Release your inner glamour goddess! It’s August – and the most popular time to go on holiday – so here at All Things Stylish – we tested the BEST products to have in your beach bag to help you feel gorgeous, look amazing and stay protected in the sun…..
The results are in! From the perfect tan extending moisturiser to the dreamiest shimmer nude nail colour, we round up the best of the best…enjoy!
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Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry SPF25 (£7.49 – Boots) Gorgeous moisturising gloss that protects and sparkles in the sunshine. Great colour for day or night. Tastes delicious!
Bobbi Brown – The Shimmer Brick in Bronze – (£35 – Harrods) Iconic Bronze highlighter from the Queen of natural enchancing make up. Bobbi Brown’s products are amazing and if you haven’t yet tried the Shimmer Brick – it’s a serious style staple. Run your finger along each individual shade and highlight cheekbones, eyes, forehead, anywhere the sun would hit. Sweep your powder brush along all for a blended shimmer. You wont need a separate eyeshadow this Summer, just pick a shade and blend over lids.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Useage Dry Oil – (£28 – M & S ) Amazing product! With unique concentration of 6 precious oils, this nourishes and soothes your skin and hair – leaving them incredibly smooth with gorgeous scent. Hair shines and feels light and silky. So many uses, can also be added to foundation for inner glow, the bath for a relaxing experience, post waxing to soothe areas, spritzed directly onto skin for night out shimmer, added to conditioner to create a hair mask, rubbed onto cuticles and as hair serum. Wow! This product is so infused with natural goodness you will actually feel better using it. Perfect for soothing holiday skin and hair and when you want to highlight your tan.
Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.19 – Boots) Cool aqua packaging and sleek bottle with GREAT results. Spray onto wet hair and leave to dry in the sun for perfect beach tousled waves. Smells good too.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder – (£24) VERY blendable and natural looking. Stunning colour. Gives you year round glam glow – in 4 different shades to suit your tan. Lasts and lasts, perfect matte texture for a carefree Summer feel.
Clarins Sunscreen Lotion Oil Free SPF 15 – Progressive Tanning – (£22) I love Clarins sunlotions. They feel fantastic on the skin and smell gorgeous. This brilliant spray does it all. Light, effective and small enough to fit in your beach bag. A quick spray and you are out the door and its perfect for poolside spritzing on the go, refreshing in the heat too.
Bobbi Brown Nail Polish – Nude Beach Collection (£12 ) The perfect nude nail shade. Don’t worry about chipping your manicure in the sun, a shimmer shade blends in well with your natural nails so any imperfections are less noticeable. It looks glam yet relaxed – exactly how you want to feel on holiday!
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent – (£45 Wow! I adore this. One spray and you are transported to a gorgeous beach, with the heavenly scent of coconut, sea salt and faint hint of peach blossom in the air. It’s out of this world and limited edition! Bronze Goddess fans will know Estee Lauder slightly change the scent formula and bottles each Summer – the same coconut base but each year something new to accent the aroma beautifully. I love 2013’s gold bottle and they seem to have the scent combination just right. Its my go-to fragrance this year and I may need to stock up now to keep that Summer feeling going…..
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Aftersun – Coconut Papaya (£12.99) Gorgeous after sun that gives you a bit of a glow along with a divine fragrance. Perfect to layer with the Bronze Goddess perfume. With natural aloe – it feels wonderfully cool on your skin and leaves you ready for a night out!
Chanel Les Beiges Face Powder (£38 – Debenhams) I have talked about this wonder product before but its so good its back on this must have list. Light, fresh powder that gives you a healthy glow while reducing shine, what more could you want? Er – it also contains antioxidants, an SPF and botanicals- cotton flower and white rose – wow!
Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara (£22 – House of Fraser) The famous lengthening, separating and lash defining power-is now waterproof – brilliant! If you need your mascara to last through the day til cocktail time, without flaking and still looking fresh and natural, then this is the one for you!
Lancaster Tan Maximiser Soothing Moisuriser – (£22 – Selfridges) Extend your tan by up to 80% – naturally! No fake tan, just an incredible complex that helps increase melanin production in your skin – and really works! I discovered this lightweight yet intensely moisturising lotion about ten years ago and I use religiously after tanning for seriously soothing tan intensifying! I always end up looking browner for longer with this and your skin just feels good too.
Have FUN in the sun!
August 16, 2013 No Comments
Whether you plan to sunbathe on the beach or have a chic staycation at home- get ready the week before with some simple preparation. These products really work, make you feel great and look gorgeous!
