As the temperature rises, I find myself reaching for my old favourites.
I often get asked which products I use on a regular basis, and which I buy again and again for myself. Well, these are the ones that are tried and tested and which I swear by for summer. Some of these products I only discovered this year, but have already become so ingrained in my routine, I can’t even remember not having them in my life.
Vichy Captial Soleil BB Natural Tan Shade SPF50, R279 is a great BB cream with the super-duper protection of Captial Soleil SPF50. My perfect product!
GOSH Long Lasting Lip Marker in Red, R110. I’m pretty sure you’re all sick of hearing me go on about these, but these markers really are the longest lasting stains on the market. This bright red is my favourite for summer.
Davines Momo Cream Moisturising Anti-Aging Daily Cream, R226, comes out of the cupboard in summer to supplement my Moroccanoil. It adds intense nourishment to my sea, sun, wind and chlorine ravaged locks.
Elizabeth Arden Fragrance Free Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, R195. Ok, so this isn’t just a summer staple, as you all know. I know my Eight Hour addiction precedes me, but I do tend to switch to the fragrance free version in summer – does that count? Either way, it’s always has been and always will be a ‘swear by’.
Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof Mascara, R114.95. The Maybelline formulas are the only ones that come close to my beloved Aqua Lash (I will never forgive them for discontinuing it. Never.) Anyway, this Maybelline mascara will see you through a day at the beach – with not a tarantula eye in sight.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Full House, R110. Since trying this two-part polish system earlier in the year, I have barely worn any other brand (or any other Revlon polish for that matter). I have become quite obsessive about it, and feel like I’m cheating on it when I’m not wearing it. No other polish I’ve tried lasts as long as this. They have recently expanded the colour offering, too.
Xen-Tan Scent Secure 24K Gold Self Tan Deodorant Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer, R380. This may seem like a strange inclusion, but wait. This is basically a self tan scent blocker. It gets rid of even the most potent of self tan toasty smells – trust me on this, I’ve tested it on every self tan I’ve tried. You can use it on any brand – this is a product you never knew you needed until now.
You will have noticed a severe lack of sun protection in this list (especially for me), but I’ve done a comprehensive sun protection round up that will go live on Friday, so keep all eyes on the site. It’s the only sun guide you’ll need this season.