty of getting in straight from work and falling asleep on the couch... (we swear we aren't old!). And whilst these 'power naps' make us feel a bit more awake to get on with our other nightly duties such as dinner, showering, etc. that is because that tired feeling has been satisfied, making it that much more difficult to fall asleep properly come bedtime.

    7. Set the right temperature. I know a lot us love having the heating on full blast, however studies have shown that a cooler sleeping environment is actually much better for us. Ideally your bedroom should be around 18.5 degrees and you get warm and cosy through the use of blankets and duvets... hello hygge!

    8. Get yourself a good book. Immersing yourself in another world for 1-2 chapters is the perfect way to unwind right before you are about to fall asleep. It also helps you introduce ideas to your subconscious, making you much more likely to dream about something you want to dream about, as opposed to worrying about the stresses of normal life.

    9. Now that we have covered all the other senses, last but not least is sound. We love listening to some nice relaxing spa music, or raindrops on the window, who doesn't love that sound curled up all warm in bed? No one. However if you are someone who needs absolute silence, then earplugs should serve you well.

    10. Lastly try some sleeping techniques. There are tons all over the internet that you can research and give a go, however our favourite is simply get into a super comfortable position and stay very, very still, do not move. The hardest part of this is ignoring the little itches you get - your body is doing this to see if you react and move, therefore signalling that you're not asleep. Let you mind wander wherever it wants to, hopefully somewhere lovely, and after a while, you tend to drift right off without even noticing. If this is the part you struggle with, instead concentrate solely on your breathing, keeping it slow, until you fall asleep.

    Of course, having a good pair of pyjamas is also really important in your nightly routine so that you feel comfortable. Our new Pretty You bamboo nightwear collection is amazing for sleep, it is hypo-allergenic, temperature regulating and made from one of the softest fabrics in the world! You can shop the collection here > Nightwear.

    Let us know in the comments below some of your favourite things to do for a better nights sleep!

     

    BTS: SS18 SUMMER COLLECTION

    As promised in our last post we said we would be giving you a sneak peak into our other latest adventure here at Pretty You, which we are certain you won't be disappointed with...

    We have some gorgeous new footwear launching for the first time ever this Summer! No longer do you need to keep your fabulous feet indoors, take them shopping, to the beach, or even a beautiful sunset dinner! In several beautiful designs, from girly and fluffy to more exotic and tropical vibes, the latest PY pretties are set to be your summer staples! Set to launch very soon ladies! Make sure you are keeping on eye out on our socials for more sneak peaks...

    SUMMER OUTFIT INSPO

    Moving into a new season can be tricky, especially in England, where it just rains no matter what. So we have trawled the internet to provide you with some serious summer outfit inspo. Some outfits are super summery for the warmer days (up to 22 degrees so far, what?!) and some for the cooler summer days/evenings. With this many looks you are bound to find some summer style inspo...

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    Cute floral prints and embroidery add serious summer vibes, especially paired with white.

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    Stick with light wash denim for a classic summer outfit staple that you can build endless stylish looks around.

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    A high-waisted trouser or skirt are the perfect thing to wear with your cute crop tops in the summer. They will also elevate your look style wise in comparison to the typical high waisted jean.

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    Let your accessories do the talking in the summer. Pair a simple outfit with a gorgeous bag, a cute hat and killer sunnies and you're good to go.

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    STYLING DENIM SKIRTS

    A denim skirt is a perfect basic staple for the summer, and it gives a little bit more a girly edge to the classic (cough*boring*cough) denim shorts. Yet for some reason it's not something everyone owns? With so many different ways to style it can be a little overwhelming on where to start, so we are going to run through our top 5 favourite ways to style them that will no doubt make you want one asap!

    SUMMER BLOUSESdenimskirt2As we just stated, a denim skirt is a basic. Give your girly blouses their ultimate showtime, from lace to bardot, star prints to stripes, your denim skirt will be a perfect addition to give you a girly fashionable summer outfit.

    CHUNKY KNITSdenimskirt3Now when do we here at PYL not love a chunky knit? The answer to that is never. Styling your denim skirt with a cosy knit is a perfect way to dress on those colder summer days or evenings. It keeps you looking stylish and summery whilst staying warm.

    MAKE A STATEMENTdenimskirt4Denim skirts are not all basic, and they certainly don't need to be the basic element to your outfit. Make your denim skirt the statement! Try one in a bold colour or if you're feeling more adventurous, try one with some embroidery or patchwork.

    DOUBLE DENIMdenimskirt1

    Now we know what you're thinking... double denim, really?! But honestly if you want to look like you're in the know with your fashion trends, then this is a look for you. Double denim is also perfect for a festival outfit as it gives you a simple base that you can incorporate lots of printed colourful bohemian accessories onto.

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    Stick with a monochrome colour palette with your outfit for an instant 'cool girl' factor. Keeping it simple and basic is also an amazing way to transition your leather jacket in the summer months when it is a bit cooler.

    We hope you found these styling tips useful and let us know in the comments what your favourite ways to style a denim skirt are...

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