Get ready for the sun in 5 simple steps…….
1. The Face Mask!
Face mask’s draw out all the impurities from your skin while infusing your face with goodness. We love Lush’s –The Sacred Truth – (£5.95) Made with papaya for anti aging and firming, it’s natural and amazing – it’s food for your face! With ginseng, green tea, fresh wheatgrass for its natural superoxide dismutase (SOD) – which are free radical scavengers (wow!) Store in the fridge as this is super FRESH! My skin looked incredible moments after, tighter and smoother. https://www.lush.co.uk/
2. The Moisturiser!
Neal’s Yard Power Berry Daily Moisture ( £12) This is amazing stuff. Tightly packed with antioxidants – it seriously boosts radiance and is perfect after face masks, under make up and all year round. With Acai, Bilberry and Goji Berry, it smells wonderful and absorbs quickly. It’s one of my absolute favourites and delivers fast results. http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/
3. The Scrub!
For the best all over scrub – I like Clarins. Wonderful botanical benefits for a good even surface for tanning. Exfoliating Body Scrub (£29) is excellent. With natural bamboo powders that lift off flaky skin-cells you are left feeling smooth and refreshed. http://www.clarins.co.uk/
4. The Tan!
For the best self tan on the market – go for Sienna X. I love the Gradual Tanner (£15.95) that goes on golden and develops into an incredible tan in just 8 hours. Apply straight after exfoliating. It’s tinted so you can see where you are applying – Amazing! Take it with you and top up. http://sienna-x.co.uk/
Paint your nails an amazing bright – I love Essie’s California Coral http://www.essie.com/
Gorgeous and Ready to Go!
July 23, 2013 No Comments
There’s nothing quite like time in the sun. We all want to look and feel the very best we can – so preparation in key!
Start using these a few weeks before you go on holiday and by the time you check in – you will not only feel incredible – but look a million dollars.
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Dior Eau Svelte – (£42 – John Lewis) is a cult classic. Wonderful fragrance with ultimate benefits. Tones, tightens and smells unlike anything else.
Moroccan Oil (£30.45 – HQ Hair) is incredible – can be used on wet or dry hair and smoothes, glosses and conditions the hair like nothing else.
H20 Plus Sea Marine Revitalising Shampoo (£13 – beautybar.com) infuses the hair with marine botanicals and nutrients. Hydrating wakame, sea fennel and sea lettuce give you strength and shine. RICH lather and it smells great too. Gets your tresses in the best condition in preparation for the sun.
Garnier Body Tonic Sugar Scrub (£3.57 – Superdrug) exfoliates, tones and smells delicious.
Wish Upon a Jar – 21 Day Collagen Cream – Soap & Glory (£16 – Boots) is incredible. Not only does it look fantastic in your bathroom – like a cool silver globe – but use this for a few weeks and you will see the difference. I’m a big fan of the whole range but this sleek face cream is the business. It contains a potent mix of shea butter, tetrapeptides, antioxidants and oxygen boosters to boost moisture levels, smooth out fine lines and totally brightens tired skin. I love it.
Heel Genius – Soap & Glory – (£10) this stuff really works! You need pretty feet in the Summer and that means smooth and silky. Apply this regularly, under light cotton socks and wake up to fabulous footsies!
High Definition Body Lift – Clarins – Oh High Definition…..yes everything is up close these days, and you want seriously firm skin in the sun. High Definition Body lift does exactly what is says. It lifts, firms and tightens. The pink cream-gel with the active red microspheres that melt during application, is fast absorbing and really refreshing in hot weather. The 8 herbal extracts slim hips and thighs while cellulite becomes less prominent. Pricey at £50 but a godsend!
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Conditioner (£11) Any product that helps speed up hair growth gets the thumbs up! Lee Stafford’s products are clever, innovative and smell incredible. I love his vision for fun, sexy, gorgeous hair and his range literally has everything. I tried this conditioner earlier this year and its awesome.
Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream (£16.50 – Lush) Firm up your assets! An excellent natural alternative to many of the very expensive breast creams on the market that all too often contain questionable ingredients. When comes to your breasts, you want the BEST. Lush has done it again and produced a wonderful sweet smelling cream that makes the skin feel firm and fabulous. Orange Blossom, Rose and Jasmine combined with the ultra firming essence European Meadowsweet.
Get Ready – Get Gorgeous!
June 21, 2013 No Comments