December in South Africa. A summer Christmas. Whilst following several beauty bloggers and floggers, their fashion favourites consist out of trench coats, beanies and Christmas jumpers and their beauty favourites out of plum lipsticks and shimmer eyeshadows. Not for me. Christmas time in South Africa means bikini’s, sunscreen and swimming and you will not be caught dead with a shimmer eyeshadow. Nudes, a natural coral lip colour maybe, and lots of sunscreen and setting spray to get you through the day.
Here are my must have beauty favourites for summer:
1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream
This product is amazing. I needed a something to mix with my foundation to make it more dewy and to be able to match the colour according to my tan. This Tea Tree BB Cream is a winner. I would mix a certain amount of BB Cream with my foundation on a beauty blender and it applies flawlessly. I took the shade light (I def don’t have fair skin) but it will be perfect all year round. It goes on like silk on my skin and I def saw an improvement in the quality of foundation. I have evens out the lines on my forehead and makes the foundation last a tad bit longer.
With being on the beach each day tanning then heading off to a cafe or restaurant after, I didn’t want to apply a full face of make-up. I would quickly apply some BB cream with a small hint of foundation just to even out my skin, with a little mascara and lipbalm and I was good to go.
You can get it here: http://www.thebodyshop.co.za/store/product/tea-tree-flawless-bb-cream
2. Esteé Lauder Signature Lipstick – 09 Venetian Rose
A very corally-nude colour that goes with any outfit. This formula is so hydrating especially when you are spending the whole day in the sun. Summer means dry lips and after applying some lipbalm, it gives you such a hydration boost. You want to be hassle free when you are living from the beach to the bar and having a soft statement colour with you makes life so much easier. It doesn’t last very long, but as long as my lips are dry-free, I can deal.
The only down side, you cannot find this lipstick anywhere online at the moment.
3. Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment (Moroccan Argan Oil Range)
I found myself completely leaving my hair routine and adapting to the weather. I would wash my hair one morning and depending on the how the day goes, I would be swimming in the ocean that afternoon. This shampoo and conditioner allowed me to wash my hair and after the swim still feel soft. It protects and nourishes the hair, especially the ends, and I didn’t have the need to style it. It helped me embrace the messy ocean waves. The serum I would apply to my hair before and after I decided to style it just for an extra boost.
Avon is having their big 20 Birthday Sale! Shop for it here: http://www.avon.co.za/PRSuite/home_page.page
4. The Body Shop Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion
I have been looking for YEARS to find a good moisturizer. If I think my skin is oily, it would become dry. Once its dry, it would become oily. Buying a product for my skin was a nightmare. I came across the Vitamin E range at The Body Shop and it completely transformed my cleansing routine. I would apply it in the morning under my sunscreen and it would keep me feeling hydrated, it would calm the dry and oily parts of my skin and I could feel it helping with protection from the sun. It also has the most amazing ‘glow’ about it that doesn’t leave you feeling too oily. And you wouldn’t believe how good it smells!
Having a good skincare routine during each month, especially the harsh months (i.e. summer and winter) is very important. Make changes constantly until you find what works for you. And also don’t be scared to spend a little more on your skin – it is worth taking care of.
This is available at any The Bodyshop store: http://www.thebodyshop.co.za/store/product/vitamin-e-protective-spf15-moisture-lotion
6. WFace Make-up finishing spray
My go-to product that I reached for the most. Depending on how many products on my face, I would some nights not put moisturizer on because my skin had been wearing sunscreen the whole day, I would spray it on and it would keep my face feeling fresh the whole night. Also, sitting in the sun, you tend to get a little hot and sticky. This spray made my make-up/fresh face last a little longer.
It’s only R89.95 at Woolworths: http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/prod/Beauty/Makeup/Face/Make-Up-Finishing-Spray-W-Face/_/A-501679904
7. Australian Gold SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
Have you ever smelt Australian Gold sunscreen? Close your eyes…now think of what summer smells like…This stuff literally smells like summer! You need nothing more for your body on the beach. You smell good, you feel good and you are protected. The only thing is that when you are swimming and it gets in your eye, it can burn like a bitch.
We got it from a Rip Curl store: http://www.boardriders.co.za/gearandgadgets/australiangold/show/all
8. The Body Shop Coconut Shimmer Body Butter
Together with the Australian Gold, I was a walking coconut. This body butter smells so fantastic that you can’t help but crave a Pina Colada once you put it on! The shimmer is rather intense though, so I mixed a little with my everyday Nivea body lotion just to get a slight shimmer, but still get the moisture that it is known for to help keep your skin soft. It also helped alot to keep my skin from peeling.
9. The go-to summer outfit
A good trusty bikini, a dress to throw over, sandals to walk on the hot pavement and sunglasses for protection. This was my go-to summer outfit for everyday. You spend the whole day on the beach anyway so you take the dress and shoes off. No-one notices that you are wearing the same thing. Sometimes I would change the sunglasses or I would throw on a hat, but my dress was the only thing that I wore to the beach over my bikini. I spent less time doing laundry and more time seeing my friends. It’s easy and effortless and this dress always gets a good compliment.
P.S both are on sale!!!
10. The bag
You need that trusty handbag. Not too big and not too small. This is my Woolworths faux leather handbag that I received as a gift in 2014. You can see it’s been through hell already, but it is the only handbag that I use. It has 3 amazing compartments, and it is never hard to find anything in here!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it gave you a few pointers on must have’s that you can get this/next summer. These things were my go to products and I would not have survived the hot scorching South African Summer without any of them!
Anemi x x